2020 Road to Hambletonian Week 2

Posted by Rachel Ryan on Thursday, June 11, 2020 11:45 AM
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Driver, Trainer, Owner 

Ken Warkentin’s Comments 


Real Cool Sam 

(Muscle Hill)  

Dave Miller, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC 

Dan Patch Award winner named after Hall of Famer Sam McKee won his first nine starts, including

the Peter Haughton Memorial, Muscle Hill gelding was a 1:52.1 world record performer, $497,774 winner finished off freshman season with fourth in Breeders Crown


Amigo Volo  

(Father Patrick) 

Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman, Pinske Stables, David J. Miller 

Father Patrick gelding was the leading money winner among 2YO trotters in 2019 [$610,646],

won the Breeders Crown & Matron, and set four world records, finished fifth [:26.4] from post nine in his second qualifier on June 6 @ Big M



(Cantab Hall) 

Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, JJ Racing Stable, Inc 

 Son of Cantab Hall won a William Wellwood Memorial elimination & finished second in that final, Melander finished second, third & fifth in last year’s Hambletonian, second [1:55.3] in a Big M qualifier on May 30, second [1:52.4] in his 2020 debut on June 5


Rome Pays Off 

(Muscle Hill 

Mattias Melander, Marcus Melander,  

S R F Stable  


$339,484 winning son of Muscle Hill was second in both the Peter Haughton Memorial & Breeders

Crown, Melander had the Winterbook favorite the past two years, sixth [1:56.2] behind EL Ideal in a Big M qualifier on May 30, then ninth [1:57.1] on June 6


Third Shift 

(Chapter Seven)  

Ake Svanstedt, Mellby Gard, Inc., Ake Svanstedt 

NYSS champion son of Chapter Seven set a stakes & Batavia Downs track record of 1:56 in the

NYSS Final, banked $210,461, won a Big M qualifier in 1:55 on May 30, Svanstedt has three other prospects:  Moon Bridge, King Alphonso & Ganster Hanover



(Father Patrick)  

Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman & David Anderson 

Per Engblom made his Hambletonian debut last year with Osterc, this son of Father Patrick won

a Peter Haughton elimination, Champlain division & Breeders Crown elimination, finished third [1:55.4] to EL Ideal in a Big M qualifier on May 30, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12


Ready For Moni  

(Ready Cash) 

Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Conn, Herb Liverman & Bud Hatfield 

Son of two-time Prix D’Amerique winner Ready Cash & grandson of the great Moni Maker won the

Kentucky Sires Stakes Final in 1:54.1 & finished second in the Valley Victory Final, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12


Chestnut Hill 

(Muscle Hill 

Brian Sears, Nifty Norman, Melvin Hartman, David Mc Duffee, Little E LLC 

Bay Colt gives Muscle Hill four in the Top Ten, stablemate to Amigo Volo won a Kindergarten

Classic division, and finished third in the PASS Final, Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, finished eighth [1:57.2] behind EL Ideal in a Big M qualifier on May 30, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12


Big Oil 

(Father Patrick) 

Andy & Julie Miller, Jason, Doug & Ron Allen 

Team Orange Crush have two seconds & a third in the last four Hambletonians, this son of Father

Patrick finished first in a deadheat with Real Cool Sam in 1:52.1 @ The Red Mile, finished fourth [1:57.1] in a Gaitway qualifier on May 31, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12



(Andover Hall) 

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, S R F Stable 

Improving son of Andover Hall gives Melander three in the top ten, took a mark of 1:52.4 @

The Red Mile, seventh [1:56.3] in a Big M qualifier on May 30, then rallied to win a Big M qualifier in 1:53.3 [:26..4] on June 6




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