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Contact:  Tom Kelley         Friday, November 15, 2013   [email protected]

Archetto Hanover wins $87,000 Abe Lincoln Stake at Maywood Park 


By Kimberly Rinker for Maywood Park


Archetto Hanover captured the $87,000 Abe Lincoln Stake in 1:55.2 after a thrilling stretch duel that necessitated a photo to decide the winner in the one mile test for freshman pacing colts and geldings.


The freshman son of Bettor’s Delight picked up his maiden victory in his 18th try for driver Lewayne Miller and trainer Erv Miller and pushed his career earnings to $137,076.


“He’s been a real nice horse all along and last week he was sick but tonight he was ready to go,” said the winning driver. “I knew it was a soft bunch other than Odds On Rhodonite and I knew I had enough horse to get by him in the late going.  I was very confident in the stretch.”


Total Sin (John DeLong) took the early lead to the :28.2 first quarter, before Odds On Rhodonite (Corey Callahan) took over, leading the field to a :56.4 half and to the 1:26 three-quarter marker.  Archetto Hanover then challenged on the outside and around the final turn pushed his nose in front and appeared to be an easy winner going into the stretch. However Odds On Rhodonite wouldn’t go away, and Total Sin found another gear and came up the inside lane, but at the wire Archetto Hanover keep his whiskers in front, winning by a head over Total Sin, while Odds On Rhodonite nabbed third.


Archetto Hanover is owned by Paymaq Racing of Illinois, Greg Gillis of Ontario and Louis Willinger of Kentucky.