ThisBabyRocks on a roll
ThisBabyRocks was again in the spotlight at Vesey Street this week after moving up a time bar for the second straight race day.
Having advanced from the 1:13/1 & slower division the previous week, Tanglewood Stables's two-year-old Bermudian-bred filly continued her meteoric ascent by advancing from 1:10/1 & 1:13 division after posting 1:09 flat with teenage driver Christian Truran at the helm.
“She's a good two-year-old filly,” Colin Mello, the Tanglewood Stables manager, said. “She is the daughter of GV Colonel Spence who was a track record holder and Cherokee Kibbitz so she's got good pedigree.
“Christian is doing really good with her. He is a young driver and is driving a young horse as well so they are both sort of learning together.”
Also on the move was Tanglewood Stables other racing pony Stay Tuned, driven by Mello's 14-year-old daughter and rookie driver Kayla Caldwell.
The gelding advanced from the same division as stablemate ThisBabyRocks after posting a 1:09/2 in the seventh heat.
“He has actually been off the track for three years but Kayla wanted to race this year so we bought him back out,” Mello said. “She is a rookie so she's learning with him.”
Caldwell is among a handful of young drivers competing in a sport that includes Christian and Casey Truran, Kiwon Waldron and Candyce Martins.
“There are a lot of youth that are racing right now,” Mello said. “The younger generation is coming through which is good to see.”
Getting a leg out of their respective time bars during the last race day were Something Royal, Big Mean Machine and Whosdat in the 1:10/1 – 1:13, 1:07/2 – 1:10 and 1:13 & slower divisions.
Seventeen year-old Christian Truran racked up four heat wins, while his sibling Casey produced three and the trio of Andrea Westerfield, Ryan Burrows and Waldron two each.
Arnold Manders gelding Cherokee's Ironman posted the day's fastest time of 1:04/2 to equal the season's fastest time so far which he established the previous week.
The opening qualifying races of the Best of Three Series that were scheduled to take place during the last race day did not go as planned after the series was cancelled due to a lack of entries in the various divisions.
“We had to pull the Best of Three Series this season because we just couldn't get enough ponies,” Mello said. “Hopefully we have a full quota when everybody moves up an age bracket to get the series back up and running for next season.”
The series features three ages groups (three-year-old, four-year-old and aged ponies) and consists of three qualifying race days with the top four ponies in each division advancing to the final dash.
Harness racing continues tonight, starting at 7 o'clock.