Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
$3.60 Twilight Bonfire, Scioto
Creating A Dream (9-2), Buffalo; Win A New Day (3-1), Buffalo
Fiorenza (7-5), Bangor; Hazel Nut (7-5), Saratoga; Twntyone Guns (8-1), Running Aces; Diamond Amber (11-1), Pompano
Though there were more than a few public choices in the limelight around the ovals on July 6, one giant expectation turned into a huge disappointment. Wheeling N Dealin, the winter book favorite for the Hambletonian, made his 2013 debut in an overnight race at Mohawk and suffered his first loss in 10 starts. He did not even make it onto the board, finishing fourth.
Wheeling N Dealin was first-over with three-eighths of the mile to go and picked up cover as the field went to a 1:24.1 three-quarters. Wheeling N Dealin didn’t gain any ground, though, and the mile was won by Midfield Magic in 1:53.2. Murmur Hanover was second and Dancehall Mistress was third. Wheeling N Dealin finished fourth for trainer Dustin Jones.
Jimmy Takter continues to send impressive trotting freshmen to the post. On July 6 at the Meadowlands qualifiers, he revealed two fillies worth following. Red Hot Spicy and Scream And Shout won with miles around 2:00. Also of note on the trotting side was foreign-bred Danielle S winning in 1:58.1 for trainer Jim Oscarsson. A big-dollar yearling, $250,000 Yankee Glide colt Shift Into Glide, was a winner at first. Noel Daley trains. The $100,000 Donato Hanover colt Fashion Tagman won in 1:57.2 for Jim Campbell.
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