Annapolis Hanover quarter-poled to the point, then cruised to his fifth straight victory — and third in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes competition — in Friday’s $160,618 PASS at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows. Fulton captured the other division in the event, known as the Tyler B, for freshman colt and gelding pacers.
A $15,000 yearling acquisition for owner/trainer Mitchell York, Annapolis Hanover has been untouchable since a third-place PASS finish on July 2. In the Tyler B, he blitzed the back half in :54.2 for Tim Tetrick to defeat the pocket-sitting Ervin Hanover by 4-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:50.4. Ken Hanover was third.
York said he has no regrets about gelding the son of Stay Hungry-All Night Long.
“He was very studdy, and we’re not set up for that. Typically, we make the appointment to [geld] them on our way home from the sale,” York said of Annapolis Hanover, who lifted his bankroll to $157,328. “He has one race after the PASS championship, then he’s done for the year. We hope to put away a fresh horse and come back with a fresh horse next year.”
Fulton passed up an early tuck, grabbed the lead and steamed home in 1:50.2, a lifetime mark, for Dave Palone, trainer Linda Toscano and owners Let It Ride Stables and Bottom Line Racing LLC. Lyons Surfing was second, beaten 1-3/4 lengths, with Bugaboo Lou third.
“I really liked my colt and I think he’d rather race on the lead,” Palone said of his early race decision. “I wanted to make them bring it to him. When I kicked the plugs out in the last turn, he just responded. He’s got a good future.”
A son of Heston Blue Chip-Better Be Steamin, Fulton has been in the money in all six career starts, banking $106.917.
Lyons Stealth picked up his third Stallion Series split, scoring by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:52.1 as the 1-5 favourite. Just Bet It All and Mayweather Hanover took the other divisions.
Tetrick, who drove Lyons Stealth, called him a “classic ‘tweener.”
“He has the talent and he’s light on his feet,” said Tetrick. “But mentally, he hasn’t figured out how to get it done against horses that are slightly better. I think he’ll come back stronger at three.”
Jim King Jr. conditions the son of Sweet Lou-Zane Hanover for Threelyonsracing.
“I Dream of Jeannie” Rastetter shot the Lightning Lane with Gee Wizz George to capture her second career pari-mutuel victory — and first since 1996 — in Friday’s $10,000 Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association (GLADA) leg.
Scott “Scooter” Betts fronted the mile with Whiskey Lindy, with Rastetter firmly entrenched in the pocket. In the stretch, Rastetter knifed inside to defeat the rallying Tom “Mayhem” Svrcek (Berkery J) by a length in 1:59.4. Robert Barnard (Wimborne Hanover) and Betts completed the ticket.
While Betts had to settle for fourth, it was the first time in his three-race pari-mutuel career that he hasn’t been disqualified for a pylon violation, a triumph that may get the paddock wags off his back.
Rastetter also trains Gee Wizz George, an eight-year-old Great George Two-Caviar Girl gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $150,801, for owner Maryann Rastetter.
Palone piloted four winners and Tetrick three on the 12-race card.
Live harness racing at The Meadows continues Saturday when the 11-race program features a $2,340.51 carryover in the Jackpot Pick 5 (Race 4). First post is 12:45 p.m.
(With files from MSOA)