Bridles are essential for communicating with horses. They're made with several straps, usually leather, that fit over the head and face of the horse, allowing the driver to control the horse through the use of a bit. The blind bridle, for example, obscures sight from the sides as well as from behind, which prevents the horse from seeing anything that may cause anxiety. In this video, driver Tom Jackson shows Heather a few different kinds and what each one is used for.
It's our 300th episode and we're celebrating this big milestone with a special season finale. Yep, it's true—this is our final episode for 2018, but we'll be back next year with even more of harness racing's fastest-paced half hour! But before we sign off, we've got a lot to cover including:
• Longshot College Hanover pulls off a stunning 99-1 win at Pocono, paying a whopping $336.60 -- off to a great start since it's also the horse's first lifetime win.
• We catch up with driver and trainer Mike Simons, who talks about how growing up in Lexington's horse country instilled a love of horses and led to an exciting 40+ year career in racing.
• You've probably heard of a bridle, but do you know there's different types and different reasons why horses wear them? Driver Tom Jackson explains it all.
• Driver Yannick Gingras talks about what it was like driving the great Foiled Again in some of the sport's most unforgettable moments, and what he's feeling as the horse quickly approaches retirement.
• Plus, we've got new installments of Trivia Time, a Blast From the (not too distant) Past with Foiled Again in 2013, plenty of Libery Bell series action from Harrah's and more!
Kissin In The Sand had a rough start in life. But things got better when trainer Nancy Johansson started looking after her. Then the "terrible twos" hit and Kissin became a little bit of a stinker...for awhile. These days, she's a sweet girl on a serious winning streak!
Summertime fled The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a hurry – it was 59 degrees when the races started on Saturday evening -- but the change in temperature made no difference to the American Ideal gelding Ideal Kiss, who won for the fifth time in his last six starts when he won the $20,000 claiming handicap pacing feature in 1:50.4 over “good” going.
A FEISTY FILLY, GREAT RACING AND A LOOK AT ONE OF RACING's most important pieces of equipment on this week's show
· What are hopples? Trainer Arlene Cameron shows you this important piece of equipment that helps horses run safely, soundly and on gait.
· There's not just one Race of the Week--there's four! That's because PA Sire Stakes and Great Northeast Finals happened all on the same night and we recap all the wins including Phaetosive driven by Trond Smedshammer, Kissin In The Sand with Scott Zeron, Crystal Fashion with Tim Tetrick and Dosoduro Hanover with Matt Kakaley.
· Trainer Nancy Johansson's Kissin In The Sand was one of the big Sire Stakes winners—and also a big handful to raise! We talk to her about bringing up her headstrong filly. Plus, Stallion Series action...Marcus Miller interview...trivia fun...a great Breeders Crown Blast From The Past from 2010....and more cutness as we troll the Interweb for the latest and greatest horse cuteness.
Yep. Ear plugs are actually used often in harness horse racing. Driver Pat Berry explains how they work and why they're used.
IS IT SEPTEMBER ALREADY? YEP. AND IT'S ALSO SATURDAY, SO HERE'S A NEW FULL EPISODE OF PA HARNESSWEEK.
From a recap of the week's hottest racing to a preview of tomorrow's Great Northeast Series Finals at Pocono, this week's show is wall-to-wall with racing excitement including...
· Driver Dexter Dunn is a star in Australia and New Zealand, and we catch up with the new arrival to PA about his plans and the what's different about racing in the US.
· PA Sire Stakes heated up the track at Harrah's and Pocono, where the favorites battled it out with hot longshots.
· Superstars fillies Manchego and Atlanta are cutting up miles in Canada...we talk about whether they'll make it to Pocono for Breeders Crown in October.
· Plus, Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears celebrates his 10,000th win, we go back to the Summer of '69 in our Blast From The Past and catch up on the latest social media cuteness.
It's sounds like a simple job, right? Caretakers care for the horses. But a lot goes into making sure those horses are healthy and happy and well fed and performing at their peak. Catch up with an up-and-coming caretaker at Harrah's Philadelphia, where she talks you through an average workday and explains why, as the people who spend the most time with the horses, trainers and owners rely on them for so much.
WATCH THIS WEEK'S FULL EPISODE RIGHT HERE! MEET 78-YEAR-OLD TRAINER CHUCK sylvester still going strong, see what it takes to be a caretaker and more!
It's almost championship time for the Great Northeast Series and PA Sire Stakes, and we've got all the latest action including...
· A track record — and a world record! — in the Sire Stakes at Pocono for White Tiger and trainer Anthony Macdonald.
· Heather catches up with three-time Hambo winner and Hall of Fame trainer Chuck Sylvester, who's still going strong at 78 years old and still powering his small stable to the winner's circle.
· Sharla talks with driver Eric Carlson, who passed on a career in the corporate world for the exciting world of racing, about his roots in the sport, how he got into the game and plans for the future.
· Caretaker Katie Remmerswaal shows us what it's like taking care of the horses and what she loves most about her job.
· Plus, trainer Sam DePinto gives us a primer on an important piece of racing equipment, we take a look at what's trending on social media and more!
-----------------------PA Harness Week