Eash wins 5 at fall harness meet
Don Eash came up with five wins in the bike along with six as an owner-trainer to lead the way at the Harrison County Harness and Wine Festival at the county fairgrounds on Saturday.
A card of 15 races presented itself for spectators on the limestone for the one-day meet, part of the Indiana Standardbred Fair Series.
Local connections took the second race, a 2-year-old filly pace. Trained and driven by Charlie Conrad, Topville Cheetah posted a time of 2:02-2/5 for an easy victory. Topville Cheetah is owned by Fred Schroeder, David Baumeyer and Roselea Conrad.
Corydon-based trainer and driver Michael Neafus scored a win in the bike as well behind H-and-N Dho Hailey. The ninth race, a 3-year-old filly pace, Neafus drove for Hoosier Standardbred Farm and trainer Simon Girod, scoring the victory. Neafus led from the start and pulled away late.
The fastest time of the day went to 3-year-old colt pacer Smart Move. Trained by Gary Gilliland and driven by Doug Rideout, Smart Move won by a head over Sand Fortune in 1:59-3/5.
Scoring the quickest trot was 3-year-old colt Be A Jesse (trained-driven by Lester Raber) in the 14th race along with 15th race winner Skyway Pippen (trained-driven by Eash). Both trotted in 2:03-1/5.
Each race ran for a purse of $3,000.
Eash scored four additional wins in the sulky, bringing home Shot Caller, Undertaker, ER Kevin and ER Oliver. Eash also trained 13th-race winner One Cool Swan, who was driven by Ervin Nisley.
Other winners were Ponda World (driver and trainer Pat Melloy Jr.), Jazzymove (driver and trainer Lester Raber), Clockadoodledoo (driver and trainer Doug Rideout), Cherokee Plugrkid (driver Rideout, trainer Carrie Hollman) and TC Scandal (driver Mike Hollenback, trainer Curtis Sumpter).