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Road to the Hambletonian Week 2

08:46 AM 29 May 2019 NZST
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2019 Hambletonian,Harness racing

Gimpanzee remains in the #1 slot in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 2 after an easy 1:54 romp in the Empire Breeders Classic. #Hambo19

The 2019 Hambletonian will take place Saturday, August 3, 2017




Driver, Trainer, Owner

Ken Warkentin’s Comments



(Chapter Seven)

Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable

In his 3YO debut, Dan Patch Award winner remained undefeated 10-for-10 with an easy 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs on May 27, Sears said, “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him his entire career, and he’s just a pleasure to drive.”



(Father Patrick)


Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc

Impressive 1:51.2 3YO debut on May 17, looks to make it back-to-back NJSS Finals on May 31, Melander said, “It looked like he was behaving behind the gate and then in the race he looked perfect.”


Don’t Let’em

(Muscle Hill)


Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman

Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, rebounded off a break by winning his third Big M qualifier in 1:54.4 on May 25, Johansson said, “I think we’ll keep him home as much as we can to keep his stress level down.”


Green Manalishi S

(Muscle Hill)


Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc

Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass winner & Breeders Crown runner up broke for the second straight qualifier & did not look comfortable, was scheduled for PASS @ Pocono Downs on June 2


Cantab Fashion

(Cantab Hall)

Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms

Grand Circuit winner in 1:51.4 @ two hasn’t returned, Campbell said, “He’s got everything you would want in a horse, I was very happy with the way he looked when he came back this year, and I’m really looking forward to his 3-year-old season.”


Swandre The Giant

(Swan For All)

Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor

Starts his 3YO season with Team Burke, won qualifiers @ The Meadows in 1:56.1 on May 9 + 1:56.4 on May 16, was scheduled to make his sophomore debut from post four in Indiana Sires Stakes @ Hoosier Park on May 30


Sheena’s Boy



Ake Svanstedt, Knutson Trotting Inc, S R F Stable

Set the pace & finished second [1:52] to Greenshoe in NJSS @ Big M on May 17, Svanstedt also won a NJSS division with Soul Strong in 1:53 on May 24, NJSS Final next on May 31


Kings County

(Muscle Hill)


Dave Miller, Domenico Cecere, Lindy Farms of Conn

Took a mark of 1:52.3 in Grand Circuit action @ The Red Mile, set the pace & finished a second [1:55] to Don’t Let’em in his first qualifier at the Big M on May 25


Super Schissel

(Uncle Peter)

Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg

Grand Circuit winning 2YO, second to Greenshoe in Big M qualifier May 11 in 1:55.1, a close third [1:53] to Hannelore Hanover in a Big M qualifier on May 18, did not race/qualify last week



(Cantab Hall)


Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Christina Takter, Goran Falk

PASS champion won the Dexter Cup on May 4 in 1:57, took a PASS division on May 11 in 1:55.1 @ The Meadows, did not race/qualify last week


Rachel Ryan

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