Day At The Track

Fraser Downs returns to racing

12:00 PM 18 Mar 2021 NZDT
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Jim Marino, harness racing
Jim Marino
Fraser Downs had its opening night on Wednesday, Mar. 17, and harness racing trainer Jim Marino was already on top of his game, conditioning four winners.
 
Marino's Sporty Dragon won the claiming feature, marching first up and scoring handily in rein to Brandon Campbell, last season's leading driver at Fraser.
 
Campbell found the four-hole with Sporty Dragon early and sat chilly through the quarter in 29 and half in 57.4. He made his move with the odds-on favourite going towards five-eighths, pulling first-over, and advancing to second before three-quarters in 1:26.4.
 
Longshot leader Mach Silver fought on bravely, but Sporty Dragon was too sharp on this occasion. Sporty Dragon got by late and extended the margin to a length and a quarter in the 1:55.2 win. Mach Silver held second over a charging Pureform Mr Toffee, who finished third. The winner paid $3.00.
 
 
 
Sporty Dragon's perfect start to the season increased his overall win total to six from 22 attempts and his bankroll to $49,074. Marino, a resident of Surrey, co-owns the son of Custard The Dragon with J J J Stables of Prince George. Campbell also put up a grand slam on the evening, visiting the winner's circle after races one, two, eight, and nine.
 
Kelly Hoerdt, Fraser Downs' top trainer from 2020, was another multi-race winner while both training and driving; he scored in the fourth, fifth, and tenth races.
 
Fraser Downs will see action again on Mar. 19 with 11 scheduled races starting at 8 p.m. PDT.
 
For full race results, click here.
 
by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink
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