Day At The Track

Age holds no barriers in Harness Racing

05:45 PM 04 Oct 2009 NZDT
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Age holds no barriers for the likes of Satin Time N, Hezaumpn Bluegrass and Southwind Night, harness racing pacers who raced on Friday's (Oct. 2nd) card at Plainridge Racecourse.

Dawn Anderson's Satin Time N cruised to his 13th win of the season running his season's totals to 13-5-6 in 36 starts and pushing his purse earnings over the $20,000 mark for the 14-year-old.Anderson is no stranger to Plainridge.She is among those who have been racing at the 'Ridge since its 1999 opening.

Hezaumpn Bluegrass (13) who finished third in Friday's first race ran his totals to 8-3-2 in 24 starts and increased his lifetime earniings to $435,846.He is owned and trained by James Silva Jr. of Whitefield, N.H.and sports an overall mark of 310-77-42-43.

Lavros Victoria N (13) with Chris Long driving, was victorious in the eighth race to run his season's mark to 3-3-4 in just 19 starts. He is trained by Robert Lefebvre of Scarborough, Maine.

Another old-timer who likes the going at the 'Ridge is John Hogan's 13-year-old Southwind Night who didn't make the board on Friday's program but sports an impressive lifetime record of 376-86-60-49 and $242,160 in purse earnings. He also took his mark at six at Plainridge (1:53.2) and recorded a 1:56 mile tthis year at Rockingham Park.

Getting back to Anderson who hails from Colts Neck, N.J. and had a good season at Rockingham over the summer, her prized pacer has been something else over the Rock and Plainridge racing strip. In the horse's last nine starts the Anderson owned-drived and trained starlite has posted six wins, a second and a third to run the Plainridge standout pacers lifetime totals to 228-52-30-37 and purse earnings over the $207,000 mark.

At 5-2 and maybe 110 pounds her work ethic is one to admire. Her success this season not only with Satin Time N but her entire stable ranks her second in the track's trainer standings behind Jim Hardy, won the amateur driver crown at Rockingham and is locked with Bill Abdelnour for that title in the New England Amateur Drivers Club standings.

Plainridge racing secretary Paul Verrette once told me, "you want a story, check out Dawn Anderson. She's one hard worker."

I liken her to Boston's second baseman Dustin Pedrioa. The Mighty Mites of their professions who always get the job done.

Jack Ginnetti

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