Off-season work coming for standardbreds
Fall brings closure to the season of Hoosier harness racing with the last card of racing at Hoosier Park slated for Saturday.
The last big night of Grand Circuit stakes races at the Anderson oval was Friday, but no horses with Harrison County connections were competing for the millions in purse money.
Some horses will take a few months off during the winter. One local 3-year-old, Hayswood Ron, will race once more in 2019 and then be turned out to grow, eat and rest. The pacer is owned by King Racing of Willshire, Ohio, and Hayswood Farm of Corydon. Last week at Hoosier Park, he was fourth, in a time of 1:56:3, in a race for horses who have not won at a pari-mutuel track.
A few 2-year-olds who did not get to the races early in the summer are still racing, including the colt Cruisin Virgin, owned by Alvin Walther of Lanesville and a group from Daviess County. Racing at Northville Downs in Michigan, the 2-year-old pacer won on Oct. 26 in 2:02:0 and was second on Nov. 2 in 2:00:4. Given his late start, he may race a few more times before calling it quits for the year.
Lanesville natives who are both sons of the Walther mare Kieanna’s Angel raced last week. Enoch, a 6-year-old pacer racing at The Meadows in Pennsylvania, was second in his race with a time of 1:51:3. Rockin TJ, a 3-year-old pacer racing at Hoosier Park, won his race in 1:53:1.
Many stables are concentrating their efforts now with the training and teaching of the yearling colts they have raised or purchased at sales.
The Charlie Conrad stable is heavily involved with teaching yearlings from their base at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelbyville. The two fillies sold by Alvin Walther are both learning to wear harness, one in Ohio and one in Northern Indiana at training centers. Brandon’s Rose, the Walther pacing filly sold in the auction sale last week to the same ownership group that races her brother, will join the Lewayne Miller racing stable at Pacesetter Farms training center northeast of Anderson. There she will be taught along with Caption This, a yearling colt owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon and others.