Updated to reflect the draw for the Dan Patch Invitational.
Followers of harness racing know the original sire of the American standardbred was the English thoroughbred sire Messenger. Well according to researchers, the American standardbred and other gaited breeds actually started off in Medieval England, where a gene mutation called the gait-keeper first arose According to this study over 50% of the standardbreds show this mutation.
No word whether or not King Arthur's horse was able to trot a mile under two minutes.
Now that the Meadowlands has closed its Championship Meet, the stars are on the move over the continent.
The Dan Patch Invitational will be contested at Hoosier Park on Friday evening. This $325,000 has attracted a stellar field featuring Wiggle It Jiggleit, Freaky Feet Pete, Shamballa and Always B Miki as well as last year's North America Cup winner Wakzashi Hanover.
Foiled Again is heading to Charlottetown to compete in the Gold Cup and Saucer, perhaps Canada's most desirable race to win. His quest for Gold Cup and Saucer glory begins when he competes in the first of two trials this Saturday (August 13) as a total of fourteen horses have entered the Charlottetown Driving Park classic. Before anyone considers Foiled Again a cinch to win, this is one of the 'must win' races owners want to win so one can assume the other horses will be at their best. No one wins the Gold Cup and Saucer on reputation alone.
Saturday night, the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial will be contested at Northfield Park, featuring the super filly Pure Country and North America Cup winner Betting Line makes this a race worth watching.