Derick Giwner

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Wed Sep 24
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
With the announcement of Captaintreacherous retiring, I began to wonder about his legacy. How will he be remembered by racing fans and industry types? Early reaction on social media has been mixed. Some have touted his accomplishments and used the word “great” while others have gone as far to say he was overrated. The truth, as usual, probably lies somewhere in between.
Tue Sep 16
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
The best 3-year-old pacers descend on small town America this Wednesday and Thursday for the 44th edition of the Jugette and 69th Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio. The action—on the track and at the windows—makes the pair of mid-week cards must watch and wager events.
Thu Sep 11
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
One of my favorite cards of the year is New York Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway. While it is typically littered with heavy favorites, there can often be more value than initially meets the eye. In 2013 there were seven odds-on horses in the eight $225,000 finals and only one of them came through for the chalk bettors. So although many of the favorites seem like locks, let’s not crown them as champions of the Empire State prematurely.
Wed Sep 3
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
It appears that Harness Racing is evolving for the better with very little work or thought from the powers that be. The frequency of one of the more undesirable features of the sport—elimination races—from a betting and spectator standpoint is clearly on a downturn.
Tue Aug 19
2014
Derick Giwner
Categories: Harness
Did you know there was a world record set on Saturday? Dancin Yankee broke the mark for fastest older horse on a half-mile track with a 1:48 4/5 clocking. What does that really mean? Well, it is relevant that he became the fastest ever at Saratoga, but the world record holds little weight in my book since he really isn’t the fastest older horse. Confused? Join the club.