Northfield, OH — With harness racing celebrating being “back in business” at Northfield Park, Kandy Sweet, handled by Larry Ferrari, put some “icing” on the cake on Saturday (Feb. 10) by winning the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association (GLADA) Trot.
The 7-year-old daughter of Team Six took charge early and withstood challenges the final half mile to prevail by a nose in 1:59.3 on yet another cold night south of Lake Erie.
Admiral Blaze, handled by Edward Miller, found some room along the pylons turning for home and just missed in finishing second while Deliciousstone DK, driven by Lauren Harmon, was third, outside the entire mile and challenging from the halfway marker.
Off at 1-5 on the tote board, Kandy Sweet, leaving from post four, was alert leaving and in a battle with second choice Admiral Blaze before being forced to a hot :28.4 opener. Once on top, Kandy Sweet got a :31.3 breather to get to the half in a more comfortable 1:00.2 as Deliciousstone DK moved alongside. That necessitated a :28.3 third panel with Kandy Sweet and Deliciousstone DK looking at other in the eye leaving Admiral Blaze looking for room to roam.
Turning for home, with Kandy Sweet in front, Admiral Blaze found a seam at the pylons, and these two were nearly inseparable at the wire with Kandy Sweet a nostril up at the wire.
It was the 25th lifetime win for Kandy Sweet, leaving driver Larry Ferrari to remark, “To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure who won — it was that close. It took a quick opener to get to the top, but that second quarter breather helped. Having said that, we were pushed pretty hard during the third quarter to hold the challenger off and just did get there — a ‘head bob’ as some say!”
Trained by Cory Kreiser for owner Ameer Najor, Kandy Sweet now has career earnings of $304,562 with 17 of her 25 lifetime wins being on the front end.
Amateur driver Larry Ferrari is on a bit of a roll himself, as he has won his last three drives in amateur competition dating back to Dec. 30, 2023, with So Wishfull, and continuing on Jan. 12, with Wild And Crazy Guy, before this latest win. He has 384 career wins in the U.S.
Kandy Sweet paid $2.60 to win.