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DVC GIFTED INDEED SPOILS HAROUN HANOVER’S QUEST FOR HIS 10TH SEASONAL VICTORY

More and more, the Mighty M the trainer-driver combination of Bob Lounsbury and Bruce Aldrich Jr. continues to be extremely hard to beat.

The two stats leaders added yet another win to their seasonal resumes when Aldrich guided the Lounsbury-trained DVC Gifted Indeed to a stunning upset of Haroun Hanover (Jimmy Marohn, Jr.) who was a 2-5 favorite to score his 10th victory of the year on Tuesday, March 26.

Instead of yielding to the odds-on favorite Aldrich gunned DBVC Gifted Indeed to the lead as the wings of the mobile starting gate folded and played catch me if you can, and although it appeared that DVC Gifted Indeed might fold late in the mile the pacer reached down and held tough en route to a one length triumph over Happyending and Zeke Parker and in a time of 1:57.1

After the face a disappointed Marohn was contacted in the paddock.

“He was no good today, “Marohn said about Haroun Hanover who finished fourth in his quest for his 10th seasonal victory.

“I was surprised that he wasn’t on his game. He didn’t grab on as he usually does and in fact I was loose-lining him most of the way. He was empty.

“He seemed like he was off (unsound) up front.”

Meanwhile the connections of DVC Gifted Indeed were happy. The 6 year old Place To Be gelding, a 14-timewinner last year, now has four wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts.

“He (DVC Gifted Indeed) too, is not a sound horse but he has a big heart and in the right class he’s a monster, that is, until his aches and pains slow him down,” Lounsbury said.

Owned by Irwin Kaplan of Merrick, NY DVC Gifted Indeed paid $17.00 for win.

With his defeat the Danny Gill- trained Haroun Hanover really has nothing to be ashamed of. The pacer has nine wins in 12 starts and until the Monticello- based Tracys Song--- also a Lounsbury-Aldrich connection--- won on Monday(March 25) afternoon both pacers were tied for the most wins in North America this year.