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Harness racing ready to resume

Corydon event set for Aug. 19
Harness racing ready to resume Harness racing ready to resume

Indiana harness racing is gearing up to return to action this month, with racing also at county fairgrounds sites beginning in July. It is not clear yet how many of those county fairgrounds racing programs will be contested during a local county fair. Many fair boards have not yet decided when — or if — their county fair will happen this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qualifying races have started at Hoosier Park, and purse racing will resume June 14 at the Anderson pari-mutuel oval, without spectators allowed in the stands and with severe precautions taken by all people concerned. Wagering will be done on the internet, and all across the country this type of wagering on horse racing has proven to be quite active.

Horses from local stables, including the Conrad Stable, Hayswood Farm and the Brock Stable, have qualified so far at Hoosier Park, with more expected to do so soon. The Girod Stable of Salem has several horses ready to qualify after doing some training on the Harrison County Fairgrounds track.

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission released a revised schedule of racing at county fairgrounds tracks. The new shorter schedule of summer racing will begin July 4 and continue until championships are raced at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Sept. 10. These fairgrounds races are now known as the “Governor’s Cup” series, but the championships will carry smaller purses than originally planned.

A total of 12 programs of racing are planned, with a stop at the Harrison County Fairgrounds scheduled for Aug. 19. The Corydon races that day are to begin at 1 p.m. and will include all classes of trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, 2- and 3-year-olds. It is anticipated that many locally owned horses will compete in Corydon that day.