Abelard Hanover takes thriller at Pocono

02:20 AM 13 Apr 2014 NZST
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Jonathan Roberts, harness racing Abelard Hanover, harness racing
Jonathan Roberts won the feature with Abelard Hanover
Abelard Hanover holds on at Pocono Downs
Photo by Curtis Salonick
Abelard Hanover made a second move late to rally for a thrilling victory in Saturday night's featured Preferred pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000.

Leaving from post position #6 in a field of eight at 7-1, Abelard Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover-Allamerican Coed), a 6-year-old gelding trained by Donald Billings, gunned to the early lead and set a screaming pace of :25:3 to the quarter-mile marker.

Eighteen then pulled the pocket to take the lead back, giving Abelard Hanover cover and a much-needed breather. That pair stayed in those positions in the stretch, when driver Jonathan Roberts coaxed another move from Abelard Hanover in the passing lane to win by a neck over Eighteen in 1:48:4, fastest time of the Pocono 2014 meet so far. Mustang Art finished third.

In other action Saturday night at Pocono, A Stitch In Time and UF Rockin Dragon each won thei respective $15,000 divisions of the Bobby Weiss series for three and four-year-old colts, stallions, and geldings on the pace.

A Stitch In Time, driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by Lou Pena, won his split in a career-best 1:49:4, while UF Rockin Dragon, driven by Mark MacDonald for trainer Mark Ford, picked up his win in 1:51:4.

by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

 

 

 

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