Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
News And Notes
In the $111,500 mile, Classic Rock Nroll also beat Aracache Hanover, Flipper J, Trick Man, Valentino and Something For Doc for trainer Tony O’Sullivan. The winning time of 1:50.3 was a lifetime mark for the five year-old pacer.
It’s going to become a landmark year for world marks. At the end of the season we are willing to wager that 2012 produced more world records than any year at least in the past decade. Some popular horses are breaking world records, like Anndrovette, who stormed to a mark of 1:48.1 at Mohawk last week. Lesser-known battlers, like pacing mare Big MacDeal, got into the record books at Pocono with a 1:49.1 mile. The size of the track doesn’t seem to matter, the marks are falling quickly. Even freshmen are making mince meat of marks made by former froshes, including green trotters.
Million-dollar-earning pacer Clear Vision suffered a slight suspensory pull, according to trainer Ron Burke. The six-year-old stable mate of Foiled Again will take a hiatus, as Burke said he does not want to aggravate the injury.
The racing career of Mr Feelgood is over. The pacer, who we nabbed as the 2006 Little Brown Jug winner more than a month before he won (on the old YouBet blog), was shipped to Australasia for a productive season as an older pacer. He won the 2009 Inter Dominion Championship, arguably Down Under’s greatest test for side-steppers. He retired with career earnings of $3.4 million. He will stand stud at Yirribee Stud in New South Wales. He stood one season in the USA, leaving a very small crop and via frozen semen left another 17 foals in Australasia while still racing.
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