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Winning Mister honored as 'Horse of the Year'

04:34 PM 23 May 2013 NZST
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Winning Mister
Winning Mister
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The 'Best of 2012' awards were handed out last night by the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers' Association, and leading the way as Pennsylvania's 'Horse of the Year' was Bob Key's Winning Mister 1:51.3 ($1,108,874), the millionaire and FFA trotting star who established track records at every Pennsylvania harness track--and six track records in all.

Last year alone, Winning Mister, also bred by Key and trained by Rich Gillock, took 13 victories at Pennsylvania tracks in open, preferred, and FFA competition, and earned more than $318,000 in that racing season.

A stakes winner at both two and three, he won 24 open and FFA events from ages four through six and won 32 times in 1:55 or faster, 11 times in 1:53 or less.

“The horse’s raw speed is what I think sets him apart from the rest,” said Key. “And what’s so important to racing in Pennsylvania, he had tremendous ability to get around the turns on the five-eighths mile tracks very handily, and carry his high speed throughout the mile.”

The son of Angus Hall is from the American Winner mare Winning Missbrenda, making him a three-quarter brother to Key’s World Champion filly Win Missy B 3,1:52 ($1,568,286).

Winning Mister now stands his first season at stud at Lindwood Farm in Pennsylvania at a fee of $4,500, $4,000 for multiple mares.

by Greg SCHULER

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