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Stablemates Tops In Charles I. Smith Trot

Published: September 11, 2009 4:32 pm ET

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Stablemates Howthehaloareyou and Vesuvio AS finished one-two in the $100,000 Charles I. Smith Trot on Friday, September 11, 2009 at Freehold Raceway.

The Charles Smith, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters and named in memory of a founder of the New Jersey Sire Stakes program.

Howthehaloareyou, a Yankee Glide colt driven by Yannick Gingras, was on the lead at every call and drew off to a two and a quarter-length victory, overcoming daylong showers and a track rated 'sloppy' to post a mile in 1:59.3. His entrymate, Vesuvio AS, a son of Windsongs Legacy, rallied from off the pace to finish second. The entry returned $3.80, $3.40, $2.20.

It was eight and a half lengths back to Homer Jay, a son of Muscles Yankee, in third. He paid $5.20.

Both Howthehaloareyou and Vesuvio AS race in the name of ACL Stuteri AB of Paris, Kentucky, the nom de racecourse of John Erik Magnusson and Ann-Christin Lorentzon. Both trotters are trained by Anette Lorentzon.

It was only the second career victory for Howthehaloareyou, who has now finished in-the-money in nine of 12 starts this year and 11 of 20 lifetime for a bankroll of $162,481.

The Charles Smith stakes record of 1:57 flat was set in 2007 by Princetonian, a son of Dream Vacation.


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