HONESDALE PA -- Hurricane Shaw blew through this northeastern Pennsylvania city this past Sunday and Monday during the fair harness racing meet, offering $100,000 in purse money, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds here, but the prize that they probably wanted the most eluded them, instead going to the horse that figured to be the one to beat.
"Hurricane Shaw" here refers to an owner, 2-year-old Mason Shaw, who before lunchtime Sunday, 3YO day, saw his horse earn over $9500 and had his stable go 8-5-3-0 over the two days; his father, trainer(who also trains, quite successfully, for the accounts of other owners), who won five times during the meet; and his uncle, driver Chris, who had six visits to Victory Lane. Chris now sports a 51-48 edge in driving triumphs over , who will wait for fair action to return to his western Pennsylvania part of the state, at Waynesburg; Jason now has a 38-31 edge over the Schoeffel barn on the conditioning side.
The win that they probably most wanted, though, was with Tropical Terror in a division of the two-year-old Fair Sire Stakes filly pace. Tropical Terror, a daughter of, had been the only horse in any division to go eight-for-eight at the first eight 2014 PA fair stops, and the Shaws were of course hoping for number nine.
But victory number 8 had been in a dead-heat with Keystone I Wish at Clearfield last week, and this filly had shown her talent with a 2:00 score at Gratz earlier. And it was Keystone I Wish who got the nod when the two squared off at Honesdale, in 2:02.4 (just 2/5 off the fastest mile of the meet, which was recorded by the 3PF La Fiesta, who closed in 28.2 for the team of guess who). But Tropical Terror was gallant in defeat, making up 6Â½ lengths on her rival from the half, only to come up Â½ length shy of thefilly Keystone I Wish, trained and driven by and owned by Todd and wife Christine. The clocking was also only a tick off the local divisional standard set by Car-Lin's Stardurst in 2003.
Fastest trot of the meet was a 2:06.4 triumph turned in by thegelding Must Be A Pistol, owned by Michael Brocklehurst, in a division of the FSS 3TC. The race was notable for two reasons: 1) Faust, who had just rewritten the Bedford trot mark to 2:00.4, made a break with a four-length lead coming into the stretch; and 2) it was the first drive at Honesdale for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst in at least 22 years, the furthest-back the USTA records go, and possibly his first-ever trip behind the gate there.
The Shaw clan will hope for their luck to continue at the Honesdale 2-day meet, which will begin tomorrow. Pennsylvania fair racing will also be conducted on Thursday 358 miles to the southwest, at the Greene County fair in Waynesburg, which will also race on Friday. The three meets within the six-day period will find some $290,000 in purses offered to the cream of the Keystone twicearound circuit.
Publicity Department, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association