Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Soph-trot contests ensue

The Hambletonian Trail continues at the end of May and June jousts await in month two of the journey to August.

On Friday, May 31, two $75,000 Casual Breeze affairs present only four eligibles. One of them continues to be the focus of the sport—Bee A Magician. Winner of her first two this season, the Kadabra girl is looking to so dominate her division that perhaps she will take on the boys if all goes well up until August. She gets post 8 in this field but we see no reason for her to lose, as well as we expect the other eligible, Drink The Wine, to be involved.

In the second Casual Breeze split, Quiet Snow and Samartina are the only eligibles in the seven-filly mile. Quiet Snow doesn’t have to deal with Bee A Magician this time around so she could very well take center stage. She was 34-1 last time and trotted a game outside trip only to quit from the stress. Her misfortune gave Charmed Life, tonight in the 6 hole, an easy path to be second. The tide could turn at a good price here.

In New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) finals action at the Meadowlands on June 1, the seven colts entered are by no means unable to take control over the hot Smilin Eli. The six sons of Muscles Yankee are eligible and the seventh, King Muscles, is not.

Corky will again try not to burn money as he will get much support along with Smilin Eli, who has won both the NJSS division’s legs. If Corky is overlooked, this may be the time to back him. Barring any miscues, Smilin Eli is still not overmatched here. We have supported Amalfi Coast twice and that one has not had a chance to stay flat enough to prove he belongs with this bunch. So Corky could offer a good price and Amalfi Coast will offer one and if flat may surprise everyone.

The NJSS fillies have only one of nine ineligible, with two daughters of Chocolatier and the rest by Muscles Yankee. The outside Chocolatier gal, Shared Past, won for us on May 17, when she was a favorite. She won’t be one here and will offer a decent price, especially from post 9.

The Hambletonian Society has owned and serviced the Hambletonian since its inception in 1926 and presents the 88th edition at the Meadowlands, where it has been staged since 1981, There are no supplemental entries permitted in the Hambletonian and Oaks, nor are participants allowed to race on Lasix or Butazolidin. Along with the four juvenile Breeders Cup races for thoroughbreds, they are the only events in North American horse racing that prohibit the use of any race-day medication.

Keep watching this blog for updates and races involving eligibles through July and for live coverage from TwinSpires on Hambletonian day. Read race results at the special section archived at the Hambletonian Society web site.


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