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The tools are all there for Pennsylvania's newest stallion, Heston Blue Chip, to become one of harness racing's top sires.   He is the richest son of American Ideal and a full brother to millionaire Sunfire Blue Chip. His racing career saw him earn over $1.7 million with multiple stakes wins and a Dan Patch Award at age three. His young stallion career has been productive as well, highlighted by last year's second richest 2-year-old filly pacer Zero Tolerance ($485,813). Heston Blue Chip's first crop is now 3. The resume was so impressive, it attracted Let It Ride Stables and OnGait.com proprietor Eric Cherry to jump on the bandwagon. "This year I'm breeding around 40 mares and last year I bred close to 30," Cherry told Post Time with Mike and Mike. "I started looking at Heston Blue Chip and he checked off every box. On the maternal side, he is from the same family as Rockin Image, Tellitlikeitis, Rockin Amadeus, Kissin In the Sand and the list goes on." As a son of America Ideal, Heston Blue Chip is able to cross well with several stallion lines. Heston Blue Chip's racing career hit the ground at full speed - winning 11 of 13 starts including seven New York Sire Stakes events and the Matron Final at Dover Downs. It was his 3-year-old season however, that Heston stamped himself as a true force in the sport. After a few NYSS wins to kick off his sophomore campaign, Heston Blue Chip was set to take on Grand Circuit competition. After a winning performance in the Meadowlands Pace Elimination in 1:49, he finished a closing fourth in one of the deepest fields in Pace history (A Rocknroll Dance, Sweet Lou, Thinking Out Loud, Pet Rock, Bolt The Duer, State Treasurer, etc..). He would avenge that loss later in the year with victories in the Breeders Crown elimination and final at Woodbine. He also went on to win the Progress Pace and the Matron Final (1:48 life's best) for the second straight year. He went on to win 14 of 18 starts as a 3-year-old, earning over $1 million for the season. Heston Blue Chip not only made his mark on the racetrack, but in the hearts of the horsemen and women that knew him best. "Heston was an incredible horse with a big beautiful gait that could get around all size tracks," said regular Driver Tim Tetrick. "He was a kitten to drive and could race on the front or off the pace. He was slick off the gate and loved to win races. He was just a great horse." Trainer Linda Toscano has often referred to the horse as a gentle giant with a kind and nice demeanor. Toscano was recently inducted into the harness racing hall of fame in 2018. Heston Blue Chip finished his racing career with 34 wins. Now, he is looking to spread that success to his sons and daughters. If his limited first crop is any indication, Heston may soon become a top stallion in the Keystone State. "Heston's yearlings are great looking yearlings! They are nice and leggy with good size. His yearlings are well balanced with good conformation and good heads. They look like track stars," said James Ladwig, Winbak Farm Yearling Manager. Pennsylvania is known throughout harness racing for their lucrative breeder's awards. Eric Cherry, one of harness racing's biggest investors, is banking on it. "I have a lot of high hopes for this horse. I think he is going to hold his own plus." By Mike Bozich

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Feb. 21) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Cubbie Van Wagoner, who scored his first pari-mutuel driving win Tuesday; The Geseks (Jeff & Janine), from Pacing for the Cure; Dawnelle Mock, Director of Marketing for the MSOA and Eric Cherry, part owner of Heston Blue Chip. Van Wagoner, who scored his first win on Tuesday night, will talk about how he got into the sport of harness racing and discuss how it felt to win his first pari-mutuel race. Van Wagoner won the race on Papiamento, for trainer Brian Downing in 1:54. The Geseks, from Pacing for the Cure, will discuss the happenings for 2019 and how the organization will continue to reach the sport in new and exciting ways. Mock, Director of Marketing for the MSOA, talks about Duc De Guise, Ireland's top trotting that will be racing at The Meadows in the coming weeks. The pair will discuss her career and how she ventured into racing. Cherry, part owner of Heston Blue Chip, joins to talk about some of his upcoming offspring and what racing can expect from them. Mike Carter will join at the beginning of the program to talk about some of the horses in training in South Florida and the upcoming Dan Patch Awards on Sunday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/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  

After a relatively slow start to his career, and a few 'hard luck' stretches, 5-year-old pacer Geez Joe is starting to find his stride.    He has established himself as a major force in the Preferred ranks at The Meadowlands, and is looking for even bigger things in 2019.   "He's taking a short break right now," said regular driver Marcus Miller. "We're hoping he can take a swing at some of the open stakes this year." His last race was a grinding first over win at The Meadowlands on January 19th.   The gelded son of Roll with Joe - Beach Bretta made his career debut on July 8th, 2016 in a New York Excelsior Event at Saratoga, finishing a disappointing 8th vs. a then budding John Butenschoen superstar Funknwaffles, who went on to win as the heavy favorite. He ended his freshman campaign on a better note, hitting the board in two of his last three.   Armed with a new trainer and a bit more maturity, Geez Joe broke his maiden in his very first start as a sophomore, winning an overnight event at Harrah's Philly in 1:55. After a few more confidence building wins against overnight company, Geez Joe enjoyed his first stakes win of his career - a New York Excelsior triumph on June 18th at Vernon in 1:51.2.   He went on to win the Excelsior Final on October 18th at Vernon - overcoming a troubled start and post position eight to take down the lion's share of the $45,000 purse.   He followed that with a grinding third place finish against top sophomore pacer Filibuster Hanover in the Pegasus at Hoosier Park. He completed his 3-year-old season proving he belonged with the top pacers in his age group, with a third in the Hap Hanson Progress Pace elimination, and a fifth in the final against Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon.   After it was all said and done, Geez Joe completed the seasonal campaign with eight wins out of twenty-three starts, and earnings just under $145,000.   His 4-year-old campaign saw him notch another speed mark (1:48.1), as well as duplicate his eight win season from the year prior.   Driver Marcus Miller describes Geez Joe as big and strong. "He's funny. When you first step on the track, you'd think he's going to be grabby but he's really laid back," Miller said.   Miller feels we have yet to see the best Geez Joe has to offer. "He gave us hints all along," Miller explained. "Some big miles at age three - At four, a couple of wins from impossible spots at Batavia and Pocono. Then obviously, he caught everyone's eye in December at The Meadowlands."   Geez Joe was bred by Winbak Farms in Chesapeake City, MD. Winbak is currently second this season in the standings in both winners (117) and earnings ($1,506,227).   by Mike Bozich, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Jan. 31) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Wally Hennessey, who scored his 10,000th career win at Pompano last Wednesday, Brady Galliers, an up and coming driver/trainer in Ohio, and Dave Brower, the TV host at The Meadowlands. Hennessey, who scored his 10,000th win last Wednesday, will join for the first time to talk about his illustrious career. Hennessey who drives at Pompano during the winter, and Saratoga during the summer has driven some of harness racing's biggest names and superstars. He will talk about what it meant to finally score that illustrious 10,000th win and where he may go from here. Galliers, a young up and coming trainer in Ohio, joins also for the first time to talk about his career and how he got his start in the business. Galliers, who began his training career in 2013, has done some big things throughout his short career and has over $1 million in training earnings. Galliers will also talk about the newly formed social media platforms that his team has created to help promote his brand. Brower, the TV host at The Meadowlands, will help the pair with their handicapping skills as they go through the differences between handicapping the winter versus the summer meetings in New Jersey. The pair will find out from Brower what the keys for success are for scoring at the big track. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/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  

Ever since she was a child, Winbak Farm Public Relations and Marketing Director Elizabeth Cheesman has been following her passion. A native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Cheesman was exposed to the sport of harness racing by her Mother (Barb Lewis). Lewis did it all from a racing perspective. She has been an owner, trainer, driver and breeder. The young Cheesman was poised to follow in her footsteps. After getting her grooms license at a young age, Cheesman was gifted by her Mother with a horse of her own, a paint named Iza Grand Lady. She went on to show her new horse, along with Iza Jezabel (daughter of Iza Grand Lady) at some local 4H and open shows, where she went on to win awards. She also placed at the Ohio State Fair. In high school however, Cheesman's potential training and driving career took a bad turn, as she suffered a broken back. It did little however to dim the fire she had for the Equine Industry. She started out in pre-vet in college, but decided to switch majors. While in college, she attended the Clyde Hirt Media Workshop and served as the editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from the University of Findlay (Ohio) with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and Equine Business Management. After a summer grooming job, and even a gig at a plastic parts factory, her dream opportunity was about to become available. "I made a post on Facebook about a job search," Cheesman said. "I was going on interviews for jobs that I just was having a hard time getting excited about." Her post was answered by Winbak Farm's Chris Fout. After submitting her resume, she was offered an interview. "Ironically, I got a call that I was laid-off from the factory while on the trip to Maryland," Cheesman said. When she arrived, the farm was love at first sight. "This part of Maryland is very competitive with Kentucky on the amount of farms and beautiful landscapes. It was love at first sight with the farm after Garrett (Winbak Farm General Manager) took my Dad and I on a tour." Cheesman has plenty of duties presently at Winbak Farm. As the Director of Public Relations and Marketing, she is tasked with keeping Winbak in the public spotlight. Her tasks include graphic design, press releases, designing sales materials, and updating the farm's website. Cheesman has also developed quite a social media following for Winbak. "We get several compliments on how many people get involved on our media," Cheesman said. "My goal is to use our social media platform to get current fans involved but to also expose harness racing to as many people as possible." Cheesman believes that the positive promotion of harness racing through social media can help show the good sides of racing. She also provides breeding/stallion picks and suggests ideas for what mares should be bred to whom. One of Cheeseman's recent projects has been trying to find gray broodmares with good pedigrees. She also makes appearances at racetracks for trophy presentations. Cheesman is quick to give credit to what she says is a tremendous team at Winbak. "I have to give recognition to Laura Trzonkowski. I am so lucky to have a proofer who is very meticulous in details." Cheesman works closely with Kimberly Zeller, who is the daughter of Winbak Farm owners Joe and JoAnn Thomson. "She is the usual liaison between Joe and myself since he is very busy with his financial company. She is very creative and helps come up with new design ideas." Harness Racing has supplied Cheesman with many great memories. She helped the farm find Village Madonna, who's first foal was world champion Travel Playlist. Before she came to Winbak Farm, she groomed Stable Creek Barb, who crossed the line first in an Ohio Sire Stakes Final. The filly was named after her Mom, and was the biggest race her Mother won as a trainer. Currently, Cheesman had a front row seat to two straight second place Hambletonian finishes that were Winbak graduates, both trained by Julie Miller (Devious Man 2017, Met's Hall 2018). Another Winbak graduate (Courtly Choice) won the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug. The now 4-year-old will return to the races in 2019. Despite Cheesman's current indoor job, she always tries to find time to visit the horses. "There is a broodmare here named Summersgrandlady, and she was born close to when I started at the farm," Cheesman said. The horse is named after Cheesman's riding horse (Iza Grand Lady) who played a big part in Cheesman's formative years in the business. As far as what's down the road for this youthful veteran, she is hoping for more of the same. "I believe my job (at Winbak) is the perfect 'niche' for me and I don't see wanting to leave anytime soon." Eventually, she would like to get more into breeding her own horses. She currently has a broodmare, Stablecreekcruiser, and a 2-year-old, Stable Creek Kay, in partnership with her Mom. She plans to continue her owner partnership with her mother as long as her mom continues to train. by Mike Bozich  

A great many horsemen and women got their start in the sport of harness racing at an early age. Winbak Farm of New York Farm Manager Noelle Duspiva was no different. Duspiva started as a kid taking horseback riding lessons and horse showing. After graduating high school in 2000, she attended SUNY Morrisville College studying equine science and management. "The summer of 2001, I decided to stay in Morrisville for the summer work program," Duspiva said. "I worked that summer in the breeding program, where I foaled out my first mare, bred my first mare, collected my first stallion, and prepped my first set of yearlings for sale." At that point, Duspiva was hooked, she admits. Duspiva went on to complete a 15 week internship at Winbak Farm of New York. Upon it's completion, she was hired as the Assistant Manager. In 2010, she was promoted to Farm Manager. As Manager, Duspiva oversees the farm's daily chores, which includes working with the vet checking mares, working in the lab collecting stallions, foaling out mares, sales prepping yearlings, and more. During her time at Winbak, Duspiva has had the opportunity to work with world champions such as Malabar Man, Muscles Yankee, Artiscape, Broad Bahn, Dream Vacation, and many others. "Being here for fourteen years, there are a lot of memorable moments," Duspiva said. "Having some of our stallions get inducted into the hall of fame as well as our broodmares means a lot." At the present time, Duspiva is preparing for the 2019 breeding season. Getting the stallions working in the breeding shed, and the barren mares under lights are just a few of the processes Duspiva is working on. As with most breeding farm managers, Duspiva's goal is to have a high conception rate with her broodmares and stallions. When asked what the future holds, her answer was that of a true lover of equine athletes. "I want to continue working with these great horses and watching their offspring do well in the future," Duspiva said. Winbak Farm had 2,150 winners in 2018, with $21,965,100 in seasonal earnings. Winbak Farm has consistently been a top breeder in New York for Sire Stakes, Excelsior Series and County Fairs (2007-2013, 2015, 2016 and again in 2017). The farm is home to six stallions with three young millionaires; Bolt The Duer, Boston Red Rocks, and Met's Hall. The other three; Artiscape, CR Excalibur, and Muscles Yankee are all proven sires of stakes winners. By Mike Bozich Post Time With Mike and Mike

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

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