Day At The Track

Driver Kyle Bolon takes aim at Red Mile title

05:15 PM 30 Aug 2012 NZST
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Kyle Bolon, 24, has been splitting his harness racing driving assignments between the Meadows, the Red Mile and Scioto Downs this year. He currently sits second in the Red Mile driver standings, only two wins away from the top spot behind another young gun, Tyler Smith. Bolon also sits 15th in the Meadows standings with 14 wins.

When asked how his fellow drivers treat him, Bolon replied, "All the other drivers are good with me; we have a very respecting and one of the toughest driving colonies at the Meadows in the country."

For Bolon, harness racing is anything but new. His family (including his father Rodney, his uncle Benny, his mother Sally and her father) have all raced horses. His aunt on his mother's side, Kathy Parker, is the editor/general manager of Horseman and Fair World magazine.

In addition to driving, Bolon owns five horses himself that he cares for every day and then he helps his father train his horses every morning.

"We are all one big stable," he added.

One of Kyle's favorite moments in the sport came in 2010 when he drove the 2-year-old trotting gelding Bloomington to a second place finish in a $36,000 division of the Standardbred during Grand Circuit week at Delaware. The winner of the race, Live Jazz, set a world, stakes and track record of 1:56.4 that day.

North Broadway, a 5-year-old trotter by Broadway Hall-Real Charmer is Bolon's favorite horse. He purchased him as a yearling and they have earned $107,065 together.

Bolon's main goal is to be a top catch driver. Currently, he is in the hunt at the Red Mile, his favorite track.

"I like racing at the Meadows full-time, but I prefer mile track racing," he said.

And apparently this is true, with an in the money percentage at the Red Mile this meet of just over 50 percent.

Kyle credits his dad as his inspiration.

"My dad has definitely inspired me the most. We're a tight family, with each other every day, and I've learned everything from him, including patience that has helped a lot."

Bolon has 198 wins in his career with $1.94 million in purse earnings.

According to Bolon, harness racing needs to look at the younger generation, draw a younger crowd, in order to succeed in its future.

Meanwhile, Kyle Bolon will continue to strive for the top driver spot at The Red Mile. He is thankful for the drives he is getting there this year and is fortunate to be able to drive against former leading Red Mile drivers Jeff Nisonger, James Stiltner and Chris Loney, while also getting to drive alongside such industry greats as Mark MacDonald, Mike Lachance and Dave Magee.

by Kenneth Terpenning, USTA Newsroom Correspondent

Courtesy of The United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom


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