Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
Aringarosy, $29.80, Hoosier
Cinderella Guy, $19.60, Pocono
Little Brown Fox, $10.20, Meadowlands
Flashbacks, $33.00, Pocono
Man About Town, $25.80, Pocono
Zorgwijk Kentaro, $32.80, Flamboro
My Civil Dollar, $15.60, Pocono
Powerful Mist, $7.60, Philadelphia
Daring, $5.80, Flamboro
Lima Sensation, $3.10, Flamboro
Enfilade, $14.80, Pocono
Night Call, $12.00, Pocono
Little Rooster, $6.60, Pocono
Meadowbranch Jack, $4.80, Pocono
Hawaii And Sun, $4.60, Pocono
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Though the stakes are abundant at Mohawk these two weeks, there is still much doubt in the air about Ontario’s harness industry staying financial sound. It’s too lengthy to go into in this blog, so for an editorial update click here.
In keeping with the Ontario theme, the same day that their closest neighboring racetrack, Kawartha Downs, announced they will cease racing next year, Rideau Carleton in Ottawa announced it will continue to offer harness racing. Track spokesman Alex Lawryk said, “The ownership is committed to horse racing. That story is available by clicking here.
Since we last offered news and mentioned See You At Peelers, the mare has been retired.
“She had charisma, like a great horse,” said trainer Jimmy Takter. “She knew she was a good horse and she carried herself with such pride when she went out on the track.”
You At Peelers won the first 22 races of her career before being hampered by a virus that caused serious health issues last year. She is now a broodmare, her first assignment with the 2008 champ Somebeachsomewhere.
Her health problems ensued at three and Takter was too concerned to continue to race her. He said, “I don’t want to jeopardize her. She’s been too good to me.”
Takter’s wife, Christina, bred See You At Peelers. The Takters had experience breeding trotters but See You At Peelers was the first pacer they ever bred.
As a three-year-old, See You At Peelers won her first nine races, including a world-record-equaling 1:49.2 triumph in the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga. She also equaled the stakes record of 1:50 winning the Fan Hanover Stakes at Mohawk and became the first filly to beat the boys in the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway.
After taking time off to recover from her heart ailment, See You At Peelers began her four-year-old season by winning her first four races in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers. She finished seventh in the final and competed for the last time on May 18 at Yonkers when she was seventh in the open handicap.
“I thought I had her back when she raced those first four starts,” Takter said. “I guess she never fully recovered. She never became the same again.”