|Amped Up Hanover was dominant in his division|
“He pushed the gate away like an older horse,” winning driver Mike Wilder said. “He has great manners. I never pulled out his earplugs. He really acts like he’s a classy colt.”
John Butenschoen trains the Explosive Matter--Armbro Amadeus gelding, whose win pushed his bankroll north of $100,000, for Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, Robert Bove, VIP Internet Stable and Tangie Massey.
Monte Cristo Spur pulled the pocket for trainer-driver Dick Stillings at the three-quarters and jogged to victory in a career-best 1:57.1, 4-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Master Bedroom. Uriel closed well for show.
“I thought my horse was probably the best,” Stillings said. “He got a little warm his last race, so I had to make a couple changes. I went to a different bit and put his earplugs back in. That’s it for him this year. He isn’t very big, so we decided not to stake him very much. We kept him in some big races next year.”
Richard Davis owns the son of Cantab Hall--Sweet Gabriella, who completed his freshman campaign by vaulting over $100,000 in earnings.
In the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap pace, Darena Hanover stalked from the pocket for Wilder, then poured through the Lightning Lane to erase a 3-1/2 length deficit and triumph in a sharp 1:51.4. The first-over Do Me Honor was second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while the early leader, Betterluvnexttime, saved show.
Ron Burke trains Darena Hanover, a 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser--Dashaway Hanover who now boasts $643,947 in career earnings for Burke Racing Stable.
Stillings and Wilder each drove three winners on the 15-race card.
Stakes racing at The Meadows will resume Monday with a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $90,000 event for 3-year-old filly trotters and an $81,600 stakes for sophomore filly pacers.
Post time will be at 12:55 p.m., ET.