The 145th edition of the Great Stoneboro Fair featured a 14-race harness racing card for freshmen on Friday (August 31) in Northwestern Pennsylvania.The Quaker Stake for trotters opened the card, and Southern Gal (Pinetucky) picked up her first career win, scoring in 2:10 on her hometrack for owner, trainer and driver Charlie Crouser.
In the Quaker Pace, Royal Native, driven by Wayne Long, wasa 2:07.1 winner. Trainer Joe Torokco-owns the filly with Wayne Glessner.
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes filled out the remainder of the card, kicked off with three divisions of the freshman colt trot.
BS Maximummoondream was a 2:07.4 winner for trainer/driver Dave Brickell in the first division. The gelding is now a 9-time winner on the season for owners Dave and Sue Brickell.
Ruddy Rusty, who came into his division 0-for-11 on the season, picked up a 2:08.2 victory by a whisker over Albany House, who made abreak in the early going. Ruddy Rusty (SJ's Caviar), is owned by the Dunn Stable and trained by Boots Dunn. Chris Shaw picked up the winning drive.
In the final division, Polamalu and trainer/driver Bill Fahytook advantage of a late break by front running Spicey Victor, winning in 2:09. Moira Fahy and John Bowersown the colt.
Two $5,936 divisions of the filly trot were next, with victories earned by Lady Broadway () and Bellagio Bay ( ). Lady Broadway, trained and co-owned by John McMullen along with his daughter-in-law Michelle, trotted the fastest mile of the season on the circuit by a freshman filly, covering the mile in 2:05 with Bryce Truitt at the lines. Bellagio Bay scored in 2:08.2 for the Shaw/Dunn team.
Three groups of colt pacers were up next in sire stake action. In the first division, Roger Hammer scored with Camturo Beach in 2:06. Thecolt has now won four of nine starts on the season.
In the second division, Backbay Hanover and driver John Green went wire-to-wire in 2:05.4. It was the first career win for the son of, owned by Tye Loy and Michael Lowe. Tye Loy was the winning trainer.
The final division brought the day's fastest race, as Skylite's Finale led every step for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel, winning in 2:03.4. Ginny Schoeffel, Mike and Lori Callipare, and Ryan Zidek own thegelding.
Three groups of filly pacers completed the day. In the first group, Dave Brickell guided his ownfilly, DVC Jaded Attitude, to a 2:05 win. In the second division, She'salilfireball went wire-to-wire for driver Aaron Johnston in 2:05.2. Robert Grover owns and trains the filly.
In the day's final race, Life'sarealbeach() got up in the final stride for Hammer, winning in 2:04.3 for owner Vicki Lynn Fair. It was the filly's sixth win in 12 career outings.
Action resumes on Saturday at 10AM at Stoneboro, with 17 heats for sophomores carded.
For additional photos, video and information from the PA Fair Circuit, visit the Standardbred Breeders of PA website, www.standardbredbreederspa.org or the PA Fair Horsemen's website, www.pafairharness.com.
by Jeff Zidek for the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association