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Billy Carter wins driving title at Shenandoah Fair

10:42 AM 31 Aug 2014 NZST
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Billy Carter won driving title with five winners on final day
Shenandoah County Fair harness racing
Woodstock, Virginia-- The final day of the Shenandoah County Fair harness races were the most exciting races as they normally are on the final day of racing. Betsy Brown proved the hometown favorites were still a force to be reckoned with, while driver Billy Carter cruised to a driving title.
During the week Carter won 13 races leaving everyone else in the wake of his wrath. He drove all week for trainer Leon Harris and picked up at least 3 wins a day to secure the driving title. On the final day of racing Carter won 5 races and made most of them look easy.
2 of Carter's wins came aboard Prince of Badlands (Badlands Hanover-Nordic Princess), who defeated the champion Tarver Hanover just a couple days prior. In both heats Prince of Badlands set back off some very hot early contested fractions set by Mr. Express (Roy Dinges). When Prince made his move he just glided to victory without looking back.
In other action at the fair Xiao Wang narrowly defeated Sun Chimes in the final strides of heat number 1 (Race 4) in 2:07 3/5. Sun Chimes had the lead and just could not hold off a fast charging Xiao Wang. In the 2nd of the heats (Race 10) Sun Chimes got his revenge going right to the lead for trainer/driver Betsy Brown and really dug in at the top of the stretch. Xiao Wang (Billy Carter) was trying his best to get to him (Sun Chimes) at the line, but just couldn't get there in 2:05 3/5.
Terry Kibler, president of the Shenandoah County Fair said "I was very pleased with the racing this year." He (Kibler) went on to say "It's always a ton of fun to listen to the crowd when the field turns for home and the roar from the crowd is just exhilarating."
Racing comes back to the Shenandoah oval in May for the Wine and Trotter festival for its 3rd season. When that date is released it will be given out, until then racing continues during the fair next year which is typically held the last week in August.
By Michael Carter, for the Shenandoah County Fair
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