Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And NotesMeadowlands the world of pacing and trotting focused on the Meadowlands Pace and a card filled with talented colts and fillies as well as a stream of top-notch veterans on Saturday, July 14.
News And Notes
The Meadowlands Pace left a few questions afloat, one which certainly involves Sweet Lou. He wasn’t the post-time favorite, a surprise to many. Thinking Out Loud went off the public choice, at 2-1. After winning his elim, Sweet Lou returned to favor among a lot of bettors but the post-time favorite, who also won the North America Cup and had a traffic problem with Pet Rock in his Pace elim, became the most-likely-to-win for punters.
Allstar Legend, who finished third at 99-1, will be taken more seriously next time as his Pace race was dynamic. No one expected him to fire out of the 10-hole spot the way he did, finding a good spot to suck along and reserve some energy. That trip allowed “Legend” to finish third and complete a triple that few wagered would include him.
In upcoming blogs, as we continue to follow the division through many more featured stakes, we will offer exclusive comments from conditioners about all the major and minor participants.
With three weeks still to pass before the 2012 Hambletonian, eyebrows are raising about frosh-colt trotter, Tirade Hanover. He is from the first crop of Crazed, who was second in the Hambletonian to the great Deweycheatemnhowe. His recent win at Vernon Downs got the attention of the industry as he won last week in the opening leg of the New York Sire Stakes for his division in 1:57.
Tirade Hanover is trained by Tyler Raymer. The colt cost a measely $10,000 as a yearling and has shown a high level of professionalism from day one. “I think probably the biggest strength he has is he’s good mannered,” says veteran driver Howard Parker. “He's got a good turn of foot.”
Glamour-boy pacers are poised for the next big feature in their division. The $650,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios eliminations are set for Saturday, July 21, with the final to go the following Saturday.
Remember Shadyshark Hanover? We were hot on him as a sophomore but he didn’t turn out as productive as we had hoped. Shadyshark Hanover did become the fastest three-year-old in North America in 2011 coming off of a burning pace on Hambo day (he never recreated such speed on his own). The four-year-old is done racing. He has been purchased for stud duties in Australia and will stand his first season at the Morley Park stud, Shepparton.
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