RUS NY Fair Series nears finals

06:34 AM 12 Aug 2014 NZST
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Michelle Crawford on Vassar Hall after their win at Norwich
Michelle Crawford on Vassar Hall after their win at Norwich

There is just one more leg of the 2014 New York Fair series until the final.

The excitement and participation is getting greater as the season nears an end. After a short break, the series picked back up with Michelle Crawford defending her title at the Otsego County Fair in Morris, New York, on July 29. She rode her 10-year-old mare Vassar Hall (the same horse she won with a year ago) to victory in 2:13. Michelle Miller, riding Kash Now, set the pace until about the 3/4 pole and placed second. Jennifer Lowrey and Striking Mystery came across the finish line third.

Crawford then continued her winning streak with Vassar Hall at the Chenango County Fair in Norwich, New York. on August. 5. Crawford was coming off a huge a victory at the Meadowlands winning the biggest RUS series in America - The Hambletonian. There, she won the final atop A Penny Earned in 1:57.2.

There was so much interest in the Norwich race that horses were split into two RUS divisions. There were four finishers in each race.

Crawford won the second NY Fair Series division with Vassar Hall in a time of 2:07.4. Karen Isbell came in behind her on her own Truth in Action.

Jocelyn Lavigne took the first division in 2:13.4 with My Irish Molly. Both rider and horse were first-time participants in the series. The horse will need to race in the last leg of the series to qualify for the final. There was a nose-to-nose fight between Tara Hynes on John-Michael and Michelle Miller on Kash Now to see who would take second place in the first Norwich race.

The final leg of the series will be held at the Steuben County Fair in Bath, New York on Tuesday, Aug 12.  There will be two RUS divisions thanks to the support of the fair itself putting up purse money.

The final will be held at Tompkins County Fair in Trumansburg, New York on August 19.Horses must compete and finish in any two of the six RUS 2014 Series Fair legs to be eligible for the RUS NY 2014 Fair Series Final. Entries for the final race are to be selected based on points earned for finishes in the series qualifying races. Points earned are accrued by horse, regardless of rider in each race. Up to six qualifiers will be eligible for the final race.

A High Point Rider Award and a Series Champion Horse will receive gifts from Hawthorne Products in addition to the other national series sponsors.

Current Series Points Standings are as follows:

Horse Points:

    •       Vassar Hall – 75*

    •       Kash Now – 50*

    •       Truth In Action – 35*

    •       My Irish Molly – 25

    •       Striking Mystery – 21*

    •       John-Michael – 20*

    •       Admirable Hanover – 10

    •       Lemon Pepper – 5*

    •       Magic Cheque – 5

    •       E R Anna – 3

    •       Conway Cruiser – 2

*Indicates horse has finished in two races, required to be qualified for the final

Rider Points:

    •       Michelle Crawford – 75*

    •       Michelle Miller – 50*

    •       Karen Isbell – 35*

    •       Jennifer Lowrey – 25*

    •       Tara Hynes – 25*

    •       Jocelyn Lavigne – 25

    •       Vanessa Karlewicz – 10

    •       Mary Lu Dolce Conti – 3

    •       Brian Connor – 2

*Indicates rider has finished in two races, required to be qualified for high point ride.

CJ Millar, Horsefly Group

 

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