HONESDALE PA - The second half of the dual-phase harness racing meet at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in this northeast PA town, the "PA Fair Sire Stakes" portion after the "county fair" portion, ended yesterday, with many familiar storylines in place at the wire:
, who set the Honesdale track records on both the pace (Alastor Hanover, 1:56.2) and trot (Vivid Photo, 2:02) in 2010, again in 2014 had the fastest mile, a 2:00.4 outing by the gelding Rockabella, for whom Hammer is owner/trainer/driver, in a division of the FFA pace Wednesday. Like most of the week's miles at Honesdale, the early pace was conservative, but the final quarter was impressive (28);
The most interesting fair division so far, the two-year-old filly pace, had seen Keystone I Wish stop Tropical Terror's win streak at eight earlier in the week; on Thursday the fillies, who had deadheated at Bedford, drew in separate divisions: and both won: first thefilly Keystone I Wish for trainer / driver , co-owner with his wife Christine; and then the filly Tropical Terror for driver , trainer , and owner Mason Shaw;
The 2PFs went in races 3 and 4; races 1 and 2 were for the 2TFs, and both Schadel and Shaw won one each of these two as well - both catchdriving for owner/trainer: the filly Shewontkissandtell and the filly Isabella Carina.
Driving doubles seemed to be the order of the day in the Thursday Fair Sire Stakes for babies: on the colt side,guided both trot winners, while on the pace paraded back twice;
Well-known amateur horsemanmade a rare venture over the New York state line profitable as he won with R'lene Jetta, a sophomore filly he owns, trains, and drove;
And of course the ongoing success of Hurricane Shaw, the trio mentioned above. After Chris drove seven winners during the first session and Jason trained five, all for his two-year-old son Mason the owner, Team Shaw went 6-5-5 during the second two-day section.
FINISHING LINES -also trained the fastest winner of the opening day of the two-day meet in Waynesburg PA (358 miles southwest of Honesdale) yesterday, with the baby gelding Rustlercafe distancing a Quaker State field in 2:02 for driver , who won three times on that card. There will be a full summary on the Waynesburg meet appearing after today's racing for three-year-olds.
Publicity Office of PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association