HARNESS RACING’S VERSION OF ZENYATTA

This Thursday night (July 28, 2011) at Yonkers Raceway an amazing 3-year-old pacing filly, See You at Peelers, will try to add another victory to her 20-for-20 lifetime record. She likes the Yonkers’ track, where she is 4-for-4 including a win last month against colts in the $300,000-plus Art Rooney Pace. (Art Rooney was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a legendary gambler and racehorse owner, whose family owns Yonkers. His racetrack winnings were used to purchase the Steelers’ franchise.)

See You at Peelers will face seven fillies from post position seven in a division of the New York Sires Stakes; starting from the seven slot is a handicap on a half-mile track. She is the highest ranked horse in American harness racing and has won over $1.2 million thus far.

When was the last time that a top-flight 3-year-old Thoroughbred had 20 starts by July of his or her sophomore year? Says something quite laudatory about the durability of their distant relatives in the Standardbred breed and the willingness of harness horse owners and trainers to race their charges against all comers.

Best of luck to harness racing’s version of Zenyatta on Thursday night.

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