DuQuoin State Fair promising edge-of-the-seat horse racing
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Champion colt heads World Trotting Derby
SPRINGFIELD -- Donato Hanover,
the champion 2-year-old trotter of last season, heads a list of 37
eligibles to the estimated $550,000 World Trotting Derby to be
contested on Sept. 1 at the DuQuoin State Fair.
This year the trotting classic
will be contested under a new format that calls for 10 finalists
racing one heat for the entire purse. The finalists will be the
horses with the highest earnings at time of entry.
Donato Hanover was the overwhelming star of his class. He won eight
of his nine starts and $662,557. He took a 1:55 record in winning at
Lexington, and his only loss came on June 22, when he finished third
in a race at the Meadowlands.
Donato dominated throughout the season, winning the Peter
Haughton Memorial by 2 3/4 lengths in late July and the Breeders
Crown by four lengths in late October.
Donato Hanover was so impressive that he's already earned a spot
in the stud barn at Hanover Shoe Farms, where his sire Andover Hall
stands. Donato Hanover was syndicated during the past winter, and
breeders from around the world eagerly snapped up the breeding
The mile track at DuQuoin is famed for its speed-conducive
surface, and Andover Hall equaled the 1:51.3 world record for
trotters when he won the 2002 World Trotting Derby. The connections
of Donato Hanover hope that he will emulate his sire's
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The fastest trotting mile in the history came in the World
Trotting Derby when Tom Ridge sailed to a 1:50.2 clocking over the
The World Trotting Derby could have a truly international flavor
if Adrian Chip travels to DuQuoin to challenge Donato Hanover.
Adrian Chip finished third behind Donato Hanover in the Breeders
Crown, and he was sold to Swedish interests last December. He is
also a son of Andover Hall, and a match between Donato Hanover and
Adrian Chip could be an interesting duel.
Among the other stars of the 2006 season that made the sustaining
payment for the World Trotting Derby this summer are Quite Easy,
Snowboarder, Stunt Man Hall and The Bosses Lindy.
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