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Monday, June 8, 2009

Auckland Reactor - One More Year

Auckland Reactor, the New Zealand super horse has completed his 4yo season with a victory at Ashburton Raceway in 1:53.8 for the mile. Now, if you have seen racing 'down under' you know racing miles are slower than they are in the states. The connections claim he can race six seconds faster in North America.

Here is the video from Auckland's last race of the season.

If all goes well, Auckland Reactor will be racing in North America at the end of next year's racing season. Look for him in North America during the late spring or early summer of 2010.

How good is Auckland Reactor? We won't know for sure until he hits these shores, but let's look at his stats. In his four year old campaign, Auckland Reactor was 12 for 15 this year winning $1.1 million (NZ) and 24 for 27 lifetime. Those are impressive stats anywhere. It could be interesting.

In anticipation of his arrival next year, wouldn't it be an ideal time for our tracks to start simulcasting racing from New Zealand and Australia? I am not even saying on a nightly basis but perhaps on major stake race days and when Auckland Reactor races. If tracks can simulcast the runners, our own tracks should start simulcasting the trotters from there.

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