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Local horses race at Red Mile, Hoosier Park

Local horses race at Red Mile, Hoosier Park Local horses race at Red Mile, Hoosier Park

Harness racing action last week that involved local interests took place at the historic Red Mile in Lexington, Ky. The red-clay mile track, hence its familiar name, has seen some of harness racings fastest miles during the past century.

The Conrad stable raced there several times last week. The 2-year-old pacing filly Lookatmyrapsheet was seventh in her race on Monday, and her stablemate, 3-year-old pacing colt Seaside Hill, was fifth.

On Tuesday, trainer Don Brock sent Hayswood Ron postward to continue his come-back attempt. Owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon, the 5-year-old bay pacing gelding put forth a good effort to finish sixth, which was a big improvement. On the same afternoon, horses trained by Les Raber of Loogootee, which have trained and raced over the Harrison County Fairgrounds track, raced in the same contest. A race for 3-year-old trotting fillies saw Woodside Emalieah finish third and Spell Cutiepie finish fifth, producing two paychecks in the same outing for Raber.

On Wednesday at Hoosier Park, the Conrad stable picked up fourth-place money with the 2-year-old trotting filly Sassy Babe and second place money with the 3-year-old pacing colt Jack Wacker. Charlie Conrad also finished third with a “catch drive” for trainer Mike Hollenbeck, piloting 2-year-old pacing filly Need to Breathe.

Earlier in the day last Wednesday, Indiana Sired Fair Circuit racing started its “second series”  of programs at the Miami County fairgrounds in Converse. Charlie Conrad drove Hollenbeck’s 3-year old-pacing colt Frontier Metis to a win in his race, while Carson Conrad drove his 2-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom to fifth-place money.

Three wins at Converse were recorded by horses which have trained in Corydon this summer. Les Raber won the race for 3-year-old trotting colts with Pilgrim’s Image and the race for 3-year-old trotting fillies with Midnight Cookie. John Spotten of Louisville recorded a win with the 2-year-old trotting colt Stuka.

Rounding out the week for local interests, Conrad had two drives on Thursday at Hoosier Park in Anderson for other trainers, driving two 3-year-old pacing colts. Ahoy got second money in his race with Conrad on the lines, and Seal O’Neil managed only eighth place despite Conrad’s efforts.

This week promises more local action with Indiana Sire Stakes racing. In Leg 5 for 3-year-old pacing colts, Conrad’s Ultimaroca and Hayswood Farm’s Caption This will race against each other in the same heat for a purse of $52,000 at Hoosier Park. In ISS Leg 3 for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Conrad’s Sassy Babe will face a field of nine other freshmen.