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August 4, 1990 | By Vicki L. Friedman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 4, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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August 5, 1990 | By Vicki L. Friedman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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
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August 3, 2008 | By Timothy Petropoulos FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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August 4, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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August 19, 2011 | By the Inquirer Staff
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.
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August 4, 2014 | By Sara Rayburn, For The Inquirer
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.
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August 5, 1987 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 31, 1992 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 20, 2015 | By Ken Weingartner, For The Inquirer
Harness racing's Horse of the Year made the most of nearly every month on the calendar. Three-year-old gelding Wiggle It Jiggleit, who on Thursday was named the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, won his first race of the season in January and continued posting victories through November. In fact, the only month during that span in which he failed to win at least one race was April, when he was given a brief respite before continuing a campaign that concluded Nov. 30 with 22 wins in 26 starts.
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October 24, 2015 | By Ken Weingartner, For The Inquirer
TORONTO - It is no surprise to find Howard Taylor's name among the owners of horses racing in Saturday's 12 Breeders Crown championships at Woodbine Racetrack. But even Taylor himself is surprised by the number of times his name appears. Taylor, a Philadelphia attorney and longtime harness racing horse owner, owns pieces of eight Breeders Crown contenders, including 8-5 morning line favorite Control The Moment in the $600,000 event for 2-year-old male pacers. "Frankly I'm shocked," Taylor said.
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August 10, 2015 | By Madison Elliott, For The Inquirer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brian Sears lucked out after some last-minute driver reshuffling and guided Pinkman to victory in the 90th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday. Sears landed in the sulky after the horse's usual driver, Yannick Gingras, chose to guide Mission Brief, the only filly and the 3-5 favorite. Pinkman, trained by Jimmy Takter, beat Mission Brief by three-quarters of a length and won in 1 minute, 51 seconds, making him Takter's second straight Hambo winner and fourth overall.
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August 8, 2015 | By Madison Elliott, For The Inquirer
Who says a girl can't race with the boys? It has been 19 years since a filly has won harness racing's most prestigious race, the Hambletonian, slated for Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Mission Brief hopes to become the first female trotter to win since Continentalvictory in 1996. Mission Brief, the 3-year-old daughter of 2009 Hambletonian champion Muscle Hill, is co-owned and trained by Pennsylvania native Ron Burke. She is the prohibitive 6-5 morning-line favorite in the second of two eliminations.
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November 25, 2014 | For The Inquirer
Market Share, co-owned by Richard Gutnick of Blue Bell, Pa., was a disappointing eighth in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for open trotters on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The race, won by European star Commander Crowe, saw Market Share trotting on the outside throughout the mile with his driver Tim Tetrick unable to make up ground on the leaders. Market Share, trained by Linda Toscano, won the Hambletonian in 2012 but has had a challenging year, with just four wins in 16 starts, though his seasonal earnings of $443,948 put him at $3,558,960 for his career.
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August 4, 2014 | By Sara Rayburn, For The Inquirer
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.
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August 2, 2014 | By Sara Rayburn, For The Inquirer
Trainer Jimmy Takter has such a prohibitive favorite in Saturday's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, that one local owner is surprised he even has a horse in such a prestigious race. "I have tickets for the Billy Joel concert at [Citizens Bank Park], so I had to scramble to rearrange my plans," said Howard Taylor, a lawyer from Philadelphia and co-owner of 20-1 longshot Doncango. "[Winning the Hambletonian] would be a dream. It would be a shock, but it would be a dream," Taylor said.
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October 20, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
WILKES-BARRE - Captaintreacherous, harness racing's top-rated pacer, will start from post No. 1 in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre. All 12 Breeders Crown championships, with purses totaling $5.6 million, will be held Saturday at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the first race. Captaintreacherous, who won his elimination last Saturday in 1 minute, 49.2 seconds, was the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the final.
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August 5, 2013 | By Kieran Lynch, For The Inquirer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brian Sears has solidified his throne. Driving Royalty For Life, Sears won the 88th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands Racetrack after decisively taking first with Bee A Magician in the Hambletonian Oaks earlier in the day. The pair of victories replicated his performance in 2009, when he became the only driver to win both events in the same day. The Massachusetts-born Royalty...
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August 4, 2013 | By Kieran Lynch, For The Inquirer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Phoenixville's Jennifer Schranz met harness-racing trainer Greg Peck in a Starbucks, she said she didn't know much about the sport. Now she is the co-owner of Super Classic, which Peck trains, and has high hopes for the 3-year-old in Saturday's 88th running of the $1.2 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racetrack. "I read a story and was impressed with [Peck's] win in the Hambletonian in 2009 with Muscle Hill and, that same year, the Peter Haughton race with Holiday Road," said Schranz, the vice president of clinical research at ViroPharma Pharmaceuticals.
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