Reel Patrol continues top form
Reel Patrol is on a tear. The Inwood Stables mare continued her impressive form of late during the Boxing Day stakes races at the Bermuda Equestrian Centre, where she advanced from the Junior Free for All in record-breaking fashion.
The four-year-old produced a blistering 1:03/1 to slash two fifths of a second off of her Bermuda-bred record, which she equalled the previous race day, and get both legs out of the 1:04-1:05/1 division to move back up to the Free for All reserved for the island's fastest ponies.
“We're very excited about the new record and looking forward to continuing to do some good things on the track,” Ashley Peniston, Reel Patrol's co-owner, said. “Last week she tied her Bermuda-bred record and this week she broke it so we have two legs out and are back in Free for All. We had a bit of a slump at the beginning of the year and were moved into Junior Free for All but we have got back on track. We're excited to see what the rest of the season has to bring for her being back up in Free for All with the big guys. I think we are finally at the stage we need to be to competitive with them.”
The late decision to put Casey Truran at the helm of Reel Patrol is turning out to be a good one. “They're so good and have just been the greatest match,” Peniston added. “It was a last-minute decision to throw Casey in the bike.
“He didn't really know her as well as Andrea [Westerfield] but they seem to be a great team. Casey is going to race her again on New Year's Day.”
Also yesterday, Random Stable's War Machine equalled the overall track record and gelding's record of 1:01/2, which he set ten days before with driver Kiwon Waldron in the sulky.
The winners of the Boxing Day and New Year's Day stakes races will be determined by the fastest average time combined over four heats, with the race purse to be divided among the entire field for the first time.