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Corydon-based driver Michael Neafus drives home Geared To Win to a victory at Saturday's Harrison County Harness and Wine Festival in his hometown. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Eash's six wins paces fall meet

October 02, 2013 | 12:45 PM

Thirteen races filled the program at the second Harrison County Harness and Wine Festival at the fairgrounds in Corydon on a sunny and pleasant Saturday.

Fans of standardbred racing were treated to several tight races, but it was Eash Racing Stable's Don Eash that left Corydon the big winner. The trainer and driver won six races as a trainer and five in the sulky.

Racing in the fall, the one-day event on the Corydon limestone is the last as part of the season's fall racing series with the exception of the Fair Finals on Oct. 5 at Portland.

Among Eash's wins, he claimed the fastest pacer and trotter. In the 11th race, Eash drove ER Leon to a gate-to-wire victory in a 3-year-old colt event in 2:00. Backing up that fast time, trotter ER Grace took the 12th race as the quickest trotter, going in 2:04.1. ER Grace, a 3-year-old filly, edged out Hoosier Blitzy, trained and driven by Mike Peterson, after making a pass down the stretch.

Other wins for Eash included the first race, steering Sand Stellar to victory in a 2-year-old filly pace with a time of 2:03.3. Corydon-based trainer Michael Neafus drove his filly, H-and-N Dho Hailey, to a third-place finish behind Sand Stellar. H-and-N Dho Hailey was coming off a win at Connersville.

Eash scored another victory in the bike with 2-year-old colt pacer ER Michael, who won going away in 2:02.3 along with Swan's Mistress in a 2-year-old filly trot (2:07).

Turning the reins over to Neafus, the Eash-trained Geared To Win came up a winner in the fourth race. Driven by Neafus, Geared To Win held on to beat stablemate ER Oliver, driven by Eash, in a time of 2:03.3.

In the day's second race, Always Ya Baby started near the back of the pack in a 2-year-old filly pace under the direction of Peterson. Trained by Tom Luther, Always Ya Baby circled the field, passing Charlie Conrad's Cas Art Apparel in the stretch to win in 2:04.2. The winner is part owned by New Salisbury's William Johnson.

Conrad scored two other second-place finishes with Just Like XYZ in a race won by Lester Raber trained and driven Nothingbutanallstar and with Mia's First Time in a race won by Jay Cross trained and driven It's A Miracle.

Raber had two wins on the day, the second coming behind Hyway Marcus in a 2-year-old colt trot.

Other winners were Born Trotten (driver Jay Cross, trainer Timothy Gilliland), Proven Shooter (driver Aaron Miller, trainer Lonnie Graber) and Jailhouse Rayne (driver and trainer Mike Peterson).

All races competed for a $3,000 purse.

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