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Wildwood

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Harness racing distances
« on: January 11, 2021, 10:46:59 AM »
Why is it that harness racing basically run 1 mile races? I've been in the thoroughbreds most of my life, till Rockingham Park closed. I love watching and betting 5/8, 1, 1 1/6 &  1 1/4 races.  Also, why are there not more claiming races instead of nw of all the time.  Thanks in advance for comments

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2021, 11:49:24 AM »
Many successful t-bred handicappers concentrate on 6f and 1m races for handicapping. Above 1m pace numbers become unreliable.

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2021, 01:37:21 PM »
Probably because us drivers would forget where how many times we're supposed to go around.

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2021, 01:40:42 PM »
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Probably because us drivers would forget where how many times we're supposed to go around.

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2021, 03:34:48 PM »
Probably because us drivers would forget where how many times we're supposed to go around.
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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2021, 05:18:49 PM »
standardbreds by definition where named for going a mile by time standards overtime they became known as standardbreds thats why all races where run at a one mile distance

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2021, 05:41:58 PM »
standardbreds by definition where named for going a mile by time standards overtime they became known as standardbreds thats why all races where run at a one mile distance
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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2021, 06:16:33 PM »
I remember when Yonkers carded some 9/16 and 13/16 mile races.

And didn't one of the Canadian tracks until recently have a night where they only carded sprints?

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2021, 06:20:12 PM »
Always thought would be interesting for Standardbreds to run 1/4 mile sprints.  Of course, could only be run on mile tracks with long stretch. There’d be no real post advantage. The other interesting thing would be completely different class of horses could race against each other. Maybe a 10 claimer can sprint just as fast as a open horse for a 1/4 mile. Could change value of cheaper horses too who could be top sprinters.

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2021, 06:40:18 PM »
WHY!!!! The breed is a hardy breed and why would you want to get them to run sprints, distances over a mile ok but if you start running sprints they could start breaking down, and for what good reason.

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2021, 07:50:37 PM »
What was that track that wasn't to far from reedew..think they only raced 3/4 mile races...pretty sure it started with a A

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2021, 07:52:42 PM »
Pretty sure Vermin had 1/4 mile races..Remember Plano winning one with pretty sure horses name was Cat in the Hat

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2021, 08:06:49 PM »
back when vernon had the chute start they had quarter mile dashes. no turns involved.

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2021, 08:37:20 PM »
back when vernon had the chute start they had quarter mile dashes. no turns involved.

How fast were the 1/4"s in those races? Ive never seen one. Ive driven some 1 1/8 but nothing under a mile. Like iceman alluded to, at todays speeds quarter mile sprints would be career ending to half the field

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Re: Harness racing distances
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2021, 09:05:38 PM »
My track at the farm was a 1/4 but this summer I had it made into a true 1/2 and I kept the incline off the turn a separate straight. Some trainers have been asking if I would be interested in running quallies while the tracks are down and I'm thinking I'm going to do it. They need the competition not just miles and they can line up 7 wide so why not.

 

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