Friday, July 24, 2009

Harness Racing Turf Angles

Tonight at the Meadowlands we had a turf race in race 5, for what I think is the first time ever here across the pond. The winner was a New Zealand bred, Onedin Legacy, paying $15.20.

As frequent blog contributor Greg states, this gelding was the only horse in the field with turf experience (not seen in the PP's), the trainer and driver (Chris Ryder) is from Downunder and was the only human in the race with turf experience as well.

So, for those keeping track at home, standardbred horses who have raced before on the turf have an ROI of 6.60, and standardbreds with no turf experience are stuck at a donut ROI.

:)

1 comment:

Pacingguy said...

The Meadowlands had another turf race about thirty years ago and Indiana Downs has had a turf race the last two or three years.

Actually, one turf race a year is meaningless, if they wanted to add a little variety to mix things up, they should do it with some regularity. Also could be helpful to introduce harness racing in non-harness locations. Think, if a track with a turf course ran a mixed breed meet, we could add harness racing to the mix.