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Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian

03:28 AM 18 Jul 2019 NZST
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Swandre The Giant moves up to number four on harness racings Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian top ten. 

Greenshoe and Gimpanzee remain one-two. #Hambo19

 

Rank

Horse

Driver, Trainer, Owner

Ken Warkentin’s Comments

1

Greenshoe

(Father Patrick)

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli

Rebounded off a tough loss in the Beal with an effortless career best of 1:50.1, a fifth off the Stanley Dancer Memorial stakes mark, Sears said, “He’s done everything we’ve asked all year long, and he’s done it pretty easily, pretty in hand, so we’re real happy with where we’re at right now.”

2

Gimpanzee

(Chapter Seven)

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable

11-for-11 & two-for-two this season, dominated the EBC @ Vernon Downs in 1:54, then cruised in a NYSS event @ Yonkers in 1:55, tunes up for the Hambo in a NYSS division on July 19, post five in Race 8 @ Tioga Downs after a 24-day layoff

  3

Pilot Discretion

(Muscle Hill)

 

Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera

Undefeated streak snapped, yet finished a solid second [1:51] to Greenshoe in his Dancer division, was coming off a career best 1:51.4 Big M qualifier, won the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4, right back with post one in Tomkins Geers division @ Big M on July 20

4

Swandre The Giant

(Swan For All)

 

Dave Miller, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor

Unleashed a Big M debut upset in a career best of 1:51.3 in his Dancer division, Miller said, “It was definitely the Lasix, and they pulled the shoes off too.  He felt really strong.  Through the stretch I was getting by (Green Manalishi S) without even asking him yet.” 

5

Green Manalishi S

(Muscle Hill)

 

Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc

Brushed to the top, set easy fractions & settled for second [1:51.4] to Swandre The Giant as the heavy favorite in his Dancer division, only his third start of 2019, post five in Tomkins Geers division @ Big M on July 20

6

Forbidden Trade

(Kadabra)

Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination

O’Brien Award winner notched his third win in five starts this season with an easy 1:54 in a 3YO overnight @ Mohawk on July 12, won his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, a close second [1:52.4] in that final, followed by an OSS Gold event in 1:53.1 [:26.3] @ Mohawk

7

Don’t Let’em

(Muscle Hill)

 

Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman

Sat a two-hole behind Pilot Discretion, broke turning for home & finished seventh in his Dancer division, second in :26 to Pilot Discretion in a Big M qualifier on July 5 after dominating a Big M overnight in 1:51.3, now in full regroup mode

8

Super Schissel

(Uncle Peter)

 

Scott Zeron, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg

Finished a distant third [1:52.3] to Greenshoe in his Dancer division, Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished a close third [1:52.4] in the Goodtimes Final, romped in an overnight @ The Big M on June 28 & took a new mark of 1:52.4

9

Marseille

(Muscle Hill)

Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Order By Stable, Howard Taylor

Stole the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial wire-to-wire in 1:52.3 at 55-1, did not race last two weeks, post 6 in Tomkins Geers division @ Big M on July 20, stablemates Soul Strong & Sheena’s Boy also in to go

10

Reign Of Honor

(Father Patrick)

Scott Zeron, Nifty Norman, Deo Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable

Rallied in :27 to finished third [1:52] to Swandre The Giant in his Dancer division, stormed home to win a NJSS division 1:54.2 on May 24, runner up to Greenshoe in the NJSS Final

 

 

KEY PREP RACES

Date

Stakes

Site

Winner

Driver

Trainer

2nd Horse

3rd Horse

Time

05/04

Dexter Cup

Fhld

OSTERC

Yannick Gingras

Per Engblom

HL REVADON

Skyway Kon Man

1:57

05/11

PASS

Mea

GINGER TREE SKYR

Dan Rawlings

Sam Beegle

Capy Chaps Hanover

Explosive Magic

1:55

05/11

PASS

Mea

OSTERC

Yannick Gingras

Per Engblom

KLUTZY

FASHION POSSESSED

1:55.1

05/11

PASS

Mea

GOES DOWN SMOOTH

Yannick Gingras

Ron Burke

CHIPLOSIVE

Papi Hanover

1:54.3

05/17

NJSS

M

GREENSHOE

Brian Sears

Marcus Melander

SHEENA’S BOY

BATTENBERG

1:51.2

05/17

NJSS

M

SOUL STRONG

Yannick Gingras

Ake Svanstedt

NO DRAMA PLEASE

Galixton

1:53

05/24

NJSS

M

REIGN OF HONOR

Dave Miller

Nifty Norman

TRIX AND STONES

NO DRAMA PLEASE

1:54.2

05/27

E. Breeders Final

VD

GIMPANZEE

Brian Sears

Marcus Melander

MR VICKTOR

Travel Winner

1:54

05/31

NJSS Final

M

GREENSHOE

Brian Sears

Marcus Melander

REIGN OF HONOR

Galixton

1:50.2

06/02

PASS

PcD

MARSEILLE

Ake Svanstedt

Ake Svanstedt

GERRY

Papi Hanover

1:53.3

06/02

PASS

PcD

EXPLOSIVEBREAKAWAY

Tom Jackson

Fred Grant

SUMMIT IN SIGHT

Capt Chaps Hanover

1:54.2

06/07

Goodtimes Elim

Moh

FORBIDDEN TRADE

Bob McClure

Luc Blais

SWANDRE THE GIANT

SMART AS HILL

1:53.1

06/07

Goodtimes Elim

Moh

PILOT DISCRETION

Andrew McCarthy

Tony Alagna

SOUTHWIND AVENGER

Dream Nation

1:52

06/14

PASS

Phl

SUMMIT IN SIGHT

Andy Miller

Julie Miller

GOES DOWN SMOOTH

Night Hall

1:53

06/14

PASS

Phl

GUARANTEED

Tim Tetrick

Linda Toscano

Macmorris Hanover

Kate’s Massive

1:55.1

06/14

PASS

Phl

OSTERC

Yannick Gingras

Per Engblom

MARSEILLE

EXPLOSIVEBREAKAWAY

1:52.2

06/15

Goodtimes Final

Moh

PILOT DISCRETION

Andrew McCarthy

Tony Alagna

FORBIDDEN TRADE

SUPER SCHISSEL

1:52.4

06/22

E. Beal, Jr. Elim

PcD

GREENSHOE

Brian Sears

Marcus Melander

OSTERC

MARSEILLE

1:52.3

06.22

E. Beal, Jr. Elim

PcD

GREEN MANALISHI S

Tim Tetrick

Marcus Melander

SUMMIT IN SIGHT

SWANDRE THE GIANT

1:52.1

06/29

Earl Beal, Jr. Mem

PcD

MARSEILLE

Ake Svanstedt

Ake Savnstedt

GREENSHOE

GREEN MANILISHI S

1:52.3

07/13

Stanley Dancer

M

SWANDRE THE GIANT

Dave Miller

Ron Burke

GREEN MANALISHI S

REIGN OF HONOR

1:51.3

07/13

Stanley Dancer

M

GREENSHOE

Brian Sears

Marcus Melander

PILOT DISCRETION

SUPER SCHISSEL

1:50.1

 

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