The George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Matchmaker series begin next weekend and horses are starting to line up behind the starting gate to get ready for the first big stakes battle of the season for older pacers. On Friday night at the Meadowlands, one of the most interesting Matchmaker eligibles will be in action, Somwherovrarainbow, the winner of the 2012 Breeders Crown 2-Year-old Filly Pace. She'll be facing older horses in the Matchmaker and trainer Joe Holloway offers his thoughts about her upcoming assignment in the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview.
Also, Dave Briggs talks about racing and television, specifically the experience of the Woodbine Entertainment Group, in his latest Stretch Call column in Weekend Preview, and Kathy Parker's Breeding Beat has an update from a couple of stallion managers.
In addition, a non-harness racing guy gives his take on the recent U.S. Harness Writers' Association Dan Patch awards dinner. Jesse Richardson, the son-in-law of USHWAn of the Year Judy Davis-Wilson, wrote that he went to two very different horse awards banquet this year and he compares them. H writes, "I was invited and picking up an award my wife's horse had won—a big fat trophy and a ribbon the length of your arm. That one looked like a prom, a college formal perhaps, and as I walked in it briefly crossed my mind I wouldn't know where to go for a last-minute corsage if I needed one. Picture ballroom gowns and high heels that would require permits in some jurisdictions. My tuxedo was the right call, and a rented limo would have been just over the top—just The other was 1,500 miles away, I was not invited, not receiving anything, traveling under a pseudonym and going to great trouble to arrive undetected by the organizer of the event."
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