A large harness racing crowd was in attendance for the first day of racing at the Dayton Fairgrounds in Dayton, PA to watch the two-year-olds in action.
Trainer/driver Aaron Johnston swept both $5,955 divisions of the PA Sire Stake colt pace, guiding both Mein Schatz and Cruising Machine to wins. Mein Schatz, owned by Jim Biego, paced in 2:03.4 to earn his third seasonal win.
Mein Schatz is a son of. Cruising Machine, by , covered his mile in 2:04.3 for owners Tracy Chropek and Gary Johnston.
In the first $6,102 filly pacing PASS, Caviart Ginger won for the fourth time on the year, pacing home in 2:06.2 for driver Brady Brown. Jason Bresnahan trains and co-owns thefilly with Clyde and Marilyn Bresnahan and Debbra Kerr.
Real Leggy, yet anotheryoungster, won the second split in 2:03.4. Wayne Long trains and drove for owners Theresa Pavlik and David Kinee.
Two $6,023 colt trotting events were next, and BS Maximummoondream easily won his eighth race in 10 career starts, trotting in 2:08.1. Trainer/driver Dave Brickell co-owns thegelding with Sue Brickell.
The second division featured a close finish, as Broadway Vino and Bill Daugherty held on by a nose over Prince Lauxmonth and driver Wayne Long. Broadway Vino () picked up his second win of the season for owner Susan Daugherty, timed in 2:08.1.
Filly trotters ended Sire Stake action in two $5,886 groups. Classical Love, owned by trainer Bill Kreutzer in partnership with Eileen Lineweaver, won the first division in 2:07.
Eric Neal picked up the catch-drive behind thefilly. In the second division, Lady Broadway ( ) was a 2:08.1winner for trainer John McMullen and driver Bryce Truitt. John and Michelle McMullen own the fily, now a six-time winner in 10 starts.
The Quaker Pace, for PA-owned or PA-sired horses, was won in a romp by Fool Bewitch U, afilly. Ron Linweaver leases and trains Fool Bewitch U, while Jim Dodson drove to the 2:04.3 win.
In the Quaker Trot, Holy Warrior earned his first career victory, trotting in 2:14.2. Charlie Flickinger trains and was in the bike behind the Ethen Seelster colt.
Fourteen stakes for three-year-olds are on tap for Thursday, with post time set for 12Noon.
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
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