Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
$21.20 Candy’s Pool, Cal Expo
$17.70 Spoons, Fraser
$15.40 Hope To Reign A, Buffalo
$9.40 Cams Princess Wave, Maywood
$9.00 Loddi Donan Blues, Cal Expo
$8.60 Highland Terrific, Freehold
$6.20 Adelia’s Prince, Buffalo
$6.20 Cigarchompin Mona, Cal Expo
$5.40 Inside Broadway, Cal Expo
$4.00 Bee Gee, Cal Expo
$4.00 Ginnysdoodledandy, Cal Expo
$3.40 Doowrah Double, Northfield
Passing The Girls (2-1), Fraser; Mmmmh (10-1), Fraser; Apple And Strawberry (8-5), Northfield; Fox Valley Touche (4-5), Maywood; Whotooksam (1-1), Meadows; Ak’s Living Large (4-1), Meadows; Brother Nick (4-1), Buffalo; DD’s Tiger (3-1), Cal Expo; Incredible Gambler (6-5), Cal Expo; Aj’s Little One (7-1), Cal Expo; Dani California (9-1), Cal Expo; Dynamite Express (4-1), Cal Expo
Ronny Woo Woo (10-1), Fraser; Garden Gate L1 (23-1), Fraser; Barona Ferrara (20-1), Fraser; Cooby N (16-1), Northfield; Stinky Sham (18-1), Lebanon; Ms Memphis Bird (4-1), Lebanon; Jenny The Genie (5-1), Lebanon; Anescape N (4-5), Maywood; Sand Jake (10-1), Maywood; NJs Big Deal (6-5), Maywood; Lucky Cadet (5-1), Freehold; Pacey Deucey (2-1), Freehold; Beach Crisi (7-2), Cal Expo; Devin Hall (8-5), Cal Expo; KD’s Rowdy One (7-1), Cal Expo
Fifty-nine soph-pacing colts, including the dynamic Captaintreacherous, have been nominated to the 30th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup, Canada’s richest harness race. The purse in 2013 will be $1 million, down from $1.5 million when on the program at Mohawk on June 15. The eliminations, worth $50,000 each, are set for Saturday, June 8. Some other names you may recall from their frosh campaigns that are on the nomination list include Apprentice Hanover, Duel In The Sun, Johny Rock, Mach Pride, Odds On Equuleus, Rockin Amadeus and Twilight Bonfire.
Trainer Jim Mulinix tells reporters he is looking forward to a more relaxed year with A Rocknroll Dance, who was one of the top three-year-old colt pacers in 2012. Last year, A Rocknroll Dance ranked fourth in earnings in his division and won the Meadowlands Pace (as predicted in this blog), Battle of the Brandywine and Max Hempt Memorial. He won seven of 11 at two, including a victory in the Governor’s Cup and a second in the Breeders Crown.
However, his racing success stalled and he was winless in his final 11 starts following his victory in the Battle of the Brandywine at Harrah’s Philadelphia in mid-August.
“You can always look back and find something you could do differently,” Mulinex said, “but at the time you’re doing the best you know how to do. If I had to do over again, I’d have trained him a little stiffer and shod him a little sharper … There was pressure on him last year … This year there is not as much pressure.” Mulinex said the four-year-old is training well and should qualify in three weeks to be ready for the Meadowlands Maturity on May 18 at the Meadowlands.
A Rocknroll Dance will have his work cut out for him as an older pacer, since many of the top older pacers returning to action this season include many of the top 15 money-winning three-year-old male pacers of 2012.
Ray Cotolo contributed to this blog.
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