Abuckett Hanover takes fastest Nassagaweya split
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Tony Alagna trainee Abuckabett Hanover shipped north and flew down the road in the stretch to win the faster of two divisions for the $234,058 Nassagaweya Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Island Beach Boy led the two-wide charge into the final turn, rolling to Bettor Sun’s wheel approaching three-quarters in 1:24.1 but hanging into the stretch. McClure kicked Abuckabett Hanover off cover straightening for the finish and dashed past Bettor Sun into the eighth pole, strolling to a 1:52.1 victory over No Bettor Joy jetting through the field for second. Bettor Sun held third with Island Beach Boy fourth.
Owned by Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara and Alagna and Inthegym Partners, Abuckette Hanover won his second race from four starts, earning $98,356. The Betting Line colt paid $5.10 to win.
McClure returned to the winner’s circle after Lawless Shadow led every step despite starting from post 9 and hit the finish in time to hold off Ucanttouchthis in 1:52.2 to take the first division of the Nassagaweya.
Dean B Hanover stalled into the lane, forcing Ucanttouchthis off cover from second over and Candy Trader from third-over. Ucanttouchthis closed on Lawless Shadow’s lead through the stretch, but the Dr. Ian Moore trainee hit the finish first a neck in front of Ucanttouchthis with Candy Trader finishing third and Highlandbeachsbest weaving through competition to finish fourth.
“He’s just improving every week,” McClure said. “He was a little bit mismanageable for a couple of starts, then Ian changed some rigging on him and now he’s just perfect. He surprised me tonight—I mean he got it cheap to the half and everything but he really stepped up and outraced some really nice colts. It’s one thing to win Ontario Sires Stakes races and everything but he beat some nice other colts too. I think he’s trending in the right direction.”
Co-owned by Dr. Moore with R G McGroup Ltd., Serge Savard and Frank Cannon, Lawless Shadow won his third race from five starts, earning $104,565. He paid $15 to win. (SC)