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Greenshoe has held the top spot all eleven weeks of Ken Warkentin's 2019 Road to the Hambletonian. The entries, post positions and harness racing morning line odds will be revealed for the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks during a live post position draw on Tuesday, July 30 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be streamed exclusively on the Meadowlands Racetrack Facebook page and YouTube channel. #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 Two-time NJSS champion off an impressive 1:50.1 career best in the Dancer, won his second NJSS Final in 1:50.2, second by a nose in the Beal, Brian Sears looks for his 4th Hambo, Marcus Melander’s uncle Stefan won the 2001 Hambo with Scarlet Knight 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable Dan Patch Award winner goes into the Hambo undefeated 12-for-12 & three-for-three in 2019, off a 1:52.4 mark @ Tioga Downs after a 24-day layoff, dominated the EBC @ Vernon Downs, 27YO Marcus Melander picked up checks in the last two Hambos   3 Marseille (Muscle Hill)   Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Order By Stable, Howard Taylor Surged to the forefront with a new mark of 1:51.1 in the Tompkins Geers after missing three weeks, stole the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial wire-to-wire in 1:52.3 at 55-1, Team Svanstedt won the 2017 Hambo with Perfect Spirit through disqualification 4 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Fresh off an easy 1:52.4 win in the Tompkins Geers after a second [1:51.4] to Swandre The Giant in the Dancer, Hall of Fame nominee Tim Tetrick won the 2012 Hambo with Market Share 5 Pilot Discretion (Muscle Hill) Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera Third [1:52] to Marseille in the Tompkins Geers as a final prep, second [1:51] to Greenshoe in the Dancer, won the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4, Tony Alagna finished third in 2012 with MY MVP 6 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill)   Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman 2018 Peter Haughton Memorial winner & track record holder bounced back with a career best of 1:50.2 in the Reynolds Memorial on July 27 @ The Big M off a break in the Dancer, Yannick Gingras and Nancy Johansson both look for their first Hambo 7 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) Dave Miller, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Pride of Indiana finished second from post 11 in the Reynolds as a final tune up, upset Green Manalishi S in a career best of 1:51.3 in his Dancer division with Lasix added, Dave Miller & Ron Burke look to avenge their DQ in 2017 with What The Hill 8 Soul Strong (Father Patrick)   Dexter Dunn, Ake Svanstedt, Stable Why Not Gelding finished a gutsy first over second [1:51.4] to stablemate Marseille in the Tompkins Geers after holding off stablemate Sheena’s Boy in :26.3 on June 28, the Dexter Dunn breakout season continues into his first Hambo 9 Forbidden Trade (Kadabra) Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination O’Brien Award winner sports a 6 – 4-2-0 in Ontario this season, a close second [1:52.4] in the Goodtimes Final, Bob McClure and Luc Blais both look to reach their first Hambletonian Final 10 Cantab Fashion (Cantab Hall) Dexter Dunn, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms Lightly-raced Grand Circuit winner at two in 1:51.4 playing catch up, rallied for third in the Tompkins Geers and fourth in the Reynolds, Jim Campbell won the 1995 Hambo with Tagliabue     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 07/20 Tompkins Geers M GREEN MANALISHI S Tim Tetrick Marcus Melander SHEENA’S BOY CANTAB FASHION 1:52.4 07/20 Tompkins Geers M MARSEILLE Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUL STRONG PILOT DISCRETION 1:51.4 07-27 Reynolds Memorial M DON’T LET’EM Yannick Gingras Nancy Johansson SWANDRE THE GIANT SUPER SCHISSEL 1:50.2   From the Meadowlands Media Department  

Cream Ridge, NJ - The Hambletonian Party and Poker & Casino Night Charity Event will be held Friday, August 2, at Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Proceeds will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.   Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, open bar, dessert and $25 in casino chips. Casino chips won at table games are exchanged for raffle tickets to deposit in the baskets of the items you want to win. Tickets are drawn at the end of the evening to determine the winners. Raffle items include sports and harness racing memorabilia and fantastic prizes that will be announced at a later date.   Additional casino chips may be purchased through the night. Open bar and table games begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Gallery & Lounge on the second floor.   Poker tournament is $125 per person with limited seats available. The chip leader will receive a three-night, four-day trip for two to Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations, food/beverage allowance and show tickets. Second place is $250, third $125. The poker tournament begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Gallery.   Tickets are available online and will also be available at the door.   Contact Janet Terhune or John Mayo at the Museum at 845-294-6330 or Tammy Cailliau at Standardbred Retirement Foundation at 609-738-3255 for further information. Tickets Online   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation    

Trenton, NJ — When the New York Yankees play a day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium Aug. 3, they may want to double check their equipment just to make sure everything is in order. Because, if he has his way, New York’s assistant equipment manager will be on the other side of the George Washington Bridge, harness racing. Joe Lee has worked with the Yankees for a quarter century and it’s going to kill him to miss two games with the hated Beantowners. But he hopes to be watching his horse, Mr Vicktor, compete in harness racing’s crown jewel that day at The Meadowlands. “I will try and be at this Hambletonian,” Lee said. “This will probably be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I think I’m afforded to take a day off. I mean after 25 years I can take a day off. Although it is against the Red Sox, and it is two games. It’s the worst combo. This would be a great gig if they didn’t have to play all these games.” With the Yanks in Boston this weekend, at least Lee can watch Mr Vicktor make his Meadowlands debut Saturday (July 27) in the $81,200 W.N. Reynolds Memorial. The race is the final stakes prep for the $1 million Hambletonian, harness racing’s premier event for 3-year-old trotters, the first weekend in August. Mr Vicktor has won seven of 10 lifetime starts, with two seconds and one third, while earning $195,152. All of his races have been in New York, primarily on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. This year, the colt has won six of eight starts and finished second twice, both times behind undefeated Gimpanzee, who was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. “We skipped the sire stakes this weekend in New York to get him off the smaller tracks,” Lee said. “He’s been on the bigger track (seven-eighths Vernon Downs) but hasn’t been on the mile. Going into the Hambletonian, we wanted to get him a trip over The Meadowlands track. We had staked him earlier this winter for the Reynolds, actually as a prep race if he ever turned out to be the horse he turned out to be. That worked out.” Did it ever. Mr Vicktor, by RC Royalty out of Hawaiian Vicky, was purchased for $21,000 at the 2017 Morrisville Sale by Lee, Diamond Pride LLC, which is former Yankees manager Joe Torre, and Sholty Racing. Buzzy Sholty, the horse’s original trainer, made the call. “Buzzy’s got a good eye for picking out horses that look like they have good conformation,” Lee said. “Buzzy also is pretty good on the breeding and the cross breed and what he thinks could be a good cross breed and what he thinks is the best shot at getting to the track for not a lot of money. Buzzy is never one to over-pay and say, ‘Hey we’re getting this horse no matter what.’ “Buzzy’s picked out good horses in the past for me too. Not one that was going to be in the Hambletonian, but Buzzy’s got a good eye on picking a well-built horse. And seeing the horse is an RC Royalty, you’re going to get him a little cheaper. But he’s built well and he’s got a tough heart.” Mr Vicktor won his first lifetime start at Monticello Raceway in the New York Excelsior Series A and came back to finish third at Tioga Downs in the same series. But during the race he made a breathing noise and the decision was made to shut him down for the season. “He was getting entrapped,” Lee said. “So, we did the surgery and let him have the time he needed to heal. At the same time, we thought we had a really nice horse. Buzzy was really patient with him and let him come back on his own. “This year he qualified fine. He started out in a non-winners of two (at Yonkers) and won handily with Buzzy driving. We said, ‘All right, he looks pretty good here, he looks like he’s come back, he’s not having any breathing issue.’ Going back to his first race, he went 2:00 at Monticello and we said, ‘Wow, you have a horse that can go in 2:00 at Monticello in his first lifetime start and not be fully getting his air, we must have a nice horse.’ It was fully worth it to do the surgery and give him the time that he needed.” Mr Vicktor has won seven of 10 lifetime starts, with two seconds and one third, while earning $195,152 In May, Bob Santagata and Jennifer Lappe came looking for a quality horse, and Lee and Torre brought them in on Mr Vicktor, but they wanted to hold on to a stake. “Bob Santagata was interested in having a nice 3-year-old that was coming into his own,” Lee said. “Our horse was really lightly raced, it looked like he had some ability. So, he was willing to take a shot. He was interested in purchasing the horse, but we wanted to also stay in because we thought the horse had a lot of ability as well. So, Jennifer and Bob Santagata joined up with us and on we went.” Once the deal was complete, Lappe took over the training duties while Sholty continued to paddock the colt and warm him up. Tyler Buter remained as the driver, which made sense since Mr Vicktor was undefeated this year at the time the new partners came on board. “He had known the horse, he had trained him at the farm with Buzzy,” Lee said. “Tyler was really familiar with him. To be honest, over the years, the money we made from the last horse Tyler was driving for us helped us get Mr Vicktor. “Tyler has always done right by us. He always has the horses in a good spot and never really over-races them. He races that horse as if it’s his own. Tyler’s a real good horseman as well. He knows what he’s doing out there and we’re comfortable with him.” That makes for a good combination since Mr Vicktor is capable of racing several different ways. In his second start this year, he was challenged on the backstretch and collared, but dug in and won by 4-3/4 lengths. “He’s got it in him, he knows when he’s got to race,” Lee said. “He’s a pretty versatile horse. If you need to leave the gate, he’ll push right out of there. There’s been a couple races where they’ve been flying in the first turn and he’s gotten away either fourth, fifth and then come first over right away. He’s got a big brush in him, he swells up when he gets on the lead. He’s raced both on the lead and from behind. “Tyler has done a really, really good job keeping him relaxed in the post parade and keeping his feet underneath him going to the gate. He can tend to be a little hot when he’s warming up. That was last year. Jogging this year, he’d tend to get a little hot. But so far he’s been OK.” Mr Vicktor is one of many horses Lee has owned with Torre, who won four World Series as Yankees manager and who has had some success as a Thoroughbred owner. “Typically for the last few years, anything I’ve owned Joe has taken a piece of,” Lee said. “He’s excited about this also; I’m hoping he can make it to the Meadowlands for the Hambletonian. For the most part he’ll watch online, especially when Mr Vicktor’s been racing. I’ve called him when he’s racing and he’s always on the road.” Lee recalled calling him once to tell Torre the horse was racing in Vernon Downs, and woke him up in the middle of the night because he was in Israel. “He still stops by the stadium quite a bit and I see him and he says, ‘Hey how are you doing partner,’” Lee said. “He loves being a part of it.” One of Torre’s great trademarks as a manager was his calm, cool demeanor. He always seemed unflappable, whether in the dugout or under the hot lights of a World Series press conference. But when it comes to racing, Torre shows a rare emotional side. “Overall his demeanor is he’s a very laid back person,” Lee said. “But he gets excited during a race when I’ve watched races and been at races with him. He’s like anybody else. When you have a stake in a race or you have a wager, yeah you get excited. The thrill of winning, no matter whether it’s a 10 claimer or a stakes horse, that never goes away, never gets old.” It’s a thrill Lee hopes to keep experiencing with Mr Vicktor, especially if he actually decides to miss the big Red Sox doubleheader. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

No 2-year-old trotter was faster than Cantab Fashion last season, but it's been a slow trek back to action for harness racing trainer Jim Campbell's colt. Cantab Fashion will make his 2019 debut Saturday (July 20) in the first of two $50,450 divisions of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at The Meadowlands, where his performance will help determine whether he can be ready for the sport's premier event for 3-year-old trotters, the Hambletonian, Aug. 3 at the Big M. Last year, Cantab Fashion put together a five-race win streak, including two stakes victories at Lexington's Red Mile, during his seven-start campaign and tied for the season's fastest time with a 1:51.4 mile. "He's definitely a talented colt, has got a lot of speed, but it hasn't been easy this year, that's for sure," said Campbell, who trains Cantab Fashion for breeder/owner Fashion Farms. "I wish we were coming in under different circumstances, but he's had some issues, which is why we're starting in the middle of July instead of the middle of May. "I've got no bold predictions or anything like that. I don't know how he's going to be. The Hambletonian is coming up in two weeks and I don't know if we're going to make it, or not make it, or what the deal is. That's why we want to get him raced on Saturday and see how he does. If he goes good Saturday night, we could come back and get a race into him the following week as well. "It's hard to get a good reading on him because he doesn't train as well as he goes in a race. You'll know (how he is) when I know." Cantab Fashion is among 17 Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the two Tompkins-Geers divisions. Following this weekend's action, there is one more stakes prep for the Hambletonian, the Reynolds on July 27 at The Meadowlands. Campbell is not alone in wanting to get a look at a Hambletonian hopeful prior to the big event. Aldebaranwalkabout, who won two of seven races last year for trainer Jonas Czernyson, is making his second start of 2019 in the first division of the Tompkins-Geers. He finished fourth in a conditioned race June 28 at The Meadowlands, timed in 1:53.1 with a final quarter-mile of :26.3. "We got a slow start with him, but I think he's pretty nice right now," said Czernyson, who trains the colt for Aldebaran Park Inc. "I let him tell me when he was ready, and it looks like it's paying off. I like him a lot the way we are right now. I think we're going in the right direction. I wanted to have one more start in him, like last week, but I couldn't get him in. I trained him up good and he's having a very good week at home, so I'm excited. "I'm going to see how he races Saturday and make up my mind from there. I don't know if I want to go three weeks in a row (prior to the Hambletonian). But I might race him in the Reynolds to make sure he's tight and ready." Aldebaranwalkabout was second-placed-first in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last year. "We had some issues last year; he was growing a lot," Czernyson said. "He was tall and gangly. He's filled out now. He needed a little more time last year, but he showed me a couple of times that he acted like he wanted to be a good horse." Cantab Fashion is 10-1 on the morning line while Aldebaranwalkabout is 12-1. The first division's 2-1 favorite is Green Manalishi S, who finished second to Swandre The Giant last week in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Green Manalishi S has won six of 13 career races, with six seconds and a third. "We thought he raced OK," said trainer Marcus Melander, who trains the colt for Courant Inc. "You always want to win but I think he needed that race. It was only his third start of the year and after the race we decided we wanted to race him one more time. He's a big horse and he needed one more race. I think this race was the perfect race to be in because we'll have two weeks to the Hambo." Green Manalishi S is No. 5 on Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian Top 10. Pilot Discretion, who is No. 3, and Marseille, who is No. 9, are in the second division of the Tompkins-Geers. Saturday's Meadowlands card also includes two divisions of the Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old female trotters, with 15 Hambletonian Oaks-eligible fillies in action, and the final of the Mr Muscleman Series for open trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

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         HAMBLETONIAN ELIGIBLES IN CAPS

East Rutherford, NJ — Seven of the ten horses in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 8 are racing in Saturday’s Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. To view the complete list, click here.  

East Rutherford, NJ -- The Future Wager on the 94th harness racing edition of the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands will open its third pool Friday, July 5, at 11:00 a.m. This is the third of four pools opened in advance of the Hambletonian, held Saturday, August 3, at The Meadowlands. There are 199 trotting colts and fillies eligible for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and with just a month left to the race, favorites have emerged on the The Road to Hambletonian. The first Future Wager poll closed with Indiana-sired Swandre The Giant favored at 2-1. The second Future Wager Pool closed with a drastic shift to the lightly-raced Greenshoe, whose two winning efforts in NJ Sire Stake events were nothing short of dominant. The colt offered 3-5 odds at closing time. Despite a head loss in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial on Sat., June 29 by 57-1 shot Marseille, Meadowlands handicapper Dave Brower has still assigned Greenshoe, a son of Father Patrick-Designed To Be, the favorite's role at 3-1. Greenshoe is one of three contestants from the powerhouse stable of Marcus Melander, joined by Gimpanzee (5-1) and Green Manalishi S (8-1), all owned by Anders Strom's Courant, Inc. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally, and wagering for the first pool closes on Sunday, July 7 at 11 p.m. (EDT). The wager will be discussed at length on The Meadowlands weekend simulcast show. Real-time odds, pool data and updates on field participants for the 2019 Hambletonian Wagers and current odds will be shown on various simulcast shows including at Meadowlands Racetrack. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million open event in recent years, most recently Atlanta, who became just the 14th filly to win a Hambletonian. The only filly not offered at field odds is Evident Beauty, at 30-1. Trained by R. Nifty Norman, Evident Beauty is undefeated this season, with three straight wins in NJ Sire Stake events at The Meadowlands. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool are listed in alphabetical order on the attached program page. The mutuel field, No. 15, will consist of all remaining horses eligible, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no coupled entries in the finals and no supplements are permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The minimum future wager is $1 and all future wagers are win only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian final heat. The fourth and final pool opens Thursday, Aug. 1, after the entries and elimination heats are drawn, and closes at post-time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 3. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website www.playmeadowlands.com. All rules and updates can be found there and on www.Hambletonian.com. 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering - Pool #3 in morning line order HD-Horse-Morning Line Odds   1. Greenshoe/ 3-1 2. Gimpanzee/ 5-1 3. Green Manalishi S/ 8-1 4. Pilot Discretion/10-1 5. Don't Let'Em/ 10-1 6. Forbidden Trade/ 12-1 7. Super Schissel/ 12-1 8. Marseille /15-1 9. Swandre The Giant/ 15-1 10. Southwind Avenger/ 15-1 11. Soul Strong/20-1 12. Osterc/20-1 13. Mr. Vicktor/ 30-1 14. Evident Beauty (f) /30-1 15. Field (all other horses) /15-1 The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules https://www.hambletonian.com/uploads/8/2/8/3/82831928/2019hambofuturewagerrules.pdf -- 17% Takeout -- Win Wagering Only-$1 Minimum   from the Hambletonian Society and Meadowlands Racetrack

Greenshoe and Gimpanzee remain 1,2 in Week 4 of Ken Warkentin's harness racing Road to the Hambletonian. After winning the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4, Pilot Discretion moves into third spot 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 After an ultra impressive 3YO debut in 1:51.2, made it back-to-back NJSS Finals in a sizzling 1:50.2, tuned up for the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial eliminations with a 1:52 qualifier @ Pocono on June 12 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable Dan Patch Award winner still undefeated 10-for-10, easy 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs in his 2019 debut, cruised to win an eye-catching 1:53.4 Big M qualifier on June 15 3 Pilot Discretion (Muscle Hill)   Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera Remained undefeated 6-for-6 & 4-for-4 this season when he rallied to win the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4 after with a career best 1:52 elimination romp, Alagna said, “My owners and I talked about it and we always hoped our first stakes race would be the Goodtimes because it’d be a nice flow into stakes company without having to take on all the top colts like Greenshoe & Gimpanzee.” 4 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass made breaks in two straight qualifiers, then rebounded with a strong second [1:53.4] to Marion Marauder in a Big M qualifier on June 8, did race or qualify last week 5 Forbidden Trade (Kadabra) Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination O’Brien Award winner upset Swandre the Giant with a :26.3 final quarter to win his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, then finished a close second [1:52.4] in the final 6 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill)   Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, off a sick scratch rallied in :26.1 to finish second [1:52] by a nose in a sharp 3YO debut on June 7 @ Big M, did not race or qualify last week 7 Osterc (Cantab Hall)   Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Yannick Gingras, PASS champion & Dexter Cup winner won his second PASS event of the season in a career best 1:52.2 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on June 14, Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial eliminations next 8 Super Schissel (Uncle Peter) Scott Zeron, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished fourth [1:53.3] from post 10 in an elimination of Goodtimes, then stormed home to finish a close third [1:52.4] in the final 9 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Won his 3YO debut & first start for Team Burke in career best 1:54 in ISS @ Hoosier Park, second [1:53.1] in his Goodtimes elim, set the pace & finished fourth [1:53] in the final 10 Reign Of Honor (Father Patrick) Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, De Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable Kindergarten Classic winner rallied to win a NJSS division in 1:54.2 & closed from far back to finish second [1:51.3] to Greenshoe in the NJSS Final, did not race or qualify last two weeks   Ken Warkentin

WILKES-BARRE PA - Greenshoe, who has returned in 2019 with two sensational harness racing victories and is the current Hambletonian favorite, will be in a qualifier Wednesday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, perhaps preparing for the Earl Beal Trot eliminations at the mountain oval on June 22. A sophomore son of Father Patrick trained by Marcus Melander for Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli, Greenshoe showed promise as a two-year-old when he won two of four starts, but he has been devastating in both his 2019 triumphs, first a 1:51.2 win in a New Jersey Sire Stakes elimination at The Meadowlands and then a 1:50.2 shocker in the NJSS two weeks later. Brian Sears will be on hand at Pocono to guide Greenshoe from post three. Another top three-year-old, the Somebeachsomewhere pacing colt Southwind Ozzi, will also be in a Wednesday qualifier. The Bill Mac Kenzie trainee was only one for seven as a two-year-old and thus was not paid in to Pocono's signature sophomore pacing event, the Hempt, but this season he has shown the form that puts him near the top of his sophomore class, with his 1:48.4 victory at Philly on May 26 the fastest race win of the year in his group. Sears also has the drive behind Southwind Ozzi as they start from post five. In addition to these stars of today, there will be plenty of stars of tomorrow at Pocono Wednesday, competing in seventeen two-year-old qualifiers. First of the twenty-one early-session races tomorrow is 9 a.m. - and Greenshoe is in the first race. PHHA / Pocono

Greenshoe and Gimpanzee remain 1,2 in Week 4 of Ken Warkentin's harness racing Road to the Hambletonian. Forbidden Trade and Pilot Discretion enter the top ten after wins in their respective Goodtimes Eliminations. Hambletonian 2019   Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Greenshoe (Father Patrick) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli Stunning 1:51.2 sophomore debut on May 17, made it back-to-back NJSS Finals on May 31 in an amazing 1:50.2, seems well ahead of his competition with a world of upside, did not race last week 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable Dan Patch Award winner extended his undefeated string to 10-for-10 with an easy 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs on May 27, like stablemate Greenshoe did not race last week 3 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill) Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, scratched sick on May 31, flew home in :26.1 to finish second [1:52] by a nose in a sharp 3YO debut on June 7 @ Big M 4 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass winner rebounded off breaks in two straight qualifiers with a more sure-footed second [1:53.4] to Marion Marauder in a Big M qualifier on June 8 5 Forbidden Trade (Kadabra) Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination O’Brien Award winner upset Swandre the Giant with a :26.3 final quarter to win his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, post 4 in the final, McClure said, “He grew up a lot, matured a lot and has always been really fast. He got a nice trip and took advantage of it.” 6 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Off his 3YO debut & first start for Team Burke in career best 1:54 in Indiana Sires Stakes @ Hoosier Park on May 30, set the pace & finished second [1:53.1] in his Goodtimes elim, post 2 in the final 7 Pilot Discretion (Muscle Hill) Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera Remained undefeated 5-for-5 & 3-for-3 this season with a career best 1:52 Goodtimes elimination romp, Alagna said, “He trained back great in Florida this winter. We were high leaving Florida and hoping he would do what he’s doing right now.” 8 Reign Of Honor (Father Patrick) Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, De Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable Kindergarten Classic winner at two, rallied to win a NJSS division in 1:54.2 on May 24 & closed from far back to finish second [1:51.3] to Greenshoe in the NJSS Final on May 31, did not race last week 9 Super Schissel (Uncle Peter) Scott Zeron, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished a strong third [1:52.1] on May 31, fourth [1:53.3] from post 10 in an elimination of Goodtimes, post five in the final 10 Cantab Fashion (Cantab Hall) Dave Miller, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms 1:51.4 Grand Circuit performer as a freshman finished sixth [1:55.2] & seventh [1:56.2] in two Big M qualifiers so far after slow starts from outside posts, has some catching up to do Ken Warkentin

Greenshoe remains on top of Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian Week 3 after a 1:50.2 clocking in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final.   The 2019 Hambletonian will take place Saturday, August 3, 2017     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 Reeled off an impressive 1:51.2 3YO debut on May 17, made it back-to-back NJSS Finals on May 31 in an amazing 1:50.2, Sears said, “From two to three they did a rigging change, he’s also matured & now he’s perfect to drive.” 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable Dan Patch Award winner remained undefeated 10-for-10 with an effortless 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs on May 27 3 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill)   Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, won his third Big M qualifier in 1:54.4 on May 25, then scratched sick from an overnight on May 31, post 2 in a Big M overnight on June 7 4 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All)   Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Won his 3YO debut & first start for Team Burke in career best 1:54 in Indiana Sires Stakes @ Hoosier Park on May 30 with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, post 3 in first elimination of Goodtimes 5 Reign Of Honor (Father Patrick)   Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, De Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable Kindergarten Classic winner at two, rallied to win a NJSS division in 1:54.2 on May 24 & closed from far back to finish second [1:51.3] in the NJSS Final on May 31 6 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass winner & Breeders Crown runner up broke in back-to-back qualifiers & did not race/qualify last week 7 Cantab Fashion (Cantab Hall) Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms Grand Circuit winner in 1:51.4 @ two, finished sixth [1:55.2] in his first qualifier on June 1 @ Big M & has some catching up to do 8 Kings County (Muscle Hill)   Dave Miller, Domenico Cecere, Lindy Farms of Conn 1:52.3 Grand Circuit winner @ The Red Mile at two, set the pace & finished a second [1:55] to Don’t Let’em in his first qualifier at the Big M on May 25, post 9 in second elimination of Goodtimes 9 Super Schissel (Uncle Peter) Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished a strong third [1:52.1] in his 3YO debut in an overnight against older foes @ The Big M on May 31, post 10 in first elimination of Goodtimes 10 Osterc (Cantab Hall)   Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Christina Takter, Goran Falk PASS champion won the Dexter Cup on May 4 in 1:57, took a PASS division on May 11 in 1:55.1 @ The Meadows, broke on the lead & finished fourth in a PASS division on June 2 @ Pocono   Rachel Ryan    

East Rutherford, NJ — The 94th Hambletonian Future Wager at The Meadowlands will open its second pool Friday, May 31, at 11:00 a.m. The Road to the harness racing Hambletonian is underway for the 199 trotting colts and fillies eligible for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. This is the second of four pools opened in advance of the race to be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at The Meadowlands. The first Future Wager poll closed with Indiana-sired Swandre The Giant the favorite at 2-1. Swandre the Giant is set to make his first start at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Thursday, May 30, for new trainer Ron Burke. Meadowlands handicapper Dave Brower has assigned the favorite status of 4-1 to Greenshoe, a Marcus Melander trainee whose first start in New Jersey Sire Stake competition at The Meadowlands was an astonishing 1:51.2 mile finished with a last quarter of 26.2.    Empire Breeders Classic winner Gimpanzee, also from the Melander Stable, was tagged at 6-1. Swandre The Giant will now open at 8-1 in the second pool.  There are 54 of the 101 colts eligible entered in either races or qualifiers between now and Sunday, June 2 when the pool closes, with state-bred competition ongoing in in New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally, and wagering for the first pool closes on Sunday, June 2 at 11 p.m. (EDT). The wager will be discussed at length on The Meadowlands weekend simulcast show. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million open event in recent years, most recently Atlanta, who became just the 14th filly to win a Hambletonian. The only filly not offered at field odds is Evident Beauty, at 20-1. Trained by R. Nifty Norman, Evident Beauty is two-for-two this year in both her starts at The Meadowlands. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool are listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field, No. 15, will consist of all remaining horses eligible, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no supplements permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The minimum future wager is $1 and all future wagers are win only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian. The third future wager pool will open Friday, July 5, at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, July 7 and close at 11:00 p.m. The fourth and final pool opens Thursday, Aug. 1, after the entries and elimination heats are sorted, and closes at post-time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 3. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website www.playmeadowlands.com. All rules and updates can be found there and on www.Hambletonian.com. 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering – Pool #2 HD-Horse-Morning Line Odds   Greenshoe/4-1 Gimpanzee/6-1 Swandre The Giant/ 8-1 Southwind Avenger/ 8-1 Don't Let’Em/ 12-1 Pilot Discretion/ 12-1 Kings County/ 15-1 Super Schissel/ 15-1 Forbidden Trade/ 15-1 Green Manalishi S/ 15-1 Cantab Fashion/15-1 Osterc/15-1 Evident Beauty/20-1 Chin Chin Hall/20-1 15. All Other Horses/10-1   · 17 percent Takeout · Win Wagering Only-$1 Minimum   Future Wager Rules Can be found here: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/hambletonian/news.aspx?id=18630   from the Hambletonian Society and Meadowlands Racetrack

Cranbury, NJ, May 8, 2019.....The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands Racetrack have signed a two-year contract extension guaranteeing the harness racing host venue of the $1.2 million Hambletonian, $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks and the $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity through 2023. The Meadowlands has been the longest-running host track of America's Classic Trotting event, having held the race for 37 years since the Society relocated the race from the DuQuoin State Fair in Illinois to The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1981. It is traditionally held the first Saturday in August, with this year's $1.2 million event slated for August 3. The race is simulcast internationally and attracts record wagering handle and attendance at the north Jersey track. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Hambletonian Society," said Jeff Gural, CEO of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We pride ourselves on showcasing world-class harness racing and the Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian Maturity are an important part of our Championship Meet." John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, echoed those sentiments. "We are extremely pleased with our relationship with the Meadowlands, and consider the Meadowlands the true home of the Hambletonian. The Society is delighted with the resurgence of harness racing in New Jersey and the Hambletonian contract extension is another indication of the strength and permanence of the sport in the Garden State." The Hambletonian has undergone multiple format changes and been raced at six host tracks since 1926. The racing conditions allow for flexibility in the format, and in 2020 eliminations will be contested the week before to determine the final field. Hambletonian No. 95 is set for August 8, 2020. Prior to 1991, entrants had to win two heats to be declared the Hambletonian winner, though that only occurred three times in Meadowlands history. From 1991-1996, the same day heat format was still utilized, but the winner of the final heat was declared the Hambletonian winner. In 1997 the eliminations moved to the week before the event so the Meadowlands could create a week-long Hambletonian Festival, including Breeders Crown Open races. When Jeff Gural leased the Meadowlands from the state of New Jersey in 2011, same day heats were put back in to play for the race in 2012, and will remain through the race of 2019. "The flexibility in the conditions allows the Society to always act in the best interest of the race, the sport, our host track partners and most importantly the health and welfare of the horse," continued Campbell. Eligibility to the Hambletonian begins each year with a May 15 yearling nomination and continues with sustaining payments through a horse's two and three-year-old year. There are no supplements to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The Hambletonian is the first leg of the trotting Triple Crown. It is currently the only harness race to be broadcast on network TV, and has been for more than 30 years. For more information contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society (609-371-2211) or Rachel Ryan at the Meadowlands Racetrack (201-842-5015)   Moira Fanning

The finish of the August 5, 2017 $1 million Hambletonian, was the subject of two judge's inquiries, and resulted in the winner of the richest race for sophomore trotters being disqualified and placed out of the money for the first time in Hambletonian history. The appeal of that judge's decision has been finalized and purse monies from the event held 18 months ago were recently order disbursed by the NJ Racing Commission. What The Hill, driven by Dave Miller and trained by Ron Burke, was fourth in his Hambletonian elimination heat, but came roaring back in the final heat of the Hambletonian to win in 1:52.3. The inquiry light was flashed and after reviewing the race for two incidents - International Moni's break in the first turn and Guardian Angel AS going off stride in the stretch - both were deemed interference breaks, and What The Hill was placed ninth behind Guardian Angel AS, who galloped when the wheel of What The Hill's sulky struck his hoof. Second-place finisher Perfect Spirit, driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt, was placed first, his owners SRF Stable entered the winner circle and accepted the Hambletonian trophy, and they will now receive the disputed part of the purse totaling $275,000 as well. The judge's ruling, which also suspended David Miller for three days for careless driving, was appealed and eventually heard by the Office of Administrative Law as a contested case. In a ruling dated March 26, 2019, the NJ Racing Commission adopted the decision of the Administrative Law Judge, which confirmed the initial judge's ruling and ordered the purse money held in escrow be paid. The earnings of the participants and the race history will now officially reflect the following in finish order: Perfect Spirit receives difference between 2nd and 1st place money: $275,000.00 Devious Man receives the difference between 3rd and 2nd place money: $117,000.00 Enterprise receives the difference between 4th and 3rd place money: $36,000.00 Bills Man receives the difference between 5th and 4th place money: $27,000.00 Victor Gio T receives the difference between 5th and 6th place money. $35,000.00. The remaining 6-10 finishers, including What The Hill who was placed 9th, received the $10,000 starter's share of the purse.   What The Hill went on to win the Canadian Trotting Classic and Breeders Crown as well as the TVG against older trotters, and was voted Dan Patch honoree for his division. Now standing at Hickory Lane Farm in Ohio, he attracted 140 mares in his first year at stud and will welcome his first foal crop this year. Perfect Spirit continues to race as 5-year-old in Sweden and has earned over $1 million.   Moira Fanning

There is a GoFundMe set up by friends of Stephanie Cruise. Stephanie passed away Monday from lung cancer. She was a well respected horsewoman in both harness racing and equestrian activities and a friend to everyone she met. Funds are being raised to have a special memorial race in Stephanie's honor at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. To access the GoFundMe Page click here.   

The 94th Hambletonian Future Wager at the Meadowlands will open its first pool Friday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. in conjunction with the final payments taken on the harness racing trotters for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. This will be the first of four pools opened in advance of the race to be held Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally and wagering for the first pool will close on Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 p.m. (EDT) A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers led by Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin, whose Road to the Hambletonian annually tracks the leading candidates to the race, selected a group of 14 trotters out of the 199 colts, fillies and geldings that were made eligible to start in the Hambletonian after the final February 15 payment. The wager will be discussed at length on The Meadowlands weekend simulcast show. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million event for males in recent years, most recently Atlanta, who became just the 14th filly to win a Hambletonian. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool will be listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field, #15, will consist of the remaining horses eligible, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no supplements permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian. The second future pool will open Friday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, June 2, closing at 11:00 p.m. The third future wager pool will open Friday, July 5 at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, July 7, and close at 11:00 p.m. The fourth and final pool opens Thursday, August 1, after the entries and elimination heats are sorted, and close at post-time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian on Saturday, August 3. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. The event code is MZX. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website playmeadowlands.com. All rules and updates can be found there and on www.Hambletonian.com. 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD - Horse - Morning Line Odds 1. CHAPTER FASHION 20-1 2. CHIN CHIN HALL 10-1 3. DONT LET'EM 10-1 4. FORBIDDEN TRADE 15-1 5. FORECAST 20-1 6. GIMPANZEE 4-1 7. GREEN MANALISHI 6-1 8. GREENSHOE 8-1 9. HUDSON RIVER 20-1 10. KINGS COUNTY 20-1 11. OSTERC 20-1 12. PROSPECT HILL 15-1 13. SOUTHWIND AVENGER 10-1 14. SWANDRE THE GIANT 12-1 15. All Other Horses - 8-1 ***************************************************************** The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules 17% Takeout Win Wagering Only - $1 Minimum The Hambletonian Future wager will be four (4) separate wagering pools during the months of March, May, June, July and August, with the winner of each pool being determined by the official first place winner of the Hambletonian on August 3, 2019. Each pool will remain open for a period to be determined by the association, but in any event, not less than three (3) days nor more than ten (10) days. The pools shall each be open for the same length of time. The starting and closing date of the wager will be determined by the association and will be promoted to the public. Each Hambletonian Future wager shall be win wagers only and each pool shall be separate and independent. Calculation and distribution of winning wagers will be made following the official results of the 2019 Hambletonian. The minimum wager shall be one dollar ($1.00). Each pool shall be comprised of up to fifteen (15) betting interests. The top fourteen (14) betting interests shall be determined by the New Meadowlands Racetrack handicapper and listed alphabetically. The number fifteen (15) betting interest shall represent the mutuel field, which will include all other runners not listed in numbers one (1) through fourteen (14). The fifteen (15) betting interests will appear in the daily race program with morning line odds on each day the wager is offered. Following the close of each month's Hambletonian Future wagering pool, the final odds and/or probable payoffs will be listed in the racing program and released to the media. No refunds will be issued. All wagers are final once the patron has left the window. Career-ending injuries, death and failure to start are not subject to refunds. If the New Meadowlands Racetrack and/or Hambletonian Society becomes aware that a horse suffers a career-ending injury or becomes deceased after the numbers (1) through fourteen (14) are printed, but before Future Book Wagering has begun, the number shall be scratched and no wagers shall be accepted on that horse. That scratched horse will become part of the field number fifteen (15). If the New Meadowlands Racetrack and/or Hambletonian Society becomes aware that a horse suffers a career-ending injury or becomes deceased after the numbers one (1) through fourteen (14) are printed, and after Future Book Wagering has begun, wagering on that number shall be suspended. No refunds will be issued on the suspended number. Notwithstanding the above, in the event the 2019 Hambletonian is not run or does not produce an official winner, all wagers shall result in a refund. Also, in the event that there is a coupled entry or mutual field in the 2019 Hambletonian, for the purpose of the Hambletonian Future wager, each entry or mutuel field shall be considered a single betting interest. All calculations and payoffs for the Hambletonian Future wagers shall be governed by the New Jersey Racing Laws and Rules. Each pool shall be separately and independently calculated and distributed. Takeout shall be deducted from each gross pool as stipulated by law. The remainder of the monies in the pool shall constitute the net pool distribution as payoff on winning wagers. The amount wagered on the betting interest which finishes first is deducted from the net pool, the balance remaining being the profit; the profit is divided by the amount wagered on the betting finishing first, such quotient being the profit per dollar wagered to win on that betting interest. The net pool shall be distributed as a single price pool to winning wagers in the following precedence, based upon the official order of finish: (a) To those whose selection finished first; but if there are no wagers, then To those whose selection finished second; but if there are no wagers, then (b) To those whose selection finished third; but if there are no wagers, then (c) The entire pool shall be refunded on win wagers for that contest. If there is a dead heat for first involving: Contestants representing the same betting interest, the pool shall be distributed as if no dead heat occurred or Contestants representing two or more betting interests, the pool shall be distributed as a profit split. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. The event code is MZX and the future wager pools will be placed as follows: * Race 1: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 1 March 15 - March 17 * Race 2: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 2 May 31 - June 2 *Race 3: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 3 July 5 - July 7 * Race 4: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 4 August 1 - August 3 Real time odds, pool data and updates on field participants for the 2019 Hambletonian Wagers and current odds will be shown on various simulcast shows including New Meadowlands Racetrack. For the Hambletonian Society & Meadowlands Racetrack    

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