2016 Road to the Hambletonian Final

Posted by Rachel Ryan on Tuesday, August 02, 2016 10:16 AM
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Driver, Trainer, Owner 

Ken Warkentin’s Comments 


Southwind Frank 

Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, Burke Racing St., Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents St., J&T Silva St. 

Overcame post 11 in the second tier & sloppy track to equal his lifetime mark of 1:52.1 in his final prep on July 30 in the Reynolds Memorial, had trained perfectly with a blinker hood, smooth sailing for the Winterbook favorite, the one to knock off now 


Marion Marauder  

Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood, Marion Jean Wellwood, Devin Keeling  

Scratched out of a qualifier on July 30, the Goodtimes winner in a career best 1:52.4 dominated his Dancer division, goes into the eliminations on a three-race winning streak, peaking perfectly for Zeron’s Hambletonian debut 


Bar Hopping  

Tim Tetrick, Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Hatfield St., Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld  

Takter’s best shot at a fifth Hambletonian, decisive winner of the Zweig Memorial @ Vernon Downs in 1:53.1, his other win this season came upsetting Southwind Frank in a Beal elimination in 1:52.1, Bionic Man Time? 



Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Andy Miller Stable, Jason & Douglas Allen  

1:51.2 Big M qualifier back on May 21 spells speed, romped from post eight in a Zweig consolation in 1:52.4, rallied from post 11 to be a strong second to Southwind Frank in the Dancer, surging for Team Orange Crush with a powerful 1-2 punch  


Milligan’s School 

Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Stroy Inc. 

Second [1:53.2] to Bar Hopping in the Zweig after fading to sixth behind Marion Marauder in his Dancer split, posted a career best of 1:53.2 in the Beal Consolation, the Miller’s best Hambo finish was fourth with The Chancellor in 2009 


Brooklyn Hill 

Dave Miller, Jonas Czernyson, SRF Stable 

Faded to third [1:53.2] as the heavy favorite behind Sutton in a Zweig Consolation, broke & finished eighth in the Beal Final, runner up in the NJSS Final & twice second to Southwind Frank this season, yet winless in five starts in 2016 


Love Matters  

Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, John Fielding, Herb Liverman  

Deadheat for third [1:53.3] in the Zweig was encouraging, rallied from ninth to third behind Southwind Frank in his Dancer division, a close second to Milligan’s School in the Beal Consolation, solid back up plan for the Team Takter contingent 


Waitlifter K  

Dave Miller, Andrew Harris, Robert Key  

Regained major player status with a 1:52.3 career best in a Zweig Consolation, while making his second start for his new trainer Andrew Harris, Valley Victory elimination winner [154.1] at two is a serious longshot chance 


Maven’s Way 

John Campbell, Ake Svandstedt, Ake Svanstedt St., Mal & Janet Burroughs, T L P Stable, E. Hietakanges  

1:51.4 winner at the Big M back on May 27, third in the NJSS Final, qualified chasing Pinkman, John Campbell has won a record six Hambletonians  


Reigning Moni 

Jimmy Takter, K R Breeding, Brixton Medical, Preferred Equine Marketing, Christina Takter 

Another Takter trainee slips into the Top Ten fresh off a wire-to-wire 1:52.4 career best blowout from post nine on July 29, Donato Hanover colt whose second dam is the great Moni Maker 



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