Lexington, KY — Last week, Sylvia Hanover one-upped Twin B Joe Fresh with a 1:48.1 effort in their matchup. In separate $115,000 dashes for the Glen Garnsey Memorial on Sunday (Oct. 8), Sylvia Hanover and Twin B Joe Fresh exercised their class to take their respective divisions at The Red Mile.
Sylvia Hanover steamrolled through the final turn and with a :25.4 final quarter to win the first division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:49.4.
Off the 1-10 favorite, Sylvia Hanover settled into third through a :27.2 first quarter posted by McSeaside with 30-1 shot Sweet Amira sitting second. McSeaside attempted to ration her speed through a :56.2 half and accelerated through the final turn to three-quarters in 1:23.3 as Sylvia Hanover got moving off the pegs.
McSeaside stood no match for Sylvia Hanover’s charge turning for home, and the Mark Steacy pupil scurried two lengths clear to the finish with Sweet Amira grabbing second. Always B Naughty closed for third and McSeaside held fourth.
“She’s just a very deep horse, a very fast horse and a very special horse,” winning driver Bob McClure said. “Is there something she can’t do? She doesn’t want to blast through the mile and cut it that way, but she seems to like chasing horses and knows her job, loves her job and if she stays healthy it’s going to be a fun ride.”
Sylvia Hanover has now won 17 times from 20 starts and banked $1,137,274 for owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc.
“She takes care of herself and is pretty laid back to the point we’re kind of worried about it,” said Mark Steacy, who right before the race sprinted onto the track to grab a plastic bag blown onto the track by the wind. “She’s so easy on herself that she keeps herself good.”
A daughter of Always B Miki, Sylvia Hanover paid $2.20 to win.
Driver Dexter Dunn shut down Twin B Joe Fresh midway through the stretch as she gallivanted around the track to a 1:49.2 victory in the second Glen Garnsey Memorial division.
Strong Poison pushed for the lead to a :28.1 first quarter but yielded command to Twin B Joe Fresh moving up the backstretch. Strong Poison remained keen on Dunn’s helmet through a :55.4 half and 1:23.3 three-quarters, but Dunn gave Twin B Joe Fresh her cue to roll into the stretch and she spurted clear in a matter of strides.
Building a sizeable cushion to the finish, Twin B Joe Fresh coasted home with Strong Poison cutting into the margin to finish second, beaten three-quarter lengths. Hungry For Love finished third, another six lengths behind, and Beach Cowgirl grabbed fourth.
“I was waiting to see what was going to happen,” Dunn said of his tactics in the race. “She’s been pretty good out of a hole, so I was sort of aiming at that. Yannick was heading towards the front, but he didn’t want to be there so he kind of caught me into coming around. “(Twin B Joe Fresh) is such a versatile filly that she gives me options. I was just going for flow and making my mind up as the race unfolded.”
Twin B Joe Fresh tabbed her 17th win from 23 starts and pushed her earnings to $1,281,678 for owners Chris Ryder, Dexter Dunn, Peter Trebotica and Barry Spak. The filly by Roll With Joe paid $2.14 to win.
Each division of the $230,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial was sponsored by the Downbytheseaside Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm.