Day At The Track

Rain can't dampen All-Trot night at Hanover

06:47 PM 21 Aug 2011 NZST
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Dayplanner and Paul Walker
Dayplanner and Paul Walker - in a previous victory.

The field for the Balanced Image is set, and another edition of The Walker Memorial Invitation is in the books. Hanover Raceway hosted All-Trot night as part of the Hanover Fall Fair on Saturday evening, and the night produced some great harness racing, despite heavy rain throughout the day.

Overall, the ten-race card featured great trotting racing in the form of three Balanced Image Trot eliminations, the Hanover Fall Fair Ambassador Race and the Walker Invitational Trot.

Race 4 went to the gate as the first of the Balanced Image eliminations and Keystone Orion emerged victorious with Dave Boughton in the driver’s seat for trainer Don Lindsey. After the trainer opted to supplement his gelding into the event after the nomination deadline had passed, the move looks to have worked out perfectly, as Keystone Orion’s mile time of 2:04.0 was fastest of all three divisions on Saturday night.

Boughton took the lead coming to the three-quarter mile station and trotted away to win by two-and-a-half lengths over Strike The Cheque and Wonforallallforone. After the race, the veteran driver credited all the rookie’s success to the horse, noting that he is simply a handy horse to drive that does everything asked of him.

The night’s second division was captured by Gus Is All Lane, an Angus Hall colt trained, owned and driven on Saturday by George Zirnis of Elmira, Ontario. The win in 2:07.0 was the colt’s second career win, and knocked one-fifth a second off his lifetime best mark. Rounding out the triactor were Victoriacrest and Proby.

Then, the overwhelming public choice in the final division came through for the many bettors that placed their faith in her. A 3-2 morning line favourite, Dayplanner made a bold move after the quarter-mile to take control for trainer-driver Paul Walker of Owen Sound.

The home-bred filly dominated the field, winning by nearly five lengths after walking home to trip the wire in 2:05.3. After the race, Walker mentioned his filly’s ability to pass horses as a reason for her success, as she improved to a perfect four-for-four in her young career.

The field for the 2011 Balanced Image Final will be as follows.

1 – Strike the Cheque

2 – Victoriacrest

3 – Southwind Nazareth

4 – Dayplanner

5 – Keystone Orion

6 – Le Beau Lavec

7 – Wonforallallforone

8 – Gus Is All Lane

The night was capped off by the feature Walker Memorial Invitation Trot, The 37th edition of the event produced a wire-to-wire winner in Northern Spark. Now trained by Ted MacDonnell, the four-year-old former Dream of Glory Trot competitor put away challenges from Bertorico, Quantum Antonio and Smokin Dabra to win the $15000 prize in 1:59.1 with Trevor Ritchie in the bike.

Smokin Dabra pulled out of the pocket in the stretch to finish second, while Quantum Antonio held on for third place money. The 1-2-3 Triactor paid $87.00. Hanover Raceway has only three race nights remaining in its 2011 race season, and this Wednesday the action continues with a final in the Hanover Claiming Series. Post-time is 7:20.

Gord DOUGAN

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