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Conrad Stable collects wins at fairs

Conrad Stable collects wins at fairs
Conrad Stable collects wins at fairs
Charlie Conrad, Larry Poindexter and holding the horse is Carson Conrad, fifth generation of his family to be involved in Indiana harness racing. Submitted photos

Horses from the Conrad Stable raced at the county fairgrounds in Converse and in Kentucky at Mayfield, cashing first-place paychecks at both places.

The county fair racing season in both states is going full on now, and Indiana Sired Fair Circuit racing is slated to come to Corydon tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday at the Harrison County Fair.

Horses for the ISFC circuit must be sired by an Indiana stallion and be born and raised on an Indiana breeding farm. Races are for 2- and 3-year-olds, trotters and pacers, colts/geldings and fillies.

Heavy rains washed out last Thursday’s racing at Converse, so it was combined into one long session Friday, with 31 heats involving 171 horses.

Conrad horses at Converse included 2-year-old pacers Zig Zag Zoom, who won, Be Loving (fifth) and Sassy Babe (third).

At Mayfield on Saturday, Conrad Stable had the following entries: 2-year-old pacers LaParka (fifth), Universal (fifth) and Lookatmyrapsheet (first) and 3-year-old pacer Seaside Hill, who won his race. Also at Mayfield on Saturday, the Brock Stable, which trains at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, collected third-place money twice with their 3-year-old pacers Shakira’s Song and Gimme Sunshine.

Conrad horses also raced at Hoosier Park last week with Bludhaven finishing eighth, trotter Boom Pow finishing sixth and Onoitsmymothernlaw finishing seventh. Ultimaroca, a 3-year-old pacer, collected third-place money in his race Friday night. On Saturday, the star of the Conrad Stable, an older pacer named Skyway Quinton, breezed through his qualifier in 1:53:0. Look for this horse to begin his 2021 season soon.

One of the highlights of Friday’s program at Hoosier Park for local interests was the race by Caption This, a gray 3-year-old pacer whose ownership group includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon. Pacing his fastest mile to date of his young career, Caption This was barely nipped at the wire in 1:50:4 and got second in a race which served as a tune-up for many of the Indiana Sire Stakes’ 3-year-old pacers.

The next edition of ISS racing for these pacers will be Sunday.

Horses born and raised in Harrison County on the Alvin Walther farm raced last week with Brandon’s Rose finishing 10th at Hoosier Park, Soul Kitchen finishing ninth at Northfield Park in Cleveland, Ohio, and Rockin TJ collecting fifth-place money at Scioto Downs in Columbus.

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Horses from the Conrad Stable raced at Hoosier Park in Anderson this past week and also competed at county fair races in Lebanon, Ky. Three-year-old pacers cashed winning paychecks both places.

Standardbred horses are registered with names that cannot exceed 18 spaces, letters and blanks. Creative naming can sometimes stretch those 18 spaces, such as the case of the Conrad 3-year-old pacer Onoitsmymothernlaw. A phrase, a sentiment of dread and a bit of humor, all in 18 spaces. It’s horse names like this that entertain announcers who call races. This week at Hoosier Park, Onoitsmymothernlaw paced home in first place in his race, with the fastest time for the week (1:55:1) of any Harrison County connected horse.

Other Conrad horses racing in Anderson at the pari-mutuel oval included a sixth-place finish by 3-year-old pacer Seaside Hill, a ninth-place finish by 3-year-old Jack Wacker and a seventh-place by the older horse Bludhaven.

On May 29, the Conrad stable raced a contingent of 2-year-old pacers making their first starts at the county fair in Lebanon and all collected paychecks. La Parka was third and Universal and Queen of the Road both finished fifth. In a race for 3-year-olds, Seaside Hill dominated his field, pacing home open lengths ahead for the second Conrad win of the week.

The Brock Stable also raced at Hoosier Park and at Lebanon. The older pacers Heyhey Mahanna and Winyard Hanover raced to eighth and fourth places, respectively, in different contests at Hoosier Park. At the Lebanon half-mile track, 3-year-old pacers Gimme Sunshine (fifth) and Shakira’s Song (second) also collected purse money.

Horses who began life in Harrison County at the Alvin Walther farm south of Lanesville raced in four different states last week. Brandon’s Rose was eighth in her race at Hoosier Park, To the Limit was sixth in his race at Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago, Rockin TJ was ninth in his race at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, and the 7-year-old gelding Enoch finished fifth in his race at Cumberland, Maine.

A 3-year-old trotter who trains at the Corydon fairgrounds but is owned by John Spotten of LaGrange, Ky., continues to have trouble getting through a mile trotting all the way. Aslar, a gelding who started a few times last year at Indiana fairs without success, was 11th and last in his race at Hoosier Park this week, just when it looked like he might get some money. Turning for home and positioned on the rail on a very muddy track, Aslar surrendered his position in the front group of the race by galloping instead of trotting.