Kenny keen to stay positive after brain bleed
NO matter how much you want something, you don't always get it.
Veteran reinsman Kenny Parker's comeback to the harness track has been shelved on a permanent basis by a minor bleed on the brain last weekend.
Sadly, his mare Colada Rose has been transferred to a Redcliffe based mate Max Olive for the duration of her racing career.
Colada Rose trialed in a 2-04 mile rate last Saturday, indicating that she was not far off the races.
Parker, 83, will devote his attention to carriage horses at Maxine Hobbs' Mount Walker property.
He will keep his trotting interest alive by regular attendance at Marburg trials and race meetings.
Parker has several mottos which would benefit us all.
"You have to think positive and be positive" and "have an interest in life and be interested in life" are among them.
Kenny Parker will never lose his interest in horses.
THE banning of greyhound racing (or Mechanical Hare Coursing to give the sport its legislative title) in NSW has caused considerable angst among the remaining harness participants in the Sunshine State.
However, it is encouraging to see that Harness Racing South Australia have provided security of tenure at Globe Derby Park for the South Australian Harness Racing Club.
HRSA said they are delighted to announce that new agreements have been formally signed between HRSA and the SAHRC regarding the securing of longer term arrangements for racing and additional significant financial support for the SAHRC and Globe Derby Park.
The new agreements include: a Licence and Racing Dates Agreement; Memorandum of Lease (Head Lease); and Memorandum of Underlease (Sub Lease).
HRSA will also be taking over responsibility for all race day staff from September 1.
The new agreements will result in an additional $250,000 in annual financial support for the SAHRC.
The Licence and Racing Dates Agreement formalises HRSA authority to conduct race meetings at Globe Derby Park for a six year period from 1 July 2016.
Previously there was no formal authority granted to HRSA to conduct racing at Globe Derby Park.
THE broodmare gem Lefty was featured last week.
Last Saturday night, her best performed son, Catcha Lefty added a prestigious Classic to his resume, capturing the Queensland Pacer's Derby, run over 2680 metres at Albion Park.
Apart from the kudos attached to a Derby win, $45,000 jumped into the 3yo's bank account taking his earnings so far to $168, 523.
The now deceased golden goose improved the family record on the same program when Bring On Lefty took out the Rising Stars Final, picking up $9,782 along the way.
There are some significant sires in Lefty's dam line way back.
Modernists tend to denigrate anything but the "latest and greatest'' in sires.
For some of the readers in this writer's demographic, horses like Raider, Light Brigade, U Scott and Thor Hanover still ring a loud bell.
NEXT Saturday, the Marburg Pacing Association will host official trials at the Showground.
They will be accompanied by the usual "jumpouts".
Drivers will require full race kit including white trousers and trainers will use only race standard gigs.
Nominate as per the Pace Magazine, and a text indicating start times will be sent to participants.
Horses can qualify, have bars lifted and trials drivers can post approved performances.
Help the MPA to make these trials a success.
The more trainers who use these trials the greater benefit to participants, and the stronger the area becomes.
Results July 16: Trial (1) 1850m - 1: Only Sometimes (Justin Pascoe); 2: Tascott Lady; 3: Diabolo Danny. Time: 2-22.9. M/r: 2-4.3. 400m= 31.7. Margins: 4 x 10m.
Trial (2) 1850m: 1: Certainly Cando (Cindy Rippon); 2: Ultimate Tycoon; 3: Wanteddeadoralive. Time: 2-22.0. M/r: 2-3.5. 400m= 31.1. Margins: 6 x 8m.
Trial (3) 2200m: 1: Beejays Abundance (Steve Burke); 2: Tulhurst Jailbreak; 3: Midnight Montana. Time: 2.56.0. M/r: 2-8.7. 400m = 30.1. Margins: HD x 2m.
Trial (4): 1: Torque Factor (Dan Russell); 2: Sista To Mafuta; 3: Dutch Cream. Time: 2-23.3. M/r: 3-4.6.. 400m = 29.7. Margins: 1 x 3m.
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.
R1: First four1-2-4-8: Rummiking (B. Graham)- Only Kidding (D. Picker)- Polished Rocks (D. McMullen)-Markey Oh Markey (B. Cockburn).
R2: Box trifecta 2-6-7: Supaliner-Broadway Playboy (A. Sanderson)-Munroe (P. McMullen).
R3: Quinella 3-5: Dabeers Zargon (G. Whitaker) and Ina Great Place (I. Ross).
R4: Quinella 1-4: Fioki (D. Picker) and Hector Barbossa (Mark Dux).
R5: Quinella 3-5: Comply Or Die (P. McMullen) and Royal Jacquard (M. Elkins).
R6: E/w 2: Sicilian Slumber (P. McMullen).
R7: Quinella 4-11: Candyliscious (A. Sanderson) and Purple Royale (M. Elkins).
R8: Box trifecta 1-2-4: The Space Invader (N. McMullen)-Star Black (I. Ross)-Rate Highly (M. Neilson).
R9: Box trifecta 1-3-6: Mandy Kriden (B. Cockburn)-Witch Striker (S. Graham)-Feel The Faith (G. Dixon).
R10: Box trifecta in four 1-2-6-10: Justabitnoisy (G. Whitaker)-Unico Crown (P. McMullen)-Motu Young Jacob (C. Turpin)-Our Overanova (G. Dixon).
Pete McMullen drove four winners and his partner Chantal Turpin trained three of the best. The most pleasing effort was Neville Doyle's patience, rewarded to win the mobile trot on Tuesday with My Delightful Lady. Nathan Dawson in the sulky was no handicap either.
Albion Park, July 15: Sicilian Slumber (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Jazzy Artist (Narissa McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Myboy Nikola (Narissa McMullen); A Good Chance (Matt Elkins for Donny Smith).
Albion Park, July 16: Dabeers Zargon (Gary Whitaker for Donny Smith); Minion Girl (Pete for Chantal Turpin).
Albion Park, July 19: My Delightful Lady (Nathan Dawson for Neville Doyle); Blazing Terror (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers).
Redcliffe, July 20: Miss Catalina (Mathew Neilson for Ricky Gordon); Montcalm (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Makin Memories (Pete for Ron Sallis); One Last Roll (C M Owen for Mark Rees); Movinoutatown (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby); Make A Point (Nathan Dawson for Merv Heironymus).
Redcliffe, July 21: Yes Brother Yes (Gary Whitaker for Bill Crosby); Red Castle Rebel (Nathan Dawson for Ryan Veivers); Ezy El (Pete for Chris Frisby); The Gun Rockstar (Amy Rees for Darren Hooper); Rubys Bad Boy (Adam Sanderson for Darrell Graham).