Harness racing enthusiasts had plenty of action to follow on Sunday afternoon and evening as Miami Valley, Rosecroft and Pompano Park each had something to offer. Just before the midway point of the Sunday card at Miami Valley, Hominy Hill (Trace Tetrick) gained command past the opener and led throughout to forge an 8-1 upset in the $20,000 Open II for trotters by getting the mile in 1:56.2. A seven-year-old Swan For All gelding owned and trained by Sandy Tetrick, [...]
Signalman winning the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) - Coady Photography Last week was relatively quiet on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, so there hasn’t been much change to my Kentucky Derby Top 10. I guess that’s to be expected since half the horses on my list haven’t even run yet this year. That includes Network Effect, who’s back on the work tab and back on my list following a brief hiatus. Just missing the cut [...]
Sparky Ville winning the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) - © Benoit Photo Over a wet-fast, sealed racetrack at Santa Anita that was slower and significantly less speed-favoring than usual, Sparky Ville became a graded stakes winner by out-dueling two heavily-bet Bob Baffert trainees in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II). Sparky Ville’s chances were aided when the 7-10 favorite Coliseum and his stablemate Dessman broke slowly at the start of the seven-furlong sprint and subsequently rushed [...]
It's Monday so we're looking back at all the racing action from the weekend including the Sam F. Davis card at Tampa Bay Downs, the Rainbow Pick 6 at Gulfstream Park, racing from Santa Anita, and more!
One week after the New England Patriots upended the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53, many harness racing enthusiasts were focused on the Sunday cards that unfolded at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland, Pompano Park in Florida and Northfield Park near Cleveland, Ohio. In the opening race on the Sunday card at Rosecroft, Capital Builder (Jonathan Roberts) left early to secure good position before the opener in 26.4, yielded to 6-5 favorite Rock N Roll Jet (Kim Vincent) before the [...]
Well Defined winning the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) - Photo by SV Photography The $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs was supposed to feature a fast pace and a speed duel between a few of the prominent front-runners in the field. But Well Defined simply laughed at that notion, waltzing along on an uncontested lead to win the race in dominant fashion. Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Well Defined [...]
Santa Anita - Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 Trainer Bob Baffert has won the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on nine occasions, and since he’ll be sending out two of the five starters in Sunday’s renewal of the seven-furlong sprint, it stands to reason that he’ll have a strong chance to win a tenth. Baffert’s two runners are #2 Coliseum and #3 Dessman, the favorites on the morning line at 6-5 and 5-2. [...]
Mike and Mike talk harness every Thursday morning in the BetAmerica Radio Network. This week featured Mike Tanner, Louis Philippe-Roy, Scott Lecain, and Garnet Barnsdale
Danny Gargan first saddled a horse in 1997. That year, he only saddled 5 runners. Of the 5 horses, he got a second place and 3 third place finishers. Gargan didn't resume training until 2013. From 2013 on, he's been one of the more understated but highly successful trainers in the U.S. Gargan doesn't enter a ton of horses in races. He only had 234 runners in 2018, winning with 24%. Those equines pocketed an awesome $2,693,330 after 56 won, [...]
It's Friday so we're looking ahead to the weekend stakes action, focusing on Sam F. Davis day at Tampa Bay Downs and a trifecta of stakes races from Santa Anita.