Apprentice Hanover dominated yet another $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack while lowering his own Canadian season's record to 1:50.4 early Saturday evening. He's now headed to the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway.
The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere romped to his ninth win in a row for Woodbine's leading owner Bradley Grant of Milton, Ont. His streak began back in November 2013 and includes a victory in the Cleveland Classic and six Preferred events at Woodbine.
After settling away third from post five through a :27.3 opening quarter, Apprentice Hanover and Woodbine's top driver Jody Jamieson swept to the lead down the backstretch. The overwhelming 1-5 favourite reached the half in :56.2 and raced to three-quarters in 1:23.1 before drawing away to another open-length victory. Early leader Mckinney (Sylvain Filion) finished second while Top Gear (Mike Saftic) followed in third.
As for the Levy, trainer Ben Wallace said, "Whether we go five weeks in a row with him or not is another story, but I think a half-mile track suits him great. He was really good at Northfield [in the Cleveland Classic]. I don't think there is a track that bothers him. He's just a nice horse right now.” (Standardbred Canada)