One of the biggest days in harness racing is this Saturday at The Meadowlands, The Hambletonian! A full card of stakes races featuring some of the best in the sport, including another match-up between Always B Miki, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and Freaky Feet Pete, Elitloppet runner-up Resolve, and Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank running in the premier race of the day. Look below for my selections in all of the races and download here my Pure Speed Figures for the entire card.
|Shady Daisy||1) Darlinonthebeach 2) Blue Moon Stride 3) Penpal|
|Fresh Yankee||1) Hannelore Hanover 2) Shake It Cerry 3) Jewels In Hock|
|Peter Haughton Mem.||1) King On The Hill 2) What The Hill 3) Rubio|
|Jim Doherty||1) Ariana G 2) Chezatter 3) Broadway Idole|
|John Cashman Mem.||1) Jl Cruze 2) Homicide Hunter 3) Obrigado|
|Cane Pace||1) Control The Moment 2) Check Six 3) Pure Country|
|Vincennes Invit.||1) Wings Of Royalty 2) World Cup 2) Pinkman|
|US Pacing Champ.||1) Always B Miki 2) Wiggle It Jiggleit 3) Shamballa|
|Hambletonian Oaks||1) All The Time 2) Broadway Donna 3) Caprice Hill|
|Lady Liberty||1) Lady Shadow 2) Devine Caroline 3) Solar Sister|
This year’s Hambletonian features some stars, but no bigger star than Southwind Frank is here. Dan Patch 2YO Trotter of the Year, the heavy Hambletonian favorite has been just a monster at a mile for the past two years, winning all but 2 starts in his career, and has finished in the top 2 all but once. Coming in to challenge the Ron Burke trainee is the Takter brigade, led by Bar Hopping, who has been right with Southwind Frank for much of the year and finally got the crucial win in Zweig Memorial last time out. Breeders Crown runner-up Marion Marauder only has five parimutuel starts on the year, but has already won the Goodtimes and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial over Bar Hopping. For what may be the only time in their career, these three-year old trotters will need to race in heats, finishing in the top five in their respective heat in order to make it to the final later that day. Who will be able to put in two good efforts in one day to try and take home the Hambletonian crown?
|First Elimination||1) Bar Hopping 2) Brooklyn Hill 3) Maven’s Way|
|Second Elimination||1) Southwind Frank 2) Marion Marauder 3) Sutton|
|Hambletonian Final||1) Bar Hopping 2) Sutton 3) Southwind Frank|
Racing at The Meadowlands begins at Noon EST, with a huge sixteen race card. Don’t miss out on one of the greatest days in harness racing!