Carrera Hanover wins fifth straight in Meadows Series opener

Washington, PA  — Carrera Hanover turned back a pair of late challengers to win his fifth straight in Friday’s (April 12) Terry Altmeyer Memorial Trot at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows. Father Mike captured the other $12,500 opening-leg split in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.

The event honors the memory of Terry Altmeyer, a stalwart of both Meadows racing and the Pennsylvania Fairs.

Carrera Hanover held off a pair of challengers to win his fifth straight on Friday afternoon at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows. Chris Gooden photo.

Carrera Hanover most recently took the final of a series that included 4-year-olds and was sent off the 2-5 favorite as a result. The Bar Hopping-Cankeysto gelding controlled the fractions from post seven but was threatened in the lane by Vanguard outside and Korkscrew in the Lightning Lane. He dug in for Ridge Warren and downed Korkscrew by 1/2 length in 1:58.2 over a sloppy surface. Vanguard finished third.

J.L. Adams trains Carrera Hanover for Martin Valentic and McKenna Adams.

Father Mike also zipped to the point but had little trouble holding the lead throughout for Jeremy Indof, scoring in 1:57.3. Kill A Word, off at 99-1, was second, 6-3/4 lengths back, while Nail Driver completed the ticket. Richard Perfido conditions the Father Patrick-Ready Any Time gelding for Scott Leaf, Michael Ternisky and Gerald Fielding.

Elsewhere on Friday’s card, Emerald’s Legacy shot the Lightning Lane to take the $19,200 Open Handicap Trot in 1:54 for Dave Palone, trainer Scott Betts and owners Tim Betts, Nick Catalano, Keith Pippi and Shanamphilaniklou. The 5-year-old Father Patrick-Devilish Emerald gelding now boasts a career bankroll of $231,457. Early leader Jeffery P was second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Killer Instinct third.

Palone collected four wins on the 12-race card.

Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday (April 13) when the 12-race program features a $229.90 carryover in the Lucky7 (race 3). First post is 12:45 p.m.

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