Broad Bahn and Brennan win Hambo
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Broad Bahn is a three-year-old son of Broadway Hall from the Donerail mare Madonerail. Bred by Fair Winds Farm of New Jersey and owned by Fam Alber Horse Racing LLC of East Windsor, N.J., the Hambletonian win is the first for driver George Brennan, trainer Noel Daley and sire Broadway Hall.
George Brennan enjoyed a rare double as he also won winning both the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the filly companion event, the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks one race earlier with Bold And Fresh.
"It's exactly what I thought, if I cut and get good fractions I thought we were good," said Brennan after the victory. "I felt really good when I asked him for trot throughout the mile. I asked Noel before the race how he was, he said 'awesome', and he was right."
"It doesn't get much better than this," said trainer Noel Daley, who finished second to Muscle Hill in the 2009 Hambo with Explosive Matter. "Everything worked out well for us today.
"He's got a very good attitude, you have to be lucky as well as good and we've had no issues," continued Daley. "I was very confident coming in. I left the trip up to George, he's had a great day."
"It looked like all day the front didn't hold up, I was extremely worried," noted agent Ole Bach, who recommended Broad Bahn to his current owners. "When I saw the :56 half, I said 'thank God'. He's a big locomotive and he kept the steam going."
Trainer Tom Durand was smiling ear-to-ear after his second place finish with Whiskey Tax.
"Watching the race I was elated. I was thrilled when he landed in the two hole behind Broad Bahn," Durand said. "I knew my horse wouldn't run out of gas and I was hoping for a little more racing room.
"Randy thought he had a chance to get it. I knew my horse was good but I didn't know how good. I'm happy with second."