Could it be that Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford is tuning up for his jaunt to Helsinki, Finland in early July for the World Cup of Amateur Racing Championship, or is it that he just enjoys winning races, something he’s done plenty of over the past few seasons.
Oldford will represent the United States when the best amateur drivers from 13 nations battle over four days of competition which will comprise the World Cup. And although the amateurs in the World Cup must have at least 25 career driving victories that is something that Oldford doesn’t have to worry about even though he didn’t earnestly start driving until he was 47 years old.
On Thursday night, May 15 the Michigan native, now 56, added to his resume yet another victory, the 86th of his amateur driving career, when he drove TK’s Diva to a 2:01 triumph in the Midwest region Billings Trot that night.
According to Oldford, who along with three other Michiganders, traveled to greater Cleveland just to drive in the Billings Trot.
“It was like Michigan against Ohio, since the three others were all from the Buckeye State, ” he said.
“It had been raining most of the day but when we were set to race the skies cleared and the rain subsided,” Oldford said. “I had the five-hole with a catch drive (TK’s Diva) and though she seemed to be overlooked in the betting (9-1 at post time) she raced real well for me.
“We were three across the track on the first turn all fighting for the lead but my mare cleared and we made the front in a swift :28.1. But once on top I kept her rolling and we never got any challenges and we were open lengths in front the entire way.”
At the wire TK’s Diva’s margin of victory was three lengths over Love Ignites, driven by fellow Michigander Kelly “Sky” Walker who came from far back to get second money. Third place went to Texas Ridge driven by Buckeye, “Marvelous Marvin” Raber.
TK’s Diva is owned by Ohioans, Becky Zubkoff and Summer Zubkoff. She paid $20.60, $13.40, and $5.00 across the board and for Oldford it was his third driving victory of the year.
Next up in the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series will be a trot at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon(May 17)