The first of Hanover stakes of the season saw an abundance of 3-Year-Old pacers entered for both the filly and colt events, necessitating that two divisions of each will be raced on Saturday night’s (July 2) Balmoral Park 12-race program.
The two $34,800 Hanover divisions for second season fillies have been carded as the second and fourth races.
The first filly split brings out Canadian invader Beryl Seelster (4-1, Dave Magee), who knocked down $100,862 in her first season for Seelster Farms Inc of Lucan, Ontario.
The Bob McIntosh trained filly picked up stake cheques in the She’s A Great Lady Final (3rd), and divisions of Robert Stewart (4th), Champlain (3rd) and Harvest (5th), all in Canada.
Among her second race challengers are Breeders Crown freshman finalist Western Cruiser (7-2, Andy Miller), who captured divisions of the Harvest and Bluegrass in her first season for Brittany Farms and trainer Erv Miller, and Virgil Morgan’s Choclat Milk (3-1, Brent Holland), a winner of divisions the Hanover, Tompkin-Geers and Arden Downs.
Recent $100,000 Maywood Filly Pace (1.53.4) champion Brianna Joy (3-1, Mike Oosting), who is four for five in her second season for Illinois owners James Jesk and Ledford Racing, heads up the second Hanover filly split.
Trainer Erv Miller will send out two highly regarded fillies—Wishfora Fullhouse (9-2, Andy Miller) and Maytime Hall (7-2, Ryan Anderson), who will race uncoupled because of different ownership.
Wishfora Fullhouse was a $310,000 yearling purchase for Hutt Racing Stable (PA) and Lloyd or Nancy Arnold (CA). She’s a sister to former champions Bettor’s Delight (1.49.4, $2,501,461) and(1.50, $1,581,735). Maytime Hall, winner of three of her first four career starts, was a $145,000 yearling buy for Vandalay Racing of Ancaster, Ontario.
Most of the support in the first $40,800 Hanover colt split will go to Illinois champion Team Hutch (Dave Magee), who has racked up $385,462 in her first 23 career starts for Joy and Bonnie Hutchison and won last year’s $300,000 Orange and Blue Colt Championship.
The recent Cardinal stake champion comes off a third place finish in the $500,000 Hoosier Cup.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh has also shipped in(Ron Marsh) for the race, a ½ brother to champion (1.48.4, $2,727,724). The colt was sold for $130,000 to Brittany Farms, McIntosh, and CSX Stables as a yearling.
he wide-open second Hanover colt split (eighth race) has a bulky field of 12 talented sophomores including last month’s $100,000 Maywood Pace champion Perdition (Ryan Anderson), Hoosier Cup runner-up Odds On Duane (Tim Tetrick), and multiple freshmen stake champions(Dave Magee) and Chevie Cash (Dale Hiteman).
is making his three-year-old debut for James Jesk and Cynthia Willis of Illinois. Has a freshman, the Nelson Willis trainee won a Hanover (Balmoral) and Kentucky Sire Stake at Lexington, banking over $127,000.
Chevie Cash had an impressive 12-for 16 record, including victories in the Governor’s Cup (DuQuoin), Sarah Myers (Balmoral) and Abe Lincoln (Maywood) for La Center, KY owner Clyde Stephens and trainer Ronnie Guhy.
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