Going into the 93rd version of the $1 million Hambletonian the massive query was: May the lady beat the boys?
The reply is an emphatic sure.
Educated by Rick Zeron and pushed by his son Scott Zeron, Atlanta (2-1), the one filly within the prestigious race for 3-year-old trotters, wired the sphere of 9 colts in 1:50 4/5. Mets Corridor completed a size behind the filly in second, whereas Tactical Touchdown was third.
“It’s unbelievable. I’ve obtained no phrases,” a tearful Rick Zeron stated. “After I seen Scott open up across the final flip I knew that he had her in hand and I knew that coming down the lane she wasn’t going to allow us to down right this moment and neither was Scott.”
This was an inaugural Hambo win for Rick Zeron and a second for Scott, who gained with Marion Marauder in 2016.
Atlanta returned $6.40 to win and have become the 14th filly in Hambletonian historical past to win the occasion.
“She’s the most effective horse I’ve ever drove,” Scott Zeron stated. “The mile simply obtained away from me and I used to be actually mad at myself for letting her reap the benefits of that and get just a little weak on the tip. That’s not the way in which I needed to move into the ultimate. However I stated, If she was a champion she would bounce again and she or he did.”
Earlier, it was a cheerful birthday for driver Yannick Gingras as he gained one-for-the-thumb within the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.
Profitable his fifth straight Oaks, Gingras drove Manchego to a wire-to-wire victory in a stakes-record time of 1:50 over Phaetosive. Plunge Blue Chip was third.
This was additionally a fifth straight victory within the race for 3-year-old fillies for Manchego’s coach Jimmy Takter.