Cotolo’s Harness-Weekend Review, 5-23-11
Our Pick 4 finished 5th, 2nd/ 7th/ 9th, 1st/ 5th
Our longshot option in the “Hempt” never had a chance, as he was pushed wide trying to get into the outer flow and he broke stride. Oddly, there was no interference called and no refund in what was clearly an infraction from where we were watching.
Nor did we imagine giving you Krispy Apple in the Miss New Jersey prep would result in a mere $3.20 win price.
Our attempts in the Molson Pace elims were dowsed by the dead-on favorites (you don’t need any experienced bettors to play those types), as Legal Litigator and Lucky Man went down with not much of a fight from each.
Again, don’t miss out on some good bets on the HambletonianTrail. We have already supplied a few great winners and will continue to follow all of the races for both sexes leading to the August classic for sophomore trotters. We will not be covering that on this page.
Four North American trotters are on the bill in elims for May 29’s Elitlopp in Solvalla, Stockholm. The prestigious mile for older trotters is raced in heats to determine the final field on the same program.
Trond Smedshammer’s Arch Madness will most likely be the race favorite, though he has to qualify by doing well in the second elim, where he has drawn post 2. Also from the States in that elim is Lisa America.
In the first elim, Canadian-stalwart Define The World gets post 4, while Wishing Stone, from last year’s Hambo Trail, who has already been successful in European stakes events, gets post 7.
Lisagain, a horse we followed and supported last year as he got better and better and who has been a fireball in Canada so far this season, tied the mark for the fastest 2011 mile in Canada with a 1:49.1 performance in the $35,000 preferred pace on May 21 at Mohawk Racetrack.
Jim Pantaleano won Freehold Raceway’s 2010-2011 driving title when the meet completed on May 21. He had 232 wins. The Ohio native had a career-best 437 wins in 2010, surpassing identical 436 win marks in 2002 and 2003.
Dave Pinkney, Jr. captured the training crown with 56 wins. He left Nova Scotia when he was 22-years-old to campaign in New England, won his first driving-and-training title in the early 1990s and moved to New Jersey where he has been ever since. For the 52-year-old trainer, this is his second-straight training title at Freehold.
Freehold will resume live racing on Sept. 1.