Thursday, May 10, 2007

Harvey Six wins!

An event which is pertinent to the blog because the correct pronunciation of the name (or so I now declare using blogger's license) is, of course, 'Arvey Six, with the 'H' being silent in what I believe to be (and am far too lazy to research) the Cockney way. Who knew there could be so many puns on 'RV-6'??

'Arvey Six is a Standardbred Pacer that belongs to my parents, whose farm is known as Big Hat Stable. You've seen pictures taken at the Big Hat here before, but these are probably the most memorable:

In any event, here is the article describing Harvey's accomplishment. All I've got to say is that RVs are stellar performers, even the one horsepower models.

Harvey Six Wins First Round Of Trimble Series

by: Ryan Hubbard
May 9, 2007 --

Harvey Six fought back gamely in the stretch to take the first round of The Tubby Trimble Series Wednesday, May 9. Driven to the winner’s circle by Jeff Nisonger, it was the first career victory for the three-year-old gelding, pacing the mile in 1:55.0. The time was the fastest of the two non-betting divisions held over a fast track.

“He (Harvey Six) raced really well tonight,” said Nisonger. “We changed some things on him this week, so he has a new training style. We tried to turn him out this week also. He is showing some really big improvements.”

Harvey Six started from the gate in post position four in the field of seven starters. He was able to get away in the pocket to the second spot around the first turn.

Passing the third-quarter in 1:26.0, Harvey Six fell back as far as fifth after coming off of the top of the stretch. Cutting between horses in the lane, the Dream Work product gunned it home.

Using a final panel of :28.1, Harvey Six and Nisonger rallied to pass leader Hoosier Alibi and driver Joe Essig Jr. The late move proved to be the key one as the duo got to the wire just in time to win by a final margin of three-quarters of a length. Hoosier Alibi held on to finish second. Kentucky Lukas, with driver Jay Cross, rounded out the top three.

“I wanted to try to stay up close in the race,” said Nisonger. “It was just hard after they were going :26.4 in the first quarter. I knew I needed to get out in the stretch to try to win. This group went a really good mile. In the long run, it worked out.”

Harvey Six is one for five this season, including one second place finish and two third place outings. He finished fifth in the $12,000 Jerry Landess Series last month at Hoosier Park. The Indiana-sired horse is owned by the Big Hat Stable of Bradford, Ohio. He is trained by Steve Livingston.

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