The other big final on Saturday was the Yonkers Trot. That is where Deweycolorintheline won a break-filled race to pick up the lion share of the $450,000 purse in 1:57.3. Getting to the lead was easy for Schnittker as third place Creampuff Mcdaddy almost wiped out the field with his break approaching the quarter. At first you may wonder why Yonkers only gets a second rate field when offering so much money in a stakes race, but after watching this race, it's clear why many of the first stringers say 'No thank you'. It's just not worth the risk.
Smiling Eli returned to the racing wars with a start in a 3yo Open at the Meadowlands, finishing third in his pari-mutul start since the trainer controversy broke. It was a very good effort, all things considered as he was locked in coming down the stretch, never getting any opportunity to make a final charge. I think he will be a live horse next week.
The Maryland Sires Stakes finals will be held at Ocean Downs on Monday, and nary a dollar will be wagered on them as there are four walkovers scheduled. Each horse will stroll around the track to earn $56,925. Walkovers like this is embarrassing. Good thing they are being held at 10:00am in the morning when the public won't be around.
On Friday night, the Meadowlands held the second leg of the Hambletonian Day Monté Race Late Closing series. The first division was won by Chinese Cuisine, ridden by Tina Duer in 1:58.1 and the second division was taken by Pointe of Honor in 1:59.1 by Tara Hynes.
2nd Leg - Hambletonian Day Monté Race Late Closer - 1st Div
2nd Leg - Hambletonian Day Monté Race Late Closer 2nd Div
Based on points, these are the horses who will make the final provided they are entered (listed by points earned) on Hambletonian Day where they will race for a purse of $32,800:
1. Pointe Of Honour – 75 (25-50) 2. Chinese Cuisine – 62 (12-50)
3. Motown Dreamgirl – 51 (50-1) 4. A Penny Earned – 50 (50)
5. Muscolo – 37 (25-12) 6. Flowing James – 28 (3-25)
7. Amoreena - 27 (2-25) 8. Flex The Muscle – 14 (2-12)
9. Sundance Bayama – 13 (12-1) 10. Waldorf Hall – 6 (3-3)
11. Armbro Doyle – 4 (1-3) 12t. Admirable Hanover – 3 (1-2)
12t. Celebrity Playboy – 3 (1-2)
The final starter will be determined by lot.
Meanwhile up in Canada, the most competitive RUS event of the year was contested Friday night at Grand River Raceway where Riina Rekila won with Harlequin in 2:02.2 over the half mile oval.
When you see a race like this, you can see the potential of RUS becoming a parimutuel event. My guess is we are probably a couple of years away from it.