Royalty For Life wins Hambletonian final

8/3/2013 2:45 PM
By By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Driver Brian Sears swept trotting's two biggest races for 3-years for the second time in five years, capturing the $1.2 million Hambletonian with Royalty For Life.

Royalty For Life covered the mile in 1:52 1/5, a fifth of a second slower than his winning heat. Smilin Eli was second and Corky third.

The win came less than 30 minutes after winning the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on Saturday with Bee A Magician.

Sears also did it 2009, capturing the Hambletonian with Muscle Hill and the Oaks with Broadway Schooner.

The 45-year-old Sears had the best horse in both races at the Meadowlands Racetrack, which will open a new building in November.

It hosted the Hambletonian race in heats for the first time since 1996.

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