By Ellen Harvey
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – August 5, 2017 – Resolve, driven and trained by Ake Svanstadt, won the $303,050 John Cashman Memorial for open trotters by four and a quarter lengths in a time of 2:04.2 for the mile and an eighth race on Saturday at the Meadowlands.
The mile time in the sixth race distance event was 1:50.1.
Resolve is owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, PA.
The victory was the third in 18 starts for the year for earnings of $335,995 toward $2,544,429 for the career of the six-year -old son of Muscle Hill. .
The 12- horse field was led to the first quarter by Resolve, who hit the first quarter 26.3, with Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras) behind them. Those two led the field to the 55.1 half when Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) came up to challenge on the outside, just before the 1:22.3 three quarters, around the final turn, and took the second spot away from Crazy Wow. Resolve trotted away from the field in the homestretch for the win.
Resolve returned $7.00, $4.00 and $3.80. Marion Marauder, paying $4.00, $3.00, was second and Lookslikeachpndale returned $14.20 in third with Daniel Dube driving.
“[Marion Marauder] was the horse to beat before the race,” said Svanstadt. “But Resolve was good enough.”
Asked if Resolve was as good as Sebastian K, “Not yet, It’s hard to beat :49,” he said.