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Spider Man Hanover smashes world record

08:46 AM 25 Sep 2015 NZST
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Spider Man Hanover scored in a world-record time of 1:51.4.
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Mr Right Hanover was a 1:53.4 winner in his Standardbred division.
USTA Mark Hall Photo

Delaware, OH --- The Brian Brown training stable captured both $23,100 divisions of Thursday’s (Sept. 24) Standardbred Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male pacers at his home track, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, with his friendly neighborhood Spider Man Hanover capping the sweep with a world-record 1:51.4 performance.

In the first division, Mr Right Hanover led from start to finish, surviving an inquiry for getting rough gaited in the stretch, to win in 1:53.4.

Spider Man Hanover, with David Miller in the sulky, sat in third around the first turn behind More Dragon and Mr D’s Dragon, then slung his way to the front as the field approached the quarter in :28.3. From there, Spider Man Hanover hit the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 before shaving three-fifths of a second off the world record for a 2-year-old male pacer on a half-mile track.

The margin of victory was 3-1/4 lengths for Spider Man Hanover, the 1-9 favorite who is stabled regularly at the fairgrounds. More Dragon finished second and Mr D’s Dragon was third.

On Golden Ponder and He's Watching shared the previous world record of 1:52.2.

Spider Man Hanover, a son of Western Ideal out of the mare Stolly Up Bluechip, is a full brother to Shady Daisy winner Stacia Hanover. He has won four of seven races this year, finished second in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and earned $189,300. He is owned by Country Club Acres, Kenneth Vaupel, Mike Mallett, and Milton Leeman.

"This colt gets over the ground so well and has high speed," said Miller. "He has always been talented but was a little too aggressive. That one race in Pennsylvania he was just bad (eighth in a Sire Stakes race on Aug. 20). I'm not sure why but I got with Brian and we made some equipment changes to give me more control and he has just improved ever since.

"I was a little concerned about putting him on the front but with that first quarter in :28.3 that definitely helped. I just didn't want to have to come first up with him into a :56 half. Even coming to the three-quarter pole I was still trying to rate him but he was well within himself and very strong.

"The world record is a little bit of a surprise but he is a very nice horse. He just showed today what we have already known."

Dave Palone, harness racing’s winningest driver in history with 17,199 victories, guided 1-5 favorite Mr Right Hanover to the triumph in the opening division. Granite finished second and Gleneagles was fourth-placed-third after Fernando Hanover was dropped a spot for violating the breaking rule. There was only win and place betting in the five-horse race.

Mr Right Hanover led through fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.4. He was challenged by Gleneagles on the backstretch and a three-wide move from Fernando Hanover on the final turn, but marched to victory by a half-length.

A son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Mouse Hanover, Mr Right Hanover has won three of eight races for trainer Brian Brown and earned $41,349. He is owned by James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Alan Keith, and Milton Leeman.

"He's really been a good horse all along," said Brown, "but the problem was he didn't want to pass horses until we opened up his bridle for the Arden Downs, because in the Sire Stake before that he should have won but just came out and hung there. In his last Sire Stake he was good again but he was locked in and had nowhere to go.

"I did not tell Dave to put him on the front. Actually I warned him about it because yesterday front end speed was not holding up here. But he's Dave Palone. He's also driven the horse before and he knew what to do with him."

by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

-- Kimberly French also contributed to this report

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