Danke – No fairytale 300th race start
By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk
He’s harness racing’s record-breaking veteran but Danke raced more like a rookie in his 300th start last night.
The 12-year-old son of Sundon became the first standardbred in this country to reach 300. But in the race named after him (The Celebrating Danke 300th Race Milestone Trot) at Cambridge he broke at the start and lost all chance for trainer-driver Geoff Martin.
In his 300 raceday appearances Danke has won 13, had 19 seconds and 36 thirds for stakes of $150,975.
In contrast the race was won by a horse who’s had 298 less starts than Danke.
Favourite Kristofferson was cruising throughout in the hands of trainer-driver Joshua Dickie, after being an expensive failure in his debut on May 31.
This time his manners were spot on, giving his backers a very stress-free watch as he won by 1 ¼ lengths.