2015-05-06 Habitat shines in stakes

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:52 PM
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The Hambletonian Trail premiered on Saturday, May 2 with the $133,170 Dexter Cup and $71,500 Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway, with Hambo hopefuls going in the Dexter Cup and “Oaks” hopefuls in the Lady Suffolk.

Pocono Downs also hosted four divisions of the $128,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars for colts to kick off their annual sires stakes program on Saturday, while fillies competed in three divisions for a total of $96,000 on Sunday, May 3. 

Habitat (H-Conway Hall) sprinted to the lead down the backstretch as the 1-2 favorite and maintained control to the finish, winning the Dexter Cup in 1:56.4. Divisionist (H-Andover Hall) applied first-over pressure and found room at the cones late to chase for second, and Gabe The Bear Dean was third. 

Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Yannick Gingras, Habitat paid $3.00 in his sophmore debut. Other hopefuls Apostles Creed (H-Credit Winner) and Sixteen Encores (H-Encore) were fourth and fifth respectively.


E L Love conquered the first division of the Lady Suffolk in 1:58 in gate-to-wire fashion over 3-5 favorite Riley’s Dream (H-Muscle Hill) and Rules Of The Road (H-Muscle Hill). She is owned by Erkki Laakkonen and was driven by trainer Riina Rekila. She returned $8.20 to win. 

With favorites Blk Thai Optional and Jewels In Hock breaking at the start, Southwind Cartier (H-Muscle Hill) trotted leisurely on the lead until Northern Obsession came to challenge in the stretch and eventually got by to win in 2:01. Sent off at 22-1, the Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trainee, who he owns in part with Barbara and Donald Arstine, was guided to victory by Eric Abbatiello and to a $46.20 win dividend. Oaks eligible My Lucky Word (H-Lucky Chucky) finished sixth at 23-1 due to a break. 

Pocono Downs collected fourteen Hambo eligibles, among 13 other horses, to compete in four divisions of the PA All-Stars on their matinee card Saturday, May 2. 

Boots N Chains (H-Yankee Glide) rode the pocket and sat behind Jacksons Minion (H-Explosive Matter) and managed to establish a 1:55.1 score at 5-2, with Jacksons Minion finishing second and Wimborne Hanover third. Owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, trained by John Butenschoen and driven by Mike Wilder, the eligible returned $7.40 to win. Don’t Mind Me (H-Andover Hall), who was sent off the 4-5 favorite, recovered from a break at the start but faltered from a first-over challenge around the final turn, finishing fourth. 

Real Dj Hanover (H-Andover Hall) coasted behind Piercewave Hanover (H-Donato Hanover) to win off a pocket trip in 1:56.1 in the second division. Owned, trained, and driven by Ake Svanstedt, with a share of ownership belonging to Torbjorn Swahn as well, he returned $12.00 to win. Explosive Brother (H-Explosive Matter) finished third, while Pierre (H-Yankee Glide) and Soborro Hanover (H-Donato Hanover) made breaks and finished off the board. 

From the Nancy Johansson barn, Cruzado Dela Noche (H-Muscle Massive) passed favorite Suit And Tie (H-Andover Hall) and pocket-rider Simeon to take the third division of PA All-Stars in 1:55. Owned by Courant Ab, and driven by Marcus Johansson, he paid $7.00 to win, with the exacta over the favorite returning $30. Finish Line (H-Yankee Glide), made the 9-5 second choice, broke in his first-over bid and finished sixth. 

Confidently steered by Corey Callahan through a first-over trip, 1-9 favorite Whom Shall I Fear (H-Cantab Hall) slowly passed tempo setter On The Sly (H-Broadway Hall) and held off Wicker Hanover at the passing lane to win in 1:55. The $2.10 winner is owned by Whom Shall I Fear Stable and is trained by Jimmy Takter. 

Trotting fillies then gathered at Pocono to compete in three divisions of the PA All-Stars on Sunday, May 3. 

Focus On Me took the lead at the quarter and sat the pocket when Fly Angel Fly (H-Cantab Hall) retook the lead at the half, but flew up the passing lane to claim victory in 1:56.4 over Fly Angel Fly, with Scented Roses (H-Cantab Hall) finishing third and Pad Princess fourth. Owned by conditioner Rick Beinhauer in part with Regina Beinhauer and driven by Dan Rawlings, the 6-5 favorite paid $4.60 to win. 

Livininthefastlane (H-Donato Hanover) trotted wide around the first turn but managed to clear the lead after the quarter and cruised for the rest of the mile, advancing to a 1:54 victory in her 2015 debut. The 1-5 favorite, owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband, trained by Julie Miller, and driven by Andy Miller, paid $2.60 to win. She Glides finished second and Sarcy (H-Donato Hanover) was third. Cocoacobana (H-Chocolatier) scratched. 

The final division of the PA All-Stars went to Sky Hanover, who challenged race leader Kolachke (H-Donato Hanover) first over and cleared around the final turn to then hold off the challenges of Big Barb and early breaker Lilu Hanover (H-Andover Hall), in 1:56.1. 

The 3-5 favorite, owned by Andy Miller Stable, Little E Stables and Banyan Farms and Westminster Road, trained by Julie Miller and driven by Andy Miller, paid $3.40 to win. Kirsi Hanover (H-Donato Hanover) finished fifth, while Wiclet Hanover (H-Andover Hall) challenged for the lead at the quarter, but broke soon after.


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