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Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Briefs

Yesterday, Yonkers Raceway had their 5th week of Sunday matinees although this card was for local (North America) consumption as PMU (the French parimutuel agency) took the week off.  As a result, it was a typical race card with each race at the mile distance with no trailers.  The total handle for the card was $421,954.  Nothing great if you look at the number alone, but for a Sunday card which starts two hours before the NFL games begin, a respectable number.  However, it shows that no track should be racing against the NFL juggernaut unless sending the signal overseas.

If you haven't seen contributor Joe FitzGerald's  "Dear Santa" post, you need to take a look.  It has gotten a lot of laughs over on Twitter, even from those who were mentioned in the 'letters'.

McWicked won the Progress Stake last night at Dover Downs, defeating the Burke Trio of JK Endofanera (2nd), Big Boy Dreams (4th), and All Bets Off (6th) in a nice effort, grinding his way on the outside, being parked as JK Endofanera was not going to give up the lead easily.  However, by the time the duo hit the stretch, it was all McWicked.

The question is if Mcwicked's season over or does he head to Northfield Park for the Cleveland Classic to strengthen his credentials for the year end awards?

Speaking of the Cleveland Classic, HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot Out concludes Friday evening.  Barring a successful 'Hail Mary' play, first place looks to be clinched; the second and third place positions are still up for grabs (top three handicappers get donations to their horse rescue of choice).  There will be some 'do or die' plays for sure Friday, but you never know.  Earl Paulson put his whole bankroll for the leg on the trifecta which resulted in a $3,100 hit, moving him from 10th place to 5th and in contention for the final payoff spot.  Make sure you check back on Friday to see what the final plays will be.

Have a great Monday.

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