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BLOOMSBURG PA - The time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes were raced this Wednesday and Thursday at the fairgrounds oval here, with some $45,000 in harness racing stakes putting an official end to the 2014 Pennsylvania fair season. Wednesday's action was highlighted by Police Navidad winning his 11th race, putting him atop all North American baby trotters. The altered son of Muscle Massive won in 2:06.2 for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel, and is owned by Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel in partnership with Lander Stables LLC and James Reuther. Roger Hammer trained two winners Wednesday, guiding his own 2TF Peoplesayimnogood to win in 2:02.3, an impressive clocking for the daughter of Lear Jetta. Hammer then again turned over the lines of the Rustler Hanover gelding Rustlercafe to Chris Shaw, the fair circuit's leading driver, and that gelding won his 11th straight race, and 13th of the year (seven times with Shaw guiding), in 2:01.2. Driver Chris Shaw currently has the amazing status of being the driver behind four of the five winningest two-year-olds in all of North America, the others being the filly Tropical Terror (15) and the geldings Nippy (14) and Marshmallow Pulse (12). The latter three are trained by his brother Jason and owned by his 2YO nephew Mason. Fastest mile of the two days was the 2:00.4 clocked by 2PF Keystone I Wish, a daughter of Art Official-I Will, in winning her stake (all but the 3TCs went one division). Her "big sister" by Yankee Cruiser, Keystone Ivy, won the 3PF event on Thursday in 2:05.4, when rain dampened the racetrack and any hope for fast clockings. Both fillies are trained and were driven by Todd Schadel, and Schadel also shares ownership with his wife Christine. Hammer turned up behind two more winners on Thursday, one behind his own Real Artist gelding Ruffle Up, the only multiple sub 2:00 performer at the fairs this year; here he negotiated a "slow" oval in 2:02.4. Roger also won for trainer/owner Boots Dunn with the streaking SJ's Caviar filly Hearts Content, who won in 2:05 and is carrying her speed better from start to start. Taking the 3TC races were Mr Weaver (driver Bryce Truitt) in 2:07.1-29.4 and Millertown Road (Steve Schoeffel) in 2:09-30. Many of the above-named horses and horsemen will be at The Meadows on Saturday, October 4, to compete in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

At this second-to-last stop on the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes circuit this summer this past Sunday and Monday, there were many fine and fast miles, more pointtotal champions crowned, the leading North American 2YO in terms of wins upset by her archrival - and a young driver earning a special place in the circuit's history, Chris Shaw, a 28-year-old horseman from Meadow Lands PA, has shown progression from year-to-year at the fairs while also slowly building a foothold on the pari-mutuel side, mostly at The Meadows, and this summer it has all come together for Shaw, who posted his 100th victory of the summer season with a victory behind the 3TC Blazin' Tsunami in a Fair Sire Stake Monday. Not too many drivers have made the century mark on the Pennsy twicearounds - Roger Hammer for sure - and the confidence Shaw has built in himself and in other trainers has gotten him quality mounts throughout the warm months. Of course, it also helps when your two-year-old nephew Mason, son of Chris' brother Jason (who is trainer for Team Shaw), owns three "other" 2YOs who have collectively gone 47-39-8-0 over the summer. Two of the trio are geldings, and they swept the 2PC Fair Sire Stakes events: Marshmallow Pulse (Quik Pulse Mindale) in 2:00 and Nippy (Nuclear Breeze) in 2:01.4 for his ninth straight win. Nippy now has 13 visits to Victory Lane, more than any North American 2YO male, and clinched a tie for leading his division in preliminary round points: the only way he could be caught is if he didn't race Thursday at Bloomsburg, the last prelim stop, and Marshmallow Pulse would win and tie him. Marshmallow Pulse has twelve wins, and is tied with three other horses at that figure, including, maybe not surprisingly, another horse with whom Chris Shaw won on Sunday: Rustlercafe, a Rustler Hanover gelding who competes on the parallel Quaker State circuit. He won '14 victory #12 - and tenth in a row - for owner/trainer Roger Hammer, with Chris having deputized for Hammer six times now. The winningest two-year-old in North America, the 2PF Tropical Terror (Western Terror) tasted defeat for only the 2nd time in 16 seasonal starts, though it was a very game outing, a ¾-length defeat to her archrival Keystone I Wish, an Art Official filly owned by trainer/driver Todd Schadel in partnership with his wife Christine. Tropical Terror parked a fired-up Keystone I Wish to a 29.4 opener before yielding for the pocket, and then could not catch her fast foe late at the end of a 2:00.4-29.2 mile. Keystone I Wish now has won the two races Tropical Terror lost. Besides Nippy, other divisional pointwinners were crowned and will be receiving the blanket in stable colors at the postseason fair banquet. Perhaps the most "unusual" blanketwinner will be in the 2TF ranks, where trainer Boots Dunn swept the two Sire Stakes contests at Gratz with Isabella Carina and Trustworthy Gal. But assuring herself of the blanket was the horse who missed a half-length to the latter: the Tom Ridge filly Peoplesayimnogood, a Lear Jetta filly owned, trainer, and usually driven by Roger Hammer. Peoplesayimnogood now has a seasonal standings of 15-2-10-2-1 at the fairs, remarkable consistency for a green trotting division - and she does have speed, as evidenced by her 2TF track record of 2:04.2 at Stoneboro. In a division where four different misses have set track records, there should be a competitive Championship, part of the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 4. The other horse to have clinched a blanket at Gratz was the Cantab Hall filly Cantabs Lightning, who is now 11-10-1-0 at the fairs, the last seven in succession, for owner/trainer/driver Wayne Long. (Such was the respect her opponents have for Cantabs Lightning that she won the slowest of the 3TF divisions: Todd Schadel guided the S J's Caviar filly Caviar Call Girl to a 2:01.2 triumph to post the fastest clocking all summer in this division.) Perhaps the most anticipated contest of the weekend was a division of the 3TC, where Fly Past Hanover (11-10-1-0 with 5 straight wins) was to face off with Mr Weaver (who had a six-race winning streak). And these two did not disappoint, with the Madison River gelding Mr Weaver rallying out of the pocket to catch "Fly Past" by a nose in 2:03-29.2 for driver Bryce Truitt and trainer John McMullen Jr., the latter co-owner with grandson Owen McMullen. The three-year-old pacers posted three sub-2:00 miles, including the filly Southwind Jumanji (driven by Wayne Long) in 1:59.2. Colt winners were Ruffled Up (Roger Hammer) in 1:59.2, making him the only horse to have two magic miles at the PA fairs this summer; and Mister Chaos (Chris Shaw sulkysitting) in 1:59, fastest mile since the Bedford Speedway explosion in July. Mention should also be made of Police Navidad, a 2TG by Muscle Massive whose 10th victory on Sunday put him tied atop the North American charts for winning baby trotters. Steve Schoeffel trains and drove the steady trotter for Lander Stables LLC, James Reuther, and his mother (Virginia) and wife (Kathy). From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

YORK PA - The York County Fair, in the southcentral county of Pennsylvania which once was home to the Capital City of the United States of the same name, didn't host any Presidents during its two days of harness racing on Monday and Tuesday. But it was the third-to-last stop of the local fair circuit this year, did crown two more divisional pointstandings champions, bringing the year's total to three - the first, of course, being the Princess of all North American freshmen. Tropical Terror ran her remarkable record to 15-14-1-0 on Monday, "two-year-old day," by capturing the faster of the two Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes divisions in 2:02.1. The campaigners of the Western Terror filly, Team Shaw - driver Chris; Chris's brother, trainer Jason; and Jason's son, owner Mason - may have enjoyed this one a little more, because their filly defeated her one conqueror, second-place finisher Keystone I Wish, although to the credit of the place horse she narrowed the other's advantage from 11 lengths at the quarter to 2½ at the wire. Tropical Terror, the winningest freshman in all of North America, had clinched her divisional title, and the blanket in the stable's colors presented at the fair banquet associated with the USTA District meeting (the Shaws' will be their blue and white), three stops ago at Wattsburg. Surprisingly, the second-winningest 2YO on the continent, the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy, has not yet clinched the colt section, despite posting his 12th win of the year, and eighth in succession, in 2:04, three races before Tropical Terror. And that's because a 2YO with 11 victories, Marshmallow Pulse, is also a PA fair regular, and in fact won the fastest of the division's three PaFSS cuts with a 2:03 mile the race after Nippy. Oh - did we mention that Nippy and the Quik Pulse Mindale gelding Marshmallow Pulse are also members of the Team Shaw stronghouse? Among the "Terror," Nippy (15-12-3-0), and "Pulse" (14-11-3-0), the trio have an awesome record of 44-37-7-0 - unheard-of consistency for babies, especially on the sometimes rough-n-tumble county fair circuit. Among the three, they have bankrolled $90,081 this summer for the college scholarship fund of owner Mason Shaw - which he won't need until 2030, as he is currently "also a two-year-old." The first of the two other horses to clinch a divisional pointstandings title raced in the very first contest of the meet - Police Navidad, an altered freshman son of Muscle Massive who assured his mathematical clinch in the division with his ninth seasonal triumph, putting him one off the North American victory lead among all baby squaregaiters. The gold and blue blanket will be going to trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel for owner/mom Virginia, owner/wife Kathy, and Lander Stables LLC. The third already-assured blanket will be of dark green and white with black edging, as the three-year-old Art Official gelding Mister Chaos clinched his crown by winning in 2:00.2 for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and D And P Racing LLC, with Chris Shaw the sulky deputy here. Ironically, that was not the fastest mile of the meet, as 15 minutes later the Real Artist gelding Ruffled Up won in even time for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. Mister Chaos is now poised to attempt to become something not achieved since the fair circuit pointstandings' historical records were preserved starting in 2002: the first horse to win both his pointstandings blanket and the Championship Final at age two and three. There are two more fair stops to make - Gratz this weekend (Sept. 14-15) and Bloomsburg (Sept. 18-19) -- before the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night at The Meadows on Saturday, October 4. The other horse with a chance to do the "double double," the Western Terror filly La Fiesta, does currently have a slight lead in her pointstandings, but she'll need her "A" game to handle a pacing miss who, along with Nippy, has the PaFSS's longest current win skein at 8, TSM Soul Sister, a McArdle filly who also won at York for driver Todd Cummings, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Fom the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

PORT ROYAL PA - The rainy season that has plagued the Pennsylvania fair circuit in the last month struck again during the two days of racing at the Juniata County Fair in Port Royal - but for the first time this summer, it was the card featuring the two-year-olds that suffered the water damage, with 12 of the 15 races on Tuesday having to be canceled; all 1¼-dozen events for sophomores on Wednesday were conducted. Fastest race of the week was saved for next-to-last, as the Real Artist gelding Ruffle Up started a sweep of the 3PC events for trainer Roger Hammer (and breeders Arlene and Jules Siegel) with a win in 2:00.1, a new mark. Hammer also owns and drove Ruffle Up, who emerged victorious after a very strange sequence of fractions: 31.3, 1:01, 1:30.2, and 2:00.1 - how often do you see the first quarter being the slowest in a race, the last quarter the second-slowest, and the middle two the equal-fastest? Hammer turned over the lines to Chris Shaw to finish the sweep of the glamour division from his barn, and Shaw got a new mark of 2:02 for the Village Jolt gelding Waitingforthisone and owner Vicki Fair. The triumph in the getaway race also earned meet titles for driver Shaw (5, one more than Steve Schoeffel) and trainer Hammer (3, one more than Syl King Jr. and Bob Krenitsky Jr.) Schoeffel provided several driving highlights on Wednesday. For one, he had the fastest winner of the 3PF stake, the Western Terror filly Sew Psyched, who stopped the watch in 2:00.2; the Schoeffel-trained filly is owned by Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, and Jerry Dedoszak. Steve also guided two of the three 3TC winners, Fly Past Hanover (2:04) and Millertown Road (2:03.1), but missed a "sweep" when Broadway Charm had to settle for second behind Mr Weaver, who earned his sixth straight victory for driver Bryce Truitt and trainer John McMullen, the latter co-owner with grandson Owen. The 2:01.3 victory missed the all-age Port Royal track record, shared by (in order of longevity) Lindmeyourpajamas, Mablesimamazed, and RT Sun Poco, by 3/5 of a second; speaking of longevity of records: Mr Weaver's dam, KT Troublein Dixie, still holds the local standard for older trotting mares of 2:02.4 - after 13 years! Fastest sophomore trotting miss was also Schoeffel-driven, the SJ's Caviar miss She Nuit, who went around the .46-mile oval (they start a ways up the stretch at Port Royal, which is primarily used for car racing) in 2:02, fastest time for the division on the local fair circuit this season, for owner/trainer Joe Urban. Five different trainers and drivers were victorious in the divisions of this entry-laden event. Before the downpour Tuesday, Port Royal graciously honored the well-deserving legendary Pennsylvania horseman Boots Dunn for his many years of success in racing, and especially for his help, in countless ways, along the local fair circuit. The third-to-last regular season stop on the Pennsy fair circuit will come this Monday and Tuesday at York, with racing starting both days at 10:30 a.m., and horses (and their connections) anxious to add more points in trying to ensure themselves spots during the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night on Saturday, October 4 at The Meadows. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

STONEBORO PA - On the good side, the two-year-old trotting filly Peoplesayimnotgood equaled a divisional track record of 2:04.2 in winning Friday at the Great Stoneboro Fair in northwestern PA, while the winningest two-year-old pacers in North America this year, filly Tropical Terror (13) and gelding Nippy (11), added to their win totals atop the baby boys and girls. On the not-so-good side, yet again does a story come out of the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit with no mention of any three-year-old appearing in the first paragraph. There have been four rainouts on the Pennsy circuit this year, three full cards and one where only two races could be gotten in. All four of the soggy cards were to feature three-year-old racing, with a total of 42 races lost due to the foul weather. And they've all come in the last three weeks: Washington on August 11, Dayton on August 13, Meadville on August 20, and now Stoneboro on Sunday, August 31. But back to sunnier news - literally and figuratively. Although not known at the time, the Lear Jetta filly Peoplesayimnogood sent the meet out with a bang when she equaled the 2011 Stoneboro 2TF record of Magnolia Grace when she won the day's final heat in 2:04.2. For owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, it was the third winner of the day, pairing with another 2TF winner, Massive Looker, and the homebred Rustlercafe, who won his eighth straight Quaker State event in 2:03.3. In fact, that 2:04.2 becomes more impressive when one realizes that the fastest time in three division of the 2PF event was just a tick faster at 2:04.1. That winner would have been Tropical Terror, who paced to her 13th win in 14 starts (a half-length loss her only blemish), home again first for Team Shaw - driver Chris Shaw, trainer/brother Jason, and owner Mason Shaw, Jason's 2YO son. The Shaws also have their filly's closest "colt" counterpart, the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy, who had what would be the fastest clocking of the meet, 2:02.4. In fact, the Shaws took the last two of the four divisions of this event, adding on their Marshmallow Pulse, a Quik Pulse Mindale gelding, notching his 10th victory of the campaign in 2:03.2. Young Mason Shaw, college trust fund already in hand, must think this harness game is an easy one, as these three babies of his have earned $92,972 collectively in the 2½ months of the Keystone twicearound circuit, with a staggering combined record of 41-34-7-0. Top visitor to the winner's circle on Friday was driver Steve Schoeffel, who paraded home four winners, including a sweeping of the 2TC stake with a pair of Muscle Massive geldings (Muscle Massive also sired 2TF winner Massive Looker, mentioned above). First came Wimborne Hanover, who has already won three Stallion Series races "at the mutuel tracks" for trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty, and then was the faster of the two, Police Navidad, one of three winners from the Schoeffel barn, who went in 2:06.4 for Steve's mom Virginia, wife Kathy, Lander Stables LLC, and James Reuther. The Pennsylvania fair circuit now "heads east" for its final four regular-season stops before the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night on Saturday, October 4. The first stop is Port Royal, which has twilight racing for two-year-olds at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and competition for three-year-olds at high noon Wednesday. From the PA Fair Circuit Horsemen's Association

STONEBORO PA - The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit was in a total "split" situation this past Tuesday and Wednesday, with the racing for two-year-olds conducted at both the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg and the Indiana County Fair on Tuesday, and the three-year-olds going the following days at both places. Speed was achieved at both venues: the two track records for trotting fillies were rewritten at Wattsburg, while at Indiana the only 2:00 mile of the fair season outside of Bedford went into the books. And one young horseman accomplished an amazing feat linking both tracks both days. On Tuesday morning the two-year-old trotting filly Missive reset the Wattsburg track record for a/s/g to 2:08 in winning her division of the Fair Sire Stakes (and going faster than the boys did). Steve Schoeffel, Wattsburg's leading driver with six wins in the two days, trains and drove the daughter of Muscle Massive for Lander Stables LLC and Kathy Schoeffel. Within an hour of that performance, North America's winningest two-year-olds, the pacing filly Tropical Terror (now at 12) and gelding Nippy (10), both added to their victory total, and both did it in the same unusual way - they were both placed first in their events. Both the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror (who has now won in a dead-heat and by disqualification, and lost by a half-length in her only other start) and the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy are campaigned by Team Shaw - trainer Jason Shaw (Wattsburg meet leader with 4 wins over the two days), driver Chris Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw, Jason's 2YO son. On Wednesday Wattsburg altered another line in its record tables when the sophomore Straight Up Lindy filly Static Electricity made the stopwatch click at 2:05.2. The firm of Shaw, Shaw, and Shaw also profited from this trotter's victory. Tuesday's Indiana action saw Todd Schadel drive four winners, but he had to settle for second behind perhaps the most impressive winner of the day, the baby trotting filly by SJ's Caviar named HS Pearl, who won in 2:07.1 (also faster than either winning time posted by her colt counterparts, like Missive at Wattsburg), and with last quarter of 29.4. Wayne Long trains and drives the impressive miss, and he shares ownership with Joyce Lineweaver. On Wednesday at Indiana, the Yankee Cruiser gelding Fangled Hanover teamed with owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer to win a division of the 3PC event in 2:00, the only magic mile of the year on the Pennsy twicearounds other than at the speed show at Bedford, which produced six such times. There have only been a handful of clockings in even time or better at Indiana (the all-time fastest is 1:58.3 by Straight Character), and Fangled Hanover now joins that select group for Hammer, who was the meet's leading trainer with four and co-leading driver with four along with his Vivid Photo partner Schadel - and an up-and-coming horseman who deserves his own paragraph. 20-year-old Cory Kreiser has only 48 driving victories in his young career, and he had never trained a winner before this season. But Kreiser posted four sulky victories at Indiana to tie the veterans Hammer and Schadel - and even more impressively he trained a winner - each day - at each of the two tracks! Winning at Wattsburg Tuesday was Uber Doober Do (Schoeffel deputizing) and Julio Lauxmont (Brady Brown) Wednesday in Quaker State events; at his "base" at Indiana, Kreiser was the victorious trainer/driver in a Sire Stake with Allstar Ballet on Tuesday and a Quaker State with Acelia on Wednesday to complete the unique trainer quartet. Cory also had Indiana catch-driving Sire Stakes triumphs with Koi Lauxmont for trainer Ted Williams on Tuesday and Medoland Onyx for conditioner Pat Medors on Wednesday, thus achieving his sulky foursome. The circuit moves on to its final "Western stop" this Friday and Sunday at the Great Stoneboro Fair; freshman will start their races at 10 a.m. Friday, with sophomores set to go Sunday at high noon. The circuit then heads east for its final tour, at Port Royal, York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg, then goes back west to The Meadows on Saturday evening, October 5 for the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

MEADVILLE, PA-- But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14 In all of the centuries of exegesis of that famous Biblical passage, though, no one before the horsemen on the Pennsylvania fair circuit this week would have come up with the interpretation "The two-year-olds get to race, but rain could wash out some of the three-year-old contests." Racing at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville PA this week, the local freshmen got both of their days of racing in - they haven't missed a race yet in 2014. But the three-year-old trotters were washed out on Wednesday - the third time that the sophomores have missed part or the entirety of their action, some 27 races in all so far. The 3YO pacers, though, did get to race on Thursday, so the week "batted" 75%. The sophomores that did get to work, the pacers, made the most of their opportunity, with the fastest Sire Stakes mile of the week, 2:01.1, going to the Well Said gelding Wellsaidanddone, conditioned by Mike Gillock for owner Harry Locke. Wellsaidanddone's driver Brady Brown has come into his own this summer, the 21-year-old already having won 19 races at the fairs, good for fourth place in the current standings. Driver Chris Shaw, the circuit leader, took two of the three divisions of the 3PF event, the fastest being the Four Starzzz Shark miss Allstar Morning, home in 2:02 for trainer Gerald Lee Jr. and owners Kristen and Ethan Spahn. (This division thus had two youthful winning owners in 13YO Ethan and the redoubtable 2YO Mason Shaw, whose La Fiesta also triumphed for Team Shaw.) Both of the Meadville divisional track records this past week came on the trot - remarkable considering there was only one day devoted to trotters, Monday. The freshman Muscle Massive gelding Police Navidad set that division's race record with a 2:06.2 victory in the very first race of the meet for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Kathy and Virginia Schoeffel, Lander Stables LLC, and James Reuther. (A quirk in the Meadville books also lists the 2T male Penn Monie Mosie in this category with a 2:05.1 mile, achieved in a qualifier.) The other track trot mark came on Tuesday in the FFA event, with driver Brady Brown again prominent as he hustled the Pegasus Spur gelding Wild Ride to a 2:03 victory to rewrite the line for older trotting males. Wild Ride beat by 1/5 the former mark of S J Better Days; in the FFA pace, Rockabella posted the fastest overall mile of the week for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, with the 2:00.1 time only a fifth shy of Vesuvio Grande's local mark for the older pacing male set. Tuesday's pacing freshmen contests saw three frequent winners for Team Shaw again in Victory Lane, with the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror now the winningest 2YO in North America by two after her 11th victory, this one in 2:04.4. On the colt side, Marshmallow Pulse (at 2:01.4 the fastest division winner) and Nippy both crossed the wire first for the ninth time, putting them among joint leaders for most triumphs by a baby male in 2014. Next on the PA fair schedule are stops on Tuesday and Wednesday at both Indiana and Wattsburg, with freshmen set for Tuesday and sophomores ready to go Wednesday in both settings. Let's hope that at those two stops Genesis 8:4 is more appropriate: ... and the water receded steadily from the earth. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

DAYTON PA - It was a good week to be a two-year-old on the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes trail; it was not a good week to be a three-year-old. Sophomores got in only 2 of their 12 scheduled races at Washington Monday before the rain came and then had all 10 heats at Dayton washed out Wednesday, whereas the freshmen had full cards at Washington Tuesday and (the focus of this report) Thursday at Dayton. Probably the most impressive mile of Thursday's racing was turned in by the SJ's Caviar trotting filly HS Pearl, who won the lone divisional PA Fair Sire Stakes event in 2:05.1. The clocking might not seem like much to "jaded" pari-mutuel ears, but HS Pearl went faster than one of the 2PC divisions, the Quaker State 2P, and the one 2PF division, in addition to missing the local divisional record by a single tick. Wayne Long trains and drove the promising miss, and he co-owns her with Joyce Lineweaver. Otherwise, Team Shaw continued on their winning ways, headed by the first two-year-old in North America to get to 10 victories, the Western Terror pacing filly Tropical Terror, who won in 2:07.2 for driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw, Jason's 2-year-old son. Tropical Terror won her first eight starts, was a hard-charging second to archrival Keystone I Win at Honesdale (a tick off their divisional track record), and has rebounded from her first taste of defeat to take two more victories. The Shaws also teamed to take two out of three divisions of the 2PC Fair Sire Stakes with babies who each now have eight wins, which is tied for the top among North American 2YO males. Marshmallow Pulse, a Quik Pulse Mindale gelding, won in 2:04.3 to run his fair record to 10-8-2-0, with his only loses to Gordo (who won at Bedford in 1:57) and ... his stablemate Nippy, who tallied Thursday in 2:03.2. Nippy, a Nuclear Breeze gelding, is now 11-8-3-0 at the twicearounds, and has finished behind only Gordo and two PA Stallion Series winners: R N Nate and Royaltyhasarrived. R N Nate's trainer/owner/breeder Roger Hammer has been using Chris Shaw as his driver behind the Rustler Hanover gelding Rustlercafe, and that baby pacer is now 7 for 8 in Quaker State stakes competition, winning in 2:06.2 Thursday and extracting a measure of revenge from the only horse to beat him in the Quakers, Redfish Falls. FINISHING LINES - Boots Dunn, who reportedly has good connections with The Big Weatherman in the Sky (no, not Sam Beegle), has logged some long-distance phone time recently, trying to ensure that his four-day meet at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville, which starts Monday, can avoid all or as much precipitation as possible. Post time for each of the quartet of race cards will be at high noon. ,,, Other than the 2PC, who split into three divisions, each of the three other Fair Sire Stakes classes Thursday had only one cut - and all of them went for over $11,500. Not too early to plan for Harrisburg ... From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

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," Roger Hammer, even though Hammer drove only one of them. That one would be R N Nate, a Nuclear Breeze 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, Chris Shaw, deputized for Hammer on the two other horses, including the day's (and meet's) fastest, Given Up Terror, an altered son of Western Terror 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; driver Brady Brown and trainer Mike Gillock 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 Rustler Hanover, with Chris Shaw 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: the Andover Hall colt Andover Express and the SJ's Caviar colt Itza Rube; and the recent local addition of Crist Hershberger, 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: driver Chuck Perry won 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 of Camluck trained and driven by Wengerd for J M F Racing. Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

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: Roger Hammer, 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 Rocknroll Hanover 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 the Art Official filly Keystone I Wish for trainer / driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with his wife Christine; and then the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror for driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw, 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 Boots Dunn: the Glidemaster filly Shewontkissandtell and the Tom Ridge 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, Marc Mosher guided both trot winners, while on the pace Chris Shaw paraded back twice; Well-known amateur horseman Alan Schwartz made a rare venture over the New York state line profitable as he won with R'lene Jetta, a Lear Jetta 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 - Roger Hammer 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 Rustler Hanover baby gelding Rustlercafe distancing a Quaker State field in 2:02 for driver Steve Schoeffel, 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    

WAYNESBURG PA - The annual two-day harness racing meet at the Greene County Fair in this southwestern PA town (hometown of Dave Palone) saw two three-year-old trotters run their 2014 fair records to 7 for 8, and a two-year-old trotter make a very promising debut. Fly Past Hanover opened the sophomore action with a 2:07 win, last quarter 30.2, for driver Steve Schoeffel, who had three wins each day to lead the meet, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty. The altered son of Cantab Hall is a nose shy of an undefeated fair campaign, as it took Faust edging him by the smallest margin in a Bedford all-age trot record of 2:00.4 to spoil his sheet this summer. Another Cantab Hall offspring, the filly Cantabs Lightning, is also 7 for 8 at the Pennsy twicearounds after a tally in 2:05.3, last quarter 30, winning by 19¾ lengths - imagine what she might have done if she hadn't made a break before the quarter. Wayne Long owns, trains, and drove the impressive miss. Roger Hammer trainees produced the fastest miles of the day on both 3YO day (Friday) and 2YO day (Thursday). The sophomore Yankee Cruiser gelding Fangled Hanover went the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.4, in winning a Fair Sire Stakes division, with owner Hammer also driving the winner. Hammer didn't have the sulky seat behind Thursday's fastest baby as he was racing at Honesdale, but Steve Schoeffel more than capably deputized, as he and Rustlercafe distanced a Quaker State field in 2:02-29.2. Hammer, as usual, got the big end of the money, as he owns and trains Rustlercafe, now 5 for 6 in Quaker competition. In the 2YO Fair Sire Stakes, three horses posted a 2:06.3 time for speed co-honors, two being the pacing filly Joltstheice and the pacing gelding Jed Kidd Squawking. But the third 2:06.3 baby winner, the one that made the fans sit up and take notice, was a trotter - the Muscle Massive filly Piano Rose, who won effortlessly, and in her career debut to boot. Steve Schoeffel got the call to drive the undefeated neophyte for trainer Fred Grant and owner Ralph Del Priore Jr. The racing at Waynesburg signaled the shift of the PA fair circuit back west for the rest of August, after several weeks of being based in the central and eastern parts of the state. Next stop is at the historic Arden Downs oval at the Washington County Fair, where they'll go to the gate on Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. TOP FIVE PA FAIR CIRCUIT DRIVERS AND TRAINERS AFTER THE RACING of AUGUST 8 DRIVERS TRAINERS Chris Shaw 60 Jason Shaw 44 Steve Schoeffel 54 Steve Schoeffel 32 Roger Hammer 25 Roger Hammer 27 (tie) Todd Cummings 15 Bill Daugherty Jr. 15 (tie) Wayne Long Bob Krenitsky Jr. 13 Publicity Office of the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

CLEARFIELD PA - The four-day harness racing meet at the Clearfield (PA) County Fair concluded on Wednesday, with $107,784 in total purses distributed in the quartet of days among the best of the Keystone State's fair competitors. Clearfield, (relatively) centrally- located in the state, always draws one of the biggest pool of entrants, and local fans enjoyed 34 heats of racing during the meet. The tightest finish of the meet, by definition, occurred on Tuesday in a division of the two-year-old filly pace, when Tropical Terror, a daugher of Western Terror, is the only fair campaigner to win at all eight of the season's initial stops, maintained that distinction while finishing in a 2:03.3 dead-heat with Keystone I Will, fastest of this group at the fairs off a 2:00 mile at Bedford. The Art Official filly Keystone I Wish is trained and was driven by Todd Schadel, while Tropical Terror tallied for trainer Jason Shaw and driver Chris Shaw. There were five divisions of the two-year-old colt pace that day, with Team Schadel accounting for two and Team Shaw (whose brace included the fastest winner Marshmallow Pulse in 2:03) taking two more. The fifth was won by R N Nate for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, who will take his present six-race win streak behind the gate tomorrow (Friday) at Harrah's Philadelphia. On the trotting side, the highlight would be the remarkable performance of trainer Bill Daugherty Jr.'s three-year-old colts, both of whom are now six for seven at the twicearounds after Clearfield victories. Fly Past Hanover, an altered son of Cantab Hall, has lost only in a photo when Faust set the all-age Bedford track record of 2:00.4, while the Broadway Hall gelding Broadway Charm posted the Clearfield meet's fastest trotting time of 2:03.4. ("Charm"'s Clearfield counterpart on the pacing side would be Ruffle Up, a sophomore Real Artist gelding who won in 2:01 for trainer/driver Roger Hammer.) Handling the two Daugherty powerhouses throughout the summer has been the fair circuit's leading driver, Steve Schoeffel, who with four wins on the week now has 48 wins in eight stops; Schoeffel's main rival, Chris Shaw, visited Victory Lane via sulky six times at Clearfield to raise his win total to 45. The Shaw/Schoeffel duel on the driving side is paralleled on the training side as well, as Chris's brother Jason harnessed five winners during the session to currently enjoy a 33-31 edge over horses out of the Schoeffel barn. Perennial "fair king" Roger Hammer is third in both categories, with 19 driving wins and 20 training triumphs. The fair circuit now moves to the far northeast of the state, at the Wayne County Fair at Honesdale, which will stage its "fair meet" on Sunday and Monday and its "2-day meet" on Wednesday and Thursday. Next Thursday also sees the start of two days of racing at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg, 358 miles away from Honesdale. (Miss the turn for Honesdale and you'll be in New York; miss the turn for Waynesburg and you'll be in West Virginia ... yes, Pennsylvania is a big state.) by Jerry Connors for the PA Sire Stakes Fairs

BEDFORD PA - The two-year-old pacer Gordo astonished the racing fans at the Bedford (PA) Fair on Monday afternoon when he scorched to a 1:57 victory in a Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes event, missing both the all-time Bedford track record and the national season's record for age, sex, and gait by only 2/5 of a second. Driver Steve Schoeffel sent Gordo right to the front and blitzed amazing fractions of 28.2, 58.2, and 1:26.2 en route to the sensational victory. A son of McArdle out of the Blissful Hall mare Blissard Of Oz (who had had only one winner in four living foals pre-Gordo), the fast freshman was bred by Perretti Farms. (As to whether this horse is named after Gordon Waterstone, the Hervey Award-winning journalist for the Horseman and Fair World magazine, there are only two possible clues: 1) being a Perretti-bred, he was likely named by Communicators Hall of Fame candidate Bob Marks, who often incorporated people's names into horses' names: an earlier foal of Blissard Of Oz was named Duke Of Pellington; 2) the pacer is a gelding.) For driver Steve Schoeffel, the circuit's leading driver and trainer, it was his fifth visit to Victory Lane on the day (but first with a pacer; more on that later), all five of whom come from his own barn. His wife Kathy had her fourth winner of the day with Gordo, and co-owner Lander Stables LLC got their third. The other two winners in the sections of the FSS two-year-old colt pace had a distinctly "hometown" flavor. In the first, R N Nate paced in 2:00.2, which would be a divisional track standard for about 30 minutes, for breeder-owner-trainer-driver Roger Hammer, perhaps the best-known citizen of Bedford in harness racing. And in the second, Sam Beegle, PHHA president and a state wrestling championship finalist when attending his native Bedford High School, paraded back Modern Yankee after a 2:01.3 triumph. Two impressive freshman fillies paced home first in their Fair Sire Stakes cuts. Keystone I Wish was first up, and she went the first 2:00 mile of the local fair season when she won in even time for trainer/driver Todd Schadel. Her clocking shaved two seconds off the previous divisional track mark co-held by Keystone Trixie and Keystone Haden - a tribute to the Hempt Farms' "Keystones," which are still producing winners; Schadel is co-breeder of "Wish" with the Estate of George Hempt Trust. (And that is not to forget Keystone Famous, whose 1:56.3 here in 1986 is still the pacing record, though threatened by Gordo today.) The other baby filly winner, Tropical Terror, kept her distinction intact: she has now won at all seven stops to date on the circuit, here in 2:02.1 for (driver Chris) Shaw / (trainer Jason) Shaw / and (owner and 2YO himself Mason) Shaw. The Schoeffel barn sent out four of the five winners in Fair Sire Stakes freshman trotting competition, including the new track recordholder for 2TFs, Mooksie, who lowered the old mark 5 2/5 seconds with a 2:02.1 tally, over three seconds faster than any of her colt counterparts trotted today. Also a winner was Missive, in 2:05, for the same ownership as Gordo. The Schoeffelites winning the colt events were Police Navidad, fastest of the victorious trio in 2:05.3, and the unusually-bred Shark Gesture trotter out of an Artsplace mare, Chiney Babco, who has now won six "on the trot," here in 2:07.2. Trainer-owner Boots Dunn and driver Chris Shaw sent out 2:06.3 winner King Karma to break up a total Schoeffel sweep. Oh ... and the track was rated "slow" throughout the card. FINISHING LINES-The first race of the day was a Quaker State trot, and the only two entrants were from the Syl King Stable, so it was not really shocking to see a final time of 2:27.4 - which by the way, grouped with Gordo's 1:57 mile to produce a 30 4/5 second variance from fastest to slowest mile on a card, was NOT a record for Western Pennsylvania - just about 29 years ago, Marauder won his heat of the 1985 Adios in 1:52.1, and then, when Nihilator did not return for the final, took the trophy by walking over in 2:27.4, for a 35 3/5 second variance!... The three-year-olds take to the track at Bedford Tuesday at 11 a.m., and given the speed show put on by the babies, who knows how fast the sophomores will go? From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

HUGHESVILLE PA - The national newspaper USA TODAY runs a feature in its upper left-hand corner of the Sports section called "Names You Need To Know." After Thursday's conclusion of the two-day harness meet at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville PA, our modification of this "header" is "A Name and a Number You Need to Know." The number is "2:00.3." The name is "Shaw." "2:00.3" is the fastest time recorded at the six stops to date on the 2014 Pennsy fair tour. It was first achieved last Sunday by Mister Chaos, a three-year-old Art Official gelding trained by Bob Rougeaux III for owners D&P Racing LLC. Mister Chaos then came back three days later, during Wednesday's sophomore action at Hughesville, and equaled his season standard for Rougeaux and D&P. Then a third 2:00.3 appeared, unexpectedly - on Thursday, during two-year-old action. Marshmallow Pulse, a Quik Pulse Mindale colt (out of the mare Marshamarshamarsha - Brady Bunch fans, go explain that name to the others), overcame the outside post, brushing from last after the 30 quarter to the lead in 1:00.1 en route to clockings of 1:30 and the prized 2:00.3. Marshmallow Pulse now has four wins and two seconds in six starts. The name "Shaw"? Well, we can start with Marshmallow Pulse's driver, Chris Shaw. Chris also happens to have been the driver of Mister Chaos in his two miles of 2:00.3. But there are many more Shaws. Marshmallow Pulse is trained by Chris's brother Jason, and the precocious baby is owned by Jason's son Mason - who is now the same age as Marshmallow Pulse! In all, Shaw/Shaw/Shaw had five wins over the two days at Hughesville. Another of the five winners was another impressive freshman, Tropical Terror, who became the only horse to win at each of the six Pennsylvania fairs to date when she triumphed Thursday in 2:03.1-1:00. A daughter of Western Terror, Tropical Terror is tied as the winningest freshman in all of North America - and her 2:01 at Gratz had been the local marker for two-year-olds of either sex until "Pulse" eclipsed her in the 26th and final race of the two-day session. In all, Chris Shaw had seven wins in the two days, bringing him within range of last year's fair champion (and a North American UDR leader in 2013) Steve Schoeffel, who "only" had four wins, with Schoeffel now having a 38-36 advantage (remember, after only 12 cards of racing). Schoeffel's four sulky triumphs were all from his own barn, so Jason Shaw's five wins now makes the trainers' score Team Shaw 26, Team Schoeffel 24. From a breeding standpoint, Schoeffel's most interesting horse would be the freshman trotting colt Chiney Babco, who racked up his fifth straight win on Thursday. Chiney Babco is interesting because he is a Shark Gesture colt out of an Artsplace mare - Schoeffel reported that he couldn't get the horse to pace all winter, but he showed an inclination to trot, and with a quintet of victories and over $13,000 on his card already, Schoeffel showed his good judgment and horsemanship with that "conversion." FINISHING LINES - The fair circuit in PA now moves southwest to Bedford PA, for Monday and Tuesday racing beginning at 11 a.m. Last year Bedford rejoined the circuit for the first time in 23 years, and this year's it is hoped they get both cards in, instead of having one washed out, as happened in 2013 ... And in referencing "Marshmarshamarsha" again, those of you watching too much TV Land can tell your friends why a colt out of a mare named Pilgrims Pebbles has a perfect name in Bambam Lauxmont ... From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association  

GRATZ PA - The first two-day meet at Gratz PA, the fifth stop on the Pennsylvania Fair harness racing circuit for 2014, featured some $95,000 of Sire Stakes action, with five of the eight "PA Fair Season's Leaders" emerging from the session, including the quickest miles on both the trot and the pace. Actually, the local season's record in the 3TC category was lowered three times in Sunday's three divisions - within 30 minutes total, and Steve Schoeffel, top North American UDR driver (300-499 starts) in 2013 and again atop the local circuit's driving colony, handled all three. First came Millertown Road, winning in 2:03-29.2 and sending announcer/trainer Jim McGettigan down from his booth to the winners circle, and then two trained by Bill Daugherty Jr. for owner Susan Dougherty: first Fly Past Hanover, reclaiming the distinction with which he entered the day with a 2:02.3-1:00.1-30 triumph to run his fair scorecard to five-for-five, and then Broadway Charm, running his fair tab to four-for-five after a 2:01.3 tally, also the new quickest trot mile locally in '14. Fastest pacer of the meet, and of the fair circuit so far, is Mister Chaos, last year's 2PC Fair Championship winner, who overcame the outside post six in 2:00.3 for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and driver Chris Shaw, who like Schoeffel had three wins on the Sunday card. Fly Past Hanover is the only sophomore who raised his record to 5-for-5 over the weekend; on the freshman side, he was joined by the filly Tropical Terror (driver Chris Shaw for trainer/brother Jason), winning sharply in 2:01.1 to be the fastest two-year-old of the local season. Fastest freshman trotter is also a filly, Peoplesayimnogood, who won in 2:04.3 for driver Todd Schadel and trainer/Vivid Photo partner Roger Hammer, and at an opportune time: with no fewer than 12 divisions of 2TF state pari-mutuel stakes action this past week, this fair Sire Stake drew only one division, making the cut worth a seasonal-high $11,710. (Good time to break your maiden, eh?) All nine freshman winners took new marks over the quick Gratz oval Saturday, with four sophomores rewriting their speed badges on Sunday. Steve Schoeffel and Chris Shaw each drove five winners on the weekend to earn top status; Jason Shaw was leading conditioner with four winning charges (all owned by his two-year-old son Mason, Chris's nephew). From the Publicity Department, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Assn.    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 2, 3014 -- Eric Goodell, who owns Magic Will Work, took matters into his own hands Wednesday at The Meadows when he drove his 5-year-old mare to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Magic Will Work stalked the leader, Mistress Valentine, from the pocket, then drew off in the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:54.4, a lifetime mark. Mistress Valentine saved place, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Homepage third. Paul Kennedy trains the daughter of Kadabra-Raquel Victory, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings. Elsewhere on the program, freshman pacer Given Up Terror scored in 1:55.4, fastest this year by a 2-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Chris Shaw piloted the son of Western Terror-Ain't Given Up for trainer Lisa Beinhauer and owner Chad Parker. Dave Palone drove three winners on the 15-race card. On Thursday, July 3, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Wednesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a $1,215.59 carryover. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Even Pattak, for the Meadows

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