SA TROTS Whoee Johnson brings up milestone for trainer
FRESH from enjoying one of his best seasons, veteran horseman Donald Thomas has registered a personal milestone.
Thanks to Whoee Johnson’s success at Globe Derby during the weekend, the 85-year-old notched his 200th training win.
Making his debut during the 1984/85 season, Thomas stepped away from the industry for a decade before returning in 2020.
Only training “one or two at a time”, Thomas made 10 trips to the winners’ circle last year, with 2001/02 his best term with 13 wins according to Harness Racing Australia stats.
“I had no idea that was my 200th win,” Thomas said. “I don’t keep track of things like that.
“I only ever train one or two at a time, which is enough for me, so getting 200 wins is not a bad effort.”
Driven by top reinsman Ryan Hryhorec, Whoee Johnson led throughout from the pole to score by a neck from Longtan Cassanova.
Keilah was four metres away third in 1:58.9 over 1800 metres.
“I’m pretty happy with his run,” Thomas said. “He is in the best touch he has ever been in, which is a fair effort considering I have brought him back from two bowed tendons.
“I had stem cell treatment done on him and it’s holding up really well, so hopefully he can keep going as good as he is.”