Northfield, OH--Apprentice Hanover, driven by Jody Jamieson, made a sweeping three-wide move to win the $126,000 Cleveland Classic in 1:52.1 Saturday night (Dec. 14) at Northfield Park.
Sent off at odds of 3-1 as a heavy snow fell on the half-mile oval, Apprentice Hanover got away fifth as favored Word Power (Scott Zeron) made the lead before the quarter, clocked in 27.
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|Apprentice Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson won the Cleveland Classic in 1:52.1.|
Twilight Bonfire (Tony Hall) was first to challenge the leader, timing a slingshot swipe before the half, timed in 56.2. Jamieson put Apprentice Hanover on Hall's helmet in front of the grandstand for the first time.
"I got a nice tow," Jamieson said in an interview with Dave Bianconi, Northfied Park director of racing and simulcast, after the race. "I knew Twilight Bonfire would take me as far as I needed to go."
Twilight Bonfire put up a stiff challenge through three-quarters in 1:24, but could only close within a head of Word Power. In mid-turn, Jamieson tipped Apprentice Hanover three-wide. The colt responded by blowing by the other two colts to win. Twilight Bonfire was second with Good Day Mate charging late for third.
Apprentice Hanover was one of two horses (Word Power) owned by Bradley Grant in the race. The 3-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Ben Wallace, who had high hopes for the colt earlier this year before an ulcer after the North America Cup derailed his racing schedule.
"He ruined my summer, to be honest," he told Bianconi. "I never really got to take him into any races where I felt I had him trained up good. I babysat him for six maybe weeks and started really training him in Lexington and he's responded great.
"[1:]52 out here in this snowstorm is a great trip for him. Jody said he put the whip away at the top of the lane."
Apprentice Hanover now has five wins in 18 starts this year, good for purse earnings of $228,207.