Cotolo’s Harness-Weekend Review, 7-4-11
Jack Moiseyev (pictured, right) was injured in a race at Mohawk over the weekend and was brought to the hospital. Jack is reportedly back home recuperating. We do, however, sadly document that one of the pacers in the accident died as a result of the mishap. The pacer, No Flash In Pan, was killed. This is very rare, as standardbreds are strong and sturdy horses by comparison to other racing breeds and death is rarely the result of an accident.
Pompano Park Harness’s leading driver for its 47-year history has returned to the track after a race accident sidelined him three months ago. Bruce Ranger flexed his muscles in a qualifier, his first trip sitting in the bike since mid-April. Soon you will see him listed to drive and I would watch for some of those drives that offer better odds than usually given to Ranger-reined nags. He may come back with a vengeance at first, making a difference in some public-ignored entries.
John Campbell continues to recuperate from his dastardly accident at Chester last month. There are already rumors about John retiring after this recuperation but nothing has been confirmed. We will try to find out what we can about John’s condition and his future plans.
Politics and harness racing are clashing in another U.S. state this week. As with the New Jersey harangue between the Meadowlands and Gov. Chris Christie, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is caught in a crisis affecting Running Aces Harness Park. A budget impasse caused Running Aces to cancel the holiday weekend programs.
Racing Director Gregg Keidel received commitments from all horsemen at the current meet, saying they will stay in Minnesota through Friday (July 8), hoping for a state- budget resolution to allow the track to reopen. Over 300 horses have been idled by the shutdown and over 600 Running Aces employees were laid off. The the track is losing over $100,000 per day in revenues.