Hambletonian and World Trotting Derby winner Vivid Photo, a leading contender for Trotter of the Year and for Horse of the Year accolades, takes a three-week respite with sights set on the Kentucky Futurity on October 1 at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky.
The world champion gelding swept both heats to romp to victory in the $525,000 World Trotting Derby on Saturday (September 3) at DuQuoin, Ill.
Co-owner and trainer Roger Hammer guided the Winbak Farm bred son of SJ's Photo to victory in world record time of 1.51.2 in the first head.
Vivid Photo then reduced the world trotting standard for an altered 3-Year-Old trotter to 1.51.2 annexing the second and final heat by 1-½ lengths.
Other Winbak Farm bred, raised and foaled colts played a prominent part in both heats.
Self Professed, reined by young Tyler Stillings, was third in the first heat and fifth in the second heat. Diesel Don, another Winbak bred, with John Campbell, finished fifth in the first heat and fourth in the second heat.
Vivid Photo was purchased for $30,000 from the Winbak Farm 2002 yearling consignment at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pa. He now has banked $1,178,891 for Hammer and his partner Todd Schadel.
In both World Trotting Derby heats, Vivid Photo was followed by(Jon Roberts). Muscle Memory (Tim Tetrick) finished fourth and third in respective heats.
In August, Vivid Photo set a then world record for age, gait and gender of 1.52.3, with a come-from-behind victory to win the $1.5-milion and richest Hambletonian in history.
Vivid Photo is leading money-winning trotter this season. June at Pocono Downs, the gelding also set a world record of 1.54.4 over a five-eighths mile track.
This Fall, Winbak will sell their finest group of yearlings at leading 2005 sales.
Next Monday, Winbak sells 51 at the New Jersey Classic. Then at the Morrisville SUNY sale, 36 Winbak breds go under the auctioneer's hammer. here are 59 consigned at the Lexington Selected sale and 85 at Harrisburg.
Winbak will sell their Delaware and Maryland-breds exclusively at the first Winbak Select Sale and selling in Canadian venues, seven Winbak breds will sell at the Canadian Classic and 22 more at Forest City.
For additional information contact Winbak Farm 1-888-3-WINBAK
Courtesy Of Marv Bachrad, Publicity Director, Dover Downs