The tote board lights were well tested on Thursday evening at The Red Mile, as 52-1 shot Christiana Hanover came from seventh turning for home to unleash a furious stretch rally and get up in the final stride to win the $221,500 Moni Maker by a neck in 1:542⁄5.
Riina Rekila, the 29-year old female trainer and amateur driver of Christiana Hanover, also did the driving, guiding to victory the 3-year-old filly that was bought at the Harrisburg yearling sale in 2008 for $11,000. It was the biggest win in the careers of both Rekila and her filly, who came into the race with earnings of $121,000, the lowest amount in the 12-horse field.
Bramalea Hanover took the lead from post six and trotted the opening quarter in :271⁄5. Bar Slide, the 6-5 favorite, was caught wide through the opening quarter and pressed on for the lead down the backstretch, reaching the half in 55 seconds.
Bar Slide continued to lead the field through three-quarters of a mile in 1:231⁄5, with Bramalea Hanover sitting second.
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Glide Power, a 9-1 shot driven by Brian Sears, moved three-wide as they hit the top of the lane with Christiana Hanover four-wide.
Those two drew away from the field down the lane side by side, and Christiana Hanover prevailed.
Rekila had only 48 driving starts in 2010 coming into the race; Sears had driven in 1,400 races this year, with earnings of more than $6 million dollars.
Christian Hanover returned $106.80, $32.40 and $10.60. The 9-2 exacta paid $1,330.80.