Cotolo’s Harness-Weekend Review, 6-6-11Just as last week accentuated the power of the public, this week took more than its share of muscle off of mass opinion.
Ed Hensley’s five-win program at Tioga Downs resulted in a flat-bet profit even though two of his winners paid odds-on prices. The $24 investment returned $32.30 mostly thanks to a $14 winner. The investment brought you a profit of $8.30.
The Meadowlands has announced a new series for three-year-old trotters that are non-winners of two extended pari-mutuel races or $25,000 lifetime up to and including June 5, 2011.
The series will have a pair of $15,000 legs on Friday, June 10, and Friday, June 17. The $40,000 final will be held on Friday, June 24.
Two-year-olds are going through the early motions in “baby races,” and all eyes are upon the first racing crop of Hambletonian-winner Donato Hanover.
At the Meadowlands last week, three from daddy “Donato” went at the Meadowlands. A filly, Real Babe, won in 1:59.3 for trainer Ray Schnittker. Another Donato filly from the Schnittker stable, Check Me Out, was an easy 8-length victor in 2:01 over Sculpted Vanity, another Donato miss. Astarsborn Hanover, Donato colt, gave Schnitter his next win. It was wire to wire in 2:01.3
Some other impressive youngsters included a pacing colt, Delano (by Credit Winner) and a pacing filly, Hayworth Blue Chip (by Bettor’s Delight).
From the Jimmy Takter barn, colt-trotters Guccio (Yankee Glide) and Uncle Peter (by Cantab Hall) opened some eyes winning.
It’ll be the final week in June when two-year-olds begin to battle in sires stakes and other events that aim at high-profile miles throughout the Grand Circuit through summer.
(Cartoon by Thom Pye)