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PA Sire Stakes Fair horses do well at Yonkers

02:05 AM 08 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Keystone Rideau, harness racing San Remo Kosmos, harness racing Sapphire City, harness racing
Keystone Rideau
Geri Schwarz photo
San Remo Kosmos
Lisa Photo
Sapphire City
Photo by Mike Lizzi

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

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