Goshen News, Goshen, IN

July 20, 2013

ELKHART COUNTY FAIR: Off and running

Harness racing program underway

By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS

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

Mya Tri. Mya Tri is a multiple winner of the Indiana Sire Stakes.

Velten Titanium drive by Lonnie Graber notched his first career victory in the sixth race.

Former Goshen resident Don Eash guided E R Rocketman to victory in the seventh race. Driver and horse waited until the three-quarter mile marker before taking the lead for the colt’s second career win.

“E R Rocketman is a pretty good colt,” Don Eash said. “We’ll just have to see how he develops. He looks to be the best of the two-year-old colt trotters that I have. Once the Indiana Sire Stakes start at Hoosier Park we will see how he does.

“It’s a busy day as I’m racing in Anderson tonight (Saturday) and this is a busy weekend.”

In one of the closer finishes of the day Short Skirt In Hi Heels driven by Jace Sundeen pulled away from Jailhouse Rayne guided by Peterson down the stretch in the ninth race. It was Short Skirt In Hi Heels’ third win of the season and of her career.

Saturday was a busy day as veteran track announcer Steve Cross called the first 11 races before he has to leave to be at Hoosier Park for the evening card there. Bill Peters of Ohio filled in form Cross on the last two races.

“We host a 14-race card at Anderson and it’s the first round of the Indiana Sire Stakes,” Cross said.

Summary

Race 1 (2-year-old Filly Trot First Division) — 1, Dick’s Secret (Jay Cross); 2, Swan Littlerosita (Don Eash); 3, Do Jea Iou (Jace Sundeen); 4, Touchhermuscles (Todd Buter); 5, Justice In Paris (Mike Peterson); 6, Dojea Cafe (Matt Rheinheimer); 7, Nici B (Mike Hollenback); 8, Phony Express (Larry Smith). Winning time: 2:10 1/5. Purse: $3,000.

Race 2 (2-year-old Filly Trot Second Division) — 1, Summit City Flo (Derek Hooley); 2, E R Sweetheart (Don Eash); 3, Kid Z (Jay Cross); 4, Jailhouse Bride (Todd Buter); 5, J-S Miss Swan (Mike Peterson); 6, Savagesensation (Mike Hollenback); 7, Triple Lane Lucky (Robert Wyman). Winning time: 2:)6.3/5. Purse: $3,000.

Race 3 (2-year-old Filly Trot Third Division) — 1, Skyway Jaylo (Larry Lee Smith); 2, Socialdelight (Derek Hooley); 3, Tanya’s Legacy (Sam Hedington); 4, Oneforallallforone (Greg Runyon); 5, J-S Miss Rosey (Mike Peterson); 6, Pete’s Girl (Lonnie Graber) 7, Lou Filly (Walter Haynes Jr.

Race 4 (2-year-old Colt Trot First Division) — 1, Rya Dawk May (Walter Haynes Jr.); 2, Like A Blitz (Mike Peterson); 3, Swan Of A Kind (Sam Hedington); 4, Hoosier Rascal (Mike Hollenback); 5, National Moment (Derek Hooley); 6, Hoosier Hall (Robert Wyman); 7, Benjoe’s Legacy (Harley Yoder); 8, Earlhamite (Doug Rideout). Winning time: 2:06. Purse: $3,000.

Race 5 (2-year-old Colt Trot Second Division) — 1, Double A Cash Hall (Scott Galloway); 2, Don Swan (Doug Rideout); 3, Northern Elian (Sam Hedington); 4, Calm As Can Be (Carl Putnam Jr.); 5, Lou Man (Walter Haynes Jr.); 6, Cobra Flight (Pete Steury); 7, Elian’s Modocker (Harley Yoder). Winning time: 2:05. Purse: $3,000.

Race 6 (2-year-old Colt Trot Second Division) — 1, Velten Titanium (Lonnie Graber); 2, Earl’s Glidding Two (Jay Cross); 3, Miracle Chip (Doug Rideout); 4, Budtofast (Brandon Bates); 5, Smoken Marbaro (Zachary Miller); 6, Touchdown Indy (Mike Hiollenback); 7, Secret Rumor (Larry Lee Smith); 8, E R Nathan (Don Eash). Winning time: 2:11. Purse: $3,000.

Race 7 (2-year-old Colt Trot Fourth Division) — 1, E R Rocketman (Don Eash); 2, Prince Of Justice (Mike Peterson); 3, Lastfridaynight (Doug Rideout); 4, Denver Deal (Carl Putnam Jr.); 5, Bar Tab (Todd Buter); 6, Swaninabillion (Jay Cross); 7, J-S Downtown (Alex Udell). Winning time: 2:10. Purse: $3,000.

Race 8 (3-year-old Colt Trot First Division) — 1, J-S Miss Savage (Mike Peterson); 2, Whatchalookinativy (Matt Rheinheimer); 3, ER Sabrina (Don Eash); 4, Foul Ball (Doug Rideout); 5, Flower Girl Charis (Derek Hooley); 6, Amitheonlyone (Brandon Bates); 7, Bad credit (Jack Schliesser); 8, Romp-On-Over (Jay Cross). Winning time: 2:06 4/5. Purse: $3,000.

Race 9 (3-year-old Colt Trot Second Division) — 1,  Shirtskirtinhiheels (Jace Sundeen); 2, Jailhouse Rayne (Mike Peterson); 3, Cincinnati Mystres); 4, Belle’s Becky (Doug Rideout); 5, Railroad Kid (Don Eash); 6, Ice Maiden (Walter Haynes Jr.); 7, GC’s Savage Design (Brandon Bates); 8, Steel Blue Sally (Todd Buter). Winning time: 2:03 4/5. Purse: $3,000.

Race 10 (3-year-old Colt Trot) — 1, Buddy Garland (Walter Haynes Jr.); 2, Allstar Survivor (Freeman Miller Jr.); 3, Iwannabeastar (Jay Cross); 4, J.S Hustlin Man (Alex Udell); 5, Earl’s Little Dude (Mike Hollenback). Winning time: 2:04. Purse: $3,000.

Race 11 (Classic XXIII 3-year-old Filly Pace) — 1, Dynamic Star (Mike Peterson); 2, It’s A Miracle (Jay Cross); 3, Belle I Scoot (Walter Haynes Jr.); 4, Diamonds Princess (Don Eash); 5, Shes Only Coastin (Alex Udell). Winning time: 1:59 4/5. Purse: $12,300.

Race 12 (Classic XXIII 3-year-old Colt Pace First Division) — 1, J-S Superstar (Alex Udell); 2, Lookabout (Freeman Miller Jr.); 3, Get Goin Mel (Don Eash); 4, Ransomed (Walter Haynes Jr.); 5, Encoding Z Tam (Wilbur Eash). Winning time: 2:02. Purse: $6,800.

Race 13 (Classic XXIII 3-year-old Colt Pace Second Division) — 1, Electric Albert (Wilbur Eash); 2, Mike And Me (Jay Cross); 3, Gear’s Muscle Man (Mike Peterson); 4, ER Leon (Don Eash); 5, I’m A Sand Bagger (Walter Haynes Jr.). Winning time: 1:58 4/5. Purse: $6,700.