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Corydon track welcomes ISFC racing

Corydon track welcomes ISFC racing
Corydon track welcomes ISFC racing
Carson Conrad, left, pushes his horse, Zig Zag Zoom, to pass Velstraightdreamer on the final stretch in the second day of the third round of the Quest for the Governor’s Cup in Corydon on Friday at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. However, Zig Zag Zoom was edged by Vel Goodgollymolly in the eighth race of the day, which was the 3-year-old Philly division. The two-day event coincided with the Harrison County Agricultural Society’s annual fair. Photo by Brandon Miniard

Two days of Indiana Sired Fair Circuit harness racing came to the Harrison County Fair last week with competitive heats at all levels of racing. Two- and 3-year-old colts and fillies, trotters and pacers, all sired by Indiana stallions and themselves born and raised in Indiana are eligible for ISFC events.

County fair racing all over Indiana culminates in the Governor’s Cup Finals at the Indiana State Fair in August, where the top horses in each of the eight divisions race for purse money and championship trophies, the Governor’s Cup.

Thursday’s action at the fairgrounds in Corydon featured eight heats for 2-year-old pacers and four heats for 3-year-old trotters.

In the freshman pacing heats, each race had a different winning driver. Clifton Bell, Charlie Conrad, Doug Rideout, Carson Conrad, Jordan Ross, Bradley Ferguson, Curtis Bradford and Michael Detweiler each recorded wins. As this action is early in the careers of these young horses, none of their times in any of these races threatened track records at the Corydon oval.

In the final four heats of the day for 3-year-old trotters, Rideout, who hails from Winchester, won them all. Known throughout the Hoosier state for his patience and expertise with trotters, Rideout went to the front in each race and stayed there. Five wins in five starts made for a productive Thursday for the popular driver.

On Friday, Rideout continued his streak with wins in each of the first four races. These heats were for 2-year-old trotters. Eight races for trotters, eight wins for Rideout, spread over two days, in order.

The fifth race on Friday did not see Rideout in the field, so Michael Detweiler, behind a trotting colt trained by Leander Schwartz, got the win.

Rideout finally saw horses ahead of him at the finish in race 6 on Friday as Jay Cross drove the winning colt for trainer Les Raber of Loogootee. Rideout finished fourth.

The team of Detweiler and Schwartz won the final heat for 2-year-old trotters, without Rideout in the field.

Races 8 and 9 on Friday were for 3-year-old pacers. Trainer Larry King of Wilshire, Ohio, captured both of these with the colt Vel WemissUDean and the filly Vel Goodgollymolly.

Following the Governor’s Cup finals, ISFC racing will resume at county fairgrounds in August and September with the popular “second series.” These races are limited to horses that did not win over $10,000 the first time around. That series of races will return to the Harrison County fairgrounds.