by Frank Carulli
March 10, 2020
Harness racing’s version of March Madness begins today (Tuesday, March 10) with a free contest that will award a $250 Visa gift card to the winner.
“Driver Madness 2020” features 64 of harness racing’s top drivers competing in a bracket format similar to that of the popular college basketball tournament. An expert panel selected 16 drivers in each region of the single-elimination contest.
In The Expresslane: Yonkers Raceway’s month-long Blue Chip Matchmaker and MGM Borgata Pacing Series will begin with a bang this Friday, March 13, when Horse of the Year Shartin N squares off against Breeders Crown champion Caviart Ally. The Borgata series – formerly the George Morton Levy Memorial – begins with four races Saturday night. Both series finals are scheduled Saturday, April 18. … Driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer Steve Salerno swept the opening-round trots in the Game of Claims Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with Manwithamission and ELO Hanover. … The Meadowlands last weekend initiated a guaranteed pool increases to $40,000 for the 20-cent Pick 5, $50,000 for the Early 50-cent Pick 4 and $40,000 for the Late 50-cent Pick 4. …Dylan The Great (Josh Sutton) won in a $16,000 conditioned race in 1:54.1 Monday at Miami Valley, equaling the track record for 4-year-old trotting geldings.