The 2018-2019 Harness Pony Racing season came to an end at the National Equestrian Center on Vesey Street with the running of the Champions of Champions.
A day after www.islandstats.com reported that Candyce Martins in the bike of Google Me broke the Track and Mare Record crossing the line in a time of 1:01&1, today we can report that the pair were crowned the Champions of Champions.
During the final day of the racing, Martins and Google Me had a combined time of 2:05&3, with Cherokee’s Ironman and Darico Clarke finishing second with a time of 2:06&2, while Simsfield Hardtimes and Dylan DeSilva was third clocking 2:06&2 and Kiwon Waldron in the bike of Reel Patrol clocked a time of 2:07&2.
Following the race Google Me owner Tyler Lopes who also competed on the day in Belgium wrote, “Today one of my childhood dreams came true, to say that I own the overall track record holder has been something I’ve wanted since I first sat in a race bike. Who would have ever thought that the (not so) little yearling that caught my eye almost 4 years ago would turn out to be the fastest racehorse to set foot on Bermudian soil. I can still remember that phone call home... “ya dad I bought another one. But this will be the last. She’s special...” and special she is.”
Lopes went on to write, “Thank you to everyone who has a connection with this mare. Especially to my dad for always believing in her and being there from the very start to manage her career and for all the support (both financially and morally). To Uncle Charlie for all the advice and guidance in teaching her to race. To my sister for EVERYTHING that she does.”
“And to Candyce for being a super driver over the past year and half. I’d like to think that she’s touched you as much as she has the rest of us. I hope the lessons that she’s taught you will continue to mold you into a TOP driver and a dominant force on the racetrack going forward,” continued Lopes.
Lopes concluded, “Records are made to be broken, but the legacy of a true champion will never fade. And on that note, after weeks of back and forth, I’m officially announcing the retirement of this amazing athlete. I couldn’t be more proud. Happy retirement Roxy and thank you for all the memories.”