What Cheer, IA — Pacers were featured Sunday (July 14) on the last day of the three-day meet at Keokuk County Fair in What Cheer, Iowa.
Four divisions of 3-year-old pacers, two divisions each of colts and fillies, took to the track competing for the Jim Coulter Memorial Pace title.
Fred And Roz, the colt division winner, took to the track in race three. When the gate folded, Trouble Times Two, driven by Brandon Jenson, sprinted for the lead. Fred and Roz took over at the half, pacing in 1:00.1. Driver Mark Mintun and Fred And Roz held off challenger Hot Day Cool Night and crossed the finish line in 1:59.4, making this the second win in a row for Fred And Roz.
The filly division win went to Vyin For Attention in race two. Royal Roland urged Jackpot Jessie to take the lead after the start, with the first quarter in :29.1, with Vyin For Attention sitting on her back. Driver Will Roland, Royal’s son, pulled Vyin For Attention to take over and didn’t look back. Always Be Hanny, driven by Adam Hauser, made a bold move by going three wide at the three-quarter pole, but there was too much ground to make up. Vyin for Attention crossed the wire in 1:59.1, with a new lifetime mark.
The Jim Coulter Memorial Pace is raced in honor of James D. “Jim” Coulter, who resided in New Sharon, Iowa. Coulter served as chairman of the Midwest Racing Circuit, past president of the Hawkeye Colt Circuit, director of the Iowa Harness Horse Association and a director of the United States Trotting Association District 4. As a longtime horseman, Coulter had driven 563 winners, almost all at fair tracks. In 1996, Coulter was inducted into the Iowa Harness Horseman’s Association Hall of Fame. Blanket presentations for the winners of the Jim Coulter Memorial Pace were presented by Lenora Coulter, Jim’s widow.
Older Iowa registered pacers were also featured on Sunday.
Pretty Boy Swag looked to continue his four race winning streak and didn’t disappoint. When driver Duane Roland asked his 5-year-old Marced Card gelding to leave the gate, Pretty Boy Swag got out in front, cutting the fractions in :29.3, 1:00.1, and 1:29, making his way to the winner’s circle in 1:58.4. Iowa State Representative David Maxwell greeted Roland and Pretty Boy Swag, making the blanket presentation.
Representative Maxwell is no stranger to blanket presentations as he has sponsored multiple races in the past. A long time harness racing fan and supporter, the IaHHA was excited to have Representative Maxwell return this year as a blanket sponsor.
Iowa harness racing continues on Tuesday (July 19) at the Davis County Fairgrounds in Bloomfield, Iowa. Post time is 6 p.m.