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Lather Up’s ownership announced on Friday (Nov. 15) the decision to stand their world champion at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio rather than at the new Diamond Creek farm in New York. “When we saw the overwhelming reception on the part of Ohio breeders coupled with that of top breeders from other states who appreciate the convenience of shipped semen, Adam [Bowden] and I thought it best to stand the horse in Ohio,” said Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Farm. “He will be standing at Sugar Valley Farm as a Diamond Creek / Taylor Made Stallion. “We could not be more excited about the addition of Lather Up, the co-fastest horse on the planet, to our stellar roster,” Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm said. “With Ohio re-establishing itself as a top state in the industry with a top notch stakes program and opportunities galore, it became more apparent to us at Sugar Valley to continue the full court press to bring Lather Up back to Ohio. “Our industry has the appeal of the most prolific thoroughbred operation, in Duncan Taylor & Taylor Made Farm, wanting to be a part of Ohio’s program. It is quite humbling to be working alongside of them, standing the fastest pacer in Lather Up and a champion trotter in What The Hill. Working with Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farm while standing Downbytheseaside has been tremendous.” Lather Up was described by the Daily Racing Form as “the fastest horse in harness racing history” when he equaled Always B Miki’s world record time for the mile in 1:46. He also set multiple track records from ages 2 to 4. Lather Up established a new track record in one of every five starts, an achievement that will likely define him as one of the most accomplished Standardbreds . All inquiries regarding season or share purchases should be directed to Diamond Creek Farm. Lather Up in The Haughton Final  The $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial for free-for-all pacers on Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands was one more sizzling showcase for Lather Up as the pacer broke the 1-1/8 mile record, winning in a world record 1:59.2. Hear from Montrell Teague and Sam Mckee's family On July 6, 2019, Montrell Teague drove the four year old pacer Lather Up to a winning victory in 1:46 flat. That time equals the fastest mile in the history the sport! Lather Up, who resides in Delaware, is trained by Clyde Francis and owned by Harrington residents Gary & Barbara Isles. In this segment was talk with Montrell about this eye popping mile!

Lather Up 1:46, the co-fastest standardbred of all-time and the winner of the 2018 North America Cup, will stand his first season at the new Diamond Creek Farm at Davenport, New York next year. His service fee will be $7,500. A grandson of the mighty Bettor’s Delight, Lather Up is a striking young horse – he was foaled in 2015 – in every respect, a bold striding pacer and one who boasts ‘black type’ in every remove of his pedigree. In a career spanning three years, Lather Up raced on 37 occasions for 23 wins and seven placings for $1,735,623 in stakes – an average of an amazing $46,909 per start. He established six track records at two, three and four years and retired as North America’s fastest and second richest pacing entire for 2019. As a two-year-old Lather Up won at four of his seven appearances including Ohio Sires Stakes divisions in a stunning track record 1:51.2 at Scioto Downs, 1:51.8 at Dover Downs and 1:52.4 at Northfield Park. Lather Up returned with a vengeance as a three-year-old, winning his first five starts including a track record of 1:50 in a division of the Ohio Sires Stakes at Miami Valley Raceway. The colt put an exclamation mark on his sophomore campaign with a dominant front-end score in the $760,000 North America Cup in 1:48.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, powering home in 26.6 to win by four lengths. He won the fastest elimination in 1:49.2 a week earlier. Lather Up made a clean sweep of the Ohio Sires Stakes, breaking his own track standard in the $275,000 Final at Scioto Downs in 1:49.6 on a rain-dampened surface. Among his other successes at three were a $102,000 heat of the Little Brown Jug in 1:49.6 (close third in final), the $60,000 Director of Agriculture Pace at Scioto Downs in a track record 1:49.8, the $46,000 Somebeachsomewhere in 1:50.6 at Mohawk and Ohio Sires Stakes divisions in 1:50 and 1:50.4, while he finished second in the $530,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs. He finished the season with 11 wins from 18 starts and a bankroll of $893,512 and was the third richest pacing colt of his year. As a four-year-old Lather Up won eight with two placings from 12 starts and $768,011 and was among the top bracket in America’s tough open class ranks. Lather Up took the harness racing world by storm with a series of jaw-dropping performances at The Meadowlands during July and August this year. Competing in the $250,000 Graduate Series Final, the Ohio bred champion stopped the clock in 1:46 – he paced quarters in 25.6, 26.4, 27.2 and 26.8 – to win by 2-1/4 lengths and appearing to ‘barely break a sweat’. The time matched Always B Miki’s world record set three years earlier and hoisted a new standard for four-year-old pacers, besting the previous mark held by Warrawee Needy and Dr J Hanover by two-fifths of a second. Lather Up established his second world record with a 1:59.2 victory over nine furlongs – he reached the mile marker in 1:46.6 - in the $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial. Starting from post nine, he blasted straight to the top, fended off challenges from McWicked and This Is The Plan and continued to roll to win eventually by two lengths. Sandwiched between his world record-breaking performances, Lather Up captured the $423,000 William Haughton Memorial over nine furlongs, leading throughout and scoring by a length. The Graduate Final - 1:46 WM. Haughton Memorial Sam McKee Memorial He continued his record-setting trend with a 1:47.4 clocking to equal Sweet Lou’s Hoosier Park track and race record in the $330,000 Dan Patch Invitational, beating McWicked by two lengths with the last quarter in 25.8. Lather Up’s other major achievements at four were winning the $73,000 Graduate Series at Mohawk in 1:50.2, the Ben Franklin elimination in 1:50.2 at Pocono Downs and a head second in the $393,000 Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:48.4 at Mohawk at his final appearance. Lather Up is a most interestingly bred horse. He is a son of the Tompkins-Geers and Little Brown Jug heat winner I’m Gorgeous 3, Q1:50 ($633,773), who had restricted stud chances but who is credited with nine in 1:54 and two in 1:51 – Lather Up and the Ohio Sires Stakes champion Miss Me Yet. I’m Gorgeous was by Bettor’s Delight from the Miss New Jersey winner Joy 1:53.6 (winner of $536,237). Lather Up belongs to a noted female line, his dam Pocket Comb (1:56.4) being by In The Pocket (1:49.6), champion sire and broodmare sire from Shampoo Girl (1:59.6), the dam of millionaire pacer Crew Cut Zach (1:51.4). Pocket Comb, the dam of Lather Up, has proved a prolific broodmare. She is also the dam of Barber Pole (1:49), Lather Machine (1:50.2), Shaving Mug (1:51.8) and Love That Cut (1:53.6). Bred on the same cross as Lazarus, Chicago Bull, Ohoka Punter and Thefixer, Lather Up has everything in his favour – a superb racing record, an impeccable background of blood and he looks the part. Peter Wharton

MILTON, ON - August 20, 2019 - World champion Lather Up and defending champion McWicked headline a group of nine entrants for this year's $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The entry box for Canada's oldest harness stakes race closed Tuesday morning with nine older pacers entered. Eliminations will not be required for this year's edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and all nine will compete in the $525,000 final on Saturday, August 31 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Lather Up, the co-fastest Standardbred of all-time, will return to the site of his richest victory and attempt to add another lucrative victory to his dream season. The four-year-old captured last year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Park and earlier this season matched Always B Miki's world record of 1:46 at The Meadowlands. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up is undefeated in six career starts at Mohawk Park. The son of Im Gorgeous is currently riding a four-race win streak, which includes victories in the Dan Patch, Sam McKee Memorial, Haughton Memorial and Graduate Series, to bring his season record to eight wins in 11 starts and career record to 23 wins in 36 starts. A 50 per cent interest in Lather Up was recently purchased by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, who owned last year's 'Pacing Derby' runner-up Lazarus N. The ownership group of Lather Up consists of his breeders Gary & Barbara Iles, George Teague and Taylor Made Stallions. The four-year-old currently sits at $1.7 million in career earnings. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked is returning to defend his 'Pacing Derby' title. The eight-year-old captured last year's edition in convincing fashion en route to being named the Horse of the Year in both Canada and the US. McWicked continues to add to incredible legacy with over $500,000 earned this season to bring his career earnings to $4.5 million for owner Ed James' S S G Stables. The superstar pacer led all Standardbreds in earnings last season, becoming the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. He is also the oldest horse in harness racing history to receive Horse of the Year honours. The Coleman trained McWicked most recently captured the Roll With Joe last Sunday afternoon at Tioga. Lather Up and McWicked have competed against each other five-times this season. The season-series currently favours Lather Up, who has scored victories in four of those five meetings. Ron Burke trainee This Is The Plan heads towards the Canadian Pacing Derby with plenty of momentum on his side. The four-year-old gelding captured last Sunday's Prix D'Ete at Hippodrome 3R in a Canadian record of 1:49.1. This Is The Plan's only other victory this season came against four of his 'Pacing Derby' rivals in the $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono. He sports the second highest seasonal earnings in the field with $651,868 collected in 13 starts. Done Well and Filibuster Hanover join This Is The Plan to make up a trio of competitors in this year's edition from the Burke barn. There are plenty of local hopefuls joining McWicked in this year's 'Pacing Derby. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Casimir Richie P, Blake MacIntosh trainee Courtly Choice, Richard Moreau trainee Jimmy Freight and Carmen Auciello trainee Western Fame will all compete in the $525,000 contest. Courtly Choice captured last year's Little Brown Jug and tuned up last Saturday for the 'Pacing Derby' with a 1:49 victory in the Preferred at Mohawk Park. He's won three of 10 stars to this point in his four-year-old campaign. Casimir Richie P has quietly risen to the Preferred ranks during his four-year-old season, posting six wins in 15 starts. Despite just one win this season, Jimmy Freight has banked more than $250,000 in 11 starts. The four-year-old's lone victory came in the Mohawk Gold Cup and he's also finished second in the Confederation Cup and Battle of Lake Erie. Levy Series winner Western Fame ranks third among the nine entrants in seasonal earnings with $551,400 earned in 13 starts this season. The six-year-old joined the barn of Auciello for his most recent effort, a second-place finish to Courtly Choice in last Saturday's Preferred. The nine entrants in this year's Canadian Pacing Derby have combined career earnings of $14.2 million. The draw for the $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final will take place Saturday evening (August 24). The $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot joins the 'Pacing Derby' to headline an huge stakes program on August 31 at Mohawk Park. The entrants for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby are listed in alphabetical order: Casimir Richie P Courtly Choice Done Well Filibuster Hanover Jimmy Freight Lather Up McWicked This Is The Plan Western Fame by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

A 50 percent share of the world’s co-fastest harness horse, Lather Up, has been sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, it was reported by Ernie Martinez of Martinez Equine, who brokered Taylor Made’s previous Standardbred entity, the imported Down Under Lazarus N. “We were pleased with the reception accorded Lazarus N in his first breeding season at Deo Volente Farms and are confident this co-world champion Lather Up will be proportionately received,” offered Taylor Made’s CEO Duncan Taylor. According to Martinez, “Further details will be released as they become available; for now it’s on to Hoosier Park for tonight’s running of the Dan Patch.”  

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