Day At The Track

Hughesville ovals divisional track record rewritten

06:39 PM 18 Jul 2013 NZST
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Silky Sullivan
Celebrating Silky's birthday on St. Patrick's Day
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HUGHESVILLE PA After her Silky Sullivan-like finish following early interference brought three-year-old trotting filly Monroe County victory at Gratz Fair this past Sunday, during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for sophomores Wednesday afternoon at the Lycoming County Fair Monroe took the shortest way home on the lead en route to a 2:02.3 rewriting of the Hughesville ovals divisional track record.

Driver Aaron Johnston, who had two victories on the day, had the Glidemaster filly on top in a few steps, rated her half to 1:02.2, then sprinted her home in 1:00.1-29.3 to reduce the local a/s/g standard of 2:03.2, set by Victory Starburst ten years to the day previously. Monroe County is now five for five at the fairs for trainer John McMullen, co-owner with Michelle McMullen.

Another track record was equaled in the days first race, a division of the three-year-old colt trot but you never would have given a new speed standard a thought after the first quarter was clicked in 33. Pacesetter Bsmaximummoonbeam trotted his middle half in 1:00.4, but then had to face powerful pocksitter Prince Lauxmont, and at the end of the 29 last quarter it was the Prince who was crowned the winner, his 2:02.4 time equaling the standard first posted by Bob And Bobby 364 days earlier. Wayne Long started his training/driving double with Prince Lauxmont, and he co-owns the altered son of Supernatural, now the winner of three straight, with Joyce Lineweaver.

Keystone twicearound fans are now anticipating a clash between Prince Lauxmont and Roe Is Me in the 3TC ranks after Roe, a gelded son of SJs Caviar (two siring credits), won his sixth straight and joined Monroe County with an unblemished streak of five fair outings. Driver Winston Lauxmont and his horse could have gone faster than his 2:05 final clocking, but that means more left in the tank for trainer Eileen Lineweaver, co-owner with Bill Kreutzer.

A 2:00 mile was rung up in the faster cut of the 3PC races, with Skylites Finale expertly piloted by trainer Steve Schoeffel to a seasonal best of 1:59.2. The Allamerican Native gelding gained from the pocket in a 58.1 back four furlongs to win for driver Schoeffel (three on the day), trainer Schoeffel (two on the day), and owners Virginia Schoeffel (also doubling), co-breeder Mike Callipare, Lori Callipare, and Ryan Zidek.

And lastly, a cheer for the Empire Earth gelding Hay The Bushwhacker, who broke his maiden in a division of a Quaker State trot and gave 79-years-young owner-trainer-driver-groom Sam Miller his first sulky visit to Victory Lane in nearly four years. Asked afterwards if winning made the ride home go any faster, the goateed Miller thought a second, then said, I dont know if the ride goes any faster, but you sure do have a smile on your face all the way home.


Sire Western Terror had the other "double" on the day

Freshmen take the track for 17 races on the Thursday card at Hughesville, which starts at noon. 

For the young uns confused by the earlier Silky Sullivan reference: Silky Sullivan was a stakes-caliber thoroughbred of the late 50s who routinely fell far behind early, then made seemingly-impossible late moves that usually got him there or thereabouts at the wire. He is also noted for probably being the pioneer of using a split-screen in sports television: racing broadcasts would keep its main picture on the pack, but had a small insert in a corner of Silky Sullivan, showing the seemingly-insurmountable task (way) ahead of him. (Vince McMahon is the father of the overhead camera now so widely-used in the NFL, but thats another story for another day .)

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