Last night was a fantastic night. Thank you to all of you who bought shares in Rollwithitharry Racing. In total, there are 205 shareholders for a grand total of $12,300 that Rollwithitharry Racing was able to contribute to Harness the Hope. Congratulations to Sam Gallant, the Harness the Hope Committee, the Dustin Family, Lee Drake and the Red Shores team for executing a tremendous night and raising $43,068 for the PEI Cancer Society in support of Breast Cancer!
Harry raced super last night. He got away 3rd and let the others do all the work. Euchred tired a bit at the 3/4 and caused Harry to lose position by the 7/8. But then he showed his true athletic nature, coming from 7th at the top of the stretch to finish 3rd in 1:54.3. He was flying!
Congratulations to everyone, we hope Harry adds to the excitement for the rest of your summer. In the next few days, Ronnie will decide if Harry will take a week off before Old Home week or not and we will let you know. Racing and regular updates will continue until Harry tells us otherwise!
Photos attached are of the cheque presentation from Rollwithitharry Racing to Harness the Hope, Harry meeting shareholders Jordan and Eva Dingwell along with their parents, and Harry receiving some post-race black licorice from Doris Wood, thank you to Kara Irving for supplying the treats!
Sock It Away took a new winning record of 1.53.2 last night. Harry raced well, finishing 5th in 1.56. When the group goes down to the half in 56.2, and the 3/4 in 1.24.3, Harry knows that its going to be hard to make up any ground. Harry had lots of fans there to cheer him on and the bananas taste the same, win or lose. The great thing about harness racing is there's always next week!
After the race, Harry enjoyed meeting a few more shareholders.
Harry had a great week. Tonight should be a fantastic race with the top horses in the Maritimes split between tonight's feature in Charlottetown and the $7500 Invitational in Truro. Harry will be post position 4 in race 10 at 8:42 pm.
Ronnie always enjoys driving Harry. Watch as the horses gather behind the starting gate on the backstretch, Harry will be shaking his head and throwing his nose at Ronnie saying "OK, I'm ready, let's get going here!".
It's a super class of horses, let's cheer them on either live or livestream! Harry and Ronnie will have a lot of fun regardless of the outcome.
Harry is in to go again on Saturday night. He will go from post 4 in race 10 at 8:40pm. When you do well in your last couple of races, the company usually gets a little richer! Harry will have to deal with Sock it Away again, as well as 3 of the horses that raced in last week's 25K Governor's Plate!! Gilles will be recovering off the bike for the next 4-6 weeks which means Harry will be in the more than capable hands of Ronnie Matheson this Saturday.
Just a reminder that although the stable is busy on Saturday night, feel free to contact us if you want to meet Harry before or after the race, or any other day
Harry is really liking his pink gear! He got to meet some new friends in SSide including Premier Dennis King. It was a fun night for Harry and all of his owners that made it out to cheer him on and all the yelling at your screens helped for sure too! Thanks to the Matheson crew for all their work last night, it would have been a late night trucking 5 horses back to Ch'town and putting them away.
Harry's driver Gilles Barrieau had a serious accident on the track before the Governor's Plate race. He was taken to hospital and remains there today. We'd like to send him our best wishes from everyone at Rollwithitharry Racing.
With less then 2 weeks left to buy shares in Rollwithitharry Racing, let's all try to get one more shareholder each to help support Harness the Hope on July 27.
It will be a fun summer for everyone!
Here is the link for the race replay: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vdn2OdBagow?rel=0
It looks like it's going to clear up to be a great race night and Rollwithitharry should have a race track rated 'fast' for tonight. This will be Harry's first road trip to race in 4 years, and being a stallion, trucking with other horses and stepping into a different paddock for the first time are all challenges that we hope he'll take like an 'old pro'!
With 16 races beginning at 6:30pm, Harry probably won't leave Charlottetown until about 5:30pm. The Matheson's have 4 other horses racing tonight in Sside including Woodmere's Collective Wisdom in the 15th for the Open Mares final. With the Carnival going in the background, there should be a great crowd and atmosphere by the time Harry goes to Post in Race 11 at 9:50pm. He'll be on the track to warm up after the 9th in his pink gear!
What to look for during the race: Harry will have to leave hard to protect his rail position, Adkins Hanover likes to race on front and we know Sock It Away will be leaving hard off the gate. With Sock It Away being the favourite to win the race, Gilles will likely be content to follow him but nobody else. In the perfect script, we want Sock It Away to see a good stiff challenge from one of the other horses at the half mile to 3/4 so he doesn't get a breather then Harry can test him down the stretch to the finish line! Fortunately, you can never write a script for a horse race... that's what makes it so EXCITING!! Good luck Harry!!!
Harry's day before race day started off with a trailer ride to AVC where he was collected for one of the last few mares this breeding season. After he returned to the track, he went out for his daily 4 mile jog. This afternoon, after his bath and a chance to rest, he got to meet one of his new shareholders, Debbie Kennedy. If anyone wants to meet Harry at the stable, feel free to contact us.
Harry raced super last night! Gilles wasn't planning to leave with him but Harry wanted to go with the gate so Gilles let him roll out of there. Harry settled in behind Sock it Away and stayed with him the whole race. They finished in 1:57.3 (Harry in 1:58.0) on a track that was rated "sloppy" . Harry had a fantastic final quarter, finishing in 28.1. Gilles commented that Harry is going to be a fun horse this summer! He loves to race even at 11 years old!!
Race replays are available on the Red Shores website, under the 'Racing' tab within 24h of the race. It's a great way to reanalyze or relive the race.
For anyone that plans to attend the races this evening, Harry will race at 9pm. With this being his first race in 6 months, we should keep our expectations curbed!
We hope he gets away well, they won't want him on front cutting out the mile, but will want Harry to finish his mile strong. Harry's been around awhile and he will let Gilles know when he wants to go. If the unexpected happens and he reaches the wire first (and wins) then whoever can make it to the winner's circle for a photo will have about 2 minutes to do so!
Here is the web address for those of you planning to watch Harry from home through the livestream: http://player.communitylive.ca/Player/Player/95
You can also reach the live broadcast through the Red Shores website www.redshores.ca, click the tab for Live Racing, and then click on Live Broadcast.
Race night programs are also available on the Red Shores website, where you can download a pdf. of the whole program. https://redshores.ca/racing/racing-programs/
Here is a glimpse of what Harry's day/ night will look like tomorrow and the gear that he wears. Thank you to Bobbi Jo Matheson for putting this together for all of us. Stay tuned tomorrow for information on watching Harry tomorrow night, live and live-stream!
Harry's race day routine: