Proud Moment for Powers
Claude Powers must have been on cloud nine. He must have felt like “Archie” Manning on Saturday… Archie-- the proud father of both Payton Manning, and Eli Manning-- starting quarterbacks for the Indianapolis Colts, and the New York Giants (both all stars).
Powers is the proud breeder of both Southern Rocketop, and Southern Maebelle-- super star
Manning has been quoted as saying “it’s a great feeling and a proud moment when you see one of your kids do well, but when you see two doing great it’s amazing and it makes you feel really proud.” In harness racing it’s no different as horses are horsemen kids, so when two of their horses do well it’s also a great feeling, and a proud moment…. especially if their related like Rocketop and Maebelle are.
The first and second proud moment for Claude Powers came... when Southern Rocketop was awarded-- three year old trotter of the year and Illinois Horse of the year awards--when they were given out this Saturday to Prairie State Standardbreds at the USTA district five Awards Banquet.
In 2009, we have watched Southern Rocketop race all over
Victories in 2009 came in the State Championship at
So it definitely wasn’t a shock to anybody to see
A more difficult, but much appreciated proud moment came when
The Fourth and final proud moment of the day came when Summer In The City was named Trotting Broodmare of the year. The Donerail mare is the mother of both of Claude Powers champion’s (Southern Rocketop and Southern Maebelle).
She has some big shoes to fill; but hopefully, and with a little luck Southern Maebelle may give the
2009 award winners in
HORSE OF THE YEAR
2-Year-Old Colt Trotter: Run And Tell Pap (19-15-1-0, $110,445)
Owner: Patrick Graham.
Trainer: Leo Grummel Driver: Mike Cox
2-Year-Old Filly Trotter:
Owner: Powers Farm
Trainer: Robert Taylor Driver: Tyler Buter
2-Year-Old Colt Pacer: Power Of A Moment(15-12-3-0, $291,600)
Owners: Erv Miller Stable, Leland Mathias, Bert Hochsprung.
Trainer :Erv Miller Driver: Marcus Miller
2-Year-Old Filly Pacer:
Owner: Stretch It Again Stable.
Trainer John Butenschoen Driver: Brandon Simpson
3-Year-Old Colt Trotter:
Owner: Claude D. Powers
Trainer: Robert Taylor Driver: Dave Magee & Brian Carpenter
3-Year-Old Filly Trotter:
Owners: Paula Smith and James Runyan.
Trainer: Joel Smith Driver: Dale Hiteman
3-Year-Old Colt Pacer:
Owner: Shirley Le Vin.
Trainer: Homer Hochstetler Driver: Dale Hiteman
3-Year-Old Filly Pacer: My Heart Was True(16-11-1-1, $170,638)
Owners: L & L Devisser.
Trainer: Nick Giberson Driver: Brandon Simpson
Trotting Mare: Summer In The City.
Breeder: W. James Sprow III. Owner: Claude D. Powers.
Dam of Southern Rocketop &
Pacing Mare: Panfastic.
Breeders: Norman Levine and Donald Stevens. Owner:
Dam of Power Of A Moment
Owner: Albert Jeffers: Stands at: Mary Lea Jeffers (Flat Rock, IL)
Stud of both two year old champion trotters Run And Tell Pap & Southern Maebelle
Pacing Stallion: Cole Muffler
Stud of two year old colt Power Of A Moment
and three year old filly My Heart Was True
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