It is time to reward our drivers and make them the marquee athletes that can attract the public. In the never ending discussion about who is more important in our sport, the horse or the driver, that answer is irrelevant. Although we can never stop promoting horses like Somebeachsomewhere they are usually only around for 2 years and race in Ontario only a few of times. Our drivers are racing 8 to 10 times per night, they control everything that happens in the race, and they are true physical and mentally strong athletes.
Archive for October, 2009
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Leading harness horse Muscle Hill posted one final victory Saturday night before he heads off to stallion service. The colt powered to victory in the $617,880 Breeders Crown race for three-year-old male trotters at Woodbine Race Course.
Muscle Hill notched his 20th consecutive win, including all 12 2009 starts. The winner of the Hambletonian adds $308,940 to his bankroll. The winner of last year’s Breeders Crown two-year-old trot has career earnings of more than $3.3 million, with nearly $2.5 million this year.
The colt surpassed the single season earnings mark for harness racing of $2.44 million set last year by three-year-old pacer Somebeachsomewhere. Donato Hanover held the record of $2.33 million for a trotter.
All good things must come to an end, and so Monday evening, Mohawk racetrack presented its final harness racing race card of the 2009 season. On Thursday, October 8, racing will return to its winter home at Woodbine Racetrack, with Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action beginning on Friday night, October 9.