Day At The Track

Memories flood back for Ken Sefonte

08:04 AM 05 Jul 2014 NZST
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Trainer Ken Sefonte in the winner's enclosure
Trainer Ken Sefonte in the winner's enclosure.
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Sunnys Little Whiz

The win last night of Sunnys Little Whiz at Alexandra Park would have brought back a lot of happy memories for her harness racing trainer, Ken Sefonte.

She is the first foal from the former Queen of Alexandra Park in Our Sunny Whiz who Sefonte trained to win 19 races and $348,781 in an outstanding race career.

Having her fourth lifetime start last night, the daughter of Monarchy was slow early, settling five back on the inner before working forward and securing the run in the one out and one back position.

Peeling three wide at the 400 meters, she reeled in the leader The Early Wicket with ease and she went to the line a comfortable winner with driver Brent Mangos just tapping the dust sheet to keep her mind on the job.

She trotted the 2200 meters from a stand in 2:56.2 with closing sectionals of 60.9 and 30.4.

The maternal pedigree of Sunnys Little Whiz is very strong, coming from one of the strongest trotting families in the New Zealand stud book.

Not only did her dam win 19 races but her grand-dam Hanover Whiz (9 wins) also reached open class in New Zealand as did the third dam First Prize (9 wins).

Outstanding trotters such as Vulcan 1:55.9 ($983,319) Genius (24 wins) ($214,523)  Dream Machine 1:57.6 ($159,453) and Thaneson (9 wins) ($102,357) are all found within the first three dams of Sunnys Little Whiz pedigree.

The next foal from Our Sunny Whiz is a two year old colt by champion American trotting sire Angus Hall and she also has a weanling filly by another champion American sire in Muscles Yankee so she is being given every chance at stud.

While she may never reach the heights of her dam, Sunnys Little Whiz has shown enough to suggest a few more wins are in store for this beautifully bred filly.

Sunnys Little Whiz

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