Toronto, ON--Varadero Hanover, driven by Scott Zeron, provided the 6-1 upset in The Diplomat Series final, Saturday (May 11) at Woodbine Racetrack.
The son of Somebeachsomehwere enjoyed his largest payday of his young career as he took the lion’s share of $55,800 for owners by Reg and Louise Petitpas, Geoffrey Lauzon and Dr Ruth Irving.
Zeron and Varadero Hanover were in no hurry in the early stages as Rockin Wizard (Randy Waples) elected to set the pace before the opening station in 27.2. Urbanite Hanover (James MacDonald) was in the pocket with Orillia Joe (Paul MacDonell) sitting third.
Rockin Wizard would continue to set the pace past the half in 56 with Varadero Hanover beginning the first-over attack.
Waples and Rockin Wizard would continue to dictate the tempo past three quarters in 1:24.2, but Varadero Hanover stalking on the outside just a half a length back.
New Image Media Photos Varadero Hanover won the $55,800 Diplomat Series final in 1:53.
Zeron and Varadero Hanover were able to put away Rockin Wizard and fended off all challengers in deep stretch to a gritty first-over victory in 1:53. Scott Rocks (Chris Christoforou) came on for second with over Orillia Joe (Paul MacDonell) third.
“He got a much better trip this week,” Zeron said following the win. “He’s a big, strong horse and was able to grind away first-over. There were a number of horses that could of won tonight and I’m just glad we got the job done.”
Varadero Hanover captured the first leg of the series followed by a fifth-place effort one week ago.
The sophomore has crafted a 3-1-0 record from five starts this season along with $89,456 for conditioner Steve Mahar. He paid $14.70 to win.
Seventh Heaven For Belle Boyd In Princess Final
Belle Boyd remains undefeated this season as she extended her winning streak to seven straight as she swept the $55,600 Princess Series.
The heavily favoured daughter of Art Major turned in a brilliant performance as she stopped the clock in 1:53.1 for driver Randy Waples.
Notalkingback (Rick Zeron) left the gate alertly and crossed over to the position of command past the opening quarter in 27.2. Wildcat Hanna (Anthony MacDonald) was in the pocket with Marquise De Sarah (Phil Hudon) sitting third.
Marquise De Sarah attempted to march to the front from third on the way to the half, but made a costly miscue as Notalkingback reached that station in 56.1.
Belle Boyd is now seven-for-seven lifetime with her 1:53.1 win in the $55,600 Princess Series final.
Second-choice Super Soph (Doug McNair) began the first-over attack around the final turn, giving live cover to Belle Boyd.
As Notalkingback marched past three-quarters in 1:24.4, she was suddenly three and a half lengths ahead of her nearest rival. Belle Boyd, who was still second-over, was sitting 5-3/4 lengths off the tempo-setter.
Waples had to show Belle Boyd open racetrack at the top of the stretch and she was able to wear down Notalkingback in the final strides to score the win by half a length.
“She’s undefeated this season, so it felt like it was her race to lose,” Waples said following the win. “It was just a matter of putting her in the right position. The fractions weren’t honest so she had to dig deep down the stretch. She’s the real deal.”
Trained Carl Jamieson co-owns the pacing lass with Joanne Morrison and Thomas Kyron. Belle Boyd, who increased her bankroll to $138,275 with the win, also swept the Blossom Series earlier this year at Woodbine.
She paid $2.50 to win.