PLAINVILLE, MA: Royalty For Life, the colt who cruised to victory in last August's Hambletonian, the harness racing equivalent of theDerby, returned to Plainridge Racecourse this weekend to prepare and train for the 2014 racing season. Trainer said he was "thrilled to have the horse back home to prepare him for the start of his four-year-old season which is just around the corner."
"We are honored that Royalty For Life will be getting ready for his 2014 campaign here at Plainridge Racecourse," said Chris McErlean, Vice President of Racing for Penn National Gaming, parent company of Plainridge Racecourse. "His string of victories last year are a remarkable testament to the potential that exists in the Massachusetts harness racing industry which is why we are so happy to have him back and also why we are so happy to be moving forward on our exciting plans here in Plainville," McErlean added.
Just a week before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) awarded the Commonwealth's sole Category Two expanded gaming license to Penn National's Plainridge Park Casino project, Royalty For Life was named the 2013 Three Year Old Trotter of the Year by the United States Harness Writer's Association. The colt, owned by Al Ross of Dartmouth, was born in Belchertown at the farm of breeder Raymond "Chip" Campbell and trained by Norfolk residentin Plainville. After winning the Hambletonian last year, Royalty for Life also won the Canadian Trotting Classic, Canada's premier harness racing event.
Submitted by Plainrdige Racecourse Publicity