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Perfect Spirit wins Hambletonian via disqualification

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Perfect Spirit and trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt captured the $1 million Hambletonian final on Saturday (Aug. 5) at Meadowlands Racetrack after What The Hill and driver David Miller, who crossed the wire first in 1:52.3, was disqualified for interference in the stretch. Devious Man was placed second and Enterprise was placed third.
A full recap will follow.
International Moni, Enterprise win Hambletonian eliminations
International Moni, sent off as the 3-5 favorite, held off Bill’s Man by a nose to win the first of two $100,000 Hambletonian elimination heats, the eighth race on Saturday (Aug. 5) at the Meadowlands.
International Moni, unbeaten in four starts this year, paid $3.40, $2.80, $2.20. Scott Zeron guided the 3-year-old son of Love You, out of two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker, for trainer Frank Antonacci and the Moni Maker Stable of Enfield, Conn.
Bill’s Man returned $5.00, $3.20. Victor Gio It, who was third, paid $3.60.
The mile was trotted in 1:52.3.
Also advancing from the first heat to the $1 million Hambletonian final for 3-year-old trotters, were Guardian Angel AS and Giveitgasandgo, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Enterprise scored a length victory over 9-5 favorite Devious Man in the second of two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations, the ninth race on Saturday at the Meadowlands.
Tim Tetrick guided Enterprise ($13.80, $6.00, $4.00) to the Chapter Seven-Shes Gone Again colt’s fifth win in seven starts this year for trainer Marcus Melander and ownership Courant Inc. of Delray Beach, Fla. Devious Man ($3.80, $3.20) was second best with Andy Miller at the lines. Perfect Spirit ($6.40) was third with Ake Svanstedt.
Also advancing were What The Hill and Dover Dan.
The time of the race was 1:52 for the mile.

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