Week 2 of The Guru’s ranking of the top 10 Hambletonian contenders:

The Guru’s Road to the Hambletonian – Week 2

May 19, 2019

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by Ron Gurfein

HORSE
PEDIGREE
SALE PRICE, EARNINGS, RECORD OWNER, BREEDER
TRAINER / DRIVER
COMMENT

1. GREENSHOE

Father Patrick — Designed To Be
$330,000 Lexington Selected $89,223 2,153.3 3,151.2
Courant Inc, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld
Marcus Melander / Brian Sears

Unbelievable. I have said from his first baby race that this was the fastest trotter I have ever seen. His 1:51.2 performance in the NJSS Friday at the Meadowlands was nothing short of spectacular. Bob “Hollywood “ Heyden really made me smile. He said that the colt reminded him of Self Possessed who’s speed was a generation ahead of his time. “Baby Trainer” Marcus Melander has done an excellent job with this colt as he was a bit of a rogue last year to say the least. Brian Sears said that Greenshoe “had gears most horses don’t have.” At this point he is in a class by himself.

2. GREEN MANALISHI S

Muscle Hill — Naga Morich
$270,000 Sweden , $510,557 2, 153.4
Courant Inc, AB Svensk Reklamfina
s
Marcus Melander / Tim Tetrick

Made an uncharacteristic break in a qualifier at the Meadowlands 5/18

3. GIMPANZEE

Chapter Seven — Steamy Windows
$170,000 Harrisburg $591,358 2,154.3
Courant Inc and SRF Stable, Order By Stable
Marcus Melander / Brian Sears

Qualified the Meadowlands impressively losing by a head to the great Hannelore Hanover in 1:53 on 5/18

4. CHIN CHIN HALL

Cash Hall — Canland Hall
$50,000 Ohio $201,320 2, 1:54.4
David H McDuffee and Oldfield Racing LLC, Walnut Hall
Limited Melanie Wrenn/ Peter Wrenn

Qualified in 2:00.2 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park 5/11

5. CANTAB FASHION

Cantab Hall — Defiant Donato Homebred, $110,600 2, 1:51.4
Fashion Farms, Fashion Farms
Jim Campbell / David Miller

Has yet to make his 2019 debut.

6. KINGS COUNTY

Muscle Hill — Brooklyn
$210,000 Harrisburg $150,032. 2, 152.3
Lindy Farms of Conn.
Order By Stable
Domenico Cecere / David Miller

Scratched sick from his qualifier 5/18

7. WHEN DOVESCRY (f)

Muscle Hill — Cedar Dove
$205,000 Harrisburg $290,710 2, 152.3
Go Fast Stable, Yvette Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence S Dumain
William Weaver II
Rene Allard / Simon Allard

Unraced to date 2019.

8. DON’T LET’EM

Muscle Hill — Passageway
$80,000 Lexington Selected $238,617. 2, 151.4
Brittany Farm LLC
Christina Takter, John D Fielding and Herb Liverman
Brittany Farms LLC
Nancy Johansson / Marcus Johansson

Made a break in his qualifier at the Meadowlands 5/18 just when I thought Nancy had turned this one around I will give him another chance because he showed ridiculous speed early at two.

9. GOES DOWN SMOOTH

Muscle Hill — Peach Martini
$82,000 Harrisburg. $90,762 3, 1:53.4
Burke Racing
Switala, Martin and Weaver Bruschemi
Concord Stud
Ron Burke / Yannick Gingras

Impressive winner of PASS at the Meadows in 1:54.3. Never asked to trot 5/11.

10. OSTERC

Cantab Hall — Oh Oh Hereshecomes
Homebred $285,876 2,155.2f 3, Q 155.
Christina Takter and Göran Falk
Christina Takter and Göran Falk
Per Engblom / Yannick Gingras

Won div. PASS at The Meadows 1:55.1 easily 5/11.

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