Hambletonian Hopefuls Step Out In NJSS

Published: May 28, 2010 11:20 pm EDT

Hambletonian eligibles swept all three divisions of the opening round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings Friday night at Meadowlands


One of last season’s top freshman, Break The Bank K won his first start for new driver and trainer Trond Smedshammer in the second of the $20,800 divisions. After a tepid stroll through the half in 1:00.3, Break The Bank K moved up to challenge race leader Flex The Muscle (Ray Schnittker) on the final turn. The two slugged it out in the stretch, and Break The Bank K pulled away to a length victory over the Dexter Cup winner in 1:56.3. Senor Glide (Daniel Dube) was a distanced third.

Break The Bank K paid $3.20. The son of Revenue is now seven-for-15 lifetime. Richie Gillock trained the colt during his successful two-year-old campaign, in which he won $236,910. His owner, Robert Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania, won the 1993 Hambletonian with American Winner.

In the first division, Ive Got It All showcased a big stretch kick to catch the leader and claim victory in 1:55.4 for driver Tim Tetrick. The colt by Muscles Yankee is now three-for-four lifetime for trainer-owner Peter Kleinhans.

In the final division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, Temple Of Doom won his three-year-old debut handily in 1:54.3 under the guidance of Tetrick. The Yankee Glide colt is trained by Jonas Czernyson and owned by Robert Rosenheim Stables.

All three colts are eligible to harness racing’s greatest prize, the $1.5 million Hambletonian on Saturday, August 7.

Friday's $32,000 Mares Invitational Pace went to Yonkers Raceway regular Symphony In Motion, who rallied from third with a :27.2 final quarter to take a new mark of 1:49. George Brennan was in the bike for trainer Mark Harder and owners Joseph Jannuzzelli and Carol Demarch. Favourite On The Glass (Brian Sears) finished one length behind with Chancey Lady (Tetrick) third. The six-year-old Bettors Delight mare has won eight of her 17 starts this season banking $181,210.

To view Friday's results, click here.

(With files from Meadowlands Racetrack)