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On Monday, January 25th at 1:15 am, the first known harness racing foal sired by Courtly Choice, p, 2, 1:53.1h; 3, 1:47.1 ($1,345,754), was born.   The foal, a colt, was born at Winbak Farm of Maryland in Chesapeake City.   "The colt appears to be the complete package and is noticeably good looking," said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. "With a pedigree like his, we expect him to be among the elite when he is old enough to race." The dam of the colt is Spring Break, p, 2, 1:57.4h; 3, 1:50.3z ($787,057), who won 39 races before retiring. She is the dam of Bettor Than Spring, p, 3, 1:52.1f; 1:51.2h -'20 ($266,604), and Tuxedo Bay, p, 2, 1:54.4s; 3, 1:53.1s; 1:50 -'19 ($168,030). Courtly Choice stands his second season in 2021 at Winbak Farm of New York. "With Courtly Choice being a Winbak Farm graduate himself, we can't help but be thrilled that his first foals are foaling this year," said Bell. "Actually, Spring Break was a Winbak Farm graduate as well, so this colt is extra special already." For more information on Courtly Choice, please visit www.winbakfarm.com. For any breeding-related questions, please call Winbak Farm of New York at 845.778.5421 or email stallions@winbakfarm.com. "As Winbak Farm foals arrive, their foal pictures will be posted on the Winbak Farm Facebook Page and we encourage followers to submit their name ideas," said Bell. "We would also love clients to email pictures of their Winbak Farm-sired foals to stallions@winbakfarm.com so we can share them on social media." Elizabeth Cheesman

On Friday, January 22nd, Jimmy Freight’s, p, 2, 1:52.3s; 3, 1:48.3s; 1:48.1s -'19 ($1,457,405), first harness racing foal was born. The colt is also the son of Walk On Air, p, 3, 1:54.4f ($46,385). “We have been highly anticipating the first arrival of Jimmy Freight’s initial crop and were definitely impressed when we saw the first foal,” said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager. The mare and foal will reside at Winbak Farm of Ontario. The duo is owned by Adriano Sorella, who is also the owner of Jimmy Freight. “It is a special feeling knowing that you now get to experience a whole new part of the industry,” said Sorella. “I went from being a racehorse owner to taking an active role in stallion ownership and breeding, and now I will be able to watch the offspring grow and hopefully one day race.” Walk On Air is a Sweet Lou daughter from the family of Millionaires Rocknroll Hanover and Royalflush Hanover. Recently, the Jimmy Freight ownership group sent out information on a new process being used to assist Jimmy Freight in getting more mares in foal in 2021. Click here to read more about the 2021 process. “The breeding part of the business is definitely not the easiest process, but it’s one that can create a whole new set of memories,” said Sorella. For more information on Jimmy Freight, please visit www.winbakfarm.com. For any breeding-related questions, please call Pat Woods at 905.838.2145 or email him at pat.woods@winbakfarm.com. “We are excited for more Jimmy Freight foals to arrive,” said Woods. “As Jimmy Freight’s foals and other Winbak Farm-related foals arrive, their pictures will be posted on Winbak Farm’s Facebook page. Be sure to follow!”   Elizabeth Cheesman Winbak Farm Public Relations & Marketing

Winbak Farm is proud to announce the arrival of its first 2021 harness racing foal. The colt is sired by The Bank and out of the mare, Clover Market. This is the first known foal of The Bank born in North America. He arrived at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15th. He was born at Winbak Farm of Maryland in Chesapeake City, Maryland. "The colt is doing great and is very handsome," said Garrett Bell, General Manager. "We have been highly anticipating the arrival of foals from The Bank." This is the second foal from Clover Market. She is a daughter Victors Vicky, 1:55f ($712,342). The Bank, 2, 1:53.4; 3, 1:50.4 ($1,214,895), stood in Sweden before moving to Ontario in 2020. He was ranked 6th in 2020 for 3-year-old trotters in Sweden against tough trotting competition like Bold Eagle and Muscle Hill. "We look forward to seeing the rest of The Bank's first North American crop," said Bell. "With his pedigree of international champions, we have high expectations for the racing careers of his offspring." The Bank stands at Winbak Farm of Ontario for $5,000 CAD. For more information on The Bank, please visit www.winbakfarm.com or email Pat Woods at pat.woods@winbakfarm.com. Breeding questions can also be answered by calling 905.838.2145. Winbak Farm encourages foal fans to follow the farm on Facebook. Most of the foals born will be posted on the Winbak Farm Facebook Page and fans will be able to submit name ideas. Winbak Farm has previously used many names submitted by Facebook followers with the belief that it encourages interest in the sport when people can follow horses that they named. Elizabeth Cheesman

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Oct. 31) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Tahnee Camilleri, Andy McCarthy, John Hensley, and Elizabeth Cheesman Camilleri, who got her first Breeders Crown trophy this past Saturday in the 3-year-old pace with Dancin Lou, will talk about that experience, as well as her career in the sport of harness racing. McCarthy, who drove Dancin Lou to victory, will talk about his memorable Breeders Crown weekend. The Australian native had four driving wins this past weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Hensley, who is the Director of Racetrack Operations at Dover Downs, will talk about the upcoming meet, which gets underway on Monday, November 4th. Cheesman, who is part of the Pacing For The Cure Team, will talk about the upcoming Pacing For The Cure Annual Dinner Party on Monday, November 4th at 6:00 PM in Harrisburg, PA. 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. From Post Time with Mike and Mike  

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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