It’s a fantastic couple of weeks ahead of the Breeder’s Crown on 24-25 October, 2019, at the Woodbine Mohawk Park, with loads of horses preparing to make their final starts prior to the two-day racing event.
The Yonkers International Trot is the first one up, which might not be as exhilarating as the Breeder’s Crown, but promises to be just as fascinating.
Every time you see horses landing in New York, making their way to the Westchester County harness track, you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be a touch of sophistication and panache.
The Yonkers International Trot impresses with horses from Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Italy, Canada, and the United States.
The International Trot event flies under the radar in what most call the best month for sports out of the entire year, which is quite unfortunate, as the concept is best designed for television.
There are loads of incredible horse racing events within North America each year but none of them can match the International Trot where Yonkers go after horses from across the harness racing world to bring them to New York to hype the country as opposed to the horses.
This is quite an easy sell to a causal sports fan. However, the hope is that someday a sports network will pick it up and eventually televise the event which comes equipped with some pretty fantastic racing action.
You will also find a $1 million purse along with a 1 ½ mile distance that trotters will need to circle 2 ½ times around Yonkers Raceway which means tons of turns and loads of jostling for position.
In other news, racing is set to make a return to the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The last time we heard from the Big M, Forbidden Trade managed to pull off a 15 to 1 upset that allowed him to win the Hambletonian on 3 August 2019.
It’s been an incredible year for the racetrack in New Jersey as the track was able to increase purses and ensure some of its horses didn’t escape to Pocono and Chester once spring rolled around.
The fall season will come equipped with some massive overnight action, including the Kindergarten finals featuring 2-year-old breeds from New Jersey along with a huge card on 23 November, 2019, featuring 8 stakes races.
The initial four – the Governor’s Cup, the Valley Victory, the Three Diamonds, and the Goldsmith feature purses of $490,000, $400,000, $400,000, and $470,000, respectively. Without the state subsidy of $6 million, these horse racing events will not feature on the Meadowlands calendar.
On 23 November, 2019, you can also look forward to the TVG Finals and, unlike the Breeder’s Crown event and other stakes racing events, the brilliance behind the TVG races is the fact that is so simple.
There are essentially 4 races in this horse racing event, including the open pace, the open trot, the mare pace, and the mare trot.
The only condition to each race is that the horses need to be at least 3 years old. This means we might have an opportunity to witness Greenshoe, currently ranked as the best 3-year-old trotter who was recently victorious at the Kentucky Futurity.
The Western Fair Raceway, situated in London, Ontario, opened its doors for the 2019/20 season early last week. On 3 November, 2019, Pompano Park located in Florida will do exactly the same.
It’s crucial to cite such tracks as horses require a place to run during the winter months and while some racetracks operate constantly, these racetracks come with their own horses.
Racetracks that run from fall through to spring will allow for some low class horses to call it their home along with a full season of racing action at several venues that specifically cater to them.