Comet's Racing Pictures!!!! :D
This is my 1994 16??hh Blood Bay Standardbred Gelding, Western Comet (Western Hanover-Lil's Leader-Town Leader). He was born and raised at Henover Shoe Farms in Washington, PA. Was bought by William Varney for $18,750 and came to Maine in 1998. Raced from 6/6/96-4/16/05. Raced in PA,ME,ONT,NY,and MA.Won the Walter Hight Invitational Pace in '98 in which he won a $5,000 purse. In his career he won $111,952. Lifetime Starts--241
Here is a cool article I found on him (Bangor Daily News):REACHING A NEW HIGHT:Western Comet keeps pace to secure Memorial victory
Skowhegan- Bill Varney of Bangor shelled out $18,750 for Western Comet six weeks ago in western Pennsylvania.
It took several starts for the 4-year-old Standardbred to adjust to Maine's half-mile harness tracks, but now that he's comfortable on shorter ovals Western Comet is one of the premier pacers in the state.
Western Comet took the lead at the start and cruised to a 2 1/2- length victory Saturday in the $5,000 Walter J. Hight Memorial Pace on the final day of the 180th Skowhegan Fair. It was Western Comet's thirs straight win in Maine.
"He's getting better," said driver Heath Campbell, 26, of Carmel. "When I asked him, he responded well."
"He's got a ton of speed," said veteran trainer Norman Murray of Bangor, who selected Western Comet for Varney after months of studying out-of-state racing programs. "This is probably the fastest horse I've ever had."
While Western Comet dominated the five-horse field, he wasn't fast enough to earn a $4,000 bonus for breaking the Skowhegan Raceway Record. Hight Chevrolet-Buick Geo of Skowhegan offers the bonus every season.
The winning time of 1 minute, 56 and two-fifths seconds was one second slower than the track record set by Autobot and driver George Brennan in 1992. One second equivalent to five horse lengths.
"It's nice to get the track record and a bonus," said Campbell, "but you've gotta drive to win." That's exactly what Campbell did. Western Comet led the field through an honest first quarter of 28 three-fifths seconds. Unchallenged on the front end, Campbell allowed Western Comet to take the rest with a second quarter of 29.4. The slow second quarter eliminated any chance of a track record, but it also virtually clinched the win for Western Comet since he was strong for the finish.
Campbell put the whip to Western Comet going around the final turn and he quickly opened a three -length lead.
"He's got stamina," said Varney. "He's a tremendous horse in the stable. You can pat him and play with him. He's got a tremendous attitude."
Western Comet's only drawback was that he had been racing on a five-eighths-mile track in Pennsylvania. Half-mile tracks in Maine have sharper turns that take some horses by surprise in the beginning. Western Comet finished seventh in his first two starts in Maine before winning his last three.
Valiant Towner, the winner of last year's Hight Pace in 1:57.1, finished second after a pocket trip with Greg Bowden on the bike. Sir Lance Alot, driven by David Ingraham, used a strong final quarter to earn the show after trailing the field most of the mile.
Woodmere Topcat, the even-money betting favorite in a large closing-day crowd, was last after a troubled trip. Woodmere Topcat acted up behind the starting gate and got away slowly despite his inside post. Driver Lonny Stokes tipped Woodmere Topcat to the outside before the half, but he couldn't get past Western Comet and eventually tired racing wide.
Campbell , who drove Spend All The Money to a second-place finish in last year's Hight Pace, didn't think Western Comet had the gate speed to grab the early lead this year since he hadn't been away first in any of his previous eight races. Campbell's plan was to get away from the gate in the middle of the pack.
But Woodmere Topcat's slow start gave Western Comet a clear path to the rail, and Campbell changed his strategy.
"I noticed (Woodmere Topcat) was getting a little funny behind the gate and I had a shot at it so I really gassed him," said Campbell. After two trips around the oval surrounding a dusty infield parking lot filled close to capacity, Western Comet earned $2,500 for his connections and $5.40 per $2 win ticket for his backers in a crowd that wagered $88,593.
Campbell, the leading driver in the state last year with 275 wins, said he enjoys racing at Maine's agricultural fairs. Said Campbell: "It's fun because there's a lot of atmosphere ... the people on the fences."
Here are the pics!!!!
Pic #1 is Comet at the start of the Walter Hight.
Pic #2 is Comet winning the Walter Hight.
Pic #3 is Comet in the winner's circle after winning the Walter Hight.
Pic #4 is Comet after a win with his trainer, Norman Murray.
Pic #5 is Comet after the Hight win with his trainer, Norman Murray.
Pic #6 is Comet after a win with Norman Murray, driver Heath Campbell, and Dick Hartley.
Pic #7 is Comet after a win at Scarborough Downs.
Pic #8 is Comet winning at Scarborough Downs.
That's really neat. I used to exercise Standardbreds, it was great. It's always nice to know the history of your horse : )
Woo! Look at your boy go!
:D He is the "apple" of my eye!!!
Aw, that's so cute. :)
:) he was! I love him so much!
Awesome pics! So cool to have his history!
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