06/10/2017 10:20PM

Mohawk: Fan Hanover eliminations won by Idyllic Beach, Tequila Monday

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Idyllic Beach was an impressive winner in the first of the two Fan Hanover eliminations

Idyllic Beach and driver Yannick Gingras overpowered the field in the first of two C$35,000 eliminations for the Fan Hanover at Mohawk on Saturday night. The 3-year-old filly, making just her second start of 2017, scored in 1:51 as the 3-5 betting choice.

There was plenty of action early in this division as Roaring To Go and Soiree Seelster left along with Jayes A Lady inside the favorite. Gingras found a spot along the pylons before the turn and patiently waited with the Jimmy Takter-trained miss as Soiree Seelster made a second move and then Roaring To Go brushed hard for the front. The activity led to hot fractions of 27 3/5 and 55 3/5, with Brett Miller guiding Roaring To Go to the top. Idyllic Beach moved into the final turn and was quick to engage the leader, coasting alongside the pace-setter at the 1:23 2/5 three-quarters and effortlessly rolling by through the stretch.

Idyllic Beach drew clear as 22-1 shot Al Mar Got A Fever took advantage of the winner's cover and rallied for the place. Roaring To Go, Future Headlines and Dancing Shadows K also advanced to next week's final.

"I was looking to race her from behind," said Gingras, considering the filly hadn't raced competitively for a month. "I had a handful at the head of the stretch, but she tired a little bit down by the wire. I think she needed the race and will be better next week."

Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz own the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere.

Chalk again prevailed in the second Fan Hanover division as 1-5 shot Tequila Monday found her stride in midstretch and rolled past a stubborn pace-setter in a career-best 1:50 4/5 clocking.

Speed was there in ample supply in this division as Bettors Up with Doug McNair asserted the most energy, sprinting the quarter in 27 1/5. Someomensomewhere rushed up to fill the pocket as Shes Watching tucked third and the winner dropped in fourth.

McNair sensed the pace perfectly and had the half in a tepid 56 3/5, giving her an edge over the closers. Scott Zeron took the speedy Shes Watching out of the three-hole and went on an all-out assault on the leader. Tequila Monday tried to follow that cover through the turn, but the 27 1/5 acceleration kept her off the leaders until the stretch.

"She got a little steppy on me," said driver Brian Sears.

Bettors Up shook off the first challenge but was powerless to keep Tequila Monday from the winner's circle, with the favorite getting up in deep stretch. Bettors Up gamely held the place with Shes Watching, Agent Q and Action Majesty also advancing to the final.

Chris Oakes trains Tequila Monday, now a winner in seven of 10 lifetime starts. Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey own the daughter of American Ideal.

"She's definitely better on the big track," said Sears. "I thought she was a Grand Circuit filly last year when she paced in 52 and change at Yonkers."

The field for next Saturday night's C$440,000 final will line up as follows:

1. Bettors Up
2. Al Mar Got A Fever
3. Shes Watching
4. Idyllic Beach
5. Tequila Monday
6. Action Majesty
7. Agent Q
8. Future Headlines
9. Roaring To Go
10. Dancing Shadows K
AE: Obvious Blue Chip