EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eleven months ago, driver Jack Moiseyev was in harness racing's dog house. Yesterday, he was in the Hambletonian winner's circle.
Giant Victory put Moiseyev there with a three-quarter-length victory in the $1 million race for 3-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands.
It was the second victory in a $1 million race for the 31-year-old driver in 22 days. He won the Meadowlands Pace with Precious Bunny on July 12.
The big win for the colt, who underwent a name change after the New York Giants' 1987 Super Bowl victory, occurred within shouting distance of Giants Stadium. He previously was named Healthy Glow.
Giant Victory, who won the second elimination heat, beat first-heat winner MB Felty in the final in 1 minute, 55 seconds on the Meadowlands one-mile track.
"I sat out last year for like six months," said Moiseyev, who was suspended from April 1 to Sept. 10 for a series of driving infractions. "I was just happy to get back. Now I'm back."
It was the first year a Hambletonian winner did not have to win at least two heats. A Hambletonian winner could be required to trot as many as four heats from 1926 to 1981 and as many as three heats from 1981 until this year.
Yesterday, though, whoever won the final was the race winner. The first five finishers from each elimination heat returned for the final.
Peter Haughton Memorial
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- BJ's Mac took the lead at the sixteenth pole and drew off a 3 3/4 -length victory over Ships
Watch in the $558,500 trot at the Meadowlands.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- In Excess took a convincing 3 1/4 -length victory over Chief Honcho in the $250,000 Grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.
In taking the Whitney, In Excess became the third horse to win the Metropolitan, Suburban and Whitney handicaps in the same year. Tom Fool turned the trick in 1953, and Kelso did the same in 1961.
CHICAGO -- Olympio, the favorite, came from behind to win the $300,000 American Derby by almost three lengths at Arlington International Racecourse.
Unbridled, the 1990 Kentucky Derby winner, almost stole the spotlight with a 6 1/2 -length victory in the $25,500 NU of Chicago purse. It was his first race since May 11.
OCEANPORT, N.J. -- Fluttery Danseur remained undefeated in three starts by beating a field of nine in the Grade III $200,000 stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park.