09/26/2015 10:59PM

Hoosier: Wakizashi Hanover handles Freaky Feet Pete with ease

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Derick Giwner
Wakizashi Hanover picked up his tenth win in 16 starts this year in the Jenna's Beach Boy.

The anticipated battle between Wakizashi Hanover and Freaky Feet Pete never materialized at Hoosier Park on Saturday night, but the crowd got their money’s worth as the former posted an impressive 1:48 4/5 victory and Bee A Magciain dominated her male counterparts once again one race later.

Freaky Feet Pete and Wakizashi Hanover both fired off the gate and sat one-two through fractions of 26 2/5, 54 2/5 and 1:22.

At the head of the lane driver Tim Tetrick edged Wakizashi Hanover off the pylons from second to take aim on the Indiana star Freaky Feet Pete. That is where the showdown could have occurred, but Wakizashi Hanover was too strong and charged home to win by 2-1/4 lengths over his rival as the 4-5 second choice.

“He’s not really a front-ender, especially here with the real long stretch. He is much better off coming off a helmet. He likes to pass horses,” said Tetrick on the benefits of the pocket trip. "If he would of had the six (post) and I would of had the nine, the outcome could have been different."

“Tonight was really nerve-racking because I went on Twitter and said we were going to win, and I never do that,” said the emotional trainer JoAnn Looney-King. “He is such a wonderful horse. I love him.”

The victory on Saturday was the tenth on the year in 16 starts for the Tri County Stable-owned 3-year-old gelding. Wakizashi Hanover’s share of the $110,250 Jenna’s Beach Boy purse boosted his yearly total to $1,091,863. He will start next in the Keystone Classic on October 6 at The Meadows.

Not to be outdone, super-mare Bee A Magician easily handled her foes in the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic.

With David Miller in the bike subbing for regular driver Brian Sears, Bee A Magician bided her time in fourth as Wind Of The North, Lindys Tru Grit and Gural Hanover took turns on the lead. After fractions of 26 4/5 and 55 3/5, Miller said go with Bee A Magician and she methodically made up ground by three quarters in 1:23 4/5 before proving 1-1/2 lengths better than Wind Of The North in 1:53.

Gural Hanover finished third.

Bee A Magician’s tenth win in 14 starts was her final tune-up before the $1,000,000 International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on October 10.

Derick Giwner     Bee A Magician wins the Centaur.

“She’s an amazing horse and she raced tremendously once again,” said Miller in the winner’s circle.

Richard “Nifty” Norman trains the 5-year-old triple millionaire for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.

Two-year-old pacing colts were on display in the $150,150 Elevation and American Passport was a solid two-move winner for trainer Tony Alagna.

Driver Scott Zeron sent American Passport off the gate quickly but they eventually yielded to a couple of foes and had to make a move late in the mile. Ultimately he would clear the lead by a couple of lengths in the stretch and hold off stablemate Mindtrip by a neck in 1:52 2/5.

Big Top Hanover was third.

It was the first career win in seven starts for the son of American Ideal, who will head to Lexington for one or two Grand Circuit starts.

A trio of Kentucky Stallion Management races for 2-year-olds saw Sunset Glider, Topville Cadillac and Call Me Queen Be come away with victories.

In the filly trot, Sunset Glider rated slow fractions on the engine and sprinted home in 27 4/5 for the 1:56 1/5 score. Yannick Gingras steered the daughter of Cantab Hall for trainer Jimmy Takter.

The locally owned Topville Cadillac also led at every call in a 1:52 victory over Darlinonthebeach. Tyler Smith drove the filly pacer for trainer/co-owner Alvin Miller.

In the second filly pacing split, Call Me Queen Be yielded into the pocket and scooted up the pylons for the win. Scott Zeron steered the Ross Croghan trainee in the 1:54 4/5 mile.