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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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