Friday, May 20, 2011

Eligibles enemies in the ‘Empire’

On May 21 at Vernon Downs, two sires’ products dominate the eight Hambo-eligible colts and six “Oaks”-eligible fillies in elimination divisions for next week’s Empire Breeders Championship (EBC) finals.

Colts go in three splits on the program with the first mile featuring four glamour-boy trotters with August ambitions. Johnny B Kemp (Credit Winner) gets the rail to debut for trainer Jimmy Takter. Tiger’s Too Good (Conway Hall) makes his second appearance in 2011 looking for another win. Alaric (Credit Winner) was third in his start as a soph and House On Fire (Conway Hall) has a win in five starts so far this year.
Takter has an arsenal of possibilities as the “Trail” launches its candidates and “Johnny” could be more than second string to Takter’s great hope, Pastor Stephan. If this colt is as ready as “Stephan” when he debuted, he should be great in this field.

Only one eligible goes in division two: Whatever It Takes (Credit Winner). Julie Miller’s colt has only been off the board once in five starts and certainly towers over this field.

Division three offers another theater for the hot Spectator K (Conway Hall), who has won two for Charlie Norris. He will have the upper hand, probably as the dead-on favorite, against Evil Urges (Cash Hall) and Whitewater Rapids (Credit Winner).

“Rapids” may have a gait problem but his performance in the Dexter Cup Final could also be a flare for the speed this colt may be harboring. After breaking at the Freehold event, he made up at least 15 lengths around three turns without skipping again. From post 9 he is a longshot to out-perform “K” but certainly worth attention at the promised long odds and for the potential speed.

A pair of filly EBC elims offer a half-dozen eligibles for the Oaks. The first mile has a quartet of femmes, including the so-far sparkling Jezzy (Credit Winner). She is one for one, while the others are yet to hit the board. They are: Miss Sue V (Credit Winner), Pretty As My Mom (Conway Hall) and Brooklyn (Conway Hall).

Jezzy (pictured left) is from team Schnittker and deserves favoritism hands down here.

A pair of eligibles go in round two, with Some Girls (Conway Hall) topping the entire field, including eligible-mate Medusa Blue Chip (Credit Winner). “Girls” debuted with wings for Gabes Brunet and has a strong future on the Trail.

Check afor the analysis of results after the races at the Hambletonian Society site.

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