After finishing last in the North America Cup final on June 26, All Speed Hanover looks to rebound in the first of Saturday's three Meadowlands Pace eliminations
The North America Cup was a rare blemish on All Speed Hanover's otherwise impressive record of seven wins in 12 career races. The son of Cams Card Shark has earned $661,968 for trainer Noel Daley and owners Adam Victor & Son Stable and John Fielding.
"He wasn't sick, but he had a good excuse for getting beat [in the North America Cup]," explained his driver, Ron Pierce. "I had a hard time scoring him down. I went to take him off the gate to follow John [Campbell] with Rock N Roll Heaven, and my colt started kicking the bike. By then it was too late to leave out of there because some others had left pretty hard. I still wound up getting behind the favorite, but he was fussing and fighting with me the whole way. He didn't want to relax because he was hitting the bike, and I think he ended up choking around the last turn.
"When they hit the stirrups with their hocks, that hurts," Pierce continued. "It was making him angry. I think he just pulled the bike up underneath him when I grabbed him up behind the gate. It was the pressure I put on his mouth, and sometimes the crouper gets loose or stretches. When that happened, I knew we were in trouble. I got a good trip, they went fast fractions [fastest three quarters in NA Cup history - 1:20.4], and I thought at the very least we could get a big piece of it, maybe second or third. I don't know if we would have caught Sportswriter, but I was very concerned about him not relaxing. That horse is usually relaxed, happy and drives with two fingers. He had never done that before. He's got a big chance to regroup for the Meadowlands Pace."