Day At The Track

Lucan Hanover holds on for impressive win

07:59 PM 23 Feb 2016 NZDT
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Lucan Hanover Soto
Lucan Hanover, owned by West Wins Stable
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Soto closed strongly to win for the third time in his last four outings
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Lucan Hanover withstood a tremendous closing effort from Dapper Dude to win the $30,000 Preferred Handicap in 1:51.2 on the Washington's birthday harness racing card, Monday, Feb. 22 at Dover Downs.

Newcomer Lucan Hanover, owned by West Wins Stable and piloted by Yannick Gingras, in his first local appearance had all he could handle in the stretch when Vic Kirby pulled last week's feature race winner Dapper Dude, from dead-last as the select field of seven top class pacers turned for home and came on sensational to within a short nose of victory in the week's top race on another strong Monday program.

The win was one of three for driver Gingras and one of two for trainer Andrew Harris Lucan Hanover won his first start of 2016 and moved to $810,626 in career purses with his 19th lifetime win. Dapper Dude was followed by Sparky Mark (Jonathan Roberts), third. Bushwacker (Jim Meittinis) was race favorite but finished off the board.

Blazing Bobby Sox driven by Art Stafford Jr. enjoyed a perfect rip following Apollo Seelster (Gingras) on the outside en route to a 1:52.2 victory in one of two $15,000 paces for young horses. Art Stafford, the trainer-driver's dad, own The Panderosa-Liamatters gelding, now a three-time winner in 2016. Sectionline Rocks (All Davis) came on in the lane to overtake Apollo Seelster for second-place money.

Trainer Eric Ell, who often wins races in bunches was at it again, posting a triple. Soto closed strongly to win for the third time in his last four outings, a $14,500 Male Winners-Over pace in 1:52.1, one of two wins for Vic Kirby. Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan) a 69-1 shot was a close second with Speed Again (Gingras) third. Soto is also owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta, whose Jeremes General with Allan Davis collected a 1:52.3 score in a $20,000 Male Claiming race. Earlier Ell conditioned Bill Emmons' Giant Sculpture, also driven by Davis, to a 1:51.1 victory in a $12,500 Male pace.

George Dennis pulled Silver Fox J to the outside in mid-stretch and raced past leader Totally Dream (Corey Callahan) to score a 1:52.2 win in a $15,000 pace for young horses, the third win of the year for the Kenneth J-Fox Valley Backoff gelding trained and owned by Dennis, his wife Tina and The Wiz Kids Stable. Time Out I'm Tired (Montrell Teague) was the show horse.

Yannick Gingras' first win came directing pacer JT to a 1:51.2 success in one of two $13,500 4&5-Year-Old Male paces for trainer Ron Burke and owners Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing Stable. Go Collect (Corey Callahan) was second in front of Suchasenseofhumor (Jim Morand). It was the first win of the season for the Badlands Hanover-Snowhite Beach gelding.

Cams Director (Roberts) won the other $13,500 edition beating Swapportunity (Morand) in a 1:52 photo. Tina and Joe Clark and breeder Kovach Stables own the Art Director-Camcarol gelding. Big Secret (Ross Wolfenden) took third money.

MATINEE DRAGON, SCANDALICIOUS MEET IN $20,000 MARES OPEN

Market Dragon and Scandalicious, the last two winners, both longshots, meet again in the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap on Tuesday, Feb. 23 AT Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p m.

Lou Catana and Vince Bradley’s Matinee Dragon was overlooked at 56-1 in last week distaff feature when Jonathan Roberts drove the veteran pacer to a powerful 1:52.4 upset. Two weeks before JFE Enterprise’s Scandalicious came from far back with Tony Morgan driving for a 24-1 upset win.  The remainder of the talented field of six females includes Chris White’s Fashion Showdown with driver Corey Callahan, fifth last week but beaten only by three-quarters of a length, has post 1 this time..

John McGill’s No Respect, and Vic Kirby, should profit from moving inside to post 4. Allan Davis will drive Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers, a 1:52.1 winner three weeks ago. Stepping up in the top mare’s event of the week is Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, with two wins, a second and a third in her last four races. Ross Wolfenden will drive.

A $15,500, a $14,000 and a $12,000 distaff pace are on a strong undercard.

During February, Dover Downs has raced five days a week. Monday through Thursday at 4:30 p.m. This Sunday is the last Sunday this meet, with post time at 5:30 p.m. No Live racing on Friday and Saturday.                                                                               

Watch the races and enjoy dining in the Winners Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations.

Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs where there is no charge for parking and admission. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.

Marv Bachrad

 

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