LIMA — Harness racing at this year’s Allen County Fair is sure to be a big ticket as some of the fastest horses from around the state come in for two nights.
Races begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The admission is free.
Fairgoers can wager on the races by placing bets on each race or all the races at once, said Denny Fricke, who is on the fair’s board of directors and oversees the harness racing.
There is no limit on the amount of money someone can bet. All bets are placed at the Grandstand at the fair, he said.
Fricke expects 12 to 16 races but won’t know for sure until all the horses are entered.
“People call in three days before the events and enter their horses,” he said.
Races will feature trotter and pacing horses. Trotters run with their right legs and left legs working in unison where pacers run with front and back legs in unison, Fricke said.
Trotters and pacers have similar speeds, he said. Horses will race over a 1-mile course which is two laps of the track. The track at the Allen County Fair is fast and one of the better tracks in the state making it a popular place to race. “They come from all over the state in our circuit,” Fricke said. There has been horses from as far away as North Carolina race at the fair, he said. “We have one of the nicest tracks around,” he said. Harness racing consist of drivers sitting in a sulky or two-wheel cart behind the horse, he said.
2012 Allen County Fair