Day At The Track

Americans take lead in competition

02:59 PM 02 Sep 2017 NZST
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After waiting on Greyhound and T- bred races the main harness racing event on the card at this 1200 meter sand track pitted Paul Minore (Sholty Geri ) against the Hungarian perennial champ Andrea Nagyvary steering the heavy favorite.(Oaklahoma Font). However, things turned out to favor Paul when Ferenc Leanyfalvi (Prodigy Gasti) decided to fight it out on the front end. And one couldn't take issue with Ferenc whose steed had not been worse than second on the card.
 
On this day we raced the wrong way, something not only the drivers had to compensate for but so did the horses. Perhaps racing the wrong way helped the US driving team as did the deepness along the rail.. After observing the dueling up front and steering around some traffic Paul tipped off the last turn and when he popped the ear plugs there was no doubt about what the outcome was sure to be. Joe Faraldo with Rozsakert, a Wall Street Banker gelding worked hard to catch the place but had to settle for third. Andrea's steed hung on the be second.
 
All and all a good day for team USA which started out at the famed Budapest baths where team American chilled out in over ten different pools containing assorted minerals, swam laps in an Olympic size pool and took in the steam and sauna rooms like civilized people do in Budapest.
 
The track has a three day food truck show and families with children and pets roamed to their hearts content while the adults feasted on various meats, fish, pastries and adult beverages. Kincsem Park has better demographics than most American track operators on non major stakes events days and the attendance proves it.
 
Tomorrow there will be harness races exclusively, and the competitors will race, what in North America, is the right way (counter-clockwise). It will be the final race in the two-country competition.Team American will once again will look to Paul and his mates to bring home the bacon. Fingers are crossed.
 
The video of the race at Kincsem Park in Budapest is included herein. 
 

by Joe Faraldo, with John Manzi

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