The event, known as the Henry Oliver, was
contested over five divisions, with Freedom
Rudy Rocks and
Polar Rail taking the other splits.
Aaron Merriman scored a Henry Oliver driving
double with Freedom Ridge and Polar Rail.
In Federalreservenote’s three previous victories, he settled along the pylons before moving to the front. In the Henry Oliver, Dave Palone moved the 1-5 favourite quickly to the lead.
“He’s good - no one’s tested him yet,” Palone said. “Every start he’s finished with the bit in his mouth and his ears up. He’s a pretty cocky turkey right now.”
Federalreservenote never was seriously challenged as he scored by just over seven lengths over MMs Sir Luke, with KT Justin A Moment third. The mile was the fastest this season by a two-year-old colt trotter on a five-eighths mile track, and it shattered the previous stake record of 1:58.2 held jointly by Meadowbranch Lou, Bossy Boss and Tis Himself. Jimmy Takter trains the son of Tom Ridge-Starlet Lane for Christina Takter, John Fielding and Goren Anderberg.
Freedom Ridge went wire-to-wire in the Henry Oliver, just as he did in a PASS victory at The Meadows on June 29. Harold Brocklehurst, who trains the Tom Ridge-Figlietta Hanover gelding and owns with Ginger Tree Stable and John Hurtgen, said Freedom Ridge can be a “handful.”
“Anytime you can get to the front, that’s the shortest way around the track,” Brocklehurst said. “It keeps him out of trouble. That’s where he likes to be, that’s where we’ll put him if we can. I don’t regret gelding him one bit. He was tough, and he’s still tough. He’s just busy all the time.”
Freedom Ridge triumphed in 1:58.3 over Upandover Hanover and Speed Hanover.
Correctamundo also scored on the front end but needed a determined effort in the stretch to hold off the late charge of On The Tab. He defeated that rival by a neck in 1:58.3, with Proud American K third.
“He has a right to be a good horse,” said trainer Robbie Roberts. “His mother held a track record here until recently. When I train him, I train him in a hole in case he ever has to go there. But he likes the front, and he can stay out of trouble there. He has great speed, but he’s very drivable. He’s a kind horse.”
Tom Svrcek bred and owns Correctamundo, a gelded son of SJs Photo-Flo N Easy.