Day At The Track


04:52 AM 16 Aug 2005 NZST
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In what promised to be an entertaining, and highly competitive event on Monday night, legendary drivers Walter Paisley and Daryl Busse squared off one more time to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their dramatic duel to the finish for the National Driving Championship in 1975.

During that historic duel to the Championship, Busse and Paisley were neck in neck during the final days of the season. When it was all done Busse had a two-win margin.

Currently, Walter Paisley ranks 33rd on the all-time list of dash winners. He drove to victory 5,713 times and his drives earned $34,655,925 (prior to Monday night).

Daryl Busse is close behind on this all-time list. Busse’s charges have earned $30,331,474, winning 5651 times, good enough for 36th on the all time list.

Hawthorne honoured their epic battle with a new wager, the Match Rival Wager, on Monday night.

The two legends each had drives in six races, the second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth.

Points were awarded in the following way. A win earned 60 points, a place was good for 30, and finishing third would score 10 points.

The betting public made Paisley the 1-5 favourite but it was Daryl Busse, once more, who earned top honours.

The Busse-driven horses earned 50 points, no winners, while those driven by Paisley scored 30.

In the second Busse’s Fall Creek Mist finished second, Paisley’s Primmrose Hotspur finished fourth. E. Michelle finished fourth in the third for Paisley while Busse’s Itsyourluckyday wasn’t so lucky and finished last.

Butterfly Kay finished third in the fifth for Busse while Paisley’s Fancy Dreamer came in fourth. Paisley drove Skips Honey to a second-place finish in the sixth while BB Sara finished fifth for Busse.

Busse’s Moon’s Castoff finished third in the seventh. Paisley’s Naughty Burbon came in sixth. Neither gentleman scored in the eighth.

Tuffy Towne, with Paisley in the bike, finished seventh. Raspberry Twist finished fourth.

Those who backed Daryl Busse earned $5.20 but we were all winners to see these all-time greats in action once more.


Congratulations to Patricia Cozzi who took home the first prize in Hawthorne’s first “Ladies Open Harness Handicapping Tournament” on Sunday night.

The contest featured a prize pool of $3500. For her victory, Ms. Cozzi took home the $1000 first prize.

Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse

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