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Local horses continue racing

Local horses continue racing Local horses continue racing

This past week saw harness-racing horses with Harrison County connections racing in four different states.

At Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago, the 2-year-old pacing filly Brandon’s Rose, born and raised south of Lanesville on the Alvin Walther farm, was fifth in her race. Her older brother, To the Limit, a pacing gelding also raised by Walther’s mare Hoosier Vacation, was eighth in his race at Running Aces racetrack in Minneapolis.

At Northfield Park in Cleveland, the 4-year-old pacing gelding Hayswood Ron was sixth in his race. This horse is owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon and King Racing of Wilshire, Ohio.

At Hoosier Park in Anderson, several horses from the Conrad Stable raced last week. While many of Conrad’s 2-year-old horses have completed their seasons and are now turned out to grow and rest over the winter, older horses are still racing. The 3-year-old trotting colt Mt. Swanmore was sixth in his race, while his stablemate, Bludhaven, a 3-year-old pacing colt, was fifth in his race at Hoosier Park.

Later in the week, Conrad’s older pacing mare, Primo Extremo, was sixth in her race and the Walther product Rockin TJ, now owned by Pennsylvania interests, was ninth in his race.

Stakes action is heating up at Hoosier Park, and Indiana harness racing turns its focus to those events, as well as the hosting of the “Super Bowl” of harness racing, which is coming back to Indiana the last weekend in October.

In 2017, Hoosier Park hosted the “Breeders Crown” championships for the first time, and many people from the east coast and Canada were so impressed with Hoosier hospitality that they insisted that Indiana host again this year. The COVID-19 pandemic will change the event considerably from the fans’ perspective, but the races will be hotly contested with more than $6 million in purse money on the line.

Also in October, the annual sales of yearling race horses, future prospects, begin in Indiana with the Hoosier Classic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Several local stables are expected to purchase young horses at this sale and at other sales this fall.