Day At The Track

Dave Brickell drives four winners at Honesdale Fair

01:58 AM 07 Aug 2013 NZST
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Trotters are behind the gate at the Honesdale Fair yesterday
Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Sire Stakes
They even park cars in the infield at the Honesdale, PA Fair Monday
Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Sire Stakes

HONESDALE PA - On Monday at the Honesdale (PA) Fair, it was good to be the "King." Or "Smilin'" Dave.

Veteran conditioner Syl King Jr., who did not start his serious fair campaigning until the fifth stop at Gratz, vaulted into second place in the PA Fair Circuit standings with three wins Monday, giving him 16. One of the winners was driven by Dave Brickell, who paraded home to Victory Lane four times in all, solidifying his grip on second in the drivers column at 25 triumphs (in both cases behind Steve Schoeffel). And both horsemen guided their day's charges to payoffs in the neighborhood of $10,000 in total, on a card when the northeastern PA track was not in its fastest shape.

King/Brickell combined to win the Quaker State trot on the card for two-year-olds with Muscle Pump Queen, then split the 2TF divisions. Brickell had the fastest clocking among all of the 2T Honesdale set, 2:11.1 with three-time fair winner Bessie, an Equinox Bi miss he also owns and trains; owner-trainer King's Isabella Hanover, guided by doubling driver Marc Mosher, was only 2 ticks slower, and the Yankee Glide filly flashed home in 30.

Among the colts, Whitey Lauxmont became the first freshman to win five times at the fairs, the Oh So White gelding toppling the previously-undefeated Ruiz for owner/trainer/driver Brickell. Brickell also guided divisional pointsleader Mr Weaver to victory for trainer John McMullen Jr., co-owner with 6YO Owen McMullen; not to be outdone, Poppa's Pick (King and driver Mosher) took the third division.

The three fastest pacing miles were produced by McArdle offspring, with both the quickest filly and colt clocking in at 2:05.3. The filly was TSM Soul Sister for driver Aaron Johnston (three wins), trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner-breeder Ted Tomson; Johnston also handled the fastest colt, McArtic Ocean, who is trained by brother Shawn (two wins), owned by Aaron himself, and is perfect in three fair starts.

The Erv Miller stable, a day after Wicked Elphaba set a 2:01.2 track record for 3PF, again made its presence felt with a sidewheeling miss who was the third McArdle credit, Maevey Bean, home first for driver Marcus Miller and owner Patrick Quaid in 2:06.2. And our favorite 16-month-old owner, Mason Shaw, saw his filly La Fiesta go atop the 2PF pointstandings with a victory, just ahead of Hopeful Trust - whom he also owns. Mason's uncle Chris guided La Fiesta and 2PC winner Mister Chaos.

FINISHING LINES - Today is draw day at two Pennsylvania fairs: again at Honesdale, which will race its "2-day event" on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and on Thursday at noon, and at Waynesburg, which will race on Thursday and Friday at  10 a.m....

by Jerry Connors


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