The Guru’s Road to the Hambletonian – Week 7

The Guru’s Road to the Hambletonian – Week 7

June 23, 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 $189,223 2,153.3 3,1:50.2
Courant Inc, Hans R Backe, Lars Granqvist,and Martin Langli
Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld
Marcus Melander / Brian Sears

Maintains a stranglehold on this group with an eye-popping 1:52 qualifier at Pocono Downs and an easy 1:52.3 victory in his Beal elimination last night at Pocono.

2. PILOT DISCRETION

Muscle Hill – Self Indulgen
$100,000 Lexington Selected $129,725, 3, 1:52
J. Leblanc, David Anderson and John Fodera
Steve H. Stewart and David W. Miller
Tony Alagna / Andrew McCarthy

Moves up this week off a stunning win in the Goodtimes final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Nice win for some wonderful owners. Colt is now six-for-six lifetime. Not entered to race this week.

3. GREEN MANALISHI S

Muscle Hill — Naga Morich
$270,000 Sweden , $510,557 2, 1:53.4
Courant Inc
AB Svensk Reklamfinas
Marcus Melander / Tim Tetrick

Qualified brilliantly last week after two consecutive breaks. Timmy didn’t race him carefully, either. Won his Beal elimination last night at Pocono in 1:52.1.

4. GIMPANZEE

Chapter Seven — Steamy Windows
$170,000 Harrisburg $695,730 3, 1:54
Courant Inc and SRF Stable
Order By Stable
Marcus Melander / Brian Sears

Qualified at the Meadowlands in 1:53.4, winning easily. I still need to see more speed to move him up the ladder. Not in to go this week.

5. FORBIDDEN TRADE

Kadabra — Pure Ivory
$110,000 Harrisburg $322,463 3, 1:53.1
Determination, Steve Stewart
Luc Blais / Bob McClure

Colt was a very credible second to Pilot Discretion in the Goodtimes final at Mohawk. Not in to go this week.

6. OSTERIC

Cantab Hall — Oh Oh Hereshecomes
Homebred $347,292, 3, 1:52.2
Christina Takter and Goran Falk
Per Engblom / Yannick Gingras

Finished second to Greenshoe in their Beal elimination at Pocono last night.

7. DON’T LET’EM

Muscle Hill — Passageway
$80,000 Lexington Selected $243,867,617. 2, 1:51.3
Brittany Farm LLC, Christina Takter, John D Fielding and HerbLiverman
Brittany Farms LLC
Nancy Johansson / Marcus Johansson

Raced in a NW7 Friday night at the Meadowlands and looked fabulous destroying the overnight field in 1:51.3. It looks to this writer that Nancy has found the keys and this guy is well on the comeback trail.

8. KINGS COUNTY

Muscle Hill — Brooklyn
$210,000 Harrisburg $150,032. 2, 1:52.3
Lindy Farms of Conn
Order By Stable
Domenico Cecere/ David Miller

Made an uncharacteristic break on the way to the half in his Goodtimes elimination. He bruised his ankle on that break and there is no definite time, as of now, for his return. The bruise is superficial.

9. WHEN DOVESCRY (f)

Muscle Hill — Cedar Dove
$205,000 Harrisburg $290,710 2, 1:52.3
Go Fast Stable, Yvette Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence S Dumain
William Weaver II
Rene Allard / Simon Allard

Still hasn’t raced in 2019. Will make some inquiries. Very talented lass, will not throw her under the bus yet.

10. CANTAB FASHION

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

Finally drew inside for a qualifier at the Meadowlands a week ago on Saturday morning, but it didn’t help his cause any, there is a piece to the puzzle missing right now. They must be at the drawing board as he is not back in the box, yet.

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