Above is a photo taken on Veron Downs Harness Track in New York, for those who aren’t familiar with the track please see the map below.
Please see the very short history of this place as taken from their own website:
Harness racing debuted at Vernon Downs on a revolutionary six-furlong oval. The first race on opening night, July 1, 1953, was won by Bob Abbe II. He paid $38.60 to win on a $2.00 wager. The track featured 24 barns each with 24 stalls and beautiful natural backdrop with hills and sprawling countryside. Over the years, Vernon Downs has been host to some of the biggest stars of the sport including Adios Harry, Niatross and Moni Maker. After suffering through financial hardships, New York City businessman and harness racing enthusiast Jeff Gural purchased the track out of bankruptcy in 2006, bringing a new, prosperous era of racing to Central New York. In recent years, the track has become home to some of the sport’s premier races including the Crawford Farms Trot, Muscle Hill and Zweig Memorial.
The real reason for me mentioning this track is that it was the scene on Friday night of a very interesting race card. All 10 races were for 2yo only and l found the results fascinating to say the least. The sire of every race winner on this night has strong ties to us down here in AUS/NZ. So let’s take a look at the night played out. Just remember the 2yo season is just starting to fire up in NA the sires tables will have some really interesting reading for the new Stallions who are trying to establish themselves.
I do have a confession to make, both Betterthancheddar and Pet Rock have hardly ever been mentioned on this site. However, after these very good early results, I will promise to pay more attention to them both. The other horse that we should also be watching closely is A Rocknroll Dance, with three massive books in AUS/ NZ, I can’t wait to see how his 2yo’s go.
A Rocknroll Dance
Please see below the results from the 10 races held for 2yo’s only on Friday night at Vernon Downs.
|Art Major||$6,900||Matts Scooter|
|American Ideal||$15,000||Bettors Delight|
|Roll With Joe||$15,000||Western Ideal|
|Roll With Joe||$15,000||Matts Scooter|
|American Ideal||$15,000||Art Major|
|Rock N Roll||$28,250||Western Hanover|
|Art Major||$27,500||Bettors Delight|
I really don’t want to get dragged into making a comment about all the people that are far from happy, with last weeks two stories that went on HRA from the north, I’m told they looked very much like well-paid and placed editorials about two Stallions that maybe under pressure for bookings this year. While it’s also not my place to run commentary on how HRA runs it site and about the privileges that they give some stallions owners over others, the true reporting of stallion results is something l do care deeply about.
So in the interest of breeders in this country that are trying to separate the wheat from the chaff, I will keep a running table of the current 2yo results from NA. Please note the table l put together was completed just before the Vernon Downs results came to hand, however earlier next week those results will be updated.
The current and real 2yo Table from NA is below
|Horse Name||Age||Sex||Gait||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Earnings||Record||Size||Sire||Broodmare Sire|
|MELANIE’S FRAN||2||G||P||2||2||0||0||26,000||01:55.1||M||Hypnotic Blue Chip||Jennas Beach Boy|
|BORN TO BE BAD||2||H||P||2||2||0||0||24,750||01:54.3||F||Big Bad John||Yankee Cruiser|
|BAD GIRLS RULE||2||M||P||2||2||0||0||24,750||01:54.0||F||World Of Rocknroll||Allamerican Native|
|HURRIKANE EMPRESS||2||M||P||3||2||0||0||23,000||01:53.1||M||Hurrikane Kingcole||Somebeachsomewhere|
|SECTIONLINE BIGRY||2||G||P||2||1||1||0||22,375||01:54.2||F||Pet Rock||Cambest|
|J P SILVER||2||M||P||2||2||0||0||22,004||01:55.4||F||Mcardle||Jet Laag|
|AIMS WHISPER||2||M||P||2||2||0||0||21,500||01:53.2||F||Bettors Delight||Art Major|
|LATHER UP||2||H||P||2||1||1||0||21,500||01:52.2||F||Im Gorgeous||In The Pocket|
|KAY AGAIN||2||M||P||2||1||0||1||21,140||01:53.4||F||Dragon Again||Real Desire|
|DEE ROCKS||2||M||P||4||4||0||0||20,500||01:54.1||S||Rockin Image||Incredible Finale|
|BIG BAD GOLDIE||2||M||P||2||1||0||0||20,475||01:55.1||F||Big Bad John||Camluck|
|PRSNTPRETYNPERFECT||2||M||P||1||1||0||0||20,000||01:55.4||F||Big Bad John||Towners Big Guy|
|SEEING EYE SINGLE||2||G||P||1||1||0||0||20,000||01:53.1||F||Dragon Again||Shabalabadingdong|
|LETSALLROCK||2||G||P||1||1||0||0||20,000||01:52.2||F||Pet Rock||Jennas Beach Boy|
|SIP AND A BITE||2||H||P||1||1||0||0||20,000||01:54.0||F||Im Gorgeous||Western Hanover|
|ROCK ON CREEK||2||G||P||1||1||0||0||20,000||01:55.1||F||Pet Rock||Modern Art|
|LUCILLE AMARONE||2||M||P||1||1||0||0||20,000||01:55.2||F||The Panderosa||Pacific Rocket|
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