Prospect Series Action Hits Hanover

Published: June 17, 2023 06:41 pm EDT

Sophomore pacing filly Chakka might be trying to tell her connections something after the 2A leg of the Prospect Series on Saturday (June 17) at Hanover Raceway. 

That message would be to enter and race her here more often.

The daughter of All Bets Off - Tisdall Hanover came into Saturday's card with a 2-for-16 record, and she left town with a 3-for-17 record. Two of those wins have come over the Hanover half-mile oval, and her most recent effort was her best yet.

With regular pilot and Canada's dash win leader Tyler Borth at the controls, Chakka sat second behind Mighty Mary (J Harris) through fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:27.1. That front duo had little competition throughout the mile, and Chakka had even less to worry about when Borth tipped her at the head of the lane. Chakka sprinted away from the pacesetter and hit the wire six lengths better than favourite Gimme A Corona (Anthony Haughan) with the mile timed in 1:56.2. Mighty Mary stayed for third.

Rene Dion trains Chakka for his S&R Racing Stable Inc. of  Acton, Ont. along with co-owners SMS Ventures Inc. of Montreal and Gestions JF Goyette Inc. of Ste-Therese, Que. A $12.80, Chakka now sports a career bankroll of $34,339.

Looking at the chart, it's hard to tell that Steadyaswego was a wire-to-wire for driver Ryan Holliday in the second Prospect division as the opening quarter listed the filly as second behind Paddy Melt and Steve Byron. Steadyaswego made the front early, yielded oh-so-briefly to Paddy Melt at that first quarter station and then quickly looped back to the lead. There was nary an anxious moment from there as Steadyaswego paced steadily through middle fractions of 1:00 and 1:30 before sauntering home in :29 to trip the timer in 1:59. She was two lengths better than Chocolateforlunch (Brett MacDonald) with Two Across Marion (Jason Ryan) completing the triactor.

Also a daughter of All Bets Off, Steadyaswego (All Bets Off - Flight Of An Angel) is a homebred owned by Brittany Kennedy of Ingersoll, Moneyclip Racing of Morpeth with Shawn Bustin of Thamesville, Ont. joining the breeders as an owner earlier this year. Kennedy handles the conditioning of the five-time winner who now sports $22,945 in earnings. She paid $3.30 to win.

For results from the Saturday card of harness racing at Hanover, click the following link: Saturday Results - Hanover Raceway.

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