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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

Iowa Sire Stakes harness racing action took place this weekend at Humboldt, Iowa. Saturday (7/18) featured Iowa-sired two-year-old, pacers and trotters. With nine races on the harness racing card, multiple first lifetime wins, as well as multiple driving wins, were featured on the afternoon. In the first division of the two-year-old filly pace, Portray An Image, with owner, trainer, driver Cory Larson holding the lines, left the gate and didn't look back. Cutting the mile in 31.1, 1:04.3, 1:35.2, the Western Trademark filly paced her way to the finish line in 2:06.1. Last quarter in 30.4, Portray An Image struck an image for the photographer as she stood in the winner's circle with her first lifetime win. The feature race on the card took place in race two, The Larry Coleman Memorial Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. Leased, trained and driven by Lorenza Gooch, Final Quote trotted her way out of the three-hole to take the lead in 31.3. As she rounded the track in 1:03.4. 1:35.0, Final Quote turned for the wire. Trotting home in 31.4, the Nf Quotable filly picked up her first lifetime win in 2:06.4, winning by over seven lengths. Not to be outdone with wire to wire wins, Duane Roland followed suit with his two-year-old pacing colt, Freddie Faves in race three. As the gate folded, Freddie Faves shot out for the lead in race three. Pacing in 30.3, 1:04.0, 1:34.0, Roland asked his colt for a little more, crossing the wire in 2:05.0, also a first lifetime win over the rest of the field. Two-year-old trotting colts took the track in race four. With the strategy, "if you're the best, make them catch you", driver Adam Hauser guided I'm Another Wilson out of the two-hole to the top. The chestnut Wilson Wyoming gelding set the fractions in 31.3, 1:02.2, 1:33.2 and trotted to a new lifetime mark of 2:05.4. Looking for her fourth win on the season, Curvyhipsnredlips drew post position two in the second division of two-year-old filly pacers. Driver Will Roland followed the previous race strategies and left the gate, looking to lead the pack. As the Millionaire Cam filly paced the half, cutting the mile in 31.0, 1:04.3, 1:35.4, she drove down the lane for the win in 2:05.2. Given the drive for trainer Mark Mintun, Adam Hauser was looking for his second driving win as he sat behind DP Radiant Striker. When the starter said go, Hauser had his hands full to bring the trotting colt back on gait, after breaking stride. As the colt settled into the race, Hauser made a move past the half to take command. Trotting a last quarter in 32.2, DP Radiant Striker cruised across the line for his first lifetime win in 2:08.0 in the second division of two-year-old trotters. With a driving double on his mind, Cory Larson and Western Waltz had to start from the five-hole in the second division of two-year-old pacers. Getting away fifth, Larson worked his way through the field to take over past the half. As Wester Waltz crossed the finish line in 2:03.3, the Western Trademark picked up his third win on the season and Larson drove to a driving double. With the non-winners divisions of two-year-old pacers and trotters rounding out the card, Adam Hauser drove pacing filly, Keepin Calvin B to victory in race eight and also picked up a win in race nine, with trotter, Swaggen to Court, capturing a total of four driving wins on the day. Three-year-old Iowa Sired horses took center stage on Sunday (7/19). The eight race card started the day with filly trotters. CR Valentine took the track with three consecutive wins, looking for her fourth in the opener. Driver Rob Anderson left with CR Valentine and handily took the win, cutting the mile in 33.0, 1:06.0, 1:36.2 and 2:06.1. Race two featured three-year-old colt pacers. Not handicapped by drawing the five-hole, Slippin The Clutch shot from behind the gate, with Will Roland in the bike. Setting the fractions in 30.1, 1:03.2 and 1:32.4, Slippin The Clutch was in full command as he crossed the finish line in 2:02.3 for a sixth win in a row. First Gunner was looking for another win in race three, the first division of three-year-old colt trotters. At the start, Royal Roland made a move to the front, in 32.4. Trotting to the half in 1:06.4, the three-quarters in 1:37.3, First Gunner was gunning for the wire. Returning victorious to the winner's circle, First Gunner trotted his mile in 2:07.3 for an amazing- seventh consecutive win. The first division of three-year-old pacing fillies took to the track in race four. Owner, trainer, driver Rob Anderson drove Jennie Ann to her fourth win on the season. Cutting the mile in 30.1, 1:01.0, 1:30.4, Jennie Ann put in a last quarter of 29.2. Winning in 2:00.1, the Lettherockbegin filly clocked the fastest mile on the day, giving Anderson a driving double. The second division of three-year-old colt trotters saw another gate to wire win in race five. Lucky La Boot, with owner, trainer, driver Gary Liles holding the lines, trotted a brisk mile to hold off challenger Wind Wizzard (Will Roland). With his second win on the 2020 season, Lucky La Boot trotted in 2:09.0 for a new lifetime mark. In race six, four fillies competed in the second division of three-year-old pacers. Glorynhonorforever (Royal Roland) left from the gate to take the lead. Black River Willow, with driver Jason Telfer, got away second, but was shuffled back to fourth as they past the three-quarters. Making ground on the leader, Black River Willow flew down the stretch, battling for the lead. Picking up a first lifetime win, Black River Willow paced her mile in 2:04.3, winning by a head. Races seven and eight featured three-year-old trotting and pacing non-winners. Driver Gary Liles and filly, Foxy Bright Star, crossed the line for the win in race seven, giving Liles his driving double. Will Roland pick up a driving double in the finale, when Almostamillionaire picked his first win of the season. Racing in Iowa resumes for a two- day card at Oskaloosa, Iowa on Sunday (7/26) and Monday (7/27). By Tara Spach Social Media Coordinator  

With a spot in the upcoming Iowa Championships on the line, Iowa-Registered three-year-old horses took charge of theharness racing track at Humboldt, Iowa on Sunday. Race one featured the first of two divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies. DP Rocket (Adam Hauser) scored a dominating wire to wire win on her home track, winning in 2:01. Rob Anderson guided CR Blaze to her third win in a row in the second division. In another gate to wire effort, she trotted the mile in 2:02. Both trotting fillies secured their spot on top of the points standings. Three-year-old pacing fillies competed in two divisions, both winners scoring new lifetime marks. The first division belonged to Jackpot Jessie. The Hot Pans filly, driven by Nick Roland, looked to add to her points total, with her new lifetime mark of 1:59.4. Chad Svendsen captured the second division in race six. Flash Me Baby crossed the wire with a new lifetime mark, pacing her mile in 2:02.1. Driver/trainer Gary Liles drove two of his trotting geldings to pick up wins in both divisions of the three-year-old trotting colts/geldings. Cracker Box, sitting seventh, edged out Ricky Be Sharp (Nick Roland) at the wire, trotting home in 2:04.2. Liles' second winning drive was with Depth Charge. The three-year-old Motorcade gelding overcame making a break at the start. Battling Spiced Honey (Chad Svendsen) through the mile, Liles charged for the lead, winning by a fraction of a length. Two divisions of three-year-old pacing colts/geldings also competed on the Humboldt half mile oval Chad Svendsen steered Bad Boy Destroyer in and out of traffic to the win, pacing in 2:04.1. The fastest division was in race eight. Frisky Pedro (Will Roland) stalked My Money Honey (Rob Anderson) the entire mile. Frisky Pedro poured on the pace in the stretch, winning by a nose in 1:58.4, a new lifetime mark.  The non-winners divisions also featured new lifetime marks. Duane Roland drove his three-year-old trotting colt, Yankee Carmel, to the win in 2:10.3, while Black River Spirit with driver/trainer/owner Frank Chitwood holding the lines, paced home in 2:02.4. Iowa-Registered Champions will be crowned next weekend in What Cheer, Iowa. Consolidation races will be held on Saturday (9/21) and the Championship Finals on Sunday (9/22). Post time both days will be at 12:30pm CDT. by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

The morning may have started with rain, but the sun broke through as Iowa-Registered two-year-old harness racing pacers and trotters took to the track at Humboldt, Iowa on Saturday (9/14), all looking to solidify their chance to reach the Championships. Two divisions of two-year-old pacing colts/geldings featured points leader Slippin The Clutch in race one. Driven by Will Roland, the Millionaire Cam colt clenched his spot on top of the leader standings.  In the second division, it was Always Hot Speed.  Taking charge past the half, the Real Desire colt, driven by Chad Svendson, paced his last quarter in 29.4, winning his division in 2:04. Two-year-old trotting colts/geldings also competed in two divisions.  Muscles-N-Tuff (Adam Hauser) took a new lifetime mark in 2:07.3, to win the first division.  Prince Banker, driven by Mark Mintun, stalked the field in race six.  Pulling at the top of the stretch, the Banker Volo colt opened up, winning by seven lengths. Pacing fillies featured points leaders Ivy B Poison and Jennie Ann.  In race three, Mark Mintun got a driving double with Ivy B Poison, also gaining a new lifetime mark of 2:03.  While Jennie Ann finished second, she was placed first, keeping the Lettherockbegin filly in the top of the points standings. One division of trotting fillies belonged to Battle Queen.  With a wire to wire win in 2:07.4, the points leader, driven by driver/trainer/owner Gary Liles, confirmed her spot in the Championship. In the remaining non-winners races, driver Will Roland picked up three wins.  Driving  Yankee On The Move, Smooth Buster and getting a first lifetime win with Abilene, Roland scores a driving quadruple. Racing continues Sunday (9/15) at Humboldt, as three-year-old pacers and trotters also look to add to their point standings.  Post time is 12:30pm CDT. By Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

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