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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.”

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