09/24/2016 9:14PM

Hoosier Park: Hannelore Hanover defeats male foes in Centaur Trotting Classic

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Hannelore Hanover rolled to a convincing victory in the Centaur Trotting Classic

Hannelore Hanover regained her winning form with a dominant performance in the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park on Saturday night. A supplemental entry to the event, Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras scored in 1:52 4/5 as the 1-5 favorite in the field of 10.

Action early in the Centaur involved Muscle Up The Goal taking control, only to be overtaken by Homicide Hunter at the quarter in 26 4/5. Driver David Miller had Homicide Hunter on the front, but willingly allowed Hannelore Hanover the top spot shortly before the half in 55 seconds flat.  Gingras sensed there was little in the outside flow and cleverly backed down the three-quarters, with Maestro Blue Chip making an advance but not threatening through the 1:24 3/5 three-quarter clocking.

As the field turned into the stretch Hannelore Hanover accelerated and lost all of her male rivals, opening up at will with a 28 1/5 final quarter. The main battle was for the place spot, and 60-1 Wind Of The North, who rallied inside, got his nose up just on the wire, while Crazy Wow had to settle for third. Early leader Homicide Hunter was fourth.

"They planned to race her from behind, but when I saw Homicide Hunter on the front end I decided to move her," said Gingras, admitting his tactics went against trainer Ron Burke's pre-game plan.

"I think she would have won from off-the-pace too," said Gingras.

Yonkers International bound, Hannelore Hanover, bred in Indiana, won for the 15th time in just 17 starts in 2016 and pushed her career bank account of the $1.2 million mark in the process.  Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and J. & T. Silva own the 4-year-old mare by Swan For All.