County fair harness racing headed back to Corydon
Indiana Sired Fair Circuit racing is set to come back to the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon on Saturday with a full program of races for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers, both colts and fillies, which are sired by stallions which stand in Indiana. The action will start at 11 a.m. in front of the grandstand, and admission is free.
This series of racing programs, after the Indiana State Fair, mostly takes place on Saturdays and are open only to horses which did not earn more than $10,000 racing during the summer. After several Saturday programs where horses earn purse money and points for their finishing places, a championship day for this series will take place at the Jay County fairgrounds in Portland in October.
Last Saturday, ISFC racing was at the Clinton County fairgrounds in Frankfort where Carson Conrad, fresh off his first career driving win the week before in Connersville, grabbed fourth-place money with his 2-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom. Local fans can cheer for this fifth-generation Hoosier horseman driving at Corydon. Conrad is juggling lots of things right now as a sophomore in high school engaged in preseason basketball workouts, as well as caring for and driving race horses while maintaining his school work.
Most local racing action last week centered on the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., as the Conrad stable had four pacers in action. The 2-year-old pacing colt La Parka qualified on Tuesday and, later that afternoon in the regular race program, two 3-year-old pacers, Jack Wacker and Seaside Hill, raced, with Jack Wacker finishing fourth for a share of the money. In a race for aged pacers, the Conrad gelding Bludhaven got third-place money.
Earlier last week, on Sunday afternoon, the Brock stable of Louisville, which trains in Corydon, nabbed two fifth-place checks at the red clay oval with Six Day Wars and Winyard Hanover. On Monday, Sept. 13, the Lexington oval saw Brock’s mare, Hey Hey Mahana, finish eighth in her race. On Tuesday, the Brock trainee Hayswood Ron continued his comeback to the races with his fastest mile to date, a 1:55:2 effort good enough for a third-place check.
Hayswood Ron is owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon, which also had their 3-year-old pacing colt Caption This in Indiana Sire Stakes action at Hoosier Park. On Friday night, the gray gelding picked up the fifth-place share of a $51,500 purse in Leg 7 of ISS action this year. There is one more leg to be contested before the $250,000 ISS Finals in mid-October, and it seems unlikely that Caption This will have enough points to qualify for that race.