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Brennan drives to Hambletonian-Oaks double

Driver George Brennan holds up the Hambletonian trophy

Driver George Brennan holds up the Hambletonian trophy after driving Broad Bahn to a win in the Hambletonian harness horse race. (Aug. 6, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

George Brennan isn't likely to forget Hambletonian Day 2011. Not only did Brennan have a masterful drive in posting his first victory in the $1.5-million Hambletonian with Broad Bahn Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack, the 44-year-old posted the win roughly 35 minutes after guiding Bold and Fresh to an upset in the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks.

It marked only the second time that a driver won both major trotting races for 3-year-olds on the same day, coming two years after Brian Sears won the Oaks with Broadway Schooner and the Hambletonian with Muscle Hill.

"This is a monumental day for me," Brennan said. "I just remember when Sears did it a few years ago and remember what a day it was for him."

Broad Bahn, trained by Noel Daley and who won an elimination for the Hambletonian last week, trotted the mile in 1:53 and paid $14.60.

Brennan got the colt to the lead early and saved plenty energy to hold off Whiskey Tax by 31/4 lengths.

The favorite, Manofmanymissions, made his move around the far turn but went off stride and was eighth.-- AP


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