Heavensdor Hanover knocks off feature foes at Philly

Chester, PA — Delaware invader Heavensdor Hanover pounced from the pocket to capture the $15,300 trotting feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (April 21).

Tim Tetrick got the altered son of Donato Hanover away well in the field of six, sitting in the pocket behind Buxton through fractions of :28, :58.1 and 1:27.1, with Divine Spirit joining the leader outside of him in first-over position at the three-quarters. While these two backed off in the lane, Heavensdor Hanover rallied up the open stretch and won by a neck over the late-gaining Spunkin’srocketman for trainer Wayne Givens and the partnership of Legacy Racing Of DE Inc., Carolyn MacIsaac and Ross Warriner.

Ceffyl Dwr took full advantage of track geometry in winning the $14,400 co-featured trot in 1:57.2. Jackie Ingrassia hustled away from the rail with the son of Andover Hall, forcing tucks before yielding to the pocket behind favored Infinity Stone through fractions of :28.2, :59, and 1:28.3. Ceffyl Dwr went to the open stretch, trotted to the lead, then held off a late burst from 70-1 shot Comeonover Hanover by a length, with Infinity Stone settling for third. Frank Ingrassia trains Ceffyl Dwr for the ownership of the driver, Donna Franchetti and Thomas Doran.

In the $11,200 fast-class trotting contest, Lean Hanover easily made the lead from post eight, then strung his field out through splits of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:25.1 en route to a handy by 2-1/4-length win in 1:54.1. The Donato Hanover gelding took his second straight contest for driver Todd McCarthy, trainer Linda Toscano, and the partnership of P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc. and Karen Carroll.

Andy McCarthy led the drivers colony with three victories. Tony Morgan finished second in his only two drives of the day, so his career win number, second in North American history behind Dave Palone, stays at 16,999.

Philly features action on Friday (April 22) and Sunday (April 24) this weekend, with the former card beginning at 12:25 p.m. and the latter at 12:40 p.m.. Friday’s program will feature a carryover of $2,880.25 in the Pick-5 wager, offered on races five through nine. Program pages are available at the PHHA website.

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