• Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes

    POSTED Jun 9, 2012
    The weekend preview blog did not hold much for overlays.  

    We had only one posted winner, that one in a Fan Hanover elim at Mohawk. Romantic Moment won it and paid $14.50. We were off the board in the other elim with Rockaround Sue.

    The monstrous Sweet Lou skewered his North America Cup elim field in 1:47.4, leaving no chance for our possible upsets. Sweet Lou, a world record holder at two with a 1:49 mile in last year’s Breeders Crown, broke Well Said’s 1:48.1 mile in the 2009 North America Cup final from the Canadian record book and is now the fastest sophomore pacer of all time.

    We were third in the other elim with Pet Rock.

    There were a bulk of three-year-old trot stakes for colts and fillies. Our Hambletonian Trail blog previews Trail races for both divisions and reviews those events at the Hambletonian Society site.

    At Cal Expo, the no-takeout Pick 4 on June 1 only paid $253.80. Our suggestions finished 6,5/4/4/5,3.   

    Tweet winners continued during the weekdays and nights.
    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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    Check our Balmoral weekend Pick-4-and-win picks at the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program page and peruse other various topics on harness racing at my Hoof Beats blog titled Vast Performances.

    News And Notes

    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.”

    Cartoon by Thom Pye

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