"Martini" time in Hambletonian Oaks?
July 20, 2011
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Martiniontherocks, last year's Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot champion, is back racing and appears to be on track to start in the Hambletonian Oaks. Last Friday at Mohawk the Conway Hall filly finished second in a 1:54.4 mile after taking the lead at the half. That was her first start of the season.
"She raced good and she came out of the race good," trainer Dustin Jones told harnessracing.com. "I tried to get her in a race at Mohawk, but it didn't fill or they didn't use it, so I'll school her Friday at Mohawk and if she's fine, we'll be going to the Hambletonian Oaks."
Jones said that Martiniontherocks got started late this season because he trains in Quebec, his home province, during the winter months. The winter weather was so severe this year that "Martini" missed too much time training to start her sophomore season any earlier.
In last year's Breeders Crown, Martiniontherocks beat a field that included Lady Rainbow and Hey Mister, both expected Oaks starters. Lady Rainbow and Hey Mister both broke at the start in the Breeders Crown and ruined their chances, prompting an upset victory by Martiniontherocks.
Martiniontherocks, who was sold as a yearling for $40,000 by Concord Stud Farm, acting as agent for breeders Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, is owned by Ecurie Synergie. She has career earnings of $415,713.