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Kiwon Waldron sets world harness record

Kiwon Waldron (centre) and BA Show Stopper set a new gelding world record on a 1/4 mile track. (Photograph supplied)

Kiwon Waldron travelled faster than any Bermudian harness driver has ever gone on the way to setting a new world record competing in Quebec, Canada.

The 21-year-old blazed a new geldings record on a quarter-mile track with Allard Racing’s nine-year-old pony, BA Show Stopper, which lived up to his name competing in the Free for All division at North Shore Raceway last Saturday.

The pair won the two-horse heat in one minute flat starting from the two-hold position.

“It was pretty awesome,” an elated Waldron told The Royal Gazette. “I did not expect to go that fast.

“It was still cool and a little windy, but he felt sharp and I kind of just let him roll really.

“I didn’t expect to go a minute flat, which is pretty spectacular on the track as well.”

Waldron seized early control of the race and never looked back.

“I left out of the gate, got the rail and just checked out from there,” he added.

“Right out of the gate I took the lead. He had the gate speed and leads faster than anything I have ever sat behind out of the gate.

“He sat me back right in my seat and I knew we were going pretty fast when we went around the first turn because we were hauling.”

As for the world record, the professional driver said: “I have had a lot of records, but this is my first world record, and it’s pretty exciting to being in the actual world record books.

“You go down in history, so my name and his name will always be there.

“The horse did all the work, I just sat there. I just want to thank the whole Allard Racing team and owners.”

BA Show Stopper is no stranger to breaking records having done so with his previous owners competing in Indiana before being sold and shipped across the border.

“I sat behind him twice in Indiana last year and he actually broke the record last year with the previous owners on a 5/16-mile track,” Waldron added.

“He was due the record on the quarter mile this year so this obviously is not a fluke for him. He shows his speed and that he is a real good horse.”

Waldron and BA Show Stopper were up against some stiff competition in fellow world record-holder, 407 Speed.

“The horse (407 Speed) I was racing against has the stallion’s world record for the quarter-mile,” he said.

“To me I think he is a better horse. But on the day the BA Show Stopper was better.”

Waldron has been competing with Allard Racing on the Canadian harness racing scene since 2019.

He has also enjoyed success back home, blazing what was then a track and geldings record (1 min 1.40 sec) with Random Stables' Indiana-bred pony, War Machine, at Vesey Street in 2018.

Having recently obtained his professional license, the talented driver plans to compete in Canada for the next several months.

“I have been here just over a week now and I’ll probably be up here for the summer,” he added.

“The pony was just a little hop on and go. But I am mostly here to drive standardbreds.”

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Published May 06, 2022 at 7:43 am (Updated May 06, 2022 at 7:43 am)

Kiwon Waldron sets world harness record

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