2019 Road to the Hambletonian Week 9

Posted by Rachel Ryan on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 11:59 AM
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Driver, Trainer, Owner

Ken Warkentin’s Comments



(Father Patrick)

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli

Rebounded off a tough loss in the Beal with an effortless career best of 1:50.1, a fifth off the Stanley Dancer Memorial stakes mark, Sears said, “He’s done everything we’ve asked all year long, and he’s done it pretty easily, pretty in hand, so we’re real happy with where we’re at right now.”



(Chapter Seven)

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable

11-for-11 & two-for-two this season, dominated the EBC @ Vernon Downs in 1:54, then cruised in a NYSS event @ Yonkers in 1:55, tunes up for the Hambo in a NYSS division on July 19, post five in Race 8 @ Tioga Downs after a 24-day layoff


Pilot Discretion

(Muscle Hill)


Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera

Undefeated streak snapped, yet finished a solid second [1:51] to Greenshoe in his Dancer division, was coming off a career best 1:51.4 Big M qualifier, won the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4, right back with post one in Tomkins Geers division @ Big M on July 20


Swandre The Giant

(Swan For All)


Dave Miller, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor

Unleashed a Big M debut upset in a career best of 1:51.3 in his Dancer division, Miller said, “It was definitely the Lasix, and they pulled the shoes off too.  He felt really strong.  Through the stretch I was getting by (Green Manalishi S) without even asking him yet.” 


Green Manalishi S

(Muscle Hill)


Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc

Brushed to the top, set easy fractions & settled for second [1:51.4] to Swandre The Giant as the heavy favorite in his Dancer division, only his third start of 2019, post five in Tomkins Geers division @ Big M on July 20


Forbidden Trade


Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination

O’Brien Award winner notched his third win in five starts this season with an easy 1:54 in a 3YO overnight @ Mohawk on July 12, won his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, a close second [1:52.4] in that final, followed by an OSS Gold event in 1:53.1 [:26.3] @ Mohawk


Don’t Let’em

(Muscle Hill)


Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman

Sat a two-hole behind Pilot Discretion, broke turning for home & finished seventh in his Dancer division, second in :26 to Pilot Discretion in a Big M qualifier on July 5 after dominating a Big M overnight in 1:51.3, now in full regroup mode


Super Schissel

(Uncle Peter)


Scott Zeron, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg

Finished a distant third [1:52.3] to Greenshoe in his Dancer division, Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished a close third [1:52.4] in the Goodtimes Final, romped in an overnight @ The Big M on June 28 & took a new mark of 1:52.4



(Muscle Hill)

Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Order By Stable, Howard Taylor

Stole the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial wire-to-wire in 1:52.3 at 55-1, did not race last two weeks, post 6 in Tomkins Geers division @ Big M on July 20, stablemates Soul Strong & Sheena’s Boy also in to go


Reign Of Honor

(Father Patrick)

Scott Zeron, Nifty Norman, Deo Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable

Rallied in :27 to finished third [1:52] to Swandre The Giant in his Dancer division, stormed home to win a NJSS division 1:54.2 on May 24, runner up to Greenshoe in the NJSS Final


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