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Power To Charm back

September 09, 2003
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In his first start against national competition since disappointing in the Hambletonian, Power To Charm and his connections will be out to regain their spot on top of the 3-year-old trotting class when he competes in an elimination for the Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday (Sept. 13).



"Right now I wouldn't say we are an underdog, but we definitely don't have the kind of pressure on us that we did leading up to the Hambletonian because he looked unbeatable up until then," said trainer and co-owner Trond Smedshammer on Wednesday (Sept. 10).



"I still don't know exactly what happened to him," he added of his colt's Hambo performance. "He got exposed to something and didn't really get sick from it, but whatever he fought off, it was enough to dull him. He seems good right now."



Though Smedshammer recognizes the competition has not been as tough, Power To Charm has won two legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at Freehold since his fifth-place Hambo finish. But is Power To Charm ready for Mohawk?



"I'm never too confident when I'm going to Canada. The horse has never been up there on that surface so I don't really know how to prepare him for it, as far as shoeing," said Smedshammer, who will add a little "grab" to his horse's shoes.



"I raced twice up there the first two nights they opened (this meet) and the track was completely different both nights, so it's hard to know exactly what to do."
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