Allywag Hanover crushes in Mohawk Gold Cup

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Milton, ON — Allywag Hanover confirmed his position at the top of the open pacers in North America as he dominated in the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Saturday night (Sept. 18) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Allywag Hanover cruised to an easy victory in the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup. New Image Media Photo.

It was the fourth straight win for Allywag Hanover (Todd McCarthy) whose streak started with the McKee Memorial on Hambletonian Day and his most recent win in the prestigious Canadian Pacing Derby on September 4.

McCarthy put Allywag on top early and never looked back through splits of :27, :55, 1:21.3 and he was home with 4-1/2 lengths to spare in 1:48.1. Enavant (Bob McClure) attempted a challenge but had to be content with second this night. Warrawee Vital (Trevor Henry) was third and Sintra (Jody Jamieson), who never saw the rail, took the fourth place check.

“He’s developed a new dimension where he can leave and really carry his speed – he’s loving it right now,” praised trainer Brett Pelling.

“He’s effortless. He travels over the ground so well. I think Todd fits him great. With his gait speed now he’s putting himself into the race every time. It’s made him go to another level.”

As for the rest of the season, he still has some room on his dance card. “He has the TVG, Breeders Crown, we may take him down to Kentucky for one run. There are a few races left. He’s still young. He’s definitely going to come back at five. That’s my first Gold Cup and I’d like him to be my second as well.”

Owned by the Allywag Stable of Wellsville, Pa., the four-year-old son of Captaintreacherous is now 8-2-0 in 15 trips behind the gate this year for $676,450 earned. His dam is a Camluck sister to Gregg McNair’s former standout Aracache Hanover, a winner of $1.7 million in his career.

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