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July 20, 2013

ELKHART COUNTY FAIR: Off and running

Harness racing program underway

GOSHEN — Wilbur Eash waited until the very last race on Saturday to record a victory in the harness racing program at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, but according to the Topeka resident it was well worth the wait.

Eash drove Electric Albert to a first-place finish in the Classic XXIII Open Colt Pace in the fastest time of the day in 1:58 4/5.

“Electric Albert is a pretty good horse, but the competition at Hoosier Park has really been tough,” Eash said. “It’s always fun to win here at the fair. I have my hometown people here.

“I have three horses running at Anderson tonight.”

Electric Albert covered the first quarter mile in 29 2/5, the half mile in 59 3/5 and three quarters in 1:30 1/5.

The horse is owned by Lightning Stable of Roosevelt, New Jersey.

“The owner knew a guy from Kentucky,” Eash said. “He called me and said he had an Indiana bred horse and I told him to send him to me.”

Electric Albert is stabled in Topeka.

“The Classic is the best one to win,” Eash said. “I’m not much of a fair person, but I like to come here and run the Classic.”

Eash started racing at the fair in 1997.

Racing at the fair continues with a nine-race card scheduled for Monday and another nine-race program on Tuesday. Tuesday is Senior Citizens Day.

A new feature Monday and Tuesday will be chances for the fans to pick the winning horse and win a gift certificate from a local business.

Long-time harness driver Harley Yoder was recognized as the fair’s Citizen of the Year between the fourth and fifth races.

He raced twice on Saturday finishing seventh in the fourth race and seventh in the fifth.

“Harley always brings a large group of fans when he races,” track announcer Steve Cross said.

The day started off with a wonderful rendition of the national anthem by Breanna Mayer and Kaylee Koozer. Both are member of the Rabbit Club and live in Kosciusko County.

There was a lot of parity on the card Saturday as 12 different drivers won races on the 13-card program.

The only double winner was Mike Peterson in the eighth and 11th races. The West Noble High School graduate drove J-S Miss Savage to a win in the eighth (2:06 4/5) and Dynamic Star to victory in the 11th (1:59 4/5). Both horses led from gate to wire. It was J-S Miss Savage’s third win of the season and seventh of her career. Dynamic Star is having a great season with the win on Saturday being his fifth consecutive and 11th of the season.

Jay Cross of rural Middlebury was the first driver to win on Saturday as he guided Dick’s Secret to the top spot in the opening race (2:10 1/5).

Summit City Flo driven by Derek Hooley had one of the more dominant performances of the day as the filly was never challenged in the second race. It was Summit City Flo’s third consecutive win and the fourth of her career.

Rya Dawk Mya is off to a promising start with a third win in five career starts. Walter Haynes Jr. guided the horse to victory in the fourth race. Rya Dawk Mya is the offspring of Cincinnati Kid and

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