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Muscle Hill filly wins €103,802 German Derby

05:52 AM 07 Aug 2017 NZST
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Heinz Wewering wins mares-derby in Mariendorf
Heinz Wewering wins mares-Derby in Mariendorf
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August 5, 2017 - Today’s classic Eduard Winter German mare Derby (purse €103,802, 1900 meters autostart) went to 5.2/1 Motion Pure (3f Muscle Hill-Alma-Grimaldi-Premium Yankee-Joie de Vie) driven by legendary harness racing driver Heinz Wewering for trainer Christian Lindhardt and owner/breeder Gestut Lasbek. 6.1/1 Charlotte Newport (3f Abano As-Color Schemes) was second for driver Rudolf Haller and trainer Thomas Holtermann. Third went to 11/1 Tijuana Diamant (3f Dream Vacation-Cocola Diamant) for Jorgen Sjunnesson, driving for Wolfgang Nimczyk.

Wewering, a career winner of well over 16,800 races, presented this weekend signed Wewering whips to Canadian Hall of Famer Bill Galvin, for inclusion in the Canadian and US Hall of Fames. Galvin presented to the German Hall of Fame a whip signed by Hans Fromming in 1975 while in a drivers’ championship in Canada.

EDUARD WINTER Deutsches Stuten-Derby 2017 Dreier- und Viererwette / Prämienausspielung / DD-2 / V5-5

Dotierung: 103.802 Distanz: 1.900 mAutostartStartzeit: 17:10 Uhr

1.

Motion Pure

Heinz Wewering

1.900 m

1:14,1

52

2.

Charlotte Newport

Rudolf Haller

1.900 m

1:14,3

61

3.

Tijuana Diamant

Jörgen Sjunnesson

1.900 m

1:14,3

110

4.

Himoko Greenwood

Hugo Langeweg

1.900 m

1:14,3

76

5.

Madonna ST

Christoffer Eriksson

1.900 m

1:14,5

281

6.

Hera F Boko

Dion P. Tesselaar

1.900 m

1:14,7

327

7.

Honesty Newport

Michael Nimczyk

1.900 m

1:14,7

87

8.

Hazel Newport

Robbin Bot

1.900 m

1:14,9

509

Alegra B

Conrad Lugauer

1.900 m

dis.r.

17

Handsome Starlake

Hugo W. Langeweg

1.900 m

dis.r.

243

 

 

 

 

Below are published comments regarding Heinz Wewering, the consummate driver/trainer.

At the age 67, Heinz Wewering, the trotting champion horseman, is still one of the candidates for victory at Derby week in Mariendorf Berlin. Retirement? Heinz Wewering may be 67, but the driver does not want to know anything about retirement. In his sport he still does not count as too old, especially in important races. Wewering uses classic equipment because it fits him. He completed almost 51,000 races in his career, of which he won 16,844 - more than any other driver in Germany, and second in the world.

For years the German master had the world record for race wins, but he has since lost to the American Dave Palone. This experience is noticeable.  29 times in a row, from 1977 to 2005, he won the title of German trotter champion for the most victories in a season. Since then he has been called "the eternal gold helmet". 17,000 victory is the big remaining goal for Wewering.

At the German Traber (Trot)-Derby in Mariendorf he has won eight times as a driver and once again as a trainer, most recently in 2010 with Unikum. He has many stories, yet he says “I still have a little time." In fact, the age limitation for the drivers was lifted a few years ago and Wewering can now continue driving beyond 70 years. "I drive as long as I'm healthy," he says. He wants to reach the mark of 17,000 victories. Heinz Wewering is a legend still in action.

On the first three days of Derby week, Wewering was able to build his win total further. Twice he entered the winners-circle and now today the Filly Derby is another classic race win.

Quite a career!!!

Berlin Mariendorf 

Thomas H. Hicks

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