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Road To The Hambletonian

Published: July 10, 2008 10:45 am ET

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Each week, Ken Warkentin of the Meadowlands Racetrack ranks the contenders for the $1.5 million Hambletonian, to be contested August 2 at the East Rutherford, New Jersey oval.

Here are the top ten horses in this week's installment:

1, DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE
Remains undefeated in 12 starts with an impressive career best of 1:52.2 in his Stanley Dancer Memorial elimination. Schnittker said when he asked him, he opened up. Eight-for-eight at the Big M.

2, SNOW WHITE
Rebounded with an easy elimination score of 1:54 in her Del Miller Memorial elimination. Trainer Kevin Lare said she made a successful visit to a chiropractor, but she's still not 100 per cent.

3, CLERK MAGISTRATE
Launched a fierce challenge at Deweycheatumnhowe and settled for second in his Big M debut, a solid acclimating mile after missing three weeks.

4, CELEBRITY SECRET
Rallied to win his Dancer elimination, equaled his lifetime mark of 1:54 and made it four in a row at the Big M. Tim Tetrick said he's push button to drive and keeps improving.

5, ACE HIGH HALL
Yonkers Trot elimination winner finished a solid second to Celebrity Secret in his Big M debut. He's a Conway Hall half-brother to millionaire Hanko Angus.

6, MUSCLE MASS
Finished fifth from Post 10 with a final quarter of :27.4 to qualify for the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Second trainer Tony Alagna said he's over the hump and will keep improving.

7, MAKE IT HAPPEN
Did not race last week after finishing a close second in the Yonkers Trot. Schnittker feels he'll step up on a mile track. Not in to go at press time.

8, KAJAN KOOKER
Failed to fire off cover finishing seventh behind Deweycheatumnhowe after finishing a close second to that rival in the Dickerson Cup. Not in to go at press time.

9, NAPOLEON
The Yonkers Trot winner did not race last week and was not in to go at press time.

10, BIG APPLE DELI
Did not race last week after finishing third in the Yonkers Trot and not in to go at press time.


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