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Monday, September 10, 2012


MANALAPAN, NJ – September 10, 2012 – New Jersey Classic winner Panther Hanover won the Simcoe, and five of the 10 finalists in the Canadian Trotting Classic have their roots in New Jersey.

Panther Hanover, who won the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on August 4 at the Meadowlands, was a two and a half length winner over A Rocknroll Dance in the CDN$252,521 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Mohawk Raceway.

Sent off at odds of 9-1, the Jim Carr-owned Panther Hanover picked up his sixth win in eight starts this year with a 1:49.1 mile.  Sylvain Filion drove the Jim “Friday” Dean trainee. 

A son of Western Ideal, Panther Hanover bested another New Jersey-sired star, the Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance, who is by Rocknroll Hanover.

“I wanted to get into position early and when I saw Scotty [Scott Zeron, driving 6-5 favorite Michaels Power] leave, too, I was happy because I could get covered up by the favorite, but turning for home I was looking for room because my horse really wanted out,” Filion said.  “He responded well.  He’s such a nice horse.”

Lifetime, Panther Hanover now has earnings in excess of $300,000 with eight wins and one second from 12 starts.

The Campbellville, ON track also hosted a pair of CDN$40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds, and the boys from New Jersey put on a first class show.

Little Brown Fox held off Market Share in one of the divisions to produce a New Jersey-sired exacta. 

Little Brown Fox trotted the mile in 1:53 flat, well of the  track and Canadian record 1:51.4 mile he posted in winning the Simcoe Stakes the prior week. 

The Muscles Yankee colt finished a head in front of Market Share, a son of Revenue.

Yannick Gingras drove Little Brown Fox to victory for trainer Jimmy Takter and the ownership of Christina Takter, John Field, Jim Fielding and Brittany Farms.

“Actually he was a little bit hot [tonight during post parade], but he was night and day from last week,” said Gingras after the victory.  “Last week, he was really a struggle.  I was worn out before the race even started, but tonight he was pretty good.  They put an ear hood on him, and I think that definitely helped him to keep him a little more quiet.”

Little Brown Fox now has six wins in 11 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 13 of 20 career starts for a bankroll of more than $550,000.

The other New Jerseys-sired colts advancing to the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic Final on Saturday, September 15 are three sons of Yankee Glide: Appomattox, Gym Tan Laundry and Guccio.

--Submitted by Carol Hodes, with notes and quotes courtesy of the Woodbine Entertainment Group