Day At The Track

Fans get the opportunity to farewell Trigger

04:28 PM 15 Jul 2014 NZST
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"The People's Champ" Smoken Up and trainer-driver Lance Justice.

Smoken Up, known to his legion of fans as ‘Trigger’, will be given a personal farewell on Saturday night with photo and autograph opportunities for those patrons on-track.

Tabcorp Park Menangle will distribute commemorative posters of the fastest horse in the Southern Hemisphere free to all those fans who want to have their photo taken with Smoken Up and trainer/driver Lance Justice.

Two sessions have been set for the photographic opportunities to fit in with other racing requirements. These are at 7pm (pre-race) and also at 9pm when his racing career at Tabcorp Park Menangle is completed.

“I really want the public to be involved and I thank the people at Menangle for allowing Trigger’s fans access to the race stalls.” said trainer Lance Justice

“We will go through a few pens signing autographs and the cameraman should be kept really busy.”

Commemorative racebooks will be distributed free to patrons who will be able to watch the “Tribute to the Miracle Miler” produced by Sky Racing on the big screens in the infield and on the course monitors.

Smoken Up started in 10 races over the mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle for eight wins . . . the best being in the 2011 Tabcorp Len Smith Mile when he recorded 1:48.5, the fastest mile rate by any pacer outside of North America.

“We are very appreciative of all the calls and offers we have received since the announcement was made yesterday of Smoken Up’s impending retirement,” said John Dumesny Chief Executive of the NSWHRC.

“SKY were first on board with the tribute offer, then followed a photographer offering his services and, of course, Lance and Trigger were always going to be in the thick of the celebrations.

“It is a moment in harness racing which should not be missed and I encourage people to make it to the track to bid a fond farewell to a true champion”

Saturday will be the first leg of Smoken Up's farewell tour, which will take in Adelaide before the curtain falls on the superstar once and for all at his home venue, Tabcorp Park Melton, in September.

Harness Racing New South Wales

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