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ISFC harness racing nears end of season

ISFC harness racing nears end of season
ISFC harness racing nears end of season
Jay Cross drives Vel Charlie ahead of the other four entries in race 14 of 20 on Aug. 19 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds as the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit came to Corydon. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

Indiana Sired Fair Circuit harness racing moved on from Corydon two weeks ago with programs at the Miami County fairgrounds track in Converse and at the Clinton County fairgrounds track in Frankfort.

On Aug. 25 at Converse, a total of 25 races took place, including 148 head of racehorses. The Charlie Conrad stable had five young horses competing. Two-year-old pacer Ultimorioca was sixth in his heat, and his 3-year-old pacing stablemate, Bludhaven, was fifth in his race.

Two-year-old Conrad stable trotters racing included Boom Pow, who picked up third-place money, and Amigo Style, who was fourth. The 3-year-old trotting colt Mt. Swanmore was sixth in his race at Converse.

On Saturday at Frankfort, a total of 21 races saw 127 horses go postward on the fast Clinton County oval. The Conrad stable had Amigo Style finish third and the 3-year-old pacing mare Moscato was sixth in her race.

Three-year-old pacing fillies from Hayswood Farm of Corydon, Hayswood Linda and Hayswood Pacifica, both were fifth in their races.

One more session of ISFC races is scheduled for Friday at Shelby County, then the championships and consolations for the Governor’s Cup, in all eight divisions of 2- and 3-year-olds, trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, will be raced at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on Thursday, Sept. 10. The top 16 horses in the points standings in each division will compete, eight in the finals and eight in the consolations.

After the races in Frankfort, it appears that several horses from the Conrad stable may be eligible for the Indianapolis races, and the Hayswood Farm fillies need some high placings in Shelbyville to get in.

Hoosier Park harness racing action last week saw the 2-year-old pacer Jack Wacker from the Conrad barn finish fourth in his race. The 2-year-old trotter Pilgrim’s Image, from the Girod Stable of Salem, was also fourth in his race at the Anderson track.

(Intended for last week)

Five horses with local connections raced last week at five different pari-mutuel tracks in five different states, recording three wins and two other paychecks.

At Running Aces in Minneapolis on Sunday, the pacing gelding To the Limit, with roots in Lanesville at the Walther farm, paced home in 1:53:3, good only for fifth place in his race. Also on Sunday, at the Red Mile in Lexington, Primo Extremo from the Charlie Conrad stable won her race in 1:53:0.

On Monday at Northfield Park in Cleveland, Hayswood Ron was sixth in his fastest mile ever on a half-mile track, stopping the clock in 1:53:4. This was his first race for trainer/lessee Zach Miller of Converse. The 4-year-old pacer is owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon and King Racing of Ohio.

On Tuesday at Hoosier Park in Anderson, the Conrad stable recorded another win with Bludhaven, who won in 1:56:2. On the same card, the 3-year-old trotter Mt. Swanmore was third in his race in 1:58:3.

Capping off the week for local horses, 3-year-old pacer Cruisin Virgin won on Saturday night at Northville Downs in Michigan for his ownership group, which includes Alvin Walther of Lanesville.

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