Albergo Hanover wins third straight at Big M
June 02, 2019
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The Jenn Bongiorno barn has been on a roll all meeting long at the Meadowlands, and on Saturday night, 'J-Bo' standout Albergo Hanover won his third straight at the Big M and fourth in a row overall by taking the $30,000 featured Preferred pace for 4-year-olds in a lifetime-best 1:49.
"I'm not surprised at how good he's been," said Bongiorno, who entered the weekend second in the Big M trainer dash-win standings (with 29) and tops in win percentage (31). "But I am more impressed with him each and every week. He won a Pennsylvania Sire Stake for us last year, so we always knew there was talent there."
The son of Well Said-Allamerican Celeb, who continued his hot streak despite bumping up from non-winners of six to the Preferred ranks, had that talent on display Saturday, coming first over after leader Hayden Hanover, who had reached the half in :54.4, down the backside. Joe Bongiorno, Jenn's brother and driver, kept his horse alive racing first over while inching closer to the leader and under serious late urging surged past Hayden Hanover at the conclusion of a heated stretch duel to win by a determined head. Hudson Phil was third.
"Being first up into Hayden – whom I consider a stakes horse – was a little nerve-racking for me," said Jenn. "But the truth is, this horse is so talented and has such a big heart, I knew he wouldn't embarrass himself."
Albergo Hanover, who paid $9.60 as the second choice in the wagering, stayed perfect in four starts this year and has now won 11-of-31 lifetime, good for earnings of $143,409 for owner Gestion J Y Blais Inc.
So Jenn, is Albergo Hanover as good as your None Bettor A, who has won four straight at the Big M in sub-1:50, the most recent in 1:48.4?
"I don't know," said Jenn. "None Bettor is 6 and Albergo is 4. They both are really nice and, truthfully, I am just so grateful to have these amazing animals under my care."
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