Waldron surprised by success in Canada
Kiwon Waldron has become an overnight sensation competing on the Canadian harness racing scene.
The 18-year-old has racked up six wins and also set a track record competing in standardbred and trottingbred harness racing.
“My success has surprised me as how early I have had it,” Waldron admitted.
Although he has been encouraged by his early success, the Bermudian has set the bar much higher.
“My expectations are set much higher than what I have accomplished so far,” he said.
“I also know that with winning comes losing. I have been lucky so far.”
Waldron joined Allard Racing last month and hit the ground running after chalking up two wins with different horses to cap a triumphant debut competing in standardbred harness racing.
He then picked up another victory in trottingbred harness racing, steering pony Kismeornot across the finish line in a personal best time of 1:04/4.
That success was followed by two additional wins on the standardbred harness racing circuit, his winning time of 1:59/4 at the helm of Missionoftheheart establishing a track record.
“It has been great to get good horses that have given me opportunities to win,” Waldron added. “My new team is probably the best thing that has happened to me.
“Rene Allard has taken me under his wing and I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity. His family have also treated me like family and given me a jump start.
“They have to be the easiest people to get along with and I wholeheartedly appreciate them and what they have done and are doing for me.”
Waldron has adjusted well to competing overseas in two different harness-racing formats.
“The level of driving is much more intense than back home,” he said. “The biggest adjustment from racing the ponies to racing horses is huge.
“There are tons of good horses in one race. Also, there are a whole lot more in one race.
“The most I have competed with was 11 horses. That was quite an experience, but I wouldn't say it's a massive change because it's still horse racing.”