by Victoria Howard
Whereas attending highschool in Minnesota, Mikaela Del Guidice took a job on the DeLong Secure.
Working and studying the ‘ins and outs’ of harness racing from high horsemen Jay and John DeLong, was one thing utterly new to the younger lady.
Till then, Del Guidice had confirmed Arabians and though she had been round horses since she was little, racing was one thing out of her consolation zone.
Del Guidice was born in Scandia, MN, a metropolis about 10 minutes from Working Aces On line casino and Racetrack, which opened in 2008.
“I’m a primary technology within the sport; though my grandpa used to leap over the fence at Saratoga Raceway when he was a child to look at the horses’ race,” Del Guidice stated with amusing. “I assume you can say horses and racing are in my blood.
“Working Aces solely races in the summertime months so working within the barn in the course of the summer time was an ideal job for a highschool child.”
In 2012, the summer time after Del Guidice graduated from highschool, she acquired a job with horseman Rick Magee.
“I took on-line courses from Oregon State College and obtained my bachelor’s diploma,” Del Guidice stated. “I opted to pursue my training on-line for that gave me the liberty and alternative to journey, racehorses and nonetheless get my diploma.
“I bear in mind driving shotgun on the best way to race at Maywood Raceway whereas ending an natural chem examination or writing a paper on statistical evaluation and I’ve been concerned within the sport full-time ever since.”
And that’s an understatement, for Del Guidice does all of it.
Sometimes, Del Giudice spends her winters at The Meadows Racetrack in Washington, PA, concerned in all the things that has to do with horses and the game.
“I practice, groom and personal racehorses,” she stated. “I even have a advertising and marketing enterprise and do all of the advertising and marketing for Blue Chip Farms. I really like being in all totally different capacities of harness racing.”
Final 12 months whereas on the horse sale in Harrisburg, Del Guidice took on one other enterprise: she bought her first colt named Verified Blue Chip.
“Verified Blue Chip is my first child,” Del Guidice stated. “To this point, the colt is doing all the things proper. However you recognize that something can occur alongside this thrilling, however unpredictable journey.”
Del Guidice recalled what her most fun time within the sport was.
“That’s a simple one,” she stated. “It was when my horse Margin Name swooped the sphere, charging from final to first within the open trot at Working Aces. The race announcer, Darin Gagne, knew how a lot I cherished my horse and made the race so thrilling. I by no means get emotional about successful races, however there have been positively tears shed within the winner’s circle that day.”
“One other thrilling reminiscence was final 12 months after I acquired my first coaching win with my horse Zanetti. It was my very first coaching begin. What a thrill.”
So far as her favourite horse, Del Giudice had a solution with out hesitation.
“It’s positively my open trotter Margin Name,” she stated. “It is a entire story in itself. I acquired him as a yearling and I promised him he could be with me ceaselessly. He was probably the most troublesome horse to get to trot [and keep on the trot] however he was stupidly gifted and probably the most stunning horse you’ve ever seen.
“In the future whereas within the pasture he one way or the other broke his leg in 5 locations. The vets stated he would by no means stroll once more, let [alone] be a racehorse and advised me he needed to be put down. I’m not one to see a horse endure, however deep down inside I simply knew he would beat the chances. As of late Margin Name is having fun with his life galloping within the area and is “King of the Pasture.”
Del Giudice has raced at Working Aces, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Truthful Circuit, Maywood, Hawthorne, The Meadows and Pocono Downs.
Del Giudice is an up-and-coming harness racing hopeful and one thing the game desperately wants. She is devoted, hardworking, formidable and a complete horse lover.
“I’ve despatched a variety of horses that had been not capable of race to New Vocations and, in a extra unofficial capability, I’ve helped many horsemen place retiring horses to native, loving houses,” Del Giudice stated. “Having connections within the surrounding horse neighborhood actually helps. One individual, particularly, is a well known radio persona right here in Minnesota, who really adopted two former Working Aces’ racehorses that he and his household adore.”
What are Del Giudice’s hopes and aspirations?
“I’d wish to proceed coaching on a smaller stage and am wanting ahead to my 2-year-old’s future; however my most important focus is advertising and marketing and Blue Chip Farms. They’ve been extraordinarily good to me, and I consider in going the place you’re most valued.”