Christchurch, New Zealand – Nov 11 – That’s no typo; you read that correctly. Indeed, harness horses often race at distances over two miles here and last week I witnessed the fastest two miles—that’s 3,200 meters to us—in harness racing history.

Of course, that makes the time of 3:54—with a last half-mile in an astounding 55 seconds—trotted by Adore Me so extraordinary.

We know the Yanks love their speed and appropriately Adore Me is a daughter the prize American stallion, Bettor’s Delight, a very familiar name to harness racing fans world-wide.

And the five year old mare didn’t just establish a new world record; she smashed the old one by 1.5 seconds in an event that was just as extraordinary as her performance:

The nine horses behind her also eclipsed the old standard, making this edition of the New Zealand Trotting Cup so unforgettably exciting.

Adore Me was driven home by leading co-trainer and driver Mark Purdon. Purdon shares the training duties with Natalie Rasmussen. Not to be outdone by their mare, the tandem won seven races on the 12-races on the program.

American harness fans should remember that it was Purdon who brought Down Under pacing Champion Pacer – Auckland Reactor to the US for a campaign a few years back.

Auckland Reactor had some success in the states but probably best remembered for pacing one of the fastest final quarter-miles—a slick 25 seconds—before returning to New Zealand to stand at stud.

I consider it a privilege to have attended this year’s Trotting Cup and sponsor one of the races on the card.

The New Zealand Trotting Cup is a free-for-all open to both trotters and pacers but only pacers participate on the day, easily one of the best events on the Australasian Harness racing calendar.

Adore me wasn’t the only champion to compete. The 7-year-old Terror to Love appeared to be scribed into the history books, looking very much like he was headed for his 4th New Zealand Trotting Cup in a row.

The veteran pacer hit the lead with just under one mile to go, causing a few anxious fans to head toward the tote windows to collect their tickets, but the fireworks had only just begun.

There was a battle royale down the back straight which saw the eventual race winner challenge four wide with a quarter mile to run, Adore Me fighting on strongly to prevail by a nose.

Early handle figures on the New Zealand Trotting Club’s biggest day suggest it was their best meet ever.

That’s what can happen when two horses travel over from Australia to compete in New Zealand’s premier day, one running the race of his life only to finish third after losing ground in the early stages.

New Zealand Trotting Cup was extremely well promoted with national television coverage leading up to the event with a live broadcast from the track beginning at 6 a.m. on the prime time breakfast show: We breed them tough in New Zealand.

The event attracted over 25,000 fans which saw several track and national records set but it was the performance of Adore Me that made the day so special, easily the highlight of an extraordinary day of harness racing.

U.S. harness racing fans can read all the full stories and watch replays online on Harness Racing New Zealand’s website:

We are planning to bring live harness racing action to America from Down Under on our site in the coming months.

HARNESS RACING IN THE NEWS: It was great to see Yonkers Raceway report that it had successfully exported its racing signal to France. Trotting fans love watching races no matter where they’re from--as long as you can understand the race caller. ..

By molding the product to suit the audience such as Yonkers did, it created extra handle that otherwise would not have been available.  Well done, Yonkers! You’ve done your best to make harness racing the sport of kings…

A total of 156 horses were entered Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at the Meadowlands. The $5.4 million Breeders Crown finals will be Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the new Meadowlands grandstand under the management of Jeff Gural. Well done!

Post time is 7:15 p.m. both nights.

Finally, I’m very excited to report that we are now able to offer NYRA content on the ADW live beginning this week. Thank you New York Racing Association for showing your faith and confidence in our wagering site. Cooperation benefits us all.