PORTLAND-- The mud failed to slow Hannibal Lector as the quarter horse established a new track record in the rarely run 220-yard distance at Portland Meadows.
The 10-year-old gelding ridden by jockey Luis Torres won Saturday's second race in 12.12 seconds, beating the old record of 12.20 seconds set by a Gold Bar 49 in 1959.
Hannibal Lector has been a fixture in the Oregon and Washington race circuit for years, running in Seattle, Grants Pass and Central Washington, said Jerry Kohls, director of racing at Portland Meadows.
Track officials admitted that a 220-yard race is only run every couple of years, but it was still special for a veteran horse to break such a long-standing record.
Hannibal Lector has now won 18 of his 70 career starts with earnings of over $82,000. He is owned by Mario Escobedo and trained by leading quarter horse trainer Juan Sanguino.