Gold n Glory continues superb form
Tuck Away Farm's Gold n Glory continued an unrelenting assault on the record books during the harness racing at the Bermuda Equestrian Centre last weekend.
Charles Whited's gelding broke his own three-year-old record, tied the gelding's record and came to within a fifth of a second of the overall track record. With teenage driver Kiwon Waldron at the helm, Gold n Glory ran a blistering 1:02 flat to shave three fifths of a second off his own record, which he set the previous race day.
“It's still mind-blowing to us that he is racing this fast considering he is just a youngster at three years old,” said Whited, the Driving Horse and Pony Club president.
“We were very surprised that he was able to go as fast as he did after pulling off a monstrous trip first heat.
“He started in the four hole and finished on the outside of the eventual race winner Cherokee's Ironman, who went in 1:03/3 and we were right there in 1:03/4 three wide.
“He recovered really well between heats and paced a ton the second trip going in 1:02 flat.”
Gold n Glory earned a share of the gelding's record set last season by Cherokee's Ironman, who is owned by former DHPC president Arnold Manders.
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.
Meanwhile, also making their presence felt at Vesey Street were Rockeyed Optimist, Stay Tuned, Inwood's Realist and Thisbabyrocks who all moved up a time bar.
Inwood's Realist and Thisbabyrocks both advanced from the 1:05/2 — 1:06/2 division and Rockeyed Optimist and Tanglewood Stables' Stay Tuned from the 1:06/3 — 1:08 division.
Rockeyed Optimist is the younger brother of stablemate Gold n Glory.
“Rockeyed Optimist paced in 1:04/2 his first trip, which was also a huge surprise, especially this early in the season,” Whited said.
“We hope that he will continue to improve and be as good as his brother.”
Also among the notable performers was Reign of Terror, owned by the Burrows Family, who got a leg out of the 1:05/2 — 1:06/2 division.