Toodles Hanover, Booraa N victorious at PlainridgeMay 2, 2023,
Plainville, MA — A pair of paces for fillies and mares topped the card at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (May 2), and both winners flaunted front-end foot.
In the $17,500 event for 5-year-olds and under, Toodles Hanover (Bruce Ranger) got away second at the quarter to Howdoyalikeit (Matty Athearn) but pulled past that station and took the lead for good. After cruising to the half in :56, Roaring Kitty (Jim Hardy) mounted a first-over challenge that pushed the pace up the backside and around the far turn. Headling into the stretch, A List Girl (Kevin Switzer Jr.) joined Howdoyalikeit Now and Roaring Kitty in pursuit of Toodles Hanover, but she maintained pace across the wire to win by a head in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.3.
Toodles Hanover ($6.00) is owned by Katie Callahan and is trained by Gretchen Athearn. Ranger and Athearn both ended the day with two wins apiece.
Earlier, in a $16,000 mid-level conditioned event for distaffers, Booraa N (Ron Cushing) remained undefeated in North America by putting up quick front-end fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.1 before turning for home and stretching out to an easy 1-1/2-length win in 1:52.2.
It was the second straight win in only two starts this year for Heidi Gibbs trainee Booraa N ($4.00), whom Cushing owns along with Kevin Sywyk.
Other participants scoring two wins during the card included drivers Matty Athearn and Kevin Switzer Jr., and trainer Elisha Lafreniere.
The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta was hit in the ninth race, with the combination of 4-7-5-3-1 paid $21,168 for a 20-cent wager.
Live racing will resume at Plainridge Park on Thursday (May 4) at 4 p.m., and that card will feature a $542 carryover in the Pick-6, comprising races 4-9. Thursday will also see the first stakes action of the season at Plainridge Park, when two divisions of the Paul Revere Pace, for 3-year-olds, will go to post for a total of $100,000 in purses.