Darena Hanover wins Jugette
September 19, 2012
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Darena Hanover, who finished second in her elimination of Wednesday afternoon's $296,050 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers at Delaware, Ohio, posted a 1:51 victory in the decisive second heat that earned her the trophy in the classic's 42nd renewal.
In the second heat, driver Yannick Gingras settled Darena Hanover in briefly after starting from post three, outside elim winners Shelliscape and Bettor B Lucky. Gingras had Darena Hanover out and moving and cleared the lead over Bettor B Lucky and Jim Morrill Jr. at the :26.4 opening quarter.
Tim Tetrick tipped American Jewel from fifth and then picked up the cover of the John Campbell-driven Shelliscape, who forged on first-over through a :55 half and 1:22.3 three-quarters. Gingras kept after Darena Hanover and never relinquished the lead, fighting off her rivals down the stretch, including Bettor B Lucky, who was closing on the inside but fell three-quarters of a length short in second. That gave trainer Ron Burke a one-two finish. Shelliscape finished third.
A daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Darena Hanover is out of the Western Ideal mare Dashaway Hanover. Darena Hanover, whose third dam, Daisy Harbor, is the dam of the millionaire The Panderosa, was a $20,000 yearling purchase by Burke Racing Stable from breeder Hanover Shoe Farms.
The win by Darena Hanover came after Shelliscape scored a world-record 1:50.3 victory in the second of the two eliminations. Bettor B Lucky won the first elim after leading gate to wire in a spirited contest in 1:51.4. This was the second Jugette win for Gingras, who won the 2007 renewal with Western Graduate, also for the Burke Stable.
Bettor B Lucky left fast for driver Jim Morrill Jr. from post three but Tim Tetrick had the same idea from post seven with favorite American Jewel. Bettor B Lucky reached the quarter in :26.4 as Tetrick remained first-over with American Jewel. Morrill had no intentions of relinquishing control and Bettor B Lucky pushed on to a :55.4 half and 1:23.1 three-quarters,
Turning for home it was all American Jewel could do to stay close to Bettor B Lucky who paced on to the finish line three-quarters of a length ahead of a late-closing Sectionline Yankee and driver Brett Miller. American Jewel held for third, with Moonlit Dragon and David Miller taking fourth. The top four finishers advance to the decisive second heat later on the card.
Ron Burke trains Bettor B Lucky, a daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, W. Donovan and Larry Karr.
John Campbell rallied Shelliscape three wide in the final turn to open up an insurmountable stretch lead to win the second elim by 6 1/4 lengths. Darena Hanover and Yannick Gingras finished second with Economy Terror, who was parked early from post seven with driver Dave Palone before clearing to the front over Angel Scent and Jody Jamieson, who finished fourth. It was fast fractions of :26, :54.1 and 1:22.4 that set up the successful late charge by Shelliscape.
Bob McIntosh trains Shelliscape, a daughter of Artiscape, for owners Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and DM Stables. The Jugette elim win was a career mark while lowering the previous world record for sophomore filly pacers on a half-mile track of 1:51.2 shared by She's A Great Lady, Western Cruise and Western Graduate.