On a soggy night at Hanover Raceway, Dayplanner won her Balanced Image Stake elimination for two-year-old trotters in 2:05.3, and thanks to that victory, she improved to four-for-four in her career.
With trainer Paul Walker also driving, Dayplanner circled from third to first past the 31 second opening quarter. She then put up the half in 1:03.2 and the three-quarters in 1:34.3 on her way to a four and three-quarters length decision over Southwind Nazareth (Scott Coulter). Le Beau Lavec (Trevor Ritchie) got third.
Brenda Walker bred and owns Dayplanner, an Oaklea Julian-Our Day (Tagliabue) filly. Dayplanner has earned $41,000 to go with her four career triumphs.
In the first elimination favoured Keystone Orion (Dave Boughton) made a first-over move into the lead at the 1:33.3 three-quarters. He then trotted a :30.2 final kicker to win the event by two and a half lengths in 2:04, the fastest clocking of the three eliminations. Strike The Cheque (Scott Coulter) was the runner-up and Wonforallallforone (Trevor Henry), the leader at the :30.1 opening quarter and the 1:02.4 half, held third.
Trainer Don Lindsey also owns Keystone Orion, an Angus Hall-Ozone Hanover (Lindy Lane) gelding. Keystone Orion, who was bred by George F. Hempt and brought $4,000 at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale, has won half of his six trips behind the gate, and he has put away $41,100.
The second elimination saw Gus Is All Lane (George Zirnis) prevail by half a length in 2:07 after he put up panels of :30.4, 1:05, and 1:35.3. Victoriacrest (Dave Boughton) was next, followed by Proby (Larry Walker).
Zirnis also trains and co-owns Gus Is All Lane, an Angus Hall-Eagle Lane (Lindy Lane) colt, with partner Thomas Cousineau. Gus Is All Lane was bred by Dettore Farms Inc. and was acquired for $4,000 at the 2010 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Gus Is All Lane has a pair of tallies from six efforts, and he has pocketed $17,540.
The $15,000 Walker Memorial Invitational Trot also went behind the gate during the program, which was comprised entirely of trotting races, and public choice Northern Spark (Trevor Ritchie) showed the way through fractions of :29.1, :59.3, and 1:29.2 en route to a two and a half length win in 1:59.1. Smokin Dabra (Stu Sowerby) got second and Quantum Antonio (Mark Etsell) finished third.
Ted MacDonnell trains Northern Spark, a four-year-old Angus Hall gelding, for owners Stake Your Claim Stable and John Petracci, Jr. This was Northern Spark's second win from 22 efforts this season and his seventh career triumph. He has now put away $44,280 on the campaign and $180,070 lifetime.