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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

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  

Iowa Sire Stakes harness racing action took place this weekend at Humboldt, Iowa. Saturday (7/18) featured Iowa-sired two-year-old, pacers and trotters. With nine races on the harness racing card, multiple first lifetime wins, as well as multiple driving wins, were featured on the afternoon. In the first division of the two-year-old filly pace, Portray An Image, with owner, trainer, driver Cory Larson holding the lines, left the gate and didn't look back. Cutting the mile in 31.1, 1:04.3, 1:35.2, the Western Trademark filly paced her way to the finish line in 2:06.1. Last quarter in 30.4, Portray An Image struck an image for the photographer as she stood in the winner's circle with her first lifetime win. The feature race on the card took place in race two, The Larry Coleman Memorial Two-Year-Old Filly Trot. Leased, trained and driven by Lorenza Gooch, Final Quote trotted her way out of the three-hole to take the lead in 31.3. As she rounded the track in 1:03.4. 1:35.0, Final Quote turned for the wire. Trotting home in 31.4, the Nf Quotable filly picked up her first lifetime win in 2:06.4, winning by over seven lengths. Not to be outdone with wire to wire wins, Duane Roland followed suit with his two-year-old pacing colt, Freddie Faves in race three. As the gate folded, Freddie Faves shot out for the lead in race three. Pacing in 30.3, 1:04.0, 1:34.0, Roland asked his colt for a little more, crossing the wire in 2:05.0, also a first lifetime win over the rest of the field. Two-year-old trotting colts took the track in race four. With the strategy, "if you're the best, make them catch you", driver Adam Hauser guided I'm Another Wilson out of the two-hole to the top. The chestnut Wilson Wyoming gelding set the fractions in 31.3, 1:02.2, 1:33.2 and trotted to a new lifetime mark of 2:05.4. Looking for her fourth win on the season, Curvyhipsnredlips drew post position two in the second division of two-year-old filly pacers. Driver Will Roland followed the previous race strategies and left the gate, looking to lead the pack. As the Millionaire Cam filly paced the half, cutting the mile in 31.0, 1:04.3, 1:35.4, she drove down the lane for the win in 2:05.2. Given the drive for trainer Mark Mintun, Adam Hauser was looking for his second driving win as he sat behind DP Radiant Striker. When the starter said go, Hauser had his hands full to bring the trotting colt back on gait, after breaking stride. As the colt settled into the race, Hauser made a move past the half to take command. Trotting a last quarter in 32.2, DP Radiant Striker cruised across the line for his first lifetime win in 2:08.0 in the second division of two-year-old trotters. With a driving double on his mind, Cory Larson and Western Waltz had to start from the five-hole in the second division of two-year-old pacers. Getting away fifth, Larson worked his way through the field to take over past the half. As Wester Waltz crossed the finish line in 2:03.3, the Western Trademark picked up his third win on the season and Larson drove to a driving double. With the non-winners divisions of two-year-old pacers and trotters rounding out the card, Adam Hauser drove pacing filly, Keepin Calvin B to victory in race eight and also picked up a win in race nine, with trotter, Swaggen to Court, capturing a total of four driving wins on the day. Three-year-old Iowa Sired horses took center stage on Sunday (7/19). The eight race card started the day with filly trotters. CR Valentine took the track with three consecutive wins, looking for her fourth in the opener. Driver Rob Anderson left with CR Valentine and handily took the win, cutting the mile in 33.0, 1:06.0, 1:36.2 and 2:06.1. Race two featured three-year-old colt pacers. Not handicapped by drawing the five-hole, Slippin The Clutch shot from behind the gate, with Will Roland in the bike. Setting the fractions in 30.1, 1:03.2 and 1:32.4, Slippin The Clutch was in full command as he crossed the finish line in 2:02.3 for a sixth win in a row. First Gunner was looking for another win in race three, the first division of three-year-old colt trotters. At the start, Royal Roland made a move to the front, in 32.4. Trotting to the half in 1:06.4, the three-quarters in 1:37.3, First Gunner was gunning for the wire. Returning victorious to the winner's circle, First Gunner trotted his mile in 2:07.3 for an amazing- seventh consecutive win. The first division of three-year-old pacing fillies took to the track in race four. Owner, trainer, driver Rob Anderson drove Jennie Ann to her fourth win on the season. Cutting the mile in 30.1, 1:01.0, 1:30.4, Jennie Ann put in a last quarter of 29.2. Winning in 2:00.1, the Lettherockbegin filly clocked the fastest mile on the day, giving Anderson a driving double. The second division of three-year-old colt trotters saw another gate to wire win in race five. Lucky La Boot, with owner, trainer, driver Gary Liles holding the lines, trotted a brisk mile to hold off challenger Wind Wizzard (Will Roland). With his second win on the 2020 season, Lucky La Boot trotted in 2:09.0 for a new lifetime mark. In race six, four fillies competed in the second division of three-year-old pacers. Glorynhonorforever (Royal Roland) left from the gate to take the lead. Black River Willow, with driver Jason Telfer, got away second, but was shuffled back to fourth as they past the three-quarters. Making ground on the leader, Black River Willow flew down the stretch, battling for the lead. Picking up a first lifetime win, Black River Willow paced her mile in 2:04.3, winning by a head. Races seven and eight featured three-year-old trotting and pacing non-winners. Driver Gary Liles and filly, Foxy Bright Star, crossed the line for the win in race seven, giving Liles his driving double. Will Roland pick up a driving double in the finale, when Almostamillionaire picked his first win of the season. Racing in Iowa resumes for a two- day card at Oskaloosa, Iowa on Sunday (7/26) and Monday (7/27). By Tara Spach Social Media Coordinator  

What Cheer, IA -- Nine fields of 3-year-old and aged harness racing pacers competed on Sunday (July 12), the final day of the Keokuk County Fair.   The card began with two divisions of 3-year-old pacing colts and two divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies vying for the State Representative David Maxwell blanket.   Top 3-year-old gelding Slippin The Clutch won the first colt race. Drawing to the outside in post position five, Slippin The Clutch was hung out until the quarter when he was able to take the front and grab the rail. Will Roland drove the son of Iowa sire Millionaire Cam to a 1:57.2 victory for owners Jay Delong, Jeff Carey, and Rick & CD Huffman. Trained by Curtis Carey, Slippin The Clutch has five wins in five starts in 2020.   The second division of pacing colts went to CD Huffman and Larry Mather's 3-year-old colt Always Hotspeed. Pacing a 2:02.1 mile with Chad Svendson in the bike, the son of Real Desire is trained by Joel McDanel.   The fastest division of 3-year-old pacing fillies went to Rob Anderson's Jennie Ann. The Lettherockbegin filly led gate-to-wire in a speedy 1:59.3 mile. This was Jennie Ann's third win this year, and her second fastest mile following a 1:58.3 performance at West Liberty a few weeks ago.   Shining Jewels made it two in a row taking the other division of 3-year-old pacing fillies after a win in Humboldt last week. The daughter of Real Desire knocked two seconds off last week's win clocking a 2:00.2 mile. Trained by Elvin Zimmerman, Shining Jewels was driven by Samuel Zimmerman and owned by Aimes Racing.   The feature race of the day was the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace for colts and geldings. Two of Iowa's top horses, Minnie VInnie and Roland N Rock, both drew first tier post positions setting up a battle for the boys. Eight-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding Roland N Rock took advantage of post position two to capture the early lead. The 5-year-old son of Millionaire Cam, Minnie Vinnie, dropped into the two hole coming into the first turn and didn't challenge until the half. The two raced wheel to wheel with Duane Roland driving Roland N Rock on the inside and Will Roland piloting Minnie Vinnie in hot pursuit. Minnie Vinnie inched ahead into the final turn and brought it home down the stretch to win in 1:59.   The mare division of the Aged Iowa-Registered Pace went to Edmund Krapp's filly Red N Hotallover. The daughter of Ryan N Hanover paced a 1:59.1 mile with James Gould taking the reins. Red N Hotallover has won four of her last five starts.   A colt and a filly division of 3-year-old non-winners of $3,000 in 2020 pacers followed. Trained and driven by Mark Mintun, Robert Lem's Yankee Skyscaper gelding Yankee On The Move shaved four seconds off his personal best earning a new lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Duane and Connie Roland's Sportsmaster filly Sporty Fox made her way to the winner's circle for the first time this year in a 2:06 mile with Cory Larson driving.   The final race of the last day of the Keokuk County Fair was for non-winners of $2,500 or maiden pacers. Somewherebeautiful entered with $2,300 on her card and drew the rail with Duane Roland driving. Winning in a flawless gate-to-wire performance, the 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere filly finished in 2:01.3 for owners Duane and Roger Roland.   Iowa racing action resumes next Saturday (July 18) and Sunday (July 19) with the second round of the Iowa Sires Stakes contested at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Post time is 12:30pm.   by Gretchen Roland, 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    

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