Delaware, OH --- CSX Stables both presented and received the trophy for the $52,544 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers, when their On Golden Ponder(Ponder-In Trepid Water, by Intrepid Seelster) won in a 1:52.2 world record, withJohn Campbell in the sulky, on Thursday (Sept. 19) at the Delaware County Fair. The winner made a bold move from fourth after the half and drew away from Totally Kissed (Montrell Teague) and He’s Got It (David Miller) in the late stages. On Golden Ponder has won four of seven as a freshman and is trained by Bob McIntosh. The trainer also bred him, along with CSX Stables. That duo shares ownership with Michael Kohler. The clocking of 1:52.2 was a new stakes and track record, as well as a world record for a freshman pacing colt on a half-mile track. by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom
As of the 3rd of July Shadow Play is the Leading 2yo Sire in North America.
Yonkers Raceway's pair of moist Friday night, harness racing $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and trotters of all assorted alliances--were won by a sharp Keeper's Destiny (George Brennan, $6.30) and a equally-crisp Mystical Starlight (Mark MacDonald, $5.10).
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 harness racing co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and trotters of all ranks and files--were won by a down-the-road Keeper's Destiny (George Brennan, $6.10) and a pocket-sitting Looking Hanover (Brian Sears, $4).
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of harness racing $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and anyone-who's-good-enough trotters--were won by a pair of George Brennan-driven, eight-hole assignees in Keeper's Destiny ($6) and odds-on Blacktuxwhitesocks ($3.70).
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of harness racing $44,000 Open Handicaps--for trotters and distaff pacers, respectively--were won by E L Rock (George Brennan, $53.50) and Keeper's Destiny (Brennan, $10).
A total of $70,200 in purse money was distributed over the 10-strong harness racing rcard at Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 17) which resulted in a handle of $189,284-the highest mid-week figure in the track's short five-year history.
Yonkers Raceway returned from a harness racing hiatus Friday night with a pair of $44,000 co-features.
Two weeks ago, Trevor Henry secured his spot at the top of Grand River Raceway's driver colony when he scored five winners from seven harness racing drives. On June 11 he was back at it, securing six winners on the 12-race card.
Keeper's Destiny (Mark MacDonald) authored a 24-1 upset Friday night, getting by See You at Peelers and the rest in winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $36,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
The Corey Johnson trained The Barber recorded the fastest time at tonight's (Thursday April 19) harness racing meeting at Woodbine (Ontario, Canada).
Keeper's Destiny and harness racing driver Eric Goodell, ordered behind a Friday night eight-ball, were sharp in winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The 3-2 choice dropped in fourth as Arctic Fire N (James Rattray) led through early fractions of :28.3 and :58.3.
Keeper's Destiny and harness racing driver Eric Goodell, snapped on the money in her local debut a week ago, had no such issues Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.
Pegasus Blue Chip joins a growing list of new track record takers at Grand River Raceway, where marks have been steadily falling over the past few weeks. In rein to harness racing trainer Blair Burgess, the sophomore Glidemaster colt took to the top from post six in tonight's (Monday June 27) third race and never looked back.
They say familiarity breeds contempt, but for five starters and the same number of harness racing trainers in Friday night's Molson Pace eliminations, it might very well mean an advantage. Several of the starters have already made appearances in Western Fair's signature event which started in 1972 and have demonstrated they are comfortable with the half-mile track.
Wish N Win, a five-year-old harness racing mare steeped in pacing blood, will make her first lifetime start on the trot tonight at Western Fair Raceway. "She was never really happy on the pace, it just wasn't her cup of tea," explains her owner Morag Watt of Clinton, Ontario whose husband Jim handles the mare's training.