Last year's 2-year-old trotting filly sensation Check Me Out, reuniting with harness racing driver Tim Tetrick after their amazing comeback win in the Matron Stakes last November, regained winning form in a division of the $309,312 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday.
The Ray Schnittker-trained Check Me Out covered the five-eighths mile oval in 1:53.4 as the 1-20 favorite, defeating Blue Yonder and Uncommon Night. Last year's sire stakes divisional champ Sand Violent Blu was sixth in the field of seven.
Check Me Out had been upset by Maven in the first leg of the sire stakes earlier at The Meadows, but today it was Maven's turn to be upset (she finished sixth of seven), as Superstar Hanover overcame the outside post seven to tally in the sensational time of 1:53.2, a season's record, equaling the local track record now co-held by Behindclosedoors, and only one tick off the divisional world mark of Hidden Viggorish.
At 3-1 on the morning line, Superstar Hanover returned $18.20 to win as she turned back Delicious and Southwind Moni for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter.
Superstar Hanover is now two-for-two in the 2012 sire stakes; she is joined in that distinction by another Takter filly, On The Bright Side, who needed only 1:56.1 to triumph over Oasis Dream and Holier Than Thou in her division.
by Jerry Connors