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Miller, Holtan, Hot Pans to Iowa Hall of Fame
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - from the Iowa Harness Horse Association

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Altoona, IA---Three Iowa greats – Julie Miller, Mark Holtan and Hot Pans - were inducted into the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame Saturday (Jan. 14) during the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association (IaHHA) annual meeting and awards ceremony.

 
Photos courtesy Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association
Julie Miller (with family) is honored with an Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame induction following her keynote address to the Iowa Harness Horsemen's Association at the annual awards banquet.
Miller was the keynote speaker for the evening and credited much of her success to her Midwest racing roots. She was born in Iowa and grew up spending summers racing at county fairs with her father, Owen Julius. After marrying driver Andy Miller, they moved their family to New Jersey. With hard work, dedication and a passion for racing, Miller has become one of the most sought-after trainers in the country. Her most-recognized trainee, Lucky Jim, won over $1 million and was named the 2009 Older Trotting Horse of the Year.

Holtan is a successful owner, a dedicated IaHHA board member, and a tireless advocate for improvements at his home track in Humboldt, Iowa. He has bred and owned many Iowa and Minnesota champions that have gone on to become great horses nationally, including the talented Restless Yankee, a gelding that paced in 1:50.3 and has earned $303,809, and the top pacing mare Love This Place, who raced for nine years, taking a mark of 1:50.2 and earning $406,798.

 
Mark Holtan (with family) is inducted into the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame for his contributions to Iowa racing on and off the track.
Holtan's off-the-track contributions include years of service on the IaHHA board, currently as vice president, and Humboldt County Fair Board President. Humboldt County Fairgrounds is now one of the best tracks in Iowa and the only year-round training facility in the state – neither of which would have been possible without his persistence and dedication.

 
Hot Pans (Artsplace – Adored Yankee – Nero) is pictured with owner Duane Roland. The Iowa stallion was inducted into the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame for his many successful offspring.

The final inductee into the Iowa Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Hot Pans, has contributed top genetics to the Iowa and Minnesota racing programs every year since 2002. The Artsplace son took a lifetime mark of 1:52.4, a pace that has be surpassed by many of his offspring. Hot Pans' colts and fillies are known for their smooth gaits and quick speed. His fastest son, Panaramic Art, paced in 1:49.4. His highest earner, Military Stratcom, paced in 1:51.2 and accumulated $530,794. Hot Pans has sired 118 foals with earnings over $3.9 million – both  numbers that continue to grow.  Hot Pans passed away in 2016.

After Hall of Fame inductions, the IaHHA Annual Awards ceremony went on to honor top horses and horsemen. Adam Hauser took the 2016 driving title with a 21.5 win percentage and UDRS of 0.409.  There was a rare tie for Horse of the Year, voted on by members, between Frank Chitwood's 3-year-old pacing filly Arizona Nightlife p, 3 1:57.4h, 9-8-0-1, and Gary Liles' newcomer 2-year-old trotter Neednorestrictions 2, 2:04.2h, 11-10-1-0. The night ended with a stallion auction raising $8,450 for the racehorse adoption agency New Vocations. 


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