06/11/2012 12:57PM

Fan Hanover: A look at the finalists


North America Cup night (June 16) is one of the biggest events in all of harness racing. Four rich stakes finals for 3-year-olds and a couple of other stakes will highlight a stellar card at Mohawk Racetrack. For the next four days, I will review the elimination efforts of all the 3yo finals and chime in with my thoughts on each horse’s chance on Saturday. Below is my horse-by-horse lowdown for the C$642,000 Fan Hanover along with my morning line. I’m not giving out my selections here (you’ll have to wait until Thursday for that), but maybe you can read between the lines.

Tuesday I’ll post the C$351,000 Goodtimes; Wednesday the C$530,000 Elegantimage, and finally the C$1.5 million North America Cup on Thursday

We will have complete coverage of the June 16 card, including live video and analysis.

(1) ANGEL SCENT (12-1) made the front just past the quarter. She rated the second fraction nicely before giving up the lead past that call. Filly finished up evenly but lacked a strong kick. She will need more to have any chance of winning but clearly can go enough for an exotic slot. Will she gun out to protect the rail?

(2) LEGAL ENTITY (30-1) raced evenly throughout. Daughter of Modern Art will deservingly be a big price on Saturday.

(3) BIG MCDEAL (5-1) gunned to the top but quickly gave it up for the pocket. She was trapped in that spot the entire stretch but never left me with the impression that she was going to pass the leader. I would prefer to see her coming from off the pace in the final and hope for a trip. It will be interesting since the two elimination winners are to her outside and both have early speed.

(4) ROMANTIC MOMENT (3-1) flashed good early zip before eventually yielding her way into a three-hole. She shook free in the stretch and finished up with good speed under a mild drive. Filly gets a new driver on Saturday, as Tetrick opts to American Jewel. One thing is certain; this gal is aggressive behind the gate and will be leaving.

(5) AMERICAN JEWEL (2-1) left well but didn’t exactly gun off the wings. She assumed command right before the quarter and posted honest fractions. Jimmy Takter-trained filly dug in nicely under a drive. She will be the favorite in the final and merits that honor. Listening to regular driver Tetrick talk, you get the feeling that her 1:50 winning mile was just scratching the surface of her talent.

(6) JET WASH (20-1) got stuck behind some stalled cover and had to swing wide passing the third call. Unfortunately she had no big kick at the end to make an impact. She may be a step below this group right now.

(7) PIROUETTE HANOVER (5-1) got away well but was quickly seated in third. She made a nice uncovered rush to the front and had every chance of winning but came up second best. Ed Hart trained filly is capable of stepping up with a big mile at any time. The outside post means she might have to fish for cover.

(8) SHELLISCAPE (25-1) could not keep up with cover and was weakening late. That was her first start since November, so maybe there is more to come.

(9) ECONOMY TERROR (6-1) moved uncovered past the half and rushed up to attack American Jewel. At first look I expected more from her, but watching the replay a second time it appeared she was ready to pack it in mid-stretch but proved game and displayed a strong competitive nature. Something tells me we haven’t seen her best yet, though the outside post could force her to be firing off the gate and hoping for a seat.

(10) KISS DON’T BITE (25-1) was a bit of a handful according to the announcer but I had trouble seeing that via my feed. She raced off cover while third-over and finished evenly. Filly has her work cut out for her on Saturday and the outside draw won’t help her chances.