02/03/2012 9:42PM

Sports Eye icon Jay Bergman returns


One of my main goals as the man in charge of harness content for DRF.com and Harness Eye is to bring readers the content they want. Not just any run-of-the-mill stories, but editorial that makes you think, from experienced writers with ties throughout the harness community.

With that in mind, I am proud to announce that Jay Bergman, the Editor of the former Sports Eye (now Harness Eye), will join the DRF.com team as well as grace the pages of the publication he contributed to for most of his life.

Bergman, an award-winning writer who is widely known for his edgy commentary, will revive his popular “Jaywalking” column, where he will comment on industry topics across the board. He will also be contributing daily features focusing on weekend stakes races.

“I don’t think there is such a thing as Bergman-light,” Bergman told me as we discussed his return and what he will write. “So much of my life was spent working at Sports Eye and I’m excited to be joining the team again in this new chapter, with an online platform.”

Bergman will get right to work with the first of his weekly Monday “Jaywalking” columns on February 6. So, after you watch the Super Bowl and before you prepare for Monday night’s harness action from Woodbine or Yonkers, I invite you to stop by and see what is on Jay’s mind this week.

Along the lines of columnists, our regular weekly contributors, which have been writing for Harness Eye over the last couple of years, have also started appearing on DRF.com. Keith Gisser, a jack of all trades who has done everything from training horses to running the Publicity Department at Northfield Park, joined DRF.com this past Thursday. He will provide his unique point of view and sarcastic wit once a month. You can read his current column here.

In addition to a weekend preview from Bergman this coming Thursday, you can also enjoy a fresh column from longtime professional handicapper and writer Bob “Pandy” Pandolfo. Pandy will contribute twice monthly in addition to supplying his popular Sharp Horses and Track Trends list, which is a multi-track rundown of horses to watch and track biases. Pandy will also add his handicapping insight on stakes races throughout the year.

More content, past performances, live video, analysis, a great wagering platform, and that is just the beginning. As we develop and evolve you will see more great stuff. We are committed to becoming THE PLACE for HARNESS RACING.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the content.

Phinnious More than 1 year ago
As an avid/daily reader of "the sports eye" between the eighties and nineties, I can tell you that bringing back Jay Bergman is an excellent way to get people introduced, or in my case, re-introduced to harness racing. I'll always remember the comparative speed rating chart that they published in most issues, and how useful it was in predicting how well a horse "fit in" while shipping from track to track. Hopefully the "new" sportseye/harness eye will include this chart in it's editions, and keep it updated. [The speed rating chart was recently updated and is available in the print version of Harness Eye. - DG]
Park Chin More than 1 year ago
Great to see Jay Bergman back where he belongs!
David Najar More than 1 year ago
I am waiting for the monthly unlimited price for the online Harness Eye PP's to show up as promised, when can we expect to see it ?? [It is on the agenda. When I have a firm time frame, I will post it. - DG]
Joseph Costa More than 1 year ago
To Jay Bergman, All you need now is Sandy Grossman and you will be one big happy family all over again.... Best of luck with your new venture, I, for sure will enjoy not having to drive 20 minutes in each direction to get the paper anymore!
marvin f More than 1 year ago
thanks for your kind words Bill ,Id give anything to hear Roy Shudt say.... THERE THEY GOOOO ,one more time
Walt P. More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the correction DG, I misread the Friday chart, taking the 3rd for the 4th. Still very unusual for a Pick Six with 6-of-6 to pay less than a Pick Four that ends on the same race. One thing I would like to see Meadowlands do is move the pick five to the last five races and have two pick fours: One of the first four and another on the last four races while also moving the Pick Six to the last six races. Those changes I suspect would result in much more handle late in the program.
Walt P. More than 1 year ago
Just noticed this when I was looking to see if there were any carryovers for Meadowlands for Saturday: If you go to the ninth race results, the Pick Six, even with a 9-1 winner of the first leg and 1-2 winner of the second leg paid only $58.90 for $1 while the Pick Four on the last four legs of the Pick Six paid $83.00! I wonder if someone made a huge bet on the Pick Six by mistake that caused the skewed payoff on that and the Pick Four. [Favorites actually won every leg of the Pick 6; which explains the short price. The Pick 6 pools are usually small and most people key in on the favorites. The Pick 4 pool is much bigger and people spread more, which is why the price was probably higher. BTW, the 9-1 winner was in race 3. The Pick 6 starts in race 4. - DG]
Tim More than 1 year ago
Derick, any word on bringing harness charts to DRF.com? [I'm working on getting the Meadowlands charts available. I will keep you updated. -DG]
marvin f More than 1 year ago
If the current face of harness racing has anything to with Pompano Park then the sport is in serious trouble.The old clubhouse should have been torn down long ago, or at least cleaned on a monthly basis.the game i loved in the 60s and 70s is a distant memory. A summer night at the old Brandywine Raceway,with the sun setting behind the toteboard and the best horses and drivers racing for the best money on the east coast would make a lifelong fan of anyone. What i saw at Pompano was a track that ran so a casino could exist. Who could or would wager serious money at a track with pools so anemic , that a 50.00 win bet could influence the board? Good luck to you Mr Bergman,the world has spun many times since my youth, I hope harness racing doesnt go the way of boxing or tennis, but I dont see much of a future based on what i saw in Florida this past week....Thank You ...Marvin J Friedman....as you can guess ..Wilmington Delaware
Bill Waters More than 1 year ago
Marvin, You're spot on re. Brandywine Raceway, Stanley Dancer's all-time favorite track. Chester was supposed to remind us of beautiful Brandywine--not even close.