Designed To Be, one of three Julie Miller-trained starters in Saturday's $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands, drew post position one, but she will have rival Shake It Cerry directly behind in the trailing post 11 position. With 11 three-year-old filly trotters entered, no elims were needed and all advanced directly to the final.
Shake It Cerry is riding a three-race win streak heading into the Oaks, and the Jimmy Takter trainee has five wins in six starts this year as she hopes to defend her divisional title from last year. But because of the trailing post position, Meadowlands oddsmaker Darin Zoccali made her the 5-2 second choice behind the 2-1 Designed To Be, whose two wins this year have come in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes.
Here is the Oaks field in post position order, with named driver and morning-line odds:
1 Designed To Be (B. Sears) 2-1
2 Cee Bee Yes (M. Miller) 20-1
3 Vanity Matters (S. Zeron) 30-1
4 Harley Momma (C. Callahan) 15-1
5 Take The Money (D. Palone) 12-1
6 Tweet Me (B. Miller) 30-1
7 Lifetime Pursuit (Y. Gingras) 5-1
8 Heaven's Door (A. Svandstedt) 9-2
9 Cooler Schooner (D. Miller) 12-1
10 Nitro Nittany (H. Parker) 30-1
11 Shake It Cerry (R. Pierce) 5-2