Harness racing makes for busy summer
In addition to the Indiana Sire Stakes series of eight “legs,” which last the entire summer, a major midsummer stakes race for 3-year-old pacers is called “The Hoosier Cup” and is raced on July 4 at Hoosier Park in Anderson for a purse of $75,000.
Because more than 10 eligible horses chose to pay the entry fee, so-called “elimination” heats were raced on Sunday, June 27, so that the field could be narrowed to 10 starters. The top three horses in each of three eliminations plus the fourth-place finisher with the most 2021 earnings would make the field.
A gray gelding, Caption This, whose ownership group includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon, finished fourth in his heat but lost out in the earnings rankings by $670, so he was relegated to the “consolation” race on the July 4 card.
Caption This continued his improvement as each of his nine starts so far this year, except for one, have been faster than the one before. His fourth-place time was 1:50:0 with a last quarter in 26:4. He was to start from post 1 in the consolation race. (Due to the holiday, race results were not available at press time.)
Indiana Sired Fair Circuit harness racing for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, went to the Shelby County fairgrounds again on Monday afternoon last week with several horses with local connections competing.
Charlie Conrad was second with his 2-year-old filly pacer Zig Zag Zoom and recorded a win, a second, fifth and seventh place driving horses owned and trained by others.
Kentucky county fair harness racing went to Lebanon last week, and the Conrad stable was active there. Conrad guided his 2-year-old pacing colts to second- and fourth-place checks. After driving his 2-year-old filly pacer Lookatmyrapsheet to a win to keep her record undefeated in four races so far, Conrad scored wins in the next three races as well, driving colts and fillies for other stables. The streak of wins was broken at the wire in the next race as Conrad’s 3-year-old pacer Seaside Hill was beaten, barely.
Also at Lebanon, the Brock stable of Louisville which trains at the Harrison County Fairgrounds track, collected a second-place check with its 3-year-old pacing filly Shakira’s Song and a fifth-place check with her stablemate colt, Gimme Sunshine.
At Hoosier Park on Thursday night, Conrad stable raced two 3-year-old pacing colts. Ultimaroca finished second in his race, and Jack Wacker was third in his race.
The famous Red Mile in Lexington opens its summer race meet this month, and the Brock stable has already qualified three veteran race horses to race over the storied red clay oval. Winyard Hanover paced his qualifier in 1:55:4, Six Day Wars paced his in 1:54:4 and the pacing mare Hey Hey Mahana paced her mile in 2:00:1.