More Trotters on the ‘Trail’ May 17, 2010

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Friday, July 02, 2010 9:57 PM
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The mid-May weekend presented more Hambletonian-eligible colts and fillies taking steps along "the trail." Catch our betting analysis and the public opinions at the exclusive Hambletonian Trail page on Youbet dot com, where you can wager on any and all of the trail races.

The Grand Circuit offered the Simpson stakes for soph fillies and colts with three divisions for the trotters at Vernon on May 15. The colt winner surprised the public.

Whata Winner, at around 12-1, took the colt division, a $53,575 event (that was a higher purse than the Dexter elim). The Jim Doherty product—a Hambo hopeful—had to overcome post 10 and grind his way by a fast-closing favorite, Wishing Stone. That one finished second.

"Stone" is a Hambo-eligible, along with Classic Viking and Carnegie, also in the colt field.

One of the two filly Simpson splits was a big choice, while the other was a moderate surprise.

In the $25,844 split, non-Hambo-eligible Jesse’s Messenger swarmed the group, paying only $2.70.

In the $25,344 chapter, Impressive Kemp, on the trail for the "Oaks," won at 4-1 over another from the Ray Schnittker trotting herd, the favorite, Munis Blue Chip. Noel Daley trains the winner, who took advantage of the favorite’s early trip wide getting to the top.

Other fillies in the two splits that are on the trail included Full Tank, True Advantage, Madam Hooch, Orizaba and Liebchen.

At the Meadowlands, two $18,000 eliminations for the Mr. Muscleman Final on May 13 produced losing efforts for colts on the H-trail. Both elims were won by non-eligible colts.

One of the promising early Hambo prospects, Take My Picture, was second to Tough Challenger in one split. Take My Picture wasn’t the choice. Another off-the-trail subject, Jailhouse Scorpion, took the role as favorite, finishing third.

In the other edition, second-choice Oh No It’s Steveo, won. The choice here was trail-branded R Sam, who finished third behind longshot Strong Hope, who is not on the eligible list.

On May 21, the $70,000-or-so Mr Muscleman Final will not include trail mates Andover Dreamer, Money Man K (scratched from an elim) or Champion Hill.

Fillies take on another early test with the Windylane Hanover on May 20 at the Meadowlands.

Punks Embrace is one of two in the field not on the Oaks-eligible list and yet she has the most winnings so far this season. Trainer Jimmy Takter has two in the field: Special Appeal and Jettalady, both on the trail.

Also looking to advance in money and stature en route to the Oaks are Wingbat, Yansky, Auvergne and Boinga. The latter is another top earner in the early season’s tally.

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