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CR Blazin Beauty breaks track record at Humboldt
Monday, August 21, 2017 - from the Iowa Harness Horse Association

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Humboldt, IA---CR Blazin Beauty broke the track record at Humboldt on Sunday (August 20). The three-year-old trotting filly clocked in at 2:00.2, shaving two-fifths of a second off the track record set by Lipstickandshadow in 2011.

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CR Blazin Beauty established a new track record of 2:00.2 at Humboldt.
“She was strong,” said owner and trainer Rick Huffman who owns the filly with his father CD Huffman. “She was all in rhythm and perfect - she was just perfect.”

Two of Iowa's fastest trotters, CR Blazin Beauty and Lady Eagle, a Muscle Mass filly owned, trained and driven by Mark King, drew into the same division.

CR Blazin Beauty, driven by Adam Hauser, shot off to the early lead with Lady Eagle settling in second. They got to the quarter in 30 seconds, and the half in 1:00.4. Lady Eagle remained only one and a half lengths off the leader.

“I know I was in shock” said Huffman of the early quarters. “I was thinking 'Half in a minute and something - Adam where you going?'”

“The last time I raced her that way at Osky she got tired on the end of it,” said Huffman remembering the July 16 race at Oskaloosa where his filly got to the quarter in 30.2, but finished third in 2:05.2, one of her slower performances this year. Huffman reports the next morning Beauty's nose was running and she had a little bit of a fever.

She was a different horse on Sunday. With an impressive 29.2 third-quarter CR Blazin Beauty continued to lead but Lady Eagle and Mark King held tight, still only a length and a half behind.

“I never dreamt she'd have to go that much,” said Huffman.

CR Blazin Beauty held her own grinding powerfully down the stretch to cross the wire in record-breaking fashion.

“It was a big surprise,” said Huffman of Beauty's finish time. “She's been getting better every start so Adam just let her roll today and she rolled pretty good. That horse of Mark King's raced awfully good as well.”

CR Blazin Beauty is the result of a Muscles Yankee mare the Huffmans bought in foal a few years ago at Harrisburg. The Crazed filly won six of 13 starts at two, and now has five wins in eight starts for 2017.

“She's always been nice; she's always been pretty big,” said Huffman. “Now she's getting to where she's grown into herself – getting stouter and better air.”

As with many others with standardbreds, racing is a family affair for the Huffmans. With four generations involved in training and racing they appreciate a horse with a good demeanor.

“She's sweet,” said Huffman. “A lot of fillies aren't sweet, but she is sweet.”

Huffman has tentative plans to take the filly to Lexington following the end of the Iowa racing season. If he doesn't sell her, he will keep her to race in the Aged-Iowabred races next year and add her to his band of broodmares.

“She'd make a nice broodmare,” said Huffman about his future plans for Beauty. “We'll get her in foal and keep her around here. I like her bloodlines.”

Though not track record breaking performances, five other 3-year-olds posted new lifetime marks on Sunday. A Friday night rain at Humboldt set up perfect conditions for a fast track.

Mark Mintun drove Oh My Josh to a win in 2:01 in the first colt division of 3-year-old pacers, taking one second off his previous best. Owned by Justin Gould of Humboldt, the What's Up Now gelding moved up to the A-Class this week following two B-Class wins.

The second division of pacing colts went three seconds faster with driver Will Roland and Alright Guy taking control of the field at the half and finishing in a zippy 28.4 last quarter on the half-mile fair track. The Sneaky B Skipalong gelding is trained by Curtis Carey and owned by Carson Mather, Jeff Carey, Rick Huffman, and Randell Eden – who also bred the 1:58 pacer.

Trotter Hot Lil Mess took a new lifetime mark of 2:03.4. With a last quarter in 30.3, this was the first win of 2017 for the Explosive Matter gelding who is owned, trained and driven by Gary Liles.

Swingin Swan, a Swan for All out of a Donerail mare, improved his best to 2:07 in the non-winners of $3,000 A.E. $4,000 claimer with Will Roland in the bike. This was the first time the 3-year-old trotter was up for claim for owners Keith, Katherine and Jeff Carey. He's won seven of 12 starts in 2017.

In the last race of the day, a non-winners of $3,000 A.E. $4,000 claimer for pacers, Bouncing Bro took a new lifetime mark of 2:04. The Sneaky B Skipalong gelding is owned and trained by Justin Anfinson and was driven by Adam Hauser.

Iowa racing resumes with the final $65,000 Iowa Sires Stakes meet of 2017 at Humboldt on Saturday, August 26. Post time is at 12:30 p.m.

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