Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
$34.20 Jj’s Current, Hoosier
$11.80 Rocket Fuel, Hoosier
$6.00 Redford Hall, Buffalo
$5.00 Rag Doll, Freehold
$4.90 Ace Boo Koo, Buffalo
$4.50 Haggin Oaks, Tioga
$4.40 Richerthanrayno, Hoosier
$3.00 Announcement N, Philadelphia
The following are the horses that finished second or third along with their post-time odds. Special notes on those finishes follow.
News And Notes
Market Share, last year’s Hambletonian winner, returned to the track to prepare for his four-year-old campaign, winning a qualifier at the Meadowlands on May 18. His stable mate, the top soph-pacer of 2012, Heston Blue Chip also won that morning. Linda Toscano trains Market Share, who has not raced since winning the American National in early November of last year. “Heston,” of course, won the Breeders Crown.
Although the meet has been abbreviated to 20 programs, Kawartha Downs resumed racing on May 18. “We have dropped more than 50 per cent of racing and from $130,000 to $30,000 a week,” said a spokesman for the horsemen. “That is a lot less and it hurts. It does keep us involved in the game but it is a short-term solution to the problem. I guess you can say it isn’t great but it’s better than nothing.” Kawartha was about to be a victim of bulldozers when it was saved at the last minute by investors.
Vernon Downs released the following information in response to inquiries about horses eligible to the $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) three-year-old colt and filly trots. “The EBC will remain at Vernon Downs with a slight adjustment to the dates. The eliminations for these races will be moved two days later than originally scheduled and will be raced at Vernon on Sunday, June 2 with the finals the following Sunday, June 9. The June 2 card will be an afternoon post of 1:15 p.m. and the June 9 finals will be presented during a night card with first post at 6:45 p.m.
Googoo Gaagaa, the striking trotter, now four, with a pacing sire, did not get the 2013 season going very strongly. Then it was discovered that “Googoo” needed throat surgery to correct a problem that may have been the cause for his poor return to the race. There is no word on when he will return to the track but insiders tell us that he is doing fine after the operation.
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