John Konesky III from Pemberville drove two winners and added two seconds in the opening day harness
racing program at the Wood County Fair Tuesday afternoon.
In addition, Ryan Stahl drove three winners on the 11-race card.
Harness racing concludes at the fair with 10 races tonight, starting at 6:30.
Konesky won a division of the Northwestern Ohio Colt Racing Association stakes for 2-year-old filly
trotters with Lofty Mom going wire-to-wire in 2:12. [See
followed that up in a division of the NWOCRA 2-year-old colt trot with Jesse Fect. Konesky made a move
with Jesse Fect past the three-quarter mile mark and the gelding responded going on to win in 2:06.4,
trotting the final quarter in 32 seconds.
Both winners are co-owned by Maryann Konesky of Pemberville and Patrick Konesky of Bowling Green as were
both second-place finishers driven by Konesky.
Stahl held on with R E Shawn to win a division of the NWOCRA 2-year-old colt trot in 2:05.2 Konesky was
second with J H Spur.
In the NWOCRA 2-year-old filly pace, Stahl, driving Funny Lena, took advantage of a break in stride by
Money Runner at the top of the stretch. Stahl kept Funny Lena on the rail and went on to win in 2:05.
Stahl’s third win came behind Stablecreekcrusier in the NWOCRA 3-year-old filly pace. At the
three-quarter, Stahl was able to move to the front on the way to a win in 2:03.1, which was the fastest
mile of the afternoon.
The other stakes winners were: Jessica Page, with Tom Moore Jr. driving, in a division of the NWOCRA
2-year-old filly trot in 2:11.2, getting past Konesky with Like Berto in the stretch; and Ilikehercharm,
with Larry Rheinheimer driving, in a division of the NWOCRA 2-year-old filly trot in 2:10. Rheinheimer
took Ilikehercharm to the back of the five-filly field at the start and then make a strong move on the
backstretch on the way to the win. Harrietup, owned, trained and driven by Jim Burris of Rudolph, was
third behind Ilikehercharm.
In the conditioned pace, Pay the Clerk, with Greg Bateson driving, and Jessie J, with Randy Mapes
driving, won the two divisions of the 2-year-old open pace, with 3-year-olds who are non-winners of
$1,000 lifetime also eligible. Pay The Clerk won in 2:08 and Jessie J won on 2:08.3.
In the conditioned trot for non-winners of $1,500 lifetime, with 2-year-olds also eligible, SOS Banker,
with Dennis Dicken driving, won in 2:12 and Dandaroo, with Phil Peden driving, won in 2:07.4. Lead On
Lavec, owned by Steve Bateson of Rudolph, was second to Dandaroo.
Other county finishers were: Dyna Flat, owned by Jim Burris, fourth in a division of the 2-year-old filly
trot; Spurs For Action, owned by Gerald Burris, fourth in a division of the 2-year-old filly trot; Rose
Run Lisa, owned by Gerald Burris, fifth in a division of the 2-year-old filly trot; and Rock Head, owned
by Gerald Burris, seventh in a division of the 2-year-old colt trot.
Trifecta wagering and a late daily double were added to the pari-mutuels this year. The race secretary
for the fair, in a call to the Sentinel-Tribune on Monday evening, said there would be superfecta
wagering, but there was none Tuesday.