Hempt elims at Pocono
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Takeshigemichi quickly seized the lead from Tivoli Hanover and took the nine-horse field to the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:22.4.
The 3-year-old The Panderosa colt, starting for the initial time in 2007, won by 1-3/4 lengths with Tivoli Hanover second and Truey’s Legacy (Kevin Sizer) third. Fourth in this race was Whats Up Now (Ron Pierce).
Tetrick, with Rusty’s For Real, also made a quarter-pole move in the second elimination. The Double Dion N, driven by Yannick Gingras, made the front from the six hole, taking this eight-horse field to the opening quarter in :26.4 before Rusty’s For Real got to the front with the second panel reading :54.3.
Rusty’s For Real got to the three-quarter mark in 1:22.3 before winning by 2-1/2 lengths over The Double Dion N, with third going to Isaac Newton (Pierce) and fourth to Mr Aviator (Sizer).
The top four finishers from each elimination will make the $300,000-plus Hempt final next Saturday, with the nine-horse field being rounded out by the fastest fifth-place finisher, which was Big Al’s Delight (James Morrill, Jr.) with a time of 1:50.4.
leaving from the one post, Miracle Believer sat third for the opening quarter with the front runner being Beach Romance N (Tom Jackson) with the timer reading :27.1.
Driver Merton went to the outside to challenge Beach Romance N and went right on by to take the field to the half in :54.2 and the three-quarters in 1:21.4 before winning in 1:49.4.
That clocking equaled the all-time track mark for a pacer, previously held by Yankee Finale with Cat Manzi in the sulky. That 1:49.4 occurred on July 10, 2005. (John Zimich for Mogehan Sun at Pocono Downs)