FAVORITES PREVAIL IN HANOVER TROT

06:34 PM 27 Jul 2005 NZST
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Chocolatier, with DR Ackerman Muscle Chips (Charlie Norris)
Chocolatier, with DR Ackerman - Won the $55,000 Hanover Stake for 2yr trotting colts
Muscle Chips (Charlie Norris) - Won Tuesday night's $51,000 Hanover Stake Final

Muscles Chips dodged the raindrops and a number of breaking young trotters and went on to capture the $51,000 Hanover stake for two-year-old trotting fillies as the public’s choice Tuesday night (July 26) at Balmoral Park.

Coupled with Oblige Me, one of four trotters to go off stride near the start of the fifth race co-feature, Muscle Chips also overcame the nine-post in an 11-horse field when she posted a 2:00.1 victory on a sloppy track in her first pari-mutuel start for Pennsylvania owners Carrie Norris and Neal Goldman.

Trainer-driver Charlie Norris floated out the daughter of Muscles Yankee enough to settle into fifth as Venezia (DR Ackerman) and Southwind Felician (Tony Morgan) dueled in the early going with the latter taking the lead soon after the :30.3 first quarter.

Southwind Felician took the field to a :59.1 and still had command at the 1:30.3 three-quarters while keeping the first up Lanterns Joy (Duke Sugg) parked out. However, Muscles Chips was enjoying a second over journey and powered past in the stretch, drawing off to a three and there-quarter length triumph. Lanterns Best, part of the 3-1 second choice Ivan Sugg three-horse entry, held on for second.

Faithful Vicky (Doug Hamilton), who started in the second tier with post 11, came from 13 lengths behind at the half, to be a fast closing third, another quarter of a length behind the winner.

The 7 to 10 favorite Muscles Chips ($4.60) got all of her $20,000 yearling purchase price back—and $5,500 more—in her winning debut trotted on a rain soaked track that was pelted by earlier thunder storms that rolled through the Chicagoland area.

Four races later in the $55,000 Hanover stake for freshmen trotting colts and geldings it was another favorite prevailing when the Doug Ackerman Stables’ Chocolatier ($4.40) led at every pole with a 1:59.2clocking in the slop.

Driver DR Ackerman urged the winner out from the four slot and Chocolatier battled the rail horse Bluewater Current (Ron Marsh) through the first turn, getting the top before the first quarter time of :29.3. Left alone on the front-end, the Doug Ackerman trained colt was able to get away with very leisurely 1:01.2 middle quarters and basically had the race wrapped up.

Chocolatier sprinted home in :28.2, winning handily. Cunning (Tim Tetrick), who sat in the three-hole much of the way, was clearly second best. The Roger Welch trained state-bred finished three lengths behind the winner. It was another three lengths to the third place trotter Kid Wizard (Mark O’Mara).

Chocolatier took the $27,500 winner’s share of the added money event in his second career start for his LaPorte, IN owners. The Credit Winner colt is the third foal of Valley Victory dam Maple Frosting, whose first offspring Sugar Trader won over $730,000, including the 2003 Yonkers Trot.

Balmoral Park Publicity Department

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