Dover, DE — Penzance Hanover stormed home from the pocket to spring an 8-1 upset in the $27,500 Blue Hen/Open Handicap Pace on a foggy and rainy Thursday night (Jan. 5) at Bally’s Dover.
Backstreet Shadow, sent the 3-5 favorite, launched to the lead from post seven, clearing Penzance Hanover and trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. through a :26.3 quarter while Grand Cayman, last week’s winner, floated forward from post eight and tucked into fourth. After Backstreet Shadow rated a :55.2 half, Grand Cayman ground first-up to challenge the leader up the backstretch. As Grand Cayman’s bid stalled, Stafford pulled the pocket at the top of the stretch with Penzance Hanover, and the pair drew off convincingly to win by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:51.2.
Mack (driven by Ross Wolfenden) shot the rail to collar Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) for second.
Stafford also owns Penzance Hanover, a 9-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding who paid $18.80 to win.
Tim Tetrick led all drivers with four wins on the 14-race card.
Racing at Bally’s Dover resumes on Monday (Jan. 9); post time is 4:30 p.m.