Fillies once again have big shot at Hambletonian

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EAST RUTHERFORD — Fillies person won 2 of the past 4 Hambletonians and the inclination mightiness proceed Saturday with Jiggy Jog S and Joviality S some making the last of trotting’s biggest contention of the twelvemonth for 3 twelvemonth olds.

Joviality S and Jiggy Jog S are the second-and-third choices, respectively, successful the greeting enactment for the $1 cardinal contention astatine the Meadowlands. Fifteen fillies person won the Hambletonian successful 96 races with Ramona Hill (2020) and Atlanta (2018) being the astir recent.

Rebuff, who won the Breeders Crown for 2-year-olds antheral trotters past year, is the equine to beat. The Tim Tetrick-driven colt is undefeated successful 3 starts this twelvemonth and brings a six-race winning streak successful the mile race.

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“On the front, helium looks astir and goofs disconnected and waits for idiosyncratic to get to him,” Tetrick said. “It’s looks deceiving, similar he’s done, but he’s not adjacent adjacent to being done.”

Joviality S opened the trotting Triple Crown this year, beating the colts successful the Yonkers Trot. The filly finished a adjacent 3rd to Jiggy Jog S successful her elimination past weekend, contempt starting from the extracurricular No. 10 station presumption for operator Brian Sears.

“She felt large and she looked great,” trainer Marcus Melander said. “Brian said helium was ace blessed with her. We conscionable request a small spot of luck. It’s the Hambo, right?”

There’s an absorbing household space for the apical 2 contenders.

Lucas Wallin is the 29-year-old trainer of Rebuff and is aiming for his archetypal Hambletonian win. His wife, Mikaela, is the caretaker of Joviality S. She is the sister of Melander, who is Wallin’s brother-in-law.

Jiggy Jog S has 4 wins and 2 seconds this year. The filly is trained by Ake Svanstedt, who won past year’s Hambletonian with Captain Corey, and volition beryllium driven by Dexter Dunn.

Rebuff and Jiggy Jog S won the eliminations to find the tract of 10 for the race, each posting a winning clip of 1:52.2.

“Dexter said she won with a small powerfulness near also. He didn’t request to inquire her nothing. She conscionable did it herself. That was good,” Svanstedt said.