Delayed Hanover’s 1:52 fastest trot of Plainridge meet

Plainville, MA — Delayed Hanover strayed from the Meadowlands for a week in lieu of an afternoon at Plainridge Park on Thursday (May 30) and ended up leaving with a win and a new seasonal mark of 1:52 after touring the facility in the meet’s fastest trotting mile of the year.

Jay Randall left from post four with Delayed Hanover and took a two-length lead to the quarter in :27.2. With the field single file in chase, the pair then set a moderate tone of :56 to the half before Marquis Lafayette (Bruce Ranger) made a first-over move at five-eighths and advanced to within a length of the leader at the three-quarters. But one length was as close as anyone would get as Randall fed Delayed Hanover some line and allowed him to close out the mile on his own terms. With the whip on his shoulder and his hands in his lap, Randall was just a passenger as Delayed Hanover swelled up and bolted down the lane. Delayed Hanover put space between himself and the field with every stride and ran away with a 4-1/2-length victory in an eye-popping 1:52.

Delayed Hanover found his way into the win column with a sharp 1:52 score on Thursday at Plainridge. Tom Melanson photo.

It was the first win in only seven 2024 starts for Delayed Hanover ($3.80), who is owned by Reid Wissner and trained by Kevin McDermott.

In the secondary feature, a $17,000 conditioned trot, Wild Way (Bruce Ranger) yielded the lead to Cruising Tom (Matty Athearn) past the quarter and then sat the pocket as Pembroke Honcho (Heath Campbell) pushed the issue with the leader from five-eighths to the top of the stretch. That’s where Ranger dipped inside Cruising Tom and out-brushed him to the line by a head in 1:56.

It was the fourth win of the year for Wild Way ($7.60) and owner William Hartt. Lance Hudson trains the winner.

Bruce Ranger ended the day with a driving grand slam while Domenico Cecere tallied two training wins, making each the leader in their respective category for Thursday.

Racing at Plainridge Park resumes on Monday (June 3) with post time at 4 p.m.; the card will feature a $1,519 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 in race six.

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