06/17/2017 8:47PM

Mohawk: Bettors Up out-duels Agent Q in thrilling Fan Hanover finish

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Bettors Up (#1) scored the biggest victory of her career so far in Saturday's Fan Hanover

It was a stretch-long slug-fest between Bettors Up and Agent Q in the C$440,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at Mohawk, and Bettors Up just held on at the wire in a career-best 1:49 4/5 mile for an 11-1 upset.

Starting from post seven, Agent Q (David Miller) was fast away from the gate, but then her move suddenly stalled, which allowed Al Mar Got A Fever (Trevor Henry) to lead briefly before Agent Q then re-rallied to grab the front at the 26 4/5 opening quarter.

Doug McNair and Bettors Up were positioned third from the pole position at the first quarter, but McNair pulled the trigger first-over with his filly in the second quarter, and she would overhaul Agent Q for the top spot before the 55 1/5 half.  Favorites Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras) and Tequila Monday (Brian Sears) were both waiting on cover at that point, which they finally got on the far turn from Al Mar Got A Fever, who made a second move from third.

Bettors Up continued to lead at the 1:22 1/5 three-quarters and brought the field into the lane, and it was then that Miller sent Agent Q back to the outside from the two-hole.  Idyllic Beach and Tequila Monday were also gaining wide, but Idyllic Beach took a bad step and lost her action near the eighth pole, and Tequila Monday had too much work to do, leaving the race to be decided between Bettors Up and Agent Q.  Both those fillies and drivers put forth a great effort all the way to the wire, and after the dust and the photo-finish camera settled, it showed that Bettors Up had gotten the nod by a nostril, with Tequila Monday up for third.  Idyllic Beach finished fourth and was left in that position after an inquiry.  Future Headlines (Tim Tetrick) was the fifth-place finisher.

"There weren't a lot of leavers," noted McNair.  "I actually tried to get away in the two-hole behind Dave.  It actually worked out the right way for us that I had to move her back to the lead, and she did the rest."

Bettors Up is a daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by Scott McEneny for owners Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson, and Michelle McEneny.  This was Bettors Up's eighth career victory, and she has now earned C$456,499.  She paid $24.40 for the upset victory.

"I was very confident coming in," said McEneny, who added that Bettors Up will be heading to the James M. Lynch at Pocono next week.  "She had a good week and she drew good.  She raced really tough last week, so I was very happy with her race, and things worked out tonight."