Champagne Hanover bubbles to back-to-back victories

Chester, PA — Champagne Hanover won for the second consecutive time, holding on to turn away Archery Seelster in Thursday afternoon’s (Nov. 10) $14,400 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Jack Pelling made two early moves with the 3-year-old Bar Hopping gelding to control the throttle, then met a stern challenge from Yonkers invader Archery Seelster midway up the backstretch. Archery Seelster raced courageously, but Champagne Hanover proved game and won by a half length in 1:55.2, missing his lifetime mark by a fifth of a second. Annie Stoebe trains for the partnership of R. Lynn Curry and Philomena Curry.

The veteran Lindy The Great increased his lifetime earnings to $1,485,327 with a 1:53.3 victory in the $13,000 fast-class featured trot. Andy Miller, who led all drivers with three wins on the card, tucked the son of Crazed in fourth on the first turn, then angled him uncovered down the back. He picked up the cover of pocket sitter Robbie Pev nearing the three-quarters, then overtook that rival by three-quarters of a length for trainer Julie Miller and owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., John Schmucker, John Mehlenbacher and VIP Internet Stable.

Friday’s (Nov. 11) $15,300 featured pace is headed by Trendy Teen, who has four wins and three second-place finishes in his last seven starts. Program pages are available on the PHHA website.

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