A freshened up Dr J Hanover returned to the races Saturday to capture the $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 5-year-old Tony Alagna trainee was making his first start since June 9 and got the better of seven-rivals to post a 1:49.4 victory.
Driven by Sylvain Filion, Dr J Hanover paced out to the early lead and posted sensible opening fractions of :27.1 and :56. Easy Lover Hanover, the 3-5 favorite, angled out from fourth nearing the half and made a strong rush towards the lead, hooking up with the early-leader for a far turn battle.
Easy Lover Hanover finally cleared the lead after five-eighths of a mile was completed and posted a huge individual third quarter of :26.1 to reach the third station in 1:22.2. In the stretch, Dr J Hanover showed no signs of being short and came to the outside in the final-eighth to power by Easy Lover Hanover for a 1 1/2-length score. Nirvana Seelster finished third, while Traceur Hanover was fourth.
The one-two finish by "Dr J" and "Easy Lover" gave owner Brad Grant the exacta, as he co-owns the winner and is the sole owner of the runner-up. Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and Irwin Samelman share ownership of Dr J Hanover with Grant.
Dr J Hanover was making his 11th start of the season Saturday. The Alagna trainee now has four wins and $143,600 earned this season.
Dr J Hanover, a now 17-time winner with over $650,000 in career earnings, made headlines last season at Woodbine Mohawk Park when he won a division of the Graduate Series in 1:46.4, the fastest mile in Canadian harness racing history.
A $2 win ticket on Dr J Hanover returned $14. (WEG)