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Shadyshark Hanover storms to 1:51 victory

October 01, 2010

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The track record for freshman colt pacers was under assult Friday night at Pocono Downs as three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations were contested. On a night when records tumbled in several races, Fashion Delight was the first to lower the standard for two year old colts with a 1:51.3 performance. One race later Shadyshark Hanover shaved another three-fifths off the mark.
Forecloser N, favored in the first Breeders Crown frosh-colt pace elim at Pocono Downs, Oct. 1, drew from the pocket in the stretch and paced right by Great Vintage to win in 1:52.1
“I felt pretty confident,” driver Tim Tetrick said about coming around the third turn with “Vintage” leading.
Vintage was on top at the start, setting a hot pace through three-quarters in 1:23.3. Roadside Delight was first up but couldn’t make any ground.
Westwardho Hanover made a late brush taking advantage of the tiring foes behind the top two and got third, making the final next week.
Mark Steacy trains the freshman colt for R. Peter Heffering.
Fashion Delight set a mark in the second of three Breeders Crown elims for frosh-colt pacers at Pocono Downs, Oct. 1.
The Jim Campbell-trained frosh fireball paced it in a track record time of 1:51.3.
Line Officer went for the lead and Roll With Joe sat second but "Delight" wanted the top and soared to cut the fractions, which at three-quarters were 1:23.3.
Big Bad John took to the outside to make a big chase first over and galloped a bit trying to catch Delight in the final yards. He held up for second, regardless.
Line Officer saved ground from his early speed and took the third spot.
Fashion Farms owns the top colt.
Shadyshark Hanover flew from behind a fiery pace and broke a mark set in the previous elim by Fashion Delight in the third of three Breeders Crown elims for frosh-colt pacers at Pocono Downs, Oct. 1. It was a mile in 1:51.
"They mixed it up enough up front and we got lucky and wound up in the right spot," said driver Jim Morrill, Jr.
Wink N Atchya fired to the top and cut the first quarter in an unspeakable :25.4, then tried to ease up from that pace but was pressured by Big Jim, who came first up to challenge and get the top. He cut the half in :54.1.
As "Jim" sped along to three-quarters in 1:21.3, ahead by a reasonable margin, he and the other early speedsters began to tire.
A late bid by 50-1 Hugadragon was productive and managed to get the colt into the final as he finished second to "Shadyshark," who was three wide down the stretch to capture the win.
Big Jim held for third to get into the final.
Erv Miller trains Shadyshark for Fielding, Strachan, Michelon and Ervin Miller Stables. (Breeders Crown)
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