Races provide full fields at fair meet
At the Harrison County Fair, the harness racing card was packed with 15 races over two days, a boom from recent years.
The fastest races took place in a pair of 3-year old colt pace divisions. The final race Friday was won in a runaway by React Ingoodway. Trained and driven by Don Eash, React Ingoodway posted the fastest time of 2:00 2/5 for the mile race around the limestone. Zelmo Beaty, trained by Gene Hereford and driven by Mike Peterson, finished second, followed by Genesis See Yah, who was trained by Alvin Miller and driven by Zachary Miller.
In the first division of 3-year-old colt pacers, Dbb’s Tomahawk Stables’s Stiltz led from the start to win in 2:01 1/5 under the direction of trainer Rocky Loney and driver Chris Loney. Harvy finished second, followed by What A Dragon.
In the 3-year-old filly pace division, the first race went to Bret’s Request, who steamed home the last quarter in 29.4 seconds to finish with a time of 2:02. Bret’s Request is owned and trained by Hereford with Peterson in the sulky. Blue Scoot was up for second and Got A Visual was third.
The second division was won by Bluebird Tizzy, who took the lead after the first half mile to finish in 2:02 3/5. She is owned, trained and driven by Eash. Michael Neafus drove Darn That Request to a second-place finish, followed by Blue Creek Babe, who took third.
Two-year-old trotters also took to the track Friday. In the 2-year-old first division, Slinginsand scored a win for trainer Chris Wade and driver Mike Peterson. Daytime Chip finished second, while the remaining two standardbreds failed to keep from making breaks.
In the 2-year-old second division, Malia O scored a close win over Secret Wind in 2:07. Malia O was trained and driven by Thomas Minor.
Among the 3-year-old colt trotter divisions, Canwecheatumnwhen won for local owners Charles Conrad and Don Conrad with Rocky Loney training and Chris Loney driving in 2:11 1/5. Red Hot Ranger finished second and is owned by Sarah and Don Conrad and Fred Schroeder. He is trained and driven by Rocky Loney.
The second division of 2-year-old trotters went to Indiancreek Fred, who is owned-trained and driven by Carrie Hollman. BJ’s Erick finished second, and J.L. Razor Sharp was third.
Thursday’s action brought seven races, including several close battles.
In the first race, a 2-year-old filly pace, JS Miss Sunshine, trained by Jack Myers and driven by Peterson, won by a handful of lengths over Girl On Fire. The final time was the fastest on the day at 2:04 2/5. Girl On Fire was owned by Don and Charles Conrad with Rocky Loney training and Chris Loney driving. Jungle War, owned by Harold Fravel and trained and driven by Rocky Loney, finished third.
Trainer and driver Robert Morrow scored a win in the second race, the second division of the 2-year-old filly pace. Morrow drove home Haylee in 2:06 for the victory. Cedarlawn Gracie placed second, and Ideals Card Shark took third.
Iron Claw pulled out an easy win in the third race, a 2-year-old colt pace. It was the sixth consecutive win for owners Don, Roselea and Sarah Conrad. Iron Claw is trained and driven by Rocky Loney and finished in 2:05 2/5. Sarah and Don Conrad’s Explosive Flash finished second behind the guidance of Chris Loney. JsMegawatt Two took third.
The fourth race, a 3-year-old filly trot, went to Miss Messenger who is owned-trained and driven by Eash. Express The Looks took second and Genesis Jessica was third.
During the final mile of the fourth race, a downpour of rain hovered over the track. The track condition was moved from a good grade to sloppy.
Also on a hot streak, LW Jaynie Flyer scored her sixth consecutive win in the 3-year-old filly trot division. The filly is owned, trained and driven by 18-year-old Cassidy Melloy of Illinois. Nancys New Order finished second, and Private Marino was third.
Rocky Loney posted his second win of Thursday, guiding JL Track A Tack to a 10-length win in 2:09 2/5 in the 3-year-old colt trot division. The colt is owned by Don Conrad and David Brunck. Buckaroo’s Secret finished second, followed by One Secret Star.
The final race Thursday was an easy win for Abraham Wittmer’s Joe Cat, who finished in 2:08 in the 3-year-old colt trot division. Love Connection finished second, and Tough Express was third.
In other racing action, at Indiana Downs in Shelbyville, Maddie And Me finished second for owner, trainer and driver Ron Conrad of Corydon.
Speedy Mike was third for William Johnson of New Salisbury, trainer Tom Luther and driver Ricky Macomber.
The Kentucky Fair Finals took place at The Red Mile. Deau Best finished second, by a head, in the 2-year-old colt pace, going for a purse of $9,000. The owners are Fred Schroeder of Evansville and Charles Conrad and David Brunck of Corydon. Don Conrad trains and Chris Loney drove.
In other racing at The Red Mile, Cherchez Bluegrass won for Virgil Phillips of Kentucky, trained at Corydon by Joe Shoaf and driven by Tyler Shehan.