This past Saturday, was Open Pace 2013 day at Freehold Raceway. Here is a video from a first time visitor to harness racing. We all think we remember what made us fall in love with the sport, but truth is after a period of time you lose that feeling.
Take a look at this video and see why we had fallen in love with harness racing.
Hoosier Minus Pool?: Hoosier Park may have been in a giving mood Saturday night when Captaintreacherous raced in their Invitational. The handle for WPS pools at Hoosier, excluding the Captain's race was $6-$17,000 but the pool skyrocketed to $239,000 in the 11th race as they offered Win, Place, and Show wagering on the race. Being the Captain paid $2.10 across the board one would think there was a major blood bath but if so, it had to be in the Win Pool as the other horses that finished in the top three paid more than the minimum $2.10.
Kudos to Hoosier for not cancelling place and show wagering, giving the gamblers the full range of handicapping options. However, one has to wonder if the race would have been better if they simply barred the horse from wagering.
Regardless of how you feel about Hoosier getting the Captain to appear, they should be applauded for bringing the top horse in harness racing to their track for people to see. Not enough tracks do enough to get the big horses to pay a visit to their track and draw an audience.