Day At The Track

Fields set for 88th Hambletonian Trot Saturday

12:25 PM 31 Jul 2013 NZST
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Miss USA Erin Brady helped with the draw for the 2013 Hambletonian
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East Rutherford, NJ – The stage is set for the 2013 88th edition of the Hambletonian Trot, harness racing’s most prestigious race with 23 three-year-olds entered. The Hambletonian is the second leg of the trotting Triple Crown and features purses totaling more than $1.4 million.

The three first heat eliminations will each be contested for a purse of $70,000. The first three horses in the official order of finish from each race will return for the final, plus the one horse finishing fourth with the highest lifetime earnings, to provide 10 horses for the $1.2 million final. It is a true test of stamina as the ten horses in the final will have raced twice in one day.

Featured in the seventh race first elimination heat will be Dewycolorintheline for owner/trainer/driver Ray Schnikkter from post three.He is the only possible contender for the Trotting Triple Crown after winning the first jewel, the Yonkers Trot, last Saturday at Yonkers Raceway for a purse of $450,000. The early favorite in the race is Royalty For Life in post eight. He has won his last two starts impressively. Other contenders include High Hope and Smilin Eli.

The eighth race second elimination heat is headed by the 2012 Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year, Wheeling n Dealin, who drew post position 1.
Undefeated in nine starts last year, Wheeling n Dealin is winless in three outings so far in 2013. But last week was a close second to High Bridge at
the Meadowlands. Other standouts include Dontyouforgetit and Aperfectyankee. In post four is Jacks To Open, who was sold on Sunday at the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale for $122,000 and the new owners promptly entered him in the Hambletonian.

The ninth race final elimination heat features Corky (post 5) and Spider Blue Chip (post 6), both of whom have won their last start, All Laid Out and Lauderdale, who was third last week to Dewycolorintheline in the Yonkers Trot.

Post positions for both the Hambletonian and the companion Hambletonian Oaks for fillies were drawn at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Below
are the fields, in post position order, with listed drivers and trainers..

First Elimination Hambletonian Race 7 est. off: 2:24 pm
Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer
1-Punxsutawney-Tim Tetrick-John Butenschoen
2-Smilin Eli-Tim Tetrick-David Smith
3-Dewycolorintheline-Ray Schnittker -Schnittker
4-High Bridge-Yannick Gingras -Jimmy Takter
5-Super Classic-Brian Sears -Greg Peck
6-Dreams Of Thunder-George Brennan-Jonas Czernyson
7-E L Rocket-Yannick Gingras -Ron Burke
8-Royalty For Life-Brian Sears-George Ducharme

Second Elimination Hambletonian Race 8 est. off: 2:51 p.m.
Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer
1-Wheeling N Dealin-Sylvain Filion-Dustin Jones
2-Aperfectyankee-Jim Oscarsson-Oscarsson
3-Your So Vain-Andy Miller -Julie Miller
4-Jacks To Open-Jim Morrill, Jr.-Nick Surick
5-Celebrity Maserati-Tom Jackson-Susanne Strandqvist
6-Caveat Emptor-Steve Smith-Ray Schnittker
7-Dontyouforgetit-Yannick Gingras -Jimmy Takter
8-Creatine-Mike Lachance-Bob Stewart

Third Elimination Hambletonian Race 9 est. off: 3:18 pm
Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer
1-Possessed Fashion-John Campbell-Tom Fanning
2-Murmur Hanover-Randy Waples-Normand Bardier, Jr.
3-Banco Solo-Ron Pierce-Ken Oscarsson
4-All Laid Out-Tim Tetrick -Noel Daley
5-Corky-David Miller -Jimmy Takter
6-Spider Blue Chip-Ron Pierce-Chuck Sylvester
7-Lauderdale-Corey Callahan-Jonas Czernyson

$500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Race 11 est. off: 4:14 pm
Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer
1-Fashion Athena-John Campbell -Jim Campbell-30-1
2-Bee A Magician-Brian Sears-Nifty Norman-2-5
3-Classic Martine-Ron Pierce-Chris Oakes-15-1
4-Mistery Woman-David Miller-Jonas Czernyson-9-2
5-Coffeecake Hanover-Jim Morrill Jr.-Ron Burke-20-1
6-Frau Blucher-Jim Morrill Jr.-Chris Oakes-8-1
7-To Dream On-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-12-1
8-Time To Kill-Simon Allard-Ross Croghan-50-1
9-Handover Belle-Mike Lachance-Tony Alagna-50-1
10-Ma Chere Hall-Corey Callahan-Jonas Czernyson-10-1

By Steve Wolf

 

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