Hanovers in the books at Balmoral Park
July 18, 2011
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Eight divisions of Hanover Stakes were contested on Saturday night at Balmoral Park. With 27 two-year-old colt pacers dropped in the box for their respective Hanover a total of three divisions, each with a purse of $25,800, were contested.
In the opening split trainer Steve Carter and driver Tyler Smith teamed up for the first of two victories in this division as Caviart Key, a good-looking son of Ponder-Dee’s Shark, who was a $12,000 yearling purchase for the partnership of Carter, Reid, Grubbs and Carter, front stepped his way to an easy three-length score in a blistering 1:53.1.
This twosome clicked again later in the night as Sgt. Matt, a son of Jenna’s Beach Boy-Artical, became the national season’s leader for a 2-year-old gelding pacer on a one-mile oval as he cruised to a 3 1/4-length score in 1:52.4 with Smith along for the ride. The Steve Carter trainee is now a perfect five for five in his career after taking several events on the Kentucky country fair circuit to open his career. The youngster is owned in partnership by Reid, Grubbs and Carter.
Trainer Erv Miller scored for the Illinois-bred program in another division of the 2-year-old colt action as his speedy roan colt Crime Of Passion made it two wins straight wins to open his career rolling to a 3 1/4-length victory in 1:53.3.with son Marcus Miller at the controls. The homebred son of Armbro Mackintosh-Broadway Passion made a huge quarter move to overcome the outside starting spot in the field of nine as he kept his record spotless for O.J. Miller, Leland Mathias and the Ervin Miller Stable.
A total of 18 two-year-old pacing fillies were entered for their Hanover Stake meaning a split into a pair of nine-horse fields with each carrying a purse of $25,100.
In the first division Sawgrass Farms' Podges Lady, a $30,000 Lexington purchase, had no trouble overcoming post position eight as she cruised to a very easy four-length victory in 1:55 for driver Travis Seekman. The daughter of The Panderosa-Four Starzzzz Hope was used hard early to grab command, settled into the two hole and then exploded by her rivals in the lane to win for the second time in as many tries for trainer Joe Seekman.
The other division of filly action helped carry on the parade of chalks in these stakes as Donald Caputo’s Sleazy Does It, picked a nice time to grab her first career victory, taking advantage of her inside draw to post a three-quarter-length victory in 1:55 for driver Casey Leonard. The daughter of Sagebrush-Da Sleazy One is conditioned by veteran Nelson Willis.
An overflow field of 12 three-year-old pacing fillies was sent postward in their Hanover as the sophomores battled for a purse of $28,700. An evenly-matched group and a big field helped produce the lone upset in the Hanovers as the Mike Brink-trained Just By Design continued her recent run of success on the local scene with a thrilling nose decision in a career best of 1:52.3.
Given a fine steer by driver Kyle Wilfong, the daughter of Sportsmaster-Rock N Roan bobbed and weaved her way through heavy traffic in the lane going eventually drilling through a small opening on the inside of horses to win by a nose. The 7-1 choice on the board won for the third time in eight trips postward this season for the partnership of Brink, Poppleton and Carter.
Wrapping things up on Hanover night were 3-year-old pacing colts as a total of 19 sophomores knocked heads in a pair of $27,050 splits.
In the opening division L & L DeVisser’s Fox Valley Griffin managed to find room late and then uncork a wicked :27.1 final quarter to draw off to a 3 1/4-length victory for driver Jamaica Patterson. The altered son of Sportsmaster-Fox Valley Gale has now been first or second in six of his nine starts this year while earning over $41,000 while under the tutelage of conditioner Nick Giberson.
Illinois-bred sensation Dutch Richman closed out the Hanover action with perhaps the most impressive effort of the night as the gelded son of Richess Hanover-Fox Valley Estella completely overwhelmed his foes scoring a six-length decision in a career best of 1:50 with Marcus Miller at the controls. Last season’s Orange & Blue winner has now won seven of his 12 lifetime starts while banking more than $172,000 for owners Leland Mathias, Harvey Eisman and the Ervin Miller Racing Stable. (Balmoral Park)