Cotolo’s Harness-Weekend Review, 7-18-11We didn’t have the winner of the Meadowlands Pace and had no luck with our suggested contenders around the ovals through the weekend.
The coming attractions for the soph-colt pacers includes The Adios at the Meadows. The big event is the conclusion of a week of Grand Circuit stakes at the Pennsylvania oval. The day of the Adios, July 30, offers more than a million in purses.
What was once an event offering same-day heat eliminations, there is now a week between the elims and the final. July 23 features the Adios elims, followed by the week of stakes and then the $500,000 final, which presents a $50,000 consolation as well.
Top-ranking filly pacer See You At Peelers won her 20th-straight race taking the Tarport Hap at the Meadowlands on Pace night. And top trotter Arch Madness struck again, defeating the older trotters. Read Ken Weingartner’s thorough comparison of the two horses here.
The 2011 Back To The Track National Pick-4 wager on Friday, July 15 paid $196.50 for a $1 ticket. We gave you two winners in the winning combo. For the most part, as you can see from the payoff, the quartet of winners were all public-condoned entities.
John Campbell went from using a wheelchair to crutches after his May 31 accident. He has decided he will wait until he's 100-per cent healthy before deciding if he'll return to driving.
“I didn’t want to make any decisions when my health wasn’t where it’s supposed to be,” Campbell said to reporters. He said the biggest factor of that decision will be “how much of an itch I have to go back.”
Campbell, the sport's richest driver with $279 million earned, broke his right shoulder, right knee, a collarbone and cracked ribs after the spill at Chester.
Cartoon by Thom Pye