Speeding Spur to compete on Hambletonian Day
New Zealand will be represented on North American harness racing’s biggest day.
This Sunday, New Zealand time, Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey will host the $1 Million Hambletonian for three-year-old trotters.
Run with a heat and final system, the time honoured event will again feature the hottest bloodstock harness racing has to offer.
But it will also see Speeding Spur having his second start on American soil following a strong finishing fourth at the course last week. He made up good ground on a 55 second last half to follow home top trotting stars Manchengo and Marion Marauder – a former Hambletonian winner himself.
He will line up in race three on Sunday, set to go at approximately 4.40am New Zealand time, but has drawn wide in post eight over the mile.
Champion driver Tim Tetrick opted to drive the stallion following his performance last week.
Speeding Spur has settled into life in New Jersey beautifully according to trainer Linda Toscano, who has prepared many talented trotters during her career including Chapter Seven and Market Share.
“He is a pleasure to have around. He was so well cared for in New Zealand, he arrived looking marvelous and he settled right in here,” said Toscano. “He looks forward to his work every day. He’s so easy to work with and he’s just such a lovely stallion to work with.”
Shartin continues to fly the flag at full mast for the Kiwi bred.
2018 pacing mare of the year is already the leading money earner in the United States this year overall, recording 11 wins from 12 starts for $665,000.
Last year she became the first pacing mare to earn over one million dollars in stakes in one racing season and looks on target to repeat that does again this year following the same racing path.
She has drawn the coveted inside barrier for the Lady Liberty, whilst fellow expat Kiwi Seaswift Joy unfortunately has been handed post seven.
Seaswift Joy herself has enjoyed a successful season so far, collecting ten victories from just 19 starts including a personal best mile time of 1.50.
On the driving front Dexter Dunn will represent a New Zealand element, with drives in all but three of the sixteen race card.
Trackside will broadcast racing from 7.30am on Sunday from the Meadowlands, or you can view the whole card live and uninterrupted on the Meadowlands Racetrack Facebook page.