April 15, 2015
The Horseman's annual "Top Picks" issue features trotting filly Mission Brief on the cover. Can she beat the colts in the Hambletonian? It's a big topic for discussion among The Horseman's trotting panelists. Her trainer Ron Burke has high expectations, but remains realistic about her chances. On the pacing side, only one horse received a mention by all five members of The Horseman's pacing panel - 2014 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year Artspeak.
Kathy Parker's story explores the "new frontier" of mixing trotting & pacing blood. While some breeders choose the most commercially attractive matings, a few have decided to try mixing the blood of trotters and pacers. Googoo Gaagaa in particular has spurred current interest in this idea.
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