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2006 Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands

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Holborn Hanover and Ponder win the U.S. Pacing Championship divisions
Holborn Hanover (top) and Ponder win the two divisions of the 2006 U.S. Pacing Championship

Holborn Hanover (top) and Ponder win the two divisions of the 2006 U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands

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Holborn Hanover, the 2004 Meadowlands Pace winner, set a track and world record for the fastest mile in history with a 1:46.4 clocking in the second $195,000 U.S. Pacing Championship division. 3-2 favorite Holborn Hanover eclipsed Primetime Bobcat’s 1:47.2 world record set on May 13, 2006. Holborn Hanover moved to the lead in a 26.3 opening quarter and took the field through fractions of :53.3 and 1:20.4 before storming home in a final 1/4 of :26 to win. 3-1 Stonebridge Regal was 1 3/4 lengths behind in second, while it was more than 6 lengths back to 81-1 Georgia Pacific in third.

"I saw the 3/4 split and I gave him his head then and he responded," Brennan said. I took a shot and I was going for a record. It’s just amazing, totally amazing that horses can come home in 26 seconds off of those fractions, but I know this horse is really good and I know what he’s capable of. He’s a great horse."

7-10 favorite Ponder brushed to the lead past the half and held off late bids by 7-1 Maltese Artist and 18-1 Casimir Camotion to win the first of the two $195,000 U.S. Pacing Championship divisions. Driven by John Campbell and trained by Robert McIntosh, Ponder settled in fourth early, soared to the top in a :53 half and dug in gamely for a neck victory in 1:48.1. It was his fifth win in 13 starts this season. The five-year-old son of The Panderosa boosted his career earnings to $1,369,670 for McIntosh, CSX Stables and John Fielding.

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