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Two-day Meadville (PA) meet lost to rain

06:00 AM 14 Sep 2018 NZST
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MEADVILLE, PA - The Pennsylvania fair circuit, which lost three of its first five cards to bad weather but had had only one interruption since (at Bedford Fair, losing one-plus of the two cards at that meet), was washed out of both cards of the two-day Sire Stakes meet scheduled for the Crawford County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania town on Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th.

Hard rain on Monday combined with little wind and a passing shower at key times rendered the track surface unable to allow safe racing.

Bad weather/ rain has been plaguing the east part of the country recently (with more seeming likely to follow). And that last parenthetical remark is very meaningful, in that there are only two more stops on the Keystone State fair circuit this year, and the storm in the Atlantic is threatening possible nasty weather at the end of the week.

It is hoped - especially by horsemen and horses who are "on the bubble" in the pointstandings in their respective divisions - that the Sunday-Monday meet at Gratz will not be visited by moisture, although the Gratz track can take a weather beating as well as any track on the circuit.

After that, the last chance for horses to display good form, to either make the October 6 Fair Championships at The Meadows or to get in another race to maintain their current good form, would be at Bloomsburg the Friday and Saturday after that, the 21st and 22nd.

From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

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