Louisville, KY --- Shortly after she arrived in his barn in April 2009, Mark Harder realized something wasn’t quite right with Symphony In Motion.
“I raced her two or three times and she really wasn’t performing,” remembered the 48-year-old Freehold, New Jersey, resident. “Then she pulled up a little sore at Chester one day and she had a hairline fracture in her knee. Patty Hogan put a screw in it, she had some time off, then we trained her back and we are where we are now.”
After nearly eight months off the then 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Malocchio, who is owned by Joseph Jannuzzelli and Carol Demarch, finished third in a qualifying race at Freehold Raceway on December 4, 2009. From the mare's subsequent 19 race miles, she has collected eight victories, three second place finishes and three thirds, lowered her lifetime mark to 1:49, and earned $182,510 in purse money.
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|Symphony In Motion (#5) held off Mach You And Me to win a Mares Open on May 21 at Yonkers in 1:52.3, putting her in a six-way tie for the track record for older pacing mares.|
Prior to her injury, Symphony In Motion was always a consistent performer. Although she did not race at 2, the mare, previously conditioned by Larry Remmen, has bankrolled nearly $600,000 throughout her career and possesses a career line of 63-22-10-10. Currently, she is competing mainly at Yonkers Raceway.
“Even before I got her, she was a good Sire Stakes mare and a good winter mare at the Meadowlands in a series as a 4-year-old,” Harder, whose pupils have netted nearly $27 million during his career, said. “She’s a professional and is very, very simple to train. She just goes about her business and so far, it’s been very easy to keep her right and happy.”
It seems like the only time Symphony In Motion steps even remotely out of line is before a race begins.
“She can get a little bit grabby behind the gate, but she really is a very good, professional racehorse,” Harder said.
Her connections plan on spotting the mare exactly where she has been and seeing what the rest of 2010 holds.
“We will just keep her around Yonkers racing her in the Opens and if something else comes up, we will go and bang heads with the good mares somewhere, but we really didn’t stake her up,” Harder explained. “We thought she would be a good Open mare somewhere like Yonkers and she has come up to be somewhat of a pleasant surprise. We will keep racing her until she tells us she needs a break; she really is a great little mare.”