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Father, son race into history

Father, son race into history
Father, son race into history
Charlie Conrad and his son, Carson Conrad, finish first and second, respectively, in race 12 at the Oak Grove oval in Kentucky on June 12. Photo courtesy Mark Herron

While local harness racing attention was focused on the Harrison County Fair last week, the father and son team of Charlie and Carson Conrad took their place in harness racing history by finishing first and second in a race at Oak Grove Racing in Kentucky.

In a race for 2-year-old pacing colts on Jun 12 at Oak Grove, Charlie Conrad drove his colt Sandcastle to a narrow victory over his son, Carson Conrad, who was in the sulky for a catch drive behind Mixed Emotion, a colt trained by Rodney Debek.

In harness racing history, fathers and sons have raced against each other in the past, most notably the 1-2 finish by Billy Haughton and his son Tommy in the 1980 Hambletonian. Also, Mike LaChance and his son Patrick finished in a dead heat for the win at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

So, add the Conrad duo to this chapter of harness racing history.

Also on June 12 at Oak Grove, Charlie Conrad had another win with the 2-year-old pacer Waimea Bay, a fifth-place finish with the 2-year-old filly trotter Coffee and Donuts and third-place checks with 3-year-old pacers Lookatmyrapsheet and LaParka. That same day, Misdinosis Bluegrass, from the Brock Stable of Louisville and owned by Dr. Luell Overstreet of Henderson, Ky., finished third in her race in 1:54:3.

Action at Hoosier Park in Anderson last week included a sixth-place finish by the Conrad filly trotter Sassy Babe and a fourth-place score by Caption This, a gray 4-year-old pacer whose ownership group includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon. In that race, Caption This was stuck behind a crowded field after a slow first half and he unleashed one of famous 25 seconds last quarters to pass all but three of the horses.

In qualifying action at Hoosier Park on Saturday, the freshman pacing colt Always A Way faced the starting gate for the first time unfazed. He settled in on the rail and paced home in 25:4 to finish fourth, with driver and co-owner Lewayne Miller keeping him comfortable the whole mile. The ownership group on this colt includes Hayswood Farm. It is expected that this 2-year-old colt will be entered into an official purse money race at the Anderson oval soon.