If you're lucky enough to own a horse who is tough enough to win a Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship, there's one word that should enter your mind when his or her fair campaign ends at three:
There are six horses who have won a Pennsylvania Fair title and then have gone to win $500,000 or more in their careers, and they ALL have strong connections with the Hilltop oval:
KEYSTONE RIDEAU ($682,300), a pacer, took his lifetime mark of 1:53 at Yonkers. And he's in to go TONIGHT (Friday) there.
SAN REMO KOSMOS ($652,610), a trotter, became a free-for-aller who won in the tough Open handicap class at Yonkers in 2008.
SAPPHIRE CITY ($616,997) recently jumped to second place all-time among this pacing set, and he starts in the Open handicap at Hilltop Saturday after winning at the top level two weeks ago.
EAGLE ALL ($596,919), a pacer, was an Open handicap winner at Yonkers in 2012.
DRIVE ALL NIGHT ($505,181), also a sidewheeler, is two for three at Yonkers this season, and is scheduled to race on Monday night.
LIGHT HEADED ($502,143), a trotter, took his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 at (guess where) in a $42,000 winners-over trot.
With results like these at the continent's #1 track for purse payouts, no wonder no one (in Pennsylvania, anyway) snorts out the phrase, "Here's just a fair horse."
(A final, parenthetical note: the #1 money trotter here, San Remo Kosmos, was handled by Roger Hammer at the Keystone fairs; the #2 trotter, Light Headed, was campaigned by Todd Schadel.
Those two horsemen were co-owners of a trotting horse who started his career at a PA Fair, winning on 6-12-04 in 2:10.1, and then a little short of 14 months later, on 8-6-05, banished forever the phrase "he's just a fair horse" from Pennsylvanians' vocabulary by winning in 1:52.3 -- in the Hambletonian.
You may remember Vivid Photo 4, 1:502z ($3,266,827).
by Jerry Connors, for Harnesslink.com