Guardian Angel As looks for Hamb. Maturity win
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"When Timmy (Tetrick) drove him in Tioga he said he got away a little further back then he wanted but won as easy as could be. Then of course at (Harrah's Philadelphia) he was very happy with him," Lorentzon said.
"We missed the Graduate because you have to race in half the legs and there are only three and I did not want to ship him to Canada because it's a long season with a lot of racing towards the end of the year. I am thinking about the future with him because we plan on racing him for several more years -- you never know what will happen but that's our plan.
"Ariana G was very, very impressive and it's a tough race for everybody. I'll be happy if he races well and has a little luck."
Also entered is Sortie, who was a surprise third-place finisher in the Graduate final at 53-1 for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer; Canadian invader R First Class from the barn of Ben Baillargeon; a pair of contenders from trainer John Butenschoen, Don Dream and Bill's Man; as well as International Moni, Yes Mickey and Top Flight Angel.
R First Class is driven by Trevor Henry, whose most recent of only three previous career appearances at The Meadowlands was in 2017 when he drove Classic Pro to a third-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace at 64-1.
1-Guardian Angel As-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon-4/1
2-Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-12/1
3-R First Class-Trevor Henry-Benoit Baillargeon-15/1
4-Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-8/1
5-International Moni-Scott Zeron-Domenico Cecere-5/1
6-Don Dream-Brett Miller-John Butenschoen-20/1
7-Sortie-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-10/1
8-Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-10/1
9-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-7/5
Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt won the first edition of the current incarnation of the Hambletonian Maturity in 2014 with Your So Vain and starts Yes Mickey from post two.
Four of the nine entered were 2017 Hambletonian starters: Bill's Man, Guardian Angel As, International Moni, and Sortie.
Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, like those events the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. The distance is 1 1/8 miles.
All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50 percent of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of the finalists finishing sixth through ninth. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24-16-10 percent for the horses finishing second through fifth. (Hambletonian Society)