07/16/2016 10:42PM

Meadowlands: Hannelore Hanover bests the boys in Hambletonian Maturity

Nikki Sherman
Hannelore Hanover made her first trip to the Meadowlands a winning one, easily prevailing in the Hambletonian Maturity

The connections of Hannelore Hanover shelled out $50,000 to supplement her to the $471,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, and she did not disappoint them or anybody watching, winning the race in 2:05 4/5 for the mile and an eighth distance.

The only mare in the field of 11, Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) was on the outside until past the 55 4/5 half, where she cleared Musical Rhythm (John Campbell).  She would go on to reach three-quarters in 1:24 4/5, opening up a length and a half advantage in the process.  That allowed Wings Of Royalty (Brian Sears), who had been first-over, to drop into the pocket past that marker as Musical Rhythm retreated.

Hannelore Hanover was not stopping, though, as she opened up to two lengths at the 1:52 3/5 mile marker and 3 1/2 lengths at the wire.  Wings Of Royalty stayed on to finish second, and Crazy Wow just nipped Honor And Serve (Ake Svanstedt) for third.

"She was even better tonight than she was in Canada.  The second time I raced her in Canada (a world record-equaling mile in the Armbro Flight) she was a little bit hot," said Gingras.  "They made a couple of changes on her.  She usually starts out a little bit stiff but she warms right out of it.  Tonight, the minute she hit the track, she felt super.  She just dominated them."

Ron Burke trains Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and Frank Baldachino.  She has now won 18 times from 31 career starts, and she has earned $765,679.  Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Hannelore Hanover paid $3.80.