Many Hot to Trot on Holiday Wekend July 3, 2010

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Monday, July 12, 2010 2:41 PM
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Fireworks of all sorts were launched for Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks eligibles on the Fourth of July weekend. Elims for the Yonkers Trot and the Hudson Filly Trot went at Yonkers; the Dickerson and Coaching Club made headlines at the Meadowlands and even Historic Track at Goshen had a colorful addition to the stories on the "trail."

It all started Friday night with the much-awaited sophomore debut of Holiday Road and Lucky Chucky in the Dickerson Cup at the Meadowlands. "Holiday" was more than ready to make his appearance a winning one with an impressive mile, defeating some top eligible contenders.

That included Muscle Massive, the second choice finishing second, and Temple Of Doom, third at a remarkable 26-1. Lucky Chucky was off the board with stable mates Pilgrims Chucky and Coco Lindy.

With only one race under his belt, which trainer Greg Peck said he was relieved to have, especially it being a strong win, the great expectations of Holiday have risen again. He has to stay sharp for the next month, campaigning at the Meadowlands only and taking on formidable foes even in this short length of time.

"Oaks"-eligible In The Mean Time took on some filly trotters in a small Coaching Club field that same night and defeated Glide Power, Southwind Samurai and Impressive Kent. She was simply the best. "Glide" got up for second, Springtime Volo was third, "Samurai" flattened out and went on an uncharacteristic speed break in the stretch, and "Kent" jumped at the start, eliminating her. Behindclosedoors was fourth.

Earlier that day at Historic Track in Goshen, one of Holiday’s top foes, Cassis, won a Landmark Stakes in the fastest time ever at the age-old half-mile track. The 1:55.4 win topped every win time in 172 years. And as we all know, Cassis can trot a lot faster than that.

Setting up the final field for next week’s Yonkers Trot, two elims were on the July 3 card at Yonkers and trainer Jimmy Takter’s colts won both. Jimmy drove one of them, the first winner, Hard Livin, the prohibitive favorite in the first elim. Shaq Is Back and Waldorf Hall also made the final by finishing second and third, respectively.

Then, with Cat Manzi aboard, Senor Glide pulled off a mile upset, winning at 4-1. The surprising longshot Take My Picture got second, Carnegie got third and Big Stick Lindy took the final spot in the final’s field.

The Oaks-eligible gals had two Hudson Filly Trot elims. Spicy Wings won the first and Munis Blue Chip won the second. Secret Credit, Unefoisdansmavie (the $30,000 supplemental entrant who is not an eligible), Show Your Lindys (non-eligible) and Religulous also earned spots in the final.

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