06/16/2015 2:43PM

Mohawk: O'Sullivan with two chances in Fan Hanover

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Moonlit Dance was installed as the 4-1 third choice in the C$479,000 Fan Hanover.

It’s incredible in today’s racing world how quickly horses can advance and arrive on the big stage. Take the case of Single Me, a filly that entered last week’s Fan Hanover trials with but one victory on her card and less than $28K in lifetime earnings. In with the elite and sent off at odds of 94-1, Single Me was driven like a favorite by David Miller and only succumbed late after cutting much of the pace to the more seasoned Sassa Hanover. The third-place finish by the daughter of Bettor’s Delight put Single Me in the final and it gave trainer Tony O’Sullivan a chance with a pair in the C$479,000 Fan Hanover, race 11 on Saturday’s Mohawk program.

“I was pretty impressed,” said O’Sullivan about Single Me’s third-place finish. “She came out of the race great and I’m happy with her. Dave (Miller) really likes this filly.”

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For Miller, who drove Single Me’s dam Lonesome Day to victory in the 2006 Sweetheart final at the Meadowlands, it could be a case of déjà vu for the New York-bred filly.

“Last year Ross (Croghan) and Eric Cherry liked her a lot but she couldn’t carry her speed,” said O’Sullivan in regard to Croghan, her trainer in the U.S. and part-owner Cherry.

This year Single Me has been ignored by the players, but obviously Miller sees a great deal of promise in a filly that still fits the non-winners of two conditions.

Single Me made a huge move in the trials securing the lead through a 26 3/5 third quarter. The filly dug in under pressure in the stretch and only gave way in the late stages, losing by a couple lengths and stopping the clock for her mile in 1:50 1/5.

Single Me will be up against it from post nine in the final, but despite 20-1 odds on the morning line, she could be a major player.

O’Sullivan’s other filly, Moonlit Dance, got to choose her post position after winning the other Fan Hanover trial in a career best 1:50 4/5. “She was very green last year,” said O’Sullvan. “Actually she was a bit green early this year but she’s starting to figure it out now.”

Indeed, in her 10th start of the year Moonlit Dance showed the manners and poise to find a narrow opening in the stretch and secure the victory last Saturday. She selected post two in a field that is loaded with talent.

Sassa Hanover (post three) and the once-beaten JK She’salady (post five) are the clear favorites for the final. Sassa Hanover was driven from off the pace with pilot Yannick Gingras perfectly positioned behind last year’s Horse of the Year JK She’salady. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven stormed home for a 1:49 4/5 victory.

JK She’salady grinded without cover in just her second start as a sophomore and lacked her usual punch in the stretch, weakening to finish fourth. The experience should help the filly with Tim Tetrick perhaps more assertive in the final.