Day At The Track

Iowa-bred three-year-olds take over Humboldt

11:12 AM 16 Sep 2019 NZST
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CR Blaze, harness racing
Rob Anderson with CR Blaze, winning her division of three-year-old trotting fillies in 2.02 at Humboldt.
Gretchen Roland photo
With a spot in the upcoming Iowa Championships on the line, Iowa-Registered three-year-old horses took charge of theharness racing track at Humboldt, Iowa on Sunday.

Race one featured the first of two divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies. DP Rocket (Adam Hauser) scored a dominating wire to wire win on her home track, winning in 2:01.

Rob Anderson guided CR Blaze to her third win in a row in the second division. In another gate to wire effort, she trotted the mile in 2:02. Both trotting fillies secured their spot on top of the points standings.

Three-year-old pacing fillies competed in two divisions, both winners scoring new lifetime marks. The first division belonged to Jackpot Jessie. The Hot Pans filly, driven by Nick Roland, looked to add to her points total, with her new lifetime mark of 1:59.4.

Chad Svendsen captured the second division in race six. Flash Me Baby crossed the wire with a new lifetime mark, pacing her mile in 2:02.1.

Driver/trainer Gary Liles drove two of his trotting geldings to pick up wins in both divisions of the three-year-old trotting colts/geldings.

Cracker Box, sitting seventh, edged out Ricky Be Sharp (Nick Roland) at the wire, trotting home in 2:04.2.

Liles' second winning drive was with Depth Charge. The three-year-old Motorcade gelding overcame making a break at the start. Battling Spiced Honey (Chad Svendsen) through the mile, Liles charged for the lead, winning by a fraction of a length.

Two divisions of three-year-old pacing colts/geldings also competed on the Humboldt half mile oval

Chad Svendsen steered Bad Boy Destroyer in and out of traffic to the win, pacing in 2:04.1.

The fastest division was in race eight. Frisky Pedro (Will Roland) stalked My Money Honey (Rob Anderson) the entire mile. Frisky Pedro poured on the pace in the stretch, winning by a nose in 1:58.4, a new lifetime mark. 

The non-winners divisions also featured new lifetime marks. Duane Roland drove his three-year-old trotting colt, Yankee Carmel, to the win in 2:10.3, while Black River Spirit with driver/trainer/owner Frank Chitwood holding the lines, paced home in 2:02.4.

Iowa-Registered Champions will be crowned next weekend in What Cheer, Iowa. Consolidation races will be held on Saturday (9/21) and the Championship Finals on Sunday (9/22). Post time both days will be at 12:30pm CDT.

by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA
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