Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
$21.00, Grayland Becky, Buffalo
$13.00, Major Domo, Freehold
$8.00, Double L Rumber, Cal Expo
$7.20, Katies Dreamboat, Northfield
$5.50, Just Frank, Buffalo
$4.60, Gliding Boheme , Cal Expo
$4.40, Devine Filly, Freehold
$3.10, Red Star Stiletto , Fraser
Speed Minister (9-2), Maywood; Celebrity Bombay (4-1), Meadowlands; Mystical Victress (8-5), Meadowlands; Beforethedaystarts (3-1), Northfield; Racsam Steve (17-1), Buffalo; Summer Snow (2-1), Yonkers; Latino Hall (dh2-1), Fraser; Milbanks Sniper (7-2), Fraser; Hillcrest Bigdaddy (9-1) Meadows; Charles Ray (9-1), Meadows; Franky Provolone (2-1), Cal Expo; Mister Fra (6-5), Cal Expo; Procrastinatinpeat (13-1), Fraser; Rich As Promised (3-1), Fraser
Daring (2-1), Buffalo; Carmelita’s Girl (4-1), Northfield; Card Dealer (5-2), Buffalo; Mysoontobe (4-1), Buffalo; Chang Dynasty (3-1), Yonkers; Dragon’s Blood (5-2), Pompano; Kg Mattattack (7-2), Fraser; Anais Kicker (9-5), Meadows; Just Pretend A (7-2), Meadows; Bewareofthisaffair (25-1), Cal Expo; Windy City Paige (7-1), Cal Expo; Outta The Red (15-1), Cal Expo
A group of thoroughbred owners and trainers have petitioned the Minnesota Racing Commission to revoke Running Aces’ gambling license, according to sources at the harness track. The group claims the raceway is not in compliance with state law.
A member of the commission told local reporters the state is reviewing request. The group accuses Running Aces with not living up to the stipulation demanding the track give 3 percent of its card table money to thoroughbred owners and trainers at Canterbury Park. They say Running Aces stopped making payments last August.
A commission statement calls the action a waste of racing commission and taxpayers’ time, calling it a “frivolous complaint.” Running Aces has harness racing during the summer and offers card gambling 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Plainridge in Massachusetts is preparing for an April 15 opening with a three-day-a-week schedule that will go through Nov. 30. Some Saturday programs will be available in August. Post time will be 4 p.m. EST through August and then change to 1 p.m.
Live racing will return Saturday, March 9, to Rosecroft Raceway with purse hikes for horsemen. An average daily purse schedule of $50,000 per card, an increase of 33 percent from the 2012 meet. The new funds are available due to “gambling throughout the state” which track administrators hope will “allow local horsemen to compete and continue to upgrade their racing stock.”.
Golden Receiver is the early money-earning leader in the sport. The eight-year-old pacer is the only horse in the sport so far to earn more than $100,000. Most of the top earners in mid-February’s standings are relative unknowns, the youngest being four, as the stake season is yet to hit its stride.
Corey Callahan is the leading money-winning harness driver on the ides of February, with over $890,000 in purses won. Ron Burke leads all trainers in earnings with over $970,000.
Ray Cotolo contributed to this blog.
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