Hope for American glory in the Coppenhagen Cup went up in smoke as Uncle Peter attempted to race on the front end under heavy pressure, allowing Caballiion (Bjorn Goop) to win the 2,011 meter Grade 1 event in a kilometer rate of 1:12. For Uncle Peter's efforts, he finished fifth although he didn't fold until the end of the race.
While Uncle Peter tired at the end, one has to think this race was a good effort to prepare for the 1,609 meter Elitlopp at the end of the month. One has to remember Uncle Peter was driven by Johnny Takter who drove, replacing the injured David Miller. Assuming David Miller is driving again, one may presume Miller will return to the bike in the Elitlopp.
DRF Harness Editor Derick Giwner wrote a great column regarding the HANA Harness Handicapping Challenge and discussed how watching how the handicappers play can tell you how confident they may be. A reprint of the column may be found here.
People are continuing to talk about Sebastian K's 1:50.1 North American debut. One has to wonder if he continues to win, will harness racing be able to get some national media attention? If the Swedish-bred horse continues to impress, is it possible the John Cashman Jr. Memorial may be the highlight on Hambletonian Day?