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Panther Hanover scores New Jersey Classic

August 04, 2012

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Hurrikane Kingcole flashed past three quarters in a world record 1:18.2, but it was pocket sitter Panther Hanover that surged late to win the $275,000 New Jersey Classic for sophomore pacers Saturday at the Meadowlands, stopping the clock in 1:47.2. Driven by Sylvain Filion for trainer James Dean, the Rocknroll Hanover colt earned his fifth win in six starts this season.

Filion sent Panther Hanover to the lead from post six, but Hurrikane Kingcole and Yannick Gingras wasted little time shuffling them to second as the field raced to the quarter in :26.3. On the engine, Hurrikane Kingcole kept the tempo lively, reaching the half in :52.2 before dashing to the three quarter mile marker.
Distancing themselves from the field, Hurrikane Kingcole and Panther Hanover turned for home in single file before Filion moved with his mount, taking aim at the leader. Matching him stride for stride, Panther Hanover continued to grind through the stretch before edging to the lead closing on the wire. Rollnlikeabigshot and Tim Tetrick were third.

Bred by Hanover Shoe Farm and owned by James Carr, Panther Hanover entered the race with only nine career starts under his belt. A 1:50 winner two starts back at Mohawk, the colt more than doubled his career earnings with the victory, which now stand at just over $205,000.

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