Big Red smashes track record
The track record tumbled at Vesey Street at the weekend.
And once again it was Colin Mello’s Big Red Machine taking the honours.
Mello’s seven-year-old stud ran 1.02 flat in the Free for All during Friday night’s harness racing to shave two fifths of a second off the track record he set last year.
Big Red Machine achieved the feat with American driver Devon Slathvaugh in the sulky
“It’s really amazing what he’s done so far and it really hasn’t sunk in yet to tell you the truth,” Mello said. “He was jogging and feeling very good earlier in the week and I figured he was ready to roll, but not like that.
Mello’s stud broke the record last year with another American driver, Daryl Miller, at the helm. Two years prior, Miller and Big Red Machine tied the world record (58 seconds) for the half -mile competing in Indiana.
“Big Red Machine is a freak of nature. They say horses like him only come once in a lifetime and if you get one you are special, and right now I feel very special,” Mello said.
Mello’s stud made a slow start to the 2011/12 campaign after coming down with a cold. However, Big Red Machine gave an indication of better things to come when he posted his fastest time of the season (1.04.1) at Vesey Street last month with Phillip Correia in the sulky.
“It’s just extraordinary that he is running this fast so early in the season after not having the best of starts,” Mello added.
Others enjoying success at the track at the weekend were Darico Clarke, Tyler Lopes, Jason Peniston and Charles Whited who were all double heat winners on the night.
Clarke won two heats with Time After Time in the Junior Free for All while Lopes had two wins on Shadow Play in the 1.18.2 time bar.
Peniston guided Crown’s Jewel to two wins in the 1.07.3-1.09.3 time bar while Whited had two wins on I’m So Special in the 1.18 and slower time bar.
Also impressing was last year’s fastest three-year-old filly, Real Lady Like, that won her first heat in the 1.07.2 time bar with Andrea Westerfield in the sulky.
Westerfield also guided Captain Progress to his fastest time of the year (1.04.3) in the Free for All.