Roger Hammer wins Buster DiSalvo trophy

02:42 AM 03 Aug 2012 NZST
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Roger Hammer
Roger Hammer

Sophomore colt pacers brought a close to four days of harness racing at the Clearfield County Fair on Thursday (August 2nd).

Seth First won the lone division of the Quaker Stake pace in 2:10.4 with driver Brady Brown. It was the Stonebridge Regal gelding's first win of the season for trainer Steve Schoeffel and owners Fred and Seth Dowling, and Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel.

Four PASS filly pacing divisions were up next, with Kaitlin Kir and driver Dave Brickell edging out Paints Hall and Argument Hanover at the wire. John McMullen Jr. trains and Bill Kirwin owns the No Pan Intended mare, who paced the mile in 2:02 flat.

Another tight battle in the second division saw Meadowland Zizzy nip Allstar Life and Serenity Breeze to win in 2:05.2. Brady Brown drove the Yankee Cruiser filly for owner Eddie McNeight and trainer Steve Schoeffel.

Steppin Hanover and driver Chris Shaw took the third division in 2:02.4 for owners Joseph Benedetti, Ron Silletto, and Syl King Jr. King Jr. also trains the Allamerican Native mare. Chris Shaw made it two wins in a row when Theshipscruisinin captured the fourth and final division.

Hoye and Pauline Rickert own, while Hoye trains the Yankee Cruiser mare who clocked in at 2:02.2.

The final three races belonged to the PASS colt pacers, and the fastest time of the meet belonged to Nucular Enemy (Nucular Breeze) and owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, pacing the mile in 2:00.4. In the second division, Mchoffman sprinted past Hershey Please and Dalton Hanover to score the victory for driver Eric Neal in 2:01.4.

The McArdle gelding is owned by Andray Farm and Lindwood Farm, and trained by Randy Neal. Robert Verney and Real Tenacity brought the meet to a close, taking the third division in 2:04.1.

Verney also trains the Real Artist gelding for owner Audrey Wolf. The Buster DiSalvo Trophy, which is awarded to the driver with the most wins at the end of the four days of racing, went to Roger Hammer for the eleventh time.

PA fair harness racing action next moves to the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg on August 9th and 10th, with post time at 10 AM both days.

For additional photos, video and information from the PA Fair Circuit, visit the Standardbred Breeders of PA website, www.standardbredbreederspa.org or the PA Fair Horsemen's website, www.pafairharness.com.

by Ryan ZIDEK

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