Day At The Track

Hardy earns Anderson her trainer's title

04:16 AM 29 Nov 2009 NZDT
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Jim Hardy and Dawn Anderson
Jim Hardy and Dawn Anderson

The Plainridge Racecourse will never ever forget the way the sixth race was raced and eventually won, because of the scenario that took place during the race. We must first backtrack with an explanation, which goes like this, going into today Jim Hardy and Dawn Anderson were both tied with forty-eight harness racing wins and prior to the sixth race both contenders had two drives and neither one was able to crack the win column.

Now the story get`s a lot more exciting, Hardy has been occasionally driving Anderson`s horses when he has had the chance too and has been successful with some of them, but today if he was successful in the sixth race the curtain call would not be for Hardy but it would be for Anderson, with Hardy really carrying the load to determine his thrill of victory or his agony of victory. Sounds pretty corny, but there is no joking about this.

There were two scratches in the sixth race trot and Miles Moving with Wally Watson fired out to the top and maintained that position all the way and remained there as they turn into the stretch and making a race of it was Lindy The Shark and Bob Tisbert in second, Todd O`Dea and China`s Message was in third and sweeping around from fourth to catch up was Tk`s Takeapeekatme with Hardy.

They headed down the lane and all of a sudden Lindy The Shark made an unplanned break eliminating him from the picture and Tk`s Takeapeekatme passed China`s Message which left just Miles Moving ahead of him and within fifty yards of the wire Hardy amazed the stunned crowd by flying by the leader to win by a length and a half and the totally shock crowd watched in astonishment, for Hardy just cost himself the championship.

The winningest driver at the track this year showed a lot of people that a " class act " is always a " class act " even if it can cost you the track`s training title, because winning that race gave the championship to Dawn Anderson, who really new that Hardy would be out there to perform at his best at whatever cost and for today it was substantial; the loss of a training championship.

One of the greatest stories ever to unfold happened during that race. There could have been a whole lot of excuses by him, but Hardy is not the type to try and use one, for he is a " class act. "

Dawn Anderson might have won the championship, but Hardy will never regret what he did, even if you don`t believe it. He is a true competitor and that is what really counts. Integrity is what will keep harness racing alive and well and Hardy proved it today. Championships are won and lost and are only memories, but " integrity " ...... that lasts forever.

The season is now over and we all can`t wait for next year..........

Bob LIEBERMAN

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