Local horses see Indiana Sire Stakes action
Indiana Sire Stakes action across all divisions, colts and fillies, trotters and pacers, 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds, continues now at Hoosier Park with some division racing most nights. Three-year-olds complete eight “legs” before the finals in October, while 2-year-olds earn their money in only six.
Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in ISS action last week included two horses, in different heats of the three that were needed to include all entries, with local connections. Ultimaroca, from the Conrad stable, and Caption This, whose ownership group includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon, both found out how rough the going can be in this division.
Many veteran observers believe there are more good 3-year-old pacers this year than in any other in the more than 25 years these races have been contested. There’s not one superstar but numerous really good horses.
In his heat, which was race 12 on the Sunday night program, Ultimaroca paced a 1:51:0 mile starting from post 8, which was only good enough for seventh place. In his heat, which was race 11, Caption This also paced a 1:51:0 mile, only good enough for sixth place.
The next leg of the ISS for these sophomore geldings will be Sunday, Aug. 22, so other races will be chosen to sharpen their conditioning in the meantime.
On the July 31, at Hoosier Park in a ISS leg for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Conrad’s horse Sassy Babe raced to an impressive fourth-place finish, continuing to pass tiring fillies in the stretch. Her time of 1:58:4 was a career best, so far, for the young Conrad star.
On July 25, racing at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., included horses from the Brock stable of Louisville, which often trains at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon. Their pacing mare Hey Hey Mahanna won her race, while the 3-year-old pacing colt Gimme Sunshine was eighth in his race. On the following day, Brock’s aged pacer Winyard Hanover raced a good mile to finish third.
Qualifying races were on Tuesday at the Red Mile, and Hayswood Ron, a 5-year-old bay pacer owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon, raced out of the Brock barn to a time of 1:54:4, which qualified him to compete after being off for more than eight months due to various injuries.
On Sunday, Brock’s pacer Six Day Wars finished sixth in his race at the Red Mile after being in contention but tiring in the stretch.