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2018 Road to the Hambletonian Week 1

Posted by Rachel Ryan on Thursday, May 24, 2018 4:19 PM
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Rank 

Horse 

Driver, Trainer, Owner 

Ken Warkentin’s Comments 

1 

Fourth Dimension 

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc 

Star on NYSS circuit & Grand Circuit winner in 1:52.4, capped Dan Patch Award winning season dominating Valley Victory in 1:53.3, fifth [1:55] in a Big M qualifier May 19 on sloppy track 

2 

Met’s Hall 

Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Stroy, Inc. Andy Miller Stable, Inc. 

Son of Cantab Hall took a mark of 1:52.4 @ Red Mile & runner up in Breeders Crown, Team Orange Crush on board in last two Hambos, wasn’t scheduled to qualify as of May 22 

3 

Alarm Detector 

Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena 

Ontario-based Chapter Seven colt destroyed them wire-to-wire in William Wellwood Memorial in Canadian record 1:52.4, Chapter Seven’s Walner was injured prior to last year’s Hambo, won two Mohawk qualifiers on May 14 [1:57.4] & May 21 [1:55.4] 

4 

Fashionwoodchopper 

Dave Miller, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC 

Pulled big upset in PASS Final, scored back-to-back Grand Circuit wins @ Red Mile & took mark of 1:53, third [1:52.2] @ Big M on May 11 & second [1:54.1] in PASS @ The Meadows on May 19 

5 

You Know You Do 

Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband 

Muscle Hill colt romped in the Peter Haughton Memorial in 1:54.2, second in the Wm. Wellwood & won a Bluegrass division in 1:54.4, Takter goes for his fifth trophy, has won two Big M qualifiers in 1:54.1 on May 12 & 1:55.3 on May 19 on sloppy track 

6 

Wolfgang 

Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. 

Upset stablemate Samo Different Day to win Matron Stake in 1:55.3 & second in the Valley Victory Final, from first crop of My MVP, [third by a neck in the 2012 Hambo], fourth [1:54.3] in first qualifier on May 12 & won his second qualifier in 1:54 on May 19 

7 

Samo Different Day 

Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Samo Partners 

On the board in 11 of 13, second in the Peter Haughton, third in Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, second in the Matron Final, finished fourth [1:54.4] behind Wolfgang in lone qualifier on May 19 

8 

Tito 

Andrew McCarthy, Erv Miller, Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, Louis Willinger 

Won Kindergarten Classic Final in 1:55, trainer Erv Miller has sent out two Hambo favorites, Classic Photo [2nd in 2005] & Manofmanymissions [9th in 2011], third [1:56.4] in his 3YO debut @ Vernon Downs & ninth [1:55.3] in an EBC elimination on May 18 

9 

Kinda Lucky Lindy 

Scott Zeron, Domenico Cecere, Lindy Farms of Conn 

Finished second to Fourth Dimension in Valley Victory elimination, Scott Zeron won the 2016 Hambletonian with Marion Marauder, finished sixth [1:56] in his NYSS 3YO debut @ Vernon Downs & ninth [1:54.3] in an EBC elimination  

10 

Lawmaker 

James MacDonald, Jason McGinnis, Thestable Lawmaker Group 

Son of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive twice a PASS winner & finished second in the PASS Final, broke in his only qualifier so far @ Mohawk on May 11 

  

KEY PREP RACES 

Date 

Stakes 

Site 

Winner 

Trainer 

Driver 

2nd Horse 

3rd Horse 

Time 

05/05 

Dexter Cup 

Fhld 

Lindy’s Big Bang 

Nifty Norman  

Dave Miller 

DON 

Perlucky 

1:56.1 

05/11 

NYSS  

VD 

SIX PACK 

Ake Svanstedt 

Ake Svanstedt 

Voss Volo 

CRUISING IN STYLE 

1:53.1 

05/11 

NYSS 

VD 

Helpisontheway 

Linda Toscano 

Tim Tetrick 

Clive Bigsby 

VIC’S WINNER 

1:55 

05/11 

NYSS 

VD 

DON 

Julie Miller 

Andy Miller 

CLASSICHAP 

Seven Iron  

1:54.3 

05/18 

NJSS 

M 

SHOSHIE DEO 

Deshawn Minor 

George Brennan 

U NEED STONES 

Brutal Storm 

1:56.2 

05/18 

E. Breeders Elim 

VD 

SIX PACK 

Ake Svanstedt 

Ake Svanstedt 

Helpisontheway 

CLASSICHAP 

1:52.1 

05/18 

E. Breeders Elim 

VD 

Seven Iron 

Linda Toscano 

Tim Tetrick 

On The Ropes 

Voss Volo 

1:54.2 

05/19 

PASS 

Mea 

What’s The Word 

Janice Conner 

Corey Callahan 

HILL STREET  

DAWSON SPRINGS 

1:54.1 

05/19 

PASS 

Mea 

CAPTAIN MORGAN 

Staffan Lind 

Christian Lind 

EVALUATE 

Im Your Captain 

1:54.1 

05/19 

PASS 

Mea 

MOOSONEE 

Chris Beaver 

Aaron Merriman 

FASHIONWOODCHOPPER 

GEMOLOGIST 

1:54 

05/19 

PASS 

Mea 

Donatover 

Trond Smedshammer 

Trond Smedshammer 

CRYSTAL FASHION  

MISSLE HILL 

1:54.4 

 

 
 


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