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Father, son meet up in race at Hoosier Park

Father, son meet up in race at Hoosier Park
Father, son meet up in race at Hoosier Park
Carson Conrad, left, who recently turned 18, now can race against his father, Charlie Conrad, at pari-mutuel tracks. Here the two are pictured with Carson’s horse, Zig Zag Zoom, in the paddock area at Hoosier Park in Anderson, where Carson bested his father in a race last Wednesday. Photo by Matt Tucker/Race Marketing

Earlier this summer, the harness driving father/son team of Charlie and Carson Conrad raced against each other at a Kentucky county fair and finished 1-2 in the race. Now that Carson has turned 18 and has become eligible for a license which allows him to drive horses at a pari-mutuel track, it was only a matter of time before he would be in the same race as his dad.

That first time came last Wednesday night at Hoosier Park in Anderson with Carson driving his 3-year-old pacing filly Zig Zag Zoom and Charlie driving a 3-year-old pacing colt, La Parka, owned by the family stable.

Mother Sarah and little brother Carder were watching nervously in the grandstand, with only Carder rooting openly for his brother.

Carson started on the rail and with that advantage over “dear old Dad” managed to finish in fourth place, while La Parka could not overcome his outside post position and came in seventh in the race.

All the racing involving local interests happened on that same Wednesday, as that night at Hoosier Park the 2-year-old pacing colt Always A Way narrowly missed out on his second win of the season, getting second-place money by a head. The young colt, being brought along slowly and patiently by trainer LeWayne Miller, has made six starts and has been first, second and second in the last three of them. The ownership group of Always A Way includes Hayswood Farm of Corydon.

Earlier in the afternoon last Wednesday, the Brock Stable also picked up a second-place check at Dayton Raceway in Ohio with its 3-year-old pacing filly Girl Giggles.

Now that the Grand Circuit meet at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., has concluded, the daily racing will resume next week and several Brock Stable horses will be racing.