Cotolo’s Harness-Weekend Review, 4-4-11
Hambletonian Trail blog offered high hopes for Broad Bahn, a young trotter with excessive talent for trainer Noel Daley. But ill health plagued the horse and a bone fracture was discovered after winning a Breeders Crown elim. It was determined that the colt had been racing with the condition while having a stellar season.
Broad Bahn, Daley reports, is on the mend and preparing for action. The trainer told reporter Ken Weingartner, “[The colt] is pretty good. I plan on racing him towards the end of May if he is progressing.” Daley hopes the colt could compete with the glamour boys of trotting this year.
Pocono Downs is in full gear again this spring. Horses and horsemen from all over adorn the northern Pennyslvania race programs, especially since the Meadowlands is on an unusual hiatus while reorganizing through April.
Driver Ron Pierce was there over the weekend, along with regulars like Anthony Napolitano and Joe Pavia, Jr. Our old pal Howard Parker is picking up some drives there, too and continually fools the public with his talents. We urge you to keep an eye on Howard’s horses, which are overlooked a lot due to the driver’s low profile and the fact that his former cohort (Pierce on the California circuit years ago) gets so much more wagering recognition when he is in the same race.
Speaking of the old California crew, the son of West Coast driver/trainer Tim Maier has taken up tack at Pompano, during the Florida track’s extended season. Jason Maier, 28, has almost 100 wins as a driver and is a trainer/owner of stock now in Florida.