05/08/2016 5:34PM

Miami Valley: Hannelore Hanover's first venture on the Grand Circuit a successful one

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Hannelore Hanover picked up her first stakes win against open company in Sunday's Miami Valley Distaff

Hannelore Hanover, the Indiana Sire Stakes champion 3-year-old filly trotter last year, made her presence known in her first Grand Circuit appearance, winning Sunday afternoon's $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff for mare trotters in a track record 1:52 3/5.

Driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., Hannelore Hanover went from third to first past the 27 1/5 opening quarter, and she would go on to reach the half in 55 4/5 and the three-quarters in 1:23 3/5.  Daylon Miracle (Dan Dube) tried her from first-over in the third quarter, but had to relent to the open pocket before three-quarters.

In the stretch Daylon Miracle came back to the outside to take another shot, and Charmed Life (Jody Jamieson) trotted into contention after a third-over trip, but Hannelore Hanover proved too good as she reported home first by about two lengths.  Charmed Life got second, ahead of Daylon Miracle.

"She's definitely matured a lot over the last couple of years.  Last year, as a 3-year-old, each start she got better and better because she was so green at the beginning of the season," said Jamie Macomber, assistant to winning trainer Ron Burke.  "Every start we just taught her more and more and more, and she learned quick and she learned right.

"This was a good test for her today.  She shipped for the first time, and she went over a new surface for the first time.  She has experience at The Meadows, which is a five-eighths mile track, but we've had her at Hoosier now for a few starts, so I think today was a good test."

Burke trains Hannelore Hanover, a 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and Frank Baldachino of Pennsylvania and New York.  This was her 14th career victory, including a five-for-five mark this year, and she has now earned $395,324.  Sent off at 1-9, Hannelore Hanover paid $2.20 to win.