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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    

IaHHA is pleased to announce opening day of harness racing in Iowa will be Sunday (5/24) at What Cheer.  While this will not be a full opening for spectators in the grandstands, live races will be broadcast on Facebook.  Program pages are now available on the Iowa Harness Racing website: We are living in unprecedented times.   The COVID-19 situation has changed our lives but not our love of racing. We are thankful to be able to start our racing season this weekend and hopeful that we can fully open soon. Please observe the state guidance under which we are allowed to race at this point. This was from Governor Reynolds May 13 proclamation – L. Race tracks: A speedway or race track, including a track conducting horse or dog races, may reopen or continue its operations provided that it does not permit any spectators to attend its events in person. We realize it is a gray area regarding who are spectators and who are participants. We have been advised by our lobbyist that we can allow people to park their cars along the track to watch the races. Please exercise good judgement regarding social distancing and interaction with others at the races.  Racetracks in other states have much greater restrictions. We are concerned that pictures and videos from the races will be posted on Facebook and other social media of people interacting in ways that are not following the Governor’s proclamation.   This could cause subsequent races to be cancelled, and no one wants that. Regardless of your personal views on the virus, it is everyone’s responsibility to adhere to the current guidelines. There are some changes in the schedule that we are aware of at this point in time. • The overnight races at Eldon scheduled for June 17 & 18 are cancelled. The aged races are rescheduled for August 22 & 23 at What Cheer. • The race program at Allison on June 27 has been moved in its entirety to What Cheer. • The races at Bloomfield and Monticello are cancelled. Additions or changes to other locations or dates may occur. We will update our schedule on and publish updates to our Facebook page as we become aware of changes. Thank you for your cooperation.  Let me know if you have questions or comments. Royal Roland President, Iowa Harness Horseman’s Association

The Iowa Harness Horseman's Association is proud to announce the following inductees into the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Gene Kleve Roger Kleve bought his first starting gate in 1952. After he received his starters license, Mr. Kleve would start the race as his wife drove the starting car. During a trip to Ohio to look at a new electric starting gate, Mr. Kleve decided that he could build his own to replace the hydraulic one that was in use. Mounting his electric gate on his new 1957 Ford convertible, it was off to the races. In the 60's, Mr. Kleve bought a bigger car to use with the starting gate. He modified the car to accommodate the starter's position by cutting and installing a bubbleon top. With enhanced visibility, the races were held, rain or shine. Mr. Kleve not only started races in Iowa, he also traveled to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. Mr. Kleve was an auctioneer and owned and operated an implement business. He served as secretary of the Humboldt County Fair Board for almost 25 years and was on the Iowa State Fair Board, all while serving as Mayor of Humboldt during the same time period. Mr. Kleve passed away November 27, 2000. He will always be remembered as a true friend of Iowa Harness Racing. Alan Sandbulte Alan Sandbulte purchased his first racehorse in 1978. With only a few starts for his mare, Mr. Sandbulte decided to breed her to the stallion High Judge. That cross turned out to be a great success for Mr. Sandbulte, as Rolling Judge and Little Brown Judge raced unbeaten. Standing his own stallions also proved to be successful for Mr. Sandbulte, many standing in Iowa and Relentless Yankee standing in Minnesota, making his foals dual eligible. Mr. Sandbulte has served on the Hawkeye Board as well as the Iowa Board. He is currently the president of the Sioux Trotting Association in Sioux Center. Mr. Sandbulte worked tirelessly to maintain the track and grounds at Sioux Center for training and racing. He is currently looking to find a track for future racing, as Sioux Center has dissolved. Mr. Sandbulte may not make it to the races as often as he would like, but he is still active in breeding. Having bred and owned many Iowa Champions, Mr. Sandbulte enjoys providing the opportunity for others to cultivate their own champions. Currently Mr. Sandbulte enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren but continues to stay up to dateon local racing. No Recess Foaled April 4, 2009 in Bode, Iowa, No Recess started his racing career as a two-year-old, racing in Iowa. Trotting to a mark of 2:07.0 at Prairie Meadows as a two-year-old, the Rich Boy gelding didn't look back. No Recess had an exceptional three-year-old season, as he remained undefeated in Minnesota. Taking a mark of 1:59.2, No Recess went on to earn over $47,000 in 2012. Continuing his racing career, No Recess has raced every year, capturing his current lifetime mark of 1:53.3 as an eight-year-old. With combined earnings in excess of $300,000, he has won 54 of 219 starts, placing second 30 times and securing third 33 times. No Recess was a two-time Billings Armature Trot Champion, also racing under saddle, with a mark of 1:59.0 at nine. No Recess is a tough horse, with a relentless pursuit to win. He is a pleasure to drive and still proves his champion mindset on the track. by Tara Spach, for IHHA

The Iowa Harness Horseman's Association is pleased to present our 2020 scholarship recipients. Winners were announced at the Awards Banquet, held in Marshalltown, Iowa on January 18, 2020. The 2020 scholarship recipients are: Sadie Sandbulte Karlee Carey Hope Roland Faith Roland Tyson Paris Brianna Jensen Kennedy Roland Lucas Roland Brendan Huffman Max Philipp Autumn Hauser. by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

Please make plans to attend the 2019/2020 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet for the Iowa Harness Horseman’s Association.  Scheduled for January 18, the meeting will be held at the Best Western Regency Inn in Marshalltown, Iowa.  Registration will begin at 8 am, followed by the opportunity for those interested in taking the Driver/Trainer Examination at 9am.  Iowa Sire Stakes Association meeting and the non-profit Iowa Harness Racing Association meetings will begin at 11am. The USTA District 4-A Annual Meeting will commence at 1pm, with the Annual IaHHA meeting to follow at 2pm.  An Open Forum is scheduled at 3pm The Awards Banquet will begin at 6:30pm, featuring a special awards presentation for Iowa Hall of Fame inductions. Room reservations can be made by calling 641-752-6321.  Be sure to ask for the special Horseman’s rate. Early registrations for the banquet are due by 1/12/2020.  Registration forms are available on our website:  If planning on registering the day of the banquet, please contact Dana Meyer, Executive Secretary, at 515-341-9034.  Please provide the number of guests that will be attending, to help our caterers with the menu. We look forward to see everyone there! By Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

The Iowa Harness Horseman's Association 2020 Scholarship applications are available on our website: Applications must be postmarked by December 20th, 2019. Instructions for mailing are located on the application.  

Due to continued rain storms, the Iowa harness racing meet at Eldon Sunday has been canceled. There will be no make-up date and thus ends the 2019 season in Iowa. Racing will resume next May. by Tara Spach, for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association  

What Cheer, IA -- The top ten 3-year-old trotters took to the harness racing track yesterday (September 23) to complete in the 2019 Iowa-Registered Championship races at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds. There were five starters in the $15,000 Gary McKay Memorial 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Filly Trot Championship. Last year's Championship winner Bankn-On-Emily (Macduffie-Emily Lavictorie) drew the rail, followed by Eighty's Mercedes (Clocked At Eighty-Reigning Image), D P Rocket (All In Tad-Striking Annie), All Taylor Made (And Away We Go- Strong Sue), and 2019 points leader CR Blaze (Amigo Ranger-JL Jan) on the outside. "She finally drew the three hole, Fred (Wagner) was so excited." said trainer and driver Adam Hauser of D P Rocket's owner. "She's drawn the four or five hole in five of her six last starts, and that's a big deal in a five horse race. " Four of the five starters had posted wins in the month preceding the race, with decisive victories from the Huffman Stable's CR Blaze in a 14+ length win, and the Shipley Stable's Bankn-On-Emily in a 10+ win two weeks ago. D P Rocket had clocked the fastest mile, 2:00.4, at Humboldt earlier this year. Driven by Adam Hauser, D P Rocket fired off the gate to take the early lead with Gary Liles' All Taylor Made filing in quickly behind. Rob Anderson and CR Blaze challenged the early leader, but were unable to clear and settled into third. D P Rocket passed the quarter in 29.2. "She's a good gate horse," said Hasuer. "I was able to get her out of there trotting. When I get her through the first turn, I know how she is right away. She was good yesterday." CR Blaze tipped out again and captured second by the half, where D P Rocket maintained the lead in 1:01.1. D P Rocket began to pull away from the field in the final backstretch passing the three-quarters in 1:30.1, while All Taylor Made continued to park CR Blaze. D P Rocket cruised around the final turn and powered home in a 2:00.4 mile, tying her lifetime mark. CR Blaze was second, followed by Eighty's Mercedes, All Taylor Made, and Bankn-On-Emily. D P Rocket is owned by Fred Wagner of Wellman, Iowa. She was bred by David P. Brontrager and is by his Iowa sire All In Tad, a son of Conway Hall, and out of the Striking Sahbra mare Striking Annie. Adam Hauser trains D P Rocket at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. "We've talked to a few people about selling her," said Hauser, "But we don't have anything serious yet." Being a non-winners of one horse, Hauser and Wagner have plans to give her a rest, then race her and Hawthorne or Aces next year if they don't sell her. The top five colts all drew on the gate in the $15,000 Kermit and Janet Hinshaw Memorial 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Trot Championship. Kick Away (Weight LIfter - Sorority Hall) drew the rail, followed by Depth Charge (Motorcade - Warawee Fourleaf), Spiced Honey (Honeydont Hanover - Dynomo Sahbra), Cracker Box (Honeydont Hanover - Button Box), and 2018 finals winner and 2-year-old trotting colt champion Ricky Be Sharp (American Native - Cosmetize) on the outside. All five of the starters are Iowa-sired. The Gary Liles Stable came into the race off of two wins from both Cracker Box and Depth Charge last week. Cracker Box, winning four of his past five starts, had the most recent wins. Ricky Be Sharp had posted the fastest 3-year-old trot of 2019 with a 2:00 mile at What Cheer earlier in the season. Cracker Box, driven by Royal Roland, and stablemate Depth Charge, driven by Gary Liles took the early lead with Cracker Box clearing to take the top. The field past the quarter in 31.2 single file, with Cracker Box and Depth Charge followed by Spiced Honey, Kick Away and Ricky Be Sharp. "He didn't want to leave, so we ducked to last," said Roland. Driver Nick Roland tipped out Ricky Be Sharp the first time past the grandstand where Cracker Box continued to lead, passing the half in 1:02.4. Ricky Be Sharp worked his way up to second and met Cracker Box at the three-quarters in 1:32.3. "We were all strung out so I pulled him first-over, and he was good enough to go past them," said Roland. "He cleared then trotted on in the final stretch." Ricky Be Sharp continued his momentum and cleared and powered home in 2:03.1. Cracker Box and Depth Charge were second and third, followed by Kick Away and Spiced Honey. Ricky Be Sharp is owned and trained by Lorenza Gooch of Missouri City Texas. He was bred and raised by Rick & Lesa Peters of Face Pace Farms in Grinnell, Iowa. Ricky Be Sharp is by the late American Native, a 1:54.2 son of American Winner, and out of the Valley Victor mare Cosmetize. From Gretchen L. Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horse Association

The Wapello County Fairboard has decided to reschedule the upcoming harness racing meet at Eldon, IA. The date has been changed from Saturday (9/28) to Sunday (9/29). Entries will still be due on Wednesday (9/25) The condition sheet has been updated. Please call Tara Spach, Social Media Coordinator at 641-430-4662, if you have any questions. By Tara Spach, for the IaHHA  

What Cheer, IA -- Iowa's best 2-year-old filly talent completed in two championship races that finished the 2019 harness racing season at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds on Monday (September 23).  The five best freshman trotters went to the gate in the Katherine Carey Memorial 2-year-old Iowa-Registered Filly Trot Championship, with three of the five hailing from the Rick Huffman Stable. Britches And Booty drew the rail, followed by Battle Queen, CR Valentine, Sometimes You Dont, and Lucky Playmate on the outside in post position five.  With 11 wins in 12 starts (and one second to Lucky Playmate), it was Battle Queen's race to lose. Owned, trained and driven by Gary Liles, the dominant daughter of Yadi holds the fastest 2-year-old filly trotting mile in Iowa in 2019 - 2:03.4 at Humboldt on August 24.  The Huffman Stable trio followed in wins with CR Valentine (Amigo Ranger-JL Jan) at four, Lucky Playmate (Lucky Chucky - Almond Chip) at three and Britches And Booty (Manofmanymissions-Mouvelle) at one.  Battle Queen powered to the front to take the lead with the Huffman Stables Britches And Booty, CR Valentine and Lucky Playmate filing in second, third and fourth. The field reached the quarter in 32.1, a length separating each. Battle Queen continued to lead at the half in 1:04.3, and the three-quarters in 1:33.2.  Battle Queen cruised out of the final turn into the stretch where Chad Svenson tipped out Lucky Playmate who charged down the stretch reaching Battle Queen at the wire for a photo finish. Though a valiant effort by Lucky Playmate, Battle Queen reigned victorious taking the trot in 2:05.3 by a nose.  In the Judy Liles Memorial 2-year-old Iowa-Registered Filly Pace Championship, the five top Iowa freshman pacing fillies took to the gait with the inside three separated by 2 points in the overall 2019 standings. With 10 points to the winner, the outcome of this race would determine the 2019 2-year-old Pacing Filly Champion.  Rob Anderson's Jennie Ann (Lettherockbegin-TJ Sizzle N Sage) had the rail (67 points), followed by Ivy B Poison (Sneaky B Skipalong-AC Alma) in the two (68 points) and Its Pactific Time (It's That Time-Pacific Fling) in the three (66 points). Shining Jewels (Real Desire-Southwind Jewel) and Lucy In The Sky (Hot Pans-Lawless Lucy) rounded out the field.  Jennie Ann and Its Pacific Time battled off the gate into the backstretch when Chad Svenson and Its Pacific Time cleared to take the lead. She passed the quarter in 29.2 followed by Jennie Ann and Ivy B Poison.  Passing the half in 1:01.1, Svenson kept Its Pacific Time focused on the top while Ivy B Poison pulled to challenge the leaders. Ivy B Poison gained ground until matching Its Pacific Time as the pair passed the three-quarters in 1:30.3.  Its Pacific Time pulled ahead in the final turn and sailed home in a 2:01 wire-to-wire performance, the fastest 2-year-old filly pacing mile of 2019.  Its Pacific Time was raised and bred by owner John Hendricks. From the first crop of the Minnesota sire It's That Time, Its Pacific Time is out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Pacific Fling. The filly finished the season with eight wins in 13 starts and the 2019 2-year-old pacing filly title for trainer Joel McDanel.  From Gretchen L. Roland for the Iowa Harness Horse Association  

What Cheer, IA -- Trainer Curtis Carey took home harness racing trophies in both the 2-year-old and 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Pace Championships held at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds on Monday (September 23) with his horses Slippin The Clutch and Frisky Pedro. The five top 2-year-old pacing colts went to the gate in the Mike Smith Memorial with Carey's Slippin The Clutch drawing the rail, followed by Its A Marcs World, Waco Sassy Kid, First Gunner and Always Hotspeed in post position five. "Slippin The Clutch is a really good horse, he's very easy on himself," said Carey. "The times he got beat this year were by Waco Sassy Kid, who I also consider to be a really good horse." The two-year-old colt pace has been a hotly contested division throughout the season. Waco Sassy Kid was the horse to beat staying undefeated until Slippin The Clutch broke his seven win streak in early August. Four of the five starters showed at least one win in their last four starts, with both Slippin The Clutch and Always Hotspeed coming off wins last weekend at Humboldt (September 14). Iowa's leading driver Will Roland piloted Slippin the Clutch, shooting off the gate to take the top and catch the quarter in 30.3. The horses remained single file until the stretch when Always Hotspeed pulled to challenge. The field passed the half in 1:04. Slippin The Clutch continued to lead to the three-quarters in 1:32.1 followed by Its A Marcs World and First Gunner on the rail. Always Hotspeed led the outer flow in third with Waco Sassy Kid on his tail. Slippin The Clutch showed no signs of slowing, and Its A Marcs World also continued to maintain in second. The pack in the back went three wide into the final turn in a battle for third. Slippin The Clutch picked up the win in 2:01. Its A Marc World took second followed by First Gunner, Always Hotspeed, and Waco Sassy Kid. "The last few weeks he's been on point, he gives me goosebumps watching him," said Carey. "Will (Roland) drove him perfectly today." A son of Millionaire Cam out of the Artsplace mare Sweet Otra, Carey's 2-year-old pacing gelding Slippin The Clutch began his freshman season training on a track miles away from the snowy Iowa winter. It was here that Carey first saw the colt's potential. "When I was training him in Florida one day he came a quarter in 28 and change," said Carey. "I knew at that point that he had some extra gears." Slippin The Clutch has proven himself for owners Jesse Delong, Jeff Carey and Rick & CD Huffman. Paired Will Roland, Slippin The Clutch has won nine of 12 starts and paced the fastest 2-year-old colt mile in Iowa in 2019 - 1:59.4. Slippin The Clutch will be making his way to Lexington to race the next two weeks at the Grand Circuit meet, after which Carey has more big plans for him. "Right now we're pointing on the same path as we did Minnie Vinnie - taking him to some out-of-state races, and bringing him back to race in Iowa as well," said Carey. Carey's second championship winner, Frisky Pedro, has had a rough go at it. "Training him down as a yearling I thought he was a really good horse, but he's honestly been the worst luck horse I've ever been around," said Carey. "Last year he was in the finals and I had to scratch him because he got sick." Frisky Pedro started out the season with early wins at Bedford and in the Iowa Sires Stakes in June when his luck caught up with him. "This year July was awful on him -- he didn't win any money, he got sick," said Carey. "I had the vet draw blood on him after What Cheer one day and he showed that he was anemic so we started treating him. I started training him in between races. After that he really turned around." 2019's top five 3-year-old pacing colts took to the gate in the Jim Coulter Memorial with Bad Boy Destroyer on the inside, followed by My Money Honey, Oh Toodles, Frisky Pedro and Fred And Roz in post position five. With no individual having more than 5 wins in 12 starts, the Jim Coulter Memorial 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Pace Championship was up for grabs. All had shown at least one win in their past four starts, with Bad Boy Destroyer and Frisky Pedro coming off wins at Humboldt last Sunday (September 15). Four of the five had broken the two minute mark on a fair track this year, with My Money Honey and Frisky Pedro's impressive 1:58.4 photo finish performance last week. Bad Boy Destroyer, My Money Honey and Frisky Pedro fired off the gait in tandem, battling for the early lead. Frisky Pedro worked his way to the top as they headed into the backstretch followed closely by My Money Honey and Bad Boy Destroyer. "Today Will told me 'I'm going to leave with him'," said Carey. "I said if you think he can do it then do it." Frisky Pedro reached the quarter in 28.2, where Chad Svenson and Bad Boy Destroyer pulled to take on the leader. They passed the half in 58 seconds with Frisky Pedro leading by a head. Bad Boy Destroyer continued to put on the pressure and his stablemate My Money Honey tipped three wide as the trio passed the three-quarters in 1:28.4. "I think he's a much better horse than what he'd shown," said Carey. "I believed in him. Will believed in him." Frisky Pedro took advantage of the shorter rail trip and pulled away into the final turn and cruised home in 1:58.4, matching his lifetime best in the fastest 3-year-old colt pace of 2019 in Iowa. My Money Honey finished second followed by Oh Toodles, Fred And Roz and Bad Boy Destroyer. "Will drove him today like he was the best - a lot of the credit goes to him," said Carey. "He's driven our horses all year and done and amazing job with them. He deserves as much credit as anybody does for getting them to the winners circle." From Gretchen L. Roland for the Iowa Harness Horse Association          

What Cheer, IA -- After a roller coaster season, Garry Phillips' 2-year-old trotting gelding Muscles N Tuff finished his freshman harness racing season with a win in the 2-year-old Iowa Registered Trot Championship held on Monday (September 23) at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds. A field of 2019's five top 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings went to the gate with Muscles N Tuff drawing post position two. Phillips had expected the Mintun/Gould Stable's Prince Banker would be the early leader. "We thought Mark Mintun would be up there because he had the fastest time last week," said Phillips. "But that didn't happen." Chad Svenson and Scoreoneforme wasted no time and shot off the gate quickly capturing the lead. Adam Hauser tucked Muscles N Tuff in the two hole, letting Scoreoneforme lead to the quarter in 30 seconds. At the head of the stretch Dan Roland and Itsonlymoneyhoney pulled first up locking in Muscles N Tuff as the trio passed the half in 1:01.1. Itsonlymoneyhoney continued to gain ground on Scoreoneforme and edged ahead by the three-quarters in 1:32.1. Muscle N Tuff took advantage of the live cover and followed suit, also passing Scoreoneforme, in hot pursuit of Itsonlymoneyhoney. "We were sitting right where we wanted to be," said Phillips. Hauser tipped out Muscles N Tuff in the final turn, stealing the lead from Itsonlymoneyhoney and rolling home in 2:05.4. Itsonlymoneyhoney finished second and Scoreoneforme finished third followed by Prince Banker and Exhibition Day. "We got a good trip out of him, there's no doubt about that," said Phillips. "Adam's done a super job driving." Phillips knew this horse would be a good one. Muscles-N-Tuff was, afterall, a brother to Bust-N-Tuff, a trotting gelding Phillips had campaigned the past two years as a 2- and 3-year-old. He was one of Phillips' favorites. "We bought him as a yearling because he was Bust N Tuff's brother," said Phillips. "Bust-N-Tuff trotted in 2:03.2 as a 2-year-old." From the first crop of the Iowa sire Dredd, a son of Muscle Hill, Muscles N Tuff had some early differences from his older brother. Where Bust-N-Tuff was bulky, Muscles N Tuff is finer boned. Where Bust N Tuff was more excitable, Muscles-N-Tuff is more calm. Muscles N Tuff started his season with a second place finish on his home track at Eldon, then racked up two wins and another second at Bloomfield, Oskaloosa and Kahoka. After that the colt stagnated, throwing in some uncharacteristic breaks and not finishing as strongly. Phillips knew he had to make some changes. He put on shoes with more grab, painted the colts stifles, and trained him with the power cart. Muscles N Tuff responded well, winning the two weeks preceding the Championship race, first in 2:08 then in 2:07.3. Shaving almost 2 seconds off his previous best in his 2:05.4 Championship mile, Muscles N Tuff  trotted the fastest 2-year-old colt mile in Iowa in 2019. Phillips plans to give Muscles N Tuff a few months off, then train him back for the 2020 season. by Gretchen L. Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horse Association

The Iowa harness racing Championship Finals set for Sunday (9/22) at What Cheer have been postponed due to rain.  The finals have been rescheduled for Monday (9/23), post time is 12:30 pm.  Horsemen can take horses out of the detention barn to jog.  Horses may not leave the grounds or they will be disqualified. by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

Today’s big winner at What Cheer in Iowa was the rain.  The seventeen race harness racing program scheduled for Saturday (9/21) has been cancelled.  Weather permitting, the finals of Iowa Championship Weekend are slated for Sunday (9/22).  Post time is 12:30pm CDT. by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

The Condition Sheet for the Championship Weekend at What Cheer has been posted. ALL horses shall enter by age, gait and gender on Wednesday (9/18), using the condition sheet for 9/22/19. Horses will be split into race divisions based upon their points standings by the race office. Aged-Iowa horses shall enter as normal. Championship races will be held on Sunday (9/22) and all other classes will be held on Saturday (9/21). For any additional information, please contact Tara Spach at 641-430-4662. Tara Spach, for the IaHHA  

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

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