06/11/2017 2:37PM

Tioga Downs: No bounce for Dr J Hanover following record mile

Fred J. Brown
Dr J Hanover looks like the horse to beat in the Graduate Series for pacers based on his last two victories

Fresh off pacing the fastest mile (1:46 4/5) in Canadian history last Saturday, Dr J Hanover turned in a 1:48 3/5 performance to take the lone $75,000 division of the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs.

With Doug McNair calling the shots in the bike, Dr J Hanover battled early with Sintra (Jody Jamieson), but he had established command by the time the 26 3/5 opening quarter went on the board.  Boston Red Rocks (Tim Tetrick) would come first-over out of the fourth position beyond the first quarter, but he would only get to within a length of Dr J Hanover at the 54 4/5 half, and that margin remained the same at the 1:21 three-quarters.

In the stretch Dr J Hanover continued to hold Boston Red Rocks at bay, and Dr J Hanover would go on to take the victory by three-parts of a length.  Check Six (Yannick Gingras) would finish third.

"He's good either way you race him," offered McNair.  "Last week there were a couple guys that wanted the front more than him, and it worked out.  He kinda showed last week how much he can really go, so today when he made the lead not too many guys were going to move on him."

Tony Alagna trains Dr J Hanover, a gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick, and Irwin Samelman.  This was Dr J Hanover's tenth career victory, and he has now earned $413,030.  Dr J Hanover was sent off as the 5-2 second choice, and he paid $7.00 to win.