Day At The Track

Dave 'Steady As' Yarock vaults to the top

04:35 PM 01 Oct 2012 NZDT
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Dave Yarock
Dave Yarock

On the big day at Freehold Raceway on September 29th when the harness racing 'Open Space' promotion there got over 3000 people involved, Dave 'Steady As' Yarock vaulted to the top of the East Region leaderboard in C.K.G. Billings Amateur Drivers Series when he guided his trotter Guiding Light to a stunning come-from behind victory in a time of 2:01:3.

With Battlin’ Brad” Rathbone and Killer Whale leading the way from the get-go Yarock settled in at the rear of the pack as the field headed to the quarter pole. After passing that marker in :29.1 Killer Whale had two lengths on the field by the half in :59 at which point Yarock and Guiding Light were in seventh place some seven lengths off the leader.

Up the backside Rathbone let his trotter ramble and when they passed the third stanza they were six lengths to the good as Guiding Light moved up to fifth place but still seven lengths behind Killer Whale.

As Killer Whale headed for paydirt his strides began to shorten and almost inexplicitly Yarock’s trotter dug in and although they were seven lengths off at the top of the lane Guiding Light rallied to overtake Rathbone and Killer Whale to score a surprising one length victory in a time of 2:01.3. Tremendous Hit, who was parked to the half before finding position along the pylons, finished third for Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff.

To say the Yarock was excited after his come-from-behind victory would have been an understatement.

This is the most exciting race win I’ve ever won. “I knew that Rathbone’s trotter was tiring but it’s almost unbelievable that a trotter could make up seven lengths in the stretch, ‘ Yarock gushed.” And that I had all my family and friends there that day who joined me in the winners circle made it all the more pleasurable for me.”

Guiding Light, an 8 year old Dream Vacation gelding was a recent purchase by Yarock from Peter Kleinhans.

“It’s funny how things work out at times. I bought Guiding Light from Peter (Kleinhans) and won this race and a week or so ago Peter won the final of my GSY Pacing Series at Monticello.”Yarock said and then added “People don’t realize how important amateur racing is to the business. There is plenty of interest there and when some one gets involved in harness racing as an amateur driver they always seem to buy horses and employ trainers. Look at me. Five years ago I didn’t know much about the business and now I own a farm and 12 horses, and have Jimmy Doherty, Jr. as my trainer.”

by John MANZI

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