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Google Me has engine for even more success

On the charge: Google Me with Tyler Lopes at the helm (Photograph by Robert Lopes)

Google Me hit the ground running and surpassed the expectations of many on her season debut during the last round of harness racing at Vesey Street.

Tyler Lopes’s three-year-old filly ran a blistering 1:04/2, the second-fastest time recorded on the day and third fastest of the season so far, to get a leg out of the Junior Free for All at the first attempt this term.

“I didn’t think she was going to go that fast,” said driver Robert Lopes. “If you look at my time, the first heat I went 1:08/1 and everyone else went in 1:05s.

“I didn’t expect for her to do that or push her to do that. But it is what it is.”

Lopes is racing Google Me in the absence of his son, who is abroad competing in equestrian.

“My son raced her last year but he is gone overseas and left me with the duties,” Lopes said. “It was my first day at the track. I haven’t raced all year because she got injured just before the season started so I had to lay her off for five weeks.”

The Indiana-bred racing pony is just one leg away from moving up to the 1:04/4 and faster time bar reserved for the fastest ponies on the island.

“She will be with the big guns soon,” Lopes declared.

Other highlights during the last race day saw Cherokee’s Ironman eclipse his own record for the season’s fastest time and a trio of ponies moved up a division.

Ironman, owned by Arnold Manders, shaved one fifth of a second off the previous mark after posting a 1:03 flat in the Free for All with driver Darico Clarke in the bike.

Advancing from their respective divisions were the trio of Gold-N-Glory, Whosdat and Special Gold.

Gold-N-Glory and Whosdat both moved out of the 1:12/2 & slower time bar and Special Gold from the faster 1:10/1- 1:12/1 division.

Whosdat was driven by Dylan DeSilva while Kiwon Waldron was at the helm of Gold-N-Glory and Special Gold.

Also getting a leg out of their division along with Google Me were LR’s Last Chance and Inwood’s Progress.

LR’s Last Chance, driven by Kirista Rabain, and Inwood’s Progress, with Candyce Martins at the helm, both got a leg out of the 1:07/2 -1:10 division.

Rabain, who was among a trio of women drivers securing victories on the day which included Kayla Caldwell and Martins, produced the day’s third-fastest time of 1:04/3 competing with Reel Patrol in the Free for All.

Waldron recorded three heat victories on the day while Rabain, Christian Truran and DeSilva had two each.