Some briefs for a subdued Tuesday morning:
Eric Cherry offered a proposal to help solve the overnight horse shortage. His proposal calls for setting up races for the progeny of second and third tier sires to keep interest in their foals. Is it the perfect solution? Perhaps not, but Cherry proposes something which would certainly help the horse shortage raceways are having; at a minimum, it should be considered a starting point.
Speaking of a horse shortage, Friday night's card at the Meadowlands illustrates it best. Out of thirteen races, only three drew full fields; seven drew eight or nine horses; three races less than three horses. With regards to Simpson-eligible trotters and the $500 bonus, neither prep race filled.
Monday night, George Brennan and Gilbert Garcia-Herrera teamed together to go five for five at Yonkers Raceway. I will admit this raised my eyes, but one must remember three of the five winners drew the three inside posts, most advantageous at Yonkers Then I took a look at Statsmaster and see Garcia-Herrera is currently tied for third in the dash-winning category with Rene Allard, both with twenty-seven victories. When it comes to first time claimers, he is not particularly active, claiming only six horses and winning half of them off the claim; seven trainers with more than one claim has a higher UTR when it comes to first time claims. Headlines don't tell the whole story.
The handicappers have been selected for HANA Harness' 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge and looking at the handicappers' bios, it looks like it will be one humdinger of a contest. The contest begins next Friday evening at Northfield Park.