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Hanover Invaders Minor Only in Numbers (08/02/14)
Posted Saturday August 2, 2014
By Mike Paradise
Unlike most of the past years the out-of-town brigade for Saturday’s Hanover freshman colt stake is small in numbers and even slighter in pari-mutuel experience and at least on paper that should bode well local horseman and their owners.
However, the lion’s share of the fourth race $34,900 Hanover is no certainly to remain in our state.
The Ohio invader is the Virgil Morgan Stable’s Mohawk Warrior, the 3-1 second choice morning line favorite behind the ICF freshman King Of The Swamp (Todd Warren) and Earndawg (Pat Curtin), the one-two finishers in last week’s $48,000 Mini Me Final for trainer Roger Welch and his owners William and Pat De Long.
Mohawk Warrior (Ryan Anderson) drew off in his first career start 10 days ago at Scioto Downs in Ohio with a 1:56 flat clocking on the five-eighths track. The son of Rocknroll Hanover, out of an Allamerican Native broodmare, was bought for $60,000 as a yearling by Herres Stables of Bellbrook, Ohio.
Indian Warrior (6-1, Travis Seekman), now owned by Frank Bellino and Sons of Bronxville, New York, is an intriguing first-time starter. The Ft Apache Hanover colt was bought by his east coast connections privately nine days ago after an impressive 1:56.4 Balmoral qualifier a day earlier when he was almost six lengths the best.
Indian Native came home in a quick :26.2 in that qualifier for John De Long who drove for his father Jesse, the breeder, owner and trainer the colt.
Indian Native’s dam is Fancy Creek Memory and that makes the colt a half-brother to the 3-year-old mare Fancy Desire, a recent winner of the $300,000 Lynch Final and the $30,400 Pocono All-Stars in Pennsylvania.
The 7-2 third programmed choice is Rocky Ruffolo’s Lucpark who had traffic problems in the lane in the Mini Me and ended up third despite a solid :27.2 last panel. Dave Magee returns to handle the 6-5 beaten favorite who should offer more inviting wagering odds in this tougher stake.
Trainer Nelson Willis sends out the three-horse entry of Pathologist (John de Long), Lima Real Easy (Casey Leonard) and Gold Star Image (Dale Hiteman), listed at 10-1. Bubba Tells All (James Kennedy) opens at 15-1 while Casey At Bat (Dean Magee) is at 6-1.
The $27,400 Hanover for freshman pacing fillies follows as race five and begins the 50 cent Pick 5 wager. Lex (Kyle Wilfong) at 9-5 and last weekend’s Loyal Opposition champ Mr Lealand’s Filly (Casey Leonard) at 2-1 are the co-favorites in the compact five horse field.
They’ll be challenged by Angel Demon (7-2, Ryan Anderson), BS Tyrichess (15-1, Brian Carpenter) and Duneside Perttie (6-1, John De Long).
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