Cotolo’s harness-weekend review, 1-11-11The wheels of the season are rolling everywhere as January ensues and we are again on top of the action. We are also on the precipice of the winter stakes action, with series and large-pursed finals on the near horizon. With the sun setting a little later every day on the march through March and into spring, harness racing beckons the bets.
Let’s recap the weekend, where again we dealt out some winners from our watch list at Cal-Expo. The no-takeout, late Pick 4 was too easy for our tastes; we were aiming for the bigger one with suggested contenders that could have raked in most of the $30,000-plus pool. Our ticket turned out to only cost $6 due to a scratch, so the quest to break that bank continues.
Meanwhile, we had winners at the California plant over the weekend, each from watch lists and content on featured races.
Tutiming Gal and Shalana won second time out from the list, paying $15.60 and $11.80, respectively. If you went one more time with Agirlthing and liked the price, you collected on her third-straight win, this one at $6.
Shoot The Works won, paying $8.80; Alpine Hawk won, paying $8.60; Nightscreamer won, paying $4.80, Dreaming Of Amy won, paying $4.40; and Fakeutu Bluegrass won the Peter Lobell leg at $4. We thought “Fakeutu” would be a third choice, tops, but the public went along with our assessment.
In Woodbine’s Snowshoe elims, both of our suggestions finished second and did so at lower odds than we expected. Premier Intel was 3-1 and Cheyennee Oxe was 4-1. The latter was still higher odds than the favorite, Web Cam, who finished behind “Oxe.”
The Meadowlands opened on Jan. 7 and as of press time the track released good news about the rest of the season.
An 81-date meet will run through Saturday, Aug. 20. There will be a one-month hiatus in April.
Live racing will he held Thursday through Saturday evenings through March 26, with a special holiday matinee on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 21.
The Su Mac Lad, Jersey Girls, Art Unger and Hiram Woodruff series will not be held in 2011. The Matt’s Scooter will be rescheduled for May as a $20,000 elimination on May 7 and $100,000 (est.) final on May 14.
The track opens again on Saturday, May 7, with live racing Thursday through Saturday nights, running through Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 6. A special matinee card will be raced on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. The $1-million Meadowlands Pace will be presented on July 16. Weekend-only cards will be raced two weeks after the Hambletonian, Aug. 12-13 and Aug. 19-20.
Post times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1:10 p.m. for holiday matinees.
Yonkers Raceway’s 2011 racing season begins Thursday, Jan. 13 with a dozen races and the usual 7:10 p.m. post.
After programs of next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a five-night-per-week live schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) kicks in the week of Monday, Jan 17.
On Friday, Jan. 14, Buffalo Raceway launches opening weekend of its 69th harness meet. The purses increase 10 percent on all conditions.
The racing schedule includes the first two weekends, Jan. 14-15 and Jan. 21-22. Then, Wednesdays are added on Jan. 26 and the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday schedule begins with a 6:40 p.m. post. Sundays, with a 1:05 p.m. post are added on June 5th. The the meet will end on Sunday, July 24.