The Joe Seekman Stable and driver Dale Hiteman swept both $25,000 Hanover stakes for 2-Year-Old pacing fillies on Tuesday night (July 5) at Balmoral Park.
Halle Go Lightly and Three Men Dreamin were convincing winners as the even-money public’s choices.
In the first fourth race first division, Halle Go Lightly proved to be much with a 1.54.2 clocking.
Model A (DR Ackerman) left hard from the outside seven-slot and won the early battle for the front end, taking the field to a 28.2 opening panel.
Soon after Dale Hiteman took Halle Go Lightly out of third. The filly powered past and cleared before the 57.2s half-mile time and when left alone through a leisurely 29.3s third quarter, the issue wasn’t in doubt.
Halle Go Lightly came home in 27.2s, posting an almost four-length victory for her owners Suttons Bay Racing (Ada, MI) and James Jesk (Lemont, IL).
Rylee N Ryan (Dave Magee), who raced second up in the last turn behind the 5-2 second choice Brush The Sand (Tony Morgan), was second best to thewinning filly. It was another five lengths to the third place finisher Daybreak Gal (Tim Tetrick).
After a second-place finish in a $2000 Kentucky Sire Stake at Lexington on May 30, Halle Go Lightly was shipped to Balmoral Park where she posted a very quick 25.3s final quarter winning her June 22 qualifier in 1.58.4.
A $13,000 buy at the 2003 Kentucky Standardbred Sale, Halle Go Lightly has already earned her purchase price back in her first two starts.
In the seventh race second division, Hiteman took the first starter Three Men Dreamin ($4.00) back at the start from the five-post and thefilly was fifth, some eight lengths behind the pacesetting Give Me Points (Tony Morgan) at the 29.1s first quarter.
When Give Me Points stopped right after the 58.4s half with an equipment problem and moved to the outside, Three Men Dreamin followed In Paradise (Tim Tetick) on the inside with the latter taking the lead through the 1.27.2 three-quarters.
In the lane Hiteman asked Three Men Dreamin for something extra and the youngster responded, zipping past and posting a 1 ¾ length victory in 1.56.1 for Michigan owners L&L Devisser, Steel A Mile and Joe Seekman Racing.
CC Stacy (Dave Magee) finished the fastest, pacing a 28s final quarter to take second. Brissonete Hanover (Pat Berry), who raced up close throughout, held on for third, beaten three-plus lengths by the winner.
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