10/18/2011 11:24PM

Welcome to Harness Racing


Welcome to the wonderful world of Harness Racing.

I’m excited to get my blog underway and have the opportunity to bring my thoughts and analysis to DRF.com. With the Breeders Crown (the harness version of the Breeders’ Cup) eliminations on Friday and Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack, I cannot think of a better time to get this blog fired up.

Five eliminations for 2-year-olds are on tap on Friday and eight more elims for older horses and 3-year-olds are scheduled for Saturday. Once the also-rans are weeded out, we will have 12 full fields (six paces and six trots) with wonderful betting opportunities available for Finals night on October 29. For those that enjoy guaranteed pools, two $100,000 Pick Four wagers will be offered, and you can play them for as little as 20 cents.

I will be blogging my Crown thoughts and DRF.com will launch an events page next week. There you will find video analysis, features, past performances, live video, and much more.

As we inch towards the end of the year, we are working behind the scenes to provide you with Harness Eye and Daily Harness Program past performances right here on DRF.com. When that becomes a reality, I will be sure to post something.

If you are new to the harness world, welcome aboard! I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you are already a fan, check back often. I promise to provide some interesting thoughts and insight.

Check back tomorrow!

Douglas Long More than 1 year ago
Meadowlands Jan 5,2012. Race 8 box 1,4,5,8 in exacta box.
Pacingguy More than 1 year ago
Congratulations on the blog Derrick. It is great to see harness racing join the DRF 'stable'. I look forward to being able to buy the Harness Eye programs; I always loved them.
mark More than 1 year ago
DG look forward to your blog-best mark
Greg Schuler More than 1 year ago
Look forward to the DRF harness PPs!
mark landau More than 1 year ago
It's about time. I'm so glad that harness racing will be getting more exposure. I guess the exclusive PP deal the USTA had given to equibase is over. Although many years late, a little competition will be very good. Now all I need is for someone to allow me to make bets on harness racing. I moved to AZ from NJ, and guess what, this state does not allow its citizens to have a wagering account nor bet on harness racing at the OTB's or tracks. All the best, Derick. Kudos for sticking it out.
KD More than 1 year ago
Hi Derick, Welcome and thanks for starting a harness blog. The question I had is what are racetracks doing to make harness racing more exciting? I used to bet the big circuits like the Big M and Woodbine but find that the racing has gotten a bit boring. Mostly follow the leader till the stretch then everyone tips out for the drive. Are they doing anything to force more flow in the races, instead of the buddy system with drivers seeming to help each other out finding a spot? [That does seem to be the norm sometimes. The Meadowlands is banking the turns again to get them to how they used to be 10-15 years ago. So, horses from the back of the pack will have a much better chance of rallying from far behind. - DG]
JOHN GLMORE More than 1 year ago
COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT A QUALIFIER RACE IS EVEN AMONG LOWER CLASS HORSES. [A qualifier is a race where horses do not race for purse money and must finish in a track mandated time in order to be eligible to race in a pari-mutuel race. The time they need to "qualify" varies from track to track and is gait (trot or pace) and age specific. - DG]
dean More than 1 year ago
Hey I have been a big fan of Harness and feel it is easier to handicap with them racing same distance and race track. One question I do have is how do they fund these huge purses esp during the late summer grand circuit??? The wagering pools at some of these tracks are so small yet the purse is huge in some cases... [The overnight races at most tracks in Racino states are funded by the slots. For the Grand Circuit, those races have nominating fees and sustaining payments which are put towards the final purse. - DG]
mark landau More than 1 year ago
Good to see Derick and harness racing on DRF.com. It will be even better when the past performances of "Harness Eye" make it to the web. For those that don't know it, only one company was allowed to put past performances/programs on the web for harness racing for a number of years. A little competition can only help the sport. Derick, you deserve kudos for sticking it out through thick and thin. All the success.
tammie More than 1 year ago
How wonderful a blog column on harness racing. Having been in the biz it's just wonderful. Look forward to your column. "Go Peelers"