State sire stakes action continues at Hoosier Park
Indiana Sire Stakes racing involves eight legs and a final spread from May through October at Hoosier Park. There are ISS divisions for each group of horses, 2 year olds and 3 year olds, trotters and pacers, colts and fillies.
The third leg of the ISS division for 3-year-old pacing colts on July 11 drew 25 entries, so it was split into three heats with each having a purse of $35,500. The third heat was where both Harrison County representatives landed with Caption This starting from post 2 and Ultimaroca representing the Conrad stable from post 5. The ownership group of Caption This includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon.
Pacing through quick early fractions, Caption This followed the leader Skyway Victor while Ultimaroca and Charlie Conrad held back and waited for the chance to move. At the three-quarter pole, Ultimaroca was eighth while Caption This was just a length behind Skyway Victor in second.
While the leaders tired from the early fractions, a spectacular rush down the stretch on the outside brought the Conrad pacer Ultimaroca even with Skyway Victor and Caption This. The finish-line camera gave the nod to Skyway Victor by a nose, with Ultimaroca a nose ahead of Caption This. All three horses were given the time of 1:50:2 for the mile. The next four horses were within 2/5ths of a second of those first three.
Racing doesn’t get any better than this.
In another ISS race for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park, the Conrad entry Sassy Babe finished sixth.
Conrad’s horses were quite active at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky. Their older pacers, Bludhaven and Skyway Quinton, were both seventh in their races, while the 3-year-old pacer Jack Wacker picked up second-place money. Two-year-old pacers from the Conrad barn racing at Lexington last week included Universal (fifth), La Parka (fourth) and Lookatmyrapsheet (third).
On the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit last week, Carson Conrad drove his 2-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom to a sixth-place finish over the Clinton County Fairgrounds track in Frankfort.