Day At The Track

Steve Oldford wins Billings Trot

12:36 PM 13 Jul 2019 NZST
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Columbus, Ohio-- The granddaddy of all the amateur harness racing organizations, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, moved on to Columbus, Ohio for a trotting contest for members of the mid-west region and when the judges hung the official sign Utopia and driver Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford romped to a 6-1/2 victory in a time of 1:56.3..

Sent off at odds of 2-1 from the pole position in the eight horse field Oldford played hardball when the betting favorite, Eternal Quest and driver Richard "Dusty" Rhodes came calling. Undaunted, Oldford kept Utopia on the lead while Rhodes made an eternal quest with his trotter hoping to gain command... but it wasn't to be.

Utopia breezed through fractions of :29.1 and :58 confidently in front as Eternal Quest got stuck on the limb and then tired badly late in the mile.

As the field approached the final turn Oldford's charge began to open daylight on the field and when they passed the third stanza they were two lengths to the good as the ¾ -mile timer flashed 1:27 At that point lucky patrons who wagered on Utopia knew that their tickets were good when the veteran trotter cruised to an easy victory.

Meanwhile the race was for second money as Brent "the Zanesville Clipper" Davis rallied Beatrice to overtake Security Guard in rein to former two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year, Dein "the Dream" Spriggs.

The race winner is owned by Oldford Racing and trained by Terry Deters. For Oldford it was his 158th driving victory

And at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Goshen, NY on July 7 Oldford was presented the Hall's Amateur Driver of the Year Award making it the sixth time that he received such an honor.

 

by John Manzi

for the Billings Series

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