Harness racing prepares to move to championship
Indiana Sired Fair Circuit harness racing has operated on an abbreviated schedule all summer due to COVID-19. With none of the few county fairs that took place offering racing, county fairgrounds tracks has attracted dozens of owners and trainers and hundreds of horses. The schedule will culminate this week with championship and consolation-round racing at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, racing that would have normally been contested at the state fair.
Points earned during the summer will qualify horses for the championship races. The last session of qualifying races took place Friday at the Shelby County fairgrounds with several local horses participating.
The Conrad Stable raced three of its 2-year-old horses at Shelbyville. The pacing colt Ultamaroca was fourth in his race, and trotting freshmen Boom Pow and Amigo Style finished fifth and fourth, respectively, in their races. The Conrad 3-year-old pacing filly Moscato and Hayswood Linda, from the Hayswood Farm of Corydon, squared off in the same heat with Hayswood Linda grabbing fifth place and Moscato sixth. In the other heat for 3-year-old pacing fillies, Hayswood Pacifica finished third. Rounding out the local horses, JL Dance with Me from the Simon Girod Stable of Salem was third in her heat for freshmen trotting fillies.
In other action at pari-mutuel tracks last week, the older pacing gelding Hayswood Ron was third in his race at Northfield Park in Cleveland. At Running Aces in Minneapolis, another older pacer, To the Limit, a native of Lanesville born and raised on the Alvin Walther farm, was second in his race. Another Lanesville native from the Walther farm, the older pacer Rockin TJ, was sixth in his race at Hoosier Park.
The Conrad Stable had success last week at Hoosier Park, including a fourth-place paycheck for the 3-year-old trotting colt Mt. Swanmore. Conrad’s 3-year-old pacer Bludhaven was ninth in his race, while the 2-year-old pacer Jack Wacker was eighth in his heat the same night.
On Saturday night at Hoosier Park, Conrad’s mare Primo Extremo could manage only sixth in her race for some of the better pacing mares on the grounds.
Another colt from the Simon Girod barn of Salem, who trains often at the Harrison County Fairgrounds track, was second in a good field of 2-year-old trotters. Pilgrim’s Image is a son of noted Indiana sire Pilgrim’s Chucky and is learning the ropes as the summer goes along, moving from the fair circuit races to the big time at Hoosier Park.
On Monday, final point totals were determined and post-position drawings took place for the championship and consolation-round races at Indianapolis on Thursday. Six horses from Harrison County will race.
In the Governor’s Cup Final for 2-year-old pacing colts, Conrad’s Ultimaroca will race.
In the Governor’s Cup consolation round, Conrad’s 2-year-old pacing colt Jack Wacker will start. Also, in the race for 2-year-old trotting colts, Boom Pow will go postward. Conrad’s 3-year-old pacing colt Bludhaven and 3-year-old trotting colt Mt. Swanmore will start in their divisions.
Finally, in the consolation race for 3-year-old pacing fillies, Hayswood Pacifica will start from post three on the Indiana State Fair mile track.