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Long Overdue Pinkman Nabs A Win

Published: June 22, 2018 11:24 pm ET

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It has been a long time between drinks for 2015 Hambletonian champion Pinkman, but his extended wait to return to the winner’s circle is finally over.

The Jimmy Takter trainee, who last won on May 29, 2016 in a stakes event in Sweden, took the featured conditioned trot Friday night at the Meadowlands in 1:52 by a half-length over Misslarose. Opulent Yankee finished third.

Prior to his score in Sweden, Pinkman’s previous North American victory came in the October 10, 2015 Kentucky Futurity, two months after he hoisted Hambletonian hardware.

Friday night, driver Andy McCarthy was in the sulky as Pinkman, who never saw the rail, was in a live second-over flow heading for three-quarters. He tipped off his cover in mid-stretch and rolled to his 19th career win in 42 starts for owners C. Takter, John and Jim Fielding, J. McClelland and H. Liverman. Lifetime, the six-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter has earned $2.65 million.

As the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, Pinkman returned $8.00 to win. Lindy The Great, the 3-2 public choice, broke stride before the quarter.

The Paula Wellwood-trained Southwind Chrome crushed an overmatched field in a non-winners of two earlier on the card. The Hambletonian eligible, a son of Chapter Seven, was driven by Scott Zeron and completed the mile in 1:54 as the 1-5 favourite for his first-ever win in his fifth start.

Zephyr Kronos, trained and driven by Takter, won a non-winners of three later in the evening. The son of Ready Cash, another Hambo eligible, scored on the front end in 1:53 as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering.

The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $262,148

(Meadowlands)


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