News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 28, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Horse, auto racing fills local calendars

Tom Reck
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Racing — all sorts of racing — is on the schedule this week in the area.

Four days of Ilinois county fair racing begins today at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair.

Harness races are scheduled today, Wednesday and Thursday, with thoroughbred races winding up action on Friday.

Post time daily is 1 p.m. CDT.

More thoroughbred horse racing is set for Ellis Park near Evansville and Henderson, Ky., this weekend. The opening date is Saturday.

Races then will run weekly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day weekend.

The first day automobile race since 1993 at The Action Track will be Sunday with the running of the Sumar Classic 100 for Silver Crown cars on the U.S. Auto Club schedule.

Cars will pit in the infield for fan-friendly interaction and racing should begin about 1 p.m.

The Sumar Classic 100 is named for a race team put together by Don Smith and Chapman Root. Tony Bettenhausen won the first edition of the race in 1980.

Monday marks the annual running of the Fast Track Mile — formerly the Mayor’s Cup Mile — in downtown Terre Haute.

Runners from all around the area and state will take part in this fun event.

Hopefully, good weather will prevail for all the action.

• Words to the wise — “A smile never goes up in price or down in value.”

Those words were sent to us some time ago by our regular correspondent who is so good at collecting them.

More of the same:

“The most important ability is availability.”

“The smile on your face is the light in the window that lets people know you are at home.”

“Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.”

“You get back what you give.”

“A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel.”

And, finally, Michael Jordan once said: “Any fear is illusion. You think somethings is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is opportunity to do your best and gain some success. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.”

So be it.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — The Brazil Open is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Forest Park while others will take part in The Mundy Shootout on Saturday and Sunday at Hulman Links.

Golf instruction is taking place at Forest Park and Hulman Links, and South coach Chris Cassell and West Vigo coach Travis Turpen will team with pro Dave Kennedy for a three-day session at Rea Park.

The Rea Park Junior Classic is today.

• Former Cloverdale coach Al Tucker has been named to the board of directors for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tucker coached the Clovers for 17 seasons.

• Lawrence North has hired Jim Etherington as its girls basketball coach. He coached the girls in the past and had a 30-13 mark in two seasons before spending 15 seasons as the boys assistant.

Princeton hired Charles Mair as girls basketball coach. He coached North Posey from 1978 to 2008.

• Chad Collins is nursing an injury but hopes to return to the PGA Tour in the John Deere Classic.


Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 S. Fifth St., Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.