Bestofbest Hanover Overcomes Flipped Palate In Confed Cup

(Attribution: The Harness Edge)
August 14, 2011

Bestofbest Hanover flipped his palate and wound up fifth from post eight in his Confederation Cup elimination, but he won the $352,500 final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon at Flamboro Downs in 1:52 flat.

Mystician (Rick Zeron) and Up The Credit (Jody Jamieson) rolled out from posts four and five, respectively, but Mystician established himself in the lead at the :26.1 opening quarter with Up The Credit having to accept the two-hole trip.

Elimination winner Prodigal Seelster (Scott Zeron), who was saddled with post eight for the final, rolled first over out of fourth before Mystician reached the half in :54.3, and that provided Bestofbest Hanover (Jack Moiseyev), who had drawn post three for the final, the second-over trip.

Around the 1:23.1 three-quarters Up The Credit got rough and broke stride in the pocket, and that allowed Moiseyev to drop Bestofbest Hanover back to the rail around the far turn while Mystician and Prodigal Seelster dueled side-by-side.

In the lane Moiseyev sent Bestofbest Hanover up the passing lane, and Bestofbest Hanover kicked by Mystician to win by three-quarters of a length. Mystician had to settle for second with Prodigal Seelster, elimination winner Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) and Townslight Hanover (Randy Waples) rounding out the cheque-getters.

"I haven't had too many horses flip a palate in the first heat and come back and race that good in the second heat," Moiseyev said. "Going in from the eight-hole you're hoping just to get qualified and you're hoping you draw good in the final and that all happened today.

"I just was hoping that if I could get a trip and that somebody dueled it out a little bit I'd get lucky and get out late, and kind of got lucky. I got right back to the rail around the last turn and into the passing lane. He never grabbed on and flipped his palette and he finished strong.

"When (Up The Credit) made that break I was able to dive back to the inside and save ground. He's a little horse, and I was trying to save all the ground I could. This colt gives you everything he has if he can breathe right. He finishes real good, if you can save him until the head of the stretch he'll give you all he can finishing."

Daniel Martin trains Bestofbest Hanover, a colt who is by Western Hanover and out of the triple millionaire Precious Bunny mare Bunny Lake, for owner L Ecurie Triple P Inc. Bestofbest Hanover is a five-time winner from 12 attempts this year and he has eight career triumphs. He has now pocketed $294,750 this season and $317,390 lifetime.

"We never lost our confidence with this horse," Jean-Roch Perron, who along with Isabelle Paquette make up L Ecurie Triple P, said. "We knew that if he had a good trip and just moved at the finish, he could beat anyone. I have had horses for 40 years, and I won my first stake in the Somebeachsomewhere, and now I've won the Confederation Cup.

"We're going to stop with him for this year, and we're going to take our time with him for next season. We want to make him a very good racehorse."

Hanover Shoe Farms is a major beneficiary of Bestofbest Hanover's Confederation Cup win. Aside from having bred the colt, last fall the Pennsylvania nursery sold the Dragon Again half-sister Bodacious Hanover to Eucrie Synergie of Quebec. She will race on Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack for trainer Dustin Jones.

In November at the Standardbred Horse Sale, Hanover will offer up a Somebeachsomewhere half-sister for public auction.

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