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UPHA/American Royal - Wednesday Matinee

St. Nick EGF carries the suffix of the Rowlands’ Ever Glades Farm. He also carries the blood of their beloved CH An Heir About Her. By the celebrity stallion Undulata’s Nutcracker and out of the multi-titled World’s Grand Champion mare, St. Nick is three for three in his young career with Dr. Alan Raun. Doc Raun won this Two-Year-Old Fine Harness class a year ago as well with Reedann’s Why Not. The reserve winner was Talk Is Money, shown by Dena Lopez for the Double D Ranch. A full brother to their grand walk-trot horse, Let’s Talk, Talk Is Money is by Sir William Robert and out of Soft Spoken. He was top three in the ASR Two-Year-Old Fine Harness Futurity at Louisville.

The 2005 All American Weanling Cup Champion is all grown up and winning all over for Mackenzie Hall and the Mill-Again Stables team. Lonnie Quarles and Ashley Walker met CH With Bells On in the winner’s circle in this 13-and-Under Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class. Mackenzie was also aboard in Freedom Hall, where this team was crowned 13-and-Under World’s Champion of Champions. By Con Heir and out of Stella Bella, With Bells On is a perfect fit for this division. Morgan Billig and Meritage Signed Sealed Delivered have had a great first year together. Directed by Kierson Farm, their cheering section was loud as always for the Carson Kressley entry. By CH Call Me Ringo and out of the harness mare Carmelita Santana, Signed Sealed Delivered comes from right here in Missouri, as his former home was Meritage Farm.

It was a unanimous decision in the Amateur Three-Gaited Over 15.2, as Call Me Regal put all of his phenomenal talent on display to take the top spot on all three cards for Barbara Goodman Manilow. Donna Pettry Smith headed up the victory pass for the Skyline Stables-trained entry. Junior winner here a year ago with Kenny Smith, Call Me Regal made one of his best shows yet with Barbara Manilow up. High headed and all hinged up, he put on a park-trotting show today. CH New York’s Perfect Gift had that big front end working strong for Betsy Thomas and the Carriage Lane team to pick up the red ribbon. The 2009 Ladies Three-Gaited Over 2 World’s Champion was in top form once again in this one. CH High Heat and Annika Bruggeworth finished third under the Arrowhead Farm banner.

From the Hackney Pleasure Driving division, it was Early Edition taking the blue for Dr. T. J. and Georgia Blevins. The Majestic Oaks team trains this one for the Blevins Farm. Top three in both their classes in Freedom Hall this year, Early Edition and Georgia made one of their best drives together today to best this good field of nine. Carissa Marshall and Hawkeye’s Seven Eleven finished directly behind Early Edition for the third straight class, taking reserve honors for trainer Todd Graham. They are in their first year showing together and have enjoyed good success so far. Kevin Ingram and Heartland Accolade were third for Amanda Dellinger.

It was another unanimous victory pass on the day, this one for Undulata’s Fashion Plate and Piper Bordegon in the 18-38 Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class. The Sugar Knoll-trained entry of Maribelle Granger has been outstanding all season long. This was their 11th victory pass of the year, including two at Lexington. Reserve in their Louisville qualifier, they finished that week top three in the Three-Gaited Show Pleasure World’s Championship. As flashy as they come, CH Catalyst Commander was reserve here for Maguire Hall and trainer Dena Lopez. World’s Champions in their 2009 and 2010 Freedom hall qualifiers, Catalyst Commander and Maguire were in top form today for the red ribbon. Third in this good class went to the longtime champion team of CH Lightnin’ Lil and Nicolle Beltz Tolliver for Dr. Homer and Linda Beltz and the Biggins Stable team.

Yet another unanimous winner came in the 14-17 Five-Gaited class, as CH Platinum’s New Look and Hunter Chancellor captured this title for the second year in a row. The DeLovely team cheered this duo on to their seventh win of the year. Their victory pass was spectacular, with Mark Turner heading them up. Tonto had an even higher gear today for Hunter, as they rocketed down the rails. The reigning World’s Champion of Champions put on a show here in Kemper Arena. Out With The Ladies has been a Reserve World’s Champion the past two seasons with Maya Manilow. They were reserve here today as well for Barbara Goodman Manilow and Skyline Stables. This CF First Night Out product always puts on a good performance with Maya. Stonecroft Rumor Has It and Jessica Cloud rounded out the top three under the Jack Magill Stables banner.

The 18-38 riders returned for their Five-Gaited Show Pleasure qualifier, with Katy Sterba and Take It From The Top taking top honors. Coming off their ASHAV Championship, Katy and Take It From The Top continued their strong run with another blue ribbon ride. By CH Top Spool and out of CH My Front Page Lady, Take It From The Top is high-headed and bright, never backing an ear. Katy is still fresh off her tour with the Peace Corps in Senegal, Africa. The Mercer Springs team is happy to have her back in the barn and in the winner’s circle for her parents, Janet and Jeff Sterba. CH Callaway’s Ariel and Stacey Kipper were strong in reserve for Sondra Kipper and Woodstock Farm. They made their first show in the pleasure ranks at the All American Horse Classic and put it together here to take the red ribbon. By Callaway’s Main Man, Ariel is out of a CH Will Shriver mare. Piper Bordegon was back for more, taking third with Callaway’s Think Again for Maribelle Granger.

The 13-and-Unde rThree-Gaited class was about as deep as a four-horse class can get. CH HS Dignitary and Courtney McGinnis were tops in this one for Fish Creek Stables and the DeLovely team. By Sir William Robert and out of the phenomenal A Daydream Believer, Dignitary was the 13-and-Under World’s Champion of Champions this year as well. With that chesspiece headset, he is always right at the top of his classes. While her son opened the session with a win, CH An Heir About Her finished reserve here with Alice Rowland up for Ever Glades Farm. Missy Hughes Smith directs this team for the Rowlands. This was a repeat of their Louisville Championship finish as well, as they were Reserve World’s Champion of Champions. They won their split of the qualifier in Freedom Hall. This friendly rivalry shapes up to be a good one. Mesmerizing and Allison Gann finished third for Debi Gann and Visser Stables.

“New rider, same horse,” said announcer Peter Fenton, as Ava Gardner returned to the winner’s circle in the Amateur Five-Gaited Mare class for the second year in a row. Three years in a row the Amateur Five-Gaited Mare World’s Champion, Ava Gardner partnered up with Carol Hillenbrand this year and hasn’t missed a beat. Directed by DeVore Stables, Ava Gardner was headed up here by Scott Perrelli. By CF First Night Out and out of Harlem’s So Rare, Ava Gardner is a special talent and always catches the attention of the crowd. Betsey Johnson finished reserve here for Joni Friesen and the Cedarwood team. They were Amateur Mare winners at Mid-America Mane Event last month. This one is by Designed and out of a Radiant Sultan mare, about as Redwing as a pedigree can get!

It was Nutcracker Overload in the Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited class, as many a two-year-old walk-trot class has become in this day and age. Four of the top five in this class were sired by Undulata’s Nutcracker. The sixth place horse? She was simply by a Nutcracker son! The Soquili program loves Nutcracker, and Soquili’s Manolito is yet another example of why. Owned by Bob and Tonya Brison, Manolito is out of a Phi Slama Jama mare. The chestnut gelding with all kinds of white trimming was the best of this big field of 11. Maria Gilman had the reserve winner in Undulata’s Secret Rendezvous. Owned by Jennifer Katko and Siege LLC, Secret Rendezvous is by Nutcracker and out of Gotta Secret, by Harlem Globetrotter. Third place honors went to the Sir William Robert product, HS Baby Steps, with Lionel Ferreira up for Ashlyn Farms. Crackerjack Blue was fourth with John Biggins, while Katie’s Nutcase was fifth. Cuttin’ Up, by Undulata’s Heir Apparent, was sixth with Jaisen Von Ballmoos.

Billy Deluxe now has a two-class winning streak going with Cece Hagan. Those two wins are rather impressive however, as the DeVore Stables-trained gelding won the 39-and-Over Five-Gaited Pleasure class today, coming off his last win, the Five-Gaited Pleasure World’s Championship. Sired by CH Superior’s Successor and out of a Talk Of The Town mare, Billy Deluxe has really hit his stride with Cece, romping to the blue today. Third in this class a year ago, Rain and Kathy Capsuto Walker moved up a spot to reserve honors this year. By I’m A New Yorker, the home-bred Rain is out of Kathy’s harness mare, CH Dancing Up A Storm LCC.

Andy Freseth had the unanimous winner in the Junior Park Pleasure class, as he took Three Point Shooter to the winner’s circle for Thomas R. Brock Jr. This one is special to the Hollow Haven team, as he is out of the Gise family’s grand harness mare, CH Kalarama’s New Sensation, a longtime part of the Hollow Haven program. The high-headed son of Undulata’s Nutcracker is a dark chestnut with a wide white stripe. No stranger to this winner’s circle, he was the UPHA Park Pleasure Classic National Champion a year ago. Park Avenue Diva, ASR Four-Year-Old Park Pleasure Sweepstakes National Champion this year, was reserve today with Reese Richey up for Patricia Dozier. Diva is by Callaway’s Guy Park and out of a Supreme Heir mare.

Heartland Summer Rain put on an absolutely spectacular performance in the Open Harness Pony class to claim the blue ribbon with Darrel Kolkman driving for Heartland Hackney Farm. While this dazzling display would have been impressive for any age pony, this one was even more so, as Summer Rain is just a two-year-old! Check out Howie Schatzberg’s photos of this one. He is a stunner, and bred to be so. He is by Heartland Code Of Honor and out of the great Heartland Rain Song. Twice reserve in amateur competition this year in Freedom Hall, Impress My Daddy was reserve here as well, with Georgia Blevins driving for Blevins Farm and the Majestic Oaks team. His performance today would have been plenty to win just about any other pony class.

Maya Manilow got her turn in the winner’s circle in the 14-17 Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class, as she took The Majestic to the win for Barbara Goodman Manilow. Twice reserve in Freedom Hall this year and twice a winner there a year ago, The Majestic won this class for the second year in a row for the Skyline Stables team. They won National Championships here in 2009 and 2010 and established themselves as morning line favorites for a three-peat later this week. CH Tax Man and Jessica Cloud were reserve in their qualifier here for the second year in a row. Last year, she was still in the 13-and-Under division. She has done a great job in her first year of older competition, once again showing under the Jack Magill Stables banner.

The Fine Harness Reserve World’s Grand Champion a year ago, CH A Travelin Man was the unanimous victor in the Ladies Three-Gaited 15.2-and-Under class for Ashley Wilson. Owned by Steve Chancellor and trained by DeLovely, Travelin Man has enjoyed his transition back to the walk-trot division this year. Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited World’s Champion in 2009, he was the Junior Three-Gaited World’s Champion in 2008. His ho-hum Louisville record includes a win every time he has visited Louisville. He has nine World’s Championships and one Reserve World’s Grand Championship in his 10 trips to the ring. Mackenzie Lyttle put on a great show with Callaway’s Clemency, showing for Elisabeth Goth and Visser Stables. Elisabeth was aboard for a Reserve World’s Championship in this class at Louisville. Neil Visser won the Open Under 2 here a year ago. By CH Caramac, Clemency is out of a Callaway’s Blue Norther mare. Rose Hochner picked up a well-earned third in this remarkable class with Sir Robin Hood.

Ridgewood’s Phancy Free was the Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited winner with Zach Duffy up for Karen Minnick. By Nip’s Skyboy, Phancy Free is out of a Phi Slama Jama mare. Leatherwood Starbust finished reserve with Maria Gilman for Gamine LLC. Starburst is by Leatherwood’s Starlight and out of an I’m The Prince mare. 

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