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17 races pack Harness Festival

17 races pack Harness Festival
17 races pack Harness Festival
Corydon-based driver Charlie Conrad drives home Shady Art (4) to a victory at SaturdayÂ’s inaugural Harrison County Harness Racing Festival. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The inaugural Harrison County Harness Racing Festival drew strong fields Saturday for 17 races among trotting and pacing standardbreds at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon.
Corydon-based drivers and trainers Charlie Conrad and Michael Neafus drove home a pair of winners each around the limestone track.
Conrad won the opening race with Two Green Peppers leading from start to finish for owners Sarah Conrad, Roselea Conrad and Tammy Carter. Two Green Peppers’ time was 2:06 for the 2-year-old filly pace.
Later in the evening, Conrad drove the Steve Carter-trained Shady Art to a win in a 3-year-old colt pace in 2:02. Shady Art is owned by Trent Stohler Stable and TKO Racing Stable.
Neafus also visited the winner’s circle, the first time with Jet Pack, a 2-year-old colt pacer. Trained by Carter and owned by Diamond H. Racing Stable, Jet Pack placed first in the seven-horse field in 2:02.
In a 3-year-old filly trot, She’s Country was driven to victory in the 13th race with Neafus in the sulky. This time, Neafus drove for owners Roselea and Sarah Conrad and trainer Charlie Conrad.
Charlie Conrad also had a pair of second-place finishes (Kings Alibi, 2-year-old filly pace, and JC Kingdom, 3-year-old colt pace) and one third-place finish (Bar Sue, 3-year-old filly trot).
Neafus cracked the top three one other time with Shesonmyway placing third in a 2-year-old filly pace.
Stealing the show among trainers and drivers was Don Eash from Greenfield. Eash claimed seven victories with wins by Suzie Blue, ER Grace, Becky’s Law, ER Undercover, ER Ellie, ER Pacman and ER Matthew.
ER Pacman posted the fastest time among pacers, winning the 15th race, a 3-year-old colt pace in 2:01-4/5. He started the race next to last, then rallied the last half mile for the top spot.
The fastest trotting time came from the effort of Garland Superstar in a 3-year-old filly event. She, like ER Pacman, stalked the leaders before making a late charge to win in 2:04-3/5.
Driver Walter Haynes Jr. steered back-to-back winners in the seventh and eighth races. In the seventh, Ground Driven won a 2-year-old colt trot, followed by Buddy Garland taking the next race in 2:06-3/4.
Jay Cross also guided two winners in the bike: Garland Superstar and Primetime Jerry.
Trainer-drive Tom Luther also had a win, guiding Hair Nation to a victory in 2:05-2/5 in a 3-year-old filly pace.
Saturday marked the first time the fairgrounds in Corydon hosted a fall harness event as part of the Indiana Fall Fair Series.
Harrison County race secretary Carla Clunie said they plan to apply for fall racing in 2013, along with the traditional two-day racing event during the Harrison County Fair.
Fall Series of Fair Racing also took place last week at Connersville.
Two Green Peppers finished second for Sarah and Roselea Conrad and Tammy Carter.
Three-year-old trotting filly She’s Country won for Sarah and Roselea Conrad and trainer-driver Charlie Conrad.