Most of you know Max Heath as the postal guru. Max, a KPA Past President and previously Vice President for Landmark Community Newspapers, has served for decades as chair of the National Newspaper Association.
What you may not know is Max’s love for standardbreds as an owner/co-owner. One filly that Max co-owns, along with UK co-offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and others, won the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Sunday at the Red Mile.
And this one — Nixie Volo, a 3-year-old — is a combination of both of Max’s interest. Appropriately for a postal nerd, Nixie means “Undeliverable as Addressed” in postal terminology.
Nixie exceeded her year’s best time by three seconds, covering the distance in 1:51.2, a very fast pace.
It’s not the first big win for Max. In 2012, one of his colts won the 2-year-old pacing colt title. Nixie Volo being a trotter, Max now has a title in both standardbred gaits, something he says was on his bucket list.
Her win puts her at $215,486 for the season and lifetime earnings of $286,786.
Here’s a video of Sunday’s race. Nixie Volo is number 7 and is ‘parked out and first-over’ for most of the race, a situation Max says normally means sure defeat.