Connors Memorial at Hazel Park draws 16
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The Charlie Norris-trained entry of Twin B Caviar and Foggy Lane K has been named the morning-line favorite in the first of two eliminations for the $100,000 William Connors Memorial 3-Year-Old Trot at Hazel Park Raceway Friday night, while stablemate First Pleasurelane, coming off a ninth-place finish in the lone Yonkers Trot elimination last Saturday night, is the fourth choice in the second elim.
Twin B Caviar and Foggy Lane K have each won just one race this year, both coming in overnights at The Meadows. Twin B Caviar, a gelded son of SJ’s Caviar, scored his win with a 2:00.1 effort April 29, while Foggy Lane K’s lone trip to the winner’s circle came following a 1:59.2 outing on May 2. Norris will drive Foggy Lane K from post eight, with Vince Copeland getting the mount behind Twin B Caviar, who drew post one.
First Pleasurelane, despite having the lead down the backstretch in the Yonkers Trot elimination, faded to finish last and was the lone horse in the nine-horse field to not earn a return ticket to this weekend’s rich final. The colt was coming off a career-best 1:56 victory in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) contest at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, one of his two victories this year; earlier this year he finished second in the $185,000 Dexter Cup final at Freehold. Norris will be in the sulky from post three.
The morning-line favorite in the second Connors elim is Production, who is coming off a 1:57.1 win in a PASS division at Harrah’s
Also in the second elim is Shaman Hall, who captured the $200,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes final last fall at The Red Mile. Leaving from post seven, Shaman Hall will be driven by Billy Dobson for trainer Rolf Ebener.