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This is part two of two of the Jeff Fout Story. Fout is currently the harness racing head trainer at Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City, Maryland. He also drives, primarily on the Delaware / Maryland circuit. Fout has 4,563 driving wins and $23,255,101 in career earnings. Jeff Fout has been the Head Trainer at Winbak Farm in Maryland for approximately nine years. He is in charge of getting yearlings ready for their racing careers. As one can imagine, his day starts with the suns first rays. "The first thing I do is check results on the computer," Fout said. "I try to watch every horse that races. At that point, I'll get with Joe Thomson (Winbak Owner) and we talk about them." Fout and Thomson will assess the performances of the horses, and decide the best course of action going forward for each horse. Fout will get a hold of each trainer, and will either offer, or in some cases seek, advice about each race horse. After the morning meetings, Fout then heads to the barn to train. "I physically like to train 25-45 head per day myself," Fout explained. Afterwards, the head trainer and his team will pack feet, wrap legs, and feed the horses. Fout also races 2-3 nights per week, usually at either Dover or Harrington. Sunday is usually a day off, but Fout explains there are always things to do. "I like to do various activities, including track maintenance," Fout said. "At a farm, you have to do a lot of things yourself. If something breaks, you fix it. Any grass that grows, you mow it. It's hard work, but I enjoy it." Fout credits much of the success of Winbak yearlings to the training track itself. "I want my horses to experience everything on this track that they will experience on a racetrack of any size," Fout said. "I have a water truck, tractor, pylons, and starting gates to school them up. I try to make horses as user friendly as possible." The track itself is a five-eighths mile track with half-mile turns. "The track has sharp turns and long stretches. We want horses set up to go on the small and large racetracks," Fout said. Although the infrastructure is in place, working with young horses presents its share of challenges. "You have to get them to think right," Fout laughs. "They are like kids out there. Some of them get panic stricken, so the goal is to get them happy and comfortable." Fout prefers a slow training style when breaking babies. Fout explains that it's part of a philosophy to not press hard in the very beginning. "I don't want them to start off thinking it's like work," Fout said. "I build them up slowly so they are in condition to work, then I will slowly increase the work load." A lot of the yearlings Fout breaks for Winbak are horses that are called 'keeps'. These are yearlings that weren't sold for a variety of reasons. "It's kind of like raising kids," Fout said. "You take pride in bringing along a horse that was a slow learner." Despite the many challenges that goes along with teaching babies the ropes, Fout continues to enjoy his time at Winbak Farm. "Mr. Thomson has accumulated a real good team to work with," Fout said. "Everyone here knows their job inside and out." Fout explained that first and foremost, everyone that works at Winbak loves horses. "I don't know if I ever met someone that loves horses more than Mr. Thomson," Fout said. "Mr. Thomson and his team spend a lot of money and time on care of horses. They spend a lot of resources to make sure that these yearlings have the possible chance of becoming great race horses." This is Part One of Two of the Jeff Fout Story. by Mike Bozich for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

This is Part One of Two of the Jeff Fout Story. Fout is currently the head trainer at Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City, Maryland. He also drives, primarily on the Delaware / Maryland circuit. Fout has 4,563 driving wins, and $23,255,101 in harness racing career earnings.   Sitting in his office at Winbak Farm in Maryland with a coffee in hand, long time horsemen Jeff Fout stared at his perfectly conditioned training track. With a bit of a reflecting grin on his face, he admitted he had to be much more than a trainer to deal with yearlings. "I'm like a Doctor Phil," Fout joked. "I'm a psychiatrist, a blacksmith, a trainer, a doctor, and a mechanic all rolled into one."   Fout is the Head Trainer of the Winbak Farm private racing stable. He is in charge of a process called 'breaking', which is a term that means getting yearlings used to the racing world. Fout trains on a five-eighths of a mile training oval, which is located just steps from his office. As many as 45 yearlings can be jogging on the track at one time.   The Jeff Fout story started simple enough. "I found a girl in high school and thought she was pretty hot," Fout said. "I started dating her and found out that her Father raced horses up in Michigan. On weekends, I would go with them to watch her Father race." Her Father was Joe Marsh Jr. Marsh, who passed away in 2016, won over 5,800 races and $36 million. He was one of the leading drivers in the world at the time.   Fout, who liked to race motorcycles and cars at the time, was instantly turned on to harness racing.   After Marsh took him under his wing, Fout eventually quit his job at Whirlpool to make the full-time transition to harness racing. "They built a brand new factory near me in Ohio, and I would have been in on the ground floor there, probably retired by now," Fout reflects. "It wasn't any fun. Racing is fun. It's something!"   Marsh put Fout right to work, the old fashioned way. "I was leading broodmares, cleaning stalls, getting my toes stepped on, and smelling like horse manure all day," Fout quipped. He managed to work his way up from groom, to following along in training trips, to eventually driving horses. "He (Marsh) was such a good guidance to me, and I met a lot of high profile horsemen through him that I forged relationships with," Fout said. "It was important to me not to embarrass him. I worked really hard at it, because I was always told you don't know anything about racing when I started."   When it was time to go on his own, Fout bought his first horse from the Amish for $500. His name was Sam The Timer. "He was an old gelding that had bumpy old knees, but he was a good horse," Fout explained. Sam The Timer had a lot of success, primarily racing in Ohio and Michigan. "That horse just seemed to know when I needed money," Fout joked. "He made me look like a way better driver than I was. Most of the time if you didn't hit a tree, you had a good chance to win."   From there, Fout won enough to upgrade his stock. He trained Breeders Crown winner Paige Nicole Q (1995 2-year-old filly pace) with Hall-of Famer Chuck Sylvester among others. "I have been fortunate to have alot of good, smart horsemen and productive owners in my life," Fout said. "I've been fortunate enough to win heats of pretty much every stake race there is, with the exception of the Hambletonian."   Part two will take an in-depth look at his duties on the farm, how he goes about breaking Standardbreds, and his reflections of his nine-plus years at Winbak Farm.   by Mike Bozich   Poat Time With Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica is announcing there will be no live broadcast on Thursday (Nov. 22) due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Mike and Mike will air a replay of the 2017 Post Time awards show as the duo leads up to their 2018 program. The program be available on their website beginning at 10:30 a.m. The program returns on Thursday (Nov. 29) at 10:30 a.m. with the announcement of nominations for the 2018 Post Time with Mike and Mike Awards. Mike and Mike would like to remind their listeners that nominations for awards are still open and being accepted until Wednesday, November 22 on their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com. Advertising opportunities are still available for the program as well. Mike and Mike would like to wish all of its listeners a very Happy Thanksgiving. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live each week via their website at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. From the Mike & Mike Post Time Show

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (November 14) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by trainer, Noel Daley; handicapper, Chuck Grubbs; and FSBOA President, Joe Pennacchio Daley joins the program this week to discuss his career in America and what he is looking forward to as he heads back to Australia to continue his career later this month. Daley will talk about what went into the decision of moving back and what fans can expect from his new stable. Grubbs, who won the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, will join this week to discuss some of his handicapping tips and how he applies those to harness racing. Grubbs is a prominent horse gambler in the sport and will provide some insight into what angles he uses to help handicap the races. Pennacchio, joins the program to talk about the state of horse racing in Florida and to talk some about his amateur driving career. Post Time with Mike and Mike award nominations are still being accepted until November 21! For more information visit http://www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com/post-time-with-mike-and-mike-awards.html Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce that the nominations for the 2018 Post Time with Mike and Mike awards are now open. Listeners can access the nomination form on the Post Time Awards mini-site at http://www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com/post-time-with-mike-and-mike-awards.html. Nominations will be taken for the following categories: USTA Innovator of the Year, Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year, Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year, Sam McKee Race Call of the Year, Horsewomen of the Year, Foiled Again Iron Horse of the Year (Foiled Again not eligible), and Upset of the Year. Anyone can be nominated for any of the categories with the exception of the Iron Horse of the Year award. For that award we are looking for horses who are either 13 or 14 years of age and have at least 175 starts during their racing careers. A short biography is required with each nomination and only one nomination for each category per person. Nominations will be open until Noon on Wednesday (Nov. 21). Voting for the awards will begin at Noon on Thursday (Nov. 29) and run until noon on Wednesday (Dec. 19). The 2018 Post Time with Mike and Mike Awards will be on Thursday, December 20, 2018. Advertising opportunities are available for the awards show by contacting Post Time via mike@posttimewithmikeandmike.com. Listeners can hear the program each Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. via the website,www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time      

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (October 31) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Matt Kakaley, who scored his first career Breeders Crown victory; Tim Tetrick, regular driver of Shartin N; Ryan Clements, from Catch Driver; and Derrick Giwner, from the Daily Racing Form. Kakaley, who scored his first ever Breeders Crown win, joins to talk about the emotions of winning his first Crown. Kakaley who had two victories on Saturday night (Percy Bluechip & Dorsoduro Hanover) discusses both trips and what the wins meant to him follow a near career-ending injury earlier in 2018. Tetrick, regular driver of Shartin N, will join to talk about the storied mare pacer who dominated her Breeders Crown Final. Shartin N scored her 18th win in 23 starts since coming to the United States and is trained by Jim King Jr. Clements, who created Catch Driver, joins to talk about his experience at EGLX, the largest gaming expo in Canada. He will discuss his experience and some of the new ideas he learned from the expo. Giwner, from Daily Racing Form, will appear to talk about some of the highlights from the great weekend of racing and help interact some fan questions following an eventful Breeders Crown. Also, Mike and Mike have a big announcement on Thursday regarding the 2018 Post Time with Mike and Mike Awards. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Post Time with Mike and Mike sponsored by BetAmerica is excited to announce their broadcast schedule for the 2018 Breeders Crown. The 2018 Breeders Crown finals are hosted this year by The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Joining the Post Time broadcast crew throughout the weekend will be Jessica Otten and Garnet Barnsdale both with analysis, interviews, and much more. The Post Time broadcast on Saturday night will begin at 8 p.m., and run for three hours. The duo and their broadcast team will provide analysis and insight into the Breeders Crown race with pre and post-race analysis. Otten will present winners' circle reaction following each Breeders Crown event. Mike and Mike would like to remind their listeners that there will be a Thursday morning show featuring Hambletonian COO, Moira Fanning; The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono's Announcer, Jim Beviglia; and Race Secretary, Rick Kane. From a gamblers perspective, there will be several wagers that will feature healthy guaranteed pools. Gamblers will also be playing into reduced takeout pools which will each feature a low 15%. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will have a special first post of 5:30 PM. The 12 championship Breeders Crown finals including eliminations, worth $6.2 million in purses, have Horse of the Year implications. In many of the divisions it is all going to come down to the Breeders Crown as many of the divisions are still in the air! Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard via a wide array of sources including their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and the archive is available at www.betamerica.com/barn. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Everyone in the harness racing industry is somewhat used to the highs and lows that Standardbred racing can bring.   Winbak Farm's Yearling Manager James Ladwig got to experience it first hand on a late summer afternoon in Delaware, Ohio.   As the gates swung open in the second elimination of the Little Brown Jug, Winbak bred and 2018 Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice made an uncharacteristic break at the start.   After a few tense seconds, the horse recovered, and was able to finish 3rd (placed 2nd) to make the final, which he went on to win.   "It was great," said Ladwig. "As you get older you realize those moments don't happen every day and you appreciate them more than you did when you were younger."   Ladwig grew up in Mystic, Connecticut, where he got his start working with quarter horses. He later worked for Billy Buckley, training mostly pleasure and halter horses. He also rode quarter horses, and was the CJQHA reining champion in 1983 and 1984.   After graduating from Johnson and Wales University with a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management, Ladwig went out west and worked on guest ranches and for elk outfitters in Alaska, Colorado, California, and Wyoming. He also spent ten years in Lake Tahoe as a lift operator, snow maker, and ski patroller, while working with horses in the summer.   Ladwig and his family decided to move back east after the birth of their son (Quinn) to be near family. "I was selling roofs at the time and Joe Thomson (Winbak Owner) called," said Ladwig. "He was my parent's best friend's brother. He offered for me to come down and check out Winbak and it was amazing." Ladwig accepted the job.   That's when the 52-year-old got started in the industry. "It was April of 1999," Ladwig reflected. "I started working with the yearlings in the morning, and doing breeding runs to New York and working in the office learning about the breeding and business end of it. It was very intense the first few months."   As a Yearling Manager at one of the sport's top breeding farms, Ladwig's duties are numerous. "My crew (8 in the spring and up to 40 for yearling prep) are equine EMTs and day care providers," Ladwig explained. "We keep them up to date on vaccinations, trim their feet, and keep them well fed and safe. My job is also to make sure my crew has all the necessary tools and information to get the job done. I also, along with Dr. Deugwillo, do weanling confirmation evaluations, yearling confirmation evaluations, yearling sale placement, and assist with breeding picks."   Ladwig brings the yearlings to prep between six to seven weeks before a sale. They bring them into the barns to shoe them, and then hand walk them for a day or two. Then they start them on the equi-ciser slow and easy before building them up to about 25 minutes at a good clip with a cool down at the end. Then they are hosed off and cooled down.   "They get rubbed on every day, taught to stand, load in a trailer, get a bath and stand in cross ties." Ladwig says it's all about getting them ready to be a race horse. "We ready them for the real world," Ladwig said. Winbak Farm will prep about 280 yearlings this year.   As with all yearling managers at breeding farms, Ladwig wants his customers to be happy. "The advice I would give to someone going to the sale and bidding for the first time would be to bring someone who knows what they're doing," Ladwig suggested. "Do your homework. Know what you want to look at, have a price range and stick to it." Ladwig also suggests to new participants to bring your trainer, as they will be the one working with the horse the most, and they know what they are looking at.   According to the USTA, Winbak Farm is currently second in North America in wins (1,846) and earnings ($18,807,213).   By Mike Bozich, for Post Time

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Saturday (Oct 13) with coverage of the 2018 $1,000,000 Yonkers International Trot from Yonkers Raceway.   The International Trot field is full of talent including Triple Crown winner, Marion Marauder; 2018 Elitloppet winner, Ringostarr Treb; and 2015 Prix d' Amerique champion Up And Quick.   Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Yonkers International Trot beginning at 2:30 p.m. via their website that will run for three hours. Joining the duo will be co-host Jessica Otten who will provide analysis, with pre- and post-race analysis.   Also being offered is a Pick 4 being offered in conjunction with the New York Racing Association (NYRA) that encompasses two races at Belmont Park and two races at Yonkers Raceway. The races include the $1,000,000 Yonkers International Trot, the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational, the $200,000 Pebbles Stakes, and the $100,000 Floral Stakes.   The first 4,000 patrons on track that head to the Empire Club will receive a free Yonkers International Trot Hat. Also available on track will be a speciality craft beer garden featuring 16 different craft beers.   Also available to patrons wagering online through empirecitybets.com will be a 15% rebate (except place and show) for all wagers made on the Saturday program.   Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   by Michael Bozich, for the Mike & Mike Post Time Show

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (October 11) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jerry Riordan, the trainer of Ringostarr Treb; Alex Dadoyan, Executive Director of the SOA of New York; and Gabe Prewitt, the announcer at the Red Mile. Riordan, the trainer of Ringostarr Treb, joins the show for the first time this week to discuss his start trotters chances in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. Ringstarr Treb is having a big year, including a victory in the 2018 Elitlopp that is held annually in Sweden. He was cleared to race in the United States following a qualifier win on October 3rd where he was timed in 2:00.1 in a 2,200 meter qualifier (1-3/16 miles). Dadoyan, the Executive Director of the SOA of New York, will talk about the race itself and what fans can look forward too while they are on track Saturday. He will also discuss the two invitational races that Yonkers has added to the illustrious program. Prewitt, the announcer at The Red Mile, talks about the end of the Grand Circuit meet which was highlighted by Homicide Hunter's 1:48.4 mile on Saturday afternoon. Prewitt will discuss the meet and his thoughts on all the happenings from the historic track and also talk about the upcoming meet at Pompano Park. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (October 3) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by owner/trainer, Nancy Johansson; Joe Faraldo, from the SOA of NY; and Kurt Becker, from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Owner/Trainer Johansson, joins the program this week to talk about the recent purchases from the Lexington Selected Sale. She will talk about what went into the decision to purchase the horses, and some of the things that she looks for when at the yearling sales. Faraldo, from the SOA of NY, will discuss the upcoming 2018 International Trot. Faraldo will discuss what goes into selecting and getting the horses to the United States for the big race. Post Time will be live from Yonkers Raceway next Saturday to cover the $1 million dollar race.   Becker, an announcer at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, discusses what goes into being the announcer at such a big event. He will talk about what kind of research goes into the position and what he looks forward to each year. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (September 26) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Mike Saftic, who just surpassed the C$100 million mark in career earnings; Jessica Dowse, the caretaker of Courtly Choice; Steve Searle, the trainer of Spirit O'Mar; and Jeff Gesek and Caroline Vazquez with Pacing for the Cure. Saftic, who surpassed the C$100 million mark in career earnings, joins the program to discuss his career and how he got into the sport of harness racing. Saftic will talk about some of his experiences in the sport and what he is looking forward to going forward. Dowse, the caretaker of Courtly Choice, joins to talk about the star colt who recently won the Little Brown Jug. She will talk about the colts mannerisms and how he is in the barn. Searle, a long-time Illinois horsemen, won the Pleasac Championship in Illinois on Super Night with Sprit O' Mar. Searle will discuss his colt and what is next for him. Gesek and Vazquez join the program this week to highlight activities going on with Pacing for the Cure. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce another addition to their live remote schedule for 2018. World-champion Foiled Again will take to the track at Shenandoah Downs on September 29 and Mike and Mike will be doing a live remote to cover the event. The broadcast from Shenandoah will begin at 2:00 PM and run for three-hours with Michael Carter and Mike Bozich calling the action from the historic track. The duo will present interviews throughout the day with the connections of Foiled Again, and some of the people facing the great champion. Foiled Again will conduct a meet and greet with fans following his race where patrons can get a photo taken with him. The weekend of September 29 and 30 features a Seafood Fest Weekend, featuring Pro Shuckers Seafood Catering from Annapolis, Maryland. They will be on site serving up Chesapeake Bay caught oysters, steamed shrimp, clams and more. Enjoy Seafood Fest during the races with live entertainment in the party tent, or take some home on the way out. First race Post Time at Shenandoah Downs on Saturday and Sunday is 2:00 PM. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Friday (Aug 21) with coverage of the 2018 Casears Trotting Classic, live from Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Indiana.   The Trotting Classic, which features 2018 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover is stacked with talent who will be trying to take down the $200,000 prize. Crazy Wow (Marcus Melander) draws to her inside coming off a strong victory in the Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Casears Trotting Classic beginning at 8:00 p.m. via their website that will run for three hours. Joining the duo will be regular correspondent Jessica Otten, Garnet Barnsdale, and Robert "Goldsheet Bob" Eppich.   Patrons on track can will be greeted with a free hat giveaway and can receive them beginning at 11 am from Club Centaur. Also, beginning at 5:00 patrons can enjoy the all-new Fan-Tastic Fridays. There will be $1 programs, $2 drafts at select outlets, and $3 pints at Dan Patch Brewhouse.   Patrons can also participate in the Beat The Boss contest beginning at 5:00 for a chance at winning $250.00 Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   From Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, will be taking a behind the scenes look at The Little Brown Jug Thursday morning (September 20) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Brower, who is part of the broadcast team; Jason Settlemoir, the Simulcast Director and Asst. Announcer; and Missy Rothfuss, the Outrider at the Delaware, Ohio oval. Brower, who is also a member of the Meadowlands broadcast team, took over for the late Sam McKee as part of the Little Brown Jug broadcast in 2017. Brower will talk about what goes on behind the scenes during the telecast. Settlemoir, General Manager at The Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, will join the program to talk about his role on the Little Brown Jug team, which includes Simulcast Director and Asst. Announcer. Rothfuss, who is also the Outrider at The Meadows, will talk about her responsibilities on the race track, which includes keeping the horses, horsemen and horsewomen safe. She will touch on all aspects of outriding, as well as her personal feelings on what it means to work the Little Brown Jug. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight the 2018 season, as it came to a close last weekend. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

At a young age, Pat Woods knew that he wanted to be involved in harness racing in some capacity. While most get involved in the business because of family ties, Woods started out at as a fan. "I spent most Saturday nights in the summer running around the grandstand at Kawartha Downs when I was a kid," Woods said. "My neighbor always had a horse or two racing so we would go and watch." At fifteen years of age, Woods got a job working for George Davey Racing Stables looking after the broodmares, foals, and race horse layups. He went on to groom one of Davey's 3-year-old Sire Stakes contenders named Kendal Christopher. Woods spent 5 years with Davey before moving on to the breeding side of the business. After one year at Kendal Hills Stud Farm, Woods was hired by Dave Heffering's Tara Hills Stud. During that time, he graduated from the Canadian Horseshoeing School. "I was fortunate enough that David Heffering gave me a leave for 4 months, and time to apprentice after I graduated while working for him," Woods said. "He has always been a supporter of industry people bettering themselves. He was very instrumental in me being where I am today in this industry." Wood's went on to manage Oak Knoll Stables in Campbellcroft, Ontario for six years before joining Winbak Farm's Ontario location as their Farm Manager. Woods knew he made the right decision after traveling down to the Maryland Farm to meet with Owners Joe and JoAnn Thomson and General Manager Garrett Bell. "I was attracted to want to work for Winbak for a few reasons," Woods explained. "They have bred and raised some of the best horses in the sport like Muscle Hill, Bettors Delight, and Rainbow Blue. They also have one of the best stallion rosters at the Ontario farm. It will give me a chance to be a part of improving racing in North America." Woods has stayed plenty busy in his new role, especially during the busy sales season. "At the current time, we are very busy prepping the London Select Sale horses. Our days are filled with grooming, standing, cross tying, bathing, and exercising the yearlings," Woods explained. "We have visitors coming to the farm frequently to inspect the yearlings before the sale this time of year. We are also weaning foals and catching up on the maintenance of the farm before we are back in breeding season again." Woods and his staff focus on showcasing the yearling's manners, athleticism, and conformation for the buyer. They also spend a lot of time with hands on work, which include brushing and handling the yearlings to earn their trust. As far as what the future holds for Woods, it's actually pretty simple. "Enjoy life, spend time with my kids and keep Winbak Farm of Canada running smooth," Woods said. "Larry and Jackie Drysdale left things in great order here. They were such wonderful people to work with. I cherish the friendship that I gained working with them." By Mike Bozich, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

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