Celestial Hanover scores in Monticello feature
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Celestial Hanover rallied down the homestretch and gained command in the final strides to win the weekly mares pacing feature at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday.
Owner and trainer Dave Emanuel II handed the lines to Bruce Aldrich, Jr. and the hot-handed reinsman drove the 8-year- old the The Panderosa mare to her first victory of the season, scoring a nose decision over Drinking Games and driver Jordan Stratton in a time of 1:59:3
After starting from post two Aldrich immediately angled his mare to the pylons and they were comfortable in this position at the quarter pole.
Aldrich then sat cool in the pocket until the halfway point until he chose to follow the cover provided by Rootintootinfilly and driver Billy Dobson. As the field approached the three quarters, Aldrich wheeled Celestial Hanover three-deep and when they straightened for home, Celestial Hanover gained on Drinking Games with every stride, getting up for a nose victory. Rootintootinfilly held on for third money. Celestial Hanover returned a $12.80 to win. (Monticello)