Cotolo’s Harness-Weekend Review, 7-11-11Two double-digit winners on a weekend where we did not send many contender suggestions to readers made for a very successful wagering experience.
By now you should be aware that the sport’s top-rated equine, See You At Peelers, is still unbeaten. She delivered a track-record performance in a division of July 9’s New York Sire Stakes feature at Vernon Downs.
One race after Mystical Gypsy tied the 1:51.2 track mark for soph-filly pacers in “Peelers” toured the seven-eighths-mile oval in 1:51.1, a standard for her age, sex and gait at the Empire State track, while keeping her career record unblemished after 19 starts. We will follow her closely as she works toward meeting the boys in the Little Brown Jug.
As well, the soph-filly trotting champ, Jezzy, won the gals’ version of the Yonkers Trot and is undefeated this year on her campaign to win the Hambletonian Oaks. Like Peelers, Jezzy has dominated her division from the beginning. She did, however, win this mile by a surprisingly short margin to a filly we have touted this season, Lady Rainbow.
The crisis affecting Running Aces Harness Park ensues. A budget impasse caused Running Aces to cancel the holiday weekend programs. The harness track, and its thoroughbred counterpart, Canterbury Park, are hoping for a ruling to reopen the pari-mutuel facilities.