Dawn Mini makes it a treble for Keith
WITH four generations of supporters cheering her on, it’s no surprise greyhound Dawn Mini is now a group race winner.
Dawn Mini – named after owner and trainer Keith Pedrana’s beloved mum – produced a brilliant run to triumph in the Group 3 Evans And Son Jewellers Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park last weekend.
Victory in the final secured a third group win as a mentor for popular industry figure Pedrana, who is based at Orchard Hills in Sydney’s west, and who has been training for about a decade.
The married father-of-four’s sizeable support crew for last Saturday night’s race included his 81-year-old mum, who travelled from her nursing home to the Glebe circuit to cheer her namesake on.
“I couldn’t put it into words how great it was to have my mum there,” Pedrana said.
“It was unbelievable. We picked her up on the way and dropped her off afterwards. It was a late night for all of us, but it was worthwhile.
“It’s also my first group race with my grandson here, which makes it even more special.
“I just race for my mum and my family, so I couldn’t have asked for a better evening. I’m on top of the world.”
Despite being the fastest qualifier in the previous week’s heats, Dawn Mini was rated a $17 chance in a competitive final.
She made light of her outsider tag, however, jumping brilliantly from box five and leading the field home by two lengths in a smart 29.94.
It was a first group win for Dawn Mini and took her prizemoney earnings to just below $90,000.
“She has the good box manners and early speed you look for,” Pedrana said.
“She puts in everything and has got a big ticker.
“With her I have just raced her rather than trialling and the proof’s in the pudding – she’s jumping out of her skin. I think I will get another 50 or 60 starts out of her yet.”
The victory was another memorable moment for Pedrana, who purchased his first greyhound in 1992.
Pedrana is known for making one of the biggest life gambles in greyhound racing. In 2002 he sold his house and cleaning business – with the blessing of his wife Tracey – to purchase champion greyhound Brett Lee as a stud dog.
The gamble paid off, with Brett Lee becoming one of the most successful and popular sires in greyhound racing. Fittingly, Dawn Mini herself is by Brett Lee. Despite his success over the years in greyhound racing, Pedrana still does long hours pursuing the sport he loves.
“The other night we raced at Dapto,” Pedrana said. “We didn’t get to bed until 2.30am and then I was up at 5.30am that morning to go trialling at Appin.
“It’s the life we have with our greyhounds. It doesn’t matter where you win, whether it’s at a country track or a big race like the one last Saturday night. Any win gets you smiling.”
Any win gets you smiling, out of bed and on your toes in the morning
Greyhound trainer Keith Pedrana and pictured (inset) with master greyhound Brett Lee.