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Record-holder Google Me officially retired

Champion of Champions winner Google Me (Photograph by Colin Thompson)

Google Me, the fastest harness racing pony on the island, has officially been retired.

Owner Tyler Lopes confirmed he has retired his champion mare, which bows out of the sport having won Aged Stakes and Champion of Champions titles as well as holding the current track record of of 1min 01.1sec.

“I’ve always said that she would tell me when she was ready to be done, and this year that’s what she’s done,” Lopes told The Royal Gazette. “She hasn’t underperformed and isn’t injured or anything like that.

“She’s just at that point in her career where we would have to really push her hard every week to get the job done.

“I’m a firm believer that when they get to that point it’s better to call it quits.

“I don’t agree with racing them harder and harder until they break down.

“She has nothing left to prove to me or anyone else, and I believe her career has spoken for itself.”

The Indiana-bred pony made its debut in Bermuda during the 2016-17 season and rose to prominence two seasons later after becoming the first mare to win the Champion of Champions title with then driver Candyce Martins at the helm.

En route to the title, the pair set the existing overall track record, which is also a mare's and four-year-old's record.

Lopes’s pony enjoyed more success during the 2019-20 season when it won the coveted Aged title competing in the New Year's Day Stakes Races with driver Martins again at the helm.

Google Me made several appearances with three different drivers this season before being retired.

She last competed on February 20, winning the opening heat in the Free for all with driver Robert Lopes in the bike.

“She should be on her way back to Indiana within the next couple of months to start her next career as a broodmare and will live the rest of her days turned out in a huge field,” Lopes added. “She undoubtedly deserves it.

“It’s been an honour to have owned, trained and driven one of the best ever.”

It is the second time Lopes has retired the pony in three years, having done so at the end of the 2018-19 season before having a change of heart.

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Published March 26, 2022 at 7:16 am (Updated March 26, 2022 at 7:16 am)

Record-holder Google Me officially retired

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