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Elimination Fields Set For Hambletonian

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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 It will take three elimination dashes to decide the field for the 2012 Hambletonian.   

Twenty-five sophomore colts and geldings were entered for Saturday’s eliminations at the Meadowlands.  The top three finishers in each, plus the richest fourth-place finisher, will advance to the $1.5 million Hambletonian final on Saturday, August 4.   

Jimmy Takter’s stable will be well-represented in the elims by Stanley Dancer Memorial winners Uncle Peter and Little Brown Fox and Dancer runner-up Guccio.  Uncle Peter, the 2011 Breeders Crown champion, wired the field in his Dancer division in 1:53.1 on July 14.  He drew post four in the first of the $70,000 Hambletonian eliminations, race five.  Little Brown Fox also crushed his Dancer competition on the front end with a sparkling 1:51.2 effort, besting his stablemate, Guccio, by three and a half lengths.  Little Brown Fox will start from post nine in the third elimination, race eight, while Guccio has post three in the second elim, race six. 

Illinois invader Riccolo proved his readiness for the Hambletonian elims last week as he kept his perfect nine-race record this season in tact with a 1:54.3 win in an open trot at the Meadowlands.  Walter Paisley developed the colt, while driver-trainer Trond Smedshammer took over the reins after his recent purchase by Norwegian connections. Riccolo will start from post seven in the second elim.  

Also vying for a spot in the $1.5 million final are Archangel, winner of seven straight races, including the Yonkers Trot in a 1:54.1 world record, and 2011 divisional champion Possess The Will, whose sophomore campaign was delayed due to illness. 

Superstar filly Check Me Out scared off the competition for the $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks.  Just 13 others were willing to take on the 1:51.3 world record holder trained by Ray Schnittker.  The top five finishers in each $35,000 elimination will advance to the Oaks final on August 4. 

The fields for the Hambletonian eliminations, Saturday, July 28 at the Meadowlands: 

 

Race 5 

PP       Horse  Driver  Trainer 

1          Banker Volo     David Miller      Erv Miller 

2          Possess The Will       Tim Tetrick      Jim Campbell 

3          Money On My Mind      Andy Miller       Julie Miller 

4          Uncle Peter     Ron Pierce      Jimmy Takter 

5          Magic Tonight  Ron Pierce      Noel Daley 

6          Lindys Jersey Boy       Brian Sears     Frank Antonacci 

7          From Above    Corey Callahan           Greg Peck 

8          Prestidigitator  Sylvain Filion   Dusty Jones 

 

Race 6 

PP       Horse  Driver  Trainer                          

1          Lightning Storm           John Campbell            Jonas Czernyson 

2          Stormin Normand       Dave Palone   Jim Campbell 

3          GuccioJimmy Takter  Jimmy Takter 

4          Beer Summit   George Brennan         Noel Daley 

5          My Mvp            Mike Lachance            Tony Alagna 

6          Knows Nothing            Jody Jamieson            Jeff Gillis 

7          Riccolo            Trond Smedshammer            Trond Smedshammer 

8          One In A Million           Brian Sears     Chuck Sylvester 

 

Race 8 

PP       Horse  Driver  Trainer 

1          Big ChocolateHomer Hochstetler      Homer Hochstetler 

2          Top Billing       Andy Miller       Julie Miller 

3          DelanoRay Schnittker            Ray Schnittker 

4          Gym Tan Laundry       George Brennan         Noel Daley 

5          Solvato            Trond Smedshammer            Trond Smedshammer 

6          Market Share   Tim Tetrick      Linda Toscano 

7          Archangel        Jim Morrill        Peter Arrigenna 

8          Appomattox     Tim Tetrick      Frank Antonacci 

9          Little Brown Fox          Yannick Gingras          Jimmy Takter 

 


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