Day At The Track

Creamy Mimi wins Hambletonian Oaks (vid)

06:39 PM 02 Aug 2008 NZST
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Creamy Mimi - 2008 Hambletonian Oaks - Winner's circle
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.
Creamy Mimi - 2008 Hambletonian Oaks - Winner's circle
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.
Creamy Mimi - 2008 Hambletonian Oaks
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.
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Andy Miller secured the biggest win of his career and trainer Trond Smedshammer ended a three-year run of seconds in the race when Creamy Mimi was victorious in today's $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks at The Meadowlands.

The daughter of Conway Hall had a charmed run from the ace position, getting a saloon trip in the trail behind Diana Hall throughout.

Miller worked her in to the clear at the top of the stretch and she proved to strong for the late-closing favourite Lantern Kronos and Brian Sears, taking the time-honoured event in 1:53.4.

Stage Show and John Campbell filled the show position to complete a favourite's trifecta.

Miller said after the race that victory was "awesome" and the race "worked out perfectly".

"We talked about getting up close and getting a good trip," he said."

Miller had no doubts he was on the right horse for the win given his post position.

"My filly felt real strong, super, and I thought she would take me to the wire."

Miller has had a good association with Creamy Mimi, having driven her last year, but did not drive her in the elimination.

That drive went to Brian Sears, who instead opted for Lantern Kronos today.

"After she raced last week Tron (Smedshammer, trainer) came and mentioned it to me as I drove her a couple of times in the American National last year.

Smedshammer was relieved to end a frustrating run of second placings in the Oaks, having taken the runner-up mantle with Emantee in 2006, Blur in 2005 and Housethatruthbuilt in 2004.

"We've been second three years in a row but I had a good feeling coming in to today," he said.

"I didn't think she could control the race and win, I didn't think anybody could, it was a matter of whoever got the trip would win.

Owner Marvin Katz described the euphoria associated with a Hambletonian Oaks win.

"This is the top of the mountain. I said to Andy Miller you started her, now lets take her to the top of the mountain," he said in the winner's enclosure.

"It was time she got a good trip like this, horsemen will always make excuses but this is a superior family. 

"This is as pretty as it gets."

Garrick Knight, Harnesslink

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