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Eash, Neafus among harness winners

Eash, Neafus among harness winners
Eash, Neafus among harness winners
Driver Michal Neafus of Corydon drives home Actually AJ for his third win of the two-day harness meet at the Harrison County Fair. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Don Eash of Greenfield picked up five wins during the course of two afternoons of harness racing along the limestone track at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon.
Eight races on Thursday and nine on Friday made up a busy race card. Corydon driver Michael Neafus scored two wins in the sulky on his home course.
On Thursday’s race card, Neafus picked up back-to-back wins in the bike in the second and third races.
In the second, Neafus brought home Shesonmyway from start to finish for trainer Steve Carter in 2:04. Always Handi came home second, followed by Bluebird Musical.
Two Green Peppers entered the third race, a 2-year-old filly pace event, having won four of seven starts. Neafus drove home Two Green Peppers to her fifth win, cruising to a two-length victory over Er Monica. The winner was trained by Charlie Conrad and owned by Sarah and Rolselea Conrad and paced in 2:02-3/5.
Trainer-driver Eash also scored two wins Thursday, taking the fourth race, a 2-year-old filly pace event, with Astreo’s Love in 2:02. In the final race, Fair Bizzness led gate to wire in 2:07 in a 3-year-old trot.
Other winners Thursday included Third Little Pig in the opener, a 2-year-old filly pace (2:05), driven by Michael Detweiler and trained by Leander Schwartz; Rocky Loney guided Garland Superstar to a win for Timothy Gilliland in a 3-year-old filly trot (2:05); Dc Lucy won for trainer Verlin Yoder and driver James Yoder in the 3-year-old filly trot (2:05-2/5); and Tallerthanwoody took a 3-year-old colt trot (2:06-1/5) with Jason Thompson driving for trainer Ron Randall.
In Tallerthanwoody’s win, the Michael Neafus-trained GW Trot held the lead early, setting fast fractions, but faded to third with the trainer in the sulky.
On Friday, Eash had consecutive wins in 2-year-old colt trotting events, guiding Well Connected Kid (third race) and Jesse Say More (fourth race) to wins. Later in the day, Eash won with ER Taylor (seventh race) in a 3-year-old filly pace, posting the fastest time (2:01) of the meet.
Neafus ended the race meet with his third win, guiding Actually AJ across the line first in a 3-year-old colt pace for trainer Charlie Conrad and owners Sarah and Carson Conrad. It was the seventh win of the year for Actually AJ and 14th of his career.
Trainer Tom Luther was part of two wins on Friday, the most impressive being Hair Nation in a 3-year-old filly pace under the drive of Mike Peterson. After going winless in 2011, Hair Nation has won eight races in 2012, and Friday’s win extended her current win streak to four.
Luther took a 2-year-old filly trot with Mitey Savage in the second race, leading from start to finish.
Other winners Friday included Just Remarkable for trainer-driver Carrie Holliman in a 2-year-old filly trot (2:09-4/5); BC Gandydancer won for trainer Joe Essig and driver Joseph Essig in a 3-year-old filly pace (2:03); and Good Tiger Falls won for trainer Gerald Miller and driver Doug Rideout in a 3-year-old colt pace (2:02-2/5).
Harness racing is slated to return Sept. 29 for the fall season of harness racing by the Indiana Standardbred Association. The races will be part of the Indiana Sires Fair Series for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters. First post on Sept. 29 will be 11 a.m. and could feature nearly 30 races.
Indiana Downs racing
At the Shelbyville track, Forever Showin Off finished second and 2-year-old trotting colt Super Rock won, taking a new record time of 1:59-3/5. Both are owned by Fred Schroeder of Evansville and Roselea Conrad of Corydon, and both were driven by trainer Charlie M. Conrad.
Carmen O won for Gary Hayes of Kentucky and trainer-driver Terry Cullipher.