Eight drivers and their steeds will see action on Memorial Day Monday at Hazel Park Raceway in suburban Detroit as the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association enters the third week of harness racing action.
Five of the eight will be making their third appearance in the trotting series, two will see action for the second time and one lone new face will be looking at the Starter as they await the word 'Go.'
The race is carded as the fifth event on the wagering card.
Favoritism goes to driver Mike 'The Mortgage Man' Mitchell and his own mare, Likaty, who enter the fracas off back to back wins. Though favoritism is surely deserved, they'll have to work hard from post position eight.
Clearly the speedball in the race is Distant Memories in rein to 'Buckboard' Bob Miller. The horse has blazing speed but has had issues sustaining it. They'll launch from post position 3.
Drawing the choice rail post position is Craig Sebert who will handle longshot SS Missy Ann.
Alongside will be Jim Ingersoll who will try and improve on back to back third place finishes in the series as he directs his own Caballo Diablo.
In the four hole, former National Amateur Champion Steve Oldford will again team up with the old-timer Artful Power.
The driving Vet, Dr. Mike Caston will steer Winsome Wonder, Kelly Walker gets the call on Keep Your Shirt On and from the 7 post, we'll see one of Michigans most prolific trainers suiting up to drive in the person of Zaim Cunmulaj who will be guiding YF Eliminator.
The GLADA series will be racing every Monday at Hazel Park throughout the meet.
Owners and trainers of qualified trotters are reminded to enter their horses as there are other amateur drivers waiting in the wings for their respective opportunities to race.
Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association
Dale P. Zahn, Member - U.S. Harness Writers Association