Haroun Hanover makes it a dozen wins in '13
May 15, 2013
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After three seconds and a third-place finish in his last four starts Haroun Hanover once again hit paydirt when Jimmy Marohn Jr guided the pacer to a 1:56.3 victory at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon. For the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding it marked his 12th seasonal triumph and Haroun Hanover now holds down second place on the North America leaderboard in races won this season.
In a driving finish Haroun Hanover held off Three Artist (Zeke Parker), who defeated him by a length last week in a 1:56 clocking. Third place went to 99-1 shot Wantasmile, driven by Pat Beeler.
As gritty as any horse can be Haroun Hanover seemingly doesn't know the end of a mile attested to the many times he has to go around the track again after a race just to slow him down enough to get him back to the paddock.
"He's always on the muscle but today he was stronger and more focused than he has been lately,” driver Marohn. said about Haroun Hanover. "We got looped on the first turn and we were beat to the quarter in :27.2. He wasn't comfortable following the leader so I let him ramble as we came off the paddock turn and we cleared and were in front before the half.
"From there he just kept grinding and unlike the past few weeks where we got overtaken in the final strides, he held on and turned back all challenges to win in (1):56 and a piece.”
"Today he (Haroun Hanover) was trying the whole way and when he's in that mode he's extra tough,” noted trainer Danny Gill.
Asked why he was mediocre at other racetracks prior to coming to Monticello Raceway and his 12 wins could be a good season in its self, Gill explained, "I got him late last fall from a trainer at Pocono (Downs) where he wasn't racing very well. I believe the big track (five-eighths mile) didn't suit him for the way he likes to race. He's great on a half mile and he proves it week in and week out.
"But you have to understand (that) he's a handful every time you put a harness on him.”
With Tracys Song's 15 seasonal wins; Haroun Hanover's 12 wins, and Worthys Magic with 11, it gives the Mighty M the top three race winners currently in North America. (Monticello)