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Rookies dazzle in Dream Maker opener

July 29, 2019

MILTON, July 29, 2019 – Capt Midnight and Allywag Hanover made it a first-round sweep of the Dream Maker Series for sire Captaintreacherous on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

A group of 16 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into a pair of $15,000 divisions.

Capt Midnight delivered a :26.2 final-quarter to reach up just in time to defeat stablemate Captain Nemo by a head in the opening split. The Tony Alagna students sat first and third throughout, with ‘Nemo’ and driver Tim Tetrick cutting out fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:24.3.

‘Nemo’ looked to scoot away in the lane and held a lead of more than three-lengths with an eighth of a mile remaining. Capt Midnight and driver Andrew McCarthy quickly closed in during the final sixteenth and stormed by at the line for a 1:51.3 maiden-breaking victory.

Day Delight, who got a two-hole trip, finished just over seven-lengths back in third. Esai Hanover was fourth.

A $350,000 Harrisburg Yearling purchase, Capt Midnight is the second foal out of New York Sires Stakes champion It Was Fascination. The son of Captaintreacherous is now one for three with $8,000 earned for owners Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Captain Kirk Racing.

Capt Midnight paid $6.90 to win.

Allywag Hanover and driver Sylvain Filion dusted their rivals by four-lengths in an impressive second division victory.

The Casie Coleman trainee floated away and patiently worked his way up to the top, clearing to command early in the backstretch. Filion got to dictate the tempo, posting middle-half fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.4.

Allywag Hanover proceeded to fire home in :26.2 to collect a 1:52.1 victory. Chief Mate finished second, while Captain Kirk and Choir Master rounded out the Superfecta.

A $95,000 Harrisburg Yearling purchase, Allywag Hanover is the fifth foal out of half-sister to millionaire Aracache Hanover. The son of Captaintreacherous is two for two and has earned $15,000 for owners Brad Gray and Dan Lagace.

Allywag Hanover paid $7.50 to win.

The Dream Maker Series continues next Monday with the second-leg prior to the final on August 12.

Monday evening’s program also saw Run Director score a second consecutive victory in the $34,000 Preferred Trot.

The Ben Baillargeon trainee and driver Filion came first-up from fourth on the far turn to challenge Dancer Hall at three-quarters in 1:25.3. Run Director powered by in the lane and trotted home in :27.1 to win by three-quarters of a length over Treasured Tee.

Free Willy Hanover was third, while Dancer Hall was fourth.

A four-year-old son of Kadabra, Run Director has now won four of seven starts this season to bring his career totals to 10 wins and $508,005 earned for owner/breeders Tom & Elizabeth Rankin.

Run Director paid $4.80 to win.

Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.

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