Three’s company for Kiwon Waldron
Kiwon Waldron is making a name for himself on the harness racing scene in Indiana.
The Bermudian driver has made a seamless transition to his new surroundings and conditions competing with various ponies in multiple divisions.
Waldron gave another reminder of his enormous potential with an impressive hat-trick of victories at last week’s International Trotting & Pacing Association Midwestern Classic, where he won with three different ponies in two divisions at the Nappanee Raceway.
His first win came with Cherokee’s Ironman in the free-for-all to get the ball rolling.
“I put him up front, cut the mile and went wire to wire,” Waldron told The Royal Gazette. “He’s a professional in all aspects and makes my job easy.”
The Indiana-bred gelding was owned by local driver Arnold Manders and captured multiple track records and titles during its time on island, including the coveted Champion of Champions and Boxing Day Stakes.
“He’s 12 years old and a warrior,” Waldron added.
The talented driver’s second win came with mare Me So Fancy in the senior free-for-all.
“First time driving she was a pleasure,” Waldron said. “Was parked the whole trip first up.
“It was a tough trip but at the end she was better that day and got the win.”
Waldron then completed a remarkable treble after steering four-year-old stud Pokie’s Fly By to victory, also in the senior free-for-all.
“I didn’t know much about him first time driving him and didn’t give him the best drive on my part,” he admitted.
“Went a bit fast to the first quarter and coming home I expected him to labour a bit. But he keep on digging in and got his nose to the line first.”
Waldron is no stranger to competing overseas, having had a highly successful stint with Allard Racing on the Canadian harness racing scene in 2019.
He has also enjoyed success back home, blazing what was then a track and geldings record (1min 1.40sec) with Random Stables' Indiana-bred pony War Machine at Vesey Street in 2018.
UPDATE: this article has been amended to correct that Arnold Manders is still the owner of Cherokee’s Ironman. We apologise for the oversight.