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Lördag 29 Juli
Vädret East Rutherford
|Hambletonian 2017 - Hambletonian Oaks 2017|
|Ariana G, Magic Presto capture Hambletonian Oaks eliminations
Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) won the first of two $40,438 elimination races for the Aug. 5 $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (July 29) at The Meadowlands in a time of 1:51.3 by two lengths...read on
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Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) won the first of two $40,438 elimination races for the Aug. 5 $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (July 29) at The Meadowlands in a time of 1:51.3 by two lengths.
Ice Attraction and Ake Svanstadt were first to the lead at the :27.2 first quarter, with 1-5 favorite Ariana G well off that pace in fifth. Glitzy Gal was off the rail to challenge for the lead just past the quarter and got that lead by the :55.1 half, with Ice Attraction behind her along the rail. Glitzy Gal made a break just past the half, leaving Ice Attraction, at 103-1, to inherit the lead.
By the 1:23.3 three quarters, Ice Attraction was on the lead, with Ariana G now moved up to second-over behind Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan). As the field turned for home, Gingras fanned wide with Ariana G and those two trotted past all the fillies in front of them for the win.
Dream Together (Daniel Dube) was second and Sunshine Delight third.
"I had an option open going into the first turn and there were a lot of leavers,” said Gingras. “So I took my time and she is beautiful to drive, so she let me drive anyway I want. Not my decision ( to choose the Oaks or the Hambletonian with the colts), whatever they go, filly or colt, I can tell you one thing, I'm definitely going to drive her. So it doesn't matter what division they choose to go in, I will be sitting behind her."
Gingras has driven now four fillies for the Takter Stable in the Oaks, and has yet to win. Asked if he thinks Araina G might be the best of the that bunch, he said, “Yes I think she is. This is the first time I think we are going into the Oaks as the favorite. Oaks or Hambo, any of them sounds good to me."
Ariana G is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by her breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.
In the second division, Magic Presto and Brian Sears won in 1:52.1 by a half-length to get their chance at the Oaks.
Hillarmbro tipped off the rail to try for the lead at the five-eighths, with Overdraft Volo behind her, but Magic Presto held that lead to the 1:24.1 three-quarters and into the homestretch. Feed Your Head was trapped along the rail behind her and inside Hillarmbro, shook loose to make up ground late, but not enough to pass Magic Presto.
"We have our hands full with her (Ariana G, the other elimination winner), said Sears. “She looks very good no question about it. My filly was a little peculiar tonight. She was just looking at everything and usually she is very relaxed, but maybe all of the commotion tonight had her on her heels a little bit."
Magic Presto is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC. She is trained by Richard Norman.
That’s All Moni was scratched out of the race.
The top five in each field advanced to the final, so the field is: Ariana G, Dream Together, Sunshine Delight, Fine Tuned Lady and Dream Baby Dream, Magic Presto, Feed Your Head, Southwind Avanti, Overdraft Volo and Caviart Wonder.
Elimination winners draw for posts one through five on Tuesday (Aug. 1).
Driver David Miller didn't get to celebrate his win aboard Fear The Dragon in the $400,000 Adios on Saturday afternoon for long, as he was back to work on Saturday night (July 29) with a full slate at The Meadowlands. Luckily for him, the good day continued, as he piloted What The Hill to a gate-to-wire victory in the $49,580 Reynolds Memorial.
What The Hill darted right to the top from post seven in the big field of 11, with his stablemate Southwind Cobra (Yannick Gingras) coming away on his back from post one. Those two continued sitting one-two through reasonable splits of :28.2, :56.2, and 1:24.2, and looked poised for a Burke barn battle down the lane, but Southwind Cobra jumped it off stride when angling to the outside at the top of the stretch.
What The Hill would inherit a 3-1/2 length lead after the break in stride of Southwind Cobra, and he had plenty left to coast home in :27.4 to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.1, in a race that was closer on paper than in reality. Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt) had to negotiate heavy traffic from the second tier post 11, and rallied up to finish second, narrowly besting 6-5 favorite Bill's Man who was first-over and held third.
What The Hill now has four wins in six seasonal tries, for the ownership group of Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms.
Giveitgasandgo Picks Up Win
What The Hill wasn't the only 3-year old trotting colt with an impressive Hambletonian tuneup, as Giveitgasandgo (Corey Callahan) parlayed a perfect pocket trip to edge by Jake (Daniel Dube) to win in 1:52.1 earlier on the card in a $15,000 trot earlier on the card. The winner, a ridgling by Yankee Glide, was adding Lasix for the first time, but the medication is not permitted for use in the Hambletonian by rule.
Jackpot Super High-5 pays $1,306.34
The mandatory payout of the last race jackpot super high 5 returned $1,306.34 after attracting a total pool of $171,449.
Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,570,369.
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