Martins and Double Time lower own track record
Candyce Martins and Double Time tightened their grip on the Bermuda-bred mare’s record at the National Equestrian Centre at the weekend.
The pair posted a blistering time of 1min 2.1sec in the second heat of the Free for All to shave a fifth of a second off the previous record, which they already owned.
“We are very impressed with her performance this weekend,” Martins told The Royal Gazette. “She keeps surprising us.
“The mare loves to run and I let her do her thing. We look forward to the last two race days with her.”
Martins and Double Time initially broke the record of 1:02.3, previously held by Mello Family’s mare ThisBabyRocks, during the 2020-21 season that was cut short owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is the second record to be broken this season.
Lee and Sergio Raynor’s pony, Special Gold, ran a blistering 1:01.2 with driver Kirista Rabain at Vesey Street last month, shaving two fifths of a second off the previous stallion’s track record of 1:01.4, set by Mello Family’s Big Red Machine in 2011.
The time also eclipsed the six-year-old horse’s previous lifetime best and season’s fastest time, which both stood at 1:02.1.
It proved to be another memorable weekend for Martins who also enjoyed success with her four-year-old gelding, SomeGoldSomeWhere, that advanced from the 1:06.1 — 1:08 time bar with driver Teshi Zuill.The pair also recorded a sweep of victories in the two heats contested in the division for added measure.
“SomeGoldSomeWhere has impressed us all this past weekend with his performance,” Martins said.
“He is definitely getting stronger every week and we look forward to the next few race days with him.
“Him and his driver Teshi Zuill are starting to figure each other out, and it is definitely showing on the track with improvement every week.”
Meanwhile, also making inroads in their respective divisions were Rockeyed Optimist and Gold Legacy.
Gelding Rockeyed Optimist and owner/driver Maurice Raynor ran a 1:03 to get a leg in the Free for All, boasting the island’s fastest ponies.
Catrina Stephen’s mare Gold Legacy got a leg out of the 1:06.1 – 1:08 time bar with driver J’auza James at the helm.
Rival geldings War Machine (Mello Family) and Simsfield Hardtimes (Simsfield Stables) posted the fastest time of 1:01.3 with drivers Philip Correia and Rabain.
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