Imagine Hanover dominates; Pick 5 at $10k

11:18 AM 11 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Del S & Brett Miller, harness racing
Del S. and Brett Miller

WASHINGTON, PA, March 10, 2014 -- Imagine Hanover dominated his Ken Weaver Memorial Trot field once again, cruising to an unchallenged victory Monday at The Meadows. Gotta Luv Cash took the other $15,000 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old trotting colts, horses and geldings.

Hammered down to 1-9, Imagine Hanover sped to the lead for Brett Miller and was ahead at every call, just as he was last week. He scored in 1:57.3, 8-1/2 lengths better than Glamrocker, with Master Angler third. Del S. Miller trains Imagine Hanover, a 4-year-old Broadway Hall-Imposing Hanover gelding, for James Beluscak and Robert Carson.

Gotta Luv Cash, a 12-1 long shot, was behind a wall of horses in the final turn but found the path to victory in the Lightning Lane for owner/trainer/driver Kyle Bolon. Masada rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while early leader Stray Cat Strut saved show. The 4-year-old Cash Hall-Gotta Luv It gelding scored in 1:58.4, a career best.

In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Foxy Lady brushed powerfully first over and triumphed in 1:52 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura. Certified Ideal was second, 4-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Phone Terror closed from last to earn show. The 6-year-old daughter of Real Desire-Judy Is A Fox now boasts $689,872 in lifetime earnings.

Palone drove four winners and Miller three on the 15-race card.

On Tuesday, March 11, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative.

The Meadows already offers $5,000-guaranteed pools for its Monday and Tuesday Pick 4s, but when no one successfully picked Monday’s Pick 4 — resulting in a $3,582.98 carryover — the track decided to sweeten Tuesday’s guarantee.

Minimum wager for the Pick 4, which spans Races 4 through 7, is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets.

by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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