Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
News And Notes
Malabar Millennium, son of Hambletonian-winner Malabar Man, has died of cancer at the age of 12. As a two-year-old he was aimed at harness history. His sire was owned, co-trained (with Jimmy Takter, then new to the states) and driven by Mal Burroughs, who had an amateur driving license. He steered Malabar Man to all of his victories at two and three, including the August classic. Burroughs also owned, trained and drove “Millennium” and put that colt on the same path to the Hambo.
Had Millennium gone all the way he would have been the first offspring of a former winner to win with the same connections and driver as his sire. As it turned out, Burroughs was unable to drive Millennium, who won a Hambo elim but finished sixth in the final. Millennium went to stud in 2004 but had fertility problems and only bred a small amount of mares.
Somebeachsomewhere, sire of Captaintreacherous, has been the top draw of yearling buyers this season. He has done so well that Jim Simpson, the President of Hanover Shoe Farms and the syndicate manager of the stallion, announced the horse will stand the 2013 season at a stud fee of $20,000. His 2012 fee was $15,000.
The Meadowlands Racetrack will hold 82 harness racing programs in 2013. The principal meet begins Friday, Dec. 28, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 3. Racing is slated for three nights a week, Thursday–Saturday, through March 16. The schedule then changes to Friday and Saturday until the Championship Meet finale on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 3. Fall harness racing returns to the Meadowlands in 2013 with a brief engagement from Nov. 23–Dec. 28.
Meanwhile, the first columns of steel have been raised for the new grandstand at the Meadowlands. The 155,000 square-foot building is expected to open in late 2013. It’s a large part of track-operator Jeff Gural's plan to reinvigorate harness racing at the track. Approximately 50 pieces of steel a day will be set by mid-February 2013, the estimated topping off date, for a total of 2,200 tons. Two-dozen tradesmen are currently working working daily on the project.