offers special rescue and rehabilitation
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
Nestled in Cottonwood is Harmony Haven Therapeutic Riding and Horse Rescue, a facility devoted to horses and people. The farm is operated by Jeannie Womack and her daughter Tiffany.
"We rescue and rehabilitate horses, so they can rescue and rehabilitate the people who need them the most,” related Jeannie, who for several years was a groom for the Steve and Vickie Desomer barn.
"Horse therapy teaches people to challenge their bodies and minds to help them make their dreams of a happy and health life possible for themselves.” Jeannie explained that standardbreds work best for the program because they do anything and everything that is asked of them.
Harmony Haven is a non-profit organization and has been in operation for six years and “growing,” according to Womack. “It’s all about leaving your mark or hoofprint and helping others to have a better life just because you were part of theirs.”
Among the well-known harness performers currently at Harmony Haven is Linear, the dam of last year’s 3-year-old pacing colt champion Bit Player. “Linear is very valuable to our program because she is our main vaulting mare,” Jeannie continued. “She is also Tiffany’s main riding horse when we are pleasure riding.”
Among the other former harness performers on the grounds are Tricky Deal, whose offspring include Wastin Time and Cordealia; and the recently-retired Yiannoulas Boy, who is easily recognizable to Cal Expo racing fans.
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And Only seen posing with Lackey
Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - Mark Ratzky, publicity, Cal Expo Harness
Chip Lackey had a couple of nice winners last weekend, driving Brewski to a Sire Stakes score for Junior Wilkinson and guiding the Lino Pacheco-trained One And Only to his second straight victory in the Open Pace.
Brewski made every pole a winning one in last Friday’s Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacing fillies, taking full advantage of a break by heavily-favored J’s Littlerockstar. “I was pretty much committed to go the front in there,” Lackey noted. “I didn’t want to let up on her, because I know she can get a little lazy when she’s in front.”
Lackey was re-united with One And Only on March 29 and their last two teamings have ended up in the charmed enclosure. “I hadn’t driven him for about a year and I could tell that he had matured and was much stronger,” Chip related.
One And Only finished fourth in their first attempt, then was a smashing winner on April 5 while establishing a new mark with the 1:51 2/5 clocking. He did an encore last week, once again taking the measure of his highly-regarded stablemate Pancetta.
“I was disappointed with that first race, but it was the slop and he just didn’t handle it. I was very happy when he won the next one, because so much was expected of him in that previous mile. He really gave me a great kick when he came out that night.”
In the most recent appearance, it appeared that Pancetta had the measure of his barnmate when he motored by turning for home and opened up a clear lead. One And Only had other ideas, however, and re-rallied to win going away for a somewhat surprised Lackey.
“When Pancetta came up to us, I didn’t want to battle and took hold of my horse and let him go,” Chip said. “I wasn’t sure One And Only was going to come back and get him once the other horsesopened up on us, but he real good in the stretch and came back. It was very impressive.” More ---
OpeIt Out inducted into CHHA hall of fame
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - Robin Clements, CHHA
This past Sunday the California harness horsemen’s association held it’s annual awards meeting at the Hilton in Sacramento to honor divisional stakes winners, horse of the year and the induction of a horse into the CHHA’s hall of fame.
Cut It Out, by Levity out of the Jenuine Hanover mare, Jenuine Frost was inducted into the hall of fame for California this year. Owned by Mark Holden and trained and driven by Bob Rosen, Cut it Out was a sensational mare, taking a mark of 1:55.1f and earned $436,594 lifetime. Winning 19 out of 22 races and earning over $212,000 in her 3 yr. old year, she won every sire’s stakes race either on the front end or coming from behind while setting the 3 yr. old filly track record at Los Alamitos. Cut it Out was voted California horse of the year in 1985 and 1986.
Show Runner by Little Steven out of Peace Runner was voted 2013 California horse of the year. Bred by the late Alan Kirschenbaum and owned by Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar , Show Runner dominated the 3 yr. old filly stakes races, while winning 19 out of 33 starts for the year.
Awards were also handed out to divisional stakes Champions who were,
Show Runner 3 yr. old pacing filly owned by Denise Maier and Eileen Brodbar.
Bit Player 3 yr. old pacing colt, owned by Desomer Stables
More Tequila 3 yr. old trotting filly owned by Frank Neverez
Freedombird 3 yr. old trotting colt owned by Melissa Erzene.
2013 Stallion awards were handed out to top breeding stallions,
Hi Ho Silverheels, pacer owned by Wayne Knittle
Panama Hanover, trotter owned by Debbie Budahn .
The CHHA also welcomed new board of directors Steve Wiseman and Luke Plano.