Milton, ON — Emoticon Hanover scored a comfortable 1:54 victory in Monday evening’s (May 20) C$52,800 opening leg of the Miss Versatility Series for trotting mares at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
The two-time Breeders Crown champion and driver Daniel Dube got away second in a compact field of five and made a second-quarter circle to the lead from the two-hole. The Luc Blais trainee proceeded to post a :28.4 third quarter followed by a :27.4 final quarter to secure a 2-1/4 length victory over early leader The Erm.
Emoticon Hanover’s stablemate Dream Together finished third. Pat Matters and Sorceress Seelster rounded out the field, with both making breaks early in the mile.
A daughter of Kadabra, Emoticon Hanover picked up her 24th career victory Monday to bring her seasonal record to two-for-two. The 6-year-old is looking to duplicate or surpass last year’s totals of six wins and $366,024 earned in 15 starts.
Monday’s victory pushes Emoticon Hanover near $1.5 million in career earnings. She paid $2.50 to win.
The next leg of the Miss Versatility will take place on July 13 at The Meadowlands. The series features four preliminary legs followed by the final at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug day.
Live racing resumes Thursday evening (May 23) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.