Greenshoe a class above in Zweig Memorial
Brilliant 3-year-old trotter Greenshoe bounced back from his runner-up finish in the Hambletonian Final with a devastating performance in the $330,000 Dr Harry M Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs on August 17 (US time), routing a classy field of sophomore trotters with ease.
On his best behaviour, the Father Patrick colt settled in third spot off the gate before looming up to sit outside the Beal Memorial winner Marseille just past the half-mile marker. Rounding the turn for home, Greenshoe simply kicked into another gear and left his rivals in his wake, cruising to a six-length victory, untouched by the whip or rein.
The Marcus Melander trained colt has now won six of his eight starts this year and banked $751,500 in stakes – making him the richest trotter of the year to date.
All up, Greenshoe is the winner of eight races and $828,223 in lifetime stakes-money.
A $330,000 Lexington Select purchase, Greenshoe is out of the multiple world champion mare Designed To Be, a $600,000 plus earning daughter of Donato Hanover.
Other highlights for the rising sire over the weekend to date included the filly Special Honor taking her lifetime earnings to just shy of $250,000 with career best 1:53.8 win in the Zweig Memorial 3YO Fillies Consolation and Gangster Hanover edging out fellow Father Patrick freshman and world champion Amigo Volo in a “Florida Pro” Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division for 2YO Trotting Colts at The Meadows.