The first race on the harness racing card Thursday, June 24 marks the first pari-mutuel race for a young group of colts and geldings and the first of their racing careers for several. Ten two-year-old trotters will go for the title in the first leg of the $15,000 George Sholty series.
The morning line favorites are Uncle Freddie, with Dan Shetler and Solombre The Kid with Peter Wrenn, a double entry by trainer John Merkel. They each have earned $1,500 by winning a race at the Shelby County Fair in Shelbyville, Ind.
However, there are several other horses with strong cases regarding a trip to the winner's circle.
C-O-To Bluegrass has the most impressive resume to date. A son of, who has produced various successful offspring racing at Hoosier Park this season including ABC Mercedes, the gelding has the most experience racing and the most success thus far. C-O-To Bluegrass has already accumulated $5,000 by winning his first three races on the Kentucky fair circuit.
Mark O'Mara will drive him from post 10, which is on the second tier.
Chip Ivy, who will team up with Charlie Conrad, also picked up a win at the Shelby County Fair as well as a fourth place finish in his last start, also at Shelbyville. The CJ's Secret gelding has total earnings of $1,740 for trainer Kent Wilcox.
Dream Kid comes into the race with the fastest mile time of 2:01.4, which he achieved in a June 18 qualifier at Hoosier Park.
However, he will have to compete with several of horses sharing the same sire. Dream Kid, Solombre The Kid, R G Rocket, and Hardrock Kid all share the same father,, who had a very successful racing career.
The horse that can win the first leg of the $15,000 Sholty series will more than double their career earnings and will put themselves on the right track to success. Whatever the outcome, let's welcome the babies to the track!