05/21/2016 3:14PM

The Meadows: Cufflink Hanover posts second straight stakes victory

Chris Gooden
Iron Mine Bucky's first start of his 3-year-old season ended with a Currier & Ives victory

A week after beating Pennsylvania Sire Stakes company at The Meadows, Cufflink Hanover came right back and won again in a $58,652 Currier & Ives division for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the Pittsburgh-area oval.  Iron Mine Bucky won the other split for males while Goodtogo Hanover, and Lookin Sharp bagged the filly sections.

Piloted by co-owner Dave Miller, Cufflink Hanover worked out a pocket trip behind Truemass Volo (Eric Goodell), who led through panels of 27 1/5, 57 1/5, and 1:26 2/5.  Miller brought his charge to the outside of the tempo-setter in the lane, and Cufflink Hanover went right on by on his way to the victory by two lengths in 1:55 4/5.  Hollywood Highway (Dave Palone) was up for second, and Truemass Volo held third.

“He’s been getting lucky with his trips, and he’s been racing good,” said Miller.  “He seemed way sharper today than he did last week. He’s coming along really nice.”

Miller shares ownership of Cufflink Hanover, a gelding by Andover Hall, with partner Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of New Jersey.  Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman, Cufflink Hanover picked up his sixth career victory, and he has now earned $156,303.

Iron Mine Bucky (George Dennis) was impressive in his first pari-mutuel start of 2016, rolling by favored Hititoutofthepark (Corey Callahan) before the 1:26 three-quarters and then trotting a 29 2/5 final quarter to seal the deal on a 1 1/2 length tally in 1:55 2/5 in the other $57,652 Currier & IVes colt and gelding event.  Steed (Matt Kakaley) checked in second, followed by Hititoutofthepark.

“I wasn’t expecting to get that rough a trip,” Dennis said. “They didn’t go that much early, and he got a little excited — first time out, first time in the mud. I didn’t want to wrestle him back to last.

“He really trotted strong up the backside and turned in a big mile. I’m very, very pleased.”

Greg Haverstick trains Iron Mine Bucky, an Explosive Matter colt, for owner Iron Mine Branch LLC. of Delaware.  A winner in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and the Keystone Classic last year, Iron Mine Bucky has won in half of his ten career starts, and he has now banked $132,023.

Goodtogo Hanover (Brian Zendt) ran her seasonal record to seven-for-seven after she won the first $35,250 Currier & Ives filly division in 1:56 4/5 after she led through fractions of 28 4/5, 58 1/5, and 1:27 1/5.  Witnesstheprincess (Aaron Merriman) was second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, and Moots (Wilbur Yoder) grabbed third.

“She was a little wild behind the gate — ohmygosh,” Zendt said. “She had her head hung up on the gate for a minute. She was so mad I don’t know how she didn’t run. She makes you worry, but as long as you don’t have her doubled up and mad, she’ll be okay. She doesn’t want to run. All she wants to do is get out of there.”

Trainer Bill Zendt also co-owns Goodtogo Hanover, a daughter of Explosive Matter, with partner Gary Saul of Pennsylvania.  This was her tenth trip to the winner's circle in her life, and she has now earned $102,025.

Lookin Sharp (Kakaley) got up in the dying strides to win the other $35,250 filly test by a neck in 1:57.  Sunset Glider (Palone) posted stations of 28 1/5, 58, and 1:26 4/5 but had to settle for second, and My Pink Bike (Tony Hall) was the third-place finisher.

John Butenschoen trains Lookin Sharp, a filly by Andover Hall, for owners William Wiswell of Wisconsin and M and L of Delaware Inc.  A Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner at two and Pennsylvania All Stars winner at two and three, Lookin Sharp won for the fourth time overall, and she has banked $202,096.

“Of all the horses we sent to Florida (for the winter), she’s probably one of the horses who grew up and matured the most,” said Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to the winning trainer. “I saw a big difference in her. She showed late in the year she could go with the best fillies. The more the year went on, the more she learned and the better she got.”

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--