Heat, records highlight county fair races
While Hoosier Favorite came up short in its bid for a new track record in last week’s annual Harrison County Fair harness races, the broiling two-day event still had its share of excitement for the 250 or so fans that turned out for the action.
Several racers turned in new lifetime records and upped their win totals while driver Charlie M. Conrad of Corydon captured the meet’s Top Driver award.
Temperatures both days hovered in the high 90s with sapping humidity and no breeze.
In Friday’s racing, Conrad drove Dudley Death Drop to a win by a neck in the first race in 2:01 4/5 for the standardbred’s fourth victory of 2002. Trotter DC Wizzing Music picked up it’s third win of the season in 2:10 with Lloyd Emge in the bike in race No. 2. The colt win by a whopping 22 lengths.
In the third event, Conrad picked up another “W” for Indy Anna Hannah, which paced to a first-place finish in 2:02 1/5 for a new lifetime record.
Don Swartzentruber piloted trotter Super Young Lady across the line in 2:17 for the filly’s first win in four starts.
Conrad came back in race No. 5 for another trip to victory lane, driving pacer Vandaminator to a 3-1/2 length win in a new record of 2:01 3/5. It was the standardbred’s sixth win in 15 tries this year.
Trotter Deputy Marie, with driver Mike Hollenback in the sulky, came across in first for the two-year-old’s maiden victory in 2:15.
Carrie Hollman piloted Wondering Child to a seven-length win in 2:14 4/5 for the colt’s second win of 2002.
In the final race of Friday afternoon, Hoosier Favorite fell short of it’s record-breaking bid but still won by two in 1:59 2/5 for driver Jim Beanblossom. Hoosier Favorite’s win — it’s slowest winning time of the year — was the 7-year-old’s sixth victory in 12 starts this year.
Thursday’s races were highlighted by a strong come-from-behind finish by Grinfromgeartogear in the sixth, when the happy 3-year-old colt broke from several spots back to capture its third win in seven races this year in 2:05 1/5 (tied its lifetime record).
In the first match, Conrad led Mac’s Only Style to a new record of 2:03 3/5 and the filly’s second win.
Bugs, a trotter driven by Don Swartzentruber, scored victory No. 4 in the second race in 2:08 3/5 and in the third race, Sunset Lydia shattered its record by four seconds in a win in 2:07 1/5. Michael Neafus handled the driving duties for the 2-year-old filly.
A new record of 2:06 and second win of the season awaited 3-year-old trotting colt Willy Be Bad and driver Pat Malloy in the fourth match of the afternoon. Malloy came back in the next race to lead Mr. Doitforus to its third win in a record 2:05 4/5.
Tiara Rellim won its second race in a row and established a new record of 2:05 1/5 in the seventh for trainer-driver Charlie M. Conrad.
Wrapping up the day in the eighth race of the day and richest purse of the meet ($10,500) was Rosie’s Dream, a black 2-year-old filly trained and driven by Larry Beeman. She had a strong challenge on the outside by Gary Neafus and Tiger Talk, however Tiger broke the pacing stride in the final quarter and had to slow, allowing Dream to cross the line first in 2:06.
Trotter, Big Boy Josh lowered his record once again last week at Hoosier Park in Anderson, winning in 1:58 for Charles Conrad and trainer-driver Charlie M. Conrad, both of Corydon.
The duo also had a third-place finish with Nitro Girl
Also at Anderson, Sockfulalectricity finished second for Ken Torr of Greencastle, Don Gray of Mays and Dave Beanblossom of Laconia and driver Joe Essig, Jr.
Hawaiian Giant was third for Fred Schroeder and Robert Schnute of Evansville and trainer-driver Charlie M. Conrad.
In the Connersville Fair, Fort Cheyenne was third in the two-year-old trot for David Arboe of Clarksville, Tenn., trainer Dave Beanblossom of Laconia and driver Michael Neafus.