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Harness racing for 2021 underway for some local horses

Harness racing for 2021 underway for some local horses Harness racing for 2021 underway for some local horses

During the winter months, a handful of harness racing tracks across North America continue to have racing events with substantial amount of pari-mutuel wagering involved. While most Indiana horses and race horses with local connections to Harrison County are preparing for summer events, some horses from here are already racing.

Three horses native to Harrison County, born and raised on the Lanesville farm of Alvin Walther, have raced recently in Ohio and California.

Two offspring of Walther’s famous mare Kieanna’s Angel are racing at Miami Valley Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio. Both were sold as yearlings through the Indiana sale that takes place each fall. A gelding sired by the Indiana champion stallion Rockin Image, Rockin TJ was sold as a yearling in 2017 and raced often at Hoosier Park in Anderson in recent years. Now owned by Ohio interests, Rockin TJ has two second-place finishes in four starts so far this winter in Ohio. His lifetime winnings are now $102,676.

A 3-year-old filly named Soul Kitchen, also a daughter of Kieanna’s Angel, has one fourth-place check so far in two starts. It is expected she may compete on the Indiana county fair circuit this summer.

Another older gelding, To the Limit, is a son of Walther’s mare Hoosier Vacation. Owned by California interests and trained by leading trainer Kathleen Plestad, this horse races during the summer in Minnesota and returns to the track at CalExpo, the California state fairgrounds in Sacramento, for winter racing. So far this year, he has achieved four wins, one second and one third in eight starts. His lifetime earnings are now $192,877, including a come-from-behind win Sunday night in 1:53:3.

Hoosier Vacation has a daughter named Brandon’s Rose, now owned by Michigan sportsmen, who raced last summer in Chicago and at Hoosier Park, and is expected to race there this summer.

Another daughter of Hoosier Vacation is a yearling and is expected to be a sought-after consignment to the yearling sales in the fall.

All of these older horses are awaiting the next member of the family to be born soon, as Hoosier Vacation is in foal for 2021.

A local pacing filly, Hayswood Linda, was sold last fall by Hayswood Farm of Corydon and end up with Florida interests and has recently qualified to race at Pompano Park in Miami. Apparently, she knows how to avoid brutal Hoosier winters. Her former stablemates, Hayswood Ron and Hayswood Pacifica, will soon resume jogging over the Harrison County Fairgrounds track.