Robin Schadt tracked down these win pix of my Standardbred Hillbillie Willie on the track, courtesy Crystal View Photos, from his previous racing life.
Willie’s race record is 2 wins from 21 starts as a 2-year-old (2 starts) and a 3-year-old, at Running Aces in Minnesota and CalExpo in California. At 3, starting January 4th, he raced almost every weekend through July 19. (!!!!!!!!!) (At which time he possibly strained a hind suspensory or tendon, as that was his last race.)
He started Endurance at age 5, and now has 1015 AERC Endurance miles (and one 25-miler).
You can see he was a pacer on the track, but lucky for me, he defaults to a trot on the Endurance trail. He loves his second career as an Endurance horse, and he really loves being outside here in the West, zipping along trails and stopping to watch wildlife.
These are the pix from his 2 wins. I love getting a glimpse of him in his former life. Look at him fly!
Thank you again Robin and Crystal View photos!
top photo - he won his first start as a 2yo
bottom photo - he won by a nose as a 3yo (he's on the outside)