Pompano Beach, FL --- Abbey Road Hanover, with Kevin Wallis handling her lines, set a new track record for pacing mares on Monday night when she gamely held on to win the Open Pace for distaffers over Odds On Aventure and stopped the timer in a startling 1:51.3.
Gold Star Gidget was a fast closing third followed by Bay Girl and Caroline’s Cullen N.
Away third as even money favorite Odds On Aventure surged to the early lead for Jason Dillander, Wallis had his mare out and driving just past the :27.1, taking the lead with exactly one lap to go.
Photo by Skip Smith Abbey Road Hanover and driver Kevin Wallis teamed up to set a track record for pacing mares of 1:51.3 in the Open Pace for Mares on Monday night at Pompano Park.
Turning for home, “Abbey,” a 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, put away Carolines Cullen N, but her task was far from over as a pesky Odds On Aventure found some room, left the pocket and surged towards the leader, only to fall a scant head short at the wire.
Trainer Edgar Clarke said that the mare had only a 2:20 training mile under her belt this week coming into the “Monday Night Fight,” but driver Wallis knew that the mare came “ready to race.”
He said, “She’s the kind of a mare that tells you what she wants, not the other way around. So, right after the quarter, she ‘told’ me that it was time to get down to business and, when any horse feels that good, it’s best to let them go, instead of trying to grab a hold. So, I let her do what she wanted. She was something else tonight.”
The track record performance eclipsed the former mark for 4-year-old mares of 1:52.2 and the aged mare mark of 1:51.4.
Owned by Robert Orr and Garry Jonas, Abbey Road Hanover won for the third time in six 2013 starts to send her lifetime bounty to $118,795--$16,185 so far this year.