We have some good news- when Harry goes to post in Race 12 at 10:45pm on Gold Cup night in the Birthplace of Confederation Final, he’ll be able to hear you loud and clear because he’ll be the closest horse to the crowd! Bad news is, that’s because he’ll be in post position 8, the position with the toughest sledding and lowest win percentage...
The way this race is going to shape up is there will be alot of early speed from the first four horses, with some of North America's top drivers on the 1, 3, and 4, Harry will be lurking and looking for opportunities later in the race.
If you are curious about post position statistics, and why we always seem to talk about it, the win percentage goes from 17.3% at Post 1 to 6.9% at Post 8. Post positions 1-5 are all relativity even, then there is a rapid decline with post 6 and the outside positions. More details can be found on Standardbred Canada and the post position statistics for Red Shores Charlottetown can be found at this link https://standardbredcanada.ca/content/post-position-statistics-charlottetown-driving-park.html
We are pretty excited to have a horse racing in a race leading up to the Gold Cup and Saucer on Saturday night and we hope you are too!
Harry raced great again last night, came in his last quarter in 28.2 to nip Woodmere Ideal Art for 2nd. Some interesting connections with this bunch. The winner, Do Over Hanover, is owned by a group including Don MacNeill, who is a Harrry shareholder and Don MacRae, whose grandson Denver is a Harry Shareholder. Woodmere Ideal Art, who finished 3rd, was bred and raised at Woodmere and is owned by Dawn Hubbard of Ultimate Stables, who is also an owner in Rollwithitharry Racing. Lots to cheer for!
Harry will race next Saturday evening on Gold Cup night in the final for the Birthplace of Confederation Series.
If you are attending Old Home Week this Wednesday or Thursday evening, be sure to look for the Rollwithitharry babies racing in the Atlantic Stakes action as they try to get this racehorse stuff figured out.
Thanks to everyone who stopped out at Woodmere this rainy evening. Some photos are attached of Harry's yearling babies enjoying attention from shareholders while they visited Woodmere. Feel free to stop by anytime.
We hope you enjoyed your week away from us but Old Home Week is now upon us, and we are back to more racing!
The Birthplace of Confederation Series is brand new to Red Shores this year. This is a great option for local horses that aren't in the Gold Cup and Saucer mix. There are only three Maritime/ local horses races in the two Gold Cup and Saucer trials. The Birthplace of Confederation Series is sponsored by the City of Charlottetown in Memory of Brian Andrew. Brian and the Andrew family of Meridian Farm have been an advocate, owner, breeder, trainer, driver and promoter of Standardbred racing the Maritimes. The industry lost Brian in December 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. This series will be a great way to keep the enthusiasm that Brian emulated as the industry goes forward without one of its pillars. The series will consist of two divisions this Saturday night with purses of $5000 each. The top four in each division will race on Gold Cup night for a purse of $10 000. Harry has drawn post position 3 in the first division, Race 7, which will go to post at 8:48 pm.
We'll update tomorrow night with some options to visit Woodmere Farm and the Matheson Stable during Old Home Week.
Also, if you are thinking of attending more than once, than a week long pass is $25 and available from Murphy Pharmacies, Red Shores gift shop and the Old Home Week office.
Now that we're past Harness the Hope, we'll try our best to inform about not only Harry but the horse racing industry in general. So if you ever have any questions then please ask, we'll be glad to help.
Harry will take a week off this week and, in case you are wondering, we'll go through the 'why'. A couple things to start: We have Harry with the Matheson family for a reason. They will always do what's best for your horse, which is no different then most training barns in our industry. Also, it was never our intention to race Harry every week. He's started 4 weeks in a row now and if we race this weekend and both weekends of Old Home Week then that would be 7 weeks in a row. By taking a pass on this week, it allows the horses that are a notch better to sort themselves into a Gold Cup Trial. Then, the Preferred 1 class becomes a much more even group for all the horses. We will also then be good to go for 2 races Old Home Week.
We never get involved with the decision making of managing Harry. Overtime we've grown to understand it, but we always know that Ronnie is always going to do what's best for Harry. It's possible that skipping a tough race early in August might get you 4 more races later in the year; and that's good for Harry, Rollwithitharry Racing, and the industry!
We still have several Ownership Certificates, please if you haven't received yours then send us your address so we can mail it to you. The other option would be to pick it up at Matheson stable. Please let us know.