Day At The Track

$25m man back from suspension & winning

07:53 PM 26 Aug 2012 NZST
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He's only 32 but Ryan Anderson has had more setbacks in harness racing than what many trainers twice his age have suffered in a lifetime. Three serious injuries and then a 60-day suspension and $2,000 for clenbuterol have stalled the New York horseman's career but since he's been back driving Anderson has been on fire.

The New York racing and Wagering Board suspended Anderson for 60 days on May 18. Since his return he has driven nine winners, 11 seconds, and eight thirds – all in 19 days.

“I’m delighted with my form. I just want to get as many drives as possible and get back to where I once was,” Anderson said.

Anderson has been driving at Maywood Park, Springfield, and Balmoral Park since his return to the sulky. He will drive at Kentucky on Thursday, the Du Quoin State Fair on Friday, and then back to Chicago.

He isn’t training any horses at present, preferring to work and qualify other people’s horses.

“I’m proud of the way he’s come back. He’s had a few set-backs and this time he’s come back firing. He’s a good little driver and he won’t let anyone down.

“He’s hustling drives at training tracks early in the mornings and it seems to be getting him both drives and results,” Anderson’s father Joe told Harnesslink while in Thailand and about to board a plane to Hong Kong.

In a driving career spanning back to 1999, Anderson has saluted the judge 2,703 times from his 18,758 drives. He’s also placed 4,634 times for $25.9 million in purses.

He’s also trained 160 winners and won $1.8 million in stakes.

Anderson’s most recent wins came at Springfield last Thursday when he won two of the six Review Stakes races. He piloted Stealin The Show in the $16,0003-year-old filly pace and Happilyeverfaster in the $16,000 2-year-old filly pace.

His most recent injury at Yonkers Raceway in March last year saw him have two plates and three screws inserted in his ankle. The accident required three hours of surgery.

"My horse (Cheyenne Oxe) started running in right before it happened, and I began yelling to the other drivers that something was up. Once he was in the infield, I had to make a quick decision, and I decided to bail. I thought it was the right thing to do, but my leg wound up caught."

In 2008 Anderson was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood where he broke an arm and cut his forehead. A year before he suffered a broken femur Balmoral Park(see video).

By Duane RANGER (editor)

(1) Ryan Anderson winning behind C'mon Tuff Guy at Maywood Park in January 2009:

(2) Ryan Anderson’s first accident at Balmoral Park in December 2007:

(3) Ryan Anderson’s accident second accident at Hawthorne on July 6, 2008:

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