1:52.9 - $1,837,043. Bay Horse, Foaled 2004, 15.3 Hands.
Greatness is never boring.
Auckland Reactor’s name is certainly attached to a number of the greatest moments in recent harness racing history – and he is most definitely not boring.
This is a horse who won his first 17 starts in a row – 24 of his first 27 starts. The quickest New Zealand horse ever to get to $1 million in earnings. He had crowds of people leaning over the fence at race meetings hoping for a touch of his champion flesh; he was introduced to the Prime Minister of New Zealand; he brought harness racing to the attention of mainstream media and onto the national television news - without it having to involve controversy.
He was New Zealand harness racing’s Black Caviar.
However, his lifetime record of 53 starts for 32 wins and $1,837,043 in stakes belies the dramas that plagued the latter part of his career.
Auckland Reactor arrived in the big time with a bang in winning the Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes 3yo Final in November 2007, kicking away after sitting three wide without cover for the last 1000 metres. This was the start of a dominating two seasons where he blitzed the opposition in six further Group 1’s – the NZ Derby (NZ Record), NZ Free-For-All (NZ Record), Auckland Cup, Taylor Mile, NZ Messenger (Race Record) and NZ Jewels 4yo Emerald.
Five of the New Zealand records he set in this period still stand.
In total, Auckland Reactor won 21 Group races. He was the New Zealand Horse of the Year as both a three and four year old.
Auckland Reactor brought new levels of speed to our racing. Remarkably he has five sub-26 second final quarters and nine sub-55 second final halves (one in sub-54) on his record.
Trainer Mark Purdon had this to say about Auckland Reactor,
“He’s the best horse I’d trained. At his peak he made very good horses look like ordinary horses. He was a class above the others.
“One of his greatest wins was in the New Zealand Derby. He went 3:09 breaking the New Zealand record and I don’t think I even turned the stick around. He just jogged it as he did so often. He could just burn away from them with a 54 second last half.”
Auckland Reactor won his first 17 starts in a row – 24 of his first 27 starts. The quickest New Zealand horse ever to get to $1 million in earnings.
Has five sub-26 second final quarters and nine sub-55 second final halves (one in sub-54) on his record.
Son of the amazing stallion Mach Three.
Out of the NZ Broodmare of the Year Atomic Lass - Dam of three $100,000 winners and the dam of Breeders Crown winner Devil Dodger.
Served the most mares of any stallion in his debut season.