|The Road to the 2014 Hambletonian Begins Here!|
|July 30, 2014~Father Patrick is the 4-5 Hambletonian Favorite
Father Patrick puts a 15-race winning streak on the line as the 4-5 favorite in the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday at The Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.
Father Patrick with driver Yannick Gingras
The Hambletonian, the world’s most famous trotting race, headlines a stellar 15-race program on closing day of the meet. Gates open at 10 a.m. for the card that starts at noon. The supporting events include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the companion event for trotting fillies; the $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings; the $352,050 Merrie Annabelle for 2-year-old trotting fillies; the $300,650 John Cashman, Jr. Memorial Free-For-All trot; the $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship; the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic for state bred 3-year-old pacers and the $177,750 Lady Liberty featuring Free-For-All pacing mares. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE
|July 30, 2014~Mazza hopes for Hambletonian luck
Trainer Francisco Del Cid, JJ Alex & owner Mario Mazza
Mario Mazza figures he has always been a lucky guy. He hopes his luck is on full display in Saturday’s $1 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racetrack. Mazza owns JJ Alex, who will start from post two at morning line odds of 50-1 in the Hambletonian. The colt, trained and driven by Francisco Del Cid, is winless this year and has one victory in 15 career starts. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE
|July 30, 2014~Smedshmmer Seeks Second Hambletonian Title With Royal Ice
On Sunday, two days before the box closed on the $1 million Hambletonian, owner Marc Goldberg had a conversation with his trainer Trond Smedshammer about Royal Ice.
Royal Ice with trainer Trond Smedshammer
“I told him I thought the Townsend Ackerman was a good race for him,” said Goldberg of the conversation. “He thought that there weren’t going to be enough horses entered and that if it was just going to be one heat why not take a chance.”
Smedshammer’s opinion matters to Goldberg. The pair has been closely connected most notably to the betting public with the $4.2 million winning Arch Madness. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE
|July 29, 2014~Marcus Miller Looking forward to Hambletonian Day
Driver Marcus Miller pilots Hambletonian Oaks hopeful Cee Bee Yes
Two years ago, Marcus Miller spent part of Hambletonian Day driving in harness races at the Logan County Fair in his native state of Illinois. Last year, he watched the Hambletonian Day card from his home in Pennsylvania before heading to work that night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. This year, Hambletonian Day will have a different feel entirely. Miller will be part of the show. Miller is driving on Saturday’s Hambletonian Day card at the Meadowlands Racetrack, with his top assignment coming behind Cee Bee Yes in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE
|July 29, 2014~Fields Drawn for Hambletonian & Hambletonian Oaks
The respective fields have been drawn for the 2014 Hambletonian (at right) and the 2014 Hambletonian Oaks (at left). Horses are listed in post position order, along with their morning line odds, followed by their driver and trainer.
July 29, 2014~Hambletonian Day Wagering Format Announced
With no eliminations required for The Hambletonian, the wagering format for Hambletonian Day becomes more enhanced since the field for the Hambletonian Final will be known all week. Hambletonian Day will offer and unprecedented five guaranteed pools of $50,000 or more, including three pick four wagers.
A $50,000 Guaranteed $.50 Cent Pick 5 will kick off the program in the first race, followed by a $50,000 Guaranteed $.50 Cent Pick 4 in Race 3. From there, the guarantees ramp up to a $.50 cent Pick 4 in Race 7, guaranteed at $75,000. Next is a $75,000 Guaranteed Pick 5 beginning in Race 9 that is anchored by The Hambletonian Final itself. Last, but certainly not least is a $100,000 Guaranteed $.50 Cent Pick 4 beginning with The Hambletonian Oaks which includes The Hambletonian Final and covers the last four races on the program. There will also be Ten Cent Superfectas offered on all races.
|July 28, 2014~Shake It Cerry commandeers field into Oaks
The 43rd edition of the Hambletonian Oaks will feature 11 fillies, nine of which competed at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, July 27. Of the 11, only Heaven’s Door (H-Muscle Hill) and Take The Money (H-Donato Hanover) did not compete.
Shake It Cerry & driver Ron Pierce
Reminiscent of the $213,500 Del Miller Memorial, Shake It Cerry (H-Donato Hanover) took her competitors wire to wire in 1:54.4 as the 2-1 second choice. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE
|July 25, 2014~Jim Raymer Brings Two-Pronged Attack to Hambletonian Oaks
Nitro Nittany is one of two Jim Raymer-trained fillies who will go
postward in the Hambletonian Oaks on August 2 at The Meadowlands
Trainer Jim Raymer hasn’t gotten where he is today in the Standardbred sport by not understanding the competition. For Raymer, who entered two in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on August 2 at the Meadowlands, it’s been a long and well thought out process. Raymer’s Harley Momma and Nitro Nittany are not exactly household names in a field that includes world champions Designed To Be, Shake It Cerry and Cooler Schooner, but he’s been planning this destination for a long time and believes he’s got a chance. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE
|July 22, 2104~Shake It Cerry headlines Hambletonian Oaks
Shake It Cerry in action at The Meadowlands Lisa photo
Defending Dan Patch winner Shake It Cerry heads up 11 distaffers entered in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. The race will go straight to the final to be raced on Hambletonian Day, Sat., Aug. 2, at The New Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Hambletonian week begins on Saturday, July 26th with a prep race for the Hambletonian Oaks and U.S. Pacing Championship and eliminations of the John Cashman Memorial, and Lady Liberty. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE