The Newton County Fair got underway with their 100th anniversary celebration Saturday, July 13. After horsemen enjoyed a complimentary breakfast, racing got underway at Noon with Don Eash taking home the top prize in four of the 12 races on the card.
Eash’s day started off with a win in the second division of two-year-old pacing fillies as Rose Run Vision overcame a break after the start to rally back for the win in 2:06.2. Rock It Out and Clifton Bell finished second over BR Flying Rita and Jordan Ross.
Other winners on the day for Eash included Golden Impulse, driven by Gerald Miller in the two-year-old filly trot, Tellitlikeitwas in the three-year-old filly pace, which was the fastest mile of the day in 2:03.0, and Towline Blue Boy, driven by Gerald Miller, in the three-year-old colt and gelding trot.
Other big winners on the day were Joey Putnam, who guided three winners home. Dance Hall Brawler was a winner in 2:08.4 in the three-year-old colt and gelding trot along with Miss Lexie in the three-year-old filly trot. Putnam also scored a win with Tellawoman in a division of the three-year-old pace in a time of 2:03.4.
The day also brought a first-time driver to the winner’s circle. Logan Loney made his driving debut a winning effort in a division of the two-year-old colt and gelding trot, scoring his first career win with Northern Commander in 2:23.0. Loney was a gate to wire winner for owners Northern Lane Farm and trainer Donna Loney. Logan also drove in two other races, picking up a second and fourth place finish.
Each of the winners on the day received a blanket from local sponsors as well as a commemorative plaque marking the 100th anniversary of the Punkin Vine Fair at Kentland.