The stage has been set for the second week skirmish among Michigan Amateur harness racing drivers at Hazel Park Raceway in suburban Detroit. It's a field of nine with three new faces for the starter to look when they line up behind the gate for race number five on the Hazel Park program.
Favoritism will likely go to driver Mike Mitchell and his 5 year old trotting mare, Likaty. The two teamed up to win the inaugural event on May 17th and lady luck was on their side this week as they drew the rail post position.
Driver Jim Ingersoll and his charge, Caballo Diablo will start from post two after finishing third in the season opener. Using a ground saving trip to its full advantage, Ingersoll swung wide for the stretch drive and was closing quickly in that same race against Likaty and Mitchell.
USTA District 2-A Director, Steve Oldford will get re-acquainted with a horse he’s driven in the past, the Judy Roegner trained 12 year-old gelding, Bumblebsbullwinkle, a career earner of over $400,000. They’ll launch from post 3.
MHHA President Brett Boyd will give it a go again with Easter Holiday D – these two having teamed up to finish fifth in the opener a week ago.
The driver that finished second in round one, the driving Vet, Dr. Michael Caston, will handle yet another Don Harmon trained horse, Gidget. Gidget enters the race off a wire to wire win. The next three starters will be making their first appearance in the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association series. The group includes, Robert Miller, a Silver Cup Winning Driver at the Meadows last December, who will take the lines behind Lindy’s Maestro and start in the 6 position. Denny Walton will be the hope of the Hazel Park crew and cheered for by the locals as he gives it a whirl driving Dream It Away from post 7, and Dale Zahn will team up with his own SA Eldorado and they’ll be in post 8. Rounding out the field of dedicated amateur reinsmen will be Kelly Walker from post nine, driving Keep Your Shirt On.
The GLADA series will be carded at Hazel Park each Monday night throughout the meet and $50 declaration fees paid by each driver will be donated to charity of Hazel Park’s choosing. This series is complete with point standings and awards and the point leader on September 1 will represent GLADA in the Tim Fouts Memorial at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio.
Dale P. Zahn,