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County fair championships set for state fair

County fair championships set for state fair
County fair championships set for state fair
Carson Conrad drives his 2-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom to a fifth-place finish in the championship race Sunday. Leslie Manshipp

Indiana Sired Fair Circuit racing culminates, in each of the eight divisions for trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, 2- and 3-year olds, with the Governor’s Cup Championships and consolation races at the Indiana State Fair.

A summer of racing with 14 race programs at nine different county fairgrounds throughout the Hoosier state allows horses to accumulate points toward participation in the championship. The top eight points earnings in each division race for the $25,000 championships, and the next eight points earnings qualify for the $10,000 consolation races over the Indiana State Fairgrounds one-mile oval during the state fair.

This year, Harrison County interests only qualified one horse for a championship race. Carson Conrad drove his 2-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom to a fifth-place finish in the championship race on Sunday.

In the last program of county fair action prior to the championships, Conrad drove his 2-year-old filly trotter Sassy Babe to a fifth-place finish, but she did not race often enough during the summer to qualify for post-season ISFC action, splitting her time between the fairs and Hoosier Park.

After the Governor’s Cup races, county fair horses that have yet to earn $10,000 in 2021 qualify for races at county fairgrounds through early October. Known as “the second series,” these races also will have a “championship” round of races, this year at the Jay County Fairgrounds in Portland on Oct. 9. A day of racing for this “second series” will take place in Corydon at the Harrison County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Other racing involving local interests could be found last week at Hoosier Park in Anderson where the 3-year-old pacing gelding Caption This finished sixth in the Joe Patchen Final on Friday.

Part of the undercard of races for the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, this race was hotly contested from the start. Caption This, whose ownership group includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon, began from post 6 but could not get to a position on the rail until he had circled the field in the first turn and taken the lead. This effort took too much out of him, and he relinquished the lead with 1/16th of a mile to go in a blistering stretch drive that saw six horses stretched across the track timed within 2/5th of a second of each other.

The winner was timed in 1:50:2, and Caption This was sixth in 1:50:4.

Indiana Sire Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park, and Harrison County’s two 3-year-old pacers, Caption This and Ultimaroca, from the Conrad stable, will compete on Sunday.

Ultimaroca tuned up for this race with a qualifying mile of 1:50.4 on Saturday with several other ISS colts in the same dash.

In action at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., the Brock stable of Louisville raced three pacing geldings: Hayswood Ron to a ninth-place finish, Winyard Hanover to a fourth-place finish and Six Day Wars to a first-place finish. Hayswood Ron is owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon, and Brock stable owns the other older pacers.