Day At The Track

Polidano's lifetime passion

08:58 PM 08 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Bill Polidano with All By Chance

What began as a childhood fascination has developed into a lifetime passion for harness racing trainer Bill Polidano.

Growing up in Avondale Heights, a youthful Polidano found himself drawn to the Ascot Vale Showgrounds, where he developed a love for the industry.

Becoming a regular at the venue, Polidano ventured into ownership as soon as his financial status would allow him.

“I spent my younger days watching the trots at the Showgrounds whenever I could get there,” Polidano recalled. “I just loved watching them go around and my passion grew from there.

“When I started working, the first thing I did was buy a horse and I’ve had them ever since.”

With his involvement growing throughout the years, Polidano soon began driving, training and breeding his own stock.

Although he has enjoyed his fair rate of success, Polidano selected a unique memory as his greatest moment within the industry.

“Brian Gath was my idol when I’d head to the Showgrounds and my biggest thrill came at Bendigo many years ago when I drove Mckeringle and beat him,” Polidano said. “I was only starting out at the time and was pretty excited.

“Brian’s such a gentleman and I’ve even had him drive some of my horses.”

Polidano experienced another highlight at Kilmore yesterday when one of his breed, All By Chance, scored with Chris Alford in the cart.

Having her third run from a spell, All By Chance easily accounted for The System Black and Highly Persuasive in 1:57.7 for the 1690 metres.

“She won her last start before having a break and I knew she was ready to win again as she had been trialling well,” Polidano said. “She just hadn’t had any luck in her first two runs back.

“Chris was pretty happy with the way she went and said she was capable of winning more races.

“I’ve got no major plans for her, just put her through the grades, but I’d like to win an M0 with her.

“For now she will just keep plugging along.”

By Royal Mattjesty, the four-year-old is from Lova Keringle, which Polidano also bred.

“I’ve had this family for four generations now and it’s a pretty handy bloodline,” Polidano said. “Lova Keringle was just too big at 17 hands and couldn’t make it as a racehorse, so I quickly retired her to stud.

“The first mare I had from this family was Kertest, which is a half-sister to Zakara, which was a top horse in Western Australia.

“So far I’ve had 14 foals from the family, but only two colts and I’m still waiting for my Zakara!

“Even Lova Keringle has and three foals for three fillies. Her two-year-old by Shadow Play has won a couple of trials and I really like her.

“She’s spelling at the moment, but she will win races. Lova Keringle is in foal to Sportswriter, so maybe a colt is on the way.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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