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Local horses competing across the country

Local horses competing across the country Local horses competing across the country

Winter harness racing continues across the country, and racing in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania saw Harrison County horses competing.

Three colts born and raised on the Alvin Walther farm south of Lanesville all registered impressive miles in racing action recently.

An older pacer, To the Limit, racing in California, recorded a fifth-place finish in a time of 1:52:1 in his race on Jan. 25. On the last night of January, To the Limit was at it again with an eighth-place finish at the CalExpo track on the grounds of the California State Fair in Sacramento. To the Limit is a son of the Walther mare Hoosier Vacation.

Two sons of the famous Walther mare Kieanna’s Angel, also born and raised at the Lanesville farm, raced two weeks ago. Enoch, an older pacing gelding now owned by the top trainer in the sport races at The Meadows outside Pittsburgh, won his race on Jan. 24 in 1:53:3 and, a week later, on Jan. 31, recorded a second-place finish in 1:52:4.

Enoch’s younger brother, Rockin TJ, owned in partnership by Indiana’s leading trainer Jeff Cullipher and Tom Pollack of Pennsylvania, was entered in a qualifying race on Jan. 29 at Miami Valley Raceway north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Standard-bred horses must meet certain qualifying standards before they are permitted entry into pari-mutuel races, and Rockin TJ showed no signs of his winter vacation as he paced his mile in 1:54:3.

Another qualifier that day at Miami Valley was the 5-year-old pacing mare Northern Salina, owned by the team of Walther and Hayswood Farm of Corydon.

Northern Salina has been off since last July recovering from a foot infection, but she flashed enough speed to qualify in 1:57:4.

The 2-year-old baby sister of Enoch and Rockin TJ is learning the ropes this winter under the watchful tutelage of one of the sport’s leading trainers, Brian Brown of Ohio. The filly is named Angel’s Destiny and currently is in training at Spring Garden Ranch training center in Florida. Angel’s Destiny also was born and raised at the Lanesville farm.

The family awaits the arrival this spring of their latest new sibling, as Kieanna’s Angel is expecting a foal sired by the noted Indiana sire, Rockin Image.

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