Young harness racer edges out win for uncle

By Zach Gregory zgregory@civitasmedia.com

August 1, 2014

XENIA — For Hunter Myers, a win in Thursday’s Harness Races at the Greene County Fair meant more than just doing well for himself. He was looking to make others proud.

Myers, from Circleville, has roots in the Xenia area.

“My uncle Tom trained here and this is my dad’s old stomping grounds,” he said.

Tom Myers was a trainer in Xenia and his family sponsored the eighth race.

“I was kind of hoping I was going to be in the eighth race, get to drive because we sponsor that race. My uncle passed away a couple months ago and I’m trying to make him proud,” said Hunter Myers.

Well he was able to do just that in his only race of the day. In the third race of the day, Myers and his two-year old horse Dohooray took the top spot in a one-mile trot. He was in second place until the last two turns, and pulled out the win by a hair.

Myers said he was hoping his horse would do well despite not feeling well.

“She was sick at the barn and was kind of getting over it. We brought her out here to see what she could do, not beat her up. Going around the turn she was all good, and then Jack’s horse made a break and it was (iffy). He almost got me at the end, it was kind of an adrenaline rush,” he said.

Jack Dailey almost grabbed the race on Autumn Estelle, but was beat out in the photo finish.

“It was close. I got a little worried when I looked around and saw Jack coming around the corner and I was like, ‘oh no,’”

said Myers. “He just gave me a smile and winked at me. I said, ‘Jack, what am I going to do with you?’ I mean this is racing. You got to go and go.”

Mark Winters Sr. took the third spot.

Dailey had a busy day at the fair. He raced in eight of the 11 races, with one third place finish, four second place finishes and one first place finish. He finished first on Clarksville Boy in the fourth race of the day. Roy Wilson finished second on Led Schneppelin and Zach Henry finished third on Dreamboat Gambler.

Henry also had a successful day at the grand stands. He competed in five races with a fifth and a fourth place finish, a third place finish, and two first place finishes. In the ninth race of the night, he took the top spot on Worker C. Dailey took second on Happytime and Alex Hawk took third on Empty Gesture. In the next race, Henry won on Stink Sham in a one-mile pace. Dailey took second on Two Friskie and Winters Sr. took third on Winsmith Delight.