Double-gaited Standardbreds are those that can race successfully both on the trot and on the pace.
Recently, Action-Ear-To-Ear was successful in his trotting debut at age 6 after spending his earlier years on the pace.
On Jan. 14 at Northfield Park the pacing-bred son of Grinfromeartoear-Life With Mindy-Life Sign turned in a winning 2:05.3 performance on the trot.
The gelding had 37 starts on the pace, with four wins, eight seconds and four thirds, earning $27,063. In August 2013, Andrew Coblentz of Wooster, Ohio clamed her for $3,000 and sent her to trainer John Wengerd.
“He sored up a bit so we decided to let him pull a buggy for a while until he was sound again,” said Wengerd.
That program certainly agreed with the then-5-year-old.
“He’s really a smooth gaited trotter,” Wengerd commented. “All he wanted to do was trot. So I called the owner and we decided to take his hopples off.”
So after several months “on the road,” Action-Ear-To-Ear scored a winning 2:04.2 qualifier at Northfield Park on the trot, on Dec. 27 He bested his rivals easily by 2¼ lengths.
“I was a little nervous that when he saw the gate he would switch to a pace, but he didn’t,” Wengerd offered. “He left right up out of there, got on top and won his qualifier easy.”