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Muscle Massive drinks champagne from the Hambletonian trophy in the winner's circle
The $1,520,333 Hambletonian, celebrating its 84th renewal, is one of the world's most prestigious harness races, featuring the best 3-year-old trotters going the standard 1 mile distance, one full lap of the Meadowlands track in New Jersey. A full field of 10 lined up behind the starter on Saturday afternoon before 25,754 spectators, with Muscle Massive sent off as the 3-10 favorite for trainer Greg Peck and driver Brian Sears over 4-1 second choice Explosive Matter, trained by Noel Daley with Ron Pierce in the bike. The rest of the field was dismissed at double digit odds, led by 10-1 third choice Hot Shot Blue Chip for trainer Jonas Czernyson and driver Mike Lachance.
The start of the 2010 Hambletonian.
# Horse Driver Win Place Show 6 Muscle Massive R Pierce 15.00 5.80 5.00 2 Lucky Chucky J Campbell 3.40 2.80 5 Wishing Stone G Brennan 5.80 $2 Exacta (6-2) paid 50.80 $1 Trifecta (6-2-5) paid 605.20 $0.10 Superfecta (6-2-5-3) paid 206.13 Winning Time: 1:50.0Results Chart for the day Race 10
Muscle Massive in the winner's circle
Second place finisher Lucky Chucky
Third place finisher Wishing Stone
Down the stretch in the Hambletonian Oaks with eventual winner Bar Slide second from the rail.
12-1 OK To Play battled for the lead with Springtime Volo to her inside through fractions of 28, 55 4/5, and 1:25 1/5. Entering the stretch, the pacesetter tired but 6-1 Bar Slide, who stalked the pace in fourth early, came through to take the lead at the 1/8 pole. Ultimate Cameron rallied late but Bar Slide held her off in the final strides by a nose in 1:54. It was just a head back to favorite Springtime Volo third, and neck back to 19-1 Margarita Momma fourth, in a four-horse blanket finish.
# Horse Driver Win Place Show 5 Bar Slide T Tetrick 8.40 5.00 3.60 9 Ultimate Cameron T Ritchie 10.80 7.00 3 Springtime Volo G Brennan 4.40 $2 Exacta (5-9) paid 106.40 $1 Trifecta (5-9-3) paid 503.60 $0.10 Superfecta (5-9-3-4) paid 293.40 Winning Time: 1:53.4Results Chart for the day Race 9
Bar Slide in the winner's circle
The Lindy Reserve wins the Peter Haughton Memorial
Results Chart for the day Race 6
Winning driver Brian Sears said, "I had to just settle him back down. When I was about to put him back in the hole, he responded to me well. He stuck back in there and relaxed and I was able to save him. No one was really coming on early, so I was able to wait pretty long before I pulled him first up. He was very confident."
Thatsnotmyname wins the Merrie Annabelle
Results Chart for the day Race 3
Winning driver Dave Miller said, "We planned going into the race to race her off cover. It worked out. I was a little nervous going around the last turn when Ronny (Pierce and Costa Rica) cleared and opened up, but she loves chasing horses down and she doesn't stop until she gets by them. She's really mature mentally. Right from the start she showed the right attitude to be a good horse and she just proved it again."
Hypnotic Blue Chip wins the US Pacing Championship
Results Chart for the day Race 4
Winning driver Dave Miller said, "I didn't know if he would get the front as easy as he did. I was thinking to leave and maybe try to work out a trip. He grabbed the lead and I settled him in. John (Campbell) came with Bettor Sweet and I figured that was a good horse to follow. I was able to stick until the last turn then I moved him and he exploded."
Slave Dream wins the Nat Ray
Results Chart for the day Race 8
Winning driver Andy Miller said, "He was as good as he has ever been today. He has been great all year. He went a mile in 1:50 1/5 pretty handily today. He is an amazing animal. He's got the Breeders Crown left (on August 22). That is probably it for this year. We will shut him down and get him ready for next year."
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