Day At The Track

Tenacious One bound for North America

03:45 PM 18 Mar 2017 NZDT
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Speedy pacer Tenacious One has been sold and will do his future harness racing in the United States.

The Queensland owned gelding looks an ideal fit for the hard and fast North American scene given his style of racing.

A graduate of the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sales, the Mach Three – Miss Astronomical youngster was purchased by the Brisbane based Brendan McMullen.

Tenacious One commenced his career in Victoria with trainer Andy Gath where he managed to win 2 of his 11 starts before being switched to the Queensland stables of Donny Smith.

Under the tutelage of Smith, Tenacious One showed his true potential where he won his first 6 starts, all at Albion Park and all in fast time.

In 23 starts in the Sunshine State, Tenacious One won 11 races and took a career best time of 1:51.6 – the Albion Park track record belongs to the incomparable champion Im Themightyquinn at 1:50.8.

Tenacious One won 13 from 34 while being minor placed on a further 11 occasions while banking in excess of $76,000.

The deal was negotiated through highly respected agent Frank Ranaldi.

Another talented pacer that will join Tenacious One on the flight north is Iam Mr Brightside, a former member of the Kerryann Turner/Robbie Morris Sydney stables.

The Julius Caesar gelding has won 22 races from 86 starts while banking more than $325,000 in prizemoney.

His biggest victory came via the 2014 Gr.3 $40,000 Simpson Memorial at Menangle in a time of 1:51.6 while being placed in many other feature events.

Both Tenacious One and Iam Mr Brightside will do their future racing in the state of New York.

Recent results for Ranaldi in North America have been very solid highlighted by the success of former Victorian mare Shes Just A Delight.

The New Zealand bred mare raced with distinction from the stables of Kerryn Manning before her sale.

Shes Just A Delight won a division of the famed Matchmaker series at Yonkers Raceway overnight (Friday) in a time of 1:53.0 on the half mile oval.

Since arriving in North America, Shes Just A Delight has won 13 of her 15 starts.

The Matchmaker Final is scheduled for April 22.


Chris Barsby

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