Clark Barron

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Whose stable are you attached to?
My own.

Other stables worked at?
Ron Barron, Michael House and Maurice Skinner.

Have you worked in harness racing overseas?

When did you start driving?

How many winners have you driven?
1,0316(End of 2016-2017 season).

Editor's note: My records tell me that Clark's first winning drive was on Free Trouble trained by his father Ron and owned by Eddie Geary and Graeme Wright. The win was at Forbury Park October 11th 1980. Free Trouble paid $14.50 and backed up seven days later to win again at Forbury in a 3200 metre race. He paced the journey in 4.28.3 and beat handicap horses Mark Antony, Model Hardcraft and Really Sly.

Your best season?

Editor's note: 366 drives - 69 -39 - 39 $273,102. UDR .2798

Southland drivers premierships:

1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 (8)
Best pacer driven:
Prince Rashad 108 - 21 - 16 - 6 $202,378

Lento 64 - 15 - 10 - 5 $272,110

Editors note: Clark drove Prince Rashad in 51 of his 108 starts winning 11 races. Prince Rashad went through a purple patch of form in December 1995-January 1996 when he won 5 races in a row including a deadheat at New Brighton.

The Austin Stack trained gelding won two Invercargill Cups in 1996 and 1997 driven on both ocassions by Clark Barron.

Barron won 6 races driving Lento including the 1995 Canterbury Draught NZ Standardbred Stakes (Group One) in a 1.56.8 mile rate. Other group wins included the NZ Premier Mares Championship (Group Three) and the Meadow Fresh 2000 at Addington in 1995 beating Nippon Home, No Return and Bee Bee Cee.

Best trotter driven?

Editor's note: Holdonmyheart was imported from the States and he raced 14 times in New Zealand for 4 wins. Clark Barron drove him in all of his New Zealand starts, with his biggest win the 1997 New Zealand Trotting Championship (Group Two).

Biggest race/stake won:
Group One Standardbred Breeders Stakes - Lento.

Your current sponsor?
Marshall Industries

Your favourite course?
Ascot Park. The best track.

Your preference - mobile or standing starts?
No preference

Most harrowing driving experience?
Driving Jimmy Thunder and breaking a bit then bolting through the outside fence at Nelson.

What race would you most like to win?
Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham. One of the few I haven't won in Southland.

What do you love about harness racing in Southland?
The people.

Which New Zealand driver do you most admire?
Ken Barron. A great judge of a horse.



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