Hockey Hanover scores 7th straight in PA Stallion
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"This colt, he just digs in," said Yoder of the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover gelding, a $10,000 yearling acquisition for McMullen Stable. "When he hears them coming, he just digs in and goes. You just sit there and go for a ride. He's a Cadillac."
Mississippi Storm, a Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding who broke stride in his last stallion series leg, added hopples for Wednesday's stake and was both reliable and swift on the front end, scoring in a stake-fastest 1:56.2 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Willow Oak Ranch. The first-over Checkmate Hill was second, four lengths back, while Johny Victory completed the ticket.
"He would have been second last time, and I chased him a little bit and he made a break," Miller said. "He was good today. He's a good stallion series horse, and I think he'll be something later on, once he grows up a little. He's just a little guy."
Canaletto Hanover collected his second stallion series victory by controlling the fractions for Mike Wilder and holding off the late thrust of the pocketing-sitting Haveitalltogether and downing him by three-quarters of a length in 1:57. Gemologist earned show in his career debut.
"We had his brother, Centurion Hanover, and we took the money he made for us and bought this one," said D.R. Ackerman, who owns and trains the son of Andover Hall-Charlotte Alber, a $35,000 yearling purchase. "Hopples have made him more secure." (The Meadows)