06/03/2017 2:54PM

The Meadows: Beaver barn doubles in Currier & Ives

Chris Gooden
Fraser Ridge was the first of two stakes winners sent out by Chris Beaver on Saturday at The Meadows

Fraser Ridge and Moonshiner Hanover gave trainer Chris Beaver victories in two of the three Currier & Ives divisions for 3-year-old colt trotters on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows.

With Jim Pantaleano in tow, Fraser Ridge won the $38,808 opener in 1:55 1/5 after he moved from second to first on the way to the 1:26 2/5 three-quarters.  Fraser Ridge defeated Meme Hanover (Charlie Norris) by four lengths, with Muay Hanover (Mike Wilder) back in third.

The winner, a Triumphant Caviar colt, is also co-owned by Beaver along with his partners Donald Robinson, Robert Mondillo, and R.B.H. Ventures Inc.   This was Fraser Ridge's fifth career victory, and he has now banked $201,999.  The 9-5 second choice, Fraser Ridge paid $5.80 to win.

Moonshiner Hanover (Aaron Merriman) led at the 28 3/5 opening quarter in the next $39,808 section, but he would yield to 2-5 favorite Giveitgasandgo (Corey Callahan), who would go on to click off a 57 1/5 half and a 1:25 4/5 three-quarters.  Merriman brought Moonshiner Hanover back to the outside turning for home, and after a stretch-long battle, Moonshiner Hanover would get up to beat Giveitgasandgo by a head in a 1:54 3/5 mile.  Lars Perry (Pantaleano) checked in third.

An Andover Hall colt, Moonshiner Hanover is co-owned by Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc., and Bill Manes.  This was the third lifetime win for Moonshiner Hanover, who finished second to Walner in last year's Breeders Crown, and he has now earned $293,005.  He was the 9-2 second favorite and returned $11.00 to win.

Finally breaking the Beaver strangehold on the proceedings was Sortie (Andrew McCarthy), who took the final $39,808 split in 1:54.  He moved from third to first past the 29 2/5 front quarter, and after a 58 second half and a 1:25 4/5 three-quarters, he trotted home in 28 1/5 to win by about two lengths over Dover Dan (Callahan).  Always A Good Time (Chris Page) gave Beaver a third-place finish.

Noel Daley trains Sortie, an Explosive Matter colt, for owners Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Mario Mazza, and Sortie Stable. This was Sortie's fourth career victory, and he has now put away $166,397.  Sent off as the 2-5 choice, Sortie paid $2.80 to win.