We thought we should walk those new to Standardbreds through what we call 'draw day'! To be entered to race Saturday night, your trainer Jackie Matheson has to enter Rollwithitharry by 9am Wednesday morning. Once the horse is entered, the Race Classifier (Gerard Smith) determines which of the 12 race 'Conditions' our horse fits into. The conditions are based on his performance through his last 5 races, earnings per start etc.. Harry finished up strongly in January so he's classified as 'Preferred 2'. Keep in mind that the water isn't quite as deep the end of January as it is in JULY!
Today there were 6 horses classified Preferred 2 for Saturday night. Next, the Classifier does the post position draw between those 6 horses. As far as post position goes, inside is always better then outside. The Saturday draw was posted about 1pm today (Wednesday) while driver changes and other details all became ironed out through the afternoon. For instance, when the draw came out this afternoon for Harry's race, Gilles Barrieau was listed to drive three different horses in the same race. Gilles chose to drive Harry, so the trainers of the other two horses he was listed on will need to go to plan B for their drivers.
With the Governors Plate Eliminations attracting the best horses in Atlantic Canada on Sunday in Summerside, Harry's race 11 becomes the 'Featured Race' on Saturday night in Charlottetown. Harry drew post position #4 in the 11th race which will go to post at 9pm. We'll have more updates as Harry's first race for Rollwithitharry Racing is now only days away!
Rollwithitharry had a great weekend! He qualified on Saturday evening in 158.4 finishing 2nd to Sock it Away. On the same night his 2 year old son Woodmere Rollharrio was impressive finishing 2nd in his first lifetime start in 200.3. This was the first official race for offspring of Rollwithitharry.
Also on the weekend Rollwithitharry Racing reached over 100 shareholders. When we began this initiative, selling 100 shares felt like an overly optimistic goal but now with the support of all you, the shareholders in Rollwithitharry Racing, we can set our sights on more ambitious goals. Seeing families cheering for Harry and then visiting the Matheson's stable, listening to stories of people who just want to reconnect with harness racing, and hearing from those who want to support the awareness of breast cancer has exceeded our expectations.
The more people we have cheering for Harry the more fun it is, the more money we raise for Harness the Hope then the more awareness we can achieve together.