by Frank & Ray Cotolo
(H) = Hambletonian Eligible
The Hambletonian Trail officially opened its path to the 2013 August classics on the first weekend in May. On Saturday afternoon, May 4, the showcase was the $139,600 Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway, which attracted two Hambletonian hopefuls.
Dontyouforgetit took some time but got to the top from a quick-leaving Celebrity Maserati to set the fractions, going :28.2, :58.4 (:30.2) and 1:29 (:30.1). After rating most of the mile, Celebrity Maserati’s guide, Tom Jackson, tipped the colt wide and though drifting through the stretch, won by 2 ¼ lengths.
Our selection, Celebrity Maserati ($6.00) is owned by Celebrity Farms and trained by Susanne Strandqvist.
Lola De Vie came first over to Feather Your Nest (H-Donato Hanover) at three-quarters and went on to win by 1 ½ lengths for owner Joie De Vie Farm. The other Hambo-eligible, MC’s Diamond, broke at the start and never got into the race, finishing fifth in the field of five.
The favorite was Haul ‘n Fanny. She never got started, jumping from the start and again as she followed the field around to finish last.