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Heeeere they come!

Heeeere they come!
Heeeere they come!
Standardbred pacer Attack Modes Billy (5), being driven by his owner and trainer, Lester Raber of Loogootee, charges down the stretch of the final race Friday at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon. Directly behind Raber are, from left, Don Eash and E R Prince Charmin, Mike Neafus and Brooklyn Flight and Mike Peterson and Matt’s Jack. Attack Modes Billy posted the quickest time of the two-day meet with a win in 2:02. Photo by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

Don Eash and Lester Raber tied for first with the most wins at the 2011 Harrison County Fair harness races with four each. Corydon-based driver and trainer Michael Neafus finished with two wins.
Neafus won with a pair of Charlie M. Conrad-trained pacers on Thursday’s seven-race card at the fairgrounds in Corydon.
In the second race, Actually AJ led gate to wire to score his third win of the year in the 2-year-old colt pace division. His time of 2:06 tied his best of the season. The colt is owned by Sarah and Carson Conrad.
Neafus also drove home I Won’t Back Down in the third race for trainer Charlie M. Conrad. It was the 2-year-old filly’s first career win in eight starts, crossing the line in 2:09. The filly, owned by Roselea Conrad and Fred Schroeder, had a previous best finish of second at the Shelbyville on June 22.
During Thursday’s racing, Eash came away with three wins. He opened the meet with a gate-to-wire victory with 2-year-old colt pacer Goodbye Chip in 2:05. Finishing second in the race was Don’t Let Up, driven by Neafus, trained by Charlie M. Conrad and owned by Michael Allen and Sarah Conrad.
Eash scored wins with Don’t Call Me Mabel in the fourth race for 2-year-old filly pacers and the sixth race with 3-year-old trotter Skyway Sadie. Both had to come from second place with late passes to take the wins.
Driver-trainer Carrie Hollman won the fifth race with Indian Creek Joe pulling away for a gate-to-wire win in 2:07-1/5 against 3-year-old colt trotters.
Closing the racing on Thursday was 3-year-old filly trotter Miss Ellaneous leading from the start to win in 2:07-1/5. Lester Raber was in the bike for trainer Abraham Wittmer.
Friday’s racing also took place in hot and humid conditions. After the first race, aboard Raider Girl Friday, Rocky Loney pulled out due to the extreme heat. Chris Loney drove for him the rest of the way and picked up two wins.
Chris Loney won the fifth race with a 3-year-old filly, Fourth Straight. She won from the start, taking the second quickest time of the meet, 2:02-4/5 for Dbb’s Tomahawk Stable.
Ocular Confections gave Chris Loney his second win in the 3-year-old filly pace in the sixth race with a time of 2:05-3/5. It came in a photo finish, picking up the win by a head-bob over Mike Peterson-driven Diamondback.
Don Eash scored his final win with the second race, a 2-year-old filly trot. ER Anna held off Super Jo Jo for the win.
Having a big day on Friday was Raber: He trained and drove three wins and trained his fourth winner of the day while Clifford Graber drove.
Raber won the first race with Lakeview Angel and the third with Martz Time. Graber drove home DC Chug-a-lug to victory for Raber, the trainer.
Closing out the meet, Raber won gate-to-wire with Attack Modes Billy in a 3-year-old pace event. Attack Modes Billy posted the the fastest time of the meet, 2:02. Trainer Charlie M. Conrad and driver Michael Neafus combined to finish second with Brooklyn Flight, owned by Sarah, Carson and Roselea Conrad.

Racing elsewhere

Indiana Downs in Shelbyville opened July 25.
White Ruler won, taking a new lifetime record time of 1:54-4/5 for owners Fred Schroeder of Evansville, Don Conrad of Corydon, David Brunck and Judy McGinnis of Indiana and trainer-driver Charlie M. Conrad.
Zoom Past You finished third for Roselea Conrad, Carson Conrad and David Brunck with Charlie driving.
Time To Celebrate also got up for third for Don and Sarah Conrad in a three-horse photo.
Enjoy The Scenery was third for Roselea Conrad and Fred Schroeder.
Two-year-old trotting filly She’s Country got her third win this year, lowering her record time to 2:00-4/5 for Roselea and Sarah Conrad.
In Kentucky fair racing at The Red Mile in Lexington, Doc’s Leopard King won, taking a new record time of 1:54-4/5 for Dr. Andrew Roberts of Lexington and trainer-driver Michael Neafus of Corydon.
Happy Hour Hottie was second for Fred Schroeder and Roselea Conrad, trainer Don Conrad and driver Charlie M. Conrad.
Two-year-old filly trotter Chillingham won, equaling her previous best time for Dudley and James Thompson of Kentucky and Roselea Conrad with Charlie driving for trainer Don Conrad.
In qualifying races held earlier in the day, Doc’s Hoss, who had not raced since returning from The Meadowlands in New Jersey, lowered his record by winning in 1:52-3/5 for Dr. Andrew Roberts and trainer-driver Michael Neafus.