Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
$7.20 My Best Man, Freehold
$7.00 Ge’s Jody, Freehold
$6.40 Boot Scootin Bow, Cal Expo
$3.50 This American Life, Fraser
Chariots Of Fire (17-1), Meadows; Guts N Glory (7-2), Maywood; Kentucky Freeze (4-5), Freehold; Yukons Luck (7-2), Buffalo; Kiawah (7-2), Fraser; Stamped By Design (3-1), Balmoral; Larry Horse (6-5), Cal Expo; Nicoleta (12-1), Cal Expo
Lil Miss Snowflake (13-1), Meadows; Wes Mantooth (14-1), Maywood; Schooner Or Later (3-1), Buffalo; Allamerican Dice (14-1), Buffalo; Willow Gram (6-1), Balmoral; Sbd First Blood (13-1), Lebanon; Bo Knows Pow3er (35-1), Cal Expo
News And Notes
The best news of the week in the harness world has to be the saving of Kawartha Downs, which was set to close its doors for good as the Canadian standardbred landscape continues to host a torrid new atmosphere.
The track moved from a privately owned racetrack to a not-for-profit operation and that saved live racing, according to Elmer Buchanan, a member of the horse racing transition panel. Shortly before midnight on March 29 a deal was struck to keep racing at the Fraserville, Ontario five-eighths mile oval. Due to the lateness of the agreement no dates are available for April but it is anticipated that the track will race 20 to 25 programs starting in early May.
Vernon Downs prepares for its 60th season of harness racing beginning Friday, April 12. Post time is 6:45 p.m. The schedule features 90 race days on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedule through Nov. 2.
It’s almost time for Dover Downs to turn over the action to Harrington. The raceway’s 67th year gets under way on April 21. Racing will be conducted Sunday through Thursday until June 9 when the remaining month’s schedule will be trimmed to four days weekly (Sunday through Wednesday). Racing will resume on a four-day schedule on Aug. 12 through Oct. 24.
Ray Cotolo contributed to this blog.