Both Uffizi Hanover and Table Talk scored upsets in winning their respective $35,000 divisions of the Fan Hanover Series at Mohawk Raceway Saturday. In the process, the Dan Patch harness racing award winning Precocious Beauty, the 2013 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, finished a disappointing seventh in her division and right after the race her driver, Doug McNair, took off the rest of his drives on the program.
Uffizi Hanover returned to her winning ways in the $35,000 first elimination division of the Fan Hanover Series with a tough nose victory in the final strides over Beach Gal and race favorite Nat A Virgin in 1:51.4.
It was the 4/5 favorite Nat A Virgin and driver Richard Zeron overpowering Take That Hanover (Michael Saftic) by the opening quarter in a speedy :25.4. Then Zeron was able to back it down to the half mile marker in :55.2. That just about jumbled up the field and forced Wanna Rock N Roll (Brian Sears) to come first-over with Beach Gal (Jody Jamieson) grabbing the second over cover.
They raced that way past the three-quarters in 1:25.3 with driver David Miller coming up third over with Uffizi Hanover and everyone fanning out as they started down the stretch. Nat A Virgin was collared late by Beach Gal who looked to have the race in-hand until Miller was able to zip on by in the final strides with a :25.4 last quarter mile to win by a long nose with Beach Gal second by a head to Uffizi Hanover.
“She usually has a pretty good kick to her,” Said David Miller. “It actually set up for not too bad. And she had her usual kick in her. I think this is the type of horse that just needs a few starts to get warmed up. I didn’t start driving her until late last year and she was having a kinda so so season. I think she is the type of horse that needs four or five starts to get into form. I she will be good (for the final). She was much better in her last start and tonight she raced real well. I think she will improve off of that.”
Trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Al Libfield, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldfarb of Toronto, it was the first win in three starts this year for Uffizi Hanover. She is a daughter of Well Said and paid $14.50 to win.
Also making it to the $400,000 Fan Hanover final next week were Fancy Desire (Ron Pierce) and fifth place went to Barefoot Beauty (Doug McNair).
In the second Fan Hanover division, Table Talk and driver Jim Marohn, Jr. went from last to finish in the stretch and upset the field as the longest shot on the board, winning in the final strides by a long head at odds of 35-1.
It was Bahama Blue (Jody Jamieson) shooting to the early lead from post seven with Precocious Beauty, the 4/5 favorite for McNair, grabbing the two-hole trip. They were quickly challenged on the outside by Lady Shadow and driver Brian Sears by the opening quarter mile in :26.3.
As soon as the field got into the backstretch, McNair pulled on the right line and sent Precocious Beauty to the lead with ease and she took the field to the half mile in :55.2. Then as they came to the final turn, Jamieson came first-over with Bahama Blue and Major Dancer (David Miller) grabbed the second-over cover with Momas Fallen Angel (Yannick Gingras) third-over. And sure enough in last place fourth-over was Marohn and Table Talk.
Past the three-quarters in 1:24.2, it was everyone that was fanning out to take a shot at Precocious Beauty coming down the stretch and that is exactly what they did.
With Precocious Beauty coming up empty down the stretch, a wall of horse was racing to the wire and then on the far outside was Table Talk and Jim Marohn, Jr. flying to the wire to win by a head in 1:51.4.
Major Dancer was second with Mamas Fallen Angel third, Rock N Roll Xample (Jim MacDonald) getting fourth place and also making it to the final next week was Bahama Blue.
“The trip worked out great,” Jim Marohn, Jr. said. “She was nervous before the start, throwing her head around behind the starting gate. I could not get her off the gate as good as I wanted to. She settled in nice at the quarter and with the fractions up front it helped her in closing. She can carry her speed a lot more this year than last year. She was always quick. She could turn speed on and now she can hold on to the speed a lot longer. She’s real gritty and she likes to pass horses.”
Sired by Bettors Delight, Table Talk is trained by William Dalious and is owned by The Wiz Kids Stable of Dover, Delaware. It was her second win in four starts this year and a lifetime mark. She paid $77.80 to win.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com