Archangel versus nine in Hambletonian
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - There has not been a Trotting Triple Crown champ since 2006. This year the only three-year-old who can claim the Crown is Yonkers Trot-winner Archangel.
The colt will continue his march to the Triple Crown in Saturday's $1.5 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands.
Archangel, driven by Jim Morrill Jr., won this year's edition of the Yonkers Trot, the first leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. For the Hambletonian, he is 9-2 in the morning line and will start from post four.
The three-year-old colt was second in one of last week's three elimination heats for harness racing's most prestigious event. Market Share finished first in the heat after taking third in the Yankers Trot, and is the 4-1 third pick for Saturday and will start from post two with driver Tim Tetrick.
On July 21, Archangel won a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs. Prior to the Yonkers Trot, his big win this year was in the $233,250 final of the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs.
Archangel, trained by co-owner Peter Arrigenna. has won seven of nine starts this year for $446,157.
"I think he did well," Arrigenna said about last week's race. "From watching and talking to people, I think you need a first time around the Meadowlands' racetrack and the second time they'll get a little better. I can't ask for anything better than what he did. I was happy with everything."
Starting from the rail will be 5-2 favorite Uncle Peter and driver Ron Pierce. The colt has earned $187,385 with four wins in six starts in 2012.
Here is the complete Hambletonian field in post position order: Uncle Peter, Ron Pierce, 5-2; Market Share, Tim Tetrick, 4-1; Knows Nothing, Jody Jamieson, 7-2; Archangel, Jim Morrill Jr., 9-2; My MVP, Mike La Chance, 15-1; Prestidigitator, Sylvain Filion, 12-1; Guccio, Jimmy Takter, 8-1; Stormin Normand, Dave Palone, 15-1; Money On My Mind, Andy Miller, 15-1 and Gym Tan Laundry, George Brennan, 30-1.
The Triple Crown will continue with the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile on October 7.
Glidemaster was the last three-year-old to sweep the Trotting Triple Crown.
07/31 15:55:10 ET