Noren Hoping for Big Debut
Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:14 AMby
Noren makes first ever visit to Hanover for Balanced Image Eliminations on Saturday
from Andrew Hughes www.hanoverraceway.com
Noren Hoping for Big Debut at Hanover
Noren, who will be making his first trip ever to Hanover Raceway, says he expected Ark Went In to be a good Grassroots horse, but has exceeded expectations.
“He trained down very good, and qualified good for me, so we’ve been racing him in the Golds. He raced very good at Mohawk, but got overdriven in the final and didn’t finish well. He’s been a little sick and wasn’t 100% at Grand River, but he trained good this week so we decided to bring him to Hanover.”
The trainer also noted that he raced very well in Clinton despite making a break in the first turn. He has little concern about his rookie getting around the half mile oval in Hanover though, explaining “he cannot rush out off the gate, but after that first turn he gets going.”
Meeting Noren’s colt will be North York, the top Grassroots two-year old colt in 2012. The Rene Laarman pupil has finished off the tote board only once in five OSS Grassroots starts, including wins at Clinton Raceway and Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Race 8 will be the second off three divisions for colts and Dewer Kash headlines the field. He sits fifth overall in OSS money earnings with $54,480 bankrolled in stakes action in his freshman campaign. Joseph Parkinson conditions the Muscle Mass son and has slotted regular driver Byron into the bike, looking to steer Dewer Kash to victory, something the talented rookie hasn’t managed in OSS action in 2012.
One colt looking to stand in his way will be Power Move. Ted Jacobs co-owns, trains and drives the first-year Muscle Mass colt that currently sits fourth in the OSS Grassroots standings. Consistency has been the key for Power Move in his young career, as he has finished on the tote board in each of his five Grassroots races, including one win in 2:00.1 at Georgian Downs on August 14th.
The final Balanced Image elimination will be contested as race 10 on the Saturday night program, and it is a wide open affair. Gregg McNair trainee Buddy Hally will leave from the rail with Randy Fritz in tow. The McNair-Fritz team has had plenty of success at Hanover Raceway in the past including a win in the 2010 Dream of Glory with Krakatoa. Buddy Hally sits 15th in the Grassroots standings with a win, a second and a third in three starts. The colt’s 2:01.0 victory on August 24th at Rideau Carleton Raceway bodes well for his chances at heading to the colts Final on September 8th.