Electric Lad, the uber-tough claiming horse and longtime resident of the Ryan Bellamy Stable, was the runner up for 2019 Foiled Again Iron Horse of the Year. Post Time with Mike and Mike released award winners during their show Thursday, Jan. 16. The honor went to T Red, another 14-year-old that was forced into retirement at the conclusion of 2019.
T Red, a son of Cams Eclipse and winner of just shy of $500,000, won the title with 31.57 percent of the vote over Electric Lad, who finished with 26.18 percent. Electric Lad, a son of Electric Yankee with earnings of more than $450,000, completed his final race in mid December at Dayton Raceway for Bellamy. In all, he had 54 wins in 380 starts and a career best time of 1:51.2 taken at Harrah’s Hoosier Park as a nine-year-old.
Also finishing in the runner up position for USTA Innovator of the Year was former Indiana trainer-driver Rod Allums Jr. Allums, a native of the Chicago area and frequent competitor on the Indiana circuit, retired from racing and is now part of North American Harness Update and provides picks for various tracks and is also part of a weekly podcast on Fridays through their Website. Wendy Ross, social media and public relations coordinator for the U.S. Trotting Association, was the winner of the Innovator of the Year with 27.59 percent of the vote to Allums’ 25.89 percent. The awards are voted on by the public.