EAST RUTHERFORD,NJ – August 5, 2017 – 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 at the Meadowlands.
International Moni, unbeaten in four starts this year, paid $3.40, $2.80, $2.20. Scott Zeron guided the three-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, CT.
Bill’s Man returned $5.00, $3.20. Victor Gio It, who was third, paid $3.60.
Also advancing from the first heat to the $1 million Hambletonian final for three-year-old trotters, were Guardian Angel AS and Giveitgasandgo, fourth and fifth respectively.