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Harness racing pony events returned to the track for another round of action at the National Equestrian Center on Vesey Street in Bermuda on Saturday. In the opening race of the evening, Christian Truran was in the bike of Gold N Glory as they won the 1:03.4 & Faster Time Bar Class race with a time of 1:03.3, War Machine with Kiwon Waldron in the bike finished second clocking 1:04.1 and Sdylan DeSilva in the bike of Simsfield Hardtimes finished third clocking 1:04.3. Truran then jumped in the bike of Big Mean Machine and he drove to victory in the 1:04 – 1:05.1 Time Bar Class, when they were clocked at 1:06,2, with the same time and finishing second was Inwood’s Progress with Candyce Martins in the bike, finishing third was Sergio Raynor in the bike of Special Gold who clocked a time of 1:06.4 and finishing fourth was Waldron in the bike of Reign of Terror who was clocked at 1:07.1. From the Bermuda Harness Pony Club

The main action during the two-day meet at St-Aimé-des-Lacs, Quebec on Saturday/Sunday came on the latter card, with the most spectacular event being the obliteration of the track trotting record, as 21st century-born Bermudian Kiwon Waldron guided Missionoftheheart, a five-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions, to a 1:59.4 victory in the Invitational handicap trot.   The mare, who won by 18 lengths, knocked two seconds off the old SAdL standard of 2:01.4, set by Revonah Hanover in 2013.   Waldron, who was discovered racing ponies in his native land by vacationing members of Team Allard, won twice on the Sunday card, and now has a driving record of 10-7-2-0, which translates to a UDR of .811.   The $10,000Cl five-mile Casino Charlevoix event was won by Appleby Hanover and driver Dany Mainguy, completing a big day for trainer Michel Allard, who is also the trainer of Missionoftheheart.   Dany Mainguy and the six-year-old son of Well Said led the entire five-mile journey, drawing clear of Bet I Can Fly to win by 15 lengths in 11:31. It was a repeat victory for Appleby Hanover in the 5 Milles after being elevated to victory over a disqualified Montana Ben in last year's race.   by Jerry Connors, for the Quebec Fair Regional Circuit

A 70-year-old woman died after she was hit by her own car as she prepared to go to a harness racing event to watch her grandson compete. Mary Brady died in an accident that involved her car near the National Equestrian Centre in Devonshire just before her 18-year-old grandson, Kiwon Waldron, raced in the traditional Boxing Day event. Mr Waldron rushed to the scene of the tragedy on Vesey Street and the organisers were on the verge of cancelling the event when they were told the news. But grief-stricken Mr Waldron insisted the races went ahead and that he would compete as scheduled. Charles Whited Jr, president of the Driving Horse and Pony Club, said Mr Waldron told him: “I want to race. Ineed to do it.” Mr Whited added: “We decided to support him and went ahead.” The incident, which left Mrs Brady trapped under her car, happened about 12.30pm. She was rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital but was later pronounced dead by doctors. Police have launched an investigation into the accident. Mr Whited told The Royal Gazette: “We were certainly prepared to call the event off. “But it provided Kiwon the opportunity to be in his element and gave him time to think about everything.” He said that Mrs Brady and her daughter Liz Waldron, along with Mr Waldron’s brother, Kentwan, were strong supporters of harness racing. Mr Whited said: “Mrs Brady has been coming to the races for ever, rain or shine — to hear that it was her, everybody was in disbelief, just devastated. “It’s a huge shock. She was part of the family. We are all walking around with very heavy hearts. “Their family plays a huge part in harness racing in Bermuda, and everybody is just having to deal with it.” The Boxing Day races, which said were “Bermuda’s Kentucky Derby”, has weathered tragedy before. David Mello, a competitor, died of a heart attack in 1996 just after a race. Mr Whited said: “As a result of that, Boxing Day is always tough. To have Mrs Brady pass away on that day certainly compounds that. It is a very close-knit family.” He added that “everybody came running saying to keep an eye on Kiwon, there’s been a very serious accident”. “I ran to see exactly what had happened and the rest is history. It’s a tragedy, based on the information I received, I kind of knew that the outcome was not going to be good.” Mr Whited said: “When something happens within our organisation, it affects all of us. I called the committee together and it was very emotional for us all.” He said that he had spoken to the Waldron family yesterday. Mr Whited added: “It’s starting to sink in and the boys are just coming to grips with it. “Unfortunately, that’s just part of life — we never plan on it. But under these circumstances, it was such a shock. But we have to stick together and be strong for family when they need you. That what we do.” Mr Whited said that a memorial for Mrs Brady would be held. He added: “We will definitely be doing something in memory of Mary Brady. We will take time to recognise her support and her family’s support over all these years.” By Jonathan Bell Reprinted with permission of The Royal Gazette

In Harness racing action at the Bermuda National Equestrian Center on Vesey Street this weekend, three records were broken. Fastest time on the day racing went to Cherokee’s Ironman with Darico Clarke in the bike winning the 1:04/2 & Faster A Division Time Bar Class clocking 1:02&2. Three records also fell, Kiwon Waldron in the bike of Gold-N-Glory broke the 2 Year Olds Record clocking 1:03&3 while competing in the 1:04&3 – 1:06 Time Bar Class. Pocket de Gold took the Mare Record clocking 1:02&4 with Christian Truran in the bike during the 1:04&2 & Faster B Division Time Bar Class. And the final record to fall was the Bermuda Bred Record, which was broken by Reel Patrol with Andrea Westerfield in the bike clocking 1:03&3 during the 1:04&2 & Faster B Division Time Bar Class. The full Harness Pony Racing results follow below [PDF here] Reprinted with permission of Bernews

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