Local horses fare well at tracks
Horses from local stables raced last week in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Chicago and Hoosier Park in Anderson, as well as at the Converse fairgrounds in Indiana.
The star of the Charlie Conrad stable, the 5-year-old pacing stallion Skyway Quinton, won his feature race Saturday at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania in a time of 1:51:0. After three second-place checks so far in 2020, Skyway Quinton’s win pushed his lifetime earnings to $190,877, and was just one of eight wins in 14 races for driver George Napolitano.
Last Tuesday, at Running Aces in Minneapolis, Lanesville native To the Limit could manage only seventh place with a time of 1:52:4. The older pacing gelding, a son of the mare Hoosier Vacation, was born and raised on the Alvin Walther farm south of Lanesville.
Sunday night, at Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago, Brandon’s Rose, a 2-year-old daughter of Hoosier Vacation, made her first lifetime start, finishing fifth in a time of 1:58:3 in a pacing field of 10 first-time fillies. However, because she broke stride from pacing in the stretch, she was placed eighth by the judges and all horses behind her were moved up.
Closer to home at Hoosier Park in Anderson, the Conrad stable had a seventh-place finish last Wednesday with Moscato, a pacing mare owned with Michael Allen of Corydon. On Thursday night, the Conrad horse Uncaged was sixth in his race. On Saturday night, Alvin Walther’s 3-year-old pacer Cruisin Virgin finished eighth in the fastest race of the night, with the winner stopping the timer in 1:49:3.
Also on Thursday night, at Hoosier Park, the Brock Stable, which trains at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, picked up a third-place check with Wingard Hanover and a fourth-place check in another race with Six Day Wars, both pacers.
The opening sessions of county fairgrounds races for this summer, only for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, sired by Indiana stallions and born and raised in Indiana, took place at Converse during the July 4th weekend. On Saturday, the Conrad stable debuted several 2-year-old pacers, including Catholic Girl and Topville Celebrity, both who were second in their respective races, Topville Celebrity, Keep’s Admiral, who was fourth in his race, Jack Wacker, who got second-place money, Onoitsmymothernlaw, who was also fourth, and Ultimaroca, who won his heat.
With the 3-year-old trotting colt Mount Swanmore getting fourth-place money, Conrad completed a perfect Saturday getting part of the purse money in all seven races he entered.
On Sunday, at Converse, Conrad’s horses continued the hot streak as Amigo Style (second), Boom Pow (second) and Bludhaven, a 3-year-old pacing colt co-owned with Michael Allen of Corydon, collecting third-place money. That’s 10 races at Converse during the weekend and 10 paychecks for Conrad pupils.
Also on Sunday, at Converse, the John Spotten stable, which trains in Corydon, had a fifth-place finish with Aslar and a sixth-place score with Now I Love You, both 2-year-old trotters.
The county fair circuit moves to Jay and Noble counties this week with even more local horses expected to compete.