Day At The Track

Whipless race makes history at Plainridge

12:51 AM 28 Oct 2008 NZDT
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Rev Hanover
Rev Hanover - Is owned and was driven by Brad Irvine

History was made on October 27, 2008 in the first race at the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Massachusetts, because for the very first time in a parimutuel race in Massachusetts, a race was designated a whipless race which meant no drivers were to carry whips whatsoever and the results were astounding.

On the heels of the results at Indiana Downs, recently and by the way, some drivers did carry whips in that mile but the winner did not and paced it in 1:52, so the Management of Plainridge Racecourse decided to raise the purse of the first race by $500.00 and call it a whipless division and it was so stated on the program that way.

The race was timed in 1:57 and the time was the second fastest for the horse, based on his last seven starts, and to boot, he had the eight hole. The horse, Rev Hanover, is owned and was driven by Brad Irvine and trained by Mike Perpall, who just happens to be President of the Horsemen`s Association.

Management was extremely happy with the results and in the winner`s circle, making the presentation to the driver and trainer were some very key people at the track and they were Gary Piontkowski, C.O.O.; Paul Verrette, Race Secretary; Lawrence Rooney, Chief State Inspector; Steve O`Toole, Gen. Mgr.; John DeFiore, Cust.Serv./ Mutuels and Mike Perpall, trainer. Steve O`Toole, a former driver was quoted as saying " the nationwide trend about horses being mistreated is more a misperception than reality, because the purpose of the whip is to urge them on and for no other reason and today was an example of how the horse and driver can perform without the use of the whip and it proved to be very positive".

Paul Ramlow, Thank you very much,

Story by Bob Lieberman

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