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Voelz Hanover upsets in Milton Stakes Final

04:30 PM 21 Sep 2014 NZST
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Voelz Hanover's fifth win of the season and the 43rd of her career
Voelz Hanover's fifth win of the season and the 43rd of her career
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CAMPBELLVILLE, September 20 - Voelz Hanover and Randy Waples converted off a two-hole trip to pull off a 30-1 upset in the $286,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk.

With a starting spot of post six, Voelz Hanover left hard off the gate against nine of the sport's top older pacing mares, but was out sprinted by Anndrovette, who started from post seven, past an opening quarter of :26.

Anndrovette would lead the field to three-quarter pole, hanging up fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2, to bring the field into the lane.

Challenging Anndrovette first up around the final turn was Yagonnakissmeornot, while Voelz Hanover sat in the garden spot waiting for the stretch.

In the stretch, Yagonnakissmeornot over took the lead, but once Waples brought Voelz Hanover off the rail she powered past the leader to win by a length and a half in 1:50.

Yagonnakissmeornot finished second, while Anndrovette held on for third over Krispy Apple.

Following the race, Waples, a resident of Milton, Ontario, said he had a few game plans in his head before the race, but wasn't sure how things were going to play out.

"There was just so many good horses in there to follow I was really half thinking about backing her off the gate for a change and following," said Waples. "Nobody was really on the gate on the inside...so off I went."

Trained by Corey Johnson for owner Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, Quebec, Saturday night's victory was Voelz Hanover's fifth win of the season and the 43rd of her career.

The nine-year-old daughter of Astreos has earned over $1.6 million in her career, but the Milton Stakes victory is the biggest triumph of her career, since she won the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final as a three-year-old in 2008 at Woodbine.

Waples talked about racing against Voelz Hanover when he was driving the great mare Dreamfair Eternal several years ago.

"I can remember having what I consider the best mare around here, Dreamfair Eternal, and Benoit Baillargeon had her (Voelz Hanover) and I was scared of her every week," said Waples. "She could always do damage to me. I think she was second in the (2010) Breeders Crown when Dreamfair Eternal won it and she's kept going and going."

Waples, who won this event in 2010 with Dreamfair Eternal, is now a two-time Milton Stakes winner.

Voelz Hanover's clocking of 1:50 just missed equaling Rocklamation's stakes record of 1:49.4.

Voelz Hanover paid $68.30 to win.

Mark McKelvie

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