Local horses continue to race
While harness racing at pari-mutuel tracks happens year-round in the United States, fewer tracks are open and many horses are turned out for the winter months. Horses that didn’t race as much in the summer compete at winter tracks in California and Florida.
Hoosier Park in Anderson still has about a month to go in its 2020 meeting, and several horses with Harrison County connections are racing there, as well as in Ohio.
In late September, the Conrad stable had two starters at Hoosier Park. Moscato, a 3-year-old pacing filly, was third in her race, and her stable mate trotter, Mt. Swanmore, was sixth in his.
On Oct. 6, 4-year-old Hayswood Ron paced to seventh place in his race in 1:54:1 at Northfield Park in Cleveland, Ohio. The horse, owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon and King Racing of Ohio, will return tomorrow (Thursday) to Hoosier Park. Also on Oct. 6 at Hoosier Park, Charlie Conrad drove Moscato to a second-place finish in her race. The next night, Conrad garnered third-place money with his older pacing horse, Bludhaven, and a fourth-place check with his older pacing mare, Primo Extremo.
On Oct. 11, the 2-year-old pacing filly Brandon’s Rose paced a good mile in 1:56:1, hanging on for fourth place. She was born and raised on the Alvin Walther farm south of Lanesville. Her mother, Hoosier Vacation, has just weaned a little sister to this horse who looks quite promising.
Fall also brings the sales of yearling prospects, and one of the biggest sales is a week-long event in Lexington, Ky., where more than 800 yearlings are sold. From this sale, a beautiful bay filly trotter named Ultrasonic Kemp will join the Conrad Stable as she was purchased during the Friday night session.
The biggest Indiana sale will be Oct. 22 to 24 in Indianapolis.