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Oak Grove popular race track for locals

Oak Grove popular race track for locals Oak Grove popular race track for locals

While Hoosier Park in Anderson continues its 2021 meet until the first weekend in December, all of the racing by horses with local connections last week was at the new Kentucky track in Christian County.

Oak Grove Racing, Casino and Hotel is located just outside Fort Campbell, four miles from the Tennessee border, and has a fall race meet which extends into December also. Generally speaking, the competition at Oak Grove is a bit easier and the purse money a bit better than at Hoosier Park, so horsemen from Kentucky and southern states, together with a few Hoosiers and trainers from Illinois, race there this time of year.

The Conrad stable raced several horses last week at Oak Grove, and Charlie Conrad drove for other trainers as well. On Sunday, Conrad’s 2-year-old pacer La Parka was  fifth in his race, while the stable’s 3-year-old pacing colt Jack Wacker was second in his. Charlie drove twice that day for other trainers and picked up a win with the 2-year-old filly pacer Lookatmyrapsheet, owned by Arnold White of Kentucky. Conrad garnered a fifth-place check with the 3-year-old filly pacer Ahoy, owned and trained by Mike Hollenbeck of Converse.

On Monday at Oak Grove, the Brock stable of Louisville sent its aged pacer Winyard Hanover postward, and he nabbed fourth-place money. Later that day, the Conrad stable saw its 3-year-old pacer Seaside Hill pick up third place and its aged pacer Bludhaven finish seventh in his race. Charlie drove a 4-year-old mare, Northern Cadillac, to a fifth-place finish for trainer Hollenbeck.

On Tuesday at Oak Grove, the Brock stable had two entries. Its older pacing mare, Hey Hey Mahana, was fourth in her race, and the 5-year-old gelding, Hayswood Ron, was seventh in his race. The gelding is owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon and trained by Don Brock.

Charlie Conrad had two “catch drives” on Tuesday with the pacer Seal O’Neal getting fifth place for trainer Mike Hollenbeck. Later, Charlie drove the pacer Mingo for fourth-place money. That horse is trained by Stan Swisher.

Several of these same local horses are entered in races this week at Oak Grove.