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Driven by trainer Charlie M. Conrad, Iron Claw wins the final race, a 3-year-old colt pace Friday afternoon at the Harrison County Fair in Corydon. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Conrad drives to seven wins


August 04, 2010 | 10:02 AM

Harness racing trainer and driver Charlie M. Conrad completed a successful homecoming Thursday and Friday at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon.

Out of 15 races, the Corydon resident scored seven wins in the bike, five of which he trains.

Conrad drove home-standout colt pacer Iron Claw in the seventh and final race Friday. Iron Claw was the 2009 Indiana 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year and is in the midst of his 3-year-old campaign.

With more than $200,000 in career earnings, Iron Claw had to fight his way up from the second tier to claim the race. Coming down the stretch, he had to pass stablemate White Ruler, driven by Michael Neafus, to take the win in the 3-year-old colt pace. Iron Claw crossed the line in 2:01 for the mile. Iron Claw is owned by Charlie Conrad's parents, Don and Roselea Conrad, and his wife, Sarah Conrad.

White Ruler is owned by David Brunck, Fred Schroeder, Roger McGinnis and Don Conrad.

On Friday, Conrad scored a win in the fourth race, a 2-year-old colt trotting event. Conrad drove Danger Ranger to an easy victory after making a break. Danger Ranger crossed the line in 2:15 for owners Carson Conrad, Don Conrad and Schroeder. Relapse finished second followed by Greenwithenvy Ivy.

Also on Friday, the 2-year-old filly trot was split into two divisions. In the first division, Skyway Priss won in 2:15.2 for trainer-driver Don Eash. The second division was won by Win Song Looks under the direction of driver Michael Neafus for trainer Doyin Barrett.

A 2-year-old colt trot also took place Friday, with Genesis Mercury winning from gate to wire for trainer-driver Frank Fisher.

Friday's action also included a pair of 3-year-old filly pacing races. In the first division, Seven Deadly Zins was driven by Michael Neafus for his second win of the day. Trained by Mike Bradley, Seven Deadly Zins came across the finish line in 2:05. The Harold Fravel-owned Jungle War, trained and driven by Charlie Conrad, finished second.

In the second division, Lil Miss Alibi scored a win in 2:02.2 for Eash. Charlie Conrad drove the Kent Wilcox-trained Townline Toy World to a second-place finish.

Thursday, which was opening day for the standardbreds, had eight races.

The first two races were 2-year-old filly pacers. Good Golly Polly, trained and driven by Robbie Morrow, nosed out a win over Skyway Harbour in 2:04. Skyway Harbour was trained and driven by Charlie Conrad for owners Sarah Conrad, Carson Conrad and Roselea Conrad. Charlie Conrad also trained third-place finisher Lead Guitar for owner David Brunck but was driven by Michael Neafus.

The Conrads bounced back to score a win in the second division with Charlie guiding Stars And Diamonds home in 2:05. The 2-year-old scored the win for owners Sarah and Carson Conrad. Charlie Conrad also trained the second-place finisher, Fourth Straight, for Dbb's Tomahawk Stables. She was driven by Rocky Loney.

Races three and four were dedicated to 2-year-old colt pacers. Charlie Conrad won the third race, driving Brooklyn Flight to a victory for Sarah and Carson Conrad and Roselea Conrad. The colt finished the mile in 2:10, ahead of second-place finisher Turtle Soup.

The second division was won by Lester Raber's Attack Modes Billy in 2:02.4. Charlie Conrad trained second-place finisher Mr. Stickers and third-place finisher Kilowattdingding. Michael Neafus was in the sulky behind Mr. Stickers for owners Charles Conrad and Harold Fravel. Charlie Conrad guided Kilowatt-dingding for Roselea Conrad, Fred Schroeder, Roger McGinnis and Sarah Conrad.

Races five and six saw 3-year-old filly trotters take to the crushed limestone. In the first division, Chad Bell drove Super Thanks to a win in 2:05.2 for trainer Samuel Glossup.

Hoosier Jodi, driven by Charles Conrad for Gene Hereford, scored the win in the second division in a time of 2:03. The time also set a track record for trotters. It broke the previous record of 2:04, which was set in 2003 by Sunday Express.

To close out Thursday's card, Charlie Conrad guided the winners in both 3-year-old colt trot divisions. In the seventh race, Charlie Conrad drove Deputy Nick to a win in 2:05.2 for trainer Douglas Siefert. The final race was won by Canwecheatumnwhen in 2:05. Charlie Conrad trained and drove the colt for Charles and Don Conrad.

At the end of the meet, Charlie Conrad won the best driver award for his seven wins.

Racing elsewhere

In harness racing at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, GT Miss Royal finished third for William Johnson of New Salisbury and Steve Hutkin of Missouri and trainer-driver Tom Luther.

At Thunder Ridge Raceway in Prestonburg, Ky., Rowdy Rowdy was third for Barbara Bottoms of Frankfort, Ky., and trainer-driver Gary Neafus.

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