HAROUN HANOVER WINS FOR THE 14TH TIME
Haroun Hanover is a gritty pacer who has gone some tough trips this year en route to his current victory total. On Tuesday afternoon, with rain falling steadily, the 7-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding scored his 14th seasonal triumph for driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr.
The pacer, who doesn’t pull up after the mile, got a dream trip yesterday when Marohn allowed Thunder Seelster and Bruce Aldrich, Jr. to take command on the first turn and once Haroun Hanover was settled in the two hole Marohn had no trouble keeping the head-strong pacer behind the leader.
Aldrich and Thunder Seelster cut fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:27.1 before Marohn wheeled his pacer to the outside and charged to the lead as they passed the three quarters.
“This was the easiest race we had all year. Bruce was cutting fast fractions and it was easy keeping him (Haroun Hanover) in a hole ,” Marohn spouted after the victory. “Usually he’ll sit in for a hole for a while then get ramie and I have to move him, most of the time earlier than I’d like.
“But this time when I pulled him, the wind kicked up and the began to come down real hard which I believe that scared him a bit and we shot to the front and coasted home an easy winner.”
Haroun Hanover finished three lengths ahead of Bob’s Alibi and Mike Merton. Thunder Seelster faded and finished third.
The pacer, who now is second in races won this year in North America, is owned by Ed Hall and James Hall of Connecticut and trained by Danny Gill. He paid $3.70 for win.
Speaking of Danny Gill, he harnessed four winners on yesterdays card and had a pair again today.
Besides Haroun Hanover, another of Gill’s pupils, Prince Of Pleasure, scored his fourth consecutive victory when Marohn reined him to a 1:58.1 triumph.
Gill has currently taken a commanding lead in training victories over Bob Lounsbury . His 85 winners are 10 better than Lounsbury’s 75.