Bar Slide Wins Hambletonian Oaks
Aug 7

Tim Tetrick gave Bar Slide a great, heads-up steer to capture today’s $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the filly companion stake to the Hambletonian for sophomore trotting fillies at the Meadowlands.

Three fillies left hard as the wings on the gate folded, Tetrick and Bar Slide from post five, Ultimate Camereon and Trevor Ritchie from post nine and Fashion Feline from post 10. Those three sprinted away from the rest of their rivals and had opened up several lengths on the field by the :27 opening quarter with Fashion Feline and Brian Sears controlling the tempo.

They continued on top through the :54.4 half but as the field headed for the three-quarters Tim Tetrick quickly popped his filly out from second, right in front of a first up Poof Shes Gone who had sat fourth for the first part of the mile.

Bar Slide had control by the 1:24.1 three-quarters and Tetrick attempted to trot away from the field, an effort that was made easier when Poof Shes Gone made an unexpected break and scattered the field somewhat.

Bar Slide (Lisa Photo)

Down the lane Ultimate Cameron closely gamely but could not catch Bar Slide who hit the wire in 1:53.4. Ultimate Cameron (Yankee Glide) was second with Springtime Volo (Classic Photo) third. Behindclosedoors and Bramalea Hanover took the final two cheques.

When Bob Heyden asked him if he could have worked out a better trip Tetrick said: “If Brian (Sears and Fashion Feline) would’ve got me to the top of the lane it would have been better, but I took my shot.

“We went a pretty big half so I was trying to get as much distance as I could from them. The little mare tries her little guts out, I give her a lot of credit.

“I waited until somebody was coming. I was watching Brian’s horse really close and I know she’s fast for three-quarters of a mile but with the 10 hole and getting out of there as hard as she did I knew I had to make a move and hopefully my mare would get to the wire first and she did.

“The last eighth my mare was tired and I’m glad I did try to jump two or three up and get ahead of them a little bit because she was tired at the wire but it doesn’t say that on the paycheque,” he added.

When asked how he felt during the final portion of the race, trainer Joe Holloway joked: “It felt like I was running it, that’s how long it took.”

The trainer added that he knew his filly, who came into the race with a record faster than any previous Oaks had gone (1:52.4) was a serious contender.

“Actually the race she went last week (finishing second in her elim), the front end had been deadly and we (he and Tetrick) were both concerned that she got caught at the wire even though she got caught by Poof, who’s a great horse, I mean you don’t make a million dollars by accident. I said we had a lot of factors, we can be better.

“For the owners – it couldn’t be nicer,” noted Holloway.

“For Mitchel (Skolnick, of Bluestone Farm), the Caldwells and for Howard Kelly that works for me. You can’t find a man that likes the game better than Howie.”

It was the third win in nine starts this year for the Yankee Glide filly owned by Fredericka Caldwell of Kentucky and Bluestone Farms of New Jersey. Bred by Fair Winds Farms of New Jersey, the filly was a $37,000 yearling purchase at the Harrsiburg Sale.

Bar Slide is the third foal from the $227,000 winning Malabar Man mare Marla Bar, a sister to $426,000 winner V Eight.

Meadowlands Results - Saturday


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