AWESOME NEW TRACK RECORD AT HAWTHORNE

10:36 AM 25 Jun 2005 NZST
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Town Champion
Town Champion
LISA PHOTO, INC. - 2005 Four Leaf Clover leg one division winner.

Town Champion had been beaten as the favourite in two of his last three starts, racing in Free-For-Alls and Free-For All Handicaps, but his loyal fans sent him off as the choice once again on Friday (June 24) at Hawthorne.

This time he responded with a tremendous race.

He not only set the track record for the fastest 4-Year-Old pacer category but he also paced the fastest mile ever at Hawthorne, beating the record of 1.49.1 set by Sagebrush last July 24.

The new record of 1.48.2 was a full four ticks faster.

James Jesk owns Town Champion.

Undoubtedly helped by the swift early fractions set by Armbro Barnes during the first quarter and Johnny Be Cool during the second, Town Champion had only two beat in the early going.

Under very confident handling by driver Michael Oosting, this talented 4-Year-Old pacer, however, rushed up and grabbed the lead nearing the three-quarter pole and simply drew away from the field.

Interestingly, Oosting dropped the whip at the three-quarter pole but it certainly didn’t affect the outcome.

Town Champion was already had a three length lead on the rest of the field and he was drawing away even as they crossed the wire. He won by 5 ¾ lengths.

Trained by Seldon Ledford, Town Champion earned $10,500 for his victory, boosting his total for the year to $110,175 and his lifetime earnings to $264,609.

They covered the mile in fractions of 26.4 seconds, 53.1s, and 1.20.4 and finally 1.48.2.

ourtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Race Course

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