• Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes

    POSTED Apr 6, 2013

    The Levy legs at Yonkers on Saturday did not disappoint the public, as only one outsider at 5-1 was victorious. As predicted, the biggest choice, Something For Doc, was the only winner we delivered, ashamed with the win price of $2.10.   

    On Friday, at Yonkers, our Matchmaker choices delivered one in four, Feeling You at $3.90.   

    Our horses-to-watch (H2W) list, however, was afire out west, as Cal Expo winners dominated.
    Here are the results of all the wins, places and shows from this extraordinary list.


    Here are, from the highest paying to the lowest paying, the winners from the H2W for the past week:

    $39.20 Southwind Sydney , Cal Expo
    $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

    $8.10 Such A Night, Fraser
    $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

    The following are the horses that finished second or third along with their post-time odds. Special notes on those finishes follow. Be aware that some of them were second-timers on the list and will not return next week (you may continue following them on your own, using them as you see fit). 

    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

    Aj’s Little One finished second to Southwind Sydney to complete an exacta worth $331.60.

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


    News And Notes

    Flamboro Downs is feeling the crunch from the recent Canada-casino-racetrack crisis and will go from about 1,400 races last year to just over 800 this year. The Dundas, Ontario racetrack will offer about 100 race dates, down from 188 last year, and will be dark June, July, August and September. There is no word if the track’s signature event, the Confederation Cup, which is usually conducted in August, will be a part of the agenda.

    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.

    Extraordinary Extras

    Indulge in many standardbred topics at my Hoof Beats blog titled Vast Performances.  

    Every weekend as part of that blog 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.  

    Ray Cotolo contributed to this blog.


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