'Stickler' Digs In Late To Win Meadows Feature

Stickler Hanover winning at The Meadows

Stickler Hanover led at every pole and thwarted the late challenge of Whiskey Blu to capture Thursday’s feature at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows, a $12,800 conditioned trot.

Stickler Hanover faced no serious threats until mid-stretch, when Whiskey Blu loomed menacingly. The five-year-old son of Explosive Matter-Secret Credit dug in for Brady Brown and downed Whiskey Blu by a half-length in 1:54.1 over a “good” surface. Kommin On Strong completed the ticket.

Steve Schoeffel trains Stickler Hanover, who now has banked $238,047, for Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Dan Goehle and Mike Munn.

It was one of three wins for Brown on the 11-race card, including a pair for Schoeffel.

Friday’s card at The Meadows features a pair of $40,000 Arden Downs Grand Circuit trots for two-year-olds — one for fillies, the other for colts and geldings. On the wagering front, the 12-race program includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee, offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative, on the Early Pick 4 (Race 1). Also featured are a $1,756.07 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $1,554.93 carryover in the Jackpot Pick 5 (Race 4). First post is 5:10 p.m.