Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
News And Notes
If you are watching races at the Meadowlands and notice that the drivers are reacting a bit differently with whips than you recall them doing it is because a change in rules governing the use of the whip started this weekend.
The new and expansive policy concerning the use of the whip “prohibits the brutal and indiscriminate use of the whip upon any horse.”
New Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural said, “At the Meadowlands, we recognize the importance of this issue and are doing everything we can [to assure] the safety of our horses.”
Gural said there is a possibility of “developing a different type of whip and a larger saddle pad to further address the perception that the public has on this issue.”
To read the directive about the whipping rules, click here.
Headlining this year’s group is Sweet Lou, who became the fastest two-year-old in history with his 1:49 world-record performance in last year’s Breeders Crown at Woodbine for trainer Ron Burke.
Among the recognizable colts due to target the big race are A Rocknroll Dance, D Terminata, Hillbilly Hanover, I Fought Dalaw, Mcerlean and Mybrothergeorge.
The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations are set for Saturday, June 9, with the final slated for Saturday, June 16 at Mohawk.
Two of last year’s Canadian-based stars have shown up at Woodbine to start another season.
Daylon Magician, last year’s three-year-old trotting colt of the year in Canada and a major competitor on the Hambletonian Trail, rolled to a 1:54.3 qually win for regular pilot Jack Moiseyev. The son of Kadabra was forced to qualify after beginning his four-year-old season with a break in the Open Trot at Woodbine.
Dreamfair Eternal, Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010, made her first 2012 appearance in a qually last week; she finished second.
There are no bad reports on the failure of See You At Peelers in last week’s Matchmaker Series Final. We had the upset winner with Rocklamation in the Yonkers contest that turned out to be See You At Peelers first loss at that track.
“She put up some pretty good numbers but she should have done better than where she ended up,” said her driver, Brian Sears. “Hopefully, she came out of the race alright.”