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Candyce Martins and MI’s Where’s the Party are fastest in world

Candyce Martins at the helm of Eddie Roque’s record-breaking mare MI’s Where’s the Party (Photograph courtesy of Mullberry Hill Photos)

Candyce Martins and mare MI’s Where’s the Party have continued their assault on the record books at the Historic Track in Goshen, New York.

The pair were in the spotlight again after blazing to records in the mares division and grabbing the overall track record inside of 24 hours at the world famous half -mile harness racing track.

“In Friday’s races, she broke the mares record in a time of 58 seconds flat,” Eddie Roque, the Indiana-bred pony’s owner, told The Royal Gazette. “Then in Saturday’s race, she broke her own record again and the overall record in a time of 57.3sec.”

The time is a mares’ world record on a half-mile track.

It is the second world record Martins has achieved with Roque’s five-year-old mare this year with the pair having lowered the previous mark on a five-16th track of 1min 0.4sec at Nappanee Raceway in Indiana in July.

That time is the fastest posted by a mare at Nappanee Raceway and also tied the overall fastest time at the facility.

“MI’s Where’s the Party is the world’s fastest mare and she holds the fastest time on a half-mile track,” Roque proudly declared.

Martins and MI’s Where’s the Party were denied what would have been an impressive treble after narrowly missing out on the mare and overall track record at the quarter-mile LaGrange County Fair race track in Indiana by two fifths of a second on the way to victory in the Aged Stakes last month.

“This was the last race of the season in Indiana and they only raced on Friday night,” Roque said. “With no one near enough to push her, she won the Aged Stakes in a time of 1:02.4, missing the track record by two fifths of a second.”

The track record stands at 1:02.2 and is held by mare IC’s Amber Rock, owned by Bermudian couple Arnold and Robin Manders.

Martins accepted an invitation from Roque to compete in the United States this year and has grasped the wonderful opportunity with both hands.

“Candyce was MI’s Where’s the Party’s new driver this year and they used the first four races to familiarise themselves with each other,” Roque added. ‘”Candyce will also be driving Party next season.”

Martins said her debut season racing at this level exceeded expectations by far with 17 wins in 23 starts, including three stakes races, in addition to setting world and track records.

“The season has been great and exceeded all my expectations,” she added. “I plan to go back again next season and I’m looking forward to it.”

The 20-year-old driver was also victorious competing with other Bermudian-owned ponies Bet’s Big Kid, Yobro Dante and Hardline Drive in Indiana this summer.

Stallion Bet’s Big Kid is owned by Francis DeSilva who jointly owns gelding Yobro Dante with Roque. Gelding HardLine Drive is owned by Aaron Sims.

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Published October 06, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated October 05, 2022 at 4:03 pm)

Candyce Martins and MI’s Where’s the Party are fastest in world

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