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World Record For This Is The Plan

Published: June 5, 2021 10:07 pm ET

Last Comment: June 7, 2021 9:43 pm ET | 5 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

This Is The Plan etched himself into harness racing history books as the fastest horse to ever win on a half-mile track when he won the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie in 1:47.3 Saturday (June 5) at MGM Northfield Park.

Yannick Gingras drove This Is The Plan for harness racing’s all-time leading trainer Ron Burke, who conditions the pacer for co-owners and Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr.

This Is The Plan started from post 3. He yielded early to Stars Align A, before making his move approaching the quarter, taking the lead in :26.2.

“I didn’t want to take any prisoners,” said Gingras. “He (This Is The Plan) has been super sharp.”

This Is the Plan never experienced an anxious moment the rest of the mile, leading his competition through fractions of :53.3 and 1:20.3 before capping the record-setting mile, besting his closest rival by five-and-a-quarter lengths.

“The faster you go, he just doesn’t get tired,” said Gingras.

The 1:47.3 clocking represents the fastest race ever on a half-mile track and lowered the Northfield Park track record by over a full second. Before This Is The Plan's scintillating effort, Pet Rock's 1:48.1 mile at Delaware in 2013 was the fastest ever on a half-mile oval.

This Is The Plan increased his career bankroll to $2,206,200 by taking home the lion’s share of the healthy $200,000 purse.

Completing the 2021 Battle field were Western Joe, Catch The Fire, Stars Align A, Hesa Kingslayer N, Little Rocket Man, Gold Digger King, Century Farroh and Southwind Amazon.

“Records are meant to be broken and we just broke one,” admitted Gingras. “I gave the people a little show tonight.”

(Northfield Park)

June 7, 2021 - 9:43 pmVery surprisingly, this 6yo

Mike Mobley SAID...

Very surprisingly, this 6yo lifetime winner of over $2.2 million has never in his career won more than 2 consecutive races.

June 6, 2021 - 6:02 pmWhat an amazing mile. Wish we

Dale Leiska SAID...

What an amazing mile. Wish we could have been there to see it. Congratulations to all the connections. Don & Dale.

June 5, 2021 - 11:53 pmThe horse gave the show.

Paul Wilkie SAID...

The horse gave the show. Great mile.

June 5, 2021 - 10:37 pmWow a world record, as This

Jim Brown SAID...

Wow a world record, as This Is The Plan hit the wire I already knew it was a world record. I turned to tell my wife "wow that was a world record!" and the track announcer missed it. If this is any indication of what racing is going to be like this summer, I can't wait.

I'llHaveAnother Ontario Needs Racing

June 5, 2021 - 10:18 pmShocked a horse paces 1:47.3

Paul Wilkie SAID...

Shocked a horse paces 1:47.3 on a half mile track.

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