Day At The Track

Group One upset one of owner’s best

09:30 AM 19 Sep 2020 NZST
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American Dealer staves off Krug by a head in the Sires’ Stakes Final,Harness racing
American Dealer staves off Krug by a head in the Sires’ Stakes Final
Megan Liefting/Race Images photo

Miami owner Gordon Banks rated American Dealer’s upset Sires’ Stakes Final win over white hot favourite Krug as one off his most thrilling wins in nearly 40 years of racing horses.

But, unbelieveably, Banks missed seeing the last 100 metres of the thrilling duel when his excited partner in the horse Marc Hanover rang.

Banks’ mobile phone was in delay and Hanover, watching 6km away on his laptop already knew the result, unable to contain himself over winning a Group I feature in the middle of the night.

“I knew it was going to be close but I had to answer the call as I knew it would be Marc. I could still hear the commentary in the background and Marc was very excited so I thought he must have won.”

It was 3.40am Miami time and Banks says the Alexandra Park race played out like comedy central as he got more and more excited throughout the race but was unable to shout out with his 98-year-old mother sleeping only two rooms away.

But when he saw American Dealer full of running turning for home, his muffled urgings became ever louder.


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by Barry Lichter

Courtesy of Lincoln Farms

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