Cotolo’s Harness-Weekend Review, 8-1-11Our successes this past weekend centered around the inexperienced trotters, once again supporting our sire research. It’s not something we do with any horses older than two, since bloodline betting, so to speak, is not nearly as profitable an approach with standardbreds as it is with thoroughbreds beyond two. But the trends we have found over the past few years and have extolled in order to trust improvement in green trotters and pacers have worked in our favor.
Trainer Jim Campbell is calling upon his brother, John Campbell, to drive in the Hambletonian Final. John decided to return to the bike after recuperating from an accident in May at Chester Downs where he broke his right shoulder and right knee.
He was off his crutches for nearly three weeks when he made his return to driving on a colt he co-owns, Live Jazz, in a Hambo elim. “Jazz,” however, did not make the final. John’s brother’s colt, Opening Night, won a berth in the August classic by finishing fourth.
Jim said Opening Night was his brother’s mount all along. “The owners and I spoke and we wanted him back [on the colt].
John said he has mo physical issues whatsoever. The brothers unite with a Hambo-final charge for the second time with Opening Night. In 1995 they teamed to win with Tagliabue.
Plainridge Racecourse will cut back its racing days starting Aug. 1. Racing will now be held Mondays and Thursdays with a 4 p.m. (EDT) post.