Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
$17.60, Cody Cobraski, Fraser
$14.40, Cherry Tree Luke, Cal Expo
$5.40, Upncoming Prospect, Cal Expo
$4.80, Romeo Star, Batavia
$3.40, Gold Device, Cal Expo
Just Frank (2-1), Batavia; Buckeye Beauty (7-1), Lebanon; Cash Poor (22-1), Pompano; Fighter Bliss (12-1), Fraser; Sweet Reunion (9-5), Fraser.
Western Mandy (7-2), Lebanon; Machine (3-1), Lebanon; Major Najor (4-1), Pompano; Franco Smoothie N (6-1), Cal Expo; Cruisin Inmybeamer (30-1), Cal Expo; Princess Dorleans (26-1), Fraser.
Goldstar Raider, Pompano; Fox Ridge Banker, Pompano; Delightful Shark, Cal Expo; Panic At The Disco, Fraser.
There are a few stakes remaining in the waning days of the year, which we will cover in our Thursday blog. These include Northlands’ Filly Pace and its Western Pacing Derby. Also pending is the Cleveland Classic at Northfield.
News And Notes
Ray Cotolo, who works with us on all harness projects and has been the youngest reporter of Hambletonian and Breeders Crown races in the history of the sport, is one of six nominees of the Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award for 2012. He is being recognized for his highly visible contributions as a journalist in the industry while only 14-years-old.
Opening night for the Meadowlands meet is Friday, Dec. 28. The track will race Thursday, Friday and Saturday through March 16. Racing will then change to a Friday-through-Saturday schedule for the duration of the winter meet and the championship meet, which concludes on Hambletonian day, Saturday, Aug. 3. In 2013, the Meadowlands will offer a fall meet that begins on Saturday, Nov. 23 and will race on Friday and Saturday through Saturday, Dec. 28.
A significant pari-mutuel development at Pompano was the debut a 10-percent take-out on their Pick-4 wager—by far the lowest in the industry—beginning on Monday, Dec. 3. The only Florida harness track offers racing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with a 7:05 p.m. post time.
After a 35-year career as a harness driver, John Gilmour has retired. The Ontario native, who spent the vast majority of his life racing in New York State, won his last race last week. It was his 4,492nd victory from 28,655 starts. He amassed just over $9.5 million in purses. Gilmour is one of four brothers who left Ontario for harness racing in the USA. His other brothers included George, the late Buddy, and Lloyd.
Break The Bank K, a millionaire and winner of the 2010 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Trot, is also retiring, though his work in the industry will continue; he will stand his first season at stud in 2013 at Midland Acres in Ohio.
Break The Bank K campaigned for trainer Trond Smedshammer as a three year old, when he was covered extensively on the TwinSpires-Hambletonian Society Hambletonian Trail/Breeders Crown Countdown blogs. Break The Bank K is a son of Revenue S, who also sired this year’s Hambletonian winner, Market Share.
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