After being locked in last week, Corey Callahan put Tagyoureit Hanover on the front end en route to a track record 1:53 performance in the $27,500 Open/Handicap Trot at Dover Downs Wednesday. Brad Hanners drove three winners on the card.
Following two straight wins to start the New Year, Tagyoureit Hanover had bad racing luck in his next two starts. This time, with Corey Callahan at the controls, the Andover Hall-Tags Sweetie gelding took no prisoners on the way to a 1:53 track and lifetime mark in the week's top trot.
The former track record of 1:53.2 was set 13-months ago by Winning Mister, driven by Matt Kakaley.
Tagyoureit Hanover's victory, for owners Ken Wood, Brian Gordon, Tom Rekoon and Sandy Goldberg, came at the expense of a strong field of rivals. The Eric Ell-conditioned winner has now earned $43,350 in his five starts, increasing his career total to $280,389.
Don't Know Chip, winner of the last two headliners, closed from far back for Vince Copeland, to take second. Looking Hanover and Yannick Gingras were third.
Second Hand News dropped down a class and proved the best in the $22,500 Jr. Open Handicap Trot. Trained by Brit Evans, who co-owns the Pathway To Victory gelding with Foulk Stables, the veteran out-legged Luvyabutleave (Ross Wolfenden) and Idol Kemp (George Dennis) for his first win of the year in his second start. The win pushed Second Hand News' career bankroll to $208,882.
Struttin Conway scored his second straight triumph and sixth of 2012, winning a $16,000 sub-feature trot in a lifetime best 1:55.4. It was the second win on the card for Tony Morgan, who drove the winner for Josh Green. (Dover Downs)