Go For Bear, ridden by Alberto Delgado, wrested the lead from Distinctly Anna in the back stretch, opened a four-length lead on the turn and held on to win the featured Lite Light allowance race yesterday at Timonium Race Course.
Go For Bear, a 2-year-old filly by Bear Hunt out of the Rollicking mare, Funny Trip, covered the four furlongs in 47 1/5 seconds and scored a 1 1/2 -length win over Distinctly Anna. The victory was the second in a row and second in five starts for the Ron Houghton-trained filly.
Timonium handle up
The wagering at Timonium for the first six days of the meeting is up 4.9 percent over last year. A total of $3,629,805 has been bet at the Fairgrounds track.
'Hanover' favored in Messenger Stakes
Western Hanover, who is attempting to become pacing's first Triple Crown winner since 1983, has drawn the No. 1 post position for the $366,750 Messenger Stakes to be run at Rosecroft Raceway a week from today.
The 3-year-old colt has been installed as the 3-5 favorite for the race. He won the first leg of the Triple Crown, the $64,350 Cane Stakes, last Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. The third leg of the series, the $575,000 Little Brown Jug, will be run Sept. 24 at the Delaware (Ohio) State Fairgrounds.
Other horses, listed by post position, entered in the Messenger are: Humstinger, Safely Kept, Make Music, Make a Match and Nuclear High.
Western Hanover, to be ridden by Bill Fahy, has won nine of 14 races this year and earned $1,022,387, the most by a Standardbred this year. The colt has won 17 of 28 races lifetime.