• Cotolo’s Harness Review

    POSTED Mar 10, 2012
    The winners came with enough paying power to make the weekend a success. However, the best came as updates to the blog, while tweeting a few tracks, including Flamboro, the Meadowlands and Woodbine on Saturday.  

    Woodbine tweets were supporting players on TwinSpires for bonus points. As well, the TSC Elite points are going for 10X with winning $10 tickets at Woodbine again next Saturday

    At Cal Expo, the no-takeout Pick 4, now held on Friday, paid a mere $110. Due to a clerical error, we offered suggestions for the last four races on Saturday. At press time the results for Saturday were not available, so later we will update our report on which horses went well in the races we chose. 

    From our H2W list at Cal-Expo, however, two horses came back to win. Hollywood Lenny paid $15 and Dawnlikeslillies paid $5.80. 

    If you were following Ray and me on Twitter Saturday afternoon you saw two big wins at Flamboro. We gave out Greek Shark ($24.30) and Cash Le Ru ($24.90) in two straight heats, races 3 and 4.  

    At Woodbine that night, we struck with Camae’s Fellow at $7.80 and Rose Run Limbo at $6.30. At the Meadowlands chalk ruled except for our winner, E Street Plan, at $31.20. We hit the Four Leaf Clover leg but so did everyone with Fools Gold at $3.80. 

    Our Friday night choice in the Overbid leg, Rock N Soul, finished sixth. Amazingly enough, we mentioned the threat of last week’s failed favorite, Higher And Higher, and he returned to win this week paying a whopping $25. Tea Party Princess, who was not coupled with the other Ron Burke entries, was second. We thought she would be a part of the entry with Rock N Soul, which went off at a paltry 2-1. So, as we always emphasize, you must take our suggestions and weigh them as the actual betting ensues. 

    Join our Twitter team. Follow Frank and Ray Cotolo for close-to-post choices at any number of tracks broadcast at TwinSpires.

    Harness News

    Live harness racing action returned to Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday, March 10, with a first post of 7:25 p.m. Racing takes place Tuesdays and Saturdays through June 2. 

    This being the start, it is best you keep your own records on which trainers are successful. Watch for the quiet ones, those winning with horses that fool the public; chances are they will pull off a few upsets in the first few weeks. 

    Penn National Gaming purchased the track, which was closed in 2008. Rosecroft was once part of the thriving Washington, D.C.-area circuit which included Freestate Raceway and Ocean Downs (the latter still in operation).  

    Some famous horses, including Presidential Ball, Cam’s Card Shark, CR Kay Suzie and Jenna’s Beach Boy still hold speed records at the five-eighths oval.   

    The George Teague barn was prepping some of its headliners in qualifying races at Dover Downs. Teague sent out nine for their 2012 debut. They include Custard The Dragon (which brought this department a few big wins last season), Feel Like A Fool and Wink N Atcha. The other Teague winners worthy of watching in their first few this year were Wind Me Up, Whirl Monroe, Four Starzzz Girl and Sing Out. 

    Chester Downs is open for another season. There is a new wagering format this year, with superfectas offered on all the even-numbered races. The superfecta at Chester is a 50-cent based wager that offers a carryover pool. 

    The Pick 4 debuts March 11 with a $5,000 guaranteed pool as a member of the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program.  

    Chester races Wednesdays through Sundays with a 12:40 p.m. post.

     (Cartoon by Thom Pye)
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