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One county fair stop before state fair racing

One county fair stop before state fair racing One county fair stop before state fair racing

The last stop on the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit series of summer harness racing was last Saturday at the Jay County Fair in Portland. All the racing for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, took place on one day. The top horses in the points standings for the eight divisions will compete on Thursday and Friday at the Indiana State Fair in the Governor’s Cup Finals, each championship race worth $25,000.

At Portland, Carson Conrad drove the 2-year-old pacing filly Momma’s the Queen to a fourth-place finish in her race, but his 3-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom experienced a break in her harness on the first turn of the first time around the Portland track and was not able to finish the race.

Charlie Conrad drove another 2-year-old pacing filly from their family stable, Check in Process, to a fifth-place finish in her heat.

Check in Process and Zig Zag Zoom accumulated sufficient points during the summer to qualify for the Governor’s Cup Finals in their divisions.

Earlier in the week, racing took place at the Fayette County fairgrounds in Connersville, where Carson drove Momma’s the Queen to fifth-place money.

In pari-mutuel action involving local horses last week, the 3-year-old pacing filly Girl Giggles from the Brock Stable was second in her race on Sunday at the famed Red Mile track in Lexington, Ky. She came from completely out of contention to barely losing at the wire with a furious rush down the stretch of the Kentucky red clay track.

On Monday at the Lexington oval, Charlie Conrad drove his 2-year-old trotting filly Coffee n Donuts to an eighth-place finish in a Kentucky sire stakes event.

On Tuesday at the Red Mile, the aged pacer Hayswood Ron from the Brock Stable could manage only seventh place in his race, in a time of 1:56:1. Later Tuesday, at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Charlie Conrad was sixth with his 3-year-old pacing colt La Parka and eighth with Sassy Babe, a 3-year-old trotting filly.

Last Wednesday at Hoosier Park, Charlie got up for a second-place check with his older pacer, Seaside Hill.

The highlight of the week for local interests at Anderson was the Thursday night performance by Preston Your Luck, a 2-year-old pacing colt born and raised on the Alvin Walther farm south of Lanesville. This promising youngster, making only his second lifetime start in a race and showing great potential and willingness to learn his craft, was third in his race in a time of 1:54:2. Now owned by Indiana and Michigan interests, this colt was patiently guided by expert Hoosier Park reinsman Sam Widger, who had him in perfect position coming down the stretch only to be passed at the wire by two other colts. Look for great things ahead for this son of the famous Indiana stallion Luck be With You and the Walther mare Lady Cambest.