A total of nine races were held at the Newton County Fairgrounds before adverse weather conditions halted the remainder of the card Saturday, July 11. Indiana was plummeted with numerous thunderstorms all day, but prior to the arrival of the storm in Kentland, two-year-olds were able to get their races in.
Vel Keep Rolling and Mike Peterson kicked off the card with a gate to wire win in the first division of the two-year-old filly pacers. The Time to Roll filly went straight to the lead and never relinquished her position, winning by a half length at the wire in 2:08.3. Electrocuted and Don Eash finished second over Tellitlikeafra and Clifton Bell for third.
Vel Keep Rolling is owned by Kin Racing Stable. Larry King trains the filly who now has one win and one second in two starts.
The Time to Roll filly Rollonbeauty took the second division for freshman filly pacers. Trained by Curtis Rice, Rollonbeauty had a similar trip to Vel Keep Rolling, winning gate to wire by a half length over AE Springs and Matthew Riggle. Meadowbrook Lady and Rocky Loney finished third. Rollonbeauty is owned and trained by Curtis Rice.
In the two-year-old colt and gelding division, American Era was a winning in the first round. Owned, trained and driven by Don Eash, the JK Endofanera gelding followed along as Fame and Power and Tony Farina set the tempo the first half. Eash moved American Era to the front for the second half and held on for the win by one length over Fame and Power. Victor Hic and James Reed finished third.
SS Thunder and Clifton Bell earned the second of three wins on the card for trainer Curtis Rice in the second division of two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The Shadyshark Hanover colt sat in mid pack before making a move in the final quarter to pace home to a half-length victory in 2:11.2. Blissfull Shore and Logan Loney finished second. Rockin Dandy and Don Eash finished third.
SS Thunder is owned by Ar’tarrius Fleming of Mississippi. The colt is a product of Chapel Ridge Farm.
The final four races on the card were cancelled of the 13 races total. The ISFC moves to the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Frankfort for the next round Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15.