Freshette Hanover, Tango Dancer win at Philly
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The trotter Freshette Hanover and the pacer Tango Dancer N were victorious in the $16,000 feature races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday, the next-to-last day of the 2019 meeting.
First up was the Andover Hall sophomore trotting filly Freshette Hanover, who overcame some recent camera shyness (three straight seconds) with an authoritative 3¾ lengths victory, reducing her mark by 4 2/5 seconds in a 1:55.2 victory. David Miller sent the 3 year old first-over and cleared to the lead before the three-quarters, finishing out strongly for trainer Christopher Freck and owner Susanne Kerwood.
In the pacing feature, Tango Dancer N was limbed to the quarter, then maintained control of the throttle from there, holding off pocketsitter Windsong Parisian by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:53.2, last quarter :27.4. The daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, favored by $4 in the win pool over third-place finisher Betcha Baby, was driven by Dexter Dunn for trainer/owner Kelvin “Red” Harrison.
In a $14,500 distaff pace, Islay N left for position, was shuffled during some early moves to the lead and had to attack first-over, but the Stonebridge Regal mare was able to wear down favored Lincoln’s Girl N to post a three-quarter-length decision in 1:51.3, equaling her North American best. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner of $216,332 for owner-trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen, who is winning his first Philly seasonal training title this year. (Harrah's Philadelphia)