The racing industry is mourning the passing of Hall of Fame Track Announcer Sam McKee and deservedly so; being he was well-liked and respected. To call him one of the good guys would be an understatement. Sam was generous with his time and supported groups, whether for the Christian Harness Horsemen Association or RUS America.
Other people have written about Sam far better than I can so I won't even try. All I will say is Sam was one of the 'good guys' and Billy Joel's song title "Only the Good Die Young" seems truer than ever. He will be greatly missed. RIP Sam.
The Meadowlands final Thursday night race card is being raced tonight and if you wonder why already, you just need to look at the card; Three of the nine races are for $7,500 claimers along with an additional race for amateur drivers. With Pocono Downs opening next week, these horses may be needed on the weekend.
For the first time ever, Yonkers raceway will be carding an all-trotting card on Sunday, March 12; eleven races for trotters. I don't know about you, but I love trotting races. With seven of the races at a mile and a quarter with overflow fields, it may be a great wagering card. Funny thing is while Yonkers can have an all-trot card, you won't see them in Alberta, Canada; any trotting races at all. You just don't see trotters in the province.