August 4, 1990 |
A year ago, Backstreet Guy, the New Jersey Sire Stakes Horse of the Year in 1989, looked to be a cinch to win today's $1.34 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands race track. But the 3-year-old colt enters harness racing's premier trotting event at 12-1, despite a favorable No. 3 post position in the first division. The field is divided into two divisions, each with 10 horses. The top five from each division advance to another heat. If the third heat is won by the winner of one of the two opening divisions, that horse wins the Hambletonian.
August 4, 1996 |
It's time to stop calling Continentalvictory simply a great filly. She might be one of the greatest trotters of all time. Continentalvictory moved within a race of becoming the first filly to capture trotting's triple crown by overcoming Lindy Lane to win the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack yesterday. In becoming the first filly to win trotting's most prestigious race since Duenna in 1983, Continentalvictory also became the first distaffer to win the first two legs of the triple crown.
August 5, 1990 |
Harmonious made his move at the top of the stretch to capture the $1.34 million Hambletonian, harness racing's richest event, yesterday at the Meadowlands race track. Before a crowd of 32,246, Harmonious, driven by a three-time Hambletonian champion, John Campbell, won the decisive third heat of the day by a length in 1 minute, 54 1/5 seconds. It was the third-fastest time in the race's 65-year history. Embassy Lobell, owned by the stables of Lou Guida, finished second, and King of the Sea took third after leading most of the way. Harmonious had to win two heats, because the original field of 20 horses was divided into two divisions.
August 4, 2007
Adrian Chip, owned by Peter Forsberg, is the 5-1 third choice in today's $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. Pampered Princess, the 2-year-old filly champion, is the 3-1 second choice behind even-money favorite Donato Hanover, the 2-year-old colt champion. The one-mile race is the first leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old trotters. Post time is 4:15 p.m., with NBC10's live coverage starting at 3:30 p.m. 1. Don't Blink Twice Cat Manzi Jimmy Takter 30-1 2. Donato Hanover Ron Pierce Steve Elliott 1-1 3. Adrian Chip Robert Bergh Robert Bergh 5-1 4. Pampered Princess Tim Tetrick Jimmy Takter 3-1 5. Too Salty David Miller Doug Miller 15-1 6. Great Success Mike Lachance Ron Gurfein 15-1 7. Laddie Paul MacDonell PaulaWellw'd 15-1 8. Xactly Hanover Andy Miller Osvald Formia 12-1 9. Please Poppy Brian Sears Per Henriksen 30-1 10. Flirtin Man John Campbell Gary Napierala 8-1
August 3, 2008 |
Deweycheatumnhowe, a horse left orphaned at the age of 6 weeks and once described as skinny and pot-bellied, became the first undefeated horse in the 83-year history of the Hambletonian to win harness racing's most coveted prize. Dewey, starting on the rail, led from gate to wire and won by a half-length over second-choice Crazed in 1 minute, 52 seconds at the Meadowlands Racetrack yesterday. That was the horse's lifetime best and the third-fastest time in the history of the classic event.
August 4, 2002 |
Trainer Chuck Sylvester made all the right moves in the last two weeks with Chip Chip Hooray, and it paid off with his fourth Hambletonian victory yesterday at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. The race also will be remembered for one bad move by favorite Andover Hall. Chip Chip Hooray took the lead in the stretch and held off a late charge by Like A Prayer in trotting's biggest race for 3-year-olds. Sylvester's moves included removing Chip Chip Hooray's hind shoes and boots, changing his sulky, and putting on a different bridle.
August 19, 2011 |
Broad Bahn will look to become the first Hambletonian winner since Mack Lobell in 1987 to also capture the $500,000 Colonial Stakes on Sunday at Harrah's Chester. Super Stakes Sunday features $2.6 million in total purses and also features the undefeated filly See You At Peelers, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing and owner of one of the sport's longest win streaks (21 in a row) in 20 years. She will be making her first appearance at Harrah's. Her presence in the $350,000 Valley Forge overshadows the big race of the day, which was resumed in 2007 after a three-year hiatus.
August 4, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter swept the top two spots in the Hambletonian, even though he was not in the winner's circle with the horse he anticipated. Takter, known more for his training prowess, drove Trixton (4-1) to victory in the 89th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on Saturday. The 3-year-old trotting colt fought a heated battle in the stretch against stablemate Nuncio, who was driven by John Campbell. Nuncio finished a half-length behind in second, with Harper Blue Chip third.
August 5, 1987 |
Mack Lobell, undefeated in his four starts this year and a strong contender to win trotting's triple crown, drew the outside post position for his qualifying heat in Saturday's $1,046,300 Hambletonian. Fifteen 3-year-old trotters were entered yesterday for harness racing's best-known contest, which again will be held at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The field is the smallest since 1979, when 12 started at DuQuoin, Ill. The Hambletonian, the second leg in trotting's triple crown, moved to the Meadowlands in 1981.
July 31, 1992 |
Stanley Dancer - master trainer and Hall of Fame harness-race driver with earnings of more than $28 million - will attempt tomorrow, at age 65, to become the only five-time winning driver in the sport's most prestigious event, the Hambletonian, at the Meadowlands. Thirty-nine years after his first Hambletonian trip, the Robbinsville, N.J., horseman will be competing in an international field featuring 26 colts and a filly for a $1.38 million purse, the largest and richest in the race's 67-year-old history.