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Hempt elims at Pocono

May 12, 2007

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Takeshigemichi and Rusty’s For Real established new track marks of 1:50 for 3-year-old colt pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday afternoon in winning two elimination races for the Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace.
In the first elimination of the Hempt, Takeshigemichi, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Anthony Mannino, sat second for the opening panel with Tivoli Hanover (Tim Tetrick) showing the way. The opening stanza went in :27.4.

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.

While all eyes were on the Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace horses, Miracle Believer stole the show by equaling the all-time track record for pacers--1:49.4.

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)

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