Fall racing continues on both sides of river
Several horses with local connections raced last week at Hoosier Park in Anderson, at the Jay County fairgrounds in Portland and at the Red Mile at Lexington, Ky.
The Brock stable of Louisville, which trains at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, raced in Lexington during the Grand Circuit meet. The Red Mile hosts two weekends of stakes races in the fall, which bring the best horses and drivers in North America to town for many six-figure purses. Also on those racing cards are events for regular competitors, so local horses got the benefit of being driven by some of the most famous drivers in the sport.
One such horse was Brock’s Hey Hey Mahanna, who was driven in her race last Saturday by Hall of Famer David Miller. She raced well and collected fifth-place money. On Friday, Brock signed up the services of leading American driver Tim Tetrick to handle the lines on Hayswood Ron, a 5-year-old pacing gelding owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon. Tetrick’s brother, Trace, is always the leading driver at Hoosier Park and has driven Hayswood Ron twice in his career. Older brother Tim steered Hayswood Ron to a perfect trip in his Friday race and was barely nipped at the wire for the win. Second-place money came with a time of 1:52:4, which is, by far, the best of the summer for the bay horse, and signals that his comeback to the races is continuing to go well.
At Hoosier Park in Anderson, the Conrad stable had several entries last week. Their older pacer Bludhaven collected a third-place check in his race, while the 2-year-old pacer La Parka could manage only seventh place against stiff competition among freshman pacing colts. On Friday night in Indiana Sire Stakes competition, the gray gelding Caption This, owned by a group which includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon, put forth a dismal performance, finishing last. He was just not himself and immediately after the race an endoscopic examination by his veterinarian revealed that the horse was suffering a sinus infection. Treatment began immediately and, by Saturday morning, he was feeling better.
The Indiana Sired Fair Circuit “second series” wound up the season Saturday with eight championship races staged at the Jay County fairgrounds. In the race for 2-year-old pacing fillies, Carson Conrad drove his filly Zig Zag Zoom to a seventh-place finish.