The first Saturday night of trotting in Port Pirie for some time will begin this Saturday night.
On an initiative by Harness Racing South Australia, as revealed last week, during August, September and October 2018, that only two meetings per week will be held in South Australia.
These meetings will be programmed for Saturday evenings and Monday afternoons.
The Saturday evening meetings will alternate between Port Pirie and Globe Derby with the Monday afternoon meetings being allocated to Globe Derby, during August, September and October.
With a decrease in the amount of horses in the harness racing industry, this initiative will hopefully provide a greater certainty to the success of meetings.
Larger fields offer a greater interest in racing, hopefully bouncing that interest out to the public, recouping some of the interest of past times.
Harness racing is a wondrous sport with the thunder of hooves racing up the front straight to the line.
It makes the blood race through your veins, and once it is in your blood, it is there forever.
And there are always memorable events happening within the club that people can and will talk about for years to come.
One example of this was when in 1954 a crowd of approximately 1,500 had watched an interesting night’s trial racing with the feature event being a half mile race between pacer, Van Scott and Port Pirie’s star cyclist, Clem Bairstow.
The pair had been sent off from a standing start, near the back turn.
Van Scott, driven by Lovell Lane, had jumped away smartly and halfway down the straight had been seen to be drawing away.
Pacing evenly, the horse had led his human rival over the line by about thirty yards.
The watches had shown 56 seconds – a mile gait of 1.52.
Later in the evening, five riders had taken to the track for a two mile scratch race vying for a trophy donated by W.H. Evans.
John Whitehead had been successful in this event, over Don McVicar with John O’Connor finishing third.
Another novelty of the evening had been a search for the best dressed teenager of the evening.
Three judges had moved between the crowd and had finally chosen eight girls to parade on the brilliantly lit track for the final judging.
Miss Margaret Schultz of Crystal Brook had been awarded a five pound trophy from the “Miss Prim” Frock salon and a trophy presented by Mr H.B. Welch.
Between races Midway Motors had staged a parade of Holden cars, utes and vans straight from the showroom.
Quite the evening at the trials.
Now, the workouts, formerly known as trials, were held on Sunday, July 22 and then again on Sunday, August 5.
Hopefully some horses had a good run and will be ready for this Saturday night’s races.
The next workout will be held on Sunday, August 19.
Do not forget to nominate with HRSA before 11am on the Friday prior.
Hopefully in future during the off week of racing, when we still want to hold your eye to the world of trotting, there will be a profile write up including either horse, driver, trainer, committee, etc.
This should make for some interesting reading, an insight into the life of those that keep the wheels of trotting turning in Port Pirie and have done for some time.
See you at the track!