Day At The Track

Misty Moonstone hopes to play giant killer

07:58 PM 14 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Western Fair District

The best older pacing mares in harness racing will descend on The Raceway at The Western Fair District this Saturday night for the $200,000 Forest City Pace Final.

Local favourites Modern Cinderella and Misty Moonstone will leave right beside each other from posts two and three respectively in the star studded field.

The latter will not be hard to pick out as the lone grey in the field and, if anyone has a home field advantage, it just might be the daughter of Astreos. With nine career wins over the London oval to her credit, no one in the group has had more success at this venue.

“She really does seem to pick up her game on this track,” explained trainer-driver Peter Core of the $350,000 career winner. “If she was facing this same group at one of the big tracks like Woodbine or Mohawk she would be totally overmatched. But on this track I think she can go with them and be a competitor.”

And a competitor she is, despite her endearing disposition around the barn.

“Misty is an absolute sweetheart around the barn, maybe the nicest I’ve been around,” explained Core. “It’s hard not to get attached to a horse like this because she gives you all she’s got on the track and she’s really blossomed into a gritty performer as she’s gotten older.”

Misty Moonstone has drawn post three in Saturday night’s final and Core realizes she faces a daunting task which includes trying to knock off a three-horse Ron Burke-trained Juggernaut led by 7-5 morning line choice Rocklamation.

“Realistically, beating these mares looks like a huge reach but I’m hopeful that I can get good early position and there’s some pace in the race. If that happens, I’m confident that my mare can follow along with them and get a big share.”

First post on Saturday night is 7:05 p.m. and there is a lot planned that evening at The Raceway.

Three lucky fans will take home a Western Fair District (WFD) wrist watch (valued at $100 each), plus there will be giveaways for both WFD and Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club packages throughout the night. There will also be a special edition of ‘Deal Or No Deal’ and ‘Live’ Entertainment in the new Annex Lounge.

On the wagering side, the late pick-4, which includes the Forest City Pace, will offer a $5,000 guaranteed minimum pool. Top driving stars Scott Zeron, Jody Jamieson, Randy Waples and Brett Miller will be in town competing in several races during the 12-race card.

Fans can visit the Forest City Pace contest on Facebook to vote for who they think will win and have a chance at a New Year’s Eve Prize Package at The Western Fair District. To vote, visit the link http://www.facebook.com/#!/districtraceway/app_181969671911510.

WFD Media Relations

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