Konesky wins pair of harness races

August 3, 2016 GMT

Pemberville’s John Konesky III won twice at the final day of harness racing at the Wood County Fair Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Mark Headworth drove five winners in the 10 races contested, including guiding Dancin Fever to a track record for 2-year-old old colt pacers.

In a division of the 2-year-old colt trot, Konesky went wire-to-wire with Charming Cadet to win in 2:07.3. It was the second win in five starts for Charming Cadet this year.

Konesky also won with Cedar Point in 2:11.2 in another division of the 2-year-old colt trot. Cedar Point was never tested leading the entire way. It was the third straight victory for Cedar Point, who also won at fairs in Tiffin and Oak Harbor.

“Both horses behaved really well; they are classy horses,” Konesky said. “We had some luck with horses making breaks that were the best competition. … It doesn’t always work that way, but it was easy today.”

Konesky finished with three wins in the two days.

Dancin Fever made a big move at the top of the stretch to pass Jim Mcrhody and win in 1:58.3, demolishing the track record of 2:01.4 for 2-year-old colt pacers. The previous record was set by Flip Flap Time in 1989 and matched by Contraband in 2009.

Mcrhody came into Tuesday race with three wins in four starts, including a victory in the Ohio Sire Stakes in 1:54.3 at Northfield Park.

Headworth also won a division of the 3-year-old colt trot with Lion Image in 2:05.4; a division of the 3-year-old colt pace with Slide Ruler in 2:00.3; a division of the 2-year-old colt pace with Ogradys First Man in 2:04.4; and the free-for-all pace going wire-to-wire with Real Joy in 1:58.2

With Slide Ruler, Headworth had to go first over with fast fractions, including 0:59.3 to the half and a final quarter of 0:30.3.

In Ogradys First Man’s win, Headworth controlled the pace of the race and won with a 0:29.3 final quarter.

The free-for-all pace featured T Red, who set the track pacing record of 1:57.4 last year.

Headworth took Real Joy to the lead and set the pace for the entire race, with T Red, driven by Chuck Taylor, having to go two-wide for most of the race.

Headworth took a spill while driving Feeling Bold in the ninth race, but came back to drive Real Joy in the finale.

Ty Bates, driving K T War-Bates, won a division of the 2-year-old colt pace in a battle with the final half mile going in 1:00 in a 2:03.4 finish.

Dan Venier won a division of the 3-year-old colt trot, going wire-to-wire with Turbo Train finishing in 2:04.1.

Stride of Pride, driven by Greg Bateson, won a division of the 3-year-old colt pace leading the entire race to finish in 1:59.1.

Two other Wood County horses competed Tuesday. Mud Bogger, co-owned by Michael Lee of Rudolph, finished fourth in a division of the 3-year-old colt trot. Threesocksngo, owned by Mark Bevelhymer of Bowling Green, was sixth in the free-for-all pace.

Konesky, past president of the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association, was pleased with the 20 races held during the two days at the fair.

“We had two nice-sized programs, that was just about right,” Konesky said. “The track itself, the surface was really good. The guys on the track crew worked really hard.

“Next year I hope to have it graded before hand.”