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Miller Trainees Hanover Favorites (08/03/12)
Posted Saturday August 3, 2013
By Mike Paradise
We bring down the curtain on this season’s Hanover stakes with a trio of events tonight and the Illinois division of the Erv Miller Stable as the early favorites in two of them.
PQ Three (Mike Oosting), fresh off his third consecutive triumph when he annexed last week’s $63,500 Mini Me Final will open as the 7-2 choice in the $46,100 Hanover for freshman colts and geldings landing the six-slot in the cumbersome 12-horse sixth race field.
Miller also has Badger Quinn (programmed 8-1, Le Wayne Miller) leaving from the two-slot.
Sent in from The Meadowlands for the second Hanover filly stake, the tougher of the two $29,600 divisions, was D R Van Witzenburg’s home-bred Ideal Helen (Lewayne Miller), the 2-1 first flash favorite.
She’s a daughter of Western Ideal out of Witzenburg’s very successful broodmare Armbro Nectarine, which makes her a full sister to his Ideal Nectarine (1:50, $607,445 and Ideal Danny (1:50.3, $366,846), among others.
Ideal Helen was shuffled back in her last start at The Big M and when she did get rolling up was impeded by another filly who had trouble maintaining her gait. In her previous race she finished fifth when she raced first up in the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stake there in mid-July.
I tracked down her driver Marcus Miller to give me his assessment of Ideal Helen. The road weary Marcus was in upstate New York that late morning after driving the previous day in Pennsylvania.
“She definitely fits well against those Hanover horses. She does have a lot of speed and talent” said the 24-year-old Olney, Illinois native. “She’s really, really fast for a piece. Ideal Helen has got a quick bust of speed. The filly closed in 26 and 3 in a baby race back in June.
“Ideal Helen ran into some bad luck in her last couple of starts.. She tied-up a little the week before her last start and going into that race she wasn’t herself. She got away fifth in it and as it turned out just about every race was won on the front-end that night. It was just a night when everything went against her.”
Taking over the lines on Ideal Helen is Le Wayne Miller when Mike Oosting chose to drive the (Marty) Engel Stable’s Thesleazyprincess (7-2). The homebred was an impressive winner of last weekend’s $65,000 Loyal Opposition. She drew the three-slot while Ideal Helen has the outside 8-post.
Delco Voracious (8-1, John De Long), Fox Valley Rockn (10-1, Kyle Wilfong), Molly Go Lightly (6-1, Dale Hiteman), Bikinis On Top (8-1, Dave Magee), Green Valley (10-1, Bobby Smolin) and Western Dame (9-2, Casey Leonard) are the other second division Hanover challengers.
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