Michigan amateur drivers are ready to rumble

01:52 AM 08 Apr 2012 NZST
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Steve Oldford
Steve Oldford

Members of the Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association return to the track on Monday evenings this summer, bringing excitement, fun, and hot hands driving competition for harness racing fans, families and friends. The first race night will be Monday, May 7, so "horse up!" as GLADA President Steve Oldford likes to say.

Race conditions are the same as last year: Michigan-owned or -bred trotters that are non-winners of $2,400 last six or $2,800 last seven with age allowances. Also, they must be non winners of $12,000 in 2011 or optional $7,500 claimers with allowances. Drivers are encouraged to find their own trotters for the summer meet, but help is available for those in need of a horse.

In addition to the glory of winning the weekly carded race, the overall winner of the series, based on points, will get to represent GLADA at the annual Tim Fouts Memorial Race at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Last year's GLADA winner, Mark Jones, finished second in the Fouts race last fall.

Races are hotly contested and the excitement crackles as the drivers turn behind the gate and trot on to the start. The amateur races are very popular with the bettors and eagerly anticipated by drivers, fans, and bettors. Come on down, get your horse, check that your "A" or "P" license is valid (noQ/F licenses), wash up those colors, and hit the track trotting.

GLADA thanks Ken Marshall and Ladd Biro of Hazel Park for their interest and assistance in supporting GLADA's very successful amateur program. We will greatly miss our friend and advocate, the late Hazel Park assistant race secretary Dennis Walton, who was critical to the program over the past two summers.

by Patricia MILLER

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