08/04/2012 11:57PM

Hambletonian Day had a bit of everything


Hambletonian Day provided plenty: World Records; Unexpected Upsets; Budding Stars.

With all due respect to the world record setters, 2-year-old trotting filly To Dream On put on the most visibly impressive show of the afternoon. Behind bad cover and five lengths behind at the head of the stretch, the daughter of Credit Winner powered through the lane to win by a bit more than a length.

To Dream On (1:54) beat Check Me Out’s track record and could truly be a great one. Trainer Jimmy Takter told me after the race that she could be the best trotting filly ever. That is saying a lot considering he trained Moni Maker at one time.

In defeat, Guccio deserves loads of credit for racing three wide from the five-eighths into the stretch and finding enough to keep coming to lose the Hambletonian by just a neck. He really came from the clouds.

Takter reported that Guccio is likely headed for the Zweig on August 26 at Vernon Downs. Meanwhile his other top trotters, Uncle Peter, who apparently came out of the race completely exhausted (possibly due to the heat and humidity), and Little Brown Fox will be aimed to the Colonial at Harrah’s Philadelphia on August 19.

Another trainer told me midway through the card that the heat was definitely affecting some of the horses.

Overall handle was down but attendance was strong considering the extremely hot weather. You couldn’t stay outside for more than 10 minutes without working up a decent sweat.

We learned that the guaranteed pools can withstand a higher ceiling. The first pick five ($25k guarantee) sported a $54k pool and the second ($50k guarantee) reached $64k. The $50k pick four produced an $86k final pool and the $100k pick four starting with the Hambo resulted in a $140k pool.

There should have been a $150k pick four somewhere on the card. Perhaps instead of the second pick five, a $50k pick three covering the three nationally televised races (Nat Ray, Hambo Oaks, Hambo) and a $150k pick four starting in the Hambo would have worked nicely.

Many favorites, especially early in the card, were overbet.

Quite a few of the 2-year-olds came on the track looking questionable and one even wound up scratched lame just before post time.

While I didn’t back Market Share at the windows, you can’t help but be very happy for trainer Linda Toscano. A Hambo victory could not have been bestowed on a nicer individual.

There are a bunch of picture of Market Share and some other Hambo Day happenings on the DRF Harness facebook page.

Both Tim Tetrick and Dave Miller won four races on the 15-race card.

What a great day of racing.

Kudos go out to the other world and track record setters:

Put On A Show started off the action with a 1:47 3/5 world record mile in the Lady Liberty for older pacing mares. The 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover was locked in the pocket for much of the stretch but found clearance in the final sixteenth to score her eighth win in 14 starts this year for trainer Chris Ryder and driver Jody Jamieson.

Rookie pacing colt Captaintreacherous posted a monster mile of his own in the $309,050 Woodrow Wilson. The 2-year-old from the first crop of Somebeachsomewhere brushed to the front and never looked back in a sizzling 1:49 3/, a track record for the division.

Chapter Seven tied the all-age mark for trotters on a mile track with a 1:50 1/5 mile in the Nat Ray. He made a quick move to the lead and never looked back to easily defeat Mister Herbie.


Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Another great thread!
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
totally disagree about the performance of To Dream On--the first two races of her career were much more impressive than her last two performances Chapter Seven and Captaintreacherous were by far the most impressive
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
Clearly you haven't been watching To Dream On to make the statement. Her career debut was high quality indeed, but her 2nd career start was almost lost because of a premature move made around the turn which left her late in the lane. What she did yesterday was atypical of what 2yo's do in August. Given her task at the head of the stretch, 2yo's are known to flatten out and/or break. She looked like a olderhorse gunning down that Schnittker filly to win with room to spare. Her elimination win in her 3rd career start was a 10+ length tour de force. Go check the replays Mr. Haehner.