Horses with local connections racing across country
Local harness racing activity is ramping up as springtime approaches, with some horses already racing across the country and some younger horses in training to make their 2020 debut in the next couple of months at Hoosier Park in Anderson or in June at Indiana county fairs. Optimism runs high in the spring as young horses learn the ropes.
Veteran local horses racing at Miami Valley Raceway north of Cincinnati included Skyway Quinton, who recorded the fastest mile of the week by a local horse. Unfortunately, his 1:52:4 effort was good only for ninth place in a race where the top pacers on the grounds blistered the Ohio 5/8ths oval. Quinton has been one of the stars of the Conrad stable for several years, and his first 2020 start proves he’s nearing good form and should be a contender in the older pacing ranks at Hoosier Park this summer.
Other Conrad starters last week included the stallion Uncaged with a fourth-place paycheck timed in 1:56:4 and Bludhaven, who also picked up a fourth place with a time of 1:58:0.
Bludhaven is owned in partnership with Mike Allen of Corydon. Another Conrad and Allen owned horse, the pacing mare Moscato, is almost ready to start her season.
In the same race with Bludhaven, the 3-year-old pacing filly Hayswood Pacifica made her second lifetime start and finished eighth with an improving time of 1:59:0. She is owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon. Her stable mate, Hayswood Linda, another 3-year-old pacing filly, can be seen some days training at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon. She’s pointing toward qualifying at Hoosier Park in late March. Both fillies may be active on the Indiana county fair circuit this summer. The 5-year-old pacing mare Northern Salina, owned by Hayswood Farm and Alvin Walther of Lanesville, qualified at Miami Valley Raceway with a time of 1:59:3 and will be entered sometime soon.
Three horses born and raised near Lanesville on the Walther farm carried the Harrison County banner high this past week. Rockin TJ, a 4-year-old pacing son of the great Walther mare Kieanna’s Angel, won his race at Miami Valley in 1:53:3. He is owned by Pennsylvania interests. Another son of Kieanna’s Angel, the older gelding Enoch, was fifth in his race at The Meadows racetrack, southwest of Pittsburgh, in a time of 1:55:3. He is owned by the Burke Stable. A son of Walther’s mare Hoosier Vacation, To the Limit, paced his mile at Cal Expo in California in 1:54:4, which was good enough for second place. He is owned by California interests.
Good reports on Harrison County-connected horses are coming from winter training centers in Florida and Indiana. Several promising 2-year-olds are presenting dilemmas for their owners as deadlines approach for stakes payments to keep these youngsters eligible for the summer’s big stakes races. Are they going to be good enough? Time will tell.