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  Jimmy Takters Muscle Massive segrade i årets Hambletonian        
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RACE 10 - Meadowlands - NJ - August 7, 2010 
Conditions: HAMBLETONIAN No. 85 - FINAL 3 Year Old Open   
Gait: Trot     Purse: $1,500,000     Class: HAMBO     
Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 2:35 PM
$ 750,000-375,000-180,000-120,000-75,000
sp. Häst Kusk Tränare Rek Inkört Far Mor
 1 CASSIS Tim Tetrick R,Schnittker 10,1 258 686 Cantab Hall Dirty Martini
 2 LUCKY CHUCKY John Campbell C,Sylvester 10,1 426 200 Windsong's Legacy Aerobics
 3 PILGRIMS TAJ Mike Lachance T,Smedshammer 10,6 851 748 Broadway Hall BWT Maija
 4 MYSTERY PHOTO Andy Miller J,Miller 11,0 111 801 S,J.'s Photo Enchanted Victory
 5 WISHING STONE George Brennan D,Minor 11,5 236 585 Conway Hall Meadowbranch Magic
 6 MUSCLE MASSIVE Ron Pierce J,Takter 10,6 245 192 Muscles Yankee Graceful Touch
 7 ON THE TAB Daniel Dube J,Takter 12,7 490 097 Cantab Hall Cr Sister Suzie
 8 HARD LIVIN Yannick Gingras J,Takter 11,5 367 962 S.J.'s Caviar Affiniry
 9 TEMPLE OF DOOM David Miller J,Czernysson 11,2 323 029 Yankee Glide Armbro Temple
10 HOLIDAY ROAD Brian Sears G,Peck 11,0 426 200 Yankee Glide Jambo
1. Muscle Massive  09,0  (75)
2. Lucky Chucky  09,0  (25)
3. Wishing Stone  09,5  (236)
4. Pilgrims Taj  09,7  (103)
5. Temple Of Doom 09,7  (547)
Opl. Mystery Photo  10,0 (165), Hard Livin 10,1 (401), Cassis 10,5 (36)
On The Tab 11,1 (764), Holiday Road 12,3 (64)
ODDS: 7,50  PLATS:  2.50 - 1.40 - 2.90
Ägare: Brixton Medical AB & Order BY Stable, Louie J Camara, Puslinch & Mkatz Alibfeld Sgoldband, Pickering, ON
Uppfödare: Perretti Farms, Cream Ridge, NJ

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    A 'Massive' Hambletonian Win            

Driver Ron Pierce engineered a perfect trip for partially Canadian-owned Muscle Massive, who managed to wear down favourite Lucky Chucky in deep stretch to win the 85th edition of harness racing's $1.5 million Hambletonian for three-year-old trotters.

A cavalry of horses vied for early command in the first turn with Cassis (Tetrick) gaining the front and Muscle Massive settling into second as the first quarter was reached in :27.1. Hard Livin (Gingras) was just in front of Lucky Chucky (John Campbell), who was flushed out of fourth and forced first up into brisk fractions as Cassis hit the half in a blistering :54.3.

Sensing the leader was vulnerable, Campbell accelerated his attack through three-quarters in 1:22.2 and forged to the lead at the head of the lane. Pierce was licking his chops sitting the pocket the entire mile and loaded with trot. A classic stretch duel ensued as Pierce and Campbell asked Muscle Massive and Lucky Chucky for everything they could muster. With mere metres remaining, Muscle Massive was able to wear down the favourite by a half-length in a lifetime best 1:51. Wishing Stone (George Brennan) finished third.

"The trip worked out great. I scored the horse down and I've never seen him as good," said driver Ron Pierce after winning his third Hambletonian. "Jimmy said he was pointing him for this race, the trip worked out and he did the rest. My colt was just loaded, I wasn't worried at all in the stretch."

Pierce deflected much of the praise after the victory.

"I'm lucky. I drive a lot of good horses for a lot of good trainers and owners. The horses make me look good."

"This is the race everybody dreams to win. To win it twice is an unbelievable privilege," said trainer Jimmy Takter, who won it with Malabar Man in 1997. "My horse had some mishaps at 2, my staff did a great job with him this year, and Ronnie was patient with him. A 1:51 mile is fantastic achievement for this colt."

For those who don't know what it's like to experience having a horse in contention in the stretch, Takter related his feelings.

"It's a wonderful feeling. The stretch for me went in slow motion. The last quarter was like five minutes for me."

Bred by New Jersey's Perretti Farms, Muscle Massive notched his fourth win in eight seasonal starts for owners Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband, Al Libfeld and Louie Camera, all of Ontario, and Order By Stable and Brixton Medical Ab, both of Sweden. A $425,000 yearling purchase in 2008, Muscle Massive (Muscles Yankee-Graceful Touch) is the first yearling sales topper to win the Hambletonian. The win also marks the third straight win for sire Muscles Yankee in the trotting classic, following wins by Deweycheatumnhowe (2008) and Muscle Hill (2009).

The Hambletonian may be deemed America's Trotting Classic, but its global significance continues to grow.

Record European wagering helped produce the third highest harness handle in history on August 7 at Meadowlands Racetrack. Total all-source wagering on the 15-race card was $8,391,600, trailing only the $8.8 million wagered in 2002 and $9 million wagered in 2005.

International wagering was nearly $2.4 million, up sharply from the $1.97 million wagered on the 2009 simulcast. The Hambletonian was part of a seven-race bundle beamed to France, Monaco, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The first 10 races from the Meadowlands were sent to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Malta.

A crowd of 26,712 turned out on Saturday, and the attendance was an increase of nearly 4 percent over the previous year and the highest since 2006.


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Häst Auktionspris $ Auktion
MUSCLE MASSIVE 425 000 Harrisburg
HOLIDAY ROAD 115 000 Lexington
WISHING STONE 63 000 Lexington
CASSIS 52 000 Harrisburg
TEMPLE OF DOOM 50 000 Harrisburg
PILGRIMS TAJ 37 000 Harrisburg
ON THE TAB 30 000 Lexington
HARD LIVIN 25 000 Lexington
MYSTERY PHOTO 25 000 Lexington
LUCKY CHUCKY 10 000 Harrisburg