Crystal Fashion, Tactical Landing win Hambo elims
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Filly Atlanta set the fractions, but it was Crystal Fashion and Tim Tetrick that reached the wire first in the initial $100,000 Hambletonian elimination Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands. The Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding stopped the timer in a world record 1:50.1, getting up in the final strides over the tiring filly. Met’s Hall rounded out the trifecta, and Evaluate and Hat Trick Habit finished fourth and fifth to advance to the $1,000,000 final. Favorite Wolfgang finished sixth.
Once the gate folded, Atlanta was on the move to the front. Lawmaker followed, with Met’s Hall and Wolfgang in tow. The filly set blistering fractions of :26, :53.2 and 1:21.1 for Scott Zeron, but in the stretch Tetrick tracked down the leader with Crystal Fashion. Lawmaker made a break rolling out of the turn as the rest of the field battled for the remaining spots in the final.
Crystal Fashion is trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms of New Hope, Pennsylvania. The gelding was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. A winner in six of nine starts in 2018, and now four straight, Crystal Fashion has earned just over $410,000 this season. He paid $10.00, $4.20 and $3.00. The time set a new world record on a mile track for a sophomore trotting gelding.
Tactical Landing, making only his sixth career start, surged late to claim the second $100,000 Hambletonian elimination for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter, trotting the mile in 1:52.1. Patent Leather raced second, Fashionwoodchopper was third and Alarm Detector and Classichap advanced to the $1,000,000 final. Favorite Six Pack hooked wheels with Classichap in the stretch and finished sixth.
Trond Smedshammer sent Classichap to the early lead from post three as Alarm Detector make an early break for Trevor Henry. Fourth Dimension got away second followed by Fashionwoodchopper. You Know You Do was out and moving for Yannick Gringras early, bringing Six Pack along second over.
Fourth Dimension, sitting second along the inside, made a break turning for home and the action ensued. Takter, moving three-wide late in the turn, began to pick off horses with Tactical Landing. Tim Tetrick navigated horses with Patent Leather to find room, and Ake Svanstedt tried to squeeze Six Pack through a gap along the rail. But the favorite hooked wheels with Classichap and was determined to have interfered with the fifth-place finisher.
Tactical Landing, an $800,000 yearling purchase, is a full-brother to champion Mission Brief. Bred by Steve Stewart and Black Creek Farm, the gelding is owned by The Tactical Landing Stable. The lightly-raced sophomore paid $14.80, $7.80 and $7.20.