Day At The Track


04:44 AM 11 Aug 2005 NZST
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30 years ago, going into the last few days of the year, the national driving title was up for grabs and two Chicago drivers, Walter Paisley and Daryl Busse, were at the front of the pack.

One of them was going to win. It went into the final day.

Join us Monday night and relive history. Watch these two masters battle it out one more time.

Oh, you wanted to know who won the national title?

All will be revealed on Thursday.

Squawk Box Stables LLC and Rucker Stables Inc.’s Flame, trained by Ken Rucker, scored in Wednesday’s (August 10) featured ninth race, a Claiming Handicap for Fillies and Mares.

She was racing prominently through most of the race but was caught along the rail with no place to go.

Coming out of the far turn, however, driver Sam Widger started easing her back until he could get her out, then swung to the outside.

Once she got clear she really took off. She was still a couple lengths back at the sixteenth pole but finally prevailed, getting up by a neck at the wire.

Winning for the fourth time this year, she covered the mile in 1.52.3, easily beating her old lifetime mark of 1.53.2. As the fourth choice, she returned $11.40.

Favoured Jenna’s Diamonique and Harmony Oaks Gi Gi, the second choice, dead-heated for second.

Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse

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