11/12/2016 8:52PM

Meadowlands: Different tactics but familiar result for Hannelore Hanover in TVG final

Derick Giwner
Hannelore Hanover trotted right by Bee A Magician on her way to the win

Hannelore Hanover used a different tact to get the job done but nevertheless had little problem tracking down pace-setting Bee A Magician to capture the $200,000 final of the TVG FFA for trotting mares Saturday night at The Meadowlands.

Unlike the Breeders Crown where Hannelore Hanover got her own way on the front-end to an impressive victory, this time there were plenty of leavers interested in making things a bit more complicated for the 4-5 favorite.  D'One and Bee A Magician charged from the outer flank along with Classical Annie into the opening bend. D'One passed the quarter first in 27 3/5 and then released Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears off the opening bend.  Driver Yannick Gingras was reserved with Hannelore Hanover, and the pair waited to get underway shortly before the half, flushing Shake It Cerry's cover at the 55 4/5 fraction.

With Shake It Cerry inching up slightly, Sears and Bee A Magician were able to steal away with a 1:24 2/5 three-quarter clocking and a two length lead heading into the stretch. But the duel that was expected never materialized as Hannelore Hanover, a 4-year-old by Swan For All, was airborne in the stretch and rolled on to a 1:51 4/5 victory, well-clear of Bee A Magician. D'One held on well back for the third spot.

Ron Burke trains Hannelore Hanover, now a winner in 17 of 20 starts this year, for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables.

"I thought she was much the best, and I figured I would have to two-move her if I went to the lead, so I decided to stay back," said Gingras following the race. "When I tipped her wide on the final turn she shifted into another gear."

Hannelore Hanover upped her career bank account to $1,426,685 with the victory.