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Unred Hanover sweeps the Town Pro Series at Mohawk
Friday, July 27, 2012 - by Greg Gangle, for the Woodbine Entertainment Groupo

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Campbellville, ON --- Unred Hanover, driven by Paul MacDonell, pulled off the series sweep of the Town Pro Pacing Series by winning the C$60,000 final on Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.

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Unred Hanover completed a sweep of the Town Pro Series on Thursday
Unred Hanover sat in the pocket before the opening panel, controlled by Persistent (Scott Zeron), as the 3-year-old fillies reached that station in :26.4.

As the sophomore pacers marched to the half, MacDonell angled Unred Hanover out of the pocket and into command to lead her rivals past the half in :55.2 and the three-quarters in 1:23.3.

Turning for home, Persistent was stalking in the pocket with Lil Miss Bourbon (Randy Waples) on the outside. MacDonell then asked his charge for more pace and the six-time winner responded as she edged away from her rivals in deep stretch to score the win in 1:51. Persistent stayed for second with Mileys Big World (Sylvain Filion) completing the Triactor.

Despite winning both preliminary legs, MacDonell admits that was aware of his competition heading into the final.

“There were two or three horses in there that could give me a run for my money,” MacDonell said following the win. “Obviously, Persistent, Mileys Big World and Docs Hope, as well. There were three or four substantial fillies that could give you a run on any given night.

“I thought it was a good idea to control (the pace) from the half on,” he continued. “Scott (Zeron) got his horse out of there real fast and he covered me up for the first quarter of the mile and it worked out in our favor.”

Travis Umphrey trains and co-owns the daughter of Western Ideal along with Terry Hamilton and Shir Win Racing Stable. Unraced as a 2-year-old, Unred Hanover has crafted an impressive 6-3-0 record from nine starts this season and has won $96,518. She paid $4.40 to win as the favorite.

Also on the program, rookie trotting fillies got to showcase their talents in the C$30,000 second leg of the In Free Trotting Series.

Post time favorites Wind Stroll and Lady Laker stamped their way into the C$50,000 final as they both found the winner’s circle in their respective divisions.

In just her first lifetime start, Wind Stroll, driven by James MacDonald, found the wire first in 1:59.2, in the first division.

By the first crop of Muscle Mass, the brown filly out of Southern Senorita sat in the pocket for most of the mile through panels of :29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30.2, before using a :28.3 final quarter to notch the win by 1-1/4 lengths. Ocean Mist Beauty (Chris Christoforou) finished second with Ansty Dancey (Anthony MacDonald) completed the Triactor.

Trained by Johnathan McKinnon and owned by Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, Wind Stroll now has earned of $14,850. She paid $4.90 to win as the favorite.

After finding the winner’s circle in the opening round of the series, Trevor Ritchie once again guided Lady Laker to victory lane.

Standing My Ground (Sylvain Filion) cut the mile through panels of :28, :58 and 1:28.3, before Ritchie angled Lady Laker (Lockkeeper--Hyercast) out of the pocket to score the narrow win. Standing My Ground stayed for second, over Bostonz Credit (Rick Zeron).

Lady Laker remains a perfect three-for-three to begin her career for trainer Allen Tomlinson and owner David Vanderhyde. The bay filly now increased her bankroll to $26,600. She paid $2.40 to win.

The C$50,000 final will take place on Monday, Aug. 6.

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