11/21/2016 7:35PM

Dover Downs: Hap Hansen Progress Pace elims won by Check Six, Manhattan Beach

Check Six was game from first-over in winning his elimination

Check Six and Manhattan Beach posted victories in the pair of $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace eliminations for 3-year-old colt pacers that were held as part of Monday's card at Dover Downs.

In the first elimination, 4-5 favorite Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) led through fractions of 26 3/5, 56 1/5, and 1:24 1/5, but Check Six (Yannick Gingras), who had come first-over out of fourth before the half, wore the pace-setter down through the lane and got by him late to win by a neck in 1:51 3/5.  Lyons Snyder (David Miller), JK Will Power (Corey Callahan), Big Top Hanover (Tim Tetrick), and Manny (Tony Morgan) rounded out the order.

Ron Burke trains Check Six, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., William Switala, and James Martin.  This was Check Six's 15th win from 32 career starts, and he has now earned $1,107,028.  The 7-5 second choice in the race, Check Six returned $4.80 to win.

The other elimination saw Western Fame (Mark MacDonald) clear Boston Red Rocks (Tetrick) for the top spot beyond the 26 4/5 opening quarter.  Western Fame would go on to hit the half in 56 1/5 and the three-quarters in 1:25 1/5, with Craftship (Corey Callahan) moving up side-by-side with the leader at three-quarters.  Manhattan Beach (Matt Kakaley) followed Craftship's move into contention, then Kakaley fired his charge three-wide at three-quarters. 

Manhattan Beach passed the leaders on the final bend, opened up on the lead turning for home, and was on cruise control to the finish, completing the mile in 1:52 4/5.  Katies Rocker (Miller) was second, beaten five lengths, with Boston Red Rocks, who got trapped in behind Craftship and Western Fame on the far turn, showing pace through the lane to finish third.  Western Fame, Stolen Glimpse (Gingras), and Craftship rounded out the finishers.

A gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, Manhattan Beach is trained by Scott Di Domenico for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, who purchased Manhattan Beach out of the recent mixed portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale for $130,000.  Manhattan Beach won for the sixth time from 34 lifetime attempts, and he has now banked $579,498.  A 3-1 shot, Manhattan Beach paid $8.80 to win.