Ministre Hanover, the last foal from the great race mare Miss Easy, captured his qualifier yesterday at Woodbine for trainer, driver and co-owner Paul MacDonell.
A three-year-old gelding by Badlands Hanover, Minestre Hanover won by more than four lengths in 1:58.4 over the track rated Good. Second was the sophomore colt Twin B Famous, a Jeremes Jet half-brother to $710,000 winner Twin B Warrior.
MacDonell and partner Gord Irwin bought the colt for $45,000 as a yearling. He qualified twice last year in July but did not race.
Miss Easy won more than $1.7 million during her illustrious career which concluded in 1991. Ministre Hanover is her 16th and final foal with her best to date being her first, the Dragon Again gelding JFK who won $252,000 in his career.
Another three-year-old winner at yesterday’s qualifiers was the Amigo Hall colt Loco Caballo. Blair Burgess trains the trotter for father Bob and wife Karin. With Anthony MacDonald at the lines the colt sat a pocket trip and tipped out to win by two lengths in 2:01.4.
It was the first start in several months for the colt who made two starts last year at two.
The two other winners at the qualifiers were Jolie Blue Chip in 2:04 and Sky Desperado in 1:59.