Local horses focus now on racing at Indiana tracks
With the close of the race meet at Oak Grove, Ky., and the pause in Kentucky county fair racing, local interests were concentrated on racing in Indiana last week.
The Brock Stable of Louisville, which often trains horses at the county fairgrounds in Corydon, spent the week relocating its stable to the Red Mile in Lexington, where the summer race meet begins this week. The Conrad Stable raced one horse at an Indiana fair and several horses at Hoosier Park in Anderson.
Carson Conrad drove his 3-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom to a second-place finish at the Elkhart County Fair in Goshen last Tuesday. His was the only local entry at that fair, the second largest county fair in the United States which hosted three days of racing.
Charlie Conrad, Carson’s father, had two entries at Hoosier Park in Anderson on Tuesday evening. The 2-year-old trotting filly Nadi All could do no better than eighth place in her race, and the 2-year-old pacing filly Momma’s the Queen got up for only seventh place in hers. On Wednesday night, another Conrad 2-year-old pacing filly, Check in Process, was ninth in her race at Hoosier Park. This horse had been quite successful racing at the county fairs in Indiana, but the move up to the big track was a bit daunting for her.
On Thursday night at Anderson, the Conrad Stable got fourth-place money with the aged pacer Seaside Hill but was 10th and last in another race for 2-year-old pacing colts with Premier Rocker.
This time of year, many freshman race horses are making their debut on the track and, like any rookies, it takes time for them to learn. Such is the case with Lanesville native Preston Your Luck, a 2-year-old pacing colt born and raised at the Alvin Walther farm of Lanesville. He is owned and raced by Daviess County interests who are bringing him along slowly. In his very first start, he got eighth place, out of the money but recording a time for the mile of 1:55:1. The race continued his pattern of development where he went faster than each previous qualifying start and learned the racing technique of drafting behind other horses and then pulling out and passing them. Look for better things from this colt as he continues to learn. He is entered to race again on Thursday and has drawn the favorable post position 4.