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Hanover winners at Balmoral

July 27, 2005

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Muscle Chips captured the $51,000 Hanover Stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night at Balmoral Park in 2:00.1 with trainer Charlie Norris in the sulky. The daughter of Muscles Yankee scored in her first career start by nearly four lengths for owners Carrie Norris and Neal Goldman.

Lantern's Joy, part of a three-horse entry by trainer Ivan Sugg, finished second with Duke Sugg in the bike, while Faithful Vicky was third with trainer Doug Hamilton driving.

Chocolatier captured the $55,000 Hanover for freshman trotting colts and geldings easily in 1:59.2 in wire-to-wire fashion for driver D. R. Ackerman. Chocolatier is a son of Credit Winner out of the dam Maple Frosting. He is a half brother to 2003 Yonkers Trot winner and Hambletonian runner-up Sugar Trader 3, 1:53.4 ($730,998).

Cunning was second by three lengths for driver Tim Tetrick, while Kid Wizard raced evenly for Mark O'Mara to snag third place honors.

The victory came in only the second lifetime start for Chocolatier, who is owned by the Doug Ackerman Stables.
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