|Haroun Hanover cruised to a 1:56.3 victory in his division for driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr.|
Still in for the bargain price of $4,000 Haroun Hanover, owned by Ed Hall and James Hall of Connecticut, notched his fifth consecutive victory and returned a $2.80 win mutuel. He was the only repeat winner in the series on Wednesday.
After finishing second, missing by just a neck last week, Nutmegs Taxi made amends when Patrick Beeler followed live cover until the top of the lane and then rallied his pacer to a short, nose victory over River Waltz N and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. It was the third season’s triumph for the Four Starzz Shark 6-year old gelding who is owned by James Schreibeis of Florida, N.Y. Nutmeg’s Taxi paid $9.30 to win.
In the final split Pat Beeler and Four Starzz Lefty stalked the pacesetter, Thomas John N (Mike Simons), until midway through the homestretch and then charged home to be a neck winner in 1:58.4. Thomas John N (Mike Simons) held on for second money.
Owned by the Chalky Tom Racing Stable of Ballston Spa, N.Y., the winner paid $29.80 and gave trainer Billy Devine a pair of winners on the card.
Although none of the owners used the option of adding another $1,000 to their horse’s claiming price in the series’ second leg, when the final prelims are raced next Wednesday owners can enter their pacers for $4,000, $5,000 or $6,000 -- again with the higher-priced claimers drawing outside of those with a lesser price tag.