Milton, ON — The ‘Road to the Pepsi North America Cup’ has changed drastically following the unfortunate injury to top contender Papi Rob Hanover.
Ranked number two each week, Papi Rob Hanover has suffered a hairline fracture to a coffin bone in his front left leg and will be sidelined for the remainder of 2020. The Brett Pelling trainee went out a winner, recording a stunning 1:47.1 world record win in an elimination of the Adios last Saturday at The Meadows.
The season and potentially career-ending injury to Papi Rob Hanover brings a close on the incredible rivalry between he and Tall Dark Stranger. The Pelling and Nancy Takter trainees slugged it out at age two and that carried over to this season, including the memorable stretch battle in the Meadowlands Pace.
The removal of Papi Rob Hanover from the ‘Road to the Pepsi North America Cup’ shakes things up. Tall Dark Stranger remains at the top, while the three horses directly behind Papi Rob Hanover all move up a spot.
Tall Dark Stranger is entered to race this Saturday in the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at The Meadowlands, while three others on the top 10 will compete in Saturday’s Adios final at The Meadows.
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