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Championship weekend at Humboldt, Iowa started with the Consolation Races on Saturday (9/26). The fourteen-race card highlighted eight Consolation Races on the harness racing half mile track. With purses increased to $9,000 for each Consolation race, excited fans at the track and watching on Facebook Live, cheered on their favorites. As the trotters left the gate in Race one, 2-year-old Iowa Registered Colt Trot, Loicingdacake (Jason Ludwig) parked Rush To The Bank (Dan Roland) as they trotted to the quarter. Taking over the lead, Rush To The Bank held off all challengers as he crossed the wire. Returning to the winner's circle for owners Jeri Roland and Vickie Rush, Rush To The Bank trotted his mile in 2:06.0. Race two, 2-year-old Iowa Registered Colt Pace, Marc In The Box (Duane Roland) left briskly to take command. Cutting the fractions in 30.0, 1:02.2, 1:33.3, it was all Marc In The Box. Pacing home in 30.0, Marc In The Box was victorious for owner Duane Roland, his mile in 2:03.3. 2-year-old trotting fillies competed in race three. The Glamazon (Brandon Jenson) pushed the gate out of her way, leading the field to the quarter. Coming to the half, SB Early Edition (Will Roland) pulled to take the lead. Holding on to her lead, SB Early Edition crossed the wire on top. Trotting her mile in 2:10.3, SB Early Edition gathered the win for owner June Huffman in the 2-year-old trotting filly consolation. The blanket presentation was made by Humboldt Fair Board. The next consolation race belonged to 2-year-old pacing fillies. As the gate folded, Maze (Adam Hauser) and EF's Tinkerbell (Rob Anderson) battled for the lead. After making the front, Maze had another battle when Brooklyn Wind Up (Royal Roland) pulled, challenging the leader as they raced to the half. Taking over, Brooklyn Wind Up led the fillies to the top of the stretch. After being parked second past the three-quarter-pole, Starstruck Cowgirl (Will Roland) poured it on down the lane. Crossing the wire in 2:04.2, Starstruck Cowgirl picked up a new lifetime mark for owner Justin Anfinson. The blanket presentation was made by Humboldt Veterinary Clinic. Race five started the consolation races for Iowa Registered three-year-olds, featuring three-year-old trotting colts. With the rail, Prince Banker (Mark Mintun) quickly took the lead. As the trotting colts raced to the half, Prince Banker maintained command, but Callthebanker (Will Roland) and Lone Star Tap (Brandon Jenson) were in line, directly behind the leader. As they approached the three-quarters, Callthebanker pulled up along-side Prince Banker. Turning into the stretch, Prince Banker and Callthebanker fought for home, but Lone Star Tap took full advantage of the passing lane, scoring the victory for owner Nancy Jenson, trotting home in 2:04.0. Memorial blanket presentation was made by the family of B. E. (Jack) Budahn. Next up was the 3-year-old Colt Pace consolation in race six. Leaving from the three-hole, Alright Frankie showed a burst of speed as he took the lead for driver Will Roland. Not satisfied with a pocket trip, Lorenza Gooch pulled Waco Sassy Kid just before the half to challenge. Parked, Waco Sassy Kid matched strides with Alright Frankie as they paced to the top of the stretch. Finding more reserves, Waco Sassy Kid held off all challengers as he picked up the win for lessee Lorenza Gooch, pacing in 2:03.1. Blanket presentation was made by Sundance Lanes. Three-year-old trotting fillies lined up next in race seven for their consolation. Britches And Booty (Chad Svendson) trotted out for the lead, with Foxy Bright Star (Gary Liles) settling into second. Coming to the half, Andover Super Bowl (Sam Zimmerman) pulled to trot up beside the leader, with Storm In Motion (Brandon Jenson) following suit. As the fillies trotted down the backside, Britches And Booty maintained the lead to the three-quarter pole, with Andover Super Bowl at her side. As the leaders battled down the stretch, Foxy Bright Star pulled to the outside, taking the wire. Trotting to a new lifetime mark of 2:05.3, Foxy Bright Star returned to the winner's circle for owner/trainer/driver Gary Liles. The final consolation race on the card featured three-year-old pacing fillies. As the gate folded in race eight, Roland brothers, Royal and Duane, dueled for the lead. Glorynhonorforever (Royal Roland) finally gained the front after Skylar Said (Duane Roland) dropped into the second spot. Cutting the fractions in 29.2, 1:00.1, 1:32.2, Glorynhonorforever paced to the wire. Holding on to the lead, Glorynhonorforever picked up the win. Crossing the wire in 2:04.0, Glorynhonorforever paced a new lifetime best, for owners Royal and Barbara Roland. Championship races will take place Sunday (9/27) at Humboldt. Post time is scheduled for 12:30pm CDT. by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

Humboldt, Iowa will host the "Championship Weekend" for Iowa Harness racing. The seasonal points leaders will compete not only for bragging rights, but increased purses from 2019. Consolation races will be held on Saturday (9/26), competing for $9,000 per division. The race purses are also increased to $3,000 per division. Sunday (9/27) will highlight the season leaders in the Championship Final. All divisions of two and three-year-olds (trotters and pacers) will compete for $18,000. Aged Iowa horses will also race to secure their position as the "2020 Champions" on Sunday. Post time both days is 12:30pm CDT. Races will be broadcast live on Facebook. by Tara Spach, for the Iowa Harrness Horseman's Association

What Cheer, IA -- After weeks of carefully studying race programs for each meet at What Cheer, David Bunker took home the top prize in the fan favorite Progressive Pick Ten contest on Sunday (September 6). It was the final day of racing at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds in 2020.   "I'm pretty lucky," said Bunker modestly. "There's a little bit of skill to it with watching the program, but a lot of luck."   Participants in the Progressive Pick Ten try to pick the winner in the first ten races of each day of racing at What Cheer. For each winner picked they get a point. At the end of the season, the $2,000 prize is divided among the top participants in the same split as winning purse money, with the winner taking 45 percent, or $900.   Roger Roland started the Progressive Pick Ten competition at What Cheer six years ago as a way to keep fans coming back to the grandstand every week all summer.   "I started it to get more attendance at the races and it definitely helps," said Roland. "They come every week, they compare notes, and they don't miss a day of racing. Of the top twenty, only two people didn't come every week and one of them was in the hospital."   After each race day people in the grandstand can be heard asking each other, "How many did you get?" There are good days and tough days. Saturday (September 5) was one of those tough days with lots of upsets in 2-year-old Iowa-Registered competition. Bunker managed to do alright.   "What clinched it for me was getting five out of ten on Saturday," said Bunker. "It was a terrible day. Some only got two and I got five somehow."   With only six picks separating the top seven participants every race is important.   On the last day of the competition everybody missed race three and four when Itsonlymoneyhoney, a son of Banker Volo, took the first division of the 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Trot and Always Hotspeed, a Real Desire colt, came from the back tier to take the first division of the 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Pace. In race ten, the final race of the 2020 What Cheer Progressive Pick Ten, Bunker picked the winning Big Jim filly Candy Cane Cannae.   Bunker took the top prize with 62 wins, only two picks ahead of Larry Mather's 60. June Huffman and Jerry Hamilton tied for third with 57 and Dina Gooch, Sherry Bunker and Earl McCay rounded out the prize winners with 56 picks each.   Bunker makes his picks early in the week when the What Cheer race program is posted on the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association website.   "I go by times, who's doing well, and who's driving," said Bunker. "If there's a driver change I may change my pick because of that."   This is Bunker's fourth time winning the Progressive Pick Ten. The first time he split the win three ways, he won it all his second time winning, and last year split it with Jerry Hamilton, another competitive Progressive Pick Ten enthusiast.   In addition to the Progressive Pick Ten, Roland has come up with another creative way to keep fans in the stands at What Cheer. He saw people were leaving the races early, so he also started The Late Pick Five.   "We also play the last five," said Roland "It's $75 a day with a maximum $375. It's a way to keep people in the stand and keep people entertained."   Both of these contests have kept people coming to the races and brought new interest to the Iowa racing circle. Look for new fans and familiar faces when both contests return to the Keokuk County Fairgrounds in 2021.   by Gretchen Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association  

Oskaloosa, IA -- Four of the eight feature race winners set new lifetime marks on an afternoon of hot harness racing competition and hot weather at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds. Sunday's (July 26) card showcased 13 fields of Iowa-registered sophomores and one field of Iowa-registered aged trotters.   Stepping up in class, Yankee On The Move made his feature Iowa-Registered 3-year-old Pace debut after two starts in the non-winners of $3,000 class this year. Coming off a big 2:00.4 mile at What Cheer two weeks ago, owner Bob Lems' Yankee Skyscaper gelding was ready to play with the big boys.   In a field of six contenders with five having posted wins this year, driver James Gould eased Yankee On The Move off the gate letting the early leaders battle for position. Gould pulled the Mark Mintun trainee second up by the half then tipped three wide in the final turn sweeping to the front to take the mile in 1:59.4, a new lifetime mark and his third win in three starts. In another impressive mile, Duane and Connie Roland's 3-year-old Sportsmaster gelding Bizys Beatle took the second division in 2:00.4, dropping more than four seconds from his personal best.   Three-year-old pacing filly Supreme Dumpling made her first trip to the winner's circle this year. Drawing the rail, driver Mark Mintun took advantage of the post position capturing the early lead. The Southern Ruler N filly faced little challenge taking the race in 2:04.1, a new lifetime mark.   Owned and trained by John Saner, Supreme Dumpling was bred by Vernon Mast out of the Sportsmaster mare Sporty Dumpling. The second division of 3-year-old pacing fillies went to Rob Anderson's divisional standout Jennie Ann. The Lettherockbegin filly has won five of her past six races and posted the fastest pace of the day, winning in 1:59.1.   Owners Rick Huffman's and Keith Wilson's 3-year-old trotter Scoreoneforme dropped two seconds from his previous mark beating a field of five in 2:04.3. Driven by Chad Svendson and trained by Rick Huffman, the son of Man Of Broadway posted his second win in 2020. In another 2:04.3 mile, Itsonlymoneyhoney took the other division of Iowa-resgistered 3-year-old trotting colts with Michael Morales in the bike. Trained by Dan Roland and owned by Its Only Money Stable, the 3-year-old son of Banker Volo improved his lifetime stats to seven wins in 18 starts.   The first 3-year-old filly trot went to Lucky Playmate. Trained by Rick Huffman and driven by Chad Svendson, the daughter of Lucky Chucky out of the Pine Chip mare Almond Chip has only missed the board in one of her 17 lifetime starts. Lucky Playmate is owned by Rick & CD Huffman and Larry Mather. Voted 2019 Iowa Horse of the Year by the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association membership, Gary Liles Battle Queen continued her reign with another win in the second division of trotting fillies. With Liles' in the bike, the daughter of Yadi crossed the wire in 2:05, going three-for-three in 2020.   In another winning pairing of the Huffman stable and driver Chad Svendson, the Iowa-registered aged trot went to CR Blaze. Chad Svendson and the 4-year-old Amigo Ranger mare fired off the gate and led the field to the half in 1:03. It was a tight race with four lengths covering the top five contenders most of the mile. Chad Svendson held off stretch charges by Hauser stablemates Al Mar Bonbon and Princess Legacy to take the mile in 2:03.3. Owned by David Gingerich of Chariton, Iowa, this is CR Blaze's second win in 2020.   Iowa-registered racing action is set to resume Monday (July 27) with 2-year-old and aged pacing competition. Watch Facebook and the Iowa Harness Horseman's Association text alerts for any weather and track updates. Post time is 12:30pm.   by Gretchen Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association  

What Cheer, IA - As they do most summer weekends, Tom and Kathy Shipley made the trek from Kahoka, MO to a fairground in Iowa. This Friday (July 10) their pair of 2-year-old harness racing trotting fillies were entered in the first and third races of opening day at the Keokuk County Fair in What Cheer, IA. Operation Shipley and She'll Dew had both started 2020 strong, each winning half of their starts. Both drew into competitive fields in the Rex Wilkening Memorial Trot for Iowa-Registered 2-year-olds. Three fields of competitors, two fields of fillies and one field of colts, vied for the trophy which would go to the fastest heat. Each filly has a story that began before they entered for Friday's races at What Cheer, and even before they joined the Shipley stable. Operation Shipley was born in early April 2018 to Chantilly Hall, a Deweycheatumnhowe mare, on the farm of Ura Gingerich in Seymour, IA. Tom and Kathy happened to be at the farm the day. "We were there the day she was born," said Tom. "She wouldn't eat." Tom and Kathy helped with the new foal until she was nursing. Unbeknowst to them, Gingerich named the filly Operation Shipley after the time they spent with her that day. The filly was put in a sale late in her weanling year. "We didn't know until later that they named her after us," said Tom. "When we saw that, we knew we had to buy her if we could." Tom and Kathy came home from the sale with their namesake Lou's Legacy filly. They've been high on her ever since. "I've liked Operation Shipley from the time we got her going," said Kathy. Kathy also liked She'll Dew from the moment she saw her. Shipleys had travelled to Andy and Julie Merritts to look at another horse when they first saw the Canadian-bred Iowa-Registered filly. "We didn't want any more horses - we had all that we could handle - then Gingerich's told us about this horse Andy Merritt had, so we had to go look at him," said Tom. While Tom was checking out the colt they had come to see, Kathy noticed She'll Dew. "I saw the mare standing in the stable and he (Andy) started telling me about her." said Kathy. She'll Dew is a Royalty for Life filly out of the Plesac mare Frosty Flirt. Kathy had an instant connection. "When I was still out messing with the gelding, Kathy wrote the check for the mare,"said Tom. "When Tom got back I handed him the check and said 'Here, give this to Andy'," said Kathy. Luckily Tom liked her too. "She was a nice looking mare. She just floated over the ground when I was jogging her. " The Shipleys are known for their trotting fillies. "Honestly I'd rather have a filly than have a colt. I think they're a little more mature," said Tom. They have had top trotters including two-time Iowa champion filly Bankn-On-Emily who just won in 1:57.4 at the Meadows on July 8. Shipleys remain modest. "We've had years where we didn't have anything," said Kathy. "It's just luck," Tom agrees. Shipleys luck has continued with a strong start to the 2020 season. With four starts and two wins, Operation Shipley was coming off a winning 2:09.4 mile at Humboldt last weekend. She'll Dew has racked up three wins in six starts, with her last win two weeks ago at this same track at What Cheer in 2:07.1, coming a last quarter in 30.1. "I was pretty nervous about She'll Dew because she made a break last week," said Tom. He added a headpole for her race today. The Shipleys have teamed up with driver Royal Roland in most of the fillies' starts, and he's driven in all of their winning miles. Shipleys don't have any special instructions for him. "Royal gets long with them really well," said Kathy. Both fillies won their respective heats. She'll Dew won in a gate-to-wire 2:06.1 performance. Operation Shipley, missing part of her front right shoe, clocked in the fastest 2-year-old trot of the day in 2:05.1, winning the Rex Wilkening Memorial Trot blanket. Since they were foaled in Iowa, Tom and Kathy can race the fillies through the end of September in the state, but they'd like to see She'll Dew make her way up to Canada as she's paid into some bigger races there. Operation Shipley and She'll Dew will have next weekend off for the Iowa Sires Stakes, with their next opportunity to hold off the competition at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa in two weeks on July 27. by Gretchen Roland, for the for the Iowa Harness Horse Association

What Cheer, IA -- Fifteen fields of Iowa-sired harness racing two-year-olds and three-year-olds competed in the first of two 2020 Iowa Sires Stakes meets.   Freshman trotters led the card with Searching For You and driver Chad Svendson capturing the first race in 2:08.4. Owned by Kayveonna Johnson and Rick & CD Huffman, the trotting colt is from the first crop of Stage Muscles, a son of Muscle Hill. Rick Huffman trains. The second division of 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings went to Roll On Whitey in 2:08.2. The Honeydont Hanover gelding is trained and driven by lessee Gary Liles.   Only one of the eight competitors in the lone division of two-year-old trotting fillies stayed flat during a chaotic mile. Chad Svendson drove Airman's Kisses to a 2:11 win for owner's Rick & CD Huffman. Trained by Rick Huffman, the filly is by Airman Batten, a son of Swan For All.   The two-year-old Iowa Sires Stakes colt and gelding pace went to Duane & Connie Roland's Western Waltz. From the first crop of Western Trademark, driver Cory Larson and Western Waltz found room through a tight pack in the final stretch to steal a win in 2:05.2.   17-year-old driver Justin Gould gave a perfect trip to CharChar earning her a win in the first division of 2-year-old filly pacers. Hailing from the Mintun-Gould Stable, CharChar is from the second crop of In Over My Head. Freshman fily pacers picked up the pace in the second division with Curvyhipsandredlips capturing a gate-to-wire win in 2:03.1 with Will Roland in the bike. The daughter of Millionaire Cam is trained by Curtis Carey and owned by Jay Delong, Jeff Carey and Rick & CD Huffman.   First Gunner continued his winning streak bringing the tally to four with a 2:03.1 mile in the 3-year-old Trot. The son of Amigo Ranger was a top five pacer as a 2-year-old, only switching to the trot in 2020. First Gunner is owned by Kathy Shipley and trained by Tom Shipley.   Driver Chad Svendson paired with the Huffman Stable for another win on the trot. CR Valentine followed Broadway Sweetheart until the three-quarter pole then tipped out to challenge the mile leader. CR Valentine, a daughter of Amigo Ranger, took over in the stretch to win earning a new lifetime mark of 2:05.   Ivy B Poison raced a strong mile to take the first division of 3-year-old pacing fillies. Trained and driven by Scott Smith, the Sneaky B Skipalong filly clocked a 2:03.4 mile for owner Chris Philipp. After a 1:58.4 performance at West Liberty last week, Jennie Ann remained in top form besting the competition in the second division of filly pacers in 2:00.2. A daughter of the Rocknroll Hanover stud Lettherockbegin, Jennie Ann is owned, trained and driven by Rob Anderson.   In the last feature race of the day, the 2019 pacing colt champion Slippin The Clutch drew post position seven, starting in the second tier. Driver Will Roland navigated around some early traffic and pulled the 3-year-old son of Millionaire Cam at the half. The gelding found another gear breezing up to second where he was hung by Cashncam. The two battled to the finish when a late charge from Legal LIar threatened the pair. Slippin The Clutch won in 1:59.2 for trainer Curtis Carey and owners Jay Delong, Jeff Carey and Rick & CD Huffman.   For the full results of todays racing click on this link   Iowa racing action resumes on July 3 (Friday) at the Humboldt COunty Fairgrounds. Post time is 12:30pm.     Gretchen Roland for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association    

IaHHA is pleased to announce opening day of harness racing in Iowa will be Sunday (5/24) at What Cheer.  While this will not be a full opening for spectators in the grandstands, live races will be broadcast on Facebook.  Program pages are now available on the Iowa Harness Racing website:  www.iowaharnessracing.com. We are living in unprecedented times.   The COVID-19 situation has changed our lives but not our love of racing. We are thankful to be able to start our racing season this weekend and hopeful that we can fully open soon. Please observe the state guidance under which we are allowed to race at this point. This was from Governor Reynolds May 13 proclamation – L. Race tracks: A speedway or race track, including a track conducting horse or dog races, may reopen or continue its operations provided that it does not permit any spectators to attend its events in person. We realize it is a gray area regarding who are spectators and who are participants. We have been advised by our lobbyist that we can allow people to park their cars along the track to watch the races. Please exercise good judgement regarding social distancing and interaction with others at the races.  Racetracks in other states have much greater restrictions. We are concerned that pictures and videos from the races will be posted on Facebook and other social media of people interacting in ways that are not following the Governor’s proclamation.   This could cause subsequent races to be cancelled, and no one wants that. Regardless of your personal views on the virus, it is everyone’s responsibility to adhere to the current guidelines. There are some changes in the schedule that we are aware of at this point in time. • The overnight races at Eldon scheduled for June 17 & 18 are cancelled. The aged races are rescheduled for August 22 & 23 at What Cheer. • The race program at Allison on June 27 has been moved in its entirety to What Cheer. • The races at Bloomfield and Monticello are cancelled. Additions or changes to other locations or dates may occur. We will update our schedule on IowaHarnessRacing.com and publish updates to our Facebook page as we become aware of changes. Thank you for your cooperation.  Let me know if you have questions or comments. Royal Roland President, Iowa Harness Horseman’s Association

The Iowa Harness Horseman's Association is proud to announce the following inductees into the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame: Gene Kleve Roger Kleve bought his first starting gate in 1952. After he received his starters license, Mr. Kleve would start the race as his wife drove the starting car. During a trip to Ohio to look at a new electric starting gate, Mr. Kleve decided that he could build his own to replace the hydraulic one that was in use. Mounting his electric gate on his new 1957 Ford convertible, it was off to the races. In the 60's, Mr. Kleve bought a bigger car to use with the starting gate. He modified the car to accommodate the starter's position by cutting and installing a bubbleon top. With enhanced visibility, the races were held, rain or shine. Mr. Kleve not only started races in Iowa, he also traveled to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri. Mr. Kleve was an auctioneer and owned and operated an implement business. He served as secretary of the Humboldt County Fair Board for almost 25 years and was on the Iowa State Fair Board, all while serving as Mayor of Humboldt during the same time period. Mr. Kleve passed away November 27, 2000. He will always be remembered as a true friend of Iowa Harness Racing. Alan Sandbulte Alan Sandbulte purchased his first racehorse in 1978. With only a few starts for his mare, Mr. Sandbulte decided to breed her to the stallion High Judge. That cross turned out to be a great success for Mr. Sandbulte, as Rolling Judge and Little Brown Judge raced unbeaten. Standing his own stallions also proved to be successful for Mr. Sandbulte, many standing in Iowa and Relentless Yankee standing in Minnesota, making his foals dual eligible. Mr. Sandbulte has served on the Hawkeye Board as well as the Iowa Board. He is currently the president of the Sioux Trotting Association in Sioux Center. Mr. Sandbulte worked tirelessly to maintain the track and grounds at Sioux Center for training and racing. He is currently looking to find a track for future racing, as Sioux Center has dissolved. Mr. Sandbulte may not make it to the races as often as he would like, but he is still active in breeding. Having bred and owned many Iowa Champions, Mr. Sandbulte enjoys providing the opportunity for others to cultivate their own champions. Currently Mr. Sandbulte enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren but continues to stay up to dateon local racing. No Recess Foaled April 4, 2009 in Bode, Iowa, No Recess started his racing career as a two-year-old, racing in Iowa. Trotting to a mark of 2:07.0 at Prairie Meadows as a two-year-old, the Rich Boy gelding didn't look back. No Recess had an exceptional three-year-old season, as he remained undefeated in Minnesota. Taking a mark of 1:59.2, No Recess went on to earn over $47,000 in 2012. Continuing his racing career, No Recess has raced every year, capturing his current lifetime mark of 1:53.3 as an eight-year-old. With combined earnings in excess of $300,000, he has won 54 of 219 starts, placing second 30 times and securing third 33 times. No Recess was a two-time Billings Armature Trot Champion, also racing under saddle, with a mark of 1:59.0 at nine. No Recess is a tough horse, with a relentless pursuit to win. He is a pleasure to drive and still proves his champion mindset on the track. by Tara Spach, for IHHA

The Iowa Harness Horseman's Association is pleased to present our 2020 scholarship recipients. Winners were announced at the Awards Banquet, held in Marshalltown, Iowa on January 18, 2020. The 2020 scholarship recipients are: Sadie Sandbulte Karlee Carey Hope Roland Faith Roland Tyson Paris Brianna Jensen Kennedy Roland Lucas Roland Brendan Huffman Max Philipp Autumn Hauser. by Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

Please make plans to attend the 2019/2020 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet for the Iowa Harness Horseman’s Association.  Scheduled for January 18, the meeting will be held at the Best Western Regency Inn in Marshalltown, Iowa.  Registration will begin at 8 am, followed by the opportunity for those interested in taking the Driver/Trainer Examination at 9am.  Iowa Sire Stakes Association meeting and the non-profit Iowa Harness Racing Association meetings will begin at 11am. The USTA District 4-A Annual Meeting will commence at 1pm, with the Annual IaHHA meeting to follow at 2pm.  An Open Forum is scheduled at 3pm The Awards Banquet will begin at 6:30pm, featuring a special awards presentation for Iowa Hall of Fame inductions. Room reservations can be made by calling 641-752-6321.  Be sure to ask for the special Horseman’s rate. Early registrations for the banquet are due by 1/12/2020.  Registration forms are available on our website:  iowaharnessracing.com.  If planning on registering the day of the banquet, please contact Dana Meyer, Executive Secretary, at 515-341-9034.  Please provide the number of guests that will be attending, to help our caterers with the menu. We look forward to see everyone there! By Tara Spach, for the IaHHA

The Iowa Harness Horseman's Association 2020 Scholarship applications are available on our website: www.iowaharnessracing.com. Applications must be postmarked by December 20th, 2019. Instructions for mailing are located on the application.  

Due to continued rain storms, the Iowa harness racing meet at Eldon Sunday has been canceled. There will be no make-up date and thus ends the 2019 season in Iowa. Racing will resume next May. by Tara Spach, for the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association  

What Cheer, IA -- The top ten 3-year-old trotters took to the harness racing track yesterday (September 23) to complete in the 2019 Iowa-Registered Championship races at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds. There were five starters in the $15,000 Gary McKay Memorial 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Filly Trot Championship. Last year's Championship winner Bankn-On-Emily (Macduffie-Emily Lavictorie) drew the rail, followed by Eighty's Mercedes (Clocked At Eighty-Reigning Image), D P Rocket (All In Tad-Striking Annie), All Taylor Made (And Away We Go- Strong Sue), and 2019 points leader CR Blaze (Amigo Ranger-JL Jan) on the outside. "She finally drew the three hole, Fred (Wagner) was so excited." said trainer and driver Adam Hauser of D P Rocket's owner. "She's drawn the four or five hole in five of her six last starts, and that's a big deal in a five horse race. " Four of the five starters had posted wins in the month preceding the race, with decisive victories from the Huffman Stable's CR Blaze in a 14+ length win, and the Shipley Stable's Bankn-On-Emily in a 10+ win two weeks ago. D P Rocket had clocked the fastest mile, 2:00.4, at Humboldt earlier this year. Driven by Adam Hauser, D P Rocket fired off the gate to take the early lead with Gary Liles' All Taylor Made filing in quickly behind. Rob Anderson and CR Blaze challenged the early leader, but were unable to clear and settled into third. D P Rocket passed the quarter in 29.2. "She's a good gate horse," said Hasuer. "I was able to get her out of there trotting. When I get her through the first turn, I know how she is right away. She was good yesterday." CR Blaze tipped out again and captured second by the half, where D P Rocket maintained the lead in 1:01.1. D P Rocket began to pull away from the field in the final backstretch passing the three-quarters in 1:30.1, while All Taylor Made continued to park CR Blaze. D P Rocket cruised around the final turn and powered home in a 2:00.4 mile, tying her lifetime mark. CR Blaze was second, followed by Eighty's Mercedes, All Taylor Made, and Bankn-On-Emily. D P Rocket is owned by Fred Wagner of Wellman, Iowa. She was bred by David P. Brontrager and is by his Iowa sire All In Tad, a son of Conway Hall, and out of the Striking Sahbra mare Striking Annie. Adam Hauser trains D P Rocket at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. "We've talked to a few people about selling her," said Hauser, "But we don't have anything serious yet." Being a non-winners of one horse, Hauser and Wagner have plans to give her a rest, then race her and Hawthorne or Aces next year if they don't sell her. The top five colts all drew on the gate in the $15,000 Kermit and Janet Hinshaw Memorial 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Trot Championship. Kick Away (Weight LIfter - Sorority Hall) drew the rail, followed by Depth Charge (Motorcade - Warawee Fourleaf), Spiced Honey (Honeydont Hanover - Dynomo Sahbra), Cracker Box (Honeydont Hanover - Button Box), and 2018 finals winner and 2-year-old trotting colt champion Ricky Be Sharp (American Native - Cosmetize) on the outside. All five of the starters are Iowa-sired. The Gary Liles Stable came into the race off of two wins from both Cracker Box and Depth Charge last week. Cracker Box, winning four of his past five starts, had the most recent wins. Ricky Be Sharp had posted the fastest 3-year-old trot of 2019 with a 2:00 mile at What Cheer earlier in the season. Cracker Box, driven by Royal Roland, and stablemate Depth Charge, driven by Gary Liles took the early lead with Cracker Box clearing to take the top. The field past the quarter in 31.2 single file, with Cracker Box and Depth Charge followed by Spiced Honey, Kick Away and Ricky Be Sharp. "He didn't want to leave, so we ducked to last," said Roland. Driver Nick Roland tipped out Ricky Be Sharp the first time past the grandstand where Cracker Box continued to lead, passing the half in 1:02.4. Ricky Be Sharp worked his way up to second and met Cracker Box at the three-quarters in 1:32.3. "We were all strung out so I pulled him first-over, and he was good enough to go past them," said Roland. "He cleared then trotted on in the final stretch." Ricky Be Sharp continued his momentum and cleared and powered home in 2:03.1. Cracker Box and Depth Charge were second and third, followed by Kick Away and Spiced Honey. Ricky Be Sharp is owned and trained by Lorenza Gooch of Missouri City Texas. He was bred and raised by Rick & Lesa Peters of Face Pace Farms in Grinnell, Iowa. Ricky Be Sharp is by the late American Native, a 1:54.2 son of American Winner, and out of the Valley Victor mare Cosmetize. From Gretchen L. Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horse Association

The Wapello County Fairboard has decided to reschedule the upcoming harness racing meet at Eldon, IA. The date has been changed from Saturday (9/28) to Sunday (9/29). Entries will still be due on Wednesday (9/25) The condition sheet has been updated. Please call Tara Spach, Social Media Coordinator at 641-430-4662, if you have any questions. By Tara Spach, for the IaHHA  

What Cheer, IA -- Iowa's best 2-year-old filly talent completed in two championship races that finished the 2019 harness racing season at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds on Monday (September 23).  The five best freshman trotters went to the gate in the Katherine Carey Memorial 2-year-old Iowa-Registered Filly Trot Championship, with three of the five hailing from the Rick Huffman Stable. Britches And Booty drew the rail, followed by Battle Queen, CR Valentine, Sometimes You Dont, and Lucky Playmate on the outside in post position five.  With 11 wins in 12 starts (and one second to Lucky Playmate), it was Battle Queen's race to lose. Owned, trained and driven by Gary Liles, the dominant daughter of Yadi holds the fastest 2-year-old filly trotting mile in Iowa in 2019 - 2:03.4 at Humboldt on August 24.  The Huffman Stable trio followed in wins with CR Valentine (Amigo Ranger-JL Jan) at four, Lucky Playmate (Lucky Chucky - Almond Chip) at three and Britches And Booty (Manofmanymissions-Mouvelle) at one.  Battle Queen powered to the front to take the lead with the Huffman Stables Britches And Booty, CR Valentine and Lucky Playmate filing in second, third and fourth. The field reached the quarter in 32.1, a length separating each. Battle Queen continued to lead at the half in 1:04.3, and the three-quarters in 1:33.2.  Battle Queen cruised out of the final turn into the stretch where Chad Svenson tipped out Lucky Playmate who charged down the stretch reaching Battle Queen at the wire for a photo finish. Though a valiant effort by Lucky Playmate, Battle Queen reigned victorious taking the trot in 2:05.3 by a nose.  In the Judy Liles Memorial 2-year-old Iowa-Registered Filly Pace Championship, the five top Iowa freshman pacing fillies took to the gait with the inside three separated by 2 points in the overall 2019 standings. With 10 points to the winner, the outcome of this race would determine the 2019 2-year-old Pacing Filly Champion.  Rob Anderson's Jennie Ann (Lettherockbegin-TJ Sizzle N Sage) had the rail (67 points), followed by Ivy B Poison (Sneaky B Skipalong-AC Alma) in the two (68 points) and Its Pactific Time (It's That Time-Pacific Fling) in the three (66 points). Shining Jewels (Real Desire-Southwind Jewel) and Lucy In The Sky (Hot Pans-Lawless Lucy) rounded out the field.  Jennie Ann and Its Pacific Time battled off the gate into the backstretch when Chad Svenson and Its Pacific Time cleared to take the lead. She passed the quarter in 29.2 followed by Jennie Ann and Ivy B Poison.  Passing the half in 1:01.1, Svenson kept Its Pacific Time focused on the top while Ivy B Poison pulled to challenge the leaders. Ivy B Poison gained ground until matching Its Pacific Time as the pair passed the three-quarters in 1:30.3.  Its Pacific Time pulled ahead in the final turn and sailed home in a 2:01 wire-to-wire performance, the fastest 2-year-old filly pacing mile of 2019.  Its Pacific Time was raised and bred by owner John Hendricks. From the first crop of the Minnesota sire It's That Time, Its Pacific Time is out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Pacific Fling. The filly finished the season with eight wins in 13 starts and the 2019 2-year-old pacing filly title for trainer Joel McDanel.  From Gretchen L. Roland for the Iowa Harness Horse Association  

What Cheer, IA -- Trainer Curtis Carey took home harness racing trophies in both the 2-year-old and 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Pace Championships held at the Keokuk County Fairgrounds on Monday (September 23) with his horses Slippin The Clutch and Frisky Pedro. The five top 2-year-old pacing colts went to the gate in the Mike Smith Memorial with Carey's Slippin The Clutch drawing the rail, followed by Its A Marcs World, Waco Sassy Kid, First Gunner and Always Hotspeed in post position five. "Slippin The Clutch is a really good horse, he's very easy on himself," said Carey. "The times he got beat this year were by Waco Sassy Kid, who I also consider to be a really good horse." The two-year-old colt pace has been a hotly contested division throughout the season. Waco Sassy Kid was the horse to beat staying undefeated until Slippin The Clutch broke his seven win streak in early August. Four of the five starters showed at least one win in their last four starts, with both Slippin The Clutch and Always Hotspeed coming off wins last weekend at Humboldt (September 14). Iowa's leading driver Will Roland piloted Slippin the Clutch, shooting off the gate to take the top and catch the quarter in 30.3. The horses remained single file until the stretch when Always Hotspeed pulled to challenge. The field passed the half in 1:04. Slippin The Clutch continued to lead to the three-quarters in 1:32.1 followed by Its A Marcs World and First Gunner on the rail. Always Hotspeed led the outer flow in third with Waco Sassy Kid on his tail. Slippin The Clutch showed no signs of slowing, and Its A Marcs World also continued to maintain in second. The pack in the back went three wide into the final turn in a battle for third. Slippin The Clutch picked up the win in 2:01. Its A Marc World took second followed by First Gunner, Always Hotspeed, and Waco Sassy Kid. "The last few weeks he's been on point, he gives me goosebumps watching him," said Carey. "Will (Roland) drove him perfectly today." A son of Millionaire Cam out of the Artsplace mare Sweet Otra, Carey's 2-year-old pacing gelding Slippin The Clutch began his freshman season training on a track miles away from the snowy Iowa winter. It was here that Carey first saw the colt's potential. "When I was training him in Florida one day he came a quarter in 28 and change," said Carey. "I knew at that point that he had some extra gears." Slippin The Clutch has proven himself for owners Jesse Delong, Jeff Carey and Rick & CD Huffman. Paired Will Roland, Slippin The Clutch has won nine of 12 starts and paced the fastest 2-year-old colt mile in Iowa in 2019 - 1:59.4. Slippin The Clutch will be making his way to Lexington to race the next two weeks at the Grand Circuit meet, after which Carey has more big plans for him. "Right now we're pointing on the same path as we did Minnie Vinnie - taking him to some out-of-state races, and bringing him back to race in Iowa as well," said Carey. Carey's second championship winner, Frisky Pedro, has had a rough go at it. "Training him down as a yearling I thought he was a really good horse, but he's honestly been the worst luck horse I've ever been around," said Carey. "Last year he was in the finals and I had to scratch him because he got sick." Frisky Pedro started out the season with early wins at Bedford and in the Iowa Sires Stakes in June when his luck caught up with him. "This year July was awful on him -- he didn't win any money, he got sick," said Carey. "I had the vet draw blood on him after What Cheer one day and he showed that he was anemic so we started treating him. I started training him in between races. After that he really turned around." 2019's top five 3-year-old pacing colts took to the gate in the Jim Coulter Memorial with Bad Boy Destroyer on the inside, followed by My Money Honey, Oh Toodles, Frisky Pedro and Fred And Roz in post position five. With no individual having more than 5 wins in 12 starts, the Jim Coulter Memorial 3-year-old Iowa-Registered Colt Pace Championship was up for grabs. All had shown at least one win in their past four starts, with Bad Boy Destroyer and Frisky Pedro coming off wins at Humboldt last Sunday (September 15). Four of the five had broken the two minute mark on a fair track this year, with My Money Honey and Frisky Pedro's impressive 1:58.4 photo finish performance last week. Bad Boy Destroyer, My Money Honey and Frisky Pedro fired off the gait in tandem, battling for the early lead. Frisky Pedro worked his way to the top as they headed into the backstretch followed closely by My Money Honey and Bad Boy Destroyer. "Today Will told me 'I'm going to leave with him'," said Carey. "I said if you think he can do it then do it." Frisky Pedro reached the quarter in 28.2, where Chad Svenson and Bad Boy Destroyer pulled to take on the leader. They passed the half in 58 seconds with Frisky Pedro leading by a head. Bad Boy Destroyer continued to put on the pressure and his stablemate My Money Honey tipped three wide as the trio passed the three-quarters in 1:28.4. "I think he's a much better horse than what he'd shown," said Carey. "I believed in him. Will believed in him." Frisky Pedro took advantage of the shorter rail trip and pulled away into the final turn and cruised home in 1:58.4, matching his lifetime best in the fastest 3-year-old colt pace of 2019 in Iowa. My Money Honey finished second followed by Oh Toodles, Fred And Roz and Bad Boy Destroyer. "Will drove him today like he was the best - a lot of the credit goes to him," said Carey. "He's driven our horses all year and done and amazing job with them. He deserves as much credit as anybody does for getting them to the winners circle." From Gretchen L. Roland for the Iowa Harness Horse Association          

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