Teenage kicks for Waldron
Teenage driver Kiwon Waldron and two-year-old colt Gold N Glory basked in the limelight during an exciting day of stakes races at Vesey Street on Boxing Day.
Waldron, 17, achieved three victories in four starts, including two with Gold N Glory, that equalled the track record in the two-year-old division.
The CedarBridge Academy student posted a 1:05/1 at the helm of Charles Whited’s colt to equal the record set last year by Tyler Lopes’s filly Google Me.
“He [Gold N Glory] felt really strong in the first race so I thought I would see if he could do it [record attempt] and he did,” Waldron said. “He felt very strong. “It [record attempt] really wasn’t planned. We just went to see what he can do and he showed that he can do it.”
Waldron’s remaining triumph was with Lee Raynor Jr’s two-year-old stud Special Gold.
“He [Special Gold] felt very strong in the first heat,” he said. “The first heat we went a lot faster with the other two-year-olds. He was pretty burnt out, but he still had more left in the tank.
“It was a pretty good day. The two-year-olds [Gold N Glory and Special Gold] ran pretty good.”
Young drivers dominated the two-year-old stakes races as teenager Christian Truran won the second heat with Thisbabyrocks to deny Waldron a clean sweep. The battle for honours among the Aged division is also close with Cherokee’s Ironman, the defending champion, again thick in the hunt.
Arnold Manders’s gelding posted the day’s fastest time of 1:03/2, which was two fifths of a second slower than the season’s fastest time he achieved with driver Darico Clarke on December 2, en route to winning the first heat in the aged stakes race series. Colin Mello’s mare Pocket De Gold achieved the second fastest time of 1:03/3 en route to winning the third heat in the Aged Division with Truran in the bike.
Simsfield Hardtimes, driven by Phillip Correia, won the second and fourth heats in the aged stakes races both in 1:04/1.
The final of the stakes races will be held on New Year’s Day, with the fastest ponies on average time in the two-year-old and aged categories to be declared the winners.
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