Reel Patrol regains record
The Bermuda-bred record once again belongs solely to Reel Patrol.
The four-year-old mare, which races out of Inwood Stables, regained the record outright after covering the ½mile racetrack in 1:30 flat with driver Kiwon Waldron in the bike during harness racing at the Bermuda Equestrian Centre at the weekend.
Reel Patrol held the previous record (1:03/1) alone until rival mare Double Time, of Simsfield Stables, grabbed a share of it during the Boxing Day stakes races.
“Double Time tied the record a couple of weeks ago so we felt like the pressure was on and that we were going to try and go on and better that,” Ashley Peniston, Reel Patrol’s co-owner, said.
“We had a bit of a shower and it was sprinkling when we got there, which I thought was going to make the track slow.
“But Kiwon went out and warmed her up and said the track feels good and she feels good. They went out and just tore it up. It feels good to have the record back. We definitely thought we needed to work a little bit harder to get it back.
“We put in some extra hours and got the massage lady to come and give [Reel Patrol] a massage to see if we could get it back. It just happened to work out in our favour that night.”
Reel Patrol achieved the record racing on the rail in the Free for All and crossed the finish line the same time as rival Simsfield Hardtimes.
“They ended up head-to- head and they called it a draw,” Peniston added. “I actually think that helped push her a little bit faster.
“It feels like a good time in the season to be coming on because we’ve got one weekend left before Champion of Champions. It’s all for the trophy on the final weekend and it’s a good time to be coming into form.”
Meanwhile, recording the fastest time on the night was Google Me, owned by Tyler Lopes and driven by Candyce Martins, which stopped the clock at 1:02/1 racing on the rail in the Free for All.
Simsfield Hardtimes was among a trio of horses that achieved the third fastest time of 1:03/1, which also included Cherokee’s Ironman and Pocket De Gold.
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