For Standardbreds the mandatory retirement age is fourteen. Although a majority of pacers and trotters retire from the track much earlier than this there are some that remain to the end.
Although it is only February and these old war horses have ten more months of racing in their careers, one is standing above all others at Lebanon Raceway as he battles through his final year at the track.
Dragon's Growl is a fourteen year old gelding by, out of the mare Silent Marge.
His racing career started in 1996 at the age of two, winning one race in 2:01.4. Since that time he has won 53 more races and taken a lifetime mark of 1:54.1.
He has earned over $280,000.
Since January of 2003 Dragon's Growl has called the Kent Wilcox Stable home and driver Tom Hope has sat behind Dragon's Growl in the majority of his races since that time.
It seems to be a good combination.
In 2007 Dragon's Growl earned his way into the winners circle seven times.
His last winning 2007 appearence was on December 27. Since that time Dragon's Growl and his connections have opened up 2008 with four more wins. Giving him five wins in a row and absolutely perfect in 2008.
Congratulations to Dragon's Growl, owner William Stevens II, trainer Kent Wilcox and driver Tom Hope on a wonderful start to 2008.
Good luck for the rest of the year, and we are all looking forward to watching Dragon's Growl close out a memorable career.
Lebanon Raceway will be racing every Friday and Saturday night through May 3 with a new, earlier post time of 6:30 p.m.
Every Friday night we will have a drawing for prizes that include I-pods, Portable DVD Players, TVs and much more.
On Saturday nights there will be two $100 giveaways. As always, Lebanon Raceway provides simulcasting seven days a week from noon until midnight.
Susan Wilson, Lebanon Raceway