County fair harness racing for 2021 set
The Standardbred Breed Advisory Board of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission recently announced racing dates for a planned schedule of programs at county fairgrounds tracks throughout Indiana, including in Corydon, for the summer of 2021. This schedule is similar to the one adopted last summer, which had to be severely curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 35 program dates were announced, including the initial Governor’s Cup series which will begin June 3 in Converse and end 24 racing dates later with the Championship series at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on Aug. 11 and 12.
Nine county fairgrounds tracks will host events during the Governor’s Cup series during June, July and early August, including two days of racing, on June 10 and 11, in Corydon at the Harrison County Fairgrounds track.
In addition to Corydon, county fairgrounds half-mile tracks which host these events include Converse, Shelbyville, Frankfort, Kendallville, Kentland, Goshen, Portland and Connersville.
Racing at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is conducted at the mile track there, an historic oval which has seen all of the greatest horses in history race there at some point in its more than a century of competition. Many world records have been set there.
Following the initial Governor’s Cup series, a “second series” of events open to horses which have won less than $10,000 during the course of the summer will be raced at seven venues and culminate in a championship series of races on Oct. 9 at the Jay County fairgrounds in Portland. This “second series” will include racing in Corydon on Sept. 25.
All of these county fairgrounds races are open only to Indiana Sired Fair Circuit eligible horses born and raised in Indiana and sired by stallions which stand in Indiana. Purses for these events are supported by stakes payments making these horses eligible and budget allocations from the Standardbred Development Fund in the budget of the IHRC.
Horses racing at these ISFC events are 2- and 3-year-old colts and fillies, trotters and pacers and often there are sufficient entries in any or all of these eight divisions to require more than one race per division. It is not uncommon to have more than 100 head of horses each day of racing coming to the fairgrounds from all over Indiana.
Several horses with local connections are currently in training, or already racing, and may be eligible for these ISFC events.