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Place to race pony at Vesey Street

The perennial battle pitting man against beast will be among the main attractions during tomorrow’s harness racing at Vesey Street.

Carifta Games medallist Jeneko Place is set to compete against David Burrows Jr’s gelding Mike’s Shadow in a 110 metres dash for bragging rights at the Devonshire racetrack.

The occasion will mark the teenaged sprinter’s first taste of competition since recovering from a torn hamstring which ruled him out of last year’s Carifta Games at the National Sports Centre.

Place will enter tomorrow’s race keen to improve on last year’s heavy defeat against Burrows’ gelding Fair Exchange.

“I feel good and I did a couple of runs on the track earlier this week to get used to the conditions,” he said. “I feel very healthy and have been training and doing extra weightlifting all summer.”

Burrows reckons Place has no chance of beating his horse.

“He keeps saying he’s going to beat my pony but it ain’t going to happen,” Burrows declared. “He can’t beat a pony, he’s not fast enough.

“I’ve been racing Mike’s Shadow this season but I don’t know if he wants a rematch with Fair Exchange. He can race against any pony down there but he picked my ponies.”

Place, who turns 19 later this month, raised eyebrows at the 2010 Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands after claiming silver medals in the Under-17 boys 100 and 200 metres.

His personal best in the 100 metres currently stands at 10.71 while his best over the 200 metre distance remains at 21.27. Both personal bests were achieved at the 2010 Carifta Games.

Asked what are some of his personal goals for the new year, CedarBridge Academy student Place replied: “I want to qualify for Carifta and break the national junior record in the 100 metres.”

Devonshire Cougars footballer Lovintz Tota currently holds the national junior record (10.60) in the 100 metres while Vaughn Harvey holds the record in the 200 metres (20.91) that has stood for decades.

Meanwhile, tomorrow’s harness racing will also feature the final two championship heats of the 2012-13 Keen Limited and Correia Construction Best-of-Three Series Stakes.

The eventual winners in the three-year-old, four and five-year-old and aged divisions will be determined by the drivers with the least amount of points from the final two championship heats.

Sprinter Jeneko Place (right) will put his skills to the test in a race against a harness pony at Vesey Street tomorrow

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Published January 12, 2013 at 8:07 am (Updated January 12, 2013 at 8:06 am)

Place to race pony at Vesey Street

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