Cotolo’s Harness Review
Buffalo Raceway’s meet is off to a flying start with wagering up and some new star horsemen to the area. Dan Noble from Ohio and Shawn Gray from Maine are weathering the bitter winter to campaign at the half-mile track.
Noble is last year’s dash champion, having won 771. He has hooked up with trainer John Mungillo and, as of this writing, is currently winning at a 30-percent clip.
Gray was the top driver in Maine last year and at press time was the leader at Buffalo.
One of the regulars having a good meet so far is Kevin Cummings, whose 22 wins is just a notch below Gray in the win column. Cummings, who is driving first call for trainer Stacy Keene, has $116,981 in earnings, second to Noble’s $126,195.
A rare driver’s coup for bettors took place at Dover Downs on Feb. 8 when Ron Pierce won seven of his 11 drives on the program and was able to toss a flat-bet profit despite being bet heavily in each win.
It would have cost a player $22 to bet on all of Pierce’s drives and his winners returned a total of $35.40. The highest win mutuel was $8.40 and the lowest were two at $3.20. We don’t suggest making driver-based bets at all, no less as the sole handicapping element but it deserves attention to see where one such tactic worked with such a popular driver and not one double-digit price.
Plainridge announced its 2012 schedule. It will begin April 23 and go through Dec. 7. Racing will take place three days a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with a few exceptions for holidays. Post time is 4 p.m. EST until the end of August and then 1 p.m. through the end of the meet.
(Cartoon by Thom Pye)