Cherokee Superman is fastest again at Vesey Street
Philip Correia's Cherokee's Superman clocked the fastest time for the second week in a row during weekend harness racing at Vesey Street.
Correia's eight-year-old stud stopped the clock at 1:04/2 to win the fourth and final heat of the Free for All by a comfortable margin after leading the from start to finish on the rail.
“It's a good time for this time of the year because it's hot and the horses are still getting fit,” Correia said. “As the weather cools off it makes it a bit easier for the horses.”
Cherokee's Superman's time was well outside of his lifetime best which he set last year, after running 1:03 flat.
The track record (1:01/4) is currently held by Cherokee's Superman's half brother, Big Red Machine, which was retired at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Asked if he thought his horse had the potential to break the record, Correia replied: “You never know. But at the same token I wouldn't hold my breathe on that.
“My goal is just to beat his lifetime. Every year he's actually gone a little bit faster and it would be nice if he went a bit faster again this year.”
Thomas Whited's mare, Abbey's Dream, the fastest in the sport, and Down Home Punch, driven by last season's rookie of the year Kiwon Waldron, won the remaining Free for All heats.
Waldron was among four drivers managing multiple wins during the second round of the Cablevision Series.
The TN Tatem Middle School driver posted back-to-back wins with David Greenslade's gelding in the opening two heats of the Free for All, running 1:07 flat in both events.
The evergreen David Lopes continued to turn heads after posting two wins with gelding Pastor Paul in the 1:07/2-1:08/2 time bar and mare L/A Erma Time in the 1:10/4-1:12/4 time bar.
Rookie driver Ryan Manders, son of Driving Horse and Pony Club (DHPC) President Arnold Manders, had two wins with Colonel's Finest in the 1:08/3-1:10/3 time bar while Cameron Harris swept both heats in the 1:13 & Slower time bar with Track Patrol.