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Harness Highlights: New Stars Emerge in New Year

by Frank Carulli

March 3, 2020

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.