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Milestone win for Carson Conrad

Milestone win for Carson Conrad
Milestone win for Carson Conrad
Carson Conrad of Morristown reached the winner’s circle for the first time with Zig Zag Zoom. He’s picture here with friend Karli Manship and grandmother Rosie Conrad of Corydon. Photo by Diane Schuler

Several Indiana families can boast a long history of involvement with standardbred horses and Hoosier harness racing. None can boast more history than the family stable which began with Corydon farmer Elmer Conrad more than 80 years ago. Now, his great-great-grandson Carson can add a first race win to his page in the family history book.

Carson Conrad attained a Qualify/Drive license to drive races at county fairs earlier this summer when he turned 16, becoming the fifth generation of his family to be licensed to drive race horses. The sophomore at Morristown Junior-Senior High School was only 8 months old when he rode in his first jog cart with his father, Charlie, and was 7 years old when he drove Two Green Peppers, a pacer of some repute, around the family track at their Corydon farm. After that, his mother, Sarah, who comes from a strong Indiana harness racing background herself, could no longer convince him that he needed a babysitter when his parents were away for the evening.

This past summer, Carson has been driving Conrad Stable horses and occasionally horses for other trainers at Indiana county fairs. On Saturday, Carson steered his 2-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom to a win over the Fayette County fairgrounds oval in Connersville with a time of 2:02:1. In the race, Carson bested a host of experienced and noted Indiana drivers, including Bradley Ferguson, Jay Cross, Jordan Ross and Jacob Fox.

In other harness racing action involving local connections, the 3-year-old pacing colt Caption This, whose ownership group includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon, picked up fourth-place money in a Hoosier Park race for horses staked to the Indiana Sire Stakes. The gray son of JK Endofanera goes again on Friday in Leg 7 of the ISS for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings for a purse of $51,500.

The Brock Stable of Louisville, which trains at the Corydon fairgrounds, had four horses in races last week at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., and they all four picked up third-place checks. The older pacing mare Hey Hey Mahanna, the older pacing geldings Six Day Wars and Winyard Hanover and the 5-year-old bay pacing gelding Hayswood Ron all finished third in their races on Sept. 5.Hayswood Ron is owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon.