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           The Road to the 2014 Hambletonian Begins Here!  
July  29, 2014~Fields Draw for Hambletonian & Hambletonian Oaks
The respective fields have been drawn for the 2014 Hambletonian (at right) and the 2014 Hambletonian Oaks (at left).  Horses are listed in post position order, along with their morning line odds, followed by their driver and trainer.

July 29, 2014~Hambletonian Day Wagering Format Announced
With no eliminations required for The Hambletonian, the wagering format for Hambletonian Day becomes more enhanced since the field for the Hambletonian Final will be known all week. Hambletonian Day will offer and unprecedented five guaranteed pools of $50,000 or more, including three pick four wagers.

A $50,000 Guaranteed $.50 Cent Pick 5 will kick off the program in the first race, followed by a $50,000 Guaranteed $.50 Cent Pick 4 in Race 3. From there, the guarantees ramp up to a $.50 cent Pick 4 in Race 7, guaranteed at $75,000. Next is a $75,000 Guaranteed Pick 5 beginning in Race 9 that is anchored by The Hambletonian Final itself. Last, but certainly not least is a $100,000 Guaranteed $.50 Cent Pick 4 beginning with The Hambletonian Oaks which includes The Hambletonian Final and covers the last four races on the program. There will also be Ten Cent Superfectas offered on all races.
July 28, 2014~Shake It Cerry commandeers field into Oaks
The 43rd edition of the Hambletonian Oaks will feature 11 fillies, nine of which competed at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, July 27. Of the 11, only Heaven’s Door (H-Muscle Hill) and Take The Money (H-Donato Hanover) did not compete.
Shake It Cerry Miiller Final2014 
                                         Shake It Cerry & driver Ron Pierce
Reminiscent of the $213,500 Del Miller Memorial, Shake It Cerry (H-Donato Hanover) took her competitors wire to wire in 1:54.4 as the 2-1 second choice.   To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE

July 25, 2014~Jim Raymer Brings Two-Pronged Attack to Hambletonian Oaks
      Nitro Nittany
                     Nitro Nittany is one of two Jim Raymer-trained fillies who will go
               postward  in the Hambletonian Oaks on August 2 at The Meadowlands

Trainer Jim Raymer hasn’t gotten where he is today in the Standardbred sport by not understanding the competition. For Raymer, who entered two in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on August 2 at the Meadowlands, it’s been a long and well thought out process. Raymer’s Harley Momma and Nitro Nittany are not exactly household names in a field that includes world champions Designed To Be, Shake It Cerry and Cooler Schooner, but he’s been planning this destination for a long time and believes he’s got a chance.  To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE

July 22, 2104~Shake It Cerry headlines Hambletonian Oaks
Shake It Cerry 
                  Shake It Cerry in action at The Meadowlands                Lisa photo
Defending Dan Patch winner Shake It Cerry heads up 11 distaffers entered in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. The race will go straight to the final to be raced on Hambletonian Day, Sat., Aug. 2, at The New Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Hambletonian week begins on Saturday, July 26th with a prep race for the Hambletonian Oaks and U.S. Pacing Championship and eliminations of the John Cashman Memorial, and Lady Liberty. To read the rest of this story, CLICK HERE

July 21, 2014~Final preps taken by Takter
Nuncio & groom Helen Engblom
                               Nuncio with caretaker Helene Engblom
With the Hambletonian only two weeks away, the $64,414 Reynolds Memorial Trot served as many colts’ final preps for the first Saturday in August. The Reynolds was held as two divisions, contested at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, July 19, and a non-wagering division was held for the fillies.  Nuncio (H-Andover Hall), a member of the “Takter Trotting Trio,” coasted to victory with a near-gate-to-wire effort in 1:51.4 for driver John Campbell.  To read the rest of this story, Click Here



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