Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hurrikane Kingcole Speeds Home to Win Final ‘Classic’ Elim

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ— Hurrikane Kingcole came first over approaching the half and held the field at bay to win the second elimination for the New Jersey Classic. Panther Hanover was second, Simply Business was third and All Steinam finished fourth.

Simply Business took the lead, with Panther Hanover in second and Hurrikane Kingcole third. Simply Business took them by the quarter in :27. Panther Hanover came first over and cleared the lead approaching the half. Hurrikane Kingcole followed that cover and cleared from Panther Hanover by the half in :53.3 (:26.3).

Into the far turn, Hurrikane Kingcole was the one to catch and Brent Montana came first over to apply pressure. Panther Hanover was locked in at three-quarters in 1:21.4 (:28.1).

Into the stretch, Hurrikane Kingcole kicked away from the field. Panther Hanover was surging and drifting in second and Simply Business was holding for third as Hurrikane Kingcole stopped the timer in 1:48.3 (:26.4). Panther Hanover was second, Simply Business was third and All Steinam was closing for fourth.

Hurrikane Kingcole is a three-year-old colt pacer by Cam’s Card Shark, out of the mare Blazing Yankee by Western Ideal. He is owned by J. Kuhen, John Levy Racing, Klee Cohen and Hurrikane Racing, trained by John McDermott and Yannick Gingras was in the bike.

Rockaround Sue Dominates in Miss New Jersey Elim

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ— Rockaround Sue took the field wire-to-wire to win the $20,000 Thomas D’Altrui SBOA Miss New Jersey elimination in 1:52. Sarandon Blue Chip finished second, Air Guitar Hanover was third and Child’s Play finished fourth.

Rockaround Sue took the lead, with Carolsideal getting away second and Child’s Play sat third. Rockaround Sue took them by the quarter in :27.3. No change in order until the half as Sarandon Blue Chip came first over in :56.4.

Into the far turn, Rockaround Sue drew off to a 3 length lead approaching three-quarters. Sarandon Blue Chip was closing first over and Carolsideal was fading. Child’s Play found racing room up the cones at three-quarters in 1:24.2.

Rockaround Sue was impassible coming into the stretch. Air Guitar Hanover fanned off cover and Sarandon Blue Chip was trying to close. Child’s Play was coming up the rail but Andy Miller was easing Rockaround Sue down to the finish and she won in 1:52. Sarandon Blue Chip was second, Air Guitar Hanover was third and Child’s Play finished fourth.

Rockaround Sue is a three-year-old pacing filly by Rocknroll Hanover, out of the mare Promysquous by Pro Bono Best. She is owned by Uncirculated Stable, Alan Alber and Tony Alagna, Tony Alagna trains and Andy Miller was in the bike to win in 1:52.  

Time To Roll Holds Off Rollnlikeabigshot to Win ‘Classic’ Elim

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ— Time To Roll went wire-to-wire to win the first elimination of the Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic in 1:50. Rollnlikeabigshot finished second, Ideal Champ was third and Verdad finished fourth.

Time To Roll took the lead, with Ideal Champ sitting second and Shakerattlenrock sat third. Time To Roll took them by the quarter in :26.2.

Time To Roll lead the field approaching the half. Shakerattlenrock came first over and moved into second and Verdad followed cover. Ideal Champ was locked in at the cones in third. Time To Roll paced the half in :54.2 (:28).

Around the far turn, Time To Roll lead by a half a length. Shakerattlenrock was faltering first over and Verdad fanned off cover. Time To Roll paced by three-quarters in 1:22.3 (:28.1).

Time To Roll started to draw off in the stretch. Ideal Champ found racing room and Rollnlikeabigshot was closing from last. Time To Roll had too much in the tank and strolled home to win in 1:50 (:27.2). Rollnlikeabigshot was second, Ideal Champ was third and Verdad was fourth.

Time To Roll is a three-year-old colt pacer by Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Kikikatie by Real Artist. She is owned by Lothlorien, trained by Jimmy Takter and Andy Miller was in the sulky to win in 1:50. 

Destiny’s Chance Receives Redemption in Second Adioo Volo

WASHINGTON, PA— After four failed efforts against stakes company, Destiny’s Chance got the best of the field to win the second division of the Adioo Volo in 1:51.1. Marty Party was second and Real Touch was third.

Podges Lady took the lead around the first turn. Real Touch pulled the pocket and cleared the top at the quarter in :27.1.

Real Touch was the tempo setter at the half in :55.4 (:28.3). Destiny’s Chance came first over and applied pressure at the five-eighths. Marty Party followed cover and locked at the cones was Podges Lady. Real Touch lead by three-quarters in 1:23.1 (:27.2).

Into the stretch, Real Touch gave way to Destiny’s Chance on the outside. Podges Lady came up the passing lane and Marty Party was closing three wide. They did not have enough to catch Destiny’s Chance as she paced the mile in 1:51.1 (:28).

Destiny’s Chance is a three-year-old filly by Four Starzzz Shark out of the mare Four Starz Sands by The Panderosa. She is owned by Randy Ringer, trained by Ron Burke and Tony Hall was in the bike to score in 1:51.1. 

Bolt The Duer Paces World Record Mile in Adios Upset

WASHINGTON, PA— Bolt The Duer took advantage of the fast fractions set by A Rocknroll Dance and came up the passing lane to win the 46th edition of the $500,000 Delvin Miller Adios. A Rocknroll Dance was second and Breakin The Law was third.

A Rocknroll Dance took the front in :25.1 (A world record opening quarter on a five-eighths). Sweet Lou popped the pocket from fourth and challenged A Rocknroll Dance approaching the half. Bolt The Duer was at the cones third and Bettor’s Edge was second over. A Rocknroll Dance paced the half in :52.4 (:27.3; world record half on a five-eighths).

Down the backstretch, A Rocknroll Dance was still under the pressure of Sweet Lou. Bolt The Duer kept up in third and Bettor’s Edge was second over in fourth. Thinking Out Loud started his closing bid at three-quarters in 1:19.2 (:26.3; world record three-quarters on a five-eighths mile).

Bolt The Duer winning the Adios.
Courtesy of Kevin Decker
Into the stretch, Sweet Lou faltered first over and Bettor’s Edge, along with Thinking Out Loud, fanned off cover. A Rocknroll Dance lead by a length and Bolt The Duer was closing up the passing lane. A Rocknroll Dance gave all he can to hold him off, but Bolt The Duer saved ground and cut the fractions to upset in the Adios. A Rocknroll Dance was second, Breakin The Law was a closing third and Sweet Lou held on for fourth.

Bolt The Duer is a three-year-old colt pacer by Ponder out of the mare Wonderbolt by Artsplace. He is owned by All Star Racing, trained by Peter Foley and Mark MacDonald was in the bike to win his first Adios on his first drive. 

Dapper Dude Strolls Home to Win Adios Consolation

WASHINGTON, PA— Dapper Dude held off a late bid from Ezpass Hanover to win the 46th Delvin Miller Adios Consolation in 1:50.4. Ezpass Hanover was second, Bakin On The Beach third and Mc Attaboy finished fourth.

Star Recruit set the pace into the first turn. Mc Attaboy sat second and E Z Noah was in third. Star Recruit took them by the quarter in :27.1. Campbell pulled on the right lines and brought Dapper Dude first over and cleared the lead by the three-eighths. Dapper Dude paced the half in :54.1 (:27).

Bakin On The Beach came first over and challenged Dapper Dude at three-quarters in 1:21.3 (:27.2). Star Recruit was locked at the cones and Ezpass Hanover fanned off cover with E Z Noah.

Into the stretch, Dapper Dude had a 2 length advantage as E Z Noah went off stride. Ezpass Hanover was closing hard on the far outside. But Dapper Dude had a little more left in the tank to win the Adios Consolation in 1:50.4 (:29.1).

Dapper Dude is a three-year-old colt pacer by The Panderosa out of the mare Dress To Suggest by Camluck. He is owned by Bob and Al McIntosh, trained by Bob McIntosh and was driven to victory by John Campbell.

“He raced well today, I think he was a little sharper in the elimination last week, but he raced well today. I asked for him pretty hard and he responded when I needed him the most,” John Campbell said about Dapper Dude.  

Major Look Holds Off Darena Hanover in First Adioo Volo

WASHINGTON, PA— Major Look brushed first over past the three-eighths and held off a rally from Darena Hanover to win the first division of the $142,170 Adioo Volo Pace at The Meadows. Moonlit Dragon was second and Darena Hanover was disqualified and placed third.

Darena Hanover was the pace setter around the first turn, Moonlit Dragon sat second and Major Look was third. Darena Hanover lead at the quarter in :26.1. Major Look took the lead approaching the three-eighths, with Moonlit Dragon in third.

Major Look paced the half in :54 (:27.3). Moonlit Dragon came first over down the backstretch, with Lightning Paige coming second over and Shelliscape came third over. Darena Hanover was locked at the cones at three-quarters in 1:21.2 (:27.2).
Major Look winning the Adioo Volo
Photo courtesy of Kevin Decker

Into the stretch, Andy Miller tucked the whip away and gave Major Look a hand drive. Darena Hanover shot off the cones with one last surge, but was not enough to catch Major Look. She paced the mile in 1:49.2 (:28). Moonlit Dragon was interfered by Darena Hanover and was placed second and Darena Hanover was third.

Major Look is a three-year-old filly pacer by Art Major out of the mare Band Of Emeralds by Jate Lobell. She is owned by Joe Balkunas, Mark Giordano and Anthony Pancella, trained by Kevin Mc Dermott and Andy Miller was in the bike to win in a stakes record 1:49.2. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Editor Ray Cotolo to Premier on North American Harness Update

It was announced today that the editor of The Racing Inquirer, Ray Cotolo, will be a co-handicapper to Garnet Barnsdale and Jeremey Day on North American Harness Update.

The show premiered on July 12, where Ray Cotolo went on to talk about the Pace. The show focuses primarily on wagering, stakes events and all the news and happenings in harness racing.

You can tune in by clicking here. The show airs tomorrow at 10pmEST. /9pmCST. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Rocknroll Dance Strolls Home to Win Meadowlands Pace

After getting no racing room and interfered in many of the big stakes prepping for the Pace, A Rocknroll Dance takes the field wire-to-wire to win the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace.

Going off as the 9/2 third choice, A Rocknroll Dance and Allstar Legend (102-1) flew off the gate. A Rocknroll Dance was caught wide, but cleared the front. Allstar Legend sat second and Thinking Out Loud (2-1 favorite) got away third through a :26.4 opening quarter.
Down the backstretch, A Rocknroll Dance slew down the tempo. Thinking Out Loud was flushed first over, supplying cover to Pet Rock (17-1). A Rocknroll Dance paced by the half in :54.2 (:27.3). Getting a breather, A Rocknroll Dance was drawing off into the far turn. Thinking Out Loud was stalling first over and Pet Rock fanned off cover.

Into the stretch, A Rocknroll Dance drew off to a 2 length lead. Pet Rock was closing in between horses and Allstar Legend was closing up the rail. A Rocknroll Dance jogged to the finish to win in 1:48.1 (:26.4). 

“I was a little nervous because the weather’s been so hot, and my horse has been heading back and forth [to Ohio],” said Mulinix.  “We ship him home every week and make sure he gets green grass every day.
“I sold almost every horse I had, but I wanted to buy something before I retired,” he added.  “I’m 60 years old.  It’s a good think I had a partner on him.  I spent $15,000 on him, but I spent $18,000 on staking him.”

“Jim was not really happy that I was in the front, but I set that horse up the last couple of weeks and I knew he had a big mile in him tonight,” said Gingras. “I’m very pleased with the way he raced. My horse felt super.” 
“I wish my grandfather was here,” said Gingras, his eyes moistening. “He’s my number one fan and that’s who I was thinking about. It’s redemption [from finishing second in his first pace in 2004]. It was the race that got away from me. I really believed I had the best horse that day, and I didn’t drive him [well].  I was young and made a mistake. Tonight feels twice as good. We learn from each other and tonight was the night. It’s definitely the best night I’ve ever had.”

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Major Look Trumps American Jewel in Mistletoe Shalee

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ— Major Look and Andy Miller paced right by American Jewel after a pocket trip to win the $190,850 Mistletoe Shalee final in 1:49.3. Bettor B Lucky was third and Shelliscape was fourth.

Coming off the gate, Bettor B Lucky went to take the lead, with Major Look and American Jewel. Pirouette Hanover tried to pace with them, but broke banking into the first turn. Major Look brushed by Bettor B Lucky to take the front through a :26.4 opening quarter.

Past the three-eighths, American Jewel came first over and cleared the top. She took them by the half in :54.2 (:27.3). Angel Scent was flushed first over from third, supplying cover to Shelliscape.
American Jewel led the field by three-quarters in 1:22.1 (:27.4). Major Look came off the cones and challenged with Bettor B Lucky, who found racing room. Shelliscape fanned off cover and was closing. American Jewel was buried between Bettor B Lucky and Major Look and gave way. So Major Look held off a 24-1 Bettor B Lucky to win the Mistletoe Shalee in 1:49.3 (:27.2). American Jewel was second, Bettor B Lucky was third and Shelliscape was fourth.

Major Look is a three-year-old filly by Art Major out of the mare Band Of Emeralds by Jate Lobell. She is owned by Joe Balkunas, Mark Giordano and Anthony Pancella, trained by Kevin Mc Dermott and Andy Miller was in the bike.

Originally trained by Bob Riddle, Mc Dermott picked up the sophomore filly after Riddle was injured getting ready to jog her. Mc Dermott and Miller agreed to give their earnings to original trainer Bob Riddle.

Friday, July 13, 2012

TRI's Picks July 13 Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racetrack Pick 4, Races 6-9, Friday, July 13, 2012

After a long break, the Pick 4 is back! I’d like to apologize for missing most weeks as I was focusing on the webcast, but now am on a roll. Today’s ticket looks great. Good luck!

$2 Play: 1,3,6/1,2/2/1,2 = $24


Race 6- (1) Emeritus Maximus qualified very well last time, pacing in 1:54.3 going a :26.3 final quarter. He makes his first start and drew a great post to get a pocket trip and swoop by late. (3) Rocky Mountain Guy is the most experienced freshman in the field, making two starts and one of them a winning one. Chances are that he will not be much value, but has to be thrown in the ticket because of his talent. (6) Edington is coming off a game effort against better in the Reynolds. He was shuffled back to sixth and closed to finish third. Before that, made a first over move in the Simpson and drifted very wide. He should get away mid-pack and perhaps get a second or third over trip to win.

Race 7- (1) Chaplin Hall steps down after doing great against better. He will be the likely chalk and looks like the one to beat in leg two. (2) Pantholops is also competitive against this bunch. She has a slight breaking problem, which she displayed in the Miss Versatility, being eliminated as soon as the gate drew off. If she stays flat, she will be very competitive.

Race 8- As long as the public hammers Jerseylicious, (2) Sombodythatiustono should be great value above 4-1. She has been qualifying great, showing improvement in every effort. She looks like the best in the field and may also be the best value.

Race 9- (1) Upfrontstrikesgold gets huge post relief after two big efforts from outside posts. He should be sharp and game throughout the mile with his better post. (2) R Sam was driven handily to win against non-winners of $4,000. He should be game against better and a great price.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Racing From the Grandstand- Episode 2: Big M Pace

This week, Editor Ray Cotolo reviews the Meadowlands Pace eliminations, along with the Yonkers Trot and Dave Palone's 15,181st victory. Also on tap in the weekend preview is the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace final and a brief overlook of the Mistletoe Shalee

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Racing From the Grandstand- Episode 1: Sun, Pace and More

In this week's Episode, Editor Ray Cotolo introduces the webcast and himself. He reviews Sun Stakes Saturday at Pocono Downs, along with the Titan Cup. That is followed up by a preview of the Meadowlands Pace eliminations and the $56,000 Green With Envy final.

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