Dismissed at a lush 16-1, Gokudo Hanover followed live cover before brushing through the lane to score the upset in Saturday’s (Feb. 11) $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.
Gokudo Hanover was sixth down the backside when he picked up the first-over cover of Believeinthespirit. Eric Goodell sent the 5-year-old Cam’s Card Shark-Gifted Yankee gelding wide out of the final turn, and he soared by the leader, Mykindachip, to triumph in 1:53 over a "good" surface.
Kingofthejungle shot the Lightning Lane for second, a half-length back, while Hawk’s Red Chief rallied for show.
Doug Hamilton trains Gokudo Hanover, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Sandbur Farms, Valarie Sutton and Joseph Hemingway. It was one of four wins for Merriman on the 12-race card. (The Meadows)