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Governor’s Cup Championships raced at state fair

Governor’s Cup Championships raced at state fair Governor’s Cup Championships raced at state fair

The culmination of the Indiana Sired Fair Circuit series of summer harness racing at county fairgrounds took place last Thursday at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Many of these horses raced in June at the Harrison County Fair in Corydon.

Two- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers, colts and fillies, qualified for the eight divisional championship by virtue of their accumulated points totals during the summer. The top eight points earners in each division raced for purses of $25,000 in each race, and the next eight points earners raced for purses of $10,000 in the consolation series.

The Conrad Stable had two entries in the championship finals and one in the consolation race in that division.

In the race for 2-year-old pacing fillies, Charlie Conrad could get only sixth place with his filly Check in Process. His son, Carson Conrad, drove his filly, Zig Zag Zoom, to third-place money in the race for 3-year-old pacing fillies. In the consolation race for 2-year-old pacing fillies, Carson drove Momma’s the Queen to a third-place check as well.

Both Charlie and Carson picked up “catch drives” for other trainers at the state fair.

Carson drove the 2-year-old pacing colt Vel Big Bruiser to seventh place for trainer Larry King of Wilshire, Ohio. Carson, who is only 17 and racing on the fair circuit for the second summer, also was asked to drive the 3-year-old pacing colt Townline Winner, which finished seventh. Charlie was in the sulky behind the 2-year-old trotting colt Prince Henry in the final but could manage only eighth place in the field.

Racing last week began on Sunday with Charlie Conrad driving his 2-year-old pacing colt Sandcastle to fifth-place money at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky.

On Tuesday last week at the Red Mile, the Brock Stable picked up two fourth-place checks with their 3-year-old pacing filly Misdinosis Bluegrass and their aged pacer Hayswood Ron. The filly is owned by Dr. Luell Overstreet of Henderson, Ky., and the older gelding is owned by Hayswood Farm of Corydon.

Tuesday night at Hoosier Park in Anderson, Charlie Conrad was seventh with his 2-year-old trotting filly Nadia All and sixth with his 3-year-old pacing colt La Parka.

Friday night at Hoosier Park saw the annual running of Indiana’s premier harness racing event, the Dan Patch Stakes. This race honors the memory of the greatest Indiana Pacer of a century ago, Dan Patch, who was foaled in Oxford. As expected, the newly minted fastest horse of all time, Bulldog Hanover, came to Indiana and left with first-place money. His share of the $315,000 purse will soothe the disappointment for his fans over his failure to break the track record at Hoosier Park. He will return in September for the Hoosier Pacing Derby.

On the undercard that night, Lanesville native Preston Your Luck, a 2-year-old pacing colt born and raised on the Alvin Walther farm, finished a disappointing eighth in his race for rookie pacing colts. He encountered racing traffic for the first time in his young career and could not handle it.