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2021 racing winds down for local horses

2021 racing winds down for local horses 2021 racing winds down for local horses

For the past two weeks, as the racing season moves toward conclusion at most Midwest tracks, horses with local connections raced at Oak Grove Racing and Gaming in Christian County, Ky.

Most local horses raced twice during these two weeks, including several from the Conrad stable. The 3-year-old pacing colt Seaside Hill cashed two fourth-place checks during this time, and his stable mate, 3-year-old Jack Wacker, finished sixth before getting up for second place in his more recent race. The older pacer from Conrad’s, Bludhaven, also finished sixth once and then improved to fourth in his next start.

Also at Oak Grove, Charlie Conrad drove several horses for other trainers. Twice he sat behind Seal O’Neil for trainer Mike Hollenbeck of Converse, and twice the horse grabbed purse money with a second-place finish and a fourth-place payment.

For trainer Don Brock and owner Hayswood Farm of Corydon, Charlie drove Hayswood Ron, but the horse could do no better than seventh place both times.

One race Conrad drove Frontier Metis for trainer Hollenbeck and finished second. For trainer Donna Holt, Conrad drove Rock It Out to a fourth-place paycheck.

Last week at Oak Grove, the Brock stable and trainer Don Brock, who trains his horses at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon, picked up third-place money with both Winyard Hanover, an aged pacing gelding, and Hey Hey Mahana, an older pacing mare. This mare has perhaps one more start before she begins the transition to a new career as a mother with breeding next spring.

With a few more racing dates at Oak Grove, local horses will make starts into December before calling it a season and settling down for a winter of relaxation and eating whatever they want.

Next week, the last yearling sale in Indiana for the fall season will feature two young horses from the farm of Alvin Walther of Lanesville. The Michiana Classic, at the Michiana Events Center in Shipshewana, will include a Walther pacing colt by Indiana sire Luck Be With You and a pacing filly by the famous Rockin Image.