Thursday night at Hanover Raceway marked the final qualifying round of the inaugural Pick 3 Fantasy Harness Racing contest. Those that had driver Ryan Holliday selected for their team benefitted early and often, as the young gun shot to the winner's circle four times on the card.
In the second race, Holliday wired the field of filly & mare $4000 claimers over fractions of :27.4, :58.4, 1:28.3 and 1:58. The win was the 10-year old mare's fifth in nine starts this season. Gerald Murray of Hollyrood, Ontario owns and trains the veteran claimer who remains camera shy after 23 lifetime victories.
Holliday continued his winning ways with back-to-back victories in the fifth and sixth races.
In the fifth, Machs Fortune converted a pocket trip to overtake a front-stepping Carsons Ladyluck for the 1:58.1 score.
Then, Holliday steered Mr Yokassippi to his maiden-breaking victory in just his third lifetime start. The three-year old L H Stryker colt jogged to victory in 1:57.1 as the overwhelming public choice.
Holliday capped the night off with a longshot shocker aboard Modern Star for trainer Dan Morrissey. The five-year old daughter ofgot off to a rough start from the outside post seven and was eighth in the early stages of the race, but picked up the pieces in the stretch, sweeping from sixth to first in the final quarter. paid $97.20 for a $2 win ticket.
Holliday now has 19 wins at Hanover Raceway in 2012, putting him squarely in third position in the drivers' rankings.
He enjoyed a breakout season last year, finishing tied for second among all drivers on the Hanover circuit.
Holliday has 81 wins in total during the 2012 calendar year.
Hanover Raceway plays host the Ontario Sires Stakes again this Saturday. 8 divisions of 2 year old Filly trotters will compete for over 160,000 in purse money. Several local horses are in the field and Hanover will host several drivers from other tracks including Yves Filion and Trevor Ritchie from Woodbine/Mohawk.
Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm.