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2006 Breeders Crown 2 and 3-Year-Old Races

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Donato Hanover wins the 2006 Breeders Crown 2-year-old Colt Trot
Donato Hanover wins the 2006 Breeders Crown 2-year-old Colt Trot

Donato Hanover wins the 2006 Breeders Crown 2-year-old Colt Trot

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The 8 races of the fall Breeders Crown card often decide harness racing's year-end championships in the 2 and 3-year-old divisions. Full fields were the order of the day, with driver Mike Lachance stealing the show and winning three of the Crown races contested on a wet and windy night at Woodbine Racetrack.

In the $683,100 Two-Year-Old Male Trot, Donato Hanover won by 3 lengths in a track record-equaling 1:56. Driven by Ron Pierce, the 3- favorite made a first-over move on the final turn and overtook Adrian Chip at the top of the stretch en route to the victory. He has won 8 of 9 races in his young career. "I just wanted the race to set up and I was going to float him up there and ask him to go turning for home, and that's what we did," Pierce said. "He's a beautiful colt, just gorgeous. I never even let him trot tonight; he's got real nice manners." Donato Hanover was mid-pack through the first half-mile before making his move. Pierce had to take hold of the colt on the turn when Adrian Chip drifted a bit, but never lost momentum. "I had a big grip on him and wanted to float him up there," Pierce said. "He threw a step at me and I had to gather him, but he didn't mean anything by it." 24-1 Relentless Duke made a late charge in the stretch to get second place, followed by 21-1 Adrian Chip and 12-1 Mythical Lindy.
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