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Kahoka race meet held in Missouri
Monday, July 31, 2017 - from the Iowa Harness Horse Association

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Kahoka, MO---There is only one place to watch live harness racing in Missouri, and that is at Kahoka the last weekend of July. Eleven fields of trotters and pacers competed in the "Show Me" state on Sunday (July 30) for a grandstand crowd of greater than 400 and an infield packed with pick-ups backed up to the stretch.

The Kahoka race meet is unique in how the community comes together to put on the meet and fund races. This year the Clark County Fair raised over $10,000 in donations from local businesses and individuals. The Missouri Harness Horse Association provides money for two races – the Missouri-Owned Trot and the Missouri-Owned Pace.

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2016 Iowa Horse of the Year Arizone Nightlife made her 2017 debut a winning one in 2:04.2.
The meet kicked off with 2016 Iowa Horse of the Year Arizona Nightlife making her 2017 debut in the Missouri-Owned Pace. Owned, trained and driven by Frank Chitwood of Centerville, MO the 4-year-old Arizona Liar mare began her 2017 with a wire-to-wire win in 2:04.2.

The Missouri-Owned Trot saw entries from Frank Chitwood, Dan Judy, C L Abler, and Morris Brown. Robbie Anderson trained and drove Otis-M, a 6-year-old Abra gelding, to victory in 2:05 for Morris Brown and the late Jacqueline Brown.

There were two fields of 2-year-old pacers, AE non-winners of $750 lifetime or Maidens. The first went to Roger Roland's 2-year-old gelding Marced SuperStar. The son of Marced Card cruised to victory in 2:05 with Royal Roland in the bike. The second field went to the Paul Liles owned and trained Here Comes Miley. John Saner dove the 3-year-old Smile Fromeartoear filly, winning in 2:08.2.

The two fields of 2-year-old trotters, AE non-winners of $750 lifetime or Maidens were both won by Iowa-sired geldings. Bust-N-Tuff, a Broadway or Bust, driven by Mark King, took the fastest division in 2:11.1 for owner and trainer Garry Phillips. Robbie Anderson piloted the Carey Stable's Tuff Swinger, sired by Tuff As Millie, to a win in 2:13.2 in the second division.

There was both a trotting and a pacing division of the non-winners of $2,500 or non-winners of two. The American Native 3-year-old gelding Lucky Survivor took the trot in 2:09.3 for owner/trainer/driver John Saner, while the Carey Stable paired again with Robbie Anderson to take the pace with Nat-A-Katt, a 3-year-old Relentless Yankee filly.

The first division of the Free For All Pace was taken by the free-legged pacer RockMe Amadeous. The 10-year-old Pacific Missile gelding is owned by Wilda McDanel and trained and driven by Mark King. Will Roland rated Call of the Yeti in the second division, winning in a stretch drive in 2:02.4. The 3-year-old Up Front Brad filly is trained by Roland and owned by Gretchen Springer.

Slim Gem managed an upset, winning the Free-For-All Trot in 2:02.
In a crowd upset, Royal Roland drove his 4-year-old Slim Gem to victory in the Free For All Trot. The field included M T Ur Pockets, American Tagpopper and The Winnin Dollar, all heavily favored over Roland's Manofmanymissions gelding.

Slim Gem shot of the gait and was parked until he took control at the quarter in :30.2. Slim Gem steadily separated from the field and held off a late charge from The Winnin Dollar the win in 2:02.

Iowa harness racing resumes on Friday, August 4 at Sioux Center. Post time is 5:00 p.m.


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