CHESTER PA – Both the 2020 Dan Patch awardwinner in the two-year-old trotting filly category, Anoka Hanover, and the O’Brien awardwinner in that division, Donna Soprano, were successful in qualifying races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, as was the O’Brien winner for two-year-old pacing fillies, Scarlett Hanover.
Anoka Hanover, a Donato Hanover filly who was also successful in a Philly qualifier last week, won Tuesday in 1:56.1, coming her own back fractions in :56 - :27.4. A winner in 10-of-14 at two, including the Goldsmith Maid, Kindergarten Final, and both Lexington Grand Circuit stakes, Anoka Hanover was driven by Todd McCarthy for trainer Noel Daley, the latter co-owner with Caviart Farms, Crawford Farms Racing, and L. A. Express Stable LLC.
The O’Brien winner among last season’s freshman pacing fillies, Scarlett Hanover, also had a successful Tuesday at the riverside oval, triumphing in 1:52.4, last quarter :27.3, for driver David Miller, trainer Ron Burke, and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. The Bettor’s Delight miss won her Ontario Super Final and was 2-3 in the Breeders Crown.
Fastest qualifier of the day came from the Betting Line three-year-old pacing filly Darby Hanover, who rallied off a fast pace to stop the timer in 1:52.1 for driver Andy Miller, trainer/wife Julie Miller, and the partnership of Andy Miller Stable Inc., Mr. Caroll Huffman, and Let It Ride Stables Inc. Darby Hanover had wins in the Simpson and Keystone Classic stakes last year, and she took three legs of the PA Stallion Series before finishing second in the final.