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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Some Weekend Observations

PA Harnessweek has aired its last episode and people are not happy.  The reason why the popular show is being cancelled after 8 years is unknown but it is likely financial support for the show had been withdrawn by one or more of the sponsors.  There is talk of the show returning as a web-only series but I have a better idea

The USTA is looking at having its own harness racing channel.  If this comes to fruition, why not have the team of Steve Ross and Heather Vitale go national with them featured covering races across of America instead of a Pennsylvania broadcast?  The show could be shown in the early mornings  or the late night when live racing isn't available.

So the question being asked by those organizing Team USA nticipation of the Yonkers International Trot is who should be invited to participate as an American Representative?  Should it be Creatine, JL Cruze, Natural Herbie, Obrigado, Resolve, or Shake It Cerry?  You can vote for your pick here but save your time on voting for JL Cruze as his trainer has indicated they won't be coming.  So far, Bee A Magician, Magic Tonight and now Timoko have confirmed their participation to the International.

With big races at Yonkers and Mohawk, you may have missed the best race of the weekend at Georgian Downs where the Honorble Earle Rowe Memorial Trot was contested,

When the dust settled, 25-1 Rockin With Dewey upset the field which featured Intimidate, Daylon Magician, and E L Titan.

A RUS event was contested as well as Georgian Downs with Tragically Shipp scoring a $16.80 upset with Natalie Elliot in the saddle.  The handle for the race was $14,540 after a refund of monies due to a horse being declared a non-starter due to the Fair Start rule.   It is evident that given a chance, RUS can become a regular contributor to any standardbred program.

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