Day At The Track

It's Bonnie 'with a rush' - says Jack

01:48 AM 11 Jun 2012 NZST
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Bonnie Rush owner,trainer & driver
Bonnie Rush owner,trainer & driver - And Bob Kenney, an owner discuss the upcoming season
Bob Lieberman photo

When you think about the term 'old faithful' harness racing owner-driver-trainer Bonnie Rush comes to mind.

If my memory serves me right she's a Plainridge Racecourse original which takes her back to when the track opened in March, 1999.

Lately Bonnie, who has a preference for racing trotters, was in the money five times last week and drove Cathy and Marc Bouthillier's trotter, Molly McGuire to a new lifetime mark of 2:00.3.The Bouthillier's reside in nearby Northborough, Ma.

Born in Ohio, Rush lives in Tiverton, R.I. She's been a part of this business since 1986.

She races a small stable and makes herself available for catch drives.

At age 64 she makes her presence felt at Massachusetts' only harness track. Put her behnd a trotter and with her 'come from behind' driving skills she's a force to be reckoned with.

Plainridge Asistant Paddock Judge Robert Lieberman had high words of praise for Rush. "She's a very nice person and extremely conscientious," he noted.

She holds the distinction of being among the few female drivers who race regularly at pari-mutual tracks.Something she's been doing since s her entrance to this sport 26 years ago.


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