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Déjà Vu For Team Orange Crush

Published: June 15, 2018 12:42 pm ET

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It’s like déjà vu all over again for the connections of Hayden Hanover as they prepare to watch their colt in Saturday’s $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

The Julie Miller-trained Hayden Hanover finished third last week in his North America Cup elimination, which was won by Stay Hungry, and will start Saturday’s final from post No. 9. His elimination finish and draw for the final were nearly identical to his trip to Mohawk in September for the Metro Pace, when Hayden Hanover finished third in an elimination won by Stay Hungry and started the final from post No. 10.

Despite his unfavourable Metro starting spot, which produced a track-low 4.4 percent winners last year, Hayden Hanover finished second to Lost In Time, so his connections might hope for the déjà vu to continue.

“Your starting point is only a position,” said Miller, who will watch her husband Andy drive Hayden Hanover in Saturday’s North America Cup final. “If Andy can maneuver a nice trip I hope we can take advantage of it. It’s a deep field, a lot of nice horses, and I think it’s going to come down to the trip.”

Hayden Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire Hana Hanover, has started three times this year and posted a second and a third. For his career, the colt has won two of 14 races and hit the board a total of 11 times to earn $341,120. He is owned by Pinske Stables and Jim Simpson.

Last year, Hayden Hanover had the fastest winning mile of the season for a two-year-old male pacer thanks to his 1:50 score in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. In addition to finishing second in the Metro, he was runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship.

Hayden Hanover remained in Canada following his North America Cup elimination rather than returning to the Millers' base in New Jersey. He also remained in Canada last year for the Metro.

“Last year he had a good experience up there, so I’m OK with leaving him up there for the week,” Miller said. “He’s good in the fact that he takes care of himself. He’s a good eater, he loves the field, and he’s an easy horse to jog and train, so I’m not on pins and needles in that respect. I have a lot of confidence in how he is up in Canada.”

Although post No. 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park has produced only eight wins in 156 pacing races this year (5.1 percent), Miller is happy for the opportunity to experience the North America Cup with Hayden Hanover.

“It’s an honour just to make the final,” Miller said. “It’s a magical day up there in Canada. If we can have some success in it, it will even be better. We just need a lot of luck, a lot of racing luck.”


Hayden Hanover, winning at The Red Mile in 2017

Andy Miller hopes Hayden Hanover’s versatility can be a benefit on Saturday.

“He can leave, or like on Saturday, I raced him off of cover and he was good that way,” he said. “It’s not like he’s one dimensional. It will be a great race.”

Lather Up, Stay Hungry and Wes Delight won last week’s North America Cup eliminations. That trio has won 11 of 13 races this year to lead a deep group into the final. Lather Up, who is unbeaten in five races this year, is the 2-1 morning-line favourite.

The 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race, showcasing the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, will head postward at 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. (EDT). The winner of the Pepsi North America Cup earns $500,000. This year’s edition marks the 18th anniversary of Pepsi’s sponsorship of the race.

2018 Pepsi North America Cup
(Post – Horse – Driver - Odds)
1 – St Lads Neptune – Jody Jamieson - 8/1
2 – Stay Hungry – Doug McNair - 5/2
3 – Wes Delight – Corey Callahan - 9/2
4 – Lather Up – Montrell Teague - 2/1
5 – American History – Yannick Gingras - 10/1
6 – Lost In Time – Scott Zeron - 12/1
7 – Done Well – Tim Tetrick - 4/1
8 – Nutcracker Sweet – David Miller - 15/1
9 – Hayden Hanover – Andy Miller - 20/1
10 – Hitman Hill – Brett Miller - 20/1

The Cup night card will offer three Pick-4 wagers, including an All Stakes Pick-4 with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, comprising of Races 9 through 12. There will also be a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5.

The North America Cup undercard features some of harness racing's premier competitors in the $415,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, $370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, $250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, $266,000 Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters and the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for pacers.

Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m.

To view Saturday's entries, click on one of the following links:
Woodbine Mohawk Park - Saturday Entries - Program Pages (courtesy TrackIT).

The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club has also organized an online handicapping contest for Saturday's card. If you are heading to Mohawk on Saturday, make sure to visit the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club booth. The Fan Club be offering a trackside contest to select the winner of the Pepsi North America Cup and have some great new Fan Club swag for sale.

(with files from USTA)


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