Friday, March 14, 2014


Fraley Banned at Meadowlands


By Bill Finley

P.J. Fraley, a top trainer whose barn includes three-time Dan Patch Award winner Anndrovette, has been informed that he will no longer be allowed to participate at the three tracks owned by Jeff Gural, the Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs.

The Gural tracks have also banned trainer Alvin Callahan.

As has been the case each time the Meadowlands has barred a trainer, Gural declined to comment on the decisions. Fraley also declined to comment other than to say he will likely have something say in the near future.

Fraley is the primary trainer for owner Jeff Bamond and took over many of the stable's horses when prior trainer Mark Kesmodel received a 105-day suspension from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board when Anndrovette tested positive in 2011 for the drug Oxymetazoline, a decongestant found in products like Afrin.

Bamond, who co-owns Anndrovette with Joseph Davino, said he was standing by Fraley.

"I won't have much of a comment for now because everything still isn't worked out," Bamond said. "I will say that I am going to stand by P.J. Whatever they are saying happened is false and we will, maybe, pursue this a different way."

Fraley picked right up where Kesmodel left off when he took over in 2011, winning with 403 of his 2,119 races with earnings of more than $8.4 million. Fraley has not had a particularly good year at the Meadowlands, where he is 8 for 77 since the meet began in late November.

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Written by Bill Finley of Harness Racing Update

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Saturday, March 08, 2014


Like a Box of Chocolates?


He's certainly one of the most interesting horses in the sport. But is National Debt one of the best? Will his bubble burst when the purses go up and the heavyweights of the division are back in action? These are fascinating questions and they might be a bit easier to answer after tonight's $60,500 final of the Buddy Gilmour Memorial Series at the Meadowlands.

By way of Alberta, where he won his first four career races, National Debt burst into national prominence two weeks ago when he scored an easy win in the first leg of the Gilmour Series. Beating the previously undefeated Dinner At The Met, he won in 1:50.3.

That he came out of Alberta and won so easily in his U.S. debut made National Debt an instant celebrity within the harness racing world and several big owners wanted a piece of him. Eventually, co-owners Blair Corbeil and Kelly Hoerdt sold a third of the Allamerican Native colt to Jerry Silva.

But what exactly did Silva get? That remains the mystery.

He's certainly one of the most interesting horses in the sport. But is National Debt one of the best? Will his bubble burst when the purses go up and the heavyweights of the division are back in action? These are fascinating questions and they might be a bit easier to answer after tonight's $60,500 final of the Buddy Gilmour Memorial Series at the Meadowlands.

By way of Alberta, where he won his first four career races, National Debt burst into national prominence two weeks ago when he scored an easy win in the first leg of the Gilmour Series. Beating the previously undefeated Dinner At The Met, he won in 1:50.3.

That he came out of Alberta and won so easily in his U.S. debut made National Debt an instant celebrity within the harness racing world and several big owners wanted a piece of him. Eventually, co-owners Blair Corbeil and Kelly Hoerdt sold a third of the Allamerican Native colt to Jerry Silva.

"We don't really know yet because he's had only one race there," Corbeil said when asked how good his horse is. "It was a nice race and it was an impressive way of doing it. Our hopes, like every owner in the world when they have a nice horse, is that he can be very, very good.

"Right now, we are cautiously optimistic and like our chances. He's still green and has lots to learn yet. There are a lot of other great horses out there so we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves."

Tim Tetrick drove National Debt in the first round of the Gilmour and liked what he saw.

"He's got a lot of pressure on him now," Tetrick said about National Debt, "but he impressed me very much. When I qualified him I thought he was a nice colt, but I didn't know he was going to go in 1:50.

When he got out there under the lights, he turned it on and he did it real handy. I moved with him at the half and he brushed and crushed. He's got a big motor."

Written by Bill Finley of Harness Racing Update

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Friday, February 28, 2014


Chester Team Says LIttle About Track But Racing Datesa Reinstated


Barry Brown, the head of the racing operation at Harrah's Philadelphia, didn't tell the Pennsylvania Harness Commission much about the track's plans to deal with its controversial racing surface, but he said enough to get the 2014 racing dates reinstated.

In late January, the commission had suspended the Harrah's 2014 racing dates because management had not come forward with any information about what, if anything, it planned to do about a racing surface that many drivers had complained was unsafe.

The situation took on a far more serious note after driver Anthony Coletta was critically injured in a Nov. 17 spill that occurred in an area some drivers have said is particularly dangerous.

Meeting before the commission yesterday, Brown never specifically said that management would take any action which would involve fixing the racetrack, only that experts were being brought in to examine it.

Brown was not subjected to any follow-up questions from any of the commission members. When asked to clarify the situation afterward by Harness Racing Update Brown refused to comment.

He did say that the meet would not start on time, but was careful to blame the delay on the surface being frozen and made no mention of the delay being the result of possible repairs to the track.

He said the meet would be delayed by "one, maybe two weeks at the most." Brown said he would submit a revised racing schedule to the commission on Friday.

The track was originally scheduled to open March 14.

Written by Bill Finley of Harness Racing Update

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