Those professing how genetic progression is primarily responsible
for the current speed explosions might take note of PRIMETIME
BOBCAT who at the ripe age of nine set a Canadian record
of 1:48.1 at Woodbine on Saturday. Seems the Bobcat is a
son of ABERCROMBIE who is often in the second or even third
generation on the male side these days while being out of
Emerald Girl a Most Happy Fella mare foaled in 1980, Thus
Primetime Bobcat could well have happened in the mid to
late 80’s instead of 20 years later and if so would
he have been capable of decimating those fields by what
would have been multiple length margins seeing as how nobody
approached 1:48 back then?
Interesting how the standardbred meccas went all out promoting
their Kentucky Derby simulcast venues. Even heard an enticing
radio commercial to that effect with nary a mention of the
lucrative pacing stake feature carded live for later that
Hope we’re not evolving into an afterthought?
Couldn’t help but notice those impressive numbers
handled on KENTUCKY DERBY DAY which unfortunately did not
sustain through the evening.
Haven’t read anything but just how is Pocono faring
as a daytime venue in terms of comparable attendance and
handle after being such an evening fixture all these years.
In this era of mass simulcast, you’d think tracks
would attempt to at least get feature races off reasonably
on time, The Dan Patch wound up conflicting with the Woodbine
race so those watching on HPITV had to settle for a delayed
tape cast. Assuming they didn’t switch to something
Not sure about the legalities involved but aren’t
“licensed practitioners” automatically refrained
from plying their trades while under indictment?
Any truth to the rumor Yonkers will eventually be a daytime
Great Canadian Gaming will be slicing race dates at Flamboro
and Georgian Downs in accordance with a business plan entitled
“stop the bleeding”. And this is with 70% of
purse monies at one and $80+% at the other being derived
from SLOT REVENUES.
Don’t know about you but to this way of thinking
those ultimate bottom line implications seem rather ominous
and undoubtedly will get digested by the Mohegan Sun and
Harrah’s decision makers.
Great that Harrington set a handle record Monday night
of $963,972. Be even better if the release broke it down
as far as on track handle off track handle etc.
Worldly Beauty just had a nice Cam’s Card Shark colt.
She goes next to Rocknroll Hanover.
Mattaroni presented a Western Hanover colt (her first)
and he is a DANDY.
Wendy Spring likes AT THE HOP as the name for next year’s
anticipated Rocknroll Hanover-BUNNY LAKE baby. Super name
if its not taken. .
And then there’s PORCUPAN PIE another gem from Bobby
Glazer’s Peter Pan Stable.
You listening Neil Diamond?
Intriguing idea concerning PARLAY BETTING being proposed
at TIOGA DOWNS similar to that offered by turf accountants
for centuries. Indicative of the creative potential when
devout racing fans like Jeff Gural get opportunities to
own and manage racetracks.
Given all the discussion on the Harness Edge site devoted
to speeding things up. Bear in mind that despite any proposed
consolidation of between race warm ups—They still
MUST get on the track, score down, score back, converge
at the starting gate, run the actual race, slow down, turn,
return to paddock get unhitched and briefly pause for a
little consultation between driver and trainer.... All that
takes MINUTES and that’s not even allowing for winner’s
circle pictures etc.
Noticed on qualifier charts the other day that banished
individuals are still listed as “trainers”.
In that these things become public knowledge via web publishing
it would seem incumbent to keep this stuff accurate and
We will have a select offering at The Lexington Selected
Sale in addition to our traditional consignments to Harrisburg
and The New Jersey Classic this fall. Complete listings
will be published here when all in finalized!