Day At The Track


07:17 PM 15 May 2004 NZST
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Ross Croghan
Ross Croghan - facing six months on the sidelines

If his breeding is any indication, Adams Hall could be bound for the $1.2 million Hambletonian, harness racing's most prestigious event, on August 7 at the Meadowlands.

Trained by Ross Croghan, Adams Hall is one of several Hambletonian hopefuls who will step out in Sunday afternoon's (May second race, a $10,000 condition trot, at the Meadowlands.

Six of the 10 trotters in the field are eligible to the premier event for 3-Year-Old trotters.

he regally bred Adams Hall was a $250,000 yearling purchase at the Tattersalls Sale by Eric Cherry's Let It Ride Stables of Delray Beach, Florida.

The son of Garland Lobell-Amour Angus is a full-brother to Conway Hall [$818,884], Angus Hall [$830,654] and Andover Hall [$870,510].

All three of his siblings raced in the Hambletonian.

Conway Hall finished fourth in the 1998 edition won by Muscles Yankee, while Angus Hall won his elimination and finished second to Self Possessed in the 1999 final.

Andover Hall finished second by a head to Chip Chip Hooray in his elimination but made a break in stride at the start of the 2002 Hambletonian Final.

"He has beautiful breeding," Croghan said.

"He was actually not as developed as his brothers were at the sale. His brothers all sold for $450,000. We were only planning to go as high as $250,000. You just have to keep your fingers crossed with them."

Adams Hall made five starts as a freshman.

Although winless, he hit the board four times.

One of his best performances was a runner up finish in a division of the Bluegrass at The Red Mile.

"He was kind of unlucky last year," Croghan said.

"He should have won some minor stakes. He is still developing physically. We are looking to him to pick it up later in the year. He is growthy.

"We don't see him as an early developer. He is a maiden, and he has a lot to learn. We will give him some rounds on the track and see how it plays out.

"He has a way to go to catch up to the other colts."

Adams Hall will be paired with driver Ron Pierce for his 2004 debut on Sunday afternoon.

He is rated as the 9-2 third choice in the field from post seven.

"He likes to go after horses," Croghan said.

"He has an attitude when horses are in front of him."

In addition to the Hambletonian, Adams Hall is eligible to the $350,000 estimated Stanley Dancer Trot on July 16 at the Meadowlands.

Courtesy Of The Meadowlands Media Relations Department

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