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Racing action continues on both sides of river

Racing action continues on both sides of river Racing action continues on both sides of river

Newly-minted county fair driver Carson Conrad, the fifth-generation horseman in his family, found out quickly how rough and tumble racing can be.

In his third round of Indiana county fair action, Carson was involved in a race for 2-year-old pacing fillies at the Shelby County fairgrounds, where two of the six starters went down in the first turn and a third horse did not finish the race. No horses or drivers were severely injured in the melee, but some expensive sulkies were damaged and many bruises appeared later.

Conrad, a teenager, was ahead of the spill when it happened and maintained his position to stay out of trouble and finish third in the race, driving Zig Zag Zoom.

Conrad has already caught the eye of veteran Hoosier trainers and owners as he was engaged by two other trainers to drive their horses in races at Shelbyville. He finished third behind the 3-year-old pacing colt Frontier Metis for Indiana trainer Mike Hollenbeck of Converse. Conrad also nabbed third-place money piloting the rookie trotting colt Swan’s Big Dance for veteran trainer Leander Schwartz.

The final championship races for Kentucky county fair racing carrying purses of $25,000 took place last Wednesday at the Red Mile in Lexington, and Charlie Conrad drove his 3-year-old pacing colt Seaside Hill to a fifth-place finish. His 2-year old-filly pacer Lookatmyrapsheet won her championship race, and her colt stablemate, La Parka, was third in his. Conrad stable’s 3-year-old pacing colt Jack Wacker was third in an earlier race on the program.

Hayswood Farm of Corydon has relocated its veteran pacer Hayswood Ron to the Red Mile, where he will attempt a comeback. Out since last November with injuries, the 5-year-old bay gelding has not won a pari-mutuel race in more than a year.

The Brock stable of Louisville, which often trains on the fairgrounds track in Corydon, had two starters last week at the Red Mile, where it was feast and famine. The stable’s older pacing mare Hey Hey Mahanah was last in her race, while her stablemate, aged pacer Winyard Hanover, won his race.