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