The first edition of the Xtreme Trot Under Saddle Race and the ever popular Miniature Horse Race offered harness racing fans a unique take on racing at Xtreme Horsepower 2011 Saturday night at Georgian Downs and those who missed the action -- or who want another look -- can now view the replays of these events
The replays have now been added to Saturday’s recap of the Xtreme Horsepower events and are available below.
The small but mighty Ike fanned wide around the final turn to come on for the victory in the Miniature Horse Race for driver Laurel Williams. Donny Boy Quick overtook reigning champion Jersey Boy down the backstretch but he was collared by Mullingan down the lane with Ike motoring home on the far grandstand side to steal the glory. At 16 years old, Ike was the oldest mini in the 5/8-mile race.
Jimmy Shin and rider Marielle Enberg led from start to finish in the first ever $4,500 Xtreme Trot Under Saddle exhibition race in 1:59.2 over Friendly Amigo (Riina Rekila) and Its On My Tab (Anita Valstad).
“Most of us girls that were riding tonight have been riding before. Most of us are from Europe,” said Enberg, a Swedish native who works for Luc Ouellette and Chris Beaver. “The horse is stabled at their farm so I rode him once before to prepare.”
The new Xtreme event, which is a popular form of racing in Europe, was organized by Emma Burgess, the daughter of trainer Blair Burgess, with the help of Kathy Wade Vlaar, Manager of Industry Marketing at Standardbred Canada, and Jackie Warner, Manager of Marketing & Public Relations at Georgian Downs.
“We were training our horses under saddle. Some of them go out everyday and just enjoy it a lot better than going out in the jog cart so we said why don’t we try to set up something. My mom’s from Sweden so we’re obviously very familiar with the concept," said Emma Burgess. "We just wanted to see if we could get it going and we thought Xtreme Horsepower was a great place to get it going. We just wanted to put together something for the fans to see how versatile standardbreds are and what’s popular everywhere else, and maybe even in the bigger picture open up a second career for some standardbreds who aren’t good at the sulky racing or are older. I know they bet on it in Europe so it could become quite popular here.”
For results from Saturday's harness racing card, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Georgian Downs.