Washakie NZ aims to claim an unprecedented third Group 1 Grand Circuit M.H. Treuer Memorial tonight (Saturday, December 3rd, 2011) - and smash the race record at Sydney's harness racing home, Bankstown Paceway - with the champion pacer's connections specially flying into Sydney from Perth for the event.
The champion pacer is named after the Native American warrior and Chief of the Shoshones.
Although the name by which Chief Washakie would be widely known has been translated in various ways, it apparently dealt with his tactics in battle.
One story describes how Washakie devised a large rattle by placing stones in an inflated and dried balloon of buffalo hide, which he tied on a stick. Washakie carried the device into battle to frighten enemy horses, earning the name ‘The Rattle’ or ‘Gourd Rattler’. Another translation of ‘Washakie’ is ‘Shoots-on-the-Run’.
The harness race horse, Washakie, is the 2009 and 2010 winner of the Treuer Memorial and last Saturday’s Bohemia Crystal Free for All.
Megan J. LAVENDER