Day At The Track

Fan favourite horse at E.P.R is retiring

02:30 AM 29 Jun 2014 NZST
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Dusty Lane Oscar, harness racing
Dusty Lane Oscar will give his final bow on Tuesday
He's been a fan favourite horse for the last couple of years at Exhibition Park Raceway and Fredericton Raceway and he will race for the last time in his career on Tuesday afternoon.
Dusty Lane Oscar, winner of fifty-three races lifetime, over $50,000 in career earnings and a mark of 1:57 taken over Fredericton Raceway makes one last start for owner/driver Chris Davies.
Known for his antics in the winners circle literally bowing at fans as he is being cheered on, Oscar will race in the eighth race of the afternoon and has drawn post position two.
He has hit the board on three occasions this season in just six outings. Owner Chris Davies says that Oscar holds a special place in his heart. "This is the last horse that Dad and I owned together".
John Davies still comes out to watch the horse race and always has good advice for his son.
After acquiring the pacer from Moncton's Rob Tait, Davies quickly found out that he is a creature of habit. "He has a couple habits on the track. Turning before he goes to the gate you have to turn him inside out or he will stand up straight on his hind legs and in the winners circle he loves to stand up and bow to the fans".
Davies also says he knew it was time to give the horse a well deserved retirement and he will come full circle going to Rob Tait once again to enjoy the rest after a storied racing career.
Chris also say that Oscar helped him make a name for himself when he decided to give the Maine circuit a try. "Oscar traveled all through Maine with me and helped me make a name down there. Hes a real pleasure to drive and gives his heart everytime he swings."
To say that Oscar has a few fans is really an understatement. Chris along with his sister Joanne and their Dad make up Team Davies but many friends and family have joined in as they follow one of their favourite horses. Davies and company wear the colour orange and Oscar will be decked out in his colours on Tuesday afternoon.
When horses retire it can be a sad day for his owners and fans but over the years Oscar has given people many thrills and one thing is for sure, every time he gets behind the wings he knows its time to go to work and gives his all.
by Scott Waddell, for HRNB
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