There was a lot of early speed in the 1st leg of the slots cup as 3 of the 6 contestants battled down to the quarter in 26.1. Addwater and Todd Budd were the 1st to hit the timer, with Royal Outlook moving into the pocket and Lifeís signature settling for 3rd spot after a tough 3 wide start from post 4.
Sitting back of the speed was Random Mission and Travis Bowman. Bowman said he knew there was a lot of speed and his 3 year old son of Modern Art is still learning to race so he decided to sit on a helmet until the stretch. It was the winning move, as the Paul Taylor trainee found some air and narrowly beat out Royal Outlook in the win photo in a time of 1:55.2. For Bowman it was his 1500th career victory and he said whether itís a 4,000 claimer or a 40,000 claimer, heís always happy to win. Bowman added, he got his 1st ever career win at Hanover, and heís happy to get his 1500th at Hanover in front of a large crowd. Bowman credited much of his recent success to trainer Taylor, saying ever since he returned to Ontario from NY state, the Clinton native has always used him as a backup to Trevor Henry. Bowman who grew up in Grand Valley says heís always had a soft spot for Hanover because of his 1st win driving a horse owned by his father.
In leg 2 of the Slots Cup, it was much the same as all 5 horses battled off the gate, but Windsong Harley was just that much the best and it proved to be the winning move. Bruce Richardson says after the 26.3 first quarter he was lucky to get a breather in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, stopping the ticker in 57.1 at the half and 1:26.4 and at the 3 quarter mile marker. Coming into the stretch, Jettison driven by Trevor Henry moved out 3 wide, and pocket sitter Peruvian star driven by Mark Etsell found some room on the rail, but Richardson got just enough out of his horse for the neck victory in 1:56 flat.
Bowman ended the night with win number 1501 aboard Break out K for owned Robert Key of Pennsylvania. Bruce Richardson had the best night among local horsemen, winning a total of 4 races on the night, including Northern Wyn in Race 1, Modern Kisses in Race 2, and also finished first with HST Kruzer in Race 9, which was the 3 year oldís first lifetime win for owner Pat Dwyer of Elmwood, and trainer Ken Fritsch of Chesley. HST Kruzer now resideís in the stall used by CW Special, a former Hanover horse of the year, who was retired by Dwyer last season.
Racing resumes at Hanover on Thursday and Saturday nights, with a post time of 7:15pm.