Lagerfeld, Dr. J Hanover take top consolations
August 20, 2016
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Rich consolation races filled the Saturday program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In the $200,000 Colonial consolation I, although there were three different leaders in the last 50 yards, it wasn't until the shadow of the wire when the Yankee Glide colt Lagerfeld finally took final control to win by a neck over Iron Mine Bucky in 1:53.2, a personal best, with Hollywood Highway just another half-length back in third.
Iron Mine Bucky was out to the entire :27.4 quarter to get the lead, then hung early challenger Dominion Beach through fast middle splits of :55.2 and 1:23.3, with Hollywood Highway and Lagerfeld, racing 2-3 along the inside behind the duel, moving inside and outside, respectively, for the stretch drive. Hollywood Highway surged to the lead midstretch but couldn't sustain his bid, with Iron Mine Bucky fighting back to the front, but Yannick Gingras had enough trotter in the last strides to earn the triumph.
Lagerfeld, who won the 2015 PA Sire Stakes Championship and a 9-2 proposition here, is trained by Jimmy Takter, and with this win he topped the half-million dollar mark careerwise, with his total now at $522,443 for the ownership of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.
In the $100,000 Colonial Consolation II, Mavens Way surged past stablemate Double L Lindy in the final strides to win by a neck in 1:54.1. Lima Cadillac was third.
Driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt, Mavens Way won for the second time in seven races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $93,447. The colt is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Mal and Janet Burroughs, T L P Stable, and Esa Hietakangas. The son of Muscle Hill-Doris Deo has won three of 16 lifetime starts and earned $141,724.
Mavens Way, the 9-5 favorite, was sixth in the first half of the race as Lima Cadillac took the field to the marker in :56.4. Mavens Way worked his way to the front heading around the last turn, but went wide and hung in the stretch, allowing Double L Lindy to take the lead on the inside. Mavens Way's late burst, though, secured the victory.
Graceful Vision took the lead after the opening quarter, fended off a backstretch challenge from favorite Skinny Dipper, and cruised to a 5-1/4 length win in 1:50.3 in the $150,000 Valley Forge Consolation I. Heels On The Beach was second and Marty Party Two was third.
Marcus Miller drove Graceful Vision for his father, trainer and co-owner Erv Miller. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Vision Of Grace is also owned by John Koliopoulos. She has won four of 12 races this season and five of 16 lifetime, pushing her career earnings to $114,330.
Graceful Vision was sent off at odds of 7-2. The top four finishers were driven by Millers --- with Brett Miller behind Heels On The Beach, David Miller with Marty Party Two, and Andy Miller with Arrow Hanover.
BATTLE OF THE BRANDYWINE
Dr J Hanover, the impeccably-bred (Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect) $300,000 yearling, streaked to his sixth straight victory in taking the $200,000 Consolation I in 1:50.1, lowering his mark by over a second and a half. Scott Zeron sent the late-developing colt to the lead well before the 26.1, then let quarter-mover JJ Flynn brush around him to the top in front of the stands, that one putting up middle fractions of 55.2 and 1:23.
Zeron had Dr J Hanover out and on the bit just past mid-turn to go after the pacesetter, with third-inside Safensound Hanover dipping down to the Pocono Pike as JJ Flynn backed off a bit, giving "Dr J" his biggest challenge. But the good Doctor, at 3-1 the third choice here, stayed strong to the wire, winning by a length, with JJ Flynn another 1½ lengths back in third. Tony Alagna conditions the winner, improving greatly with every start, for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, John Cancelliere, and Dr J Partners.
Nocturnal Bluechip was hustled out of the gate by driver Tim Tetrick, yielded to favored Spider Man Hanover to sit the pocket, the stormed up the famed Pocono Pike to be an easy winner in the $100,000 Battle Consolation II in 1:51.2.
After opening in :26, Spider Man Hanover got a relative breather on the lead, posting middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23, but he came up empty in the lane, and Nocturnal Blue Chip stormed up the inside to win by 1 ¼ lengths; 35-1 shot Inspiration View, four-wide headstretch and still sixth 100 feet out, was along for second, a half-length ahead of last year's PA Sire Stakes Championship Ideal Jimmy, who also shot up the Pike. A son of Bettor's Delight, Nocturnal Bluechip was sent off as the 5-2 second choice and delivered his first victory of the season for trainer Mark Steacy, also co-owner with NLG Racing Stable.