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Harness racing season begins

Harness racing returns to Vesey Street Friday night with the opening round of the 2013-14 Cablevision Series.

A total of eight races spread over six time bars have been scheduled on the official race programme.

Action will begin at 7pm with racing in the 1:07/2- 1:08/2 time bar featuring racing ponies Final Notice, Ribbons & Pearls and GV Smokem.

Competing in the night's main event, the Free for All (1:04/4 & Faster), are Mike's Shadow, Abbey's Dream and Cherokee's Superman.

Cherokee's Superman is the half brother of track record holder Big Red Machine (1:01.04) which was retired from racing at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, Driving Horse and Pony Club (DHPC) president Arnold Manders was reinstated to the top post for another term at the association's AGM during the off season.

Among the new faces on the executive are Cameron Harris, Lindsay Sousa, Ashley King, Kirista Rabain and Jason Peniston.

Harris has replaced Colin Mello as vice-president, Sousa has succeeded Heather Adams as treasurer, Ashley King replaces Stacey Young as assistant secretary while Kirista Rabain and Jason Peniston are the asscocations' newest committee members.

Rabain replaced announcer Joey Trott while Peniston has filled the void left by Harris who now occupies the vice-president's post.

Last year saw the DHPC improve their financial standing, launch the popular Cablevision Friday Night Series, increase the purses for the Champion of Champions and reinstate purse monies for the Boxing and New Year Stakes races.

“We had an excellent year last year and we are looking forward to the new season,” said DHPC president Manders.

“We have new horses that are Bermuda bred that are going to be racing for the first time and may have three or four that's coming from Indiana.”

Bryan Manders and Casey Truan are among the new drivers to the sport this season.

Harness racing begins at the Vesey Street track on Friday evening.

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Published September 05, 2013 at 4:32 pm (Updated September 05, 2013 at 4:32 pm)

Harness racing season begins

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