WASHINGTON PA - The rain went away from this southwestern PA town close to The Meadows for Tuesday fair harness racing at the Washington County Fair and the famed Arden Downs oval, allowing for a full day of racing two-year-olds, as opposed to the previous day, when only two heats for sophomores got in.
The attention Wednesday focused on two-year-old pacing colts, and especially three babies trained by "The King of the PA Fairs,", even though Hammer drove only one of them. That one would be R N Nate, a gelding who was won his last six starts at the fairs (plus throwing in a Stallion Series victory for good measure, in 1:55.4) for breeder-owner-trainer-driver Hammer.
The circuit's top dashwinner,, deputized for Hammer on the two other horses, including the day's (and meet's) fastest, Given Up Terror, an altered son of who won here in 2:01.2 for trainer Hammer, with Mississippian Chad Parker on the paperwork as the owner. This precocious youngster has been twice second in the Stallion Series and won an overnight in 1:55.4.
Those two races came among the four divisions of the PA Fair Sire Stake 2PC event; driverand trainer clicked to take the other two, with Firm It Up (2:09.1- 30.2) and Moonshine Road (2:06.3).
We talked about three Hammer 2PCs - the third is racing in the Quaker State Stakes, and Rustlercafe is now 7-6-1-0 in that series after a 2:02.2 score. Hammer is the owner/trainer/breeder of the altered son of, with again in the bike.
Other highlights included Ohioan Marty Wollam capturing three races on the day, from three different trainers, including two of the three Fair Sire Stakes 2TC winners: thecolt Andover Express and the SJ's Caviar colt Itza Rube; and the recent local addition of , who had two sulky scores Wednesday and has already posted his best overall moneywinning season - and it's only mid-August.
Mid-August means plenty of PA fair racing, and indeed the trotters and pacers will be back in action today and Thursday at Dayton PA, where first post is noon; a recap will be posted at the end of the meet.
Your correspondent had the privilege of filling in at the microphone for the peerless Roger Huston, returning from Ireland, during the first two days of the four-day meet at the State Fair of West Virginia (NOT the West Virginia State Fair, as you will be told), track #187 in his personal collection.
On Tuesday, day two, it looked like a boxing slugfest out there: driverwon the first race, J D Wengerd the second, then Perry, then Wengerd, then Perry - so that the scorecard after the first two days reads 4-4, with three of Wengerd's winners coming from the barn of top trainer Shane Heasley.
The SFOWV track crew again did an excellent job with the surface after more lashing with rain, and the meet's fastest pace, 2:02.1, was put up by the veteran campaigner Spudcam, a gelded son oftrained and driven by Wengerd for J M F Racing.
Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association