It was a fight to the finish but Hereisthedesire and Carson Conrad were up to the task Tuesday, Aug. 29 in the ISA Elite held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. A total of 11 races were held during the late morning event featuring two and three-year-old trotters and pacers.
Hereisthedesire left the gate for the desired top spot, reaching the destination before the first turn. Chocluck Chip and James Yoder continued to also pursue the lead and took over at the quarter in :28.2. Down the backstretch, Chocluck Chip got a breather to the half in :59.2 before picking up the pace into the final turn.
It appeared Chocluck Chip would sprint away from the field, but Hereisthedesire went after the top duo. In the stretch, Hereisthedesire tipped to the outside and went to work, pacing home in :26.3. Chocluck Chip was fighting hard on the inside to fend off Hereisthedesire, but he was nabbed right at the wire by a nose. Always B Ricki and LeWayne Miller finished third in the 1:55.0 mile.
Hereisthedesire is owned by Sarah, Carson, and Carder Conrad and trained by Charlie Conrad. The Real Desire freshman was bred by Dale Wittmer and Danny Graber. It was the fifth career win for the colt and a new lifetime mark. Overall, the two-year-old now has more than $17,000 on his card. Hereisthedesire was a $5,000 yearling purchase at the Midwest Mixed Sale. He was only one of 10 foals by Real Desire sold that season.
In other Elite action, Chill the Wine and Doug Rideout won the first division of two-year-old pacing filly action. The Keystone Velocity filly sat directly behind EQ’s Lady Desire and Jeff Dever through the mile before moving out and around in the stretch for the win in 1:56.0. Shipps Revenge and Mike Peterson finished third.
Chill the Wine is owned by Julie Rideout and John Graber. King Racing Stable bred the two-year-old filly pacer trained by Doug Rideout. It was her first win in her sixth start for her connections.
The other division of Elite two-year-old pacing fillies was won by a familiar name as Classic Amy was back in the winner’s circle. Guided by Mike Peterson, the Riggins filly got away at the back of the pack and followed cover to the top of the stretch before kicking into gear and flying past her rivals, winning by four and one-half lengths in 1:59.0. Safe Guard and Pat Curtin finished second over Chocolate Espresso and Jordan Ross for third.
Classic Amy is owned by Linville Racing Stable and trained by Scott Linville Willie Schwartz bred the freshman filly, who is now 10 for 14 this season. Her win in the Elite Series was a new lifetime mark.
Where’s Drogon and James Yoder won the other division of two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. He was out and moving at the half and endured a first over trip around the final turn before digging in and winning by a head in 1:54.2, a final quarter in :26.3. Notorious Luck and Clint Coy, who cut the mile, finished second over Starlit Dutch Boy and John DeLong for third.
Where’s Drogon, a son of Freaky Feet Pete, is owned by Cheyenne and James Yoder. James also trains the colt bred by Ray Kuhns.
Lady by a Nose and Brad Ferguson turned in a gate to wire effort in their division of two-year-old filly trotters. They were comfortable winners by three and one-half lengths in 2:01.2. Misty Mills and James Yoder finished second over Starlit Chloe and Doug Rideout for third.
Lady By a Nose is owned by Brad Ferguson and Augustus Ferguson. Brad also trains the Colie’s filly.
Other Elite winners in the two-year-old ranks were Black Gold (James Yoder) in filly trotting action in 1:59.0, Swanouttaseven (Mike Peterson) in colt and gelding trotting action in 1:59.0, and Pilot Heir (Doug Rideout) in the other division of colt and gelding trotting action in 1:59.4.
The fastest mile on the day was Coaches Corner in the three-year-old colt and gelding pace in 1:52.3. The Always a Virgin gelding rallied gate to wire for the win by three and one-half lengths over Attaboy Lloyd and Mike Peterson. Lil Joe IV and Gerald Miller finished third.
Coaches Corner is owned by Summit Pacing Acres and trained by Byron Hooley. It was the 11th win of the season for the sophomore pacer.