29 Facts on the Hambletonian-Hambletonian Oaks At The Meadowlands

Posted by Bob Heyden on Friday, August 06, 2010 11:27 AM
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1) Sears is the first driver since the 1997 format change to have post 10 
in BOTH the Hambo and the Oaks
2) Post 10 in the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands: 25 0-2-3 12 checks (48% 
of the time post 10 got $$)
3) Bar Slide's mark is 1:52.4-here at the Meadowlands. There has NEVER been
 an Oaks FINAL that fast!
4) Since 1986, John Campbell has been the ONLY driver (Not counting 
entries) to be favored in BOTH the Meadowlands Pace AND the Hambletonian in the 
SAME year. This year could be (Lucky Chucky) the SIXTH TIME it has  happened!
1989-Peace Corps, Dexter Nukes
1992-Armbro Keepsake, Direct Flight
1995-Tagliabue, Davids Pass (BOTH won)
1998-Muscles Yankee, Sealed N Delivered
2002-Andover Hall, Mach Three
2010-Rockn Roll Heaven and Lucky Chucky??????
5) Ray Schnittker has an amazing record in the Hambletonian-4 starters-4 
times on the board. Not such a big deal you say? Check out the ODDS on three
of  them:
1997-Armbro Plato 40-1 3rd
2000-Armbro Trick 47-1 3rd
2008-Deweycheatmnhowe 2-5 1st
2008-Make It Happen 46-1 3rd
6) Post 1-Cassis-IF he wins the Hambletonian, will be the third straight 
year post 1 has taken it. This also happened in 1994-1995-1996-the last three
 years before the format change.
1994-Victory Dream
7) John Campbell-many forget-was 59-1 last year and finished 3rd with Trond
 Smedshammers Calchips Brute.
8) Both John Campbell and Ron Pierce will appear in their 13th straight 
Hambletonian-neither was in the 1997 Malabar Man final.
9) Dave Miller goes in his 8th straight Hambletonian final. His streak of 9
 straight Pace finals was snapped this season. (Still looking for his first
win  in both)
10) Jim Campbell will try to do what has NOT happened since before the 
Meadowlands opened in 1976. Win Back To Back Hambo Oaks. Glen Garnsey in 
1973-1974 was the ONLY trainer to win this race consecutively, and he did it two 
years before the Meadowlands opened and 7 years before the Hambo and the
Oaks  moved here (1981).
11) In the last dozen editions of the Oaks, posts 8-9-10 have been blanked.
 As a matter of fact, post 10 has NOT hit the board in that time with only
one  4th and one 5th.
12) There's a possibility-and a good one-that Joe Holloway can win the Oaks
 and Chuck Sylvester the Hambletonian. These are the two trainers that were
 involved in the only two Trotting Triple Crown DEAD HEATS!!!
1989 Chuck: Park Avenue Joe in the Hambletonian (With Probe)
1992-Joe: McCluckey in the Yonkers Trot (With Magic Lobell)
13) Brian Sears has FOUR second place finishes in the Oaks!
2004 Housethatruthbuilt
2005 Blur
2006 Emantee
2008 Lantern Kronos
14) John Campbell won his first Oaks in 1999-Oolong-then won it again just 
two years later with Syrinx Hanover. Syrinx Hanover was the first horse
EVER to  go undefeated and have a $1 million season in the same year-Muscle
Hill did it  last years as the only MALE to do so.
15) 39 editions of the Hambletonian Oaks:
Only 11 of the 39 winning trainers were born in the USA
14/39 were born in Sweden
10/39 are Hall Of Fame conditioners
12/39 Oaks resulted in a photo finish: 5 noses, 3 heads and 4 necks
16) Chuck Sylvester is the ONLY trainer in BOTH the Hambo and Oaks this 
year. Jan Johnson won both in 1988 with Armbro Goal and Nans Catch (The dam of
 Moni Maker)
17) There are NO MILLIONAIRES in this years Hambletonian field!!
18) IF Lucky Chucky is the post time favorite, it'll mark the 6th time that
 a driver past his 50th birthday is handling the public choice:
2010 John Campbell 55 Lucky Chucky
2008 Ray Schnittker 50 Deweycheatmnhowe
2007 Ron Pierce 51 Donato Hanover
1997 Mal Burroughs 57 Malabar Man
1986 Berndt Lindstedt 50 Royal Prestige
1981 Howard Beissinger 58 Super Juan
19) Speaking of 50-Billy Haughton did NOT win the Hambletonian before age 
50! That's right, he was in his 15th year of Hambletonian action before he
won  it-at age 50-in 1974-with Christopher T. He then proceeded to win it 4
of 7  years!
20) The three richest drivers in history-all will appear in this years 
Between them-they have 12 Hambletonian wins and $617 Million In Purse 
21) John Campbell and Mike Lachance are set for their 17th  Hambletonian
final together. Most of all time for ANY driving duo. From  1992-1999, they
appeared in 5 of those 8 finals together-and one or the other  won EVERY TIME!
22) FAVORITES ANYONE? No-not the Off Track Wagering site, the public 
choices who seem to win all the Hambletonian eliminations. Since the format 
change in 1997, there have been 37 Hambletonian eliminations-25 of them have 
been captured by the favorite-67.5%
23) The THREE RICHEST 2 Year Olds of 2009-ALL WERE FEMALE-this is the first
 and only time this has happened since the Meadowlands inception in 1976
Poof She's Gone-Costa Rica and Fancy Filly. Poof She's Gone-just the second
 filly trotter to win $1 million as a 2 Year old-is THE richest trotter
this year  entering the Hambo or the Oaks at $1,246,696.
24) 7 of the last 8 favorites in the Hambletonian Oaks have bitten the 
dust-only Passionate Glide won-2006.
25) In 12 of the last 23 Hambletonians-either John Campbell or Mike 
Lachance drove the favorite.
26) Yannick Gingras (Hard Livin) is set to make his Hambletonian debut-in 
2004-he was second in the Meadowlands Pace in his first start there and was 
favored-9/5-with Timesareachanging.
27) Muscles Yankee (Muscle Massive) is the ONLY Meadowlands  Hambletonian
winner to sire the winners of two straight-HE won it in 1998, his  sons the
past two years-Deweycheatmnhowe and Muscle Hill. You have to go back to 
1964-1965-1966 for the last time a sire won this race three straight-Stars 
28) Ron Pierce is looking for his 3rd Hambletonian with Muscle Massive-but 
his first NOT as the betting favorite.
29) Jimmy Takter has three entrants-and HAS been 1-2 in the Hambletonian 
before. 1997-Malabar Man and Take Chances. Chuck Sylvester also did it in
1998  and Per Eriksson in 1992.

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