Dover, DE — Milieu Hanover benefitted from a hotly contested early pace and swept to a 10-1 upset in Wednesday night’s (Nov. 9) $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Bally’s Dover.
Fire Start Hanover left hard from post five and protected inside position from Shes Pukka N and Grace Rocks, who pushed two- and three-wide into the first turn to force a :27 first quarter. Grace Rocks continued off cover to stick a nose past Fire Start Hanover past the half in a scorching :54.4, and the two continued to duel to three-quarters in 1:23.2 while Shes Pukka N began to fade.
As the cutthroat pace took its toll on the front flight, the backfield was in motion. Feeling Sweet began the three-wide flow heading to the final turn, with Milieu Hanover and even-money favorite Majorca N following suit and circling four-wide in the lane. Milieu Hanover and driver Allan Davis cleared to the lead late and evaded Majorca N (driven by Corey Callahan) by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:52.3. Fire Start Hanover (Victor Kirby) finished a game third, beaten only a neck for second.
Chuck Crissman Jr. trains Milieu Hanover, a 4-year-old Betting Line mare who paid $22.60 to win, for the DeVita Racing Stable, David Hamm and Christopher Giaccio.
Thursday’s (Nov. 10) program features four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds, scheduled as the sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th races on the 15-race program. The 12th race, the Matron for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, is named in honor of W.E. “Hap” Hansen, former administrator and general manager of Brandywine Raceway. There will also be a trio of carryovers: $1,820.35 in the Early Pick-4 (races 2-5), $1,002.61 in the Pick-5 (races 6-10), and $5,391.79 in the pentafecta in the final race. First post is 4:30 p.m.