PERFECT TOGETHER: MONI MAKER and JULIE KRONE
MONI MAKER, the richest mare of any breed with earnings of $5.6 million, was racing only against the clock but had two pacers with sulkies driven by her trainer and her regular driver plus two thoroughbred "prompters" to simulate a race to insure she would give her best performance. Her trainer speculated she may have trotted as much as a second faster had she not been wearing earplugs which kept her from hearing them yelling to urge her on.
An estimated crowd of 5,000 turned out drawn by the chance to see JULIE KRONE as much as to see the historic trot. The crowd cheered constantly from the time they stepped on the track and continued until after the record-breaking trot was complete.
After the record setting effort, MONI MAKER's shoes were removed as a ceremonial ending to her career. She was then paraded by the grandstand for a final time while the largest crowd at The Red Mile in many years took pictures and reached out to pet her.
Watch as these two great ladies of the track shatter a world record...truly a collector's item.
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