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Ken Warkentin's Final Road to Hambletonian

07:26 AM 04 Aug 2020 NZST
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The 2020 Hambletonian is Saturday, August 8th.  Post time for the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands is 4:35 pm and can be viewed live at

CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, will present a delayed 60-minute broadcast of the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks from The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., Aug. 8, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. [EDT]

The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. CBS Sports Network has been the broadcast home of the Hambletonian since 2012.




Driver, Trainer, Owner

Ken Warkentin’s Comments


Ramona Hill

(Muscle Hill) 

Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc, In The Gym Partners 

Dan Patch Award winning filly unleashed a 1:50.3 career best from post ten in the Del Miller, uncorked a :25.4 rally for the ages in to win her elimination in 1:51.2, “She’s been great,” Alagna said. “She was a very immature 2-year-old and she was still able to get the job done.  We were so happy with how she came back (in the winter) in Florida. Her first start, she raced super off the pace and two weeks ago she was sparkling and tonight she’s even better.”


Ready For Moni

(Ready Cash)

Yannick Gingras, Nancy Takter, John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Conn, Herb Liverman, Bud Hatfield

Rallied to win his Team Takter debut in a Dancer division in 1:51.4, cruised to a new mark of 1:51.3 in his elimination, “The way the schedule has been this year, it’s been a little difficult to find races,” Takter said.  “We didn’t want to have him over-raced going into the Hambletonian, so he had a couple nice qualifiers to kind of let him get into his own and hopefully he’ll take this race in the right way and be even sharper for next week.”


Back Of The Neck

(Ready Cash) 

Scott Zeron, Ake Svanstedt, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Judith Taylor

Scott Zeron looks for his third Hambo in five years, won a Reynolds division @ Big M on July 11 in 1:52 with a thunderous :26.4 rally, romped in a Dancer division in a career best equaling 1:52, second [1:51.2] to Ramona Hill in his elimination



(Royalty For Life)

Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination 

Last year’s Hambletonian upsetters with Forbidden Trade are back with an OSS performer who took a mark of 1:52.3 @ Mohawk on July 13, finished second [1:51.4] in his elimination


Amigo Volo 

(Father Patrick)

Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman, 

Pinske Stables, David J. Miller

Breeders Crown champion won a PASS division @ Pocono Downs in a career
best of 1:52 on July 26, third [1:51.4] in the first Hambo elimination, Dexter
Dunn was fourth from post ten last year


Sister Sledge

(Father Patrick)

Brian Sears, Ron Burke, Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi

Won her first two stakes as a 3YO @ The Meadows, second [1:52.4] in PASS @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, took a mark of 1:51.2 in a Tompkins Geers division, fourth [1:52] in the second elimination


Hollywood Story

(Muscle Hill) 

Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc. 

Melander said he’s a green colt with only seven starts, yet getting improving, second [1:52] to Ready for Moni in a Dancer division, fifth [1:52] in his elimination 


Rome Pays Off

(Muscle Hill)

Mattias Melander, Marcus Melander, 

S R F Stable

2019 Breeders Crown runner up made it two-for-two this season with a solid score in the Tompkins Geers with a career best of 1:52.3 on July 25, parked fifth [1:52.1] in the second elimination



(Cantab Hall)

Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Jj Racing Stable 

Melander finished second, third & fifth in last year’s Hambletonian, second in the William Wellwood Memorial at two, rebounded with a solid third from the rail [1:52] in his elimination 


Big Oil

(Father Patrick)

Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Jason, Doug & Ron Allen

Team Orange Crush hit the board three straight years 2016-2018, won a PA Allstars division @ Pocono Downs in 1:53.2, third [1:52.3] in a Dancer division, fourth [1:52] in his eliminatio

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