Google Me and Gold n Glory in sizzling form
Google Me and Gold n Glory were in record-breaking form during last weekend’s harness racing at the Bermuda Equestrian Centre.
The two ponies claimed three track records between them with Google Me also clocking the season’s fastest time, which had been set earlier in the racing programme by Andy Stoneham’s stallion Custard the Dragon.
Google Me lit the track up with a sizzling 1:02/1, with teenager Candyce Martins at the helm, to break both the mare’s and four-year-old’s records and shave four fifths of a second off of the season’s fastest time of 1:03.
Tyler Lopes’s mare achieved the feat racing on the rail in the third heat in the 1:04 — 1:05/1 division.
“The pony [Google Me] felt really strong, so I kept pushing her and when I heard the time I was shocked,” said Martins, who turns 17 this month. “It’s nice to get a record and I’m very proud of the pony.”
Gold n Glory, owned by Charles Whited, the Driving Horse and Pony Club of Bermuda president, broke the previous three-year-old’s record twice on the day with Kiwon Waldron at the helm.
Whited’s colt posted a 1:03/1 in the opening heat of the day in the Free for All to shave two fifths of a second off of the previous record of 1:03/3, jointly held by Google Me and Captain’s Progress. Gold n Glory’s time was a fifth of a second slower than the season’s fastest time set by Custard the Dragon in the same heat.
“The colt is starting to come into his own now and he’s definitely getting stronger, so we expect good things from him,” Whited said.
Gold n Glory also ran a 1:03/2 in the fifth heat, which is the second fastest time by a three-year-old. Briefly earning a share of the season’s fastest time was Cherokee’s Ironman, who ran a 1:03 flat in the third heat of the Free for All with Darico Clarke at the helm.
Pocket De Gold and War Machine were the remaining ponies producing sub-1:04 times.
Tanglewood Stables’ Pocket De Gold ran a 1:03/2 in the second heat of the Free for All with driver Christian Truran, while Random Stables’ War Machine produced the same time in the 1:04 — 1:05/1 division with Waldron in the sulky.