Leading the graduates this year was Roll With Joe, p, 2, 1:53.1s; 3, 1:48.2-2011 ($1,805,607). The millionaire seemed to be a strong contender in almost every stakes race he competed in this year. He earned several year-end honors including: 2011 USHWA Dan Patch Award for Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts, 2011 New York Horse Of The Year, 2011 New Jersey Horse Of The Year, and being one of the two finalists for 2011 USHWA Dan Patch Horse Of The Year honors. His wins included the Battle of Brandywine Final at Harrahs Chester Casino, the Meadowlands Pace Final at The Meadowlands, the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes elimination at Mohawk, and he ended his season by winning the Messenger Stakes at Yonkers. He also won an elimination of the Little Brown Jug, coming back in the Final to be a strong second. He was second in the Breeders Crown Final and in the North America Cup Final at Mohawk.
Another top three-year-old pacing colt that grew up on the lush fields of Winbak Farm in Maryland, was Betterthancheddar, p, 2, Q1:55.3s; 3, 1:49.1s-2011 ($778,334). He came in to this season with high regards from top trainer Casie Coleman, but finished the year from high regards from almost everyone in the business. His wins included the American-National stakes at Balmoral Park, Breeders Crown elimination and Final at Woodbine, Cane Pace at Pocono Downs, Summertime Pacing Series elimination at Mohawk, and Windy City Pace Stakes division at Maywood Park. He was also second in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes elimination at Mohawk and the Little Brown Jug elimination at Delaware County Fair to Roll With Joe. He finished third in the Little Brown Jug Final.
With Montrell Teague, one of the youngest drivers competing on the grand circuit this year steering, Custard The Dragon, p, 2, 1:52.2f; 3, 1:48.1f-2011 ($701,667) proved a horse to be reckoned with. He won his Delvin Miller Adios Stakes elimination at The Meadows in world record time and came back to be second in the Final the following week. He also won the last edition of the Hoosier Cup, Max Hempt Stakes Memorial Final at Pocono Downs, an elmination of the Meadowlands Pace at The Meadowlands, and a PASS division at Harrah’s Chester Casino. He was a strong third in the North America Cup consolation.
Competing against the best of his crop this year was Powerful Mist, p, 2, 1:51.4f; 3, 1:50.2s- 2011 ($582,106). His wins include the DSBF Final at Dover Downs, 2 DSBF divisions at Dover Downs, an elimination of the North America Cup at Mohawk, and the Open at The Meadowlands. He was second in the Delvin Miller Adios stakes elimination, Max Hempt Stakes final at Pocono Downs, and Meadowlands Pace elimination at The Meadowlands. He was third in the Cane Pace at Pocono Downs and Somebeachsomewhere Stakes elimination at Mohawk.
Winning the DSBF Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of 2011 was Three Martini’s, p, 2, 1:55.3; 3, 1:51.3f-2011 ($218,522). His wins included the DSBF Final at Harrington, 2 DSBF eliminations at Harrington, and a division of the DSBF at Dover Downs. He was also second in the DSBF Final at Dover (behind Powerful Mist) and a division of DSBF at Dover.
Also winning year-end honors for her division in Delaware was Badlands Jenna, p, 2, 1:55f; 3, 1:54.1f-2011 ($309,686). She proved to be one of the few horses to be undefeated in DSBF action at both 2 and 3. Badlands Jenna performed a complete sweep, winning both DSBF Finals and 4 DSBF eliminations. She also won 2 MDSRF divisions at Ocean Downs.
Overnight Command, 2, 2:02.1f; 3, 1:59h-2011 ($226,625), won year end honors for top three-year-old filly trotter in Delaware. She won both DSBF Finals and 4 DSBF eliminations. Powerful Mist, Three Martini’s, Badlands Jenna, and Overnight Command were all sired by Winbak Farm stallions who stood at Winbak Farm of Delaware in 2007.
Modern Day Clyde, p, 2, 1:59.2h; 3, 1:53.3f-2011 ($62,724) son of Winbak Farm of Maryland’s Bonnie And Clyde, was a force to be reckoned with in Maryland stakes competition. His wins included a division of the Dennis Sheehan Memorial Pace at The Meadows, MDSRF division at Ocean Downs, 3 MDSS divisions at Ocean Downs, Nichols True Valley Pace division at Tioga Downs. He was also second in MDSRF division at Ocean Downs and MDSS division at Ocean downs.
Two three-year-old trotting fillies, Oh Sweet Baby and Peach Martini, both bred by Winbak Farm found themselves meeting several times in Ontario stakes action this year.
Oh Sweet Baby, 2, 1:56.2s; 3, 1:55.2f-2011 ($606,815), is a daughter of Winbak Farm of Ontario’s Angus Hall. Her wins included ONSS Gold eliminations at Georgian Downs, Western Fair, and Windsor. She was second in an elimination of the ON SBOA at Mohawk, ONSS Gold Final at Georgian Downs, ONSS Gold Final at Mohawk, and ONSS Gold Super Final at Woodbine. She was third in the Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine.
Peach Martini, 2, 1:57.2s; 3, 1:55f-2011 ($587,686), won ONSS Gold Finals at Georgian Downs and at Mohawk. She also won ONSS Gold eliminations at Georgian Downs and Mohawk. She was second in the Canadian Breeders Championship elimination & Final at Mohawk. She was also second in a ONSS Gold elimination and Final at Western Fair.
Winbak Farm was also strongly represented by its crop of 2011 two-year-old graduates.
Handsoffmycookie, p, 2, 1:52.4-2011 ($575,651) ended her freshman year with 9 wins. Her wins included NYSS division at Buffalo, NYSS division at Batavia Downs, NYSS Final at Saratoga, NYSS division at Vernon, 3 NYSS divisions at Yonkers, the Sweetheart Stakes elmination at The Meadowlands. She was also second in the Breeders Crown Final at Woodbine, Sweetheart Stakes Final at The Meadowlands, and Three Diamond Stakes Final at Harrah’s Chester Casino.
Speed Again, p, 2, 1:50.3s-2011 ($502,625) proved to be one of the fastest an