Horses with local connections competing in winter races
While summer harness racing in Indiana happens at the county fairs and at Hoosier Park, the parimutuel track in Anderson, winter harness racing is a mainstay of the sport in other states. Several race horses with Harrison County connections are currently racing across the United States.
Two horses born and raised on the Alvin Walther farm south of Lanesville have raced recently. To the Limit, a pacer now owned by California interests and a son of Walther’s mare Hoosier Vacation, was sixth recently in his race at CalExpo in Sacramento, Calif. This track, on the grounds of the California State Fair, is the farthest west that harness racing is contested in the United States, although there is harness racing in the western provinces of Canada. To the Limit paced his mile in 1:53:3 against the top class of horses on the grounds at CalExpo.
A horse also born at Lanesville and raised by Walther named Enoch, now owned by the sports leading trainer Ron Burke, is currently racing at The Meadows near Pittsburgh.
Enoch, a son of Walther’s most famous mare Kieanna’s Angel, was an Indiana champion during his early years and now competes in the aged divisions for older pacers.
On Jan. 10, Enoch won his race in 1:52:2, and, on Jan. 17, he was fifth in a similar race in 1:52:3 for the mile.
The now 4-year-old pacer Hayswood Ron, owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon and King Racing of Willshire, Ohio. is currently competing at Miami Valley Raceway north of Cincinnati. On Jan. 11, this horse was fifth in his race in 1:55:3, after winning the week before at Dayton Raceway in 1:54:1. The evening of Jan. 18, he was fifth again, this time in 1:56:4.
Hayswood Ron is familiar to Harrison County Fair racing fans, as during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons he raced three times in Corydon and won all three races.
On Jan. 19, the 3-year-old filly Hayswood Pacifica made the first start of her career, also at Miami Valley. Owned by the team of Hayswood Farm and King Racing, this filly started from the far outside ninth post position and never could make up that deficit, completing her mile in 2:00:4 and finishing in eighth place.