Shawn Steacy trainee Sylvia Hanover lowered the national season's mark she set earlier this season when battling to the finish with Caviart Davia to take the second of two Eternal Camnation divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night (Aug. 27).
Driven by Bob McClure, Sylvia Hanover got away fourth and marched first up on the final turn. Tony Alagna trainees Bellisima Hanover and Caviart Davia exchanged the lead around the half, which popped up in :55.2. Caviart Davia led down to three-quarters in 1:23.1. In the stretch, Sylvia Hanover overtook the leader, but Caviart Davia gave her a fight. The fillies battled down to the wire with Sylvia Hanover winning by a head in 1:50.4. Bellisima Hanover finished third.
A daughter of Always B Miki, Sylvia Hanover is now three for four and has earned $117,825 for owners Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc. The Steacy trainee was a $135,000 purchase at last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale.
Sylvia Hanover and her connections will now be looking ahead at the remaining Grand Circuit events at Mohawk Park, including the rich Shes A Great Lady.
A $2 win ticket on Sylvia Hanover returned $3.10.
Bankers Luck and driver Doug McNair Luck rallied from a third-over position to win the $118,150 first division in 1:52.1. The Tony Alagna trainee had been forwardly placed in her prior starts, but made things work with the off-the-pace trip for her third win in six starts.
Treacherous Penny moved to the lead in the second quarter and posted panels solid panels of :55.3 and 1:23.1 to bring the field into the stretch. The leader couldn’t hang on and dropped back to finish third. Bankers Luck powered by all rivals for the score, while Windsun Tiara also finished up well to grab second, beat just a neck.
A daughter of Hes Watching, Bankers Luck has now earned $115,748 for owner-breeder Brittany Farms.
A $2 win ticket on Bankers Luck returned $6.80.
Live racing resumes Monday evening (Aug. 29) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m. (EDT).
To view Saturday's harness racing results, click the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park.
(with files from Woodbine)