- Two winners and a very close second for Contessa on Wednesday after a 1 for 29 start on the inner track (in addition to another second, and a third). All of those three had last raced in New Jersey, and two, 7th race winner West Coast Flyer and 3rd race runner-up Tide Runner, were moving up in class fresh off the claim, for Winning Move.
The stable of trainer Mike Hushion is in sharp form; he ran 1-2 in Wednesday's 6th race, and took today's opener with class dropper City Spirit; that's four winners from 12 starters on the inner track.
- Here's an interesting comment on the last post. The reader tells of speculation that some horsemen themselves, already used to the squalid backstretch conditions at Philly Park, are in cahoots with Greenwood in slowing the progress of barn renovations with an eye towards dissuading outsiders at crashing the big purse party there. Certainly some perverted logic there given the fact that the locals are already struggling to find spots for their horses.
- Developer Louis Cappelli says that he's still "on schedule" with the heart of his grand plan for the Concord. Though some aspects of the complex will be moved to a second phase, the new Monticello harness track, along with the racino, hotel, and retail shops are on target for summer 2010. Cappelli also scored an additional $200 million in bond proceeds.....if of course, given market conditions, the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency can get the issue done.
"The only thing we are keeping our eyes on is the bond market because we are going to sell bonds for the project," Cappelli said.Unlike a certain other racino project we know of that's dependent on a bond issue.
Cappelli said the faltering economy has made it harder to lock down financing. He has been paying for the project out-of-pocket and with short-term bridge loans.
"I get sick every time I watch the financial news, but I am determined to move ahead and we are, quickly." [Times Herald-Record]