Jeff Gregory left quickly from Post 7 with the Ray Schnittker trainee, who managed to work his way into an early pocket trip behind Looking Hanover. That foe sped by the quarter pole in a :28-second clip before Gregory roused Neighsay Hanover to the outside and immediately brushed to the top. Once in charge of the tempo, the five-year-old son of Muscles Yankee-Nans Conway zipped through panels of :57.4 and 1:25.4 while feeling pressure from the first-over Pilgrims Chuckie. A head separated those two at the head of the lane, and Buck I St Pat was about to join the fray after track cover from second over. Neighsay Hanover dug in, however, and used a :28.1 closing panel to post the quarter-length score over Buck I St Pat in 1:54. Ageless veteran Corleone Kosmos rallied late to pick up the show dough.
The victory was the sixth of the season for Neighsay Hanover, who is now a 16-time winner in his career for the partnership of Ted Gewertz, Leif Alber, Charles Iannazzo and Ray Schnittker. This year’s bankroll of $192,625 has helped the trotted push his career earnings to $906,658.