Northfield, OH — Nine members of The Great Lakes Amateur Drivers Association convened Saturday (Sept. 26) at Northfield Park for a trot in the club’s year-long series and when the judges declared the race official Here Comes Moony and driver Darrell Rideout emerged victorious in a time of 1:57.
But it took the photo-finish camera to determine that Rideout’s trotter was the winner in a tight three-horse photo. Here Comes Moony finished a neck in front of Mesmerized (Larry Ferrari) with Allen Sisco and Gonna Fly right there, just a half-length behind the first two.
When the race started Brian Miller sent the betting favorite, Stick With Me Kid, to the lead and was challenged by the eventual winner who was second on the limb as the field passed the first stanza. However, at the halfway point Here Comes Moony had the pylon position and took command as Stick With Me Kid faded.
From there it was a battle as Mesmerized picked up the chase and at the three-quarters Mesmerized was challenging for the lead. In third place Gonna Fly was within striking distance and they raced heads apart all the way to the wire.
Rideout had had a drivers’ license for more than 20 years and drove only occasionally. But this year he scored his third seasonal driving victory.
Here Comes Moony notched his seventh seasonal triumph. Sent off at odds of 7-2, Here Comes Moony paid $9.60 for win. He is owned by Joe Cirasuola and trained by Chris Allen.
The next event in the GLADA Series will be at the Red Mile on Oct 2.