Cotolo’s Harness-Weekend Review, 6-20-11Mohawk Raceway. Not only is the talent deep but it appears there is a certain equality to the abilities of the top rung.
See You At Peelers won her 18th-straight race in the Fan Hanover Final, cracking a stakes record to boot. No one in the soph-filly-pace division has come near to defeating her and she beat a field of boys, albeit a soft field, in the “Rooney.” Trainer Jimmy Takter is aiming her for the Little BrownJug, to battle the boys in heats, no less. This is great for the sport, even though fillies beating colts in harness racing is not the hoopla it is in thoroughbred racing. With the colt division showing no signs of kneeling to a single member yet, “Peelers” is in the perfect position to shine against the boys in a major event. How she preps through a heavy-duty schedule of stakes before September’s Ohio fair will tell a few tales. But if she goes into the “Jug” undefeated, all bets on the boys are off, even if one of them is showing better than the others.
The anticipation for the next glamour-boy soph pace, the $1-million Meadowlands Pace in July, has already begun. However, the future-book choice, Big Jim, is not on top any longer, given, as we mentioned, the versatility of this group so far in 2011. Also, another high-profile colt from last season’s frosh crop, Fashion Delight, is yet to be heard from in a major event. Mystic Desire is still to battle and Feel Like A Fool is on a good path to improve.
We’ll be scooping the division and making all we can from its less-than-appreciated members as the season ensues. There is a hunk of stakes remaining and a lot of betting to be done, so stay with us at the blogs, at Facebook and follow me at Twitter for racing tweets and thoughts that give you pause.
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