By Gabe Prewitt for the Meadowlands
What The Hill Remains Sharp in Reynolds
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
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.