Atlanta beats the boys in 93rd Hambletonian
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Scott Zeron, as he did in his elimination, sent filly Atlanta to the front and cut the mile in the 93rd edition of the $1 million Hambletonian. This time though, he made it stick late in the mile, keeping the Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip lass in front of the boys to win in 1:50.4. The victory is the 14th by a filly in the sport’s most prestigious event, and the first since Continentalvictory in 1996. The victory was a family affair, as Scott’s father, Rick, trains the filly and co-owns her with Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant.
Drawing post seven after finishing second in her elimination, Atlanta found herself right back on the lead in the final, setting fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:22.4. Fashionwoodchopper and David Miller sat second as Tactical Landing and Jimmy Takter raced first up on the outside with Crystal Fashion following. Racing out of the turn, Atlanta jumped out in front of the field playing a bit of catch me if you can. Try as they might, the boys couldn’t reel her in before the wire. Met’s Hall and Andy Miller would close late for second and Tactical Landing rounded out the trifecta. Crystal Fashion and Tim Tetrick were fourth. Entering the race a perfect five-for-five in 2018, Atlanta is now six for seven and 10 for 17 lifetime. The victory pushes her career earnings to more than $825,000. The filly was bred by the Order By Stable.
The victory was the second Hambo score for Zeron in three years. His first win came with Marion Marauder. It was the first Hambletonian start for Rick Zeron.