Rain washes out harness racing at the Red Mile
Very few local horses were scheduled to race last week, and one of those was rained out of his race on Monday at Lexington’s Red Mile in Kentucky.
On Sunday last week, the afternoon racing program at the Kentucky red-clay oval went off without rain, and two entries from the Brock stable of Louisville, which trains in Corydon at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, each grabbed fourth-place shares of the purse money. Winyard Hanover paced his mile in 1:51:0, and Six Day Wars paced his in 1:53:0. Both horses were three lengths behind the winner at the wire.
Then on Monday afternoon, the rains came to central Kentucky and the dirt track became too muddy so Hayswood Ron, owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon, was unable to race. By Thursday afternoon, the track had dried out and the horse was sent out for a mile workout where he impressed with a 27:2 final quarter brush. He is entered to go again this week.
At Hoosier Park in Anderson last week, the big news for local interests was off the track. The top 3-year-old pacer from the Conrad stable, Ultimaroca, was sold to the Burke Racing Stable of Pennsylvania, for an undisclosed price. The 3-year-old bay pacing son of Rockin Image has been competing in Indiana Sire Stakes races and will continue to do so under trainer Ron Burke.
Burke Racing is by far the biggest stable in North America, competing with racing strings of horses at most major tracks. So far in 2021, the Burke stable has 609 wins and $12.2 million in earnings at the tracks where they race, including Hoosier Park. Burke racing’s next closest competitor, Alagna Racing and trainer Tony Alagna, has 141 wins and $3.7 million in earnings.
Ultimaroca will join several Burke Racing stablemates in all future ISS races and is entered in leg 6 this week, drawing post position 7.