WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2014 -- Off the board in each of his five previous 2013 starts, Imagine Hanover put it all together Monday at The Meadows and rolled to an easy front-end victory in the opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3-year-colts, geldings and horses. The series honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a breeder and trainer at The Meadows and a longtime PA Fairs circuit stalwart.
Imagine Hanover was no better than fifth this year while trying to make up ground late. On Monday,hustled him to the lead, and the 4-year-old -Imposing Hanover gelding apparently liked the change of scenery as he triumphed in a career-best 1:57.1. Master Angler was second, 8 lengths back, with Glamrocker third. Del S. Miller trains Imagine Hanover for James Beluscak and Robert Carson.
completed a sweep of the opening Weaver leg by urging Stray Cut Strut to a Lightning-Lane victory in 1:59.2, a lifetime mark. Masada was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while early leader Spicey Victor saved show. Kimberly Good owns, trains and bred Stray Cut Strut, a 3-year-old -Coyote Valentine gelding.
In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, 13-1 Shine N Shimmer found herself shuffled to third after leading early. But she moved powerfully first over for Miller and prevailed in a career-best 1:51.3, 3 lengths better than Certified Ideal. Foxy Lady finished third.
Stacy van Huizen conditions Shine N Shimmer, a 6-year-old daughter of-Sheer Hose who now boasts $235,909 in lifetime earnings, for Howard Taylor. Miller finished with four wins on the 15-race card.
by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows