Harness Races at Ballard County Fair Grounds
by Kelly Paul
La Center - The threat of rain and the eventual pause in racing did not stop this year’s Harness Racing at the Ballard County Fairgrounds this past Saturday. Several riders, trainers, and owners came out with their horses to take a chance at winning a piece of the purse money that totaled $32,000.
Randall Jerrell certainly proved to be the rider of the day as he brought home four 1st place wins as announcer Carl Becker called him “One of the more successful riders/trainers in Ballard County.” Jerrell proved Becker right in the Two-Year-Old Filly Trot when he came in first place as the rider/trainer of “Blue Spark”, owned by Walter Fister LLC of Georgetown, Kentucky. “Ky Liz”, owned by Jacob Girod of Owingsville, KY and trained by Roshun Trigg, was just behind Jerrell taking the 2nd place spot, with Tyler Shehan riding.
Jerrell’s next first place win came in the very next race riding “Cielle”. Jerrell is both the rider and trainer for “Cielle” whose owner is Walter Fister LLC. Rider Tyler Shehan took 2nd place riding “Miss Fool Jones” owned by Tammy Jones of Brewton, Alabama, and Alishia Green of Lexington, Kentucky. Kevin Cane is the rider/trainer for “Miss Fool Jones”.
Jerrell took another first place win in the Two-Year-Old Filly Pace as the rider/trainer of “Mama’s Home”, owned by Janet Lee Banks of Lexington. Trainer/rider Kevin Cane took the 2nd place spot riding “Miss Jones Dali” owned by Tammy Jones of Brewton, Alabama, and Alishia Green of Lexington, Kentucky.
By far Jerrell’s crowd-favorite first-place win came when he rode “Roscoe” in the Three-Year-Old Colt Pace, owned and trained by Stanley Wildharber. It seemed like the entire crowd was rooting for “Roscoe”. What made it even more exciting is that the races had just recommenced after a long rain delay in which torrential rains soaked the track. For most of the race, Jerrell was bringing up the rear, but in the second half, Jerrell started passing one horse after another. The crowd cheered as Jerrell passed “Sir Barton” on the outside just after the last turn making him the winner of the race. Rider/Trainer Tyler Shehan took the 2nd place spot with “Sir Barton”. Shehan Is co-owner of “Sir Barton” with Marna Shehan of Hopkinsville.
Both the Two-Year-Old Colt Pace and the Two-Year-Old Colt Trot featured Ballard County horses. “Ballard Blaze”, owned by Jonda Smith of Wickliffe took 2nd place via rider/trainer Ronnie Guhy. “Mybestolxfriendray”, rode/trained by Michael Neafus and owned by Dr. Andrew M. Roberts of Lexington, Kentucky took the first place spot in front of “Ballard Blaze”.
“Raja”, owned by Marion T. (M.T.) Bowles of Kevil, took the 3rd place win in the Two-Year-Old Colt Trot with Randal Jerrell as his rider/trainer. “El Diablo Hall”, rode/trained by Tyler Shehan, took first place.
Other winners on Saturday included “Caribbean Jewel” with the first place win in the Three-Year-Old Filly Pace. Chris Loney is the rider for “Caribbean Jewel”, and Barry Armstrong is her trainer. Janie Glotzback of Hernando, Florida owns “Caribbean Jewel”. The filly took first place last year in the Two-Year-Filly Pace.
“Southern Déjà Vu” had another standout performance this year as rider Christopher Loney rode him into the 1st place slot of the Three-Year-Colt Trot. He took first place in the Two-Year-Colt Trot last year. “Southern Déjà Vu’s” trainer is Barkley Counts, and his owner is Dusty Syler of Fayetteville, Tennessee.
Rider/trainer Norman Robbins rode “Sister Star” into first place of the Three-Year-Old Filly Trot. Susan Robbins of Lebanon, Kentucky is “Sister Star’s” owner.