Delaware, OH — The record for the fastest mile by a 3-year-old trotter lasted less than 24 hours. SIP blazed around the half-mile oval at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in 1:51.2 on Thursday (Sept. 22) to win the $88,600 Old Oaken Bucket for sophomore male trotters by 10 lengths over Famous Father in a four-horse field. Fiftyfour K was third.
SIP’s time erased the 1:52.2 half-mile track world record set by 3-year-old female trotter Bluebird Dove on Wednesday in winning the Buckette at Delaware.
Bluebird Dove still holds the record for a filly while SIP’s effort knocked Action Uncle’s 1:52.4 time set in 2020 at Delaware from the books as fastest colt. The clocking also bettered the Old Oaken Bucket stakes record of 1:53.3 set by Dennis in 2008.
Joe Bongiorno drove SIP for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Hatfield Stables, Brixton Medical Inc., and Weaver Bruscemi. The colt set fractions of :28.2, :56.4, and 1:24 on his way to victory.
“We raced him barefoot here today,” Bongiorno said. “He’s just such a nice horse. He is a horse that interferes some when he has his shoes on — he’s getting better and stronger where he doesn’t interfere as much anyway — but when you take the shoes off, he’s like a Cadillac. I was just a passenger today.”
SIP, a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion in 2021, has won seven of 28 career races and earned $416,253. The son of Bar Hopping-Barbara Brooks was bred by Kentuckiana Farms and Hatfield Stables.
The 2-5 favorite, SIP paid $2.80 to win.