Antigua Hanover holds sway in distaff feature

03:24 PM 05 Jul 2014 NZST
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Outriders Antigua Hanover prevails in the $11,000 Miracle Mile 2 distaff pace
Outriders Brianne Good (blue sleeves, foreground), Heidi Lemke (white sleeves, middle), and Wendy Ross (red sleeves, background) present a special Independence Day picture
Fred Brown Photo
Antigua Hanover prevails in the $11,000 Miracle Mile 2 distaff pace
Fred Brown Photo
Before a healthy Independence Day crowd, Antigua Hanover ($4.40) parried a late charge from Solid Queen to take the Friday (July 4) distaff feature at Tioga Downs.
 
The $11,000 Miracle Mile 2 pace for fillies and mares featured a field of six, with Ideal Helen (John Cummings, Jr.) dictating the pace early after clearing from the extreme outside. After rating a :56.2 half mile, Brandon Simpson advanced first-over with 6-5 favorite Antigua Hanover. Midway up the backstretch, the four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare pushed clear of Ideal Helen, carrying Sinspirational (Aaron Byron) into second through a 1:24.3 three-quarter split. While edging clear by 1-3/4 lengths off the far turn, Antigua Hanover soon found herself in the sights of Solid Queen (Corey Braden), who rallied late off cover, but only could close to within a half length of Antigua Hanover's 1:53.3 victory.
 
V'la Faire (Mike Merton), also a beneficiary of late live cover, sustained a late bid to take third.
 
Amber Buter trains Antigua Hanover for Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter.
 
Racing resumes at Tioga with a Sunday (July 6) afternoon program. Post time for the 10-race card is slated for 1:30 p.m.
 
by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media
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