Waldron: Gold N Glory a special horse
A tug-of-war between Gold N Glory and half-brother Special Gold over the two-year-old's record continued during the latest round of harness racing at the Bermuda Equestrian Centre last weekend.
Gelding Gold N Glory, owned by Charles Whited Jr, regained the record from Special Gold after producing the day's fastest time of 1:02/3 at the Vesey Street racetrack.
Both ponies have held the two-year-old's record twice this season, achieving the feat on each occasion with teenage driver Kiwon Waldron, who also equalled the mark on New Year's Day with Lee and Sergio Raynor's stud Special Gold.
“My experience this season has been awesome,” Waldron said. “To tie the record and then go on to break it multiple times with two different two-year-olds is something I never expected and never seen happen before.
“Gold N Glory felt good warming up and it showed in the race.”
Gold N Glory's time was three fifths of a second shy of the overall gelding's record of 1:02 flat held by Cherokee's Ironman.
“Going in a time of 1:02/3 for a two-year-old is almost unheard of,” Waldron added. “This is definitely a special horse and Charles Whited is doing a great job with training.
“The two-year-olds I raced are half-brothers. I guess there's something about the gold.”
The season's fastest time stands at 1:02 and was achieved by Arnold Manders's Indiana-bred gelding Cherokee's Ironman last month.
The overall track record stands at 1:01/4 and is held by Colin Mello's retired stud Big Red Machine, who achieved the feat in 2012.
Waldron and fellow teenager Casey Truran were the top drivers on the day with three heat victories each on different ponies.
Moving out of the 1:07/2-1:10/4 division were the trio of Major Medical, A Touch of Red and Spirit of Brona.