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Muscles Yankee Draws No. 7 Hole

August 26, 1998

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) _ Muscles Yankee, who won the Hambletonian in near-record time, has been established the 3-5 favorite from the No. 7 post position in Saturday’s $319,725 Yonkers Trot, the second leg of trotting’s Triple Crown.

The 3-year-old bay colt by Valley Victory will be driven by Hall of Famer John Campbell, who guided Muscles Yankee to a 1:52 2-5 triumph _ one-fifth of a second off the stakes record _ in the $1 million Hambletonian.

Muscles Yankee is attempting to become the first trotting Triple Crown winner since Super Bowl accomplished the feat in 1972. The third leg is the Kentucky Futurity Oct. 9 at The red Mile in Lexington, Ky.

Trade Balance, with driver-trainer David Wade, is the 5-1 second choice from the No. 5 hole in the eight-horse race on the half-mile track. Indurain, which drew the rail, is the third pick at 6-1 with Walter Case Jr., the leading driver at Yonkers Raceway.

Muscles Yankee, which earned $500,000 in taking the Hambletonian, carries a 5-1-0 record after six races with earnings of $783,750 into the Yonkers Trot.

``I would have preferred him getting a couple of positions closer to the rail,″ said Campbell. ``However, I’m not too concerned.

``Muscles Yankee is well rested and ready to go. He hasn’t races since the Hambletonian, so I’m expecting good things again.″

The complete draw, by post position with driver and odds:

1, Indurain, Walter Case Jr., 6-1; 2, Smart Maneuver, Wally Hennessey, 15-1; 3, H P Gaelic, to be announced, 8-1; 4, Anything’s Possible, Drew Chellis, 10-1; 5, Trade Balance, David Wade, 5-1; 6, Unitas, Ray Schnittker, 20-1; 7, Muscles Yankee, John Campbell, 3-5; 8, Super O K, to be announced, 30-1.

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