The fifth annual Terrapin Stakes at Freestate tonight will offer numerous challenges to racing fans who try to handicap the past performances of the 34 colts and gelding racing in the $405,000 Terrapin's four divisions.
The race brings together 3-year-old pacers who have had as many as 33 starts or as few as four. And they have raced at as many 10 tracks in North America.
The first division features Simcoe Hanover, a winner of $491,093 lifetime, who has been unable to win in five starts this year. That doesn't sit well with his owners, who paid $315,000 for him in January.
Also in the first division will be Devilish Fella and Meadowbranch Bret, two colts from the Tommy Haughton stable, which has a total of eight horses in the Terrapin.
The second division presents an interesting match-up against Benjie Almahurst, undefeated in four career starts, and Team Hanover, who has won 16 times in 33 starts.
Benjie Almahurst won at Lexington in 1:56 3/5 in only his second start. He bettered that in his last start at the Meadowlands with a 1:54 1/5.
Trained and driven by Dave Pinkney Jr., Team Hanover has won two in a row at Freestate.
Tiggers Star, a winner last Sunday in a New York Sire Stakes at Yonkers Raceway, is the probable favorite in the third division.
Sherwood Abe, little known despite 12 wins in 16 starts at Canadian tracks, is likely to be the favorite in the final division.