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
Eight divisions of The Stallion Series for two-year old filly trotters dominated the Thursday program at Harrah's Philadelphia. The first division went to Bob Key's Gold Cora (Encore Encore). She brushed powerfully to the lead just after the quarter, going on to win in a time of 1:57.3. Stealthestarlight was second, while favorite Joy Gliding finished third. The Rich Gillock trainee picks up her first career victory in her second lifetime start. The second division was dominated by Wouldn't Itbesweet (Cantab Hall). She was fast off the wings from post three, making every call a winning one in an impressive ten length win in 1:57.2. Christine Sixteen was second, while Jailhouse Heart finished third. Wouldn't Itbesweet is owned by Harbor Racing Stables, and is trained and driven by Jim Raymer. Division three went to Osteo Blast (Explosive Matter). The Noel Daily trainee brushed to the lead just beyond the quarter, and gamely held off favorite Alpha Alpha to notch her first pari-mutuel win in a time of 1:58.2. Gematria raced gamely to finish third. Osteo Blast is owned by the Mama Bones Racing Stables and Adam Victor & Son Stables, and was driven by Andrew McCarthy. The fourth division saw Whitney Hanover (Donato Hanover) overcome an early break to win. The Ray Shnittker trainee closed up the inside for her second straight win, stopping the clock in 2:00. Global Ice finished second, while Tuscanellie came in third. Whitney Hanover is owned by Ed Pachuta, Ted Gewertz, and trainer Ray Schnittker, and was driven by Tim Tetrick. The fifth division went to the grinding Shafina Hanover (Explosive Matter). Leaping Lady was the leader turning for home, but made a break at the top of the stretch. Shafina Hanover held off the upset minded Cocoacabana in the final stages, stopping the clock in 1:58.3. Fudge As raced well to be third. Shafina Hanover is owned by Adam Victor & Son Stables and Barb Matthews, trained by Noel Daley, and was driven by Andrew McCarthy. Division six went to the fast leaving Peoplesayimnogood (Lear Jetta). The Roger Hammer trainee led every step of the way, winning by 5 lengths in the end, and completing the mile in 2:00.1. Shewontkissandtell rallied for second, while Veggie Hanover finished third. Favorite Spice Girl made a break past the half. Peoplesayimnogood is owned by her trainer, and was driven by Yannick Gingras. The seventh division went to heavily favored Day Lily (Andover Hall). She seized command after the quarter and never looked back, finishing the mile in 1:58.4. Barbara Brooks finished second, while Miss Flora was third. Day Lily is owned by Hauser Bros Racing and Conrad Zurich, trained by Chris Oakes, and was driven by Ron Pierce. The eighth and final division went to the upsetting Fog Warning (Andover Hall). She initially made the front, but yielded to eventual second place finisher Sand C-Four. The Nifty Norman trainee vacated the pocket at the top of the stretch to win by a length in a time of 2:00. Explosive Jet finished a distant third. Fog Warning is owned by Melvin Hartman and Enzed Racing Stables, and was driven by David Miller. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia
WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2014 -- Broadway Socks not only routed the field by 8 lengths in her division of Friday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series event at The Meadows, but she also established a stake record of 1:55.2 in the process. The stake for 3-year-old filly trotters was conducted over six divisions, with Explosive Attitude, Passing Jetta, Czech It Out, Indoor Voices and Glisten Hanover also taking $20,000 splits. Dave Palone (Explosive Attitude, Czech It Out) and Mike Wilder (Passing Jetta, Indoor Voices) each enjoyed a stake double. With five wins overall on the 15-race card, Wilder has collected 15 victories over the last three programs. Although Broadway Socks earned $84,260 at 2 and reached the championship of the PA Sires Stakes, trainer David Wade had no reservations about dropping her back to the stallions series this year. "We weren't ready for the sires stakes yet -- too early," he said of his $34,000 yearling acquisition. "We're not ready to go in 1:54. We'll be ready to go faster than that eventually, but we're not there yet. But if I kick her back up (to the sires stakes), I'll miss both finals. But $10,000 here is nice money. There are no guarantees in the sires stakes. She's eligible to other stakes -- a couple of things in the Midwest late in the year." Her time erased the old stake mark of 1:56.3 established by Sephora De Vie in 2011. Dan Rawlings drove the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin to her front-end romp for owners Gerald Brittingham, William F. Peel III and Wade. Explosive Attitude, whom owner/trainer Arlene Cameron describes as "evil" away from the track, moved smartly first over from fifth and easily captured her second straight stallions series split in 1:57.4, matching her career best. Glams K rallied for second, 3-1/4 lengths back, with Keystone Harper third. "On the track she's perfect; in the barn, it's another story," said Cameron of the diminutive daughter of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream. "Some days it takes a half hour to catch her in the stall. She'll wheel on you, or she'll come at you with her mouth wide open. I just try not to get mad at her and let her do her thing. You can't manhandle her or fight her and think you'll get somewhere with her because you won't. She'll win every time." Passing Jetta had failed in all five of her previous starts, but she brushed confidently from third into the final turn and drew off late, breaking her maiden in 1:58.1. Exclusive Photo came from far back for second, 5 lengths in arrears, while early leader Winky Dink earned show. "They told me she would be a little excited going to the track but not to pay any attention to that," Wilder said. "They were right. First step on the racetrack, she was a class act. She was fantastic to drive, and she's very smart. I couldn't have asked her to do her job any better." Jonas Czernyson conditions the daughter of Lear Jetta-Europass for Team JC Stable, Joanna Callahan, Aldebaran Park and Trish Foulk. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Sam Hill found late racing room and notched his second consecutive victory in 1:51.4, a nose better than Justified, with Good Day Mate completing the ticket. Greg Wright, Jr. drove for trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. The 8-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding now boasts career earnings of $264,389. Saturday's Preakness Day card at The Meadows is highlighted by the Stenographer, a $199,400 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters which features the season's debut of Shake It Cerry, the 2013 divisional champion. She goes in the second split, Race 8, from post 7, with Ron Pierce piloting. First post Saturday is 11:25 AM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
The Harness Racing Museum thanks the donors and bidders for a successful auction. The following breedings not receiving appropriate bids, as well as newly received services, are still available. Interested parties, who have not booked their mares, are urged to contact the Museum at 845-294-6330 or email Joanne Young at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some stallions have more than one breeding available. TROTTERS are indicated with upper case CAPS. DE -Dream Away IL - Yankee Skyscaper IN - Allthatgltrsisgold, Panspacificflight MD - CHARLIE DEVIE, Holy Guacamolie, Nuclear Breeze, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie NY - CONWAY COURT, Deweycheatumnhowe, Lislea, Lucky Chucky, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Village Jove OH - BREAK THE BANK K, COLIE'S, Manhardt, Northern Kid, Powerful Toy ON - Angus Hall, Classic Card Shark PA - Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos, Tom Ridge, Tuffofthetoughest From the Harness Racing Museum
DOVER, Del.---- Wildshot Hanover and Idealist turned in impressive victories in split-division $20,000 Claiming co-features on Tuesday, March 4 at Dover Downs. Vic Kirby who drove three winners last Tuesday had a four-race 'grand slam.' Post position #1 and a drop in claiming price paid off for Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, in a $20,000 4&5-Year-Old Male Claiming pace, as meet leading driver Corey Callahan took Wildshot Hanover to the front and completed a 1:51.1lifetime fastest mile. The win was the first of 2014 for the Dragon Again-Western Duel gelding. Partner (Jonathan Roberts) was second best and Here Is The Future (Montrell Teague) finished third. Jim Morand was in the bike behind 6-1 Idealist on the way to a 1:52.3 decision in the straight $20,000 Male Claiming pace. Louise Kinsey conditions the 11-year-old Western Ideal-Carolache gelding for Bill and Barbara Kinsey. Last Shot Leeton (Bret Brittingham) picked up second money with race-favorite Doubletrouble (Callahan) third. The 15-race program got off to a 52-1 start as Brittingham guided Phantom Rusty to a come-from-behind 1:58 upset in a 3&4-Year-Old trot. Trainer Bobby Myers and Carter Racing Stable owned the Lear Jetta-Rusty Lizzy Luv sophomore in his first three-year-old start. O Narutac Supremo (Callahan) and favorite Zoli (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively. Another longshot, 21-1 A Bettor World, won a $15,000 Male Claiming pace in 1:54.2 coming from last-to-first in the stretch for driver Eddie Davis Jr. Ken Tucci and J&T Silva Stables own the Josh Parker-trained Bettor's Delight-Color Me Beachy gelding, also his first win of the year.. Vic Kirby racked up four wins, Tony Morgan had two. Feature trots at Dover Wednesday A pair of winners last week -Struttin Conway and Jailhouse Juice - lead separate divisions of the $15,000 feature trots on Wednesday, March 5 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. In a $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap, Struttin Conway steps up in class after winning last week's fastest trot by annexing a 1:54.2 victory with Ron Pierce, the five-year-old's second straight win. He leaves from post 1 in the eight-horse field of veterans. Five of the contestants dropped out of the Open ranks - Mary Raymer's $1.3-million winner, Green Day, with Roger Plante; Chris Giaccio and driver Vic Kirby's Can Do; Corey Callahan pilots Mandabra, for owners C.A. Bonuccelli and Nick and Shaun Callahan; Jersey Boy, owned by Dawn Gannon, Dom Costanzo and Yannick Gingras and driver Trace Tetrick while Barbara Boese's Awsome Valley, starts from the outside post with Tony Morgan, J.L.Benson Stable's Arriba Amigo with driver Allan Davis and Danbry Racing and trainer Rosemary Smutz's Blueridge Tornado in the hands of Eric Carlson complete the competitive field The co-feature is a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Two of the nine starters won last time out. Jason Lynch and co-owner, trainer, driver Toby Lynch drives Jailhouse Juice, from post 9 in the second tier While Ellen Warren and trainer Eileen Lineweaver's Ibanez (Tetrick) has post position #4. Chris Giaccio, Mike Hill and trainer driver Vic Kirby's Pounce Hanover just missed last week finishing second. Gwally (Ross Wolfenden) also finished second for John Johannsen, Denise Dennis and trainer Bobby Reeser. The rest of the combatants are Brenda Teague's Kodak Lindy (Montrell Teague), Picard (Callahan) racing for Bonuccelli Racing and trainer Nick Callahan; Six Gun Hall (A.Davis), owned by Don Marine and trainer Bob Shahan. Mike Mammes' Amiga Valley (Pierce) drew the rail while Iron Mine Branch's Schoolhouse Rock (Corey Braden) starts outside. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
The Harness Racing Museum would like to thank all of the donors and bidders for a successful stallion breeding auction. Due to several newly received services, as well as some breedings that did not receive appropriate bids, the following is a list of stallions that are still available. TROTTERS are indicated with upper case CAPS. Delaware - Cr Commando, Dream Away Illinois - Yankee Skyscaper Indiana - Allthatgltrsisgold, GUCCIO, Panspacificflight Maryland - CHARLIE DE VIE, FOUR STARZ ROBRO, GROTON HALL, Holy Guacamolie, Nuclear Breeze, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie New York - Conway Hall, Deweycheatumnhowe, Lislea, Lucky Chucky, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King Ohio - COLIE'S, Manhardt, Northern Kid, Powerful Toy, Valley Victor, Woodstock Ontario - Angus Hall, Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Classic Card Shark Pennsylvania - Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos, Tom Ridge, Tuffofthetoughest In addition, the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is proud to offer a newly acquired breeding to GUCCIO as part of our stallion breeding auction. This is a unique opportunity as his book is sure to be full and closed very shortly. The world champion and million-dollar winning trotter Guccio 4,1:51.1f ($1,021,809) begins stud duty at Victory Hill Farm, one of the leading farms in Indiana. He will stand for a fee of $5,000 for the 2014 breeding season. Income raised by the stallion auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans! For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, email@example.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Some stallions have more than one breeding available. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --The Harness Racing Museum urges breeders to take advantage of the exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction.Bidding ends this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon Eastern. This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) standing in Ontario and Cam's Card Shark* (2007) in Pennsylvania. By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro, Northern Kid, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. Ohio pacing sires are Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Shark Gesture, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser*. Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge*, and pacers Cam's Card Shark*, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest. New York is represented by trotting sires Conway Hall and Lucky Chucky. The pacing ranks consist of Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King*, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove*. Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie. Pacing stallions are Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin*, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper. Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans! For additional information on the auction, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.harnessmuseum.com. More than one breeding is available for horses marked with an (*) Bids must be postmarked by February 15, 2014. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum
The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction. This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) and Cam's Card Shark (2007). By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro and Northern Kid. The pacing gait is represented by Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser. Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge, with pacers Cam's Card Shark, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest. New York is represented by the trotting sire Lucky Chucky and the pacing sires are Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove. Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight. Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper. Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans! For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, email@example.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 15 , 2014. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. Submitted by the Harness Racing Museum
MEADVILLE PA - The pride of this northwestern Pennsylvania town, Walter "Boots" Dunn, saw his filly Glide By Shooting rewrite the Crawford County Fair standard for two-year-old trotting misses when she won a division of the state Fair Sire Stakes during the first of four days of action on Monday. A daughter of Glidemaster, Glide By Shooting glided around the Meadville oval for driver Roger Hammer in 2:05.3 to reduce the 2:07.1 mark held by Desired Romance, set two years ago. Glide By Shooting really is a Dunn production - she is owned and trained by Dunn, and bred by Boots, too, out of She'sfastandfurious, who won the 2006 Fair Championship - something her daughter has a chance to do in emulation of her mother this October 5 at The Meadows. And if Glide By Shooting hadn't broken this track record for Hammer/Dunn, 15 minutes later Bella Palazzo would have. Coming off rewriting the division standard at Washington last Monday, the Tom Ridge filly overcame the trailing post seven in notching a 2:07 score. Bella Palazzo's mom, Bellissimo, was no slouch herself, winning three pari-mutuel Sire Stakes at two. The track record and Dunn victories may have overshadowed the winner of today's other filly division, but Bessie now has on her card six straight fair wins, including five in the Fair Sire Stakes, and six overall fair wins in the Sire Stakes after trotting home in 30 to complete a 2:07.2 package (note: just 1/5 off the old Meadville mark). David Brickell owns, trains, and drives the Equinox Bi filly. Flynn Rider moved up to second in the 2TC pointstandings with a 2:08.1 victory in the meet opener (the divisional leader, Mr Weaver, was third in this race). Flynn Rider was not hindered by the outside slot in the field of five as the gelding won for driver Winston Lineweaver and trainer Eileen Lineweaver, the latter co-owner with Neal Racing Stable LLC. A quarter-hour later sire Lear Jetta completed a "sweep of the Daily Double" when the other colt division was taken by Rudi's Jet in 2:09.4. The "Jet" has now soared to a 5-3-2-0 fair tally for trainer Al Manke and driver Marty Wollam, the latter co-owner with Hans Bachmann. Speaking of sweeps, the blue and yellow of Team Schoeffel took both halves to the FFA pace, with Chrome Over and with Keystone Royce in the day's fastest mile, 2:02.4 (28.1 last quarter). Steve trains both winners and mom Virginia owns a piece of both with various partners; Steve drove Keystone Royce, while Brady Brown guided Chrome Over. by Jerry Connors
DAYTON PA - Two-year-olds were in the spotlight during the opening day of the two-day racing stand at the Dayton (PA) Fair on Wednesday, and the trotters, especially the fillies, drew the most attention. In the first division of the filly event, the last quarter produced a spirited battle among Bessie, Cantabs Lightning, and fair newcomer Pixel Queen, and at the wire they crossed in that order, with Bessie a neck better than Cantabs Lightning in 2:07.4. Bessie, a daughter of Equinox Bi, was one of three driving wins on the day for Dave Brickell, who also trains and owns her; she now has four straight Fair Sire Stakes wins, and the win put her atop the divisional pointstandings.... ...for about 30 minutes... ...when another fair first-timer, the Lear Jetta miss Ideal Emma, reeled in breakaway pacesetter Fashion Entre in 2:06.3, fastest trot of the day. Coming off a third-place finish in a Stallion Series event, Ideal Emma was driven by Eric Neal for trainer/father Randy and Neal Racing Stable LLC.... ...but it was Fashion Entre who went top of the point list - while still a maiden! Poor Fashion Entre (who's not really so poor, having earned $8521 in her first nine career starts) has now finished second four straight outings, but her consistency of racing well in recording five seconds and three thirds currently gives her a slight edge on Bessie, who hasn't tried to dance every dance. With Dayton and Washington racing in calendar proximity, fair horsemen had to pick between the two as to where to start their freshmen, in compliance with the PA fairs' "3rd day" racing rule, and only five entered the colt trot, with a late scratch reducing the field to four. This was the first time only one division of an event has been raced this year, so the purse was a season-high $11,651. And with that kind of money on the line, the winner still won by 25 lengths! Mr Weaver is a Madison River gelding who yesterday was a confluence of "Three And A Half Men": the late breeder Ken Weaver, after whom the horse is named; driver Dave Brickell; and trainer John McMullen Jr., who shares ownership with the "half-man," his 6YO grandson Owen. They and Mr Weaver saw two horses break before the ¼, with thus only one other trotter in real contention, and that baby jumped before the 3/4s, leaving Mr Weaver 12 ahead at that pole, 15 clear at the stretch call, and, to be precise, 25 ½ lengths ahead at the finish - with all the while Owen probably thinking, "Man, this is an easy game!" The fastest mile of the day came in the filly pace, as the Somebeachsomewhere filly Sunsetonthebeach established early command and won handily in 2:05.2, moving herself into the divisional pointstandings top 10 for owner/trainer/driver/breeder Roger Hammer. The sophomore class is scheduled to face starter Clarence Martin Jr. at Dayton today, with the first race set to go at high noon. At Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last night, the two-year-old pacing fillies contested their fourth and final preliminary leg of Stallion Series competition, sorting themselves out for their $40,000 Championship on Friday, September 6 at the same oval. McVita Bella went four for four in the prelims (albeit winning via DQ last night) to obviously top the standings; the other seven qualifying are in order Lucy's Pearl, Shesaidhesaisisaid, Mayabelle and Weeper (tied), Dragon Town, Shutthefrontdoor, and South Beach Babe. by Jerry Connors
CLEARFIELD PA - In an age where youth is served - and seems to serve itself very nicely - the first of four days of harness racing at the Clearfield (PA) Fair featured two-year-old trotters exclusively, and the fact that these horses require the most delicacy, repetition, and experience in bringing them to peak form was underscored by the fact that in this category, human longevity is still the king (or is that King? - see further down). Ten heats, thirty on-the-board (1-2-3) finishers. Five winners driven by, and six winners trained by, horsemen over 64 years of age. Fourteen horses driven by, and seventeen horses trained by, the 64+ group. The youngest horses, at the more fractious gait, certainly aren't hurt by the veteran hands bringing them along. The fastest mile of the day, 2:04.2, was trotted by the SJ's Caviar gelding Ruiz, now three for three lifetime after a jiggyjog frontend tally. After starting his career freelegged, and making three straight runs in qualifiers, Ruiz was introduced to trotting hopples, and since - a 2:02.1 Q win at The Meadows; the fastest mile of the day, trot or pace, in his debut during 2YO day at Gratz; a huge recovery from a break to tally at Hughesville; and now this easy win for driver Winston Lineweaver (71) and trainer Eileen Lineweaver, co-owner with Neal Racing Stable LLC. Lest one think the surface at Clearfield was yielding many fast miles, we note here that the only other sub-2:10 mile of the entire day was turned in in the last race by another promising sort, the Broadway Hall gelding Broadway Charm, who is now 2 for 2 after trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. (65) turned the lines over to the fair circuit's top sulkysitter, Steve Schoeffel. The trio teamed Monday to win by 18 lengths in 2:06.3 for owner Susan Daugherty, leaving fans anticipating an upcoming matching of Ruiz, Broadway Charm, 4/4 fair warhorse Whitey Lauxmont, and others in this gifted, deep division. The other two sections of the colt trot saw driver Marty Wollam (64) put maiden marks on the Lear Jetta colt Rudi's Jet and the SJ's Caviar entire Mickie The Mouch. Al Manke III trains both of these horses; Wollam co-owns Rudi's Jet with Hans Bachmann, while Anthony Minute holds the papers on Mickie The Mouch. On the Sire Stakes filly side, Cantabs Lightning remained undefeated in four lifetime starts after surviving a hard-knocking duel with Bella Palazzo. The Cantab Hall miss is owned, trained, and driven by Wayne Long. Fastest of the fillies was another daughter of Cantab Hall, Tickettotheparty, who tasted victory for the first time after rallying from the pocket to win in 2:10 for owner Clifton Green, driver Marc Mosher, and trainer Syl King Jr. - whose favorite song is not any of the three famous versions of "Summertime Blues." The youthful 68YO, vice-president of the PHHA, has a .349 UTR at Clearfield this decade and has gotten checks in 47 of 50 starts, most with these precocious diamondgaiters; also, of King's 104 overall training wins in 2010-2013, 48 were achieved in July and August, and 39 at the fairs. King and Mosher also swept the Quaker State races with first-time winners, the Muscles Yankee filly Muscles Pump Queen and the Crown Prince Gar gelding Whichwayrightrleft. FINISHING LINES - Other young-at-heart veterans getting in on the Monday fun at Clearfield were Dave Brickell (65), Roger Hammer (67), Pete Petersheim (68), Joe Urban (73), John McMullen Jr. (77), Sam Miller (79), and fair circuit guru Boots Dunn at 83....2YO pacers will be featured in 11 heats at Clearfield today, starting at noon. by Jerry Connors
The Meadowlands hosted 15 Baby Races for two-year-old trotters and pacers on Saturday morning.
After several recent arrivals, winter harness racing training is starting into full swing at Spring Garden Ranch. The restaurant is open every day from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a Sunday brunch. Qualifiers will be held weekly in March and a matinee day is scheduled the last Saturday in March, if weather and entries permit.