County fair racing goes back to Converse
Indiana Sired Fair Circuit harness racing for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, went back to the Miami County fairgrounds Thursday and Friday afternoons last week with several horses with local connections competing. A total of 28 races across the eight divisions of ISFC racing took place, involving 158 young horses.
The Charlie Conrad stable was well represented with 2-year-old filly pacers Zig Zag Zoom and Be Loving both picking up third-place money. Conrad’s 2-year-old filly trotters included a fifth place by Beast Slayer, sixth by Indian Creek Josie and second by Sassy Babe, who won the previous week at Corydon. Conrad drove the 3-year-old colt pacer Frontier Metis to a fourth-place finish.
At Hoosier Park last week, the Conrad stable picked up second-place money with the 3-year-old pacer Ultamaroca and had two eighth-place finishes from older pacers Bludhaven and Jack Wacker.
Sunday night at Hoosier Park marked the return to the races of Conrad’s star pacer, Skyway Quinton, who has not raced since winning last August at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. Facing top “open” competition, the horse paced his mile in 1:53:0 finishing 10th. Skyway Quinton has $199,477 in career earnings with the Conrad stable, so he will surely top $200,000 sometime soon.
On June 13 at Hoosier Park, the second of eight legs of Indiana Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings was contested. The gray pacer Caption This, whose ownership group includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon, recorded the fastest mile of his life, finishing in 1:50:1, with a last quarter in 26:2. Starting from the far outside post position, this big effort was good enough for only fourth-place money as the winner reached the wire in 1:49:2.
With six legs of ISS action to go and several stakes races in addition on the calendar, the 3-year-old colts promise lots of great racing action this summer at Hoosier Park.
Harrison County born and raised horses that come from the Alvin Walther farm at Lanesville raced in Ohio and Illinois last week. The 9-year-old pacing gelding To the Limit cashed a fifth-place check at Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago, which left him $428 short of $200,000 in lifetime earnings. A son and daughter of Walther’s mare Kieanna’s Angel both finished seventh in their races at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. Soul Kitchen and Rockin TJ are carded to race again soon.