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Glidemaster winning the 2006 Yonkers Trot
The $728,930 Yonkers Trot is the third leg of the Trotting Triple Crown and Glidemaster, winner of the Hambletonian and the Kentucky Futurity, was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in his attempt to become the eighth Triple Crown winner. When the race got underway, Glidemaster and 7-5 second choice Algiers Hall battled on the front end through fractions of 29 2/5, 58 3/5, and 1:26 2/5. With a furlong to go, Algiers Hall had a 1/4 length advantage but when asked by driver George Brennan, Glidemaster surged ahead when it mattered, pulling away to a 1 3/4 length victory in a time of 1:55 4/5, completing his Triple Crown sweep. It was a long 9 lengths back to 30-1 Ira K in third.
Results chart from USTA
Winning trainer Blair Burgess said, "When he didn't crossover on the backside I was seriously concerned. But he's just a great, great horse. He dug in. I know he doesn't know the end of a mile. Algiers Hall put up a hell of a fight. It was definitely very nerve-wracking." The Yonkers Trot marked Glidemaster's racing debut on a half-mile oval, and made him the first Triple Crown winner since Super Bowl in 1972 to win the Crown with a half-mile track as part of the equation. Windsong's Legacy's sweep came on three mile tracks. "He deserved it. He's a tremendous horse. He just deserved the recognition," Burgess added. "It hasn't been done like that since 1972, with the half-mile track thrown in as a kicker there. I think it shows versatility, versatility is always nice. He even showed a little gate speed just to get that spot."
Palone Ranger returns after winning the 2006 Messenger Stakes
Winning trainer Greg Peck said, "It was a team effort. The horse was great, but it starts with Perretti Farms; they raise the best horses in the business. I got a nice healthy horse and conditioned him well and Ronnie Pierce is the man; it was a very foxy drive on his part. I was confident when I warmed him up tonight because I could see how he was getting around this track. The only concern was he came in off a layoff, so you had to hope he was like a Thoroughbred and overcome it. It's my biggest win and it feels good. This is a race with a lot of history, it's a Triple Crown race and it's a huge honor. Let's just hope we keep it going."
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