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Holborn Hanover upsets

July 17, 2004
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Sent off the longest shot on the board at odds of 58-1, Holborn Hanover pulled off the biggest shocker in Meadowlands Pace history Saturday night, coming up the pylons in late stretch for driver Jim Morrill to win the $1 million contest in 1:49.



Metropolitan (John Campbell) and Mantacular (Cat Manzi) left swiftly from the outside two posts, with Camelot Hall (George Brennan) dropping in third. After a :26.1 opening panel, Brennan sent Camelot Hall to the lead, reaching the half in :52.4. At that point Geartogear (Ron Pierce) came charging first-over but Camelot Hall dug in and kept his rival parked through a 1:20.1 three-quarters clocking.



In mid stretch Camelot Hall began to tire and Metropolitan came out alongside and started to move past. An opening along the inside opened up for Morrill and he urged his charge through to get to the wire first. Favored Timesareachanging (Yannick Gingras) came from far back to get second, edging Metropolitan, with Camelot Hall back in fourth.



"You save as much ground as you can and hope you have a little luck," said Morrill in the winner's circle after winning his first Meadowlands Pace with the biggest price ($119) ever. "I saw the horses on outside struggling so I wasn't worried about coming up the rail."



A son of 1994 Meadowlands Pace winner Cam's Card Shark, Holborn Hanover is trained by Mark Harder and owned by John Fielding and Canamerica Capital Corp. (Doug Hyatt and Albert Imbrogno). A winner of one race in 13 starts last year at two, Holborn Hanover came into the Meadowlands Pace with just one win in nine starts this year, that coming in his first start of the year on April 15 in Canada. He qualified for the Meadowlands Pace final by being the fastest of the three fourth-place finishers in his elim last weekend.



"When I saw (the three-quarters of) 1:20.1 I thought Camelot Hall's in trouble," said Harder, who also trained that colt. "But he was fourth off fractions like that."

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