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The Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet for Iowa Horseman’s Association previously scheduled for Saturday (11/14) has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.  We hope to reschedule in late January and will announce plans, when finalized, via text message and social media. Please contact the hotel directly to cancel any reservations that you have made.   Tara Spach IaHHA

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        

Championship weekend at Humboldt, Iowa started with the Consolation Races on Saturday (9/26). The fourteen-race card highlighted eight Consolation Races on the harness racing half mile track. With purses increased to $9,000 for each Consolation race, excited fans at the track and watching on Facebook Live, cheered on their favorites. As the trotters left the gate in Race one, 2-year-old Iowa Registered Colt Trot, Loicingdacake (Jason Ludwig) parked Rush To The Bank (Dan Roland) as they trotted to the quarter. Taking over the lead, Rush To The Bank held off all challengers as he crossed the wire. Returning to the winner's circle for owners Jeri Roland and Vickie Rush, Rush To The Bank trotted his mile in 2:06.0. Race two, 2-year-old Iowa Registered Colt Pace, Marc In The Box (Duane Roland) left briskly to take command. Cutting the fractions in 30.0, 1:02.2, 1:33.3, it was all Marc In The Box. Pacing home in 30.0, Marc In The Box was victorious for owner Duane Roland, his mile in 2:03.3. 2-year-old trotting fillies competed in race three. The Glamazon (Brandon Jenson) pushed the gate out of her way, leading the field to the quarter. Coming to the half, SB Early Edition (Will Roland) pulled to take the lead. Holding on to her lead, SB Early Edition crossed the wire on top. Trotting her mile in 2:10.3, SB Early Edition gathered the win for owner June Huffman in the 2-year-old trotting filly consolation. The blanket presentation was made by Humboldt Fair Board. The next consolation race belonged to 2-year-old pacing fillies. As the gate folded, Maze (Adam Hauser) and EF's Tinkerbell (Rob Anderson) battled for the lead. After making the front, Maze had another battle when Brooklyn Wind Up (Royal Roland) pulled, challenging the leader as they raced to the half. Taking over, Brooklyn Wind Up led the fillies to the top of the stretch. After being parked second past the three-quarter-pole, Starstruck Cowgirl (Will Roland) poured it on down the lane. Crossing the wire in 2:04.2, Starstruck Cowgirl picked up a new lifetime mark for owner Justin Anfinson. The blanket presentation was made by Humboldt Veterinary Clinic. Race five started the consolation races for Iowa Registered three-year-olds, featuring three-year-old trotting colts. With the rail, Prince Banker (Mark Mintun) quickly took the lead. As the trotting colts raced to the half, Prince Banker maintained command, but Callthebanker (Will Roland) and Lone Star Tap (Brandon Jenson) were in line, directly behind the leader. As they approached the three-quarters, Callthebanker pulled up along-side Prince Banker. Turning into the stretch, Prince Banker and Callthebanker fought for home, but Lone Star Tap took full advantage of the passing lane, scoring the victory for owner Nancy Jenson, trotting home in 2:04.0. Memorial blanket presentation was made by the family of B. E. (Jack) Budahn. Next up was the 3-year-old Colt Pace consolation in race six. Leaving from the three-hole, Alright Frankie showed a burst of speed as he took the lead for driver Will Roland. Not satisfied with a pocket trip, Lorenza Gooch pulled Waco Sassy Kid just before the half to challenge. Parked, Waco Sassy Kid matched strides with Alright Frankie as they paced to the top of the stretch. Finding more reserves, Waco Sassy Kid held off all challengers as he picked up the win for lessee Lorenza Gooch, pacing in 2:03.1. Blanket presentation was made by Sundance Lanes. Three-year-old trotting fillies lined up next in race seven for their consolation. Britches And Booty (Chad Svendson) trotted out for the lead, with Foxy Bright Star (Gary Liles) settling into second. Coming to the half, Andover Super Bowl (Sam Zimmerman) pulled to trot up beside the leader, with Storm In Motion (Brandon Jenson) following suit. As the fillies trotted down the backside, Britches And Booty maintained the lead to the three-quarter pole, with Andover Super Bowl at her side. As the leaders battled down the stretch, Foxy Bright Star pulled to the outside, taking the wire. Trotting to a new lifetime mark of 2:05.3, Foxy Bright Star returned to the winner's circle for owner/trainer/driver Gary Liles. The final consolation race on the card featured three-year-old pacing fillies. As the gate folded in race eight, Roland brothers, Royal and Duane, dueled for the lead. Glorynhonorforever (Royal Roland) finally gained the front after Skylar Said (Duane Roland) dropped into the second spot. Cutting the fractions in 29.2, 1:00.1, 1:32.2, Glorynhonorforever paced to the wire. Holding on to the lead, Glorynhonorforever picked up the win. Crossing the wire in 2:04.0, Glorynhonorforever paced a new lifetime best, for owners Royal and Barbara Roland. Championship races will take place Sunday (9/27) at Humboldt. Post time is scheduled for 12:30pm CDT. by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

Humboldt, Iowa will host the "Championship Weekend" for Iowa Harness racing. The seasonal points leaders will compete not only for bragging rights, but increased purses from 2019. Consolation races will be held on Saturday (9/26), competing for $9,000 per division. The race purses are also increased to $3,000 per division. Sunday (9/27) will highlight the season leaders in the Championship Final. All divisions of two and three-year-olds (trotters and pacers) will compete for $18,000. Aged Iowa horses will also race to secure their position as the "2020 Champions" on Sunday. Post time both days is 12:30pm CDT. Races will be broadcast live on Facebook. by Tara Spach, for the Iowa Harrness Horseman'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 - As they do most summer weekends, Tom and Kathy Shipley made the trek from Kahoka, MO to a fairground in Iowa. This Friday (July 10) their pair of 2-year-old harness racing trotting fillies were entered in the first and third races of opening day at the Keokuk County Fair in What Cheer, IA. Operation Shipley and She'll Dew had both started 2020 strong, each winning half of their starts. Both drew into competitive fields in the Rex Wilkening Memorial Trot for Iowa-Registered 2-year-olds. Three fields of competitors, two fields of fillies and one field of colts, vied for the trophy which would go to the fastest heat. Each filly has a story that began before they entered for Friday's races at What Cheer, and even before they joined the Shipley stable. Operation Shipley was born in early April 2018 to Chantilly Hall, a Deweycheatumnhowe mare, on the farm of Ura Gingerich in Seymour, IA. Tom and Kathy happened to be at the farm the day. "We were there the day she was born," said Tom. "She wouldn't eat." Tom and Kathy helped with the new foal until she was nursing. Unbeknowst to them, Gingerich named the filly Operation Shipley after the time they spent with her that day. The filly was put in a sale late in her weanling year. "We didn't know until later that they named her after us," said Tom. "When we saw that, we knew we had to buy her if we could." Tom and Kathy came home from the sale with their namesake Lou's Legacy filly. They've been high on her ever since. "I've liked Operation Shipley from the time we got her going," said Kathy. Kathy also liked She'll Dew from the moment she saw her. Shipleys had travelled to Andy and Julie Merritts to look at another horse when they first saw the Canadian-bred Iowa-Registered filly. "We didn't want any more horses - we had all that we could handle - then Gingerich's told us about this horse Andy Merritt had, so we had to go look at him," said Tom. While Tom was checking out the colt they had come to see, Kathy noticed She'll Dew. "I saw the mare standing in the stable and he (Andy) started telling me about her." said Kathy. She'll Dew is a Royalty for Life filly out of the Plesac mare Frosty Flirt. Kathy had an instant connection. "When I was still out messing with the gelding, Kathy wrote the check for the mare,"said Tom. "When Tom got back I handed him the check and said 'Here, give this to Andy'," said Kathy. Luckily Tom liked her too. "She was a nice looking mare. She just floated over the ground when I was jogging her. " The Shipleys are known for their trotting fillies. "Honestly I'd rather have a filly than have a colt. I think they're a little more mature," said Tom. They have had top trotters including two-time Iowa champion filly Bankn-On-Emily who just won in 1:57.4 at the Meadows on July 8. Shipleys remain modest. "We've had years where we didn't have anything," said Kathy. "It's just luck," Tom agrees. Shipleys luck has continued with a strong start to the 2020 season. With four starts and two wins, Operation Shipley was coming off a winning 2:09.4 mile at Humboldt last weekend. She'll Dew has racked up three wins in six starts, with her last win two weeks ago at this same track at What Cheer in 2:07.1, coming a last quarter in 30.1. "I was pretty nervous about She'll Dew because she made a break last week," said Tom. He added a headpole for her race today. The Shipleys have teamed up with driver Royal Roland in most of the fillies' starts, and he's driven in all of their winning miles. Shipleys don't have any special instructions for him. "Royal gets long with them really well," said Kathy. Both fillies won their respective heats. She'll Dew won in a gate-to-wire 2:06.1 performance. Operation Shipley, missing part of her front right shoe, clocked in the fastest 2-year-old trot of the day in 2:05.1, winning the Rex Wilkening Memorial Trot blanket. Since they were foaled in Iowa, Tom and Kathy can race the fillies through the end of September in the state, but they'd like to see She'll Dew make her way up to Canada as she's paid into some bigger races there. Operation Shipley and She'll Dew will have next weekend off for the Iowa Sires Stakes, with their next opportunity to hold off the competition at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa in two weeks on July 27. by Gretchen Roland, for the for the 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    

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:  www.iowaharnessracing.com. 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 IowaHarnessRacing.com 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:  iowaharnessracing.com.  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: www.iowaharnessracing.com. Applications must be postmarked by December 20th, 2019. Instructions for mailing are located on the application.  

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