Harness Racing star Simsfield Hardtimes steals the show
One of Bermuda’s fastest ponies again displayed his talent at the National Equestrian centre on Friday.
In the hands of driver Kirista Rabain, Simsfield Hardtimes recorded the fastest time of the season and finished only three-hundredths of a second outside the overall track record held by Google Me when stopping the clock at 1:01:4 when easily beating Gold-N-Glory in the fourth race of a ten-heat card.
The Indiana-bred gelding doubled up by impressively winning heat nine albeit in the marginally slower time of 1:01:1.
The meeting turned out to be a good one for Rabain as she also tasted success with IC’s Overextended in heat seven. The race took on added significance for Rabain as she also owns and trains the winner, who came home clear of Shady Maple and Inwood’s Progress in a time of 1:04:4.
With Simsfield Hardtimes posting the two quickest times of the meeting, it was left to Rockeyed Optimist to post the third-fastest time of the night when going through the line in 1:03:1. Driven and owned by Maurice Raynor and trained by Vain Waldron, they got the better of Double time in a tight finish to heat seven.
Trainer Candyce Martins came away with the most winners on the card with three victories to her name courtesy of Double Time, Inwood’s Progress and Somegoldsomewhere in heats one, two and eight respectively.
A Touch Of Red and Special Tux were the other successful ponies on the card.