Posted on

Weather a challenge for harness competitors

Weather a challenge for harness competitors
Weather a challenge for harness competitors
Jim Hays, of Corydon, gets some love from the crowd after Hayswood Ron, a 2-year-old colt he owns along with Funk Racing Stable, takes the fifth race on Thursday at the Harrison County Fair.

During the two days of harness racing action at the Harrison County Fair in Corydon, drivers and the standardbreds had to battle not only one another, but the weather. On Thursday, some light rain made for a smooth track. Friday, however, brought on constant rain. Sometimes the rain was more of a downpour.
Local connections had success as well. Charlie Conrad, born in Corydon, entered a handful of horses for competition. Jim Hays, also of Corydon, had entries as well, coming away with one winner as Hayswood Ron won his second race of the calendar year on Thursday.
It was nearly all full fields going to post for 11 races on Thursday and 10 on Friday. Each race was run for a $3,000 purse through the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit.
Thursday racing
Hayswood Ron took off from his outside post position and took the lead in a 2-year-old colt pace with Mike Peterson in the sulky. With the lead, the Hays and Funk Stables owners saw Hayswood Ron extend his lead throughout the race. For trainer Larry King, Hayswood Ron won the fifth race in a comfortable 2:07.0, nine lengths ahead of runner-up Miciah My Man, trained and driven by Don Eash. It was the second win in three life-time starts for Hayswood Ron.
The Peterson/King connection had a rather successful Thursday, combining to win two more races. They took the opener with Sarah’s Lilly going in 2:10.0 in a 2-year-old filly pace as Conrad’s All About Kathy ran third. Misty Shooter (2:07.0) went gate to wire to win the third race for Peterson/King as Conrad was runner-up with the late charging Play To The Crowd.
It was a runner-up day for Conrad Stables. Double B was second by a neck to A Remarkable Life in a 2-year-old colt pace. Joey Putnam drove home A Remarkable Life in 2:08.1 for trainer King.
Putnam and King later notched another win with Mystical Grace going in 2:09.3 in a 3-year-old filly trot. She edged out Conrad’s Super Tab (2:10.0).
The Hays/Funk Stables also sent out Hayswood Chip on Thursday, but the 2-year-old colt pacer ended up fourth. In the race, Eash’s ER Sam won going away in a quick 2:04.2.
Additional winners Thursday were 2-year-old filly pacer Dojea Rita (driver Rocky Loney, trainer Donna Loney, 2:06.4), 3-year-old filly trotter Striking Encore (driver-trainer Doug Rideout, 2:06.4), 3-year-old filly trotter Victoria Swan (driver Jordan Ross and trainer Timothy Gilliland, 2:09.2), 3-year-old colt trotter Megaglide (driver Gerald Miller and trainer Don Eash, 2:08.0) and 3-year-old colt trotter Power Tower (driver-trainer Doug Rideout, 2:11.3).
Friday racing
The first two races Friday went without much issue, but the third through 10th were a different story. Heavy rains created a sloppy rating of the limestone track during some races.
Due to the track conditions, the final five races were without the use of the traditional starting gate car. Instead, the race starter watched closely as the drivers agreed to a ‘gentleman’s start.’ The standardbreds lined up traditionally coming out of the final turn but without the guide of the gate. The starter would yell ‘Go!’, and off they went for each mile race, which is two trips around the fairgrounds’ track.
The final race of the card was the most impressive in terms of race time for pacers. Three-year-old colt Miss U Big Mike started with a massive lead and held on with Peterson under the irons. Larry King is the trainer for Miss U Big Mike, who turned over a mile in 2:00.4, for the Funk Racing Stable.
Eash trained four winners on Friday, driving three of them to victories on the oval. His 2-year-old colt trotter, Lookingforwins, lived up to his namesake with his career first, going in 2:13.3.
The two 3-year-old filly pace divisions saw an Eash sweep. Seeyouinlalaland came from the second tier to loop the field for an easy win in 2:03.0. In the next race, Gerald Miller drove the Eash-trained Skyway Athena to a narrow win over Rail Desire with a time of 2:02.0.
Eash-trained horses also went first and second in the ninth race, a 3-year-old colt pace. Sitting in the sulky, Eash guided Ramblintime (2:01.1) to the top spot while stablemate Townline All Good was runner-up under the drive of Miller.
Trainer Robert Taylor and driver Jordan Ross crossed the finish line Friday first with a pair of fillies taking care of business. In a 2-year-old filly trot, Neon Norma moved to the lead at the half-mile mark and won in 2:12. Imasharktoo took a 3-year-old filly pace for Taylor/Ross in 2:03.1.
Also scoring wins on Friday were 2-year-old filly trotter Chestnut Rose (driver Jay Cross, trainer Holly Haimes, 2:11.2), 2-year-old colt trotter Justatest (driver-trainer Mike Hollenback, 2:15.2) and 2-year-old colt trotter JL Dollerbill (driver Odell Cross, trainer Dossie Minor, 2:18.3).