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Louisville - Monday Evening

Danny Lockhart got Monday night started out right, winning the Junior Three-Gaited Over 15.2 World’s Championship in unanimous style. Sedgefield’s Mirror Image was the top call in this one for Jennie Turner Garlington. When looking for a ladies walk-trot prospect, what better place to go than to one of the greatest of all, CH Our Charming Lady. Mirror Image is out of the World’s Grand Champion mare. By Undulata’s Nutcracker, Mirror Image was all sorts of hinged up for the Kalarama team. Winner of the ASR National Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited Futurity here a year ago, Rose Arbor’s Moving Out was the Reserve World’s Champion with John Conatser. Sired by Wine Women And Song and out of Cocktail Ring, Moving Out was a winner at Midwest earlier this year and the American Royal last fall.

Giselle was queen of the harness ponies once again, winning the Harness Pony Mare World’s Championship for the sixth straight year. Four times the World’s Grand Champion, Giselle was driven once again by Larry Ella for Bent Tree Farm. She is by Mark Of Excellence and out of My Sweet Georgia Brown. It’s truly a testament to the care at Ella Stables that this mare has managed to stay so wonderfully sound behind when she uses herself so much with every single step. The exquisite Heartland Queen Of The Road was the reserve world’s champion in this one for the second straight year. Andre van Schalkwyk made the drive tonight for Susan Olcott, headed up by Larry Ella’s daughter, Shannon. Queen Of The Road is by Heartland Head Of The Class and out of Heartland Just A Princess. Crystal Creek’s Hot To Trot and Helen Rich were up next in third for Majestic Oaks, with Twin Willow’s Wild Elegance and Jon Walker in fourth.

Merrill Murray provided Louisville with one of its signature moments tonight, as Lookin’ For Airs was the Junior Five-Gaited Mare World’s Champion. While Merrill’s ride was great and the class itself was a really special one, it was the reaction of owner Dr. Courtney Devane that put this moment over the top. In the turn, Dr. Devane stood, screamed, and threw her hands in the air, then turned in a circle, arms still over her head, and looked at those around her, seemingly wanting to make sure it was not just a dream. After that, she screamed, “Oh my God! Oh my God!” over and over again until Merrill had left the ring with the daughter of I’m Lookin’ For You and See No Evil. Peter Doubleday quipped that the rest of the owners had a lot to live up to in their World’s Championship celebrations this week. A celebrated winner of the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Mare World’s Championship last year, The Brightest Blue closed strong to earn the reserve world’s championship with Danny Lockhart. Owned by Hillcroft Farm, Brightest Blue is by Bluesville and out of Undulata’s Something Special. Danny rode the chestnut star to the UPHA Five-Gaited Classic National Championship last season. Storm Seeker and T.J. Santaferra were sporty in third for Dazzo Arabians and Saddlebreds LLC, while Undulata’s Witchy Woman and Liz Bolton were a wild-going fourth for Lori Legaz.

Susan Bartlett’s fairytale season continued with a blue ribbon drive at the lines of Tempt Me. Directed by Chuck Herbert, this picturesque mare is undefeated on the season, with wins at both Midwest Charity and Blue Ridge Classic. Superbly suited for this division, she has all of the beauty and quality you could want for a ladies horse. By Dorian Wild Temper and out of Marty Jones, Tempt Me was the unanimous Ladies Amateur Fine Harness World’s Champion tonight. Phyllis Brookshire and Costa Nostra were up for the reserve world’s championship under the Matt Shiflet Stables banner. Sired by The Harlem Renaissance and out of The Golden Bough, Costa Nostra is now owned by Helen Rich. Phyllis drove the black star to the Amateur Fine Harness World’s Champion of Champions title last year. CH Caraway’s New York Minute and Janet Sterba finished third, with Janet giving a wave to her cheering section from Mercer Springs.

Todd Miles and CrazySexyCool carried on their Lexington momentum to top the Junior Three-Gaited 15.2-and-Under World’s Championship for Annika Bruggeworth. Champion of the Red Mile, CrazySexyCool is by Wine Women And Song and out of Arrowhead’s Moonglow. These two really threw down the gauntlet the first way of the ring and kept it up all the way through the victory pass. Shelley Fisher hadn’t shown a horse in nearly two years, letting her riders do the talking and the winning. She got her turn tonight, taking the reserve world’s championship with Expensively Designed. This entry of Maribelle Granger has sire Designed stamped all over. Dam CH  Harlem’s Santa Fe doesn’t hurt the overall picture either, as she herself spent plenty of time in the winner’s circle here. Rob Turner and Heirial Heir were up next in third for Alyssa Lynn Gregg.

“Make way! Fat man coming through!” yelled Rich Campbell as he came blasting into the ring at his top speed. He had to come down the ramp and into the ring to pin the blue ribbons on Sugarland, the 50-52” Road Pony World’s Champion. An entry of Elisabeth Goth, Sugarland and Maureen Campbell topped a good group tonight for their first Louisville win together. Now seven times a World’s Champion, Sugarland is by Dun-Haven Regal Attraction and out of Mastercraft’s Princess LF. Jeff McClean had the lines of the reserve world’s champion, Prime Time’s Choice LF. Just a five-year-old, this one was the Four-Year-Old Road Pony World’s Champion in 2015 for Golden Creek Farms. They were champions already this year at both Midwest Charity and Lexington. Cruz’n Susan and Mitch Clark drove off with third, followed by Mastercraft’s Forecaster LF and Bill Waller in fourth for Joe and Shirley Black.

Deborah Orr’s magical touch was all over her winning ride in the Amateur Three-Gaited 15.2-and-Under World’s Championship. She worked the ring to perfection in this big class, winning it with Samur’s Cover Girl. Sired by Samur and out of Buena Chica, Cover Girl’s neck goes straight up and then hinges over to go straight back down. She is another in a long line of special walk-trots that Deborah has taken down victory lane here. Reserve world’s champion for the second straight year, CH The Mighty Mouse was a star once again for Hannah Houske. All punched up and strutting for Shelby Farm and Stable, Mighty Mouse is trained by Robert and Rachalle Stezovsky. This team earned the Amateur Three-Gaited National Championship last season. CH Platinum Moon and Courtney McGinnis were third for Fish Creek Stables, while Miles Of Style and Laura Strong took fourth for Mike Roberts Stables.

Winner here a year ago as well, Diamond District was the Junior Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding World’s Champion tonight with Andre van Schalkwyk. By Simbara’s Living Legend and out of Callaway’s Finders Keepers, Diamond District is owned by Susan Olcott. Finders Keepers is the dam of the great Marching Orders, and Diamond District is continuing on the family tradition. Pieter Snyman drove Ridgewood’s Special Agent to the reserve win for J.R. Young. This one is by Sir Of York and out of Heir’s Brown Sugar. Pieter tried him out both in harness and under saddle at Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity with good success in both, as he clearly rides as well as he drives.

Winner of the Ladies Amateur Five-Gaited Mare World’s Championship for the second straight year, CH Moonlight Memories is just a phenomenally beautiful horse. She and McGee Bosworth have become such a great team for High Caliber Stables and the Pair of Jack Stables. Champions at both Lexington and Midwest, they continued their run of over a year never finishing lower than second. It was a blue ribbon ride tonight. In from the West Coast, Undulata’s High Society has enjoyed a good season in California. Tonight it was even better, as High Society was the reserve world’s champion with owner and rider Tina Sutter. High Society is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of In Undulata Fashion. Callaway’s Bookmark and Barbara Goodman Manilow are a perfectly matched pair. They finished third, with I’m Blue In The Face and Kelly Mount in fourth.

Ceil Wheeler and Sandra Lilly cheered loud and proud from the in gate as Smith Lilly made his victory pass with Callaway’s Brioni. The Junior Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding World’s Champion tonight, Brioni put it all together tonight for a spectacular win in a great class. The entry of Ceil and Kenny Wheeler is by Callaway’s Blue Norther and out of Callaway’s You Wear It Well. Kenny Smith took the reserve prize with We Must Be Really Nuts. Owned by Barbara Goodman Manilow, this one is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of Evangelique, the dam of Double Black Diamond and We Must Be Nuts, also world title holders. Peter Cowart has a good one in Sedgefield’s A Charmed Life. The Cowart family owns this one themselves. Tammy Devore and I’m Ziggy Stardust were fourth for Helen Rich.

A horse that has long deserved a world’s championship, Kalarama’s New York Lady was the Amateur Gentlemen’s Fine Harness World’s Champion tonight with David Rudder. Who better to put a Kalarama-prefixed horse over the top than David Rudder? A.J. Bruwer trains this one for Sam and Vicki Reed. She is by I’m A New Yorker and out of Lady Whitney, by The New York Times. She’s been one of the best harness horses around for this entire decade, and now she has the Louisville blues to show for it. David’s longtime best buddy Kenny Wheeler was the reserve world’s champion. Driving Absolutely Amazing for Clouse Stables and Robert and Kim Grom, Kenny drove all the way down to the winner’s circle to congratulate his friend. Or talk smack. One of the two. He made a whale of a show with the son of Undulata’s Nutcracker and Absolutely Exquisite to earn the Larry Gilpin Memorial Trophy in second. Renaissance Man’s Medici and Chad Graham were teamed up once again for William and Elizabeth Shatner. They finished third, followed by Gypsy Gentleman and Chip Wise in fourth.

The Ladies Amateur Five-Gaited Geldings passed the magical split line and showed in two sections, with the first group of 12 being won by Megan McClure and Deputy’s Heir. Earlier today, Megan’s name was put up on the scoreboard as the winning rider in error for a West Wind entry. Tonight it was no mistake, as she rode down victory lane for Ellen Susman. This was the best show of the year for the 2014 Junior Five-Gaited World’s Champion of Champions. He is by Roseridge Deputy and out of Callaway’s By Invitation Only. Elizabeth Shatner was thrilled with her reserve win aboard Belle Reve’s So Photogenic. Last year’s Ladies Amateur Reserve National Champion, So Photogenic is by Buck’s Co-Star and out of CH Take My Picture. The Grey Ridge team had this one dialed in and ready for tonight’s performance. The Embezzler and Tara Grom were a good third in a catch ride for Elisabeth Goth, while Freshly Dipped and Rachel Seifert finished fourth.

Nancy Leigh Fisher added to her legendary status with some outstanding work in the second split. She blasted CH My Wonder through a four-abreast wall at the second way rack, blowing by them all and staying right in her perfect gear. The Hollow Haven team knows just how lucky they are to be able to put a rider of this caliber in the ring, and they love celebrating the success of this sensational son of My Only Son and Callaway’s Kit & Caboodle. The two-time defending World’s Champion of Champions in this division, My Wonder set about defending his title in unanimous style. Linda Bowen had Mark Turner smiling as the reserve world’s champion with He’s Taylor Made. The long-necked gelding is by Designed and out of Undulata’s Georgie Girl. This team has three wins in three trips to the ring coming into this week. Taylor Made is owned by Johnny and Linda Bowen. I’m Lookin For Bear and Carol Hillenbrand made a high style show in third for Autumn Hills Farm.

Undefeated in the last two seasons, Amelie continued her winning ways as the Junior Fine Harness Mare World’s Champion with Bret Day. Headed up by Glenn T. Werry and Katy Sterba, Amelie is by Gypsy Santana and out of Phancy Jamas. The Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Mare World’s Champion and the UPHA Fine Harness Classic National Champion last year, Amelie continues to impress for Ghareeb Equine Investments. Out of the Cherry Stables favorite Victoria Lynn and sired by Undulata’s Nutcracker, Clara Lynn fought off a thrown shoe to claim the reserve world’s championship with Jim Cherry at the lines. An entry of Tri-Color Ventures, Clara Lynn is a phenomenally gifted young mare, wearing barely any shoe at all. Enough Fluff and A.J. Bruwer were the third place finishers for Ashlyn Farms.

Andrew Slater and Larry Hodge have always had a good relationship, encompassing the time Larry reached over the rail to put Andrew back up on Fight Night when his girth was coming loose at Midwest. Tonight there was no slippage for A Lasting Legacy, as he carried Andrew to the Amateur Gentlemen’s Five-Gaited World’s Championship. The entry of Pamela Slater is by Caramac’s Legacy and out of Worth Steeling, by General Steel. Andrew was the champion at Rock Creek earlier this year. James Miller and CH Fox Grape’s Dauntless were a good reserve, giving Kalarama the top two spots in this one. The entry of Hillcroft Farm made his best Louisville show with James. Dauntless is royally bred, by Dorian Wild Temper and out of CH Garland’s Dream (BHF), hence why Larry Hodge had to have him in his barn. Arrowhead’s Between Dreams was third in this one with Gabe Deknatel, while Kurt Antonacci found his way back into the Louisville results with a fourth aboard Provacateur.

Catie Hawley is all grown up and is now Dr. Catherine Hawley-Phillips. She still can ride the heck out of a horse though, which she showed again tonight to be crowned the Amateur Three-Gaited Over 15.2 World’s Champion with Callaway’s Reality Show. A spectacular night for West Wind continued, as they train this one, a two-time winner of this class. Reality Show is by Callaway’s The Gipper and out of Callaway’s I’m A Lady Too. Work It and Cindy Carcione got a nice round of support in second. A winner at Harrodsburg earlier this year, Work It always shows ears up and in a picture perfect park trot. The chromed out bay is by Castle Bravo and out of Titleist Imagination. Tara Grom and the home bred Absolutely Nuts was up for third for Bob and Kim Grom, while Espresso Noir and Barbara Goodman Manilow rounded out the top four.

Lynda Freseth had a smile a mile wide as she drove to the winner’s circle as the Ladies Fine Harness World’s Champion with CH Our Brilliant Belle. The subject of a gorgeous bronze trophy at the Wisconsin Futurity Horse Festival this year, Our Brilliant Belle is owned by Priscilla Gise. Sired by Joe Fabulous and out of Finally In Tune, Brilliant Belle is just an exceptional animal. Lynda Freseth might as well have been saying, “Atta girl!” to her blonde mare as she headed down victory lane. Elisabeth Goth got a nice sendoff in reserve with Here Comes The Boom. A horse that can really wear the bridle, Here Comes The Boom is by Callaway’s Northern Kiss and out of Madame Cost A Lot. A winner here as a three-year-old in 2013, Here Comes The Boom has really come on in harness this year under the guidance of Neil Visser. Military Secret and Grace Arnold were picked for third, with Roselane’s Dancing For Dollars and Kim Cowart in fourth.

B52 and Debbie Foley put it to the boys in the Roadster to Bike Stallion/Gelding Stake for the second year in a row, winning it in slick style for Hagan Saddlebreds. The Reserve World’s Grand Champion just a year ago, perhaps it is Debbie’s year to take the crown from Raymond Shively, who retired from this division as the only person to win it in this millennium. Jon Walker had Debra Clark’s latest star, Power Stroke, in good form as the reserve world’s champion. Selected after Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity, Power Stroke has everything you need to be a contender in this division.

“Top Of The Mark is a stallion son of Top Spool and Carol Lynn (BHF). He and Tre Lee took the final of the ribbons here for Golden Creek Farms. Whatever this young stud does in his life, it is going to be special. He has that look about him that the great ones possess.” That’s what we wrote on Stake Night last year. Tonight, he made us look smart, winning the Five-Gaited Stallion World’s Championship with Tre Lee. Emily and Chase Lee both made the run to the far end to head up the victory pass for this special young stallion. Richmond DeHart and Royalty’s Triumph were the reserve world’s champions for Richmond’s dad, Wyatt DeHart. By He’s Born To Royalty and out of Heaven Ever Aptor, Royalty’s Triumph has a ton of motor underneath him. 

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