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April 15 Payment Deadline for Hambletonian
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    April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Wednesday, April 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Thursday, April 16. The only payments due on April 15 are those with previous payments in March.
    Eligibility lists for races with final payments in February or March of this year have been posted on the Hambletonian Society website. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is available online at www.hambletonian.org. For additional information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211.
Breeders Crown
Carl Erskine Trot (3-year-olds)
The Elevation (2-year-old Pacing Colts)
Dayton Derby (4-year-old & older)
Goldsmith Maid (2-year-old trotting fillies)
Governor's Cup (2-year-old pacing colts)
Kentuckiana Stallion Mgt. Filly Pace & Trot (for 2YO Fillies)
Madison County (2-year-olds)
Matron Series (2-year-olds)
Matron Series (3-year-olds)
Carl Milstein Memorial (3-year-old pacers)
Miami Valley Distaff (4-year-old & older Mares)
Monument Circle (3-year-olds)
Three Diamonds (3-year-old pacing fillies)
Valley Victory (2-year-old trotting colts)
Pinkman, Mission Brief Headline List of 118 Eligibles to 2015 Hambletonian; 75 Fillies Make Oaks Payment
Cranbury, NJ~April 3, 2015
The $1 million Hambletonian and filly companion stake, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, August 8, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 90th edition of the classic event will feature eliminations and the final on the same day.

Eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, if necessary, will be raced the prior week, Saturday, August 1.

The number of total eligible trotters to the two races remained the same as last year with 193 paid in, but an additional ten more colts made the payment this year, while the Oaks eligibles dropped by an identical ten fillies.

The powerful barns of Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke house both freshmen trotter Dan Patch honorees: Pinkman, a winner of $566,960 and the filly Mission Brief, who banked $591,070 in her brilliant freshman campaign. Between the two conditioners they harnessed seven of the top ten money-winning 2-year-old trotters in 2014.

Pinkman, a gelded son of Explosive Matter, made his presence felt in September of last year, winning the Standardbred Stakes at Delaware, Ohio. He followed up with wins in the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington and the Valley Victory at Mohawk in Canada, then used the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands to sew up divisional honors.

Takter, who has won three editions of the Hambletonian – Malabar Man in 1997, Muscle Massive in 2010 and Trixton last year – has a loaded sophomore roster to try for a fourth title. In the 2015 Hoof Beats Comprehensive Predictive Rankings for Trotters, Takter trains four of the top 10 voted “most likely to succeed” this year.

Yet it’s two lightly raced colts that Takter feels may represent his best shot at repeat Hambletonian glory.

“Whom Shall I Fear, who is a full brother to Father Patrick, didn’t race many starts last year. He was second in the International Stallion Stakes (behind Aldebaran Eagle). But he was big and growthy and we just stopped with him.”

“He is going to qualify next week at The Meadowlands and so will Canepa Hanover. Last year I thought those two would be my two best colts. They are both a little green so need to get some racing under their belts before the big stakes.” said Takter.

Mission Brief, the first filly to top the colts in the experimental rankings in years, may look to also be the first filly winner of the Hambletonian since Continentalvictory in 1996.

“She should be back to the races about mid-May,” said Burke about his trainee, dubbed a “freak” after a freshman year that wowed the harness racing world. “We’ll let her tell us when she is ready,” he continued. “Maybe a NJ Sire Stake is on the schedule first. Last year, she was so big and strong it just took her a while to figure things out. She has shown a lot of improvement and the Hambletonian is definitely something we would like to try to win. My Dad is 79 and winning the [Little Brown] Jug for us as a team and as a family was so special…I would like to try the Hambletonian.”

The 2014 Peter Haughton winner Centurion ATM, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is also among the top sophomores eligible, and a Hambletonian win would make him just the third colt to win both elite races, joining Donato Hanover (07) and Muscle Hill (09).

The Hambletonian has been hosted by the Meadowlands Racetrack since 1981 and is the longest nationally televised event in harness racing. A 90-minute live broadcast will air on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. [EDT].

There are no supplemental entries permitted in the Hambletonian and Oaks, nor are participants in those events or the Hambletonian Maturity permitted the use of Lasix or Butazolidin. All entrants are subject to the out-of-competition testing rules described in the conditions. The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands sponsor the only events in North American horse racing that prohibit the use of any race day medication.

The Hambletonian is the first event in the trotting Triple Crown. The second leg is the
Yonkers Trot to be raced Saturday, September 5 at Yonkers Raceway in New York, and the third leg is the Kentucky Futurity, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky.The last trotter to win the Triple Crown was Glidemaster in 2006.

The Hambletonian trail commences Saturday, May 2, with the Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway.

$400,000 Hambletonian Maturity attracts 25
March 19, 2015
The second edition of the $400,000 (est.) Hambletonian Maturity Stake attracted 25 eligibles, including Dan Patch Trotter of the Year, the filly Shake It Cerry and Dan Patch sophomore trotting colt of the year, Father Patrick. Both are trained by Jimmy Takter.

The Maturity moves to Saturday, July 18, a night worth $2.6 million, anchored by the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, will take place at the New Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, NJ.

Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, the inaugural event drew a field of 14 that included the 2013 Oaks winner and Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician and the Hambletonian champion, Royalty For Life. The first edition was won by Your So Vain and Ake Svanstadt.

The Maturity was created in 2011 when the Hambletonian Society saw an opportunity to provide an additional stake event for four-year-olds returning to the races. A total of 25 horses: 14 stallions, nine geldings, and two mares made the February 15 payment. Six of the 11 starters in last year’s Hambletonian remained eligible to the Maturity: Datsyuk, Don Dorado, Father Patrick, Harper Blue Chip, Il Sogno Dream, and Resolve.
Shake It Cerry will be joined by Celebrity Artemis as the only two eligible females.

Also paid into the Maturity are top NY Sires Stakes performer Gural Hanover, Indiana star Rose Run Parker, and EL Titan who defeated Father Patrick in the Carl Erskine Trot. Those two stallions will both race and breed this year.

Like the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. The distance of a mile and eighth provides a fairer shot for the possibility of 16 starters in the race.

All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50% of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of those finalists finishing 6 through last. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24 -16-10% for the horses finishing second through fifth

 

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