How good is See You At Peelers? Well, her winning time of 1:50.3 on Saturday night at Mohawk in Fan Hanover elimination action would have been good enough to win a North America Cup elim.
See You At Peelers, a 3-year-old filly by Bettor's Delight, made winning look easy once again as she streaked to her 17th straight win on Saturday night.
Just a week off her victory against the boys in the Art Rooney on June 4, See You At Peelers returned to face the girls in the first of three $35,000 Fan Hanover eliminations. Driver Brian Sears asked See You At Peelers for a backstretch brush and the 1-9 favorite made quick work of her assignment, taking command from Idyllic (Dave Miller) after the :27-second opening quarter. She proceeded to the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.1 while Idyllic pulled the pocket around the final turn.
See You At Peelers flew home to score by three lengths in 1:50.3. Idyllic finished second with Live Inspired (Montrell Teague) third and Honky Tonk Woman (Jody Jamieson) fourth.
"She's impressive to watch, but she's even more impressive to drive," said Sears after the race. The Bettors Delight-West Side Story miss, four-for-four this season, is owned by Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Ont. Jimmy Takter trains the filly.
The other Fan Hanover elim winners were Krispy Apple in 1:51, with the Miss New Jersey champ beating the early pacesetter Pretty Katherine by one length, and What's New Pussycat, who pulled off an upset when she edged Athena's Legacy by a head in 1:54.3.
Three eliminations for the Goodtimes Trot kicked off the big night of racing at Mohawk and the very first race showed that the front end was a tough place for most horses to race. Blue Porsche had to dig in to hold off Sim Brown and score in 1:55.1.
Trevor Ritchie drives Blue Porsche, a son of Glidemaster, for trainer Blair Burgess. Ritchie said he got control of the race without much of a struggle, but then had to keep an eye on his colt in the stretch drive. Ritchie said Blue Porsche, who he drove last year as well, was "getting a little bit funky going on me, so I was just wanting to get him through the stretch on the trot."
Blue Porsche is now undefeated in two starts this season.
VC Chocoholic, a colt by Chocolatier, took the second Goodtimes elim by a head over Soulful Delight in 1:55.3 while Imperial Count, a son of Angus Hall, snagged the third in the identical time.
VC Chocolate was able to come from off the pace in the stretch drive to win. Longshot Highland Thunder set the pace and eventually finished third after carving out fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26.
VC Chocoholic paid $4.20 to win for the third time in four seasonal starts. The son of Chocolatier-Miss Madisyn Rose is trained by Trond Smedshammer for Purple Haze Stables LLC of Fairport, New York.
Imperial Count was a 23-1 shocker in the final elimination as heavy favorite Daylon Magician (Jack Moiseyev) made a costly break in stride behind the gate.
Fan Hanover final
2) Krispy Apple
3) Whats New Pussycat
4) See You At Peelers
6) Athenas Legacy
7) Monkey On My Wheel
8) Pretty Katherine
9) Live Inspired
AE) Honky Tonk Woman
$347,000 Goodtimes final
1) Highland Thunder
2) Imperial Count
3) Blue Porsche
4) VC Chocoholic
5) Mr Joe Sixpack
7) Soulful Delight
8) Ice Machine
9) Sim Brown
AE) Haulin Laser