HAMBLETONIAN VICTOR TARGETS DERBY

11:26 PM 01 Sep 2005 NZST
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Vivid Photo - 2005 Hambletonian Final
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.

A trio of Winbak Farm-bred elite 3-Year-Old trotters are half of a select field of six in the $525,000 World Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 3 at DuQuoin, Ill.

The event favorite, double world record holding trotter Vivid Photo won the recent $1.5-million Hambletonian Classic. Self Professed was the fifth-place Hambletonian finisher. Stakes seasoned Diesel Don is the other Winbak-bred starter.

ivid Photo, owned by trainer-driver Roger Hammer and partner Todd Schadel, set a world record for age, gait and gender of 1.52.3, with a come-from-behind 1.52.3 victory to win the richest Hambletonian in history, on August 6.

Royal Wire Products' Self Professed and Diesel Don, owned by Neal Goldman, Having Fun Stable and trainer

huck Sylvester, were also bred, raised and sold as a 2002 yearling by Winbak Farm.

Vivid Photo is the leading money winning trotter of the season banking $916,391. He set the world record of 1.52.3 for a 3-Year-Old gelding trotter winning the Hambletonian. Earlier this Summer, the gelding set a world record of 1.54.4 over a five-eighths mile track.

Vivid Photo is the pre-race 8-5 program favourite. The altered son of SJ's Photo is one of two entrants who paid a $25,000 supplemental fee to race in the World Trotting Derby. G reat George Two is the other.

The World Trotting Derby starters (drivers) and odds are:

1. Diesel Don (John Campbell)- 5-1

2. Great George Two (Jon Roberts) - 7-2

3. Vivid Photo (Roger Hammer) - 8-5

4. Self Professed (Tyler Stillings) - 9-2

5. Muscle Memory (Jimmy Takter) - 3-1

6. Keaton Zet (Marcus Johansson) - 15-1

ost time for the World Trotting Derby card is 1 .00 pm ET.

The winner is declared through heat racing. The winner must win two races on the day. Should the horse that wins the first heat not win the second heat, the two-heat winners return for a raceoff.

The winner of the raceoff is declared the World Trotting Derby winner.

The first heat is the 5th race on the wagering program. The second heat is race nine. Should a raceoff be required, it will be the 13th race.

In addition to Hambletonian-winner, Vivid Photo, Winbak Farm has bred two of the last three U.S. Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch Horse of the Year award winners. Last season, the sensational filly pacer Rainbow Blue won the sport's top honor. In 2002, the winner was No Pan Intended. All three were bred, raised and sold as yearlings by Winbak Farm.

Winbak Farm has assembled an outstanding credit of success to lead off the 21st century. In addition to breeding, raising and selling as a yearling the 2005 Hambletonian winner, 2004 Horse of the Year and 2002 Horse of the Year, Winbak bred Bettor's Delight, who won 2002 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and 2003

-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year honours.

This Fall, Winbak Farm will sell an outstanding group of 304 yearlings at the sport's seven major sales in North America.

In September. Winbak will sell 51 at the New Jersey Classic, at Allentown, N.J. on Sunday, Sept. 11. On Sunday, Sept. 18, Winbak will offer seven Ontario-breds at the Canadian Open, on Sunday, September 25. The following Sunday, September 25, Winbak will sell 36 New York-breds at the SUNY Morrisville Sale. At the Lexington Select Yearling Sale, from September 29 through Monday, October 3, at The Red Mile in Kentucky, 59 Winbak breds will be featured.

In October, the first Winbak Select Sale of Delaware- and Maryland-bred pacers and trotters takes place at Winbak Farm in Chesapeake City, Md. There will be 22 Winbak yearlings at the Forest City Sale on Saturday, Oct. 15.

This year's Winbak consignment at the Standarbred Yearling Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pa. beginning on

onday, November 7 includes an outstanding roster of 85 colts and fillies by 24 of the finest stallions in the world.

n addition to selling its outstanding selection of colt and filly pacers and trotters at leading yearling venues in the United States and Ontario, Winbak will conduct a Special Yearling Sale of its outstanding Delaware and Maryland yearlings at the scenic Winbak Farm, Chesapeake City, Md. on Monday, October 10, Columbus Day.

The first Winbak Select Yearling Sale, at Winbak Farm of Maryland., features a complete 44-yearling consignment of Delaware and Maryland-sired colts and geldings.

There are 17 colts and fillies sired by standout trotter CR Commando, 11 progeny of exciting pacer Badlands Hanover pacers plus nine by impressive first-year-stallion Powerful Toy.

These 37 promising offspring are eligible for nomination to the lucrative Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events. In addition there are seven sharp Maryland-breds by popular Shotgun Scott.

Courtesy Of Marv Bachrad, Publicity Director, Dover Downs

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