Detour Hanover, the most expensive Standardbred yearling ever sold at auction when he was bought for $825,000 last fall, won his first pari-mutuel start on Tuesday (Sept. 11) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
With David Miller in the sulky, Detour Hanover, a son of Andover Hall-D Train, started from post eight in the $9,500 conditioned event for 2 year olds. Miller sent the colt to the lead and they cleared and took command from Celebrity Maserati after the opening quarter was passed in :28.2. From there Detour Hanover controlled the race with fractions of :58.4 and 1:28.1 before using a :29.4 final quarter to win by a head in 1:58 (:29.4 last quarter). Miller tapped the colt a bit, but was barely driving on him and appeared to have his hands in the hand holds of the lines. Celebrity Maserati held on for second.
Tom Cancelliere trains Detour Hanover for John Cancelliere, his brother. The colt had finished second in a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia before making his first pari-mutuel start at Pocono.