08/06/2016 2:55PM

Meadowlands: Resolve wins Cashman Memorial

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Nikki Sherman
Resolve and Ake Svanstedt powered home in 1:50 2/5.

Resolve and driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt survived an eventful trip and an inquiry as the 6-5 favorite to capture the $273,600 John Cashman Memorial Saturday afternoon at The Meadowlands. The 5-year-old by Muscle Hill scored in 1:50 2/5, a personal best in defeating Obrigado and Flanagan Memory.

Despite the favoritism Resolve got no favors on the racetrack with Crazy Wow leaving strongly inside of him to secure the lead through a :27 1/5 opening quarter. Resolve quickly moved to the front but found quick pressure from J L Cruze down the backstretch. Driver John Campbell gunned J L Cruze to the front and Resolve yielded through the :54 3/5 half. No sooner had J L Cruze gained the top it was last year's Cashman winner Flanagan Memory on the move with extreme purpose. Driver Chris Christoforou blistered to the front with Flanagan Memory keeping the pace more than honest into a three quarters clocked in 1:22 2/5.

Svanstedt sat chilly on the final turn in third but found a seam to slide off the rail late on the final turn. The driver would edge wider appearing to cut into the path of Il Sogno Dream at that moment.

In the homestretch Flanagan Memory continued to lead under duress with Resolve finishing strongly under active urging by Svanstedt. Obrigado had taken an early tuck and was shuffled but he charged home to finish second with Flanagan Memory holding on to third.

Owned by Hans Enggren the victory was the second in the career of Svanstedt in this classic having previously scored with Sebastian K.

Asked how he prepares his horses while missing time in between Svanstedt offered his feelings on this particular horse. "He loves to get out there and race he gets excited," said Svanstedt, who conceded the 5-year-old still has a long way to go before fitting into Sebastian K's shoes.

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