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What The Hill Remains Sharp in Reynolds

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Driver David Miller didn't get to celebrate his win aboard Fear The Dragon in the $400,000 Adios on Saturday afternoon for long, as he was back to work on Saturday night with a full slate at The Meadowlands.
Luckily for him, the good day continued, as he piloted What The Hill to a gate-to-wire victory in the $49,580 Reynolds Memorial.

What The Hill darted right to the top from post seven in the big field of eleven, with his stablemate Southwind Cobra (Yannick Gingras) coming away on his back from post one. Those two continued sitting one-two through reasonable splits of 28.2, 56.2, and 1:24.2, and looked poised for a Burke barn battle down the lane, but Southwind Cobra jumped it off stride when angling to the outside at the top of the stretch.

What The Hill would inherit a 3 1/2 length lead after the break in stride of Southwind Cobra, and he had plenty left to coast home in 27.4 to win by 3/4 of a length in 1:52.1, in a race that was closer on paper than in reality. Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt) had to negotiate heavy traffic from the second tier post eleven, and rallied up to finish second, narrowly besting 6-5 favorite Bill's Man who was first over and held third.

What The Hill now has four wins in six seasonal tries, for the ownership group of Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms.

Giveitgasandgo Picks Up Win

What The Hill wasn't the only three-year old trotting colt with an impressive Hambletonian tuneup, as Giveitgasandgo (Corey Callahan) parlayed a perfect pocket trip to edge by Jake (Daniel Dube) to win in 1:52.1 earlier on the card in a $15,000 trot earlier on the card. The winner, a ridgling by Yankee Glide, was adding lasix for the first time, but the medication is not permitted for use in the Hambletonian by rule.

Jackpot Super High 5 pays $1,306.34
The mandatory payout of the last race jackpot super high 5 returned $1,306.34 after attracting a total pool of $171,449.

Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,570,369.

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