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Dr. Paul Polster and Can’t Stop The Feeling! kept a good run going for the State of Wisconsin in the ASR Kentucky Amateur Weanling Futurity. Recently won by the Worzalla family, Paul had a Worzalla with him as his tailer. Matthew Worzalla chased this gorgeous chestnut colt down to the winner’s circle for owner and breeder Paul Polster. This beautiful thing is by The Thing You Love Most and out of a General Steel mare, Dressed To Steel. The team of Kenny Wheeler and Brad Noel always factor into this class. They were reserve winners today with Larry Hartsock’s Walterway’s Enchanted Evening. Sired by Exalted Effect, this one is out of Evening, the gorgeous black daughter of The Sky King and My Prom Night. MBA’s Stole The Show was up for third with Todd Valentine, while Starheart Starbright was fourth for Deborah Smith.

Bred and owned by Burton and Linda Keefer, BLF 1st Choice was born on a rainy 20-degree night in Michigan. Burt and Linda just love this pony and for good reason. Burt drove him to the Three-Year-Old Hackney Pony World’s Championship this morning. By The Chosen One and out of MH Takes The Cake, 1st Choice was a superstar on the green shavings in his Freedom Hall debut. Holli Hayes drove the reserve world’s champion, Heartland Poetry In Motion. An entry of Toni Nastali, Poetry In Motion is by Twin Willow’s McMillan and out of Heartland Love Me More, by Heartland Equality.

Steve and Tiffany Wheeler continue to show that they have some of the best young stock in the business. They took the top two spots in a competitive ASR National Three-Year-Old Park Futurity today with Tiffany getting the top call aboard Fox Grape’s Forget Me Not. Sired by Samur and out of Our African Violet, Forget Me Not is a filly with all sorts of show horse attitude. Part of a three-way true tie last year here in two-year-old walk-trot, she didn’t let it get that far this year, winning this one for Fox Grape Farms. Steve Wheeler and Goodhart’s True Enough rode to the red prize for Goodhart Farm. By Undulata’s Nutcracker, True Enough is out of the reserve world’s champion mare, More Than Enough. The second dam of this one is a full sister to the great walk-trot world’s champion, Polo Town. TSV The Mystery Continues finished third in this one with A.J. Bruwer, while Fox Grape’s Lover Boy and Kyle Peel were fourth for Roberta Hirshon.

The team of Susan Swope and Mike Felty is now a world’s championship combination on back-to-back days. Today it was My Casey earning the Ladies Amateur Roadster to Bike World’s Championship. Also a winner at Rock Creek this year, My Casey was the USTA Roadster to Bike Classic Reserve World’s Champion in 2015. Ann MacMurray Cox and Zeus were the reserve world’s champions for Luman Wadhams Stables. They are now three-time reserve world’s champions together in just their fourth Louisville as a team. Rumor Has It and Lisa McMackin finished third for Wesley Slobody, while Donna Zimmerman graced the green shavings again in fourth with Lima Cajun for Ron and Lori Skover.

My Lady Belle and Joe Brown were winners of a 17-strong ASR National Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure Futurity. Taking home the lion’s share of the prize money for owner Charles Brown, My Lady Belle is by CH Top Spool and out of Sultan’s Lady’s Night Out, a CF First Night Out daughter. It’s a second winner of this class for Lady’s Night Out, also the dam of 2011 winner A Night In Vegas. This was Lady Belle’s first trip to the ring, and she made it a great one, not to mention a lucrative one with the big payout in these three-year-old futurities. Robert Gardiner and The Bay Lily were the reserve winners for Kathie Constable. A new resident of Texas, The Bay Lily is by Kalarama’s Ultimate Choice and out of Talk About Attitude. A beautiful bay filly, she was a winner in this division at both Midwest Charity and Lexington this year.

“It was good!” That was the description of mom Alice Unger’s drive by daughter MyMy Singh, though she would go on to say that The Code Cracker could be even better in the tricolor round on Saturday morning. That’s all to say that Alice Unger was the winner of the first split of Country Pleasure Driving, winning it for WoodLeigh Farm and the Hollow Haven banner with The Code Cracker. This insanely gifted son of Undulata’s Nutcracker and Xena has been putting his talents to work in Freedom Hall since winning the ASR Kentucky Amateur Two-Year-Old In Hand Futurity here in 2013. A reserve world’s champion of champions here in 2015 for family friend Mia Clementi, The Code Cracker has now found the division he was destined for, earning his second Louisville blue. Reserve world’s champion here in Show Pleasure Driving last year, A Night In Vegas found halting to be no problem at all, duplicating that red prize from a year ago in this new division. Grace Arnold is the owner and driver for the Mercer Springs team. This one is by Northern Vegas and out of Sultan’s Lady’s Night Out, giving that grand producer quite the day. Kenny Wheeler helped out with the qualifying run with this one, catch driving to double wins at both Bonnie Blue and Roanoke. Sally Grieme made another good drive with a pretty bay horse, finishing third with CH Sapphire On Ice. CH Callaway’s Summer Solstice and Vicki Marshall took fourth for Tannehill Farms.

Dr. Ginger Reagan got to carry off the carnations in the Junior Hackney Pleasure Driving Championship. Trained by Majestic Oaks, Palisades Center Ring was the tricolor bearer here in this one, just as in the qualifier. Still undefeated in his career, Center Ring is out of Sandra Surber’s former road pony partner, What Luck and by her current partner, CH Crystal Creek’s Commander. Cheryl Innis moved up a spot to be crowned reserve world’s champion of champions with The Fresh Prince. Driving for Carol Wesson and the Rodney Hicks Stables team, Cheryl made her second-ever show with this pony a good one. Fresh Prince is by Dun-Haven Showstar and out of Stargazer’s Melissa LF.

Four times a world’s champion in hand now, Whassup? was the winner of the ASR Kentucky Amateur Two-Year-Old In Hand Futurity. Kenny Wheeler said before the class that he and teammate Brad Noel were going to have to “step it up” after finishing second in the weanling class. They did just that with this gorgeous black horse, by Exalted Effect and out of CH Pucker Up. You can see the imprint of Pucker Up on this one with that exceptional turn at the poll that she was famous for. Whassup certainly earned enough grain money, going undefeated in this amateur futurity for three straight years. Kathy Capsuto Walker had the reserve winner, In Plain Sight. Sired by the Chubasco x Belle Elegant cross, CH El Cortez, she is out of the grand show mare and producer, Tremendously Charming. With just four registered foals, she now has a world’s champion and two reserve world’s champions to her credit.

With her mom looking on from the stands, Sarah Mackenna rode to the top of a 20-horse Junior Park Pleasure World’s Championship. Charming Madness gave Jayne Romano yet another blue ribbon to take home this week. This one is that gorgeous dark bay color with plenty of chrome. Standing out from the sea of chestnut, Charming Madness is by My Royale Charm and out of Bubbling Midnight Madness, by Champagne Fizz. Jayne was tickled to death along with her Monnington Farm friends as Lionel Ferreira pinned on the ribbons. Shawn Stachowski can really name a horse, going with some great themes. She and daughter Ava co-own Nirvana’s Teen Spirit, by their world’s grand champion Nutcracker’s Nirvana and out of world’s champion Up In The Heir. Ava Stachowski got to take on the trainers in this one, showing her burgeoning talent in a ring full of good horses to claim the reserve world’s championship. Not only that, she stuck it to dad Jim Stachowski who finished one spot lower in third! He rode Empyrean to the third award for Brian Ferguson. Fox Grape’s Dandy Lion and Smith Lilly rounded out the top four for Dr. Michelle Sprengelmeyer.

Dr. Steve Gilman had an accident a few months back, and his daughter/trainer Maria Gilman wouldn’t let him come to Louisville this year. He was all set and ready to come back with his reserve world’s champion from a year ago, Our Perfect Day. Enter grandson Matt Gilman. A popular young gent on the horse show scent, Matt got to make the drives this year, winning twice at Asheville in just their second show together. It’s certainly special when you win in your Louisville debut, but how about winning in your first season ever showing a horse! He will not soon forget today, but the celebration tonight might get out of hand for the Country Pleasure Driving Section Two World's Champion. Dr. Steve’s first assessment was, “One more to go.” Still the two-time defending world’s champion of champions, CH Callaway’s Cumulus settled for the reserve prize today with her lifetime partner Susan Aschenbrenner. Their string of 44 wins in a row came to an end today, but they will certainly be back on Saturday morning, gunning for a third straight tricolor prize under the direction of Amanda Simpson. Lynda St. Andre and Attache’s Chocolate Thunder were third here, with Amarula Sunrise and Dr. Chip Pugh finishing fourth.

The amateurs and babies were back for more action in the ASR Kentucky Amateur Yearling Futurity. With just four showing in this one, the dark chocolate colt with the flaxen mane and tail wore the world’s championship blue. Pam Roush put together a crack team for her owned and bred son of Dylan’s Desert Admiral and Wildbriar’s Katy Delaney. She had Kurt Antonacci and Stevie Bagdasarian do the honors with the unanimous winner. It was good to see Kurt back in the winner’s circle here in Freedom Hall. Kenny Wheeler and Brad Noel placed top two in all three in hand classes today. They were reserve winners with Walterway’s Crack Me Up. Owned and bred by Larry Hartsock, Crack Me Up was the winner of the amateur in hand class last year as a weanling. He is by Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of the reserve world’s champion gaited mare, Walterway’s What About Me.

Abel Salazar got his first Louisville win, driving Midnite Princess to the Three-Year-Old Road Pony World’s Championship for Jerald Elmer. Trained by Majestic Oaks, this princess is by Regal Showman LF and out of Romeo’s Honeypie LF. Darrel Kolkman always has a good one in this class. He had the reserve world’s champion in Heartland American Idol. Driven to the blue at Lexington by trainer Chris Gantley, American Idol is by Twin Willow’s McMillan and out of Heartland Lookie Lookie, a Dun-Haven Bandolier daughter. 

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