Eligibles surprisingly missing in action

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Thursday, July 29, 2010 10:39 AM
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The Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks hopefuls line up Saturday, July 31 at the Meadowlands. You know the cast of characters now (see elim lists) but what happened to the rest of the eligibles?  


Some just never made the cut but there are a few surprises from both sexes that did not drop into the box. Here is a brief report on those sophomore trotters off the Hambo grid from a crop that has displayed an extraordinary amount of talent. 


On the boys’ side there’s Text Me. According to sources, trainer Bob MacIntosh decided a few weeks ago that he was not going to enter the colt, so his good form at Mohawk recently was moot as far as the big event is concerned. 


The only gelding, no less a successful one, came from the Jim Doherty camp. Whata Winner looked for a while like he could be a big threat.  


Shaq Is Back started off with great hope but had to trot in the shadow of Ray Schnittker’s great one, Cassis. Since Flex The Muscle found the Meadowlands to his liking, it seems he earned the right to go to the big show over “Shaq.” Big Stick Lindy had mild success early but was also left out. Homerun Hitter was never much of a factor. 


Carnegie was an early favorite of ours and we were happy to see the improvement in him that resulted in a 4-1 win at Yonkers. He was competitive all along the way, though he could not find a spot to prove himself on the two-turn mile. 


Baximum left the A list for Jonas Czerenyson, even though he was looking fit and fine a week before the draw, beating On The Tab at the Meadowlands. Another Czerenyson student, Can’t Lose, was shaping up well early on but then showed some gait problems. He was a speedy sort and will probably do well later in the season, while he may develop a stronger gait, as a lot of colts do, when older. 


Trond Smedshammer’s Priority Photo may have peaked had he taken a shot in an elim. He was performing well but Trond’s other three (including Pilgrim’s Taj, who he recently took under his wings) performed better.  


Jetblue Volo was looking very competitive at Mohawk and got into the Goodtimes 


On the filly side of the crop, Munis Blue Chip, on the top of her game recently, winning a New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Yonkers, didn’t show up for Schnittker.  


Trond’s Sweetspellosucess, second in a division of the Tompkins and a winner of a Lady Suffolk division is gone, as well as Nothing But Moni. She upset a NYSS field at 9-1 and was improving as she almost beat older horses in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands. 


Ally-gal Ridge showed promise for Ron Burke, starting to cash in some checks on the Pennsylvania circuit. My Winning Way K was all right in NYSS competition and Christiana Hanover matched a track record in an 42-1 upset at Pocono.   


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  By Frank and Ray Cotolo 


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