• Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes

    POSTED Nov 24, 2013


    We weren’t left with much in the features department when the Meadowlands could not present elims for the frosh Fall Finals. That quartet will be covered in our Thursday blog, the fields already set for the single-dash contests. The new Meadowlands opened, however, and the feature on the program No. 23, were FFA preps for next week’s super events, which are for three-year-olds and up. That condition, of course, is emphasized for one simple reason: Captaintreacherous.

    In the News And Notes section below, you can read about the top-soph-pacing colt’s debut on the new Meadowlands surface. As we go to press we await the word from his connections if he will take on the older set in the FFA Pace.

    In our attempt to find some value in the two preps on opening night we were far less concerned than most about how the new track would play. The only work done to the oval was some smoothening of banks on the turns but drivers and trainers had questions that may or may not have affected their performance. Certainly the horses were all right with it; there were no reported issues that confirmed any of the human’s concerns and little seemed to be any different when reviewing the races.

    The mathematics of pari-mutuels kicked in without a stitch. In 13 races the choices faired well: four first choices won; two second choices won; two co-second choices won; one third choice won; one co-fourth choice won. There were three longshots, with one of those races presenting the first and second choice having breaks and being eliminated. Those results are nothing more than normal.

    Our search for value in the two major Meadowlands events and the single Dover event on Nov. 24, resulted in three fifth-place finishers.

    Again, on a slow features weekend and being off the board in the trio of events we addressed, we were saved by the horses-to-watch list (H2W), which below reports on the successes we had at most of the tracks we promoted.

    H2W RESULTS

    The H2W results list across-the-board prices.

    Winners

    Petraeus, $27.80, $8.70, $3.20, Saratoga
    Shine N Shimmer, $15.60, $5, $3.20, Meadows
    Allamerican Dora, $10.80, $5.80, $2.60, Northfield
    Irish Elitist, $7.90, $3.50, $2.30, Saratoga
    All Powerful, $7.20, $3.30, $2.40, Saratoga
    Vegas Strip Three, $5.80, $4.40, $3.40, Northfield
    Matts Wolfey, $5.50, $2.70, $2.10, Saratoga
    Mr Web Page, $4.80, $5, $5.60 (ok)

    Seconds

    Power Everywhere, $5.80, $5, Northfield
    Boy Stuff, $5.40, $4.60, Meadows
    Basilio Blue Chip, $4.60, $3.60, Northfield
    Bettorific, $4.20, $2.80, Freehold
    REO Speeddragon, $3.80, $3.20, Northfield
    Smoken Cambest, $3.80, $2.80, Maywood
    Bette Davis Eyes, $3.60, $3.20, Cal Expo
    B Blissfull, $3.40, $2.80, Saratoga
    Subliminal Hanover, $2.70, $2.30, Saratoga

    Thirds

    Delightfuldannielle, $7.30, Saratoga
    Ramblin Rick, $5.50, Batavia
    Miss Chip, $4, Meadows
    Mynah Hanover, $3.60, Meadows
    Sea Cruise Hanoer, $3.60, Pocono
    Sunny New Day, $3.20, Northfield
    Fine Fine Fine, $2.80, Pompano
    Point Standing, $2.60, Northfield

    News And Notes

    Captaintreacherous, Pet Rock and I Luv The Nitelife, qualified at the Meadowlands and a few of the season’s fastest frosh-pacing colts went q-miles for next Saturday’s $534,500 Governor’s Cup final.

    A pair of Ron Burke trainees hit the wire together with Somestarsomewhere winning a short nose over JK Endofanera. The winner is a son of Somebeachsomewhere; he set the frosh record of 1:49.2 at The Red Mile this fall and won his Breeders Crown elim in a world-record 1:49.4 at Pocono.

    Soph-pacing fillies prepped for the Nadia Lobell, including I Luv The Nitelife going against Somewherovrarainbow, making her first start out of the Joe Holloway barn. “Nitelife” won for trainer Chris Ryder.

    Soph-pacing sensation Captaintreacherous will face older horses in the $500,000 FFA Final on Nov. 30, a feat that hasn’t been attempted in decades. His qualifier win was in 1:49.3 for trainer Tony Alagna and his team. 

    Pet Rock won his q-mile in 1:50.4. Trainer Virgil Morgan sends Pet Rock into the FFA final against Captaintreacherous and other aged pacers next week.It will be Pet Rock’s last start of his career before he heads to Ohio to embark on his new career.

    Ohio’s Lebanon Raceway has had its 2014 harness dates approved by the state racing commission. The track is moving and will be known as Miami Valley Gaming and Racing. It was awarded 66 live dates beginning in February. Northfield Park received 213 harness programs, beginning Jan. 1. Raceway Park, being replaced by Hollywood Gaming at Dayton, is also set to begin a 56-date meet in October.

    Balmoral Park in Illinois received a year-round schedule again, sharing the week with downstate Maywood. Balmoral goes from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 again next year with 275 dates. Maywood received 90 programs.

    Market Share has been invited to take a trip to Sweden and go against Europe’s best trotters in the classic Elitlopp. Trainer Linda Toscano said if the Hambletonian champ begins a five-year-old campaign with promise, connections may send him overseas for the major event and other European Grand Circuit miles.

     Extraordinary Extras

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

    Ray Cotolo contributed to this blog.
    Cartoons by Thom Pye
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