The Dalgetys are one of the most established harness racing families in New Zealand and tomorrow they will have a chance to write their name in harness racing history.
Carter, a third-generation Dalgety, will ride the star of the Krug stable from Kentuckiana Lodge in the New Zealand Trotting Cup – an opportunity he ‘jumped’ on straight away.
“It’s a case where you’d be a fool not to take it and if they trust me to do it, I’m going to do my best,” he said.
At 19, Carter will be the youngest equalizer, alongside his uncle, Anthony Butt.
Carter will have four starts in preparation for the big race as well as a college accounting exam, not that that seems like it.
“It will be a good thing not to think about the horses for a few hours,” he said.
He is currently studying Commerce and Supply Chain Management and Global Business at the University of Lincoln, about 30 minutes from the Hippodrome. Carter only has an hour before his first race to rush to Addington Raceway.
But it’s important for the teenager, who also has his own clothing line, Fuego.
One of its collections is inspired by the “greatest of all time” sport (GOAT).
Her father, Cran, used some of the clothes as examples for Carter before the cut.
“Mike Tyson was 19 when he won the first boxing world championship, and John Kirwan was 19 when he made his All Blacks debut. It’s possible,” Cran said.
With a long and storied history with the sport, Carter said he received plenty of advice ahead of the showpiece event.
“A couple of people said to me, ‘When you’re there, right before the start, you’ll have ice in your veins and you just have to deal with it in the best way possible,'” he said.
Luckily for Carter, harness racing is in his blood.