Hollenback Stable tops at county fair races
Mike Hollenback, 26, scored a Triple Crown of sorts at the 2004 Harrison County Fair harness races.
Hollenback, who hails from Anderson, had the fastest mile Friday in a win by Southsiders Nancy, he was the leading driver of the meet, and he wound up as leading trainer of the two-day event.
Out of the 13 races, Hollenback recorded two wins, three seconds and three thirds.
It was the first time in recent memory that anyone had scored both the leading driver and trainer awards in the same year.
‘We’re just fortunate to have a stable of good horses right now,’ Hollenback told the crowd on Friday.
Hollenback opened the day driving trotter Ripken’s Britt to a runner-up finish. Code Of Ethics won in 2:17 2/5.
In the second race ‘ The Gordon Brown Memorial ‘ Southsiders Nancy came on in the final 100 meters to win behind Hollenback’s urging. The filly picked up a new lifetime record of 2:02 4/5 in the effort.
Bubba Billypromise, a gelding owned by Jean Brown of Laconia and trained and driven by Dave Beanblossom, also Laconia, was third in the race.
Chester Sims, who owns and trains trotter Midnightsuperstar, drove the 2-year-old gelding to the front from gate to wire in the third race in a new record time of 2:13 4/5. The 15-length victory was the standardbred’s second in seven starts.
Melvinator won by two lengths in the fourth race, a pace event for 3-year-olds. The gelding is owned by Allan Bottorff of Corydon and was trained and driven by Beanblossom.
It was Melvinator’s fifth win and pushed his money finishes to 13 in 22 starts.
Two-year-old gelding pacer Zipadeli opened the fair races on Thursday by lowering his lifetime mark by six seconds to 2:03. Zipadeli, who picked up its third win in eight starts, is owned, trained and was driven by Beanblossom.
Outlasting a late charge by Bonair, Mike Hollenback piloted trotter Deputy Gunner Man to a win in 2:05 for owner-trainer Doug Siefert of Deputy in the second race.
Concrete Angel covered the field in the third race, crossing the line in 2:08.
The filly pacer is owned by Bobby Brower and Caroline Sparks. Brower trained and drove the standardbred.
Corydon’s Mike Neafus guided Nuclear Beauty to a third-place finish in the same race. Sheza Hoosier, driven and trained by Beanblossom and owned by Beanblossom and Allan Bottorff of Corydon, looked like she’d challenge for a money spot, but broke in the final turn to end the bid.
Three-year-old filly trotter Hoosier Edna, owned by Junior Dalyrumple, trained by Corydon’s Charlie M. Conrad and driven by Rocky Loney, picked up her first win of the year.
Owner-trainer Wayne Cunningham, Jr. of Corydon and driver Neafus earned a third with Cameran Ann.
Owner Jim Beanblossom of Laconia gave up the bike for Precious Kitten, who had been racing exclusively in Kentucky. Dave Beanblossom, who serves as the standardbred’s trainer, hopped into the sulky and piloted Kitten to a time of 29.2 in the final quarter and eventually the pacer’s first lifetime win in 2:04 2/5.
Candislide, trained and driven by Neafus and owned by Kenneth Gehlbach of New Middletown, was second.
In the sixth race, trotter Fourteen Carte coasted to its first win in 16 starts in 2:11 for Connie Stephen and John Kieninger, with trainer Jack Kieninger Jr. in the sulky.
No matter what happens in the upcoming presidential election, at least one George W will be a winner this year. Twelve-year-old gelding George W won the second division of the Free For All pace in the seventh race, crossing the line in 1:58 1/5 for driver Loney and owner-trainer Stacey Ruddick.
George W also wound up with the fastest mile of the week.
Ndana Whosier, who owns the trotting record at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, was second by a length for driver-trainer Neafus and owner Gehlbach.
Neafus came back in the eighth and final race to approach the trot record (2:04) with Katiegofast, who won in 2:05. The win was the first for the 3-year-old filly.
In other harness racing action:
At Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, JR Princess Rhonda won for Wayne Cunningham Jr., and driver Fred Finn.
County Danegal was also a winner for William Johnson of New Salisbury and driver Tom Luther. The same duo scored a third with KG’s Rebel and another third with Sipowitz.
Pines Machine Gun was third for Cunningham and Luther.
Fred Schroeder of Evansville, trainer Charlie M. Conrad of Corydon and driver Rocky Loney had a second-place finish with My Bell Boy.
In fair racing at Athens, Ohio, Mr. Leader was third for co-owner Joseph D. Shoaf of Corydon and Joseph L. Shoaf of Ohio, with Joseph D. Shoaf driving.
The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., hosted Hoosier Best’s new record time of 1:54 2/5. The standardbred was trained and driven by Jeff Brewer and is owned by Jim Beanblossom of Laconia.
Cammy Flower finished second for owner-trainer Keith Jolly and regular driver in 20 starts this year, Michael Neafus of Corydon.
Around The Fur got up for second in the Kentucky Fair Final for 3-year-old colt pacers for Don Conrad of Corydon and Fred Schroeder of Evansville and trainer-driver Charlie M. Conrad.
Closing things out, People Of The Sun was third in that same fair final for Conrad and Schroeder, trainer Charlie M. Conrad and driver Neafus.