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$400,000 ESTIMATED HAMBLETONIAN MATURITY ATTRACTS 25 NOMINEES

CRANBURY, NJ – March 20, 2015 -- The second edition of the $400,000 (est.) Hambletonian Maturity Stake at the Meadowlands attracted 25 eligibles, including Dan Patch Trotter of the Year, the filly Shake It Cerry, and Dan Patch sophomore trotting colt of the year Father Patrick.

Both are trained by Jimmy Takter.

The Maturity moves to Saturday, July 18, 2015, a night worth $2.6 million in purses, anchored by the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace.

Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for four year olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, the inaugural event drew a field of 14 that included the 2013 Oaks winner and Dan Patch Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and the Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life.

The first edition was won by Your So Vain and Ake Svanstadt.

The Maturity was created in 2011 when the Hambletonian Society saw an opportunity to provide an additional stake event for four-year-olds returning to the races. A total of 25 horses: 14 stallions, nine geldings, and two mares made the February 15 payment.

Six of the 11 starters in last year’s Hambletonian remained eligible to the Maturity: Datsyuk, Don Dorado, Father Patrick, Harper Blue Chip, Il Sogno Dream, and Resolve.

Shake It Cerry will be joined by Celebrity Artemis as the only two eligible females.

Also paid into the Maturity are top NY Sires Stakes performer Gural Hanover, Indiana star Rose Run Parker, and EL Titan who defeated Father Patrick in the Carl Erskine Trot. Those two stallions will both race and breed this year.

Like the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey, and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. The distance of a mile and eighth provides a fairer shot for the possibility of 16 starters in the race.

All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50 percent of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of those finalists finishing six through last.

The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24 -16-10 percent for the horses finishing second through fifth.

THE HAMBLETONIAN® MATURITY STAKE NO. 89
Owned & Serviced by The Hambletonian Society, Inc; Hosted by The New Meadowlands Racetrack
4-Year-Old Open Trot in 2015 - $400,000 Est., Saturday, July 18, at The New Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ
Entrance fee of $8,000 is due with the declaration
Owner(s) Horse Gender Sire Dam Trainer
Celebrity Farms CELEBRITY ARTEMIS M Andover Hall Celebrity Feeling Sam Stathis
PG Van Camp Stb. DAMFOOLRMILLIONAIR G Muscles Yankee Village Beauty Brad Maxwell
Leonard Buckner & Charlie Norris DATSYUK G Explosive Matter Pink Ribbons Charlie Norris
Reima Kuisla Stable DD'S HITMAN H Donato Hanover Deedee's Destiny Ake Svanstedt
Kelly Walker Stable DON DORADO G Donato Hanover Quintessential K Bob Baggitt Jr.
EMP Invest OY E L TITAN H Muscle Hill Courtney Hall Riina Rekila
Celebrity Farms ELDORADO OF GOLD S G Celebrity Secret Trace Of Gold Sam Stathis
John Grasso Stable EXPRESSIVE ACTION H Conway Hall Yetta's Angel John Grasso
Father Patrick Stable FATHER PATRICK H Cantab Hall Gala Dream Jimmy Takter
Burke Racing, Weaver-Bruscemi, Little E LLC & Panhellenic Stable GURAL HANOVER G Crazed Givemearing Ron Burke
Landmark 6 Racing, David MacDonald, David K Reid & George Judson HARPER BLUE CHIP H Majestic Son Winning Jonlin Mark Steacy
Roy Dobbins HILL I AM H Muscle Hill I'm A Checkmate Dennis Laterza
Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher & Rand Christopher IL SOGNO DREAM H Cantab Hall Le Reve Christopher Beaver
Chris Ryder MADEWELL HANOVER G Yankee Glide Mayday Hanover Chris Ryder
Robert J. Key MISTER B'S WAY H Conway Hall Winning Missbrenda Rich Gillock
Lindy Farms of Conn, Barbato & Rudolph MR LINDY H Cantab Hall Lindy'sleadinglady Frank M. Antonacci
F. Bellino & Sons LLC MUSCLE NETWORK H Muscle Hill India Hall Ake Svanstadt
Diamond Creek Racing ODDS ON AMETHYST G Muscle Hill Mystical Sunshine JimmyTakter
Brittany Farms, Katz, Libfeld & Goldband, Sbrocco & Little E LLC PROPULSION H Muscle Hill Danae Tony Alagna
Hans Enggren RESOLVE H Muscle Hill Anikawiesahalee Ake Svanstedt
Burke Racing, Weaver-Bruscemi & W. Haas ROSE RUN PARKER G Jailhouse Jesse Centergy Ron Burke
Solveig’s Racing Partners SHAKE IT CERRY M Donato Hanover Solveig Jimmy Takter
Robert J. Key SKATES N PLATES H Revenue S Pleasure Skate Jim Arledge Jr.
Joseph Smith SUMATRA G Muscles Yankee Lola Seelster Tom Fanning
Nick Salenetri TWO HIP DIP H Glidemaster Mayflower Volo Nick Salenetri
23 Trotting Horses/Geldings, 2 Mares
The above list is subject to omissions and corrections

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