Racing resumes at Hoosier Park
After a three-month break for the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana harness racing returned June 16 to Hoosier Park in Anderson. Racing there is being conducted without spectators allowed in the stands and precautions taken by all people concerned.
Owners wearing masks are allowed onto the apron at the finish line only for races in which they have horses entered and can watch from there. In the paddock areas, only grooms, trainers and drivers are allowed, wearing masks all the time.
Wagering is all done on the internet.
Local stables with horses which raced at Hoosier Park last week included the Conrad Stable, Hayswood Farm and the Brock Stable.
On June 16, Charlie Conrad recorded a second-place finish with the pacing filly Moscato and a sixth-place finish with the pacer Bludhaven. Conrad picked up fifth-place money with his trotter, Mt. Swanmore.
The Brock Stable collected a second-place check with their older pacer, Winyard Hanover, a horse others thought was past his prime. But, with TLC from Mary Brock, he has found the fountain of youth and is racing as well as ever.
On Thursday night at Hoosier Park, local favorites Hayswood Ron, from Hayswood Farm of Corydon and King Racing of Ohio, and Uncaged, a pacing stallion from the Conrad Stable, hooked up in the same race. Uncaged surprised the bettors with a third-place score, besting Hayswood Ron, who ended up sixth by 1/5 of a second. The same two are set to go at each other tomorrow (Thursday).
From the Brock Stable, pacer Six Day Wars raced at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday night, finishing eighth in 1:54:2.
An abbreviated schedule of summer racing at county fairgrounds will begin July 4 and continue until championships are raced at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Sept. 10. A total of 12 programs of racing are planned with a slate of races at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon on Aug. 19.