BESSIE SCORES HER SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN!
HARRISBURG PA - The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit split to two different venues in the early part of this week; Wattsburg, near Erie, got in its full card on Tuesday, while westcentral Indiana, like Wattsburg featuring two-year-olds on Tuesday, got in eight of eleven carded events, including all but one Sire Stakes division, before a downpour forced the cancellation of the rest of that card. (At press time, it was learned that the Wednesday card at Indiana would have to be washed out as well; Wattsburg was still on schedule to go.)
During Tuesday's action at Wattsburg , the filly Bessie rolled to her sixth straight fair Sire Stake victory, and her time in 2:08.3 was only a tick off the local track record of Barefoot Brook, set two years ago. "Smilin'" Dave Brickell was in the cart behind Bessie, whom he also trains and owns.
Another Brickell owned-trained-driven winner Tuesday was Whitey Lauxmont, an Oh So White gelding who, after securing a spot in the pari-mutuel Sire Stakes consolation, pushed his fair record to 7 for 7. In all, Brickell had three driving wins, and these two provided him with an owner-trainer driver double.
If Dave had plenty to smile about, Todd Cummings (six driving wins) and (four sulky triumphs) had even more reason to show their pearly whites. Three of the Cummings wins were for owner/breeder Ted Tomson, and four were for "trainer Robert Krenitsky" - three for Bob Jr., and one for Bob Sr. In fact Cummings, with a 9-6-2-1 tally for the day, lost races only that won! Within his quadruple, Shaw won three times for brother/trainer and two times for 15 month old nephew/owner Mason Shaw, including a triumph behind the 2PF La Fiesta, keeping her atop of the divisional standings.
In contrast to Wattsburg, where the three above-mentioned drivers dominated the day, the wins were more spread out at Indiana, as the only doublers were driver , trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty as they swept the 2TC Sires event. First up was recent Stallion Series winner and StS Championship bubbleite Fly Past Hanover, the altered son of now a five-time fair winner after a 2:06.4 score; 15 minutes later, the same group was reunited in Victory Lane after the gelding Broadway Charm made it four straight at the fairs and joined "Fly Past" as a 5-time fair winner after a 2:07.2 triumph.
We mentioned 15 month old owner Mason Shaw earlier; on the other end of the spectrum, we salute the well-known Ohioan R.G. Betts, 91 years young, who saw his 2PF Baby Cat break her maiden in a division of the Sire Stakes at Indiana.
FINISHING LINES - Wattsburg is set to start a 12-race card featuring sophomores at 11 a.m. today ... No rest for the weary: tomorrow they draw at Stoneboro for fair action on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. - the last start on the "western swing" of this year PA Fair Circuit, which finishes up at Port Royal, York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg throughout September.
REMINDER FOR THOSE FOLLOWING NATIONAL STARS: At Harrah's Philly the next two days: Anndrovette vs. Rocklamation today, 9th race (about 3:30); tomorrow, Sevruga vs. Market Share,10th race (about 3:45 or so).
by Jerry Connors