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Ramblin' Reck

July 5, 2010

RAMBLIN' RECK: Trade in the cars, it’s harness racing’s prime time

TERRE HAUTE — This week is a good one for those folks who enjoy watching horses instead of cars race on tracks.

Three days of Illinois harness racing begin today at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair. The Great Midwest Trot and Great Midwest Pace both are on Thursday’s card.

Thoroughbred racing is on Friday’s schedule highlighted by the Old National Road Derby.

Post time is 1 p.m. CDT daily at the fair.

Harness races also are scheduled next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Edgar County Fair at Paris. Post time also is 1 p.m. CDT for those programs.

Saturday is the first day of thoroughbred racing at Ellis Park at Henderson, Ky., with the season trimmed to 27 days.

Starting next week, races will be run Friday, Saturday and Sunday and continue until Labor Day, the final day of the season. Post time is 12:50 p.m. CDT.

Fans will be able to sit in the grandstand free of charge and make 50-cent bets on Pick Four wagers.

 • On the course — There’s a full schedule of golf in the next two weeks, especially for juniors.

A junior scramble is slated today at Rea Park and the Clay County Optimist Club junior event is Thursday at Forest Park in Brazil.

The Terre Haute city junior tourney is next week with play set for Rea Park on Tuesday and Thursday and at Hulman Links on Wednesday.

Forty teams took part in Tim Mundy’s Firecracker Shootout that ended Monday at Hulman Links. Many of the same players and others will be in the Terre Haute Mini-City that will be played Saturday at Rea Park and end on Sunday at Hulman Links.

• More Disch — We noted last week that Terre Haute native Terry Dischinger will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team. We reported that he earned all-Big Ten honors all three years that he played at Purdue — freshmen were not eligible for the varsity in those days.

One of Dischinger’s fans pointed out that Dischinger not only earned Big Ten honors all three years but was on All-America teams all three of those years, being on the second team his sophomore year and a consensus first-team choice the last two seasons.

That’s quite an honor that has not been duplicated by many players in the country before or since.

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