Cherokee’s Ironman and Clarke continue to dominate the field
Cherokee's Ironman obliterated the field and his own record for the season's fastest time during the previous round of harness racing at the Bermuda Equestrian Centre.
With driver Darico Clarke at the helm, Arnold Manders's gelding took full advantage of racing on the rail in the second heat of the free for all as he slashed 1.01 seconds off of his previous fastest time this term after crossing the line in 1:03/1 — two seconds ahead of Something Royal in second.
“It was a good performance from him this time of the year,” Manders said.
“He's rounding into form right now at the right time with a couple of weeks before stake races.”
Ironman's previous fastest time of the season of 1:04/2 was also achieved racing on the rail on November 4.
“He's been running pretty good all year,” Manders added. “The first time he got a rail I just let him open up and he got a 1:04/2 easy and then last week he was also on the rail and so I let him go again and he got a 1:03/1.”
Manders's Indiana-bred pony won the coveted “Triple Crown” comprised of the Best Three, Boxing Day Stakes and Champion of Champions titles last season to become only the third pony behind Speedtime and Big Red Machine to achieve the feat.
Ironman also ran the season's fastest time of 1:02/2, which is also a new record for a gelding.
Posting the second and third fastest times during the last race day at Vesey Street were Christian Truran and Kirista Rabain, both in the opening heat of the free for all. Saltus student Truran clocked a 1:04/4 with Itsallaboutme and Rabain a 1:05 flat at the helm of Reel Patrol.
Advancing from their respective time bars were Whosdat and Big Mean Machine.
Whosdat advanced from the 1:13 & slower division after posting a 1:11/2 with driver Ryan Burrows while Big Mean Machine moved up from the 1:07/2 — 1:10 division after clocking a 1:06/1 with teenaged driver Casey Truran, who also attends Saltus with his brother Christian. Getting a leg out of their respective divisions were the trio of Gold N Glory, Special Gold and Inwood's Realist.
Kiwon Waldron was at the helm of both Gold N Glory and Special Gold while Inwood's Realists was driven by Casey Truran.
Casey Truran, 17, had four heat wins, the most by any driver on the day, while sibling Christian, Waldron and Rabain had two each.
Harness racing continues tomorrow, starting at 6pm.