“REMEMBER the time” is destined to be a major conversation starter at Globe Derby on Saturday night.
With the South Australian Harness Racing Club celebrating the 50th anniversary of racing at the venue, there are sure to be plenty of trips down memory lane among patrons.
Founded in 1919 as the South Australian Trotting Association, the group conducted its first meeting at the Alberton Oval on December 27.
Fifteen years later the Association moved its operation to Wayville while also changing its name to the South Australian Trotting Club, with the switch to South Australian Harness Racing Club coming in 1989.
While Wayville remained the state’s home until 1973, Globe Derby hosted its maiden afternoon meeting on June 24, 1969.
Handy trotter Beau Power, driven by the legendary Kevin Brook, captured the opening race in 2:20.4 for trainer A W Taylor.
As a tribute to the stallion, Saturday night’s first event has been named Beau Power Pace, with Live For Peace shaping as the one to beat despite his outside of the front row draw.
Trained by Ryan Hryhorec, who is recovering from a recent stable accident, Live For Peace has won his last two starts.
Several of the support races will also bear the names of the stars from the inaugural card – Flyover, Colonel Crusader, Aachen’s Wonder, Lawyn, Legal Deed, Untangle and Victory Miss – with each winner to receive a commemorative rug.
The evening’s main event – Globe Derby Park 50th Birthday Cup – carries a $10,000 purse along with a trophy and rug.
Hryhorec will again be represented by one of the main chances in Supernova Silvia.
A lightly-raced daughter of Elsu, Supernova Silvia has built an impressive record of 10 wins and seven placings from 20 starts.
To be driven by Anthony Robinson, Supernova Silvia will begin from barrier four.
Named after the immortal stallion Globe Derby, the venue became South Australia’s premier track on April 14, 1973.
A champion pacer, Globe Derby was a phenomenal sire which is widely-regarded as the most influential stallion born in the southern hemisphere.
A sample of his progeny are Inter Dominion winners Evicus, Springfield Globe and Logan Derby, along with Lawn Derby, which produced the first 2:00 mile in New Zealand, Avian Derby owner of the first 2:00 mile in Australia and Ribands the first sub 2:00 mile in Australia.
Club President Richard Miller predicts the night to be filled with memories, laughs and action.
“The club has also invited several of its members who were harness racing identities from that era to join with the committee in marking the occasion,” Club President Richard Miller said.
“SA BOTRA is also hosting sponsors in the Committee Dining Room, so it shapes as a great night or memories and entertainment.”