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Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is announcing that their Thursday (Jan. 2) show has been moved to Friday (Jan.3). There was an issue with the podcast provider that necessitated this move. Mike and Mike will take a look back through the 2019 season, feature some of their past interviews, and check out some of the funnier moments of the year. Voting is still open in the 2019 Post Time with Mike and Mike Awards. Voting can be done via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Jan. 2) at 10:30 a.m. They will close out the 2019 season with their year in review show. Mike and Mike will take a look back through the 2019 season, feature some of their past interviews, and check out some of the funnier moments of the year. Voting is still open in the 2019 Post Time with Mike and Mike Awards. Voting can be done via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

Post Time with Mike and Mike is excited to announce that the nominations for the 2019 Post Time with Mike and Mike harness racing awards are now open. Listeners can access the nomination form on the Post Time Awards mini-site at http://www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com/post-time-with-mike-and-mike-awards.html. Nominations will be taken for the following categories: USTA Innovator of the Year, Ted Barcus Race Fan of the Year, Larry Rheinheimer Small Stable of the Year, Sam McKee Race Call of the Year, Horsewomen of the Year, Foiled Again Iron Horse of the Year, and Upset of the Year. Anyone can be nominated for any of the categories with the exception of the Iron Horse of the Year award. For that award, we are looking for horses who are either 13 or 14 years of age and have at least 200 starts during their racing careers and have at least 10 starts in 2019. A short biography is required with each nomination and only one nomination for each category per person. Nominations will be open until Noon on Monday (Dec. 23). Voting for the awards will begin at Noon on Thursday (Dec. 26) and run until noon on Tuesday (Jan. 14). The 2019 Post Time with Mike and Mike Awards will take place on Thursday, January 16, 2019. Listeners can hear the program each Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. via the website,www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com. by Michael Carter, for Post Time With Mike & Mike  

Post Time with Mike and Mike sponsored by USTA/BetAmerica is excited to announce their broadcast schedule for the 2019 Breeders Crown. The 2019 Breeders Crown finals are hosted this year by Woodbine Mohawk Park. Mike Bozich, Nick Barnsdale, Ashley Mailloux, and Garnet Barnsdale will bring you all the action through the exciting weekend. The Post Time broadcast on Friday night will begin at 8:30 p.m., while Saturday's broadcast will begin at 8:00 p.m., both will run for three hours. The broadcast team will provide analysis and insight into the Breeders Crown race with pre- and post-race analysis. Barnsdale (Nick), and Mailloux will present winner's circle reaction following each Breeders Crown event. From a gamblers' perspective, there will be several wagers that will feature healthy guaranteed pools. Woodbine Mohawk Park will have a first post of 7 p.m. The 12 championship Breeders Crown finals, worth $6.2 million in purses, will be contested over two nights and could have Horse of the Year implications. Excitement looms as international sensation Bold Eagle takes center stage in the Open Trot on Saturday night. He takes on ten others in a stacked field of competitors that includes 2018 Hambletonian Champion Atlanta. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard via a wide array of sources including their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and the archive is available at www.betamerica.com/barn. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica and the United States Trotting Association, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday, July 25th, at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Saratoga Track Announcer Mike Sardella; The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association's Andrew Demsky; and Pacing For The Cure's Janine Gesek. Sardella, the Track Announcer at Saratoga Harness, will talk about his career in harness racing. Sardella will also chime in on this past weekend's Joe Gerrity Memorial, which saw last year's Horse of the Year McWicked sweep past to get the win. Demsky, the Director of Digital Media and Creative Services, will talk about the upcoming 53rd edition of the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace For The Orchids at The Meadows on Saturday. Demsky, better known as Shades, will preview the race itself, as well as the promotions the PHRA will have for the big afternoon of racing. Gesek, co-founder of Pacing For The Cure, will talk about the upcoming PFTC Night At The Races on Sunday, July 28th at The Casino at Ocean Downs beginning 4:30 PM. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Bozich

Lou Tomczak’s Proper One was given a hall-of-fame steer by Dave Miller to take the harness racing featured event on Sunday afternoon (June 16) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, a Great Northeast Series event for older pacers.  The favorite, Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) was used hard to get the lead, tripping the quarter beem in :25.1. He then faced pressure from million dollar earner Rockin Ron, who took him on in a :53.1 half mile. Tiger Thompson was still on top at the three quarter pole (1:20.4) but failed to create separation on the final turn. Proper One swung off of tiring cover at the 1/8th pole, and won the sprint home by three-quarters of a length in 1:49. Scott Rocks (Tim Tetrick) closed fast inside for second, while Shnitzledosomethin rallied well to be third.  Proper One picked up his 21st career win out of 87 starts, and his fourth of the season. He’s a 5-year-old gelding by Proper Respect - JK Glory Days (Bettor’s Delight). The Carlo Poliseno trainee returned $40 to his pari-mutuel backers.  Live racing returns to Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 19th at 12:25 Eastern. The jackpot hi-5 carryover now stands at $8,544.73, and is held in race 5 every live race day. There is also a pick 4 carryover of $3,282.99. The pick 4 begins on race number 7. Both wagers have 15% takeouts.  Michael Bozich

On a stakes laden harness racing program this Sunday (May 26th) at Harrah's Philadelphia, one of the most anticipated races is the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for aged mares.   One of the top contenders to oust what is sure to be heavy favorite Shartin N is the Hunter Oakes trainee Tequila Monday, who is undefeated in six races so far this season. Bred by Winbak Farm, Tequila Monday is a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal - Margarita Monday. She was purchased for $40,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg by her current owners Northfork Racing and Check Pompey. She made her racetrack debut on August 24th, 2016 at Harrah's Philly, where she dominated her foes, winning by nine lengths in 1:53.2. She went on to win four of five races at age two, including the New York Sire Stakes Final at Yonkers, where she finished second but was placed first after Roaring To Go caused interference at the top of the stretch. After a successful freshman campaign, Tequila Monday started her 3-year-old season with two straight second place finishes before capturing the Lismore Final at Yonkers. She also went on to win a pair of legs of the New York Sire Stakes, and a Bluegrass Stakes event at The Red Mile. She ended the year with eight wins, and earnings of $406,441. Now at age five, the 23 time winner is looking to establish herself as one of the top pacing mares in the sport, and a win in the Betsy Ross at Harrah's Philadelphia against the likes of Shartin N may do just that. All signs point to a big effort coming up on Sunday. She is riding a six race winning streak, plus she loves this oval. It's where she got her first career win, and it's where she set her lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Also, she gets the services of one of the games best big money drivers in Brian Sears. The Betsy Ross is the 10th race on the program, and one of three $100,000 Invitational Races. The other two being the Maxie Lee for older trotters and the Commodore Barry for older male pacers. Post Time for the 14 race program is 12:40 PM EDT.     by Mike Bozich for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (May 16th) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dr. Jeffrey Greenstein, Katricia Adams, James MacDonald, and Andrew 'Shades' Demsky. In a special Pacing For The Cure segment, Mike Bozich had a chance to sit down with well-known immunologist Dr. Jeffrey Greenstein. Greenstein has been integral in finding a cure for not only for Multiple Sclerosis, but for other autoimmune diseases as well. It will be the second of a two-part interview. Part one aired last Thursday (May 9th). Trainer Katricia Adams will also join the program. Adams, trainer of Indiana State Champion Fiftydallarbill, will talk about the 4-year-olds progress thus far this season. She will also talk about her career and how she got started in the sport of harness racing. Mike and Mike will also be joined by Driver James MacDonald, who picked up his 2,000th career win Monday (May 13th) at Woodbine Mohawk. He will chat about his career in the sport and what the future holds. MacDonald won the World Driving Championship at Red Shores Charlottetown in 2017. Also joining the show will be Andrew Demsky, best known as 'Shades' for wearing stylish sunglasses during his stint as public handicapper for Tampa Bay Downs. Demsky was recently hired by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association to be their new Director of Digital Media and Creative Services. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Mike Bozich  

New Zealand Bred Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) defeated Mother Nature and eight other harness racing foes in Sunday's Feature at Harrah's Philadelphia.   It was a Great Northeast Open Series event for male pacers, going for a purse of $30,000.   The Josh Parker trainee was able to sit patiently in the pocket behind the speed of millionaire Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who set fractions of :26.3, :55.3, and 1:23.2. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick), who started from post 8, challenged the leader at the half after finding an early seat.   The battle set up for the fresh legs of Tiger Thompson N, who closed up the passing to win by 3/4 of a length in 1:50.3. He has now won four of his last five races. Filibuster Hanover held second, while Donttellmeagain finished third.   Tiger Thompson N ($16.20) is owned by the group of Nanticoke Racing, Stephen Messick, Prestige Stables, and Trainer Josh Parker.   There were multiple winning tickets in the Jackpot Hi 5, prompting a carryover into Wednesday's fifth race of $26,288.41.     by Mike Bozich for Harrah's Philadelphia

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (May 9) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dr. Jeffrey Greenstein, Greg Blanchard, Greg Gangle, Brett Miller, and Jim Miller. In a special Pacing For The Cure segment, Mike Bozich had a chance to sit down with well-known immunologist Dr. Jeffrey Greenstein. Greenstein has been integral in finding a cure for not only for Multiple Sclerosis, but for other autoimmune diseases as well. It will be the first of a two-part interview. Part two will air next Thursday. Blanchard, the Director of Racing at The Raceway at Western Fair District, will be joined by Greg Gangle, the tracks Assistant Manager, in talking about the upcoming Camluck Classic on Friday, May 31st. The Classic is the track's highlight race of the year, and the duo will talk about some of the promotions and going-ons at the event. Brett Miller, this year's leading driver at the recently concluded Miami Valley Raceway meet, will talk about his return to Ohio, and whats next in his driving career. Jim Miller, the Director Of Publicity at Hawthorne Race Course, will talk about the improvements the suburban Chicago track made to it's broadcast signal, as well as some of the promotions for the 2019 season. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Bozich

Larry and Jackie Drysdale, the husband and wife team that managed Winbak Farm of Canada for many years, celebrated their retirement last August. The saying however, "once harness racing gets into your blood, you're in it for life," has been proven to be more than just a catchphrase. It's no different with this husband/wife team. Soon after their retirement, the Drysdale's headed on an eight week Australian trip, they toured the top breeding farms the country had to offer. "It was really an experience," Larry Drysdale said. "Both countries are so great." After returning from down under, the duo headed to Florida to visit Jackie's mother, but also managed to visit some training centers to converse with owners and trainers. "It never gets out of your blood," Larry admitted. Larry's harness racing story began at, coincidentally, a major breeding farm. "I started with Armstrong Brothers here in Canada as a kid working with the yearlings," said the native of Acton, Ontario. "Then I moved to California to work for Joe O'Brien, where I spent four years." Drysdale returned to Canada in 1974 to work with Jack Kopas. After that, Drysdale returned to Armstrong Brothers to assist with their breeding operations, where he was to spend the next 25 years until Winbak Farm took over the operation. Drysdale met Winbak owner Joe Thomson at the Harrisburg sale, and shortly afterward was flown down to Maryland for an interview with Joe and his wife JoAnn. They hired Larry, along with his wife Jackie, to run Winbak Farm of Canada in 2005. Jackie was hired as an office manager, while Larry headed the breeding operation. The duo spent 13 years fronting the operation before their retirement in 2018. Jackie Drysdale, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, got her start in Kentucky looking after Thoroughbreds. "I started working with them at Keeneland, before my trainer relocated to Florida," Jackie said. "I didn't want to go." Shortly afterwards, Jackie got a job with Clear Creek Farm, where she took Standardbred yearlings to the sales. This is when she met Joe O'Brien. "I asked Joe if he needed any help in California and he said yes, and that's where I met Larry." The rest, as they say, is history. Eventually, Jackie moved with Larry to Canada, where they ended up at Winbak Farm. "I worked with the yearlings in the morning before I tended to my office work," Jackie said. As far as her duties at the office, Jackie processed breeding orders, took them to the lab, extend the semen, and shipped the orders out. "I was a Jackie of all trades," she quipped. Shortly after their retirement, the Drysdale's received an award from the Standardbred Ontario Breeders named after Chris Van Bussell, who was a driving force behind Seelster Farms and a Hall of Famer. "Chris was such a kind man with the highest of integrity. It was an honor to win an award named after him," Jackie said. Larry echoed those words. "That was very emotional, especially with my wife," Larry said. "We personally knew Chris (Van Bussel) and he was a good friend of ours. It really meant a lot." As far as what's ahead for Larry and Jackie, it will be a little of everything. "We plan on doing more traveling and spending time with our grandchildren," Jackie said. You can safely wager, despite retirement, that harness racing will remain a part of their lives forever. "Of course, I was at Winbak Farm this morning," joked Larry. by Mike Bozich  

The tools are all there for Pennsylvania's newest stallion, Heston Blue Chip, to become one of harness racing's top sires.   He is the richest son of American Ideal and a full brother to millionaire Sunfire Blue Chip. His racing career saw him earn over $1.7 million with multiple stakes wins and a Dan Patch Award at age three. His young stallion career has been productive as well, highlighted by last year's second richest 2-year-old filly pacer Zero Tolerance ($485,813). Heston Blue Chip's first crop is now 3. The resume was so impressive, it attracted Let It Ride Stables and OnGait.com proprietor Eric Cherry to jump on the bandwagon. "This year I'm breeding around 40 mares and last year I bred close to 30," Cherry told Post Time with Mike and Mike. "I started looking at Heston Blue Chip and he checked off every box. On the maternal side, he is from the same family as Rockin Image, Tellitlikeitis, Rockin Amadeus, Kissin In the Sand and the list goes on." As a son of America Ideal, Heston Blue Chip is able to cross well with several stallion lines. Heston Blue Chip's racing career hit the ground at full speed - winning 11 of 13 starts including seven New York Sire Stakes events and the Matron Final at Dover Downs. It was his 3-year-old season however, that Heston stamped himself as a true force in the sport. After a few NYSS wins to kick off his sophomore campaign, Heston Blue Chip was set to take on Grand Circuit competition. After a winning performance in the Meadowlands Pace Elimination in 1:49, he finished a closing fourth in one of the deepest fields in Pace history (A Rocknroll Dance, Sweet Lou, Thinking Out Loud, Pet Rock, Bolt The Duer, State Treasurer, etc..). He would avenge that loss later in the year with victories in the Breeders Crown elimination and final at Woodbine. He also went on to win the Progress Pace and the Matron Final (1:48 life's best) for the second straight year. He went on to win 14 of 18 starts as a 3-year-old, earning over $1 million for the season. Heston Blue Chip not only made his mark on the racetrack, but in the hearts of the horsemen and women that knew him best. "Heston was an incredible horse with a big beautiful gait that could get around all size tracks," said regular Driver Tim Tetrick. "He was a kitten to drive and could race on the front or off the pace. He was slick off the gate and loved to win races. He was just a great horse." Trainer Linda Toscano has often referred to the horse as a gentle giant with a kind and nice demeanor. Toscano was recently inducted into the harness racing hall of fame in 2018. Heston Blue Chip finished his racing career with 34 wins. Now, he is looking to spread that success to his sons and daughters. If his limited first crop is any indication, Heston may soon become a top stallion in the Keystone State. "Heston's yearlings are great looking yearlings! They are nice and leggy with good size. His yearlings are well balanced with good conformation and good heads. They look like track stars," said James Ladwig, Winbak Farm Yearling Manager. Pennsylvania is known throughout harness racing for their lucrative breeder's awards. Eric Cherry, one of harness racing's biggest investors, is banking on it. "I have a lot of high hopes for this horse. I think he is going to hold his own plus." By Mike Bozich

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Feb. 21) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Cubbie Van Wagoner, who scored his first pari-mutuel driving win Tuesday; The Geseks (Jeff & Janine), from Pacing for the Cure; Dawnelle Mock, Director of Marketing for the MSOA and Eric Cherry, part owner of Heston Blue Chip. Van Wagoner, who scored his first win on Tuesday night, will talk about how he got into the sport of harness racing and discuss how it felt to win his first pari-mutuel race. Van Wagoner won the race on Papiamento, for trainer Brian Downing in 1:54. The Geseks, from Pacing for the Cure, will discuss the happenings for 2019 and how the organization will continue to reach the sport in new and exciting ways. Mock, Director of Marketing for the MSOA, talks about Duc De Guise, Ireland's top trotting that will be racing at The Meadows in the coming weeks. The pair will discuss her career and how she ventured into racing. Cherry, part owner of Heston Blue Chip, joins to talk about some of his upcoming offspring and what racing can expect from them. Mike Carter will join at the beginning of the program to talk about some of the horses in training in South Florida and the upcoming Dan Patch Awards on Sunday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

After a relatively slow start to his career, and a few 'hard luck' stretches, 5-year-old pacer Geez Joe is starting to find his stride.    He has established himself as a major force in the Preferred ranks at The Meadowlands, and is looking for even bigger things in 2019.   "He's taking a short break right now," said regular driver Marcus Miller. "We're hoping he can take a swing at some of the open stakes this year." His last race was a grinding first over win at The Meadowlands on January 19th.   The gelded son of Roll with Joe - Beach Bretta made his career debut on July 8th, 2016 in a New York Excelsior Event at Saratoga, finishing a disappointing 8th vs. a then budding John Butenschoen superstar Funknwaffles, who went on to win as the heavy favorite. He ended his freshman campaign on a better note, hitting the board in two of his last three.   Armed with a new trainer and a bit more maturity, Geez Joe broke his maiden in his very first start as a sophomore, winning an overnight event at Harrah's Philly in 1:55. After a few more confidence building wins against overnight company, Geez Joe enjoyed his first stakes win of his career - a New York Excelsior triumph on June 18th at Vernon in 1:51.2.   He went on to win the Excelsior Final on October 18th at Vernon - overcoming a troubled start and post position eight to take down the lion's share of the $45,000 purse.   He followed that with a grinding third place finish against top sophomore pacer Filibuster Hanover in the Pegasus at Hoosier Park. He completed his 3-year-old season proving he belonged with the top pacers in his age group, with a third in the Hap Hanson Progress Pace elimination, and a fifth in the final against Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon.   After it was all said and done, Geez Joe completed the seasonal campaign with eight wins out of twenty-three starts, and earnings just under $145,000.   His 4-year-old campaign saw him notch another speed mark (1:48.1), as well as duplicate his eight win season from the year prior.   Driver Marcus Miller describes Geez Joe as big and strong. "He's funny. When you first step on the track, you'd think he's going to be grabby but he's really laid back," Miller said.   Miller feels we have yet to see the best Geez Joe has to offer. "He gave us hints all along," Miller explained. "Some big miles at age three - At four, a couple of wins from impossible spots at Batavia and Pocono. Then obviously, he caught everyone's eye in December at The Meadowlands."   Geez Joe was bred by Winbak Farms in Chesapeake City, MD. Winbak is currently second this season in the standings in both winners (117) and earnings ($1,506,227).   by Mike Bozich, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Jan. 31) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Wally Hennessey, who scored his 10,000th career win at Pompano last Wednesday, Brady Galliers, an up and coming driver/trainer in Ohio, and Dave Brower, the TV host at The Meadowlands. Hennessey, who scored his 10,000th win last Wednesday, will join for the first time to talk about his illustrious career. Hennessey who drives at Pompano during the winter, and Saratoga during the summer has driven some of harness racing's biggest names and superstars. He will talk about what it meant to finally score that illustrious 10,000th win and where he may go from here. Galliers, a young up and coming trainer in Ohio, joins also for the first time to talk about his career and how he got his start in the business. Galliers, who began his training career in 2013, has done some big things throughout his short career and has over $1 million in training earnings. Galliers will also talk about the newly formed social media platforms that his team has created to help promote his brand. Brower, the TV host at The Meadowlands, will help the pair with their handicapping skills as they go through the differences between handicapping the winter versus the summer meetings in New Jersey. The pair will find out from Brower what the keys for success are for scoring at the big track. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

Ever since she was a child, Winbak Farm Public Relations and Marketing Director Elizabeth Cheesman has been following her passion. A native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Cheesman was exposed to the sport of harness racing by her Mother (Barb Lewis). Lewis did it all from a racing perspective. She has been an owner, trainer, driver and breeder. The young Cheesman was poised to follow in her footsteps. After getting her grooms license at a young age, Cheesman was gifted by her Mother with a horse of her own, a paint named Iza Grand Lady. She went on to show her new horse, along with Iza Jezabel (daughter of Iza Grand Lady) at some local 4H and open shows, where she went on to win awards. She also placed at the Ohio State Fair. In high school however, Cheesman's potential training and driving career took a bad turn, as she suffered a broken back. It did little however to dim the fire she had for the Equine Industry. She started out in pre-vet in college, but decided to switch majors. While in college, she attended the Clyde Hirt Media Workshop and served as the editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from the University of Findlay (Ohio) with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and Equine Business Management. After a summer grooming job, and even a gig at a plastic parts factory, her dream opportunity was about to become available. "I made a post on Facebook about a job search," Cheesman said. "I was going on interviews for jobs that I just was having a hard time getting excited about." Her post was answered by Winbak Farm's Chris Fout. After submitting her resume, she was offered an interview. "Ironically, I got a call that I was laid-off from the factory while on the trip to Maryland," Cheesman said. When she arrived, the farm was love at first sight. "This part of Maryland is very competitive with Kentucky on the amount of farms and beautiful landscapes. It was love at first sight with the farm after Garrett (Winbak Farm General Manager) took my Dad and I on a tour." Cheesman has plenty of duties presently at Winbak Farm. As the Director of Public Relations and Marketing, she is tasked with keeping Winbak in the public spotlight. Her tasks include graphic design, press releases, designing sales materials, and updating the farm's website. Cheesman has also developed quite a social media following for Winbak. "We get several compliments on how many people get involved on our media," Cheesman said. "My goal is to use our social media platform to get current fans involved but to also expose harness racing to as many people as possible." Cheesman believes that the positive promotion of harness racing through social media can help show the good sides of racing. She also provides breeding/stallion picks and suggests ideas for what mares should be bred to whom. One of Cheeseman's recent projects has been trying to find gray broodmares with good pedigrees. She also makes appearances at racetracks for trophy presentations. Cheesman is quick to give credit to what she says is a tremendous team at Winbak. "I have to give recognition to Laura Trzonkowski. I am so lucky to have a proofer who is very meticulous in details." Cheesman works closely with Kimberly Zeller, who is the daughter of Winbak Farm owners Joe and JoAnn Thomson. "She is the usual liaison between Joe and myself since he is very busy with his financial company. She is very creative and helps come up with new design ideas." Harness Racing has supplied Cheesman with many great memories. She helped the farm find Village Madonna, who's first foal was world champion Travel Playlist. Before she came to Winbak Farm, she groomed Stable Creek Barb, who crossed the line first in an Ohio Sire Stakes Final. The filly was named after her Mom, and was the biggest race her Mother won as a trainer. Currently, Cheesman had a front row seat to two straight second place Hambletonian finishes that were Winbak graduates, both trained by Julie Miller (Devious Man 2017, Met's Hall 2018). Another Winbak graduate (Courtly Choice) won the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug. The now 4-year-old will return to the races in 2019. Despite Cheesman's current indoor job, she always tries to find time to visit the horses. "There is a broodmare here named Summersgrandlady, and she was born close to when I started at the farm," Cheesman said. The horse is named after Cheesman's riding horse (Iza Grand Lady) who played a big part in Cheesman's formative years in the business. As far as what's down the road for this youthful veteran, she is hoping for more of the same. "I believe my job (at Winbak) is the perfect 'niche' for me and I don't see wanting to leave anytime soon." Eventually, she would like to get more into breeding her own horses. She currently has a broodmare, Stablecreekcruiser, and a 2-year-old, Stable Creek Kay, in partnership with her Mom. She plans to continue her owner partnership with her mother as long as her mom continues to train. by Mike Bozich  

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