Abuckabett Hanover, Southwind Gendry prevail in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes

After defeating arch rival Perfect Sting at Pocono on May 16, Abuckabett Hanover ($2.40) dodged his divisional nemesis — who was scratched due to sickness — and strode to a decisive 1:51.1 victory in the $76,329 first division of Sunday’s (May 30) Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Southwind Gendry ($5.00) delivered an equally decisive 1:51 score in the $76,729 second division.

Abuckabett Hanover stalked patiently from third while Literl Lad Hanover and Chase H Hanover disputed early splits of :27.3 and :56.2. With Literl Lad Hanover in control up the backstretch, Andy McCarthy angled Abuckabett Hanover first-over with three-eighths to go, and the son of Betting Line surged to the lead just beyond the 1:24.2 three-quarter split.

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