09/17/2017 4:32PM

Harrah's Philadelphia: Stealth Hanover defeats Hambletonian champion Perfect Spirit

Scott Cantor
Stealth Hanover scored his third consecutive victory, defeating Hambletonian victor Perfect Spirit in the process

Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit returned to action in a $30,000 division of the John Simpson Memorial this afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, but he was upstaged by Stealth Hanover, who turned in a 1:52 track record mile for a sophomore trotting gelding to defeat him.

Driven by Simon Allard, Stealth Hanover put up fractions of 27 4/5, 56 2/5, and 1:23 4/5 with Perfect Spirit (Ake Svanstedt) sitting in the pocket.  Perfect Spirit came to the outside in the lane in attempt to gain ground, but Stealth Hanover polished off a 1 1/4 length victory thanks to a 28 1/5 final kicker.

Stealth Hanover, an Andover Hall gelding, is co-owned by trainer Francisco Del Cid and his partner Mario Mazza.  Stealth Hanover was winless in eight starts as a 2-year-old, but he has five victories in 2017 and has now earned $91,764 lifetime.

Fly On (Andy Miller) was the first trotting winner of the day, utilizing a first-over trip to win by three lengths in 1:53 1/5.  Trained by Julie Miller for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stable, and Gty Stable, Fly On is now an eight-time winner in his life.

Yes Mickey (Svanstedt), who upset Ariana G in the Zweig last month, would win the second trotting test in 1:53 3/5.  Svanstedt also trains Yes Mickey, a gelded son of Muscle Hill, for owner Mellby Gard Inc.  This was Yes Mickey's fourth career victory.

Awol Hanover (Dan Dube) rounded out the trotting winners, converting a pocket trip into a 1:54 3/5 score.  Luc Blais trains the victorious Donato Hanover gelding for owner Determination.  Awol Hanover stopped in the winner's circle for the fourth time in his career.

There were also four $30,000 sections for colt pacers, and it was Q's Cruise (Victor Kirby) leading the way with a 1:50 mile in the second split.  Jim King Jr. owns and trains Q's Cruise, a gelding by Yankee Cruiser, and this was his eighth win of the season and in his life.

Back in the opening pacing group it was Mac Attack going gate-to-wire for driver Andy Miller, trainer Mark Silva, and owner Jeff Snyder.  The winning Somebeachsomewhere gelding posted his fifth career triumph.

It was a tight finish in the third flight, with pace-setter Eddard Hanover (Matt Kakaley) holding off Mac's Jackpot (Brett Miller) by a nose in a 1:52 1/5 effort.  Eddard Hanover, trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., JJK Stables LLC., Larry Karr, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC., made his seventh appearance in victory lane.

Beach Boogie (Simon Allard) pulled a 5-1 upset in the final pacing split, halting the clock in 1:52 1/5 for trainer Rene Allard and owners Allard Racing Inc., Jack Frydman, and Ferne Frydman.  Also a gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, Beach Boogie picked up his eighth career win.