Get set for Saturday night

GOING TO AUCTION: A two-year-old foal will go to auction in the spring and the money raised will go to the harness racing club.

GOING TO AUCTION: A two-year-old foal will go to auction in the spring and the money raised will go to the harness racing club.

Well the trots night has come around quite quickly. There was nothing to report on the workout, ‘trials’ as there were none, all horses must be in good shape and behaving themselves.

It is disappointing that we miss out on publishing the fields but with this again being a meeting transferred from Globe Derby. However, we need to stop thinking that way and consider them as Port Pirie meetings. For the majority of races, the horses will be vying for a $7000 purse, with others at $4000. There is the $7000 Trotters Standing Start , always interesting watching the trotters in comparison to the pacers and a $7000 Pacers Discretionary Handicap. Last meeting the racing had been spectacular with the larger fields and better odds so I imaging this week will be the same.

The season has now been completed with a new one under way and Danielle Hill has been again crowned Queen of the Paceway for SA racing. Dani drove 62 winners in South Australia this past season, her closest rival being Ryan Hryhorec. Dani’s brother, Wayne drove a magnificent number of wins, 127. Nationwide Dani had driven 222 winners, placing her third on the Australian Premiership table. Congratulations to both Dani and Wayne. Jayden Brewin,  highly regarded as one of the finest young drivers to come out of SA had driven 61 wins with Kaela Hryhorec in second place with twenty two wins in the Young Driver’s section.

Last week at Melton in Victoria ex-local trainer, Peter Thompson had scored a win with Ymbro Wasted, driven by his daughter Kate Gath. Kate went on to win another two races at the meeting. I believe that Leah Harvey also had trained a couple of good winners in Melbourne last week and at Globe Derby last Monday  with Hard Rock Shannon, driven by Wayne Hill. The next meeting at Globe Derby is Monday, September 10.

I heard a heart-warming story this morning while I was out visiting. One Lefty Matters was telling me that Minor Derby had passed away in his backyard. He went on to ask me if I knew who Minor Derby was. Well, of course I did. He told me how he had made him, Minor Derby, a cake for his 21st birthday. He had one of those cable reels and he had decorated it and put carrots all around the top for him. Lovely story, lovely man. 

For those that really love their harness racing, they are probably as much in love with Lazarus as we are. Lazarus is possibly the best ever seen in Australia and has now gone to defeat the world, having won the Interdominian Championship and having won 35 of his 45 starts. He raced in the Datch Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park in August. His Mile Rate was 1.48.4, Split The House came in second with McWicked running third. This week however it was McWicked who had the upper hand defeating him in Toronto. Lazarus will be examined just in case he had picked up a virus while travelling to Canada from the USA. His next start in Indiana is on September 21.

The foal that is agisted at Lyndon Hall’s property just south of Port Pirie, is a two-year-old by Follow the Stars out of Four Flash Pennies. This two-year-old is the product of the generosity and sponsorship of Allwood Stud in WA. Semen from a couple of their top stallions had been donated and inseminated to the mares. This two-year-old will go to auction in the spring and the money raised will go to the harness racing club. It is a wonderful concept and aids the Port Pirie club a great deal.

That’s all this week. Don’t forget the trots on Saturday night, it should be a good night. See you at the track!