TWO HANOVER TROTS TUESDAY AT BALMORAL

08:50 PM 25 Jul 2005 NZST
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A pair of Hanover two-year-old trotting stakes, one for freshmen fillies and the other for first season colts and geldings, shares the spotlight on Tuesday night’s (July 26) Balmoral Park program card.

The fifth race $51,000 Hanover stake for fillies has the Charles Norris trained entry of Oblige Me and Muscles Chips at opening 5-2 odds and sharing the early favoritism with the three-horse coupling of Lanterns Joy, Heathers Dream and Katarina Hanover (3-1), each owned at least in part by Ivan Sugg.

The 11-horse stake also lured Fox Valley Regency (15-1), Venezia (5-1), Hopeful Way (6-1), Southwind Felician (9-2), Sisterilla (10-1) and Faithful Vicky (8-1).

Sugg’s Heathers Dream (p.p. 7) and Katarina Hanover (p.p.10) captured two of the six divisions of the Geers’ stakes raced on July 21 at Scioto Downs. The former did it in 2:02.4 on the front end while the latter came off to pace to post a 2:01.3 clocking. Katerina Hanover is out of the Balanced Image mare Ken Col Maggie, making her a half sister to Kirkman Hanover (1:55, $331,884) and Kibitzer Hanover (1:56.3, $217,652).

Oblige Me (p.p. 6) finished third in a July 8 division of the Reynolds stake at Pocono Downs for Norris, who shares owner of both this Donerail filly and the Muscles Yankee offspring Muscle Chips (p.p. 9), who is making her debut after a pair of easy winning qualifiers at The Meadows, each in 2:01.4.

The ninth race $55,000 Hanover stake for two-year-old trotting males brought out field of eight with the Doug Ackerman Stables’ Chocolatier the 5-2 morning line favorite with DR Ackerman in the bike. Chocolatier is a Credit Winner colt and is the third foal of the dam Maple Frosting, whose first was Sugar Trader (1:53.4, $730,998), winner of the 2003 Yonkers Trot and runner-up in the $1 million Hambletonian that same season.

Cunning, the lone Illinois bred youngster in the field, will open as the 7-2 second choice for Illinois owners Philip and Robert Rietveld from the three-slot. Tim Tetrick will get his first chance to guide this home-bred who posted a 2:00.3 track record at Hawthorne on July 11, his second straight victory in that track’s Vicster Series. While Cunning made a break going for the lead a week ago in his Balmoral Park debut, the son of Valley Victor came back to make up more than 12 lengths on the field and still finished third.

Bluewater Current (12-1), Barkley And Jake (8-1), Roman Holiday (4-1), Amazon Clipper (9-2), Castle Leed (15-1) and Kid Wizard (6-1) complete the ninth race co-feature.

Roman Holiday and Amazon Clipper and are both trained by Erv Miller but will race uncoupled because of different ownership. The former is a Dream Vacation colt owned by Illinoisans H.W. Wright, Donald Coleman and Mystical Marker Farms. Amazon Clipper is making his debut for Hartly, DE owner Lloyd Arnold, who bought the son of Garland Lobell for a tidy $100,000 as a yearling. The youngster is the first foal of he Donerail mare Catch A Train.

Balmoral Park Publicity department

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