Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes
Saturday night, Oct. 19 we gathered again
in the press box at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with the sport’s top
journalists from all over the world, this time to cover the dozen Breeders
Still, the show went on and the results were not so different than they might
have been were the mountain breezes blowing in clear October skies. Armed with
our on-site senses and our laptops, the Twitter accounts of @FrankCotolo and
@HarnessRaycer rolled out tweets with tips, info and photos throughout the
Again, we thanks the Hambletonian
Society –Tom Charters, Moira Fanning and the Board of Directors—for the
accommodations and chance to work at the event representing TwinSpires.
What follows are the results of our efforts to assist bettors in finding the
most valuable wagers up to the minute of each post. A few of our last-minute
alterations in the Thursday blogs’ choices were positive, though the entire
program offered far more public choices winning than we enjoy backing. But many
of our horses were alive and thoroughly involved in prices on the board and in
Breeders Crown finals, 2013
Two-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot
One of the four “locks” we addressed won the first event. Father Patrick
($2.10, $2.10, $2.10) finalized his divisional crown with an easy win just
before sunset and showers. We backed him up with two horses, Nuncio ($3.40,
$2.20) and Don Dorado. The latter broke and was eliminated. The exacta, which
last week paid us $26.80, paid $4.20.
Two-year-old Filly Pace
One of only two winners on the program that paid double digits was our choice,
Uffizi Hanover ($10.20, $5.20, $4.20). Our second-and-third choices were off
Two-year-old Filly Trot
This was our worst effort in the result category but in our own defense we
never had a shot with any of the three we offered because they all broke stride
and chopped their ways over the finish line at the back of the field. Lifetime
Pursuit finished ninth, Demanding Sam finished seventh and Cooler Schooner—the
race favorite—finished eighth.
We did not mention the winner, Market Share, but he shared the trifecta with
two of our choices. Our top choice, Arch Madness was third ($6.20) and our
third choice, Mister Herbie was secon ($5.80, $4). The winner was tweeted by
@HarnessRaycer. Market Share ($6, $3.20, $3.20) led the $1.96.40 trifecta.
The second lock of the program, according to many punters, was I Luv The
Nitelife ($4, $2.80, $2.10) and shockingly enough, she was second choice. Her
even-money win was “a gift” according to more than one pro handicapper. Our
other choices were off the board. From @HarnessRaycer came the place horse,
Authorize ($10,60, $7.80) and an exacta worth $43.80).
Two-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace
Paying close attention to tweets and blogs may have rewarded followers in this
event. One of our third-place choices and our choice that won last week’s elim,
Luck Be Withyou ($5.80, $4, $3.20), won. The tweets offered extra warning about
a 34-1horse not mentioned in our blog. Losing by only a head, Sometimes Said
($20.40, $7.80) took the second spot. The exacta paid $120. Our other third
choice, Somestarsomewhere ($2.80) was third. That trifecta paid $3.80.80. Our
first choice, So Surreal, broke making a big move at three-quarters, and was
Our third choice and the super favorite, Maven ($2.60, $2.20, $2.10) won easily
as the rain continued in sheets through the area. Again, our choice broke as
Check Me Out jumped at the beginning of the race and as he came back on gait
and made a move late, he broke again at the top of the stretch. Our second
choice was off the board while @HarnessRaycer tweeted the winner.
Open Mares Pace
Our main choice was off the board while our second and third choices finished
in that order. Rocklamation ($5, $3.40) and Anndrovette ($2.80) competed the
Three-year-old Filly Trot
The third lock won in a flash with a flash. Bee A Magician ($2.10, $2.10,
$2.10) was never challenged once on the lead early. One of our third choices,
Frau Blucher ($3.60, $2.80) completed the meager $6.60 exacta. Our two other
listed horses were off the board, one of them due to a break.
Three-year-old Colt Pace
Once again we encouraged the adventures of Captaintreacherous ($2.10, $2.10,
$2.10) and he provided the thrills necessary to make harness racing history (photo above).
Multiple moves in the gritty going and a stubborn lead-capturing stride won it
again for the pacer that deserves Horse of the Year honors. Our other choices
were off the board.
Three-year-old Colt Trot
Our original choices, Royalty For Life, was scratched “due to injury” and that
left us with two outsiders that were off the board.
Passing the probable favorite, we were nosed by him at the wire when Pet Rock
($4.60, $3.20) finished second and our first choice, Modern Legend ($5.20) got
up for third.
It has already been determined that the 2014 championship series will be
presented at The New Meadowlands. We hope to be there to cover it for
The final two months of the harness season still offer some stakes events and
we are going to return over the next few months and into 2014 with a more extensive
horses-to-watch (H2W) list. So stay tuned, the action is far from over in 2013
and will continue abundantly into the winter of 2014.
Indulge in many standardbred topics at my Hoof Beats
blog titled Vast
Ray Cotolo contributed to
Cartoons by Thom Pye
Ray Cotolo contributed to this blog.
Cartoons by Thom Pye