Two harness racing trainers and two drivers accounted for EVERY SINGLE VICTORY in EVERY SINGLE RACE held EVERYWHERE in the United States yesterday! (And no, nobody named Burke was involved.)
East Rutherford NJ is normally a focus of harness fans' attention, but yesterday it was indirectly for another reason -- the American gridiron football classic the Super Bowl was played there. (Two notes: 1) the horse was named after the trophy, not the other way around, and 2) actually, one team played the Super Bowl yesterday; I wouldn't have wanted to be on the flight to Denver carrying the other side back home.)
No United States racetrack was scheduled to hold any pari-mutuel racing on Super Bowl Sunday -- except that the new Miami Valley Raceway qualified for the first time on Saturday morning, and they drew enough entries to hold 18 qualifiers. Since their paddock holds only (only?) 14 races, and they have no barn area, four qualifiers were carried over to Sunday -- at noon, so everybody was home and put away before the 6:30pm EST kickoff.
The all-conquering trainers and drivers were trainers Travion Jones and Jeff Brewer and sulkysmiths Jeremy Smith and Jason Brewer; the Brewers combined to take the even-numbered qualifiers, while Jones/Smith (not aliases -- we checked) clicked in the odd-numbered events. And the Brewers were second in the two races they did not win -- a handicapping angle of "sharp stable" when racing begins at the new 5/8-miler on Friday night.
by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com