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Humboldt, IA -- The top ten 3-year-old trotters finished the 2020 Iowa season at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Iowa-Registered Championship races held on Sunday (Sep 27).   The HAY's Standardbred Dr. Ken Harris DVM Memorial Trot included the top 3-year-old colts of the Iowa fair circuit. Poker Play drew post position one, followed by First Gunner, Exhibition Day, SV Tymal's Image and Itsonlymoneyhoney in post position five. Iowa limits it's finals' fields to five so no horse starts from the second tier. Crowd favorite First Gunner, who raced on the pace as a 2-year-old, led the season with 14 wins in 18 starts and 2020 earnings of $36,096. He was the only competitor coming off a win.   First Gunner shot off the gate followed by Exhibition Day and Poker Play. In the point of the first turn, First Gunner made an uncharacteristic break followed by a break by Poker Play. Exhibition Day took the lead and led stablemate Itsonlymoneyhoney and SV Tymals Image to the quarter in 31.4. Driver Dan Roland and Itsonlymoneyhoney moved to the front and led at the half in 1:03.1 with SV Tymals Image moving up to second challenging on the outside. Itsonlymoneyhoney held strong passing the three-quarter pole in 1:33.3 with SV Tymals Image still parked for second. As they turned into the home stretch, only four lengths covered the field with Itsonlymoneyhoney having the slight advantage. The trotters powered home with Itsonlymoneyhoney holding off SV Tylmals Image in a 2:05 mile. First Gunner finished third, but was placed fifth due to the earlier break. Exhibition Day was fourth, placed third.   Itsonlymoneyhoney is trained by Dan Roland and owned by It's Only Money Stable of Grinnell, Iowa. The 3-year-old gelding was bred by Willis Borntrager. Itsonlymoneyhoney is by Banker Volo out of the Cash Hall mare Steuben Hey Jude.   The Pete and Freda Mouw Memorial Trot was Battle Queen's to lose. Gary Liles' 3-year-old filly dominated the 2020 Iowa fair circuit with the fastest mark (2:01), the highest earnings ($25,800) and the most wins (9 in 10 starts). Battle Queen also had the rail advantage, drawing post position one. CR Valentine drew the two, followed by stablemate Lucky Playmate, Sometimes You Dont, and Passion In Paris on the outside.   Battle Queen powered off the gate, with CR Valentine contesting until settling in the pocket as they passed the quarter in :31. Lucky Playmate and Passion In Paris followed in third and fourth with Sometimes You Dont trailing the field. Battle Queen passed the half in 1:03 with the field single file in pursuit. As they turned into the backstretch CR Valentine tipped out from second and Passion In Paris from fourth. The field passed the three-quarter pole two-by-two in 1:33.1. At the head of the stretch Passion In Paris fanned to the outside and Lucky Playmate moved to the passing lane. With Battle Queen and CR Valentine in the center, the four fillies battled head-to-head charging to the wire. Driver Chad Svendsen and Lucky Playmate had never left the rail, and his patience paid off when Lucky Playmate made a last second surge to take the race in 2:02.4.   Lucky Playmate and driver Chad Svendsen      --photo by Gretchen Roland Lucky Playmate is trained by Rick Huffman and owned by Rick & CD Huffman of Sigourney, Iowa and Larry Mather of Webster, Iowa. The 3-year-old champion was bred by Winbak Farm out of the Pine Chip mare Almond Chip. Lucky Playmate is by Lucky Chucky, who stood in New York the year she was conceived. Lucky Chucky has stood in New York, Pennsylvania and currently stands in Ohio. He's sired 228 starts with over $10.3 million in earnings.   Sunday's card concludes the 2020 Iowa racing season. Iowa racing will resume in May 2021.   by Gretchen Roland for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association

Humboldt, IA -- The top ten 3-year-old pacers faced fierce harness racing competition at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds for the Iowa-Registered Championship races held on Sunday (Sep 27).   Three-year-old championship races began with the John Nessa Memorial for pacing colts. From post position one-to-five the field included Slippin The Clutch, Cashncam, Always Hotspeed, Legal Liar and Yankee On The Move. Iowa limits it's finals' fields to five so no horse starts from the second tier. Pairing with leading driver Will Roland, Slippin The Clutch was the favorite leading the season in wins (12 in 14 starts) and 2020 earnings ($32,821). He also had the fastest fair mile in 1:57.2 at What Cheer at the end of August.   As he has throughout the season, Slippin the Clutch used his gate speed to capture the lead into turn one. The rest of the field quickly settled with Legal Liar dropping in second followed by Cashncam, Always Hotspeed and Yankee On The Move. The colts held their positions passing the quarter pole in 30.4 and parading by the grandstand the first time in 1:02.3 with just five lengths covering the field. Driver Adam Hauser tipped out Yankee On The Move at the half and gradually picked off contenders. Slippin The Clutch made it to the three-quarters in 1:32.4 with Yankee On The Move having taken over second. As they rounded the final turn, Slippin The Clutch switched gears and accelerated home taking the race in 2:01. Yankee On The Move was second and Legal Liar was third.   Slippin The Clutch is trained by Curtis Carey and owned by Jay Delong of Clinton, Wis, Rick & CD Huffman of Sigourney, Iowa and Jeff Carey of Columbus Junction, Iowa. He was raised by Alan and Randall Eden of Lone Tree, Iowa out of their Artsplace mare Sweet Otra. Slippin The Clutch is by the Iowa's Miilionaire Cam, sire of multiple Iowa 2- and 3-year-old champions.   The Terwilliger Family Memorial Pace featured the top 3-year-old Iowa Registered fillies. Shining Jewels drew post position one, followed by Ivy B Poison. It's Pacific Time, Jennie Ann and Supreme Dumpling. Rob Anderson's Jennie Ann had posted the fastest mile on the Iowa circuit in a 1:58.3 performance at West Liberty. It's Pacific Time led the field in wins (10) and 2020 earnings ($46,950).   Driver Chad Svendson and It's Pacific Time surged from the center of the field taking the early lead. Ivy B Poison filed in second with Jennie Ann charging on the outside to challenge It's Pacific Time up the backside. Jennie Ann captured the lead passing the quarter in 29.4 and the half in 1:00. With It's Pacific Time sitting in the pocket, Ivy B Poison made her move sweeping up to second when Jennie Ann hit the three-quarter pole at 1:29.1. At the top of the stretch Jennie Ann pulled ahead just enough for Svendsen to find racing room sneaking It's Pacific Time out in front of Ivy B Poison. With nothing but an open stretch between them and the finish line, Jennie Ann and It's Pacific Time grinded to the wire with It's Pacific Time taking the win in 1:59.4, the fastest pace of the Iowa Championships. Ivy B Poison held on for third.   It's Pacific Time and driver Chad Svendsen             --Gretchen Roland photo   It's Pacific Time won on her home track for owner John Hendricks and trainer Joel McDanel, both of Humboldt, IA. Raised by Hendricks out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Pacific Fling and from the first crop of the Minnesota sire It's That TIme, It's Pacific Time is dual eligible to Iowa and MInnesota.   Sunday's card concludes the 2020 Iowa racing season. Iowa racing will resume in May 2021.     by Gretchen Roland for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association

Humboldt, IA -- The top ten 2-year-old pacers competed at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds for Iowa-Registered Championship races on Sunday (Sep 27).   Harness racing trainer Duane Roland had three of the five pacing colts in the Kalona Sale Barn Katherine Carey Memorial for 2-year-old pacing colts, all drawing the inside -- Rock N Louie, Western Waltz and Freddie Faves. Maximum Force and Imoutthdoor rounded out the field. Iowa limits it's finals' fields to five so no horse starts from the second tier.   With the fastest fair track mile (2:00.4), the highest earnings ($26,345) and the most wins (eight, with five coming in his last five starts) Freddie Faves, the gelding from the first crop of Western Trademark, was the clear favorite.   Driven by Duane Roland, Freddie Faves shot off the gate to take the early lead followed closely by trotting-bred pacer Maximum Force. Freddie's stablemates Western Waltz and Rock N Louie settled in third and fourth with Imoutthedoor recovering from an early break in fifth. The field passed the quarter in 29.2. Driver Corey Larson tipped Western Waltz and was followed by Rock N Louie. The three stablemates had locked in Maximum Force as they passed the half in 1:02. Western Waltz and Freddie Faves held the front in tandem with Freddie Faves easing ahead at the three-quarter pole in 1:32.3 then took command cruising home to win in 2:03.4. Western Waltz was second and Rock N Louie was third.   Freddie Faves was born at Duane and Connie Roland's stable in Grinnell, Iowa. Out of the Cole Muffler mare Miss Swift, Freddie Faves is one of seven foals from the first crop of Western Trademark, a 1:49.1 pacer by Western Hanover. Western Trademark stood his first season in Iowa and has spent the past two years standing in Minnesota.   The Glen Mino Memorial for 2-year-old pacers featured the top freshman fillies. From post position one-to-five the field included Almost Karen, Welltheraceison, Marced Debutante, Portray An Image and Charchar. The Well Said filly Welltheraceison had posted the fastest mile of 2020 clocking in at 2:01.1 twice in the past three weeks. Charchar led the group in boths wins (six) and money earnings ($23,007) and had won her last two times out.   Welltheraceison and Marced Debutante both sprinted off the gate to battle for the lead, with driver Cory Larson dropping Marced Debutante into second in the first turn. Welltheraceison led to the quarter in 29.2 and was still in control at the half in 1:01.1. Charchar had made a move and was advancing first over, but Welltheraceison followed closely by Marced Debutante continued to lead the field passing the three-quarters in 1:30. At the head of the stretch Larson tipped Marced Debutante and charged to wire catching Welltheraceison in a photo finish win in 2:02.4. Portray An Image was third.   Marced Debutante and Cory Larson            --Gretchen Roland photo Marced Debutante is leased by Cory and Katelyn Larson of Marshalltown, Iowa. Bred and raised by Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, Marced Debutante is a MInnesota bred filly out of the Dragon Again mare Adept Yankee, and is sired by Marced Card, a son of Cam's Card Shark. Marced Card has sired top 2- and 3-year-olds in both Iowa and MInnesota.   Sunday's card concludes the 2020 Iowa racing season. Iowa racing will resume in May 2021.   by Gretchen Roland for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association

Humboldt, IA -- The top ten 2-year-old trotters took to the track at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds for Iowa-Registered Championship races on Sunday (Sep 27).   Making the cut for the Cliff And Henrietta Card Memorial from post-position one to five were trotting colts DP Super Special, Officerincommand, I'm Another Wilson, Searching For You and L-T Turbo. Iowa limits it's finals' fields to five so no horse starts from the second tier. All the colts were by Iowa sires: All In Tad, Macduffie, Wilson Wyoming, Stages Muscles and Dredd.   The race started out rough for Searching For You, the top money earner and fastest colt of the group, who made a break on the gate. Officerincommand took the front with I'm Another WIlson settling in second followed by DP Super Special. Before the quarter pole, driver Adam Hauser pulled I'm Another Wilson to challenge Gary Liles and Officerincommand. The pair passed the quarter in :32.   I'm Another Wilson took control around the turn, with Officerincommand breaking stride. Leading to the half in 1:02.1 and the three-quarters in 1:33, I'm Another Wilson crept away from Officerincommand followed by DP Super Special. I'm Another Wilson cruised home in an uncontested victory in 2:05.3, a new lifetime mark. DP Super Special got up for second and Officerincommand was third.   I'm Another Wilson is owned by Carol and Tyson Paris of Ottumwa, Iowa and trained by Adam Hauser. This was the fifth win of his freshman season. I'm Another Wilson is a son of Wilson Wyoming out of the Tom Ridge mare Norma Jean Hall. Wilson Wyoming, a 25-year-old son of Balanced Image, has sired 149 starters in Illinois, Delaware and Iowa with total earnings of $2.6 million. The winning colt was bred by Henry Byler of Seymour, Iowa.   The Dick and Charlyn McDanel Memorial featured the top 2-year-old Iowa Registered trotting fillies of 2020. From post position one to five the field included Nutter Butter, Operation Shipley, Final Quote, Mnemonic, and Airman's Kisses. Tom and Kathy Shipley's Operation Shipley posted the fastest freshman mile (2:05.1) while Huffman Stable's Airman's Kisses led the group in money earnings ($25,877) and wins (seven). Nutter Butter had come on strong at the end of the season winning her last three times out.   Driver Mark Mintun took advantage of the inside post position capturing the front followed by Mnemonic. Early breaks from Final Quote and Airman's Kisses allowed Operation Shipley to take third. Nutter Butter hit the quarter at :32, the half in 1:04, and the three-quarters in 1:35.4 followed closely by Mike Morales driving Mnemonic. Tipping out the head of the stretch, Morales positioned Mnemonic to challenge but Nutter Butter held her own crossing the wire in 2:06.4.Neely Dunn    Nutter Butter is owned by Jason Telfer of Selma, Iowa and trained by Mark Mintun. This was the fifth win of her freshman season. Out of the Donerail mare Cherrio, Nutter Butter is the only foal by in 2017, the lone year he stood in Indiana. In prior years Neely Dunn had stood in Ohio, siring Ohio Horse of the Year Neely's Messenger, and currently stands in Pennsylvania. He's sired 117 starters with earnings over $4.1 million.   Sunday's card concludes the 2020 Iowa racing season. Iowa racing will resume in May 2021.   by Gretchen Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association        

What Cheer, IA -- After weeks of carefully studying race programs for each meet at What Cheer, David Bunker took home the top prize in the fan favorite Progressive Pick Ten contest on Sunday (September 6). It was the final day of racing at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds in 2020.   "I'm pretty lucky," said Bunker modestly. "There's a little bit of skill to it with watching the program, but a lot of luck."   Participants in the Progressive Pick Ten try to pick the winner in the first ten races of each day of racing at What Cheer. For each winner picked they get a point. At the end of the season, the $2,000 prize is divided among the top participants in the same split as winning purse money, with the winner taking 45 percent, or $900.   Roger Roland started the Progressive Pick Ten competition at What Cheer six years ago as a way to keep fans coming back to the grandstand every week all summer.   "I started it to get more attendance at the races and it definitely helps," said Roland. "They come every week, they compare notes, and they don't miss a day of racing. Of the top twenty, only two people didn't come every week and one of them was in the hospital."   After each race day people in the grandstand can be heard asking each other, "How many did you get?" There are good days and tough days. Saturday (September 5) was one of those tough days with lots of upsets in 2-year-old Iowa-Registered competition. Bunker managed to do alright.   "What clinched it for me was getting five out of ten on Saturday," said Bunker. "It was a terrible day. Some only got two and I got five somehow."   With only six picks separating the top seven participants every race is important.   On the last day of the competition everybody missed race three and four when Itsonlymoneyhoney, a son of Banker Volo, took the first division of the 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Trot and Always Hotspeed, a Real Desire colt, came from the back tier to take the first division of the 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Pace. In race ten, the final race of the 2020 What Cheer Progressive Pick Ten, Bunker picked the winning Big Jim filly Candy Cane Cannae.   Bunker took the top prize with 62 wins, only two picks ahead of Larry Mather's 60. June Huffman and Jerry Hamilton tied for third with 57 and Dina Gooch, Sherry Bunker and Earl McCay rounded out the prize winners with 56 picks each.   Bunker makes his picks early in the week when the What Cheer race program is posted on the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association website.   "I go by times, who's doing well, and who's driving," said Bunker. "If there's a driver change I may change my pick because of that."   This is Bunker's fourth time winning the Progressive Pick Ten. The first time he split the win three ways, he won it all his second time winning, and last year split it with Jerry Hamilton, another competitive Progressive Pick Ten enthusiast.   In addition to the Progressive Pick Ten, Roland has come up with another creative way to keep fans in the stands at What Cheer. He saw people were leaving the races early, so he also started The Late Pick Five.   "We also play the last five," said Roland "It's $75 a day with a maximum $375. It's a way to keep people in the stand and keep people entertained."   Both of these contests have kept people coming to the races and brought new interest to the Iowa racing circle. Look for new fans and familiar faces when both contests return to the Keokuk County Fairgrounds in 2021.   by Gretchen Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association  

Oskaloosa, IA -- Four of the eight feature race winners set new lifetime marks on an afternoon of hot harness racing competition and hot weather at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds. Sunday's (July 26) card showcased 13 fields of Iowa-registered sophomores and one field of Iowa-registered aged trotters.   Stepping up in class, Yankee On The Move made his feature Iowa-Registered 3-year-old Pace debut after two starts in the non-winners of $3,000 class this year. Coming off a big 2:00.4 mile at What Cheer two weeks ago, owner Bob Lems' Yankee Skyscaper gelding was ready to play with the big boys.   In a field of six contenders with five having posted wins this year, driver James Gould eased Yankee On The Move off the gate letting the early leaders battle for position. Gould pulled the Mark Mintun trainee second up by the half then tipped three wide in the final turn sweeping to the front to take the mile in 1:59.4, a new lifetime mark and his third win in three starts. In another impressive mile, Duane and Connie Roland's 3-year-old Sportsmaster gelding Bizys Beatle took the second division in 2:00.4, dropping more than four seconds from his personal best.   Three-year-old pacing filly Supreme Dumpling made her first trip to the winner's circle this year. Drawing the rail, driver Mark Mintun took advantage of the post position capturing the early lead. The Southern Ruler N filly faced little challenge taking the race in 2:04.1, a new lifetime mark.   Owned and trained by John Saner, Supreme Dumpling was bred by Vernon Mast out of the Sportsmaster mare Sporty Dumpling. The second division of 3-year-old pacing fillies went to Rob Anderson's divisional standout Jennie Ann. The Lettherockbegin filly has won five of her past six races and posted the fastest pace of the day, winning in 1:59.1.   Owners Rick Huffman's and Keith Wilson's 3-year-old trotter Scoreoneforme dropped two seconds from his previous mark beating a field of five in 2:04.3. Driven by Chad Svendson and trained by Rick Huffman, the son of Man Of Broadway posted his second win in 2020. In another 2:04.3 mile, Itsonlymoneyhoney took the other division of Iowa-resgistered 3-year-old trotting colts with Michael Morales in the bike. Trained by Dan Roland and owned by Its Only Money Stable, the 3-year-old son of Banker Volo improved his lifetime stats to seven wins in 18 starts.   The first 3-year-old filly trot went to Lucky Playmate. Trained by Rick Huffman and driven by Chad Svendson, the daughter of Lucky Chucky out of the Pine Chip mare Almond Chip has only missed the board in one of her 17 lifetime starts. Lucky Playmate is owned by Rick & CD Huffman and Larry Mather. Voted 2019 Iowa Horse of the Year by the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association membership, Gary Liles Battle Queen continued her reign with another win in the second division of trotting fillies. With Liles' in the bike, the daughter of Yadi crossed the wire in 2:05, going three-for-three in 2020.   In another winning pairing of the Huffman stable and driver Chad Svendson, the Iowa-registered aged trot went to CR Blaze. Chad Svendson and the 4-year-old Amigo Ranger mare fired off the gate and led the field to the half in 1:03. It was a tight race with four lengths covering the top five contenders most of the mile. Chad Svendson held off stretch charges by Hauser stablemates Al Mar Bonbon and Princess Legacy to take the mile in 2:03.3. Owned by David Gingerich of Chariton, Iowa, this is CR Blaze's second win in 2020.   Iowa-registered racing action is set to resume Monday (July 27) with 2-year-old and aged pacing competition. Watch Facebook and the Iowa Harness Horseman's Association text alerts for any weather and track updates. Post time is 12:30pm.   by Gretchen Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association  

What Cheer, IA -- Nine fields of 3-year-old and aged harness racing pacers competed on Sunday (July 12), the final day of the Keokuk County Fair.   The card began with two divisions of 3-year-old pacing colts and two divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies vying for the State Representative David Maxwell blanket.   Top 3-year-old gelding Slippin The Clutch won the first colt race. Drawing to the outside in post position five, Slippin The Clutch was hung out until the quarter when he was able to take the front and grab the rail. Will Roland drove the son of Iowa sire Millionaire Cam to a 1:57.2 victory for owners Jay Delong, Jeff Carey, and Rick & CD Huffman. Trained by Curtis Carey, Slippin The Clutch has five wins in five starts in 2020.   The second division of pacing colts went to CD Huffman and Larry Mather's 3-year-old colt Always Hotspeed. Pacing a 2:02.1 mile with Chad Svendson in the bike, the son of Real Desire is trained by Joel McDanel.   The fastest division of 3-year-old pacing fillies went to Rob Anderson's Jennie Ann. The Lettherockbegin filly led gate-to-wire in a speedy 1:59.3 mile. This was Jennie Ann's third win this year, and her second fastest mile following a 1:58.3 performance at West Liberty a few weeks ago.   Shining Jewels made it two in a row taking the other division of 3-year-old pacing fillies after a win in Humboldt last week. The daughter of Real Desire knocked two seconds off last week's win clocking a 2:00.2 mile. Trained by Elvin Zimmerman, Shining Jewels was driven by Samuel Zimmerman and owned by Aimes Racing.   The feature race of the day was the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace for colts and geldings. Two of Iowa's top horses, Minnie VInnie and Roland N Rock, both drew first tier post positions setting up a battle for the boys. Eight-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding Roland N Rock took advantage of post position two to capture the early lead. The 5-year-old son of Millionaire Cam, Minnie Vinnie, dropped into the two hole coming into the first turn and didn't challenge until the half. The two raced wheel to wheel with Duane Roland driving Roland N Rock on the inside and Will Roland piloting Minnie Vinnie in hot pursuit. Minnie Vinnie inched ahead into the final turn and brought it home down the stretch to win in 1:59.   The mare division of the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace went to Edmund Krapp's filly Red N Hotallover. The daughter of Ryan N Hanover paced a 1:59.1 mile with James Gould taking the reins. Red N Hotallover has won four of her last five starts.   A colt and a filly division of 3-year-old non-winners of $3,000 in 2020 pacers followed. Trained and driven by Mark Mintun, Robert Lem's Yankee Skyscaper gelding Yankee On The Move shaved four seconds off his personal best earning a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Duane and Connie Roland's Sportsmaster filly Sporty Fox made her way to the winner's circle for the first time this year in a 2:06 mile with Cory Larson driving.   The final race of the last day of the Keokuk County Fair was for non-winners of $2,500 or maiden pacers. Somewherebeautiful entered with $2,300 on her card and drew the rail with Duane Roland driving. Winning in a flawless gate-to-wire performance, the 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere filly finished in 2:01.3 for owners Duane and Roger Roland.   Iowa racing action resumes next Saturday (July 18) and Sunday (July 19) with the second round of the Iowa Sires Stakes contested at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Post time is 12:30pm.   by Gretchen Roland, Iowa Harness Horse Association    

What Cheer, IA -- Fifteen fields of Iowa-sired harness racing two-year-olds and three-year-olds competed in the first of two 2020 Iowa Sires Stakes meets.   Freshman trotters led the card with Searching For You and driver Chad Svendson capturing the first race in 2:08.4. Owned by Kayveonna Johnson and Rick & CD Huffman, the trotting colt is from the first crop of Stage Muscles, a son of Muscle Hill. Rick Huffman trains. The second division of 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings went to Roll On Whitey in 2:08.2. The Honeydont Hanover gelding is trained and driven by lessee Gary Liles.   Only one of the eight competitors in the lone division of two-year-old trotting fillies stayed flat during a chaotic mile. Chad Svendson drove Airman's Kisses to a 2:11 win for owner's Rick & CD Huffman. Trained by Rick Huffman, the filly is by Airman Batten, a son of Swan For All.   The two-year-old Iowa Sires Stakes colt and gelding pace went to Duane & Connie Roland's Western Waltz. From the first crop of Western Trademark, driver Cory Larson and Western Waltz found room through a tight pack in the final stretch to steal a win in 2:05.2.   17-year-old driver Justin Gould gave a perfect trip to CharChar earning her a win in the first division of 2-year-old filly pacers. Hailing from the Mintun-Gould Stable, CharChar is from the second crop of In Over My Head. Freshman fily pacers picked up the pace in the second division with Curvyhipsandredlips capturing a gate-to-wire win in 2:03.1 with Will Roland in the bike. The daughter of Millionaire Cam is trained by Curtis Carey and owned by Jay Delong, Jeff Carey and Rick & CD Huffman.   First Gunner continued his winning streak bringing the tally to four with a 2:03.1 mile in the 3-year-old Trot. The son of Amigo Ranger was a top five pacer as a 2-year-old, only switching to the trot in 2020. First Gunner is owned by Kathy Shipley and trained by Tom Shipley.   Driver Chad Svendson paired with the Huffman Stable for another win on the trot. CR Valentine followed Broadway Sweetheart until the three-quarter pole then tipped out to challenge the mile leader. CR Valentine, a daughter of Amigo Ranger, took over in the stretch to win earning a new lifetime mark of 2:05.   Ivy B Poison raced a strong mile to take the first division of 3-year-old pacing fillies. Trained and driven by Scott Smith, the Sneaky B Skipalong filly clocked a 2:03.4 mile for owner Chris Philipp. After a 1:58.4 performance at West Liberty last week, Jennie Ann remained in top form besting the competition in the second division of filly pacers in 2:00.2. A daughter of the Rocknroll Hanover stud Lettherockbegin, Jennie Ann is owned, trained and driven by Rob Anderson.   In the last feature race of the day, the 2019 pacing colt champion Slippin The Clutch drew post position seven, starting in the second tier. Driver Will Roland navigated around some early traffic and pulled the 3-year-old son of Millionaire Cam at the half. The gelding found another gear breezing up to second where he was hung by Cashncam. The two battled to the finish when a late charge from Legal LIar threatened the pair. Slippin The Clutch won in 1:59.2 for trainer Curtis Carey and owners Jay Delong, Jeff Carey and Rick & CD Huffman.   For the full results of todays racing click on this link   Iowa racing action resumes on July 3 (Friday) at the Humboldt COunty Fairgrounds. Post time is 12:30pm.     Gretchen Roland for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association    

West Liberty, IA -- Iowa harness racing held their first race meet since 1977 at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty, Iowa on Saturday (June 20). Fourteen fields of trotters and pacers graced the track after a 43 year hiatus, posting record-breaking times early in the 2020 Iowa circuit.   The day began with a sub-2:00 mile setting the tempo for the meet. Red N Hotallover, a 5-year-old Ryan N Hanover mare, took the first division of the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace in 1:59. It was 17-year-old driver James Gould's sixth lifetime start and second win after tallying his first with the same mare at Bedford, Iowa two weeks ago for owner & trainer Edmund Krapp. Not to be outdone, Iowa's top pacer Minnie Vinnie took the second division of the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace in a blistering mile. Will Roland drove the 5-year-old Millionaire Cam gelding in a wire-to-wire performance, hitting the half at :58 and accelerating to a 1:54.4 finish, an Iowa fair record. Minnie Vinnie is trained by Curtis Carey and owned by Jay Delong, Jeff Carey and Rick Huffman.   Cara Hauser's 7-year-old trotting mare Al Mar Bonbon took the Aged Iowa-Registered Trot, besting a field of eight in a 2:01 mile. The Sos Lunar Eclipse mare now has 26 wins and increased her lifetime earnings to $142,535.   Three divisions of 2-year-old pacers made their mark with more fast miles. Chad Svendson drove the first two winners, starting with Zipper Flipper in a 2:01.2 mile. The Roll With Joe gelding began his freshman season with a 2:12 winning mile at What Cheer, and a 2:06.4 second place finish at Humboldt. Zipper Flipper is trained by Rick Huffman and owned by Huffman and Larry Mather. In another pairing of Svendson, Huffman and Mather, May Day Maggie won the second division of the 2-year-old pace in 2:02. From the first crop of Minnesota sire Special Forces and the Western Ideal mare Faithful Ideal, this was May Day Maggie's second race and first career win. Connie & Duane Roland's first-time starter Midnight Saffron took the final division of 2-year-old pacers in 2:06. Duane Roland trains and drives the black filly from the first crop of Western Trademark.   Two fillies topped the 2-year-old trotters. Tom & Kathy Shipley's Royalty for Life filly She'll Dew posted her second win in two weeks out-trotting many of the 3-year-olds in a 2:04.2 mile with Royal Roland in the bike. Paul Hochstedler's first-time starter TSS Haylies House cruised to victory in 2:13.1. Trained and driven by Jason Ludwig, the Our House filly is out of the Crazed mare Celebrity Porsche.   It was all fillies again in the three divisions of 3-year-old pacers. After reaching the half in 57.4, Jennie Ann cruised home in 1:58.3 knocking 4 seconds off her previous best . The Lettherockbegin filly is owned, trained and driven by Rob Anderson. After firing off the gate Abilene posted a wire-to-wire win in 2:00.2 for owners Jim Springer and Gretchen Roland. The 3-year-old daughter of The Panderosa is trained and driven by Will Roland. Duane and Roger Roland's Somewherebeautiful continued her perfect 2020 campaign with a 1:59.3 win. The Somebeachsomewhere filly is now five-for-five this year.   Itsonlymoneyhoney topped her personal best in a 2:01.2 mile with Mike Morales in the bike. Trained by Dan Roland, the 3-year-old Banker Volo trotting filly is owned by It's Only Money Stable. After racing on the pace in 2019, First Gunner found his stride on the trot taking the second division of 3-year-olds in 2:04.4. The Amigo Ranger gelding is trained by Tom Shipley and owned by Kathy Shipley.   The final race of the day, the Free For All Pace, went to Duane & Connie Roland's Roland N Rock. The 8-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover eclipsed all entries with lifetime earnings of $636,733 -- more than double any other horse on the card.   In an exciting promotion to bring horses to new fairs, the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association is holding a Jackpot Race at three overnight fairs in 2020 with the first being at West Liberty. Overnights typically have $1,000 purses. After the races finished, a member of the crowd picked a number out of a hat and that race had an additional $5,000 added to their purse for a total of $6,000. It was a good day for owners of 3-year-old trotters as Race 12 received the extra purse money. The next Jackpot Race will happen at What Cheer next Saturday (June 27). Racing that day is replacing racing at Alison, Iowa that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.   From Gretchen Roland for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association

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