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Alastor Hanover delivers impressive elimination victory
July 13, 2005
By Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — After making a miscue in the season opening Gold Series event, Alastor Hanover redeemed himself Tuesday with an impressive 1:53 victory in Gold Elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack.

In rein to Mario Baillargeon, the Rustler Hanover son eased out of Post 2 into third place on the rail and watched as pacesetter Northern Cowboy lit things up on the front end with fractions of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.1. As Baillargeon had expected, Northern Cowboy began to tire as the colts turned for home and Alastor Hanover was able to sail down the stretch to a three length victory. Northern Cowboy picked up his second straight runner-up cheque and Impeccable was eight lengths back in third.

“I didn’t really want to cut the mile because I knew that Mark Horner’s horse (Northern Cowboy) can kind of be a loose horse,” said Baillargeon from the winner’s circle. “He felt really good the whole way. I knew he was a winner at the top of the stretch.”

Mark Ford trains Alastor Hanover for Vicki Fair of Bedford, PA, who acquired the colt for $13,000 US at last November’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale.

Two races later Armbro Domi and Mike Saftic employed a come-from-behind strategy to earn a victory in their first start of the season. Sitting seventh throughout the mile, the pair did not shift into high gear until the stretch, using an impressive finishing kick to score the 1:55 victory and hit the wire one and a quarter lengths up on Fast N Famous and Wingandaprayer.

Saftic shares ownership on Armbro Domi with James Walker of Port Perry, Daniel Sarafian of Stouffville and Gregory Saftich of Markham, and the Campbellville resident said the race worked out perfectly.

“I wanted to race him from off the pace and have him finish well, and that is exactly what he did,” said Saftic. “The flow was good enough to get the job done.”

Garth Gordon trains Armbro Domi, who was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the 2004 Forest City sale. The colt is the son of Camluck and $232,613 winner Shady Willow.

Randy Waples and Streak Of Luck also landed the perfect come-from-behind trip to claim a 1:54 win in the first elimination. Spokesman closed like a rocket to claim second, with Daylon Classic third.

“You always want a nice trip like that. Sometimes it doesn’t work out to your favour, but today it did,” said Waples. “I appreciate the cover and not having to move him hard until the head of the lane. I think he can just about make his own trip out there; he’s pretty handy.”

Waples was in the race bike behind Streak Of Luck, a $20,000 US acquisition at Harrisburg, for trainer Bill Elliott and owners Streak Of Luck Stable of Delray Beach, FL.

The final elimination of the evening went to U Lucky Guy and Steve Condren, who controlled the pace from start to finish, crossing the wire two and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:53.4. Apaches Banker and Mr Willpower watched U Lucky Guy’s performance from second and third.

Timothy Pinske trains U Lucky Guy for his partners in the Pinske Stables of Plato, MN and David Hoese of Glencoe, MN. The group acquired the Northern Luck son for $30,000 at last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale and he prepped for Tuesday’s debut with a 1:57 qualifier at Mohawk on July 5.

The top two finishers from each elimination, plus Wingandaprayer and Mr Willpower, return to Mohawk Racetrack next Monday, July 18 for their second Gold Series Final. Post positions for the $130,000 Final are as follows:

Post 1 Streak Of Luck

Post 2 Fast N Famous

Post 3 Northern Cowboy

Post 4 Mr Willpower

Post 5 Alastor Hanover

Post 6 U Lucky Guy

Post 7 Wingandaprayer

Post 8 Spokesman

Post 9 Apaches Banker

Post 10 Armbro Domi

AE1 Daylon Classic

AE2 Impeccable

AE3 Dance Hanover

For complete results please go to:

http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rmohstu.html