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Mission Brief headlines Hambletonian eligibles

04:26 AM 04 Apr 2015 NZDT
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Mission Brief, the first filly to top the colts in the experimental rankings
Mission Brief, the first filly to top the colts in the experimental rankings

The $1 million Hambletonian and filly companion stake, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, August 8, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 90th edition of the classic harness racing event will feature eliminations and the final on the same day.

Eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, if necessary, will be raced the prior week, Saturday, August 1.

The number of total eligible trotters to the two races remained the same as last year with 193 paid in, but an additional ten more colts made the payment this year, while the Oaks eligibles dropped by an identical ten fillies.

The powerful barns of Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke house both freshmen trotter Dan Patch honorees: Pinkman, a winner of $566,960 and the filly Mission Brief, who banked $591,070 in her brilliant freshman campaign. Between the two conditioners they harnessed seven of the top ten money-winning 2-year-old trotters in 2014.

Pinkman, a gelded son of Explosive Matter, made his presence felt in September of last year, winning the Standardbred Stakes at Delaware, Ohio. He followed up with wins in the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington and the Valley Victory at Mohawk in Canada, then used the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands to sew up divisional honors.

Takter, who has won three editions of the Hambletonian - Malabar Man in 1997, Muscle Massive in 2010 and Trixton last year - has a loaded sophomore roster to try for a fourth title. In the 2015 Hoof Beats Comprehensive Predictive Rankings for Trotters, Takter trains four of the top 10 voted "most likely to succeed" this year.

Yet it's two lightly raced colts that Takter feels may represent his best shot at repeat Hambletonian glory.

"Whom Shall I Fear, who is a full brother to Father Patrick, didn't race many starts last year. He was second in the International Stallion Stakes (behind Aldebaran Eagle). But he was big and growthy and we just stopped with him."

"He is going to qualify next week at The Meadowlands and so will Canepa Hanover. Last year I thought those two would be my two best colts. They are both a little green so need to get some racing under their belts before the big stakes." said Takter.

Mission Brief, the first filly to top the colts in the experimental rankings in years, may look to also be the first filly winner of the Hambletonian since Continentalvictory in 1996.

"She should be back to the races about mid-May," said Burke about his trainee, dubbed a "freak" after a freshman year that wowed the harness racing world.

"We'll let her tell us when she is ready," he continued. "Maybe a NJ Sire Stake is on the schedule first. Last year, she was so big and strong it just took her a while to figure things out. She has shown a lot of improvement and the Hambletonian is definitely something we would like to try to win. My Dad is 79 and winning the [Little Brown] Jug for us as a team and as a family was so special...I would like to try the Hambletonian."

The 2014 Peter Haughton winner Centurion ATM, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is also among the top sophomores eligible, and a Hambletonian win would make him just the third colt to win both elite races, joining Donato Hanover (07) and Muscle Hill (09).

The Hambletonian has been hosted by the Meadowlands Racetrack since 1981 and is the longest nationally televised event in harness racing. A 90-minute live broadcast will air on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. [EDT].

There are no supplemental entries permitted in the Hambletonian and Oaks, nor are participants in those events or the Hambletonian Maturity permitted the use of Lasix or Butazolidin. All entrants are subject to the out-of-competition testing rules described in the conditions. The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands sponsor the only events in North American horse racing that prohibit the use of any race day medication.

The Hambletonian is the first event in the trotting Triple Crown.

The Yonkers Trot is the second leg and will be raced Saturday, Sep. 5 at Yonkers Raceway in New York.

The third and final leg in 2015 is the Kentucky Futurity, scheduled for Saturday, Oct.10 at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY.

The last trotter to win the Triple Crown was Glidemaster in 2006.

The Hambletonian trail commences Saturday, May 2, with the Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway.

Eligibles for all Hambletonian-serviced stakes;

 
3-Year-Old Colt Trot in 2015 - $1,000,000 Guaranteed
 
Heats and Final to race on Saturday, August 8, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ
 
ACCENTURE HANOVER
 
ALDEBARAN EAGLE
 
APOSTLES CREED
 
BIG RICH
 
BILLY FLYNN
 
BLOODSTOCKSDIAMOND
 
BOOTS N CHAINS
 
CANEPA HANOVER
 
CAPT SERIOUS
 
CELEBRITY BUGATTI
 
CELEBRITY LAMBO
 
CELEBRITY MASSIVE
 
CELEBRITY PEGASUS
 
CENTURION ATM
 
CITIZEN HALL
 
CLASS INCLUDED
 
CODE BON
 
COLBERT
 
CREDIT CREATION
 
CRESCENT FASHION
 
CRUZADO DELA NOCHE
 
CUE HALL
 
CURFEW
 
DANISH DURANGO
 
DAPPER DON
 
DEFY ANYTHING
 
DIVISIONIST
 
DON'T MIND ME
 
DONATOMITE
 
DONT RUSH
 
EL DIABLO BR
 
EXPLOSIVE BROTHER
 
FASHION CREDITOR
 
FASHION TRIBUTE
 
FINISH LINE
 
FRENCH LAUNDRY
 
GIFTED WAY
 
GONE VIRAL
 
GREAT MAGIC
 
GUESS WHOS BACK
 
HABITAT
 
HANDOVER THE MONEY
 
HIGHLANDMUSCLEHALL
 
HILLSONATOR
 
HONOR AND SERVE
 
HURRIKANE JONNY K
 
IN SECRET
 
INFINITI AS
 
IRON
 
JACKSONS MINION
 
KADA BRA JON
 
KEYSTONE BODACIOUS
 
LIBERTARIAN
 
LIMA PRIDE
 
LOOKSLIKEACHPNDALE
 
MADE BY DESIGN
 
MAMBO BLUE CHIP
 
MASSIF DU HARAS
 
MASSIVE LIGHTNING
 
ME AMORA
 
MICHAEL'S PEARL
 
MILLVILLE ROAD
 
MONOPOLY BLUE CHIP
 
MONSIEUR HALL
 
MOUNTAIN TOP
 
MUSCLE BLUES
 
MUSCLE DIAMOND
 
MUSICAL RHYTHM
 
MYTHOLOGY BLUECHIP
 
NATURAL KEMP
 
NEW DAWN
 
NEXTGEN HANOVER
 
NO REASON AT ALL
 
OHMYGOSH DE VIE
 
OLD BREW
 
OLD OAK
 
ON THE SLY
 
ONE DIRECTION
 
P MAC ATTACK
 
PIECE OF CAKE
 
PIERCEWAVE HANOVER
 
PIERRE
 
PINKMAN
 
POINTILLIST
 
PROGRESSION
 
RALLY IN THE NIGHT
 
REAL DJ HANOVER
 
SEE THE STARS
 
SHOW BIZ HALL
 
SIXTEEN ENCORES
 
SOBORO HANOVER
 
SONIC
 
SOULSHOUT
 
SOUTHWIND MOZART
 
SOUTHWIND STRYKER
 
SS POSEIDON
 
STILLWATER
 
STONEBRIDGE FORCE
 
SUGARMAKESMECRAZY
 
SUIT AND TIE
 
TADY'S LEGACY
 
TALBOT HERCULES
 
TEA PARTY CRAZE
 
TEMPLE OF DREAMS
 
THE BANK
 
TOTAL DARKNESS
 
TRUE BLUE STRIDE
 
TRUST FUND BABY
 
UNCLE HANOVER
 
UNCLE LASSE
 
WALTER WHITE
 
WHATAWORKOUT
 
WHEELS AH SMOKIN
 
WHOM SHALL I FEAR
 
WIN B HILL
 
WIN THE DAY
 
WINGS OF ROYALTY
 
WORKOUT WONDER
 
118 Trotting Colts & Geldings
 
 

THE HAMBLETONIAN® OAKS

3-Year-Old Filly Trot in 2015 - $500,000 guaranteed final

 

A LIST LINDY

 
ANDOVER N UNDER
 
ANNALIINA
 
BATTLE MAGE
 
BEE THE QUEEN
 
BENEDETTA RASTELLI
 
BIG SKY PARADISE
 
BLINTZ
 
BON APPETIT
 
BRIGHT BABY BLUES
 
BRIGHT EYES
 
BY AND BY HANOVER
 
CHRISTINE SIXTEEN
 
CLASSICAL ANNIE
 
COCOACABANA
 
CONCENTRATION
 
CRAZY BEAUTIFUL
 
DANIELLE HALL
 
DAY AT THE SPA
 
DEW DROP
 
DEWEY TAKE CREDIT
 
DRINKSONTHEHOUSE
 
DYNAMITE DAISY
 
FLY ANGEL FLY
 
FLYER MEL
 
FROU FROU
 
GATKA HANOVER
 
GOLD CORA
 
I'M SO FANCY
 
ITS EASY TO SMILE
 
IWANTMYTWODOLLARS
 
JOLENE JOLENE
 
JOSIE'S JOY
 
KATNISS
 
KELSEY'S KEEPSAKE
 
KEYSTONE INDIA
 
KIMCO HALL
 
KIRSI HANOVER
 
KOLACHKE
 
LADY WINONA
 
LILU HANOVER
 
LINDY LAND
 
LIVININTHEFASTLANE
 
LOCK DOWN LINDY
 
LOVE ME MADLY
 
MAGIC MARKER
 
MATTER OF DAYS
 
MISSION BRIEF
 
MONI FROM HEAVEN
 
MY LUCKY WORD
 
ONDA DI MARE
 
READY TO IGNITE
 
RILEY'S DREAM
 
RULES OF THE ROAD
 
SARCY
 
SCENTED ROSES
 
SHAQLINE
 
SISTAS
 
SMEXI
 
SMOKINMOMBO
 
SOBTI HANOVER
 
SOUTHWIND CARTIER
 
SPEAK TO ME
 
SPIRIT TO WIN
 
SQUEALS OF DELIGHT
 
STIRLING DIVA
 
STUBBORN BELLE
 
SWEET SHURGA
 
SWEET THING
 
THE GRAND FILLY
 
UNE DUHARAS
 
WAITING ROOM
 
WICLET HANOVER
 
WILD HONEY
 
WORDIE HANOVER
 
75 Trotting Fillies
 
(The above lists are subject to omissions and corrections.)
 
Moira Fanning
Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown
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