When will racing commissions take their responsibilities seriously? With Casie Coleman suspended pending her hearing in front of the ORC on Monday, Racingbeard.com reports that Electrofire, a Coleman trainee will be racing Saturday night at Yonkers in the care of trainer Andrew Harris. What's the big deal? Andrew Harris is an employee of the Coleman Stable, who has no training starts at Yonkers thus far this year. If everyone following racing at Yonkers Raceway knows Harris is a member of the Coleman team, how do the judges at Yonkers allow this to happen? Were there any questions asked regarding Harris' relationship to Coleman? Do the judges care?
Slowly but surely the off-season for harness racing is beginning to melt away. The northern tracks are starting to reopen, Saratoga Raceway this past Sunday, Harrah's Philadelphia this weekend, Pocono Downs in two weeks, and Vernon Downs in five weeks. Yonkers Raceway starts off the big money events with preliminary legs of the George Morton Levy Memorial and the Blue Chip Matchmaker pacing series beginning later in the month. Before you know it we will be talking about the lucrative summer classics.
Speaking of the off-season melting away, planning for another year of exhibition RUS racing is underway. To keep up with all the developments, visit Monté America to keep apprised of the latest developments.
While still in the formative stages, HANA Harness reports they are looking for potential handicappers to participate in this year's handicapping challenge. While not finalized, the format will likely be different than last year. Check out HANA Harness' website if you are interested for further details. HANA Harness is looking for contributors to write blog entries relative to the HANA mission with a harness-twist as well. If you ever wanted to opine on the sport but don't want to commit to writing all the time, here may be an opportunity to show up your high school English teacher.
A day late I realize but it is time to go back to Night School. Night School, which was very successful last year, returns with a new twist. Both standardbred and thoroughbred racing is covered this year together so you can improve your handicapping skills in all forms of horse racing. Last night's session is available online so you can see what is in store for participants. Best thin is attendance is not taken so you won't get penalized if you miss a week.