Harness racing’s top performers of 2019 were recently honored at the Dan Patch Awards banquet. Several others are making a name for themself in the early part of this year. The list includes:
- Australian import Majestic Player won three consecutive open handicap trots at Miami Valley to bankroll more than $40,000 in February.
- Bell I No paced two sub-1:50 miles at the Meadowlands during a 3-for-4 winning run for trainer Andrew Harris. He set a torrid pace last Saturday but finished second to Covered Bridge in 1:49.2
- Age can’t slow down Melady’s Monet. The now 11-year-old trotter won in Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 preferred handicap February 22 for her 63rd win from 207 starts.
- Romantic Interest has owned Rosecroft Raceway’s weekly open handicap pace, extending his winning streak to six in 1:50.4 for driver Frank Milby.
- Tookadiveoffdipper won an open handicap pace at Yonkers last Saturday for his fourth win of the year that pushed his 2020 earnings to a North America-best $83,200.
- Panoramic View, the Big Muscle, Easy Flyer, Kabang, Ladylike and Northernlands each won six races in the first two months of the year.
- Rouser Hanover, a 3-year-old colt trained by Tony Alagna, turned heads in his debut at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning by 3 lengths in 1:54.4 and pacing a back half-mile in :56 despite a broken equipment issue along the way.