• Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes

    POSTED Dec 22, 2012

    As promised, we have scoured our records to end the season with our TwinSpires Harness Players’ Horses of the Year. While the industry rattles off its divisional title-winners (see News below and last week’s blog), we continue a tradition we began when we began our popular player blogs at YouBet.  

    Listed below are all the horses listed in this blog in 2012 that won and paid 4-1 or more, though there were plenty of other winners suggested (tweets that did not appear in the blogs are not included, even though many were more than 4-1). We note the track where they won (most Balmoral winners were linked to our Hoof Beats blog) and the price that they paid in descending order.  

    Atop the list is the Players’ Horse of the Year—the highest paying win mutuel of the lot.  

    That horse is Kommander Hawk. From this year’s early horses-to-watch (H2W) list, the six-year-old pacing gelding won at Pompano Park and paid $78.20. Ellen McNeil owns him, John McNeil III trains him and Fern Paquet drove him. He is by Pro Bono Best out of the Seahawk Hanover mare Spinners Hawk. His mark is 1:51 at Pompano.

    Kommander Hawk, Pompano, $78.20
    Poorlittlegirl, Cal Expo, $64.20
    Electrofire, Meadowlands, $43.00
    Fox Ridge Banner, Pompano, $35.60
    Goldern Terror, Buffalo, $33.00
    Art Z, Meadowlands, $32.80 

    Warrawee Nonsuch, Woodbine, $28.80
    Life Is Good Today, Balmoral, $25.00
    Rockincam, Hoosier, $23.20
    Lady Lakes, Balmoral, $21.80
    Devilish Donnie, Cal Expo, $20.60
    Ruffleshaveridges, Meadows, $20.60 

    Sell The Dragon, Balmoral, $20.60
    Captain Obvious, Balmoral, $20.20
    Darena Hanover, Pocono, $19.20
    Slippin Away, Balmoral, $19.20
    Aracache Hanover, Pocono, $18.80
    Tone, Balmoral, $18.40 

    Judys Jet, Balmoral, $16.80
    Rock N Lawyer, Balmoral, $16.60
    Wrangler Reward, Cal Expo, $15.80
    Cherry Tree Nicole, Cal Expo, $15.40
    Allamerican Improve, Buffalo, $15.00
    Hollywood Lenny, Cal Expo, $15.00

    Totowin, Buffralo, $14.80 
    Romantic Moment, Mohawk, $14.50
    Pilgrims Haley, Balmoral, $14.00
    Verdad, Pocono, $13.60
    Blue Claw, Woodbine, $13.40
    Rejoiceandbeglad, Balmoral, $13.20

    Yankees In Six, Pompano, $12.80
    CDs Ideal, Balmoral, $12.60
    Explosive Action, Yonkers, $12.40
    Rebecca Bayama, Tioga, $12.40
    Acapulco Gold, Balmoral, $12.20
    Art Z, Yonkers, $12.00

    Gentle Dragon, Cal Expo, $12.00
    Rocklamation, Cal Expo, $12.00
    High Noon, Meadows, $11.80
    Bewareofthisaffair, Cal Expo, $11.60
    A Rocknroll Dance, Meadowlands, $11.40
    Destinys Chance, Pocono, $11.20  

    Prestidigitator, Mohawk, $11.00
    Aperfectyankee, Meadowlands, $10.80
    Ideal Romance, Vernon, $10.80
    Sand Starla, Balmoral, $10.80
    Stylemaster, Balmoral, $10.80
    Fritzs Z Tam, Yonkers, $10.60  

    Mystician, Woodbine, $10.50
    Billmar Scooter, Yonkers, $10.20
    Day Blue Chip, Meadowlands, $10.20
    Hanover DGN, Cal Expo, $10.20
    Wishing And Hoping, Balmoral, $10.20
    Pet Rock, Yonkers, $10.00
    Say It Best, Pompano, $10.00

    We hope you have benefited from the publishing of these horses when projected as winners. Through the next year we hope to continue to supply you with live horses, great-paying winners and elements for healthy paying exotics.


    Here they are from the highest paying to the lowest paying winners from the list on our blog last Thursday:  

    $9.80, Dani California, Cal Expo
    $8.80, Gray Olives, Freehold
    $8.40, Tangram, Cal Expo
    $5.20, Exotic Sparkle, Fraser
    $4.20, Chica Caliente, Fraser
    Here are the horses that finished second and third that will return to the H2W list next week and how they finished, along with their post-time odds. Special notes on their affects in those positions follow.  

    Sir Jillian Z Tam (7-1), Yonkers; Rileys Luck (9-1), Philly; Sweet Reunion (7-1), Fraser   

    Sir Jillian Z Tam was the second half of an exacta with the race favorite, paying $31.80. Rileys Luck paid $10.40 to place and $4.20 to show while losing to a 14-1 shot.  

    Coal Younger (11-1), Cal Expo; Paul The Powerful (8-1), Cal Expo; Jessalilpeace (4-1), Cal Expo; Cool Ashlee (10-1), Freehold; Straight Dancer (2-1), Northfield; Lee A Bryant (5-2), Northfield  

    All adjustments for returnees to the list and additions will be in the Thursday blog. 

    News And Notes

    The United States Harness Writers of America have made it official: Chapter Seven is Horse of the Year for 2012 (the honor also makes him Older Trotter of the Year and Trotter of the Year). Richard Gutnick is the owner, Richard Branca is the breeder and Tim Tetrick drove exclusively this year.

    The Linda Toscano-trained four-year-old male trotter won eight of 10 starts and equaled the world record of 1:50.1 on a mile racetrack. The lack of performances is a record in itself. No Horse of the Year has ever raced only 10 times.

    Chapter Seven earned $1.02 million this season and defeated Canada’s hottest older trotter, Mister Herbie, and European-star Commander Crowe in the Breeders Crown on Oct. 27 at Woodbine despite racing on the outside every step of the mile.

     Extraordinary Extras

    Indulge in many standardbred topics at my Hoof Beats blog titled Vast Performances. Every weekend as part of that blog we we offer Balmoral Pick-4-and-win picks at the USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program page which includes suggested win bets.  

    Connect to Twitter and follow Frank and Ray Cotolo for up-to-the-minute suggestions on wagers at many harness raceways. Then, wager from your TwinSpires accounts.



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