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|Balmoral Park (8/24/09)
Contact: Tom Kelley
HAMBO CHAMP HEADED TO BALMORAL
A $17,000 supplement to the race by owners Jerry Silva, TLP Stable, Southwind Farm and Muscle Hill Racing LLC, this World Record holder is due to arrive in Crete Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s main event.
Given a well-deserved three-week vacation after his record-equaling 1:50.1 mile in the Hambo, trainer Greg Peck has pronounced his prize colt fit and ready to return after an easy victory in a qualifier at the Red Mile on Friday, August 21.
“They had some heavy rains the night before but the track crew did a great job of getting the water off the track for the qualifiers that morning,” said Peck. “He went without urging in 1:56.2 and I figure the track was at least three to four seconds off since it was like quicksand out there. That prep was perfect for him and I expect nothing but the best out of him in Saturday’s race.”
Muscle Hill will head into Saturday’s American National with 13 wins in 14 lifetime starts and career earnings of more than $1.8 million.
Sophomore trotting fillies will also be in action on Saturday night as they square off for a purse of $180,000 in another American National event. Post time for the opener is 7:20 pm (central).
Below is a list of the other three-year-olds eligible to both the American National three-year-old colt trot and the American National three-year-old filly trot.
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