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Big Bikkies takes Simcoe split in record time

September 05, 2009
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Neighsay Hanover overcame post 9 to win the first of two $142,153 divisions of the Simcoe Stakes, for three-year-old trotters, at Mohawk Saturday evening.
 
Dave Miller sent Winning Mister to the early lead off the wings with Sedona Canyon and Paul MacDonell following Miller’s helmet. From third, Cesar A Blue Chip was put in motion by John Campbell at the half and easily took command, but couldn’t hold off Neighsay Hanover and Brian Sears, who rushed up on the outside to steal the victory by three quarters of a length in 1:53.2.
 
P J Clark (Andy Miller) stepped up for second, and Cesar A Blue Chiphung on for third.
 
Neighsay Hanover, a son of Muscles Yankee, is trained by Trond Smedshammer for Ted Gewertz, Willow Pond LLC, Leif Alber, and Martha Frank. This was his second win in 14 starts this season. Tonight’s cheque will push his earnings over the $300,000 mark.
 
“He got away in a pretty decent spot,” said Sears, who had to withdraw from driving Muscle Hill in the World Trotting Derby earlier today, when that race was delayed by the weather in DuQuoin, Illinois. “I didn’t know if I was going to have to come first-over, but Paul (MacDonell) elected to pull, so it worked out good.
 
“The horse is really coming into his own right now. He was a little green once I got to the front – he might have been looking at the lights -- and he kind of let up on me for a few steps, but he felt good for most of the race.”
 
Commenting on his ‘interesting day’, Sears added, “It was a very tough spot to be in (having to leave to race at Mohawk while the World Trotting Derby suffered further delays). I would have hated to leave some owners and trainers hanging on a big night like this. I think Muscle Hill is a good enough horse that he will get it done tonight and I wish them all the luck in the world.”
 
Big Bikkies took home all the cookies in the second Simcoe division, setting a stakes record of 1:53.1 in the process.
 
Ron Pierce sent Big Bikkies straight to the front of the bus off the gate, and the colt led the field through fractions of :27.1, :56.2, and 1:25.1 with Truth In Action (Tim Tetrick) in the pocket spot and Federal Flex (Jody Jamieson) third. Federal Flex made a bid for the lead at the 5/8 pole, but still couldn’t locate the dominant form he displayed as a two-year-old, and Big Bikkies kicked away in the stretch to win by three and three-quarters lengths.
 
Duded Up (Steve Condren) made a big step up to grab second, and Truth In Action stayed for third.
 
Big Bikkies, a son of Windsongs Legacy out of Sheza Hot Cookie, has won four of eight lifetime starts for owner/breeders Adam Victor and Sons Stable of New York, NY. Mike Vanderkemp trains.
 
Pierce remarked, “This colt has had some experience but he still acts awful green. That was the easiest way to get him around there tonight (to go straight to the lead).
 
“He relaxes nice once he gets to the lead. I wasn’t surprised (that he had that kind of kick in the stretch) – this is a fast colt and he had plenty left in his tank. He could have gone plenty more.” (WEG)
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