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MEADVILLE PA -- Three-year-olds were featured during the final two days of the four-day harness racing meet at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania town, with pacing colts Royaltyhasarrived and R N Nate keeping up their winning ways.   First up was the Nuclear Breeze gelding R N Nate, who ran his fair record to 8-7-1-0 with the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.3, for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. In the very next event, Royaltyhasarrived, an altered son of Western Terror, upped his 2015 fair numbers to 9-8-1-0 by winning just a tick slower for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn. The luck of the draw has kept these two apart so far this summer; when they get in together, there won't be a space up against the fence in paddock and barn areas.   The only way to do better than having one loss on the fair circuit is having NO losses on the fair circuit, and the Quik Pulse Mindale filly Betterthanrevenge is now 7 for 7 on the state twicearounds. She won here in 2:05 for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst and the Thomson Sisters Racing Stable.   In Wednesday's trotting action, Wimborne Hanover and Simeon continued their winning ways. Wimborne, who won last year's Fair Championship for this division, ran his fair record this year to 8 wins in 10 starts when the Muscle Massive gelding reported home first in 2:07.1 for driver Brady Brown, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty. But the defending champ knows he has a tough rival in the Andover Hall gelding Simeon, yet to taste defeat at the fairs after winning his fifth start in 2:06 for driver Aaron Johnston, subbing for trainer Dave Wade; Wade also co-owns the winner with Jerry Brittingham, William Peel III, and Delores Wade.   In case you missed our earlier report, the star performer of the meet was the Great George Two freshman trotting filly A Little Laid Back, who won in 2:04.1 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer Monday. Not only did she obliterate the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies -- her time is faster than any 2YO trotter has ever gone at Meadville, and her clocking eclipsed not only the freshman trotting colts' best effort but also both divisions of THREE-year-old trotters, in addition to being quicker than the best mile of the freshman PACING fillies!   Hammer won nine races over the four days to raise his seasonal lead in the sulky to 59, 13 ahead of Chris Shaw; 8 training triumphs moved him up to 56 for the circuit's year, 21 ahead of Chris's brother Jason.   In the early part of next week, there will be concurrent PA fair racing on Tuesday and Wednesday: at the Indiana County Fair in the hometown of actor Jimmy Stewart, and at the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA.   Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

WASHINGTON PA - Harness Racing came to this town's fairgrounds oval, known as Arden Downs during its Grand Circuit days, just down the road from The Meadows for two days of action on Monday and Tuesday, and the standout performance was generally agreed to be the 1:59.1 victory of the first day turned in by the sophomore Nuclear Breeze gelding R N Nate, who ran his fair record for 2015 to 7-6-1-0, with two three-race winning streaks bookending a second at Hughesville. The indomitable Roger Hammer is "Nate"'s breeder, owner, trainer, and driver; the "magic mile" is the sixth of the Pennsylvania fair season, which has not been blessed with the best of weather.   Also among the three-year-olds, the Andover Hall gelding Simeon kept his fair record perfect after four starts with a 2:05 win for trainer/driver Dave Wade, who also co-owns with Jerry Brittingham, William Peel III, and Delores Wade. Earlier this month, Simeon had tied the all-age trot mark at Clearfield by winning in 2:02.   When the two-year-olds got their turn on Tuesday, two of them continued remarkable runs of form and consistency for babies by advancing their local records on twicearounds to 8-7-1-0. The pacing filly Unbeamlievable (Moon Beam-DVC Iblievenangles) won in 2:06.1 to bolster her credentials for Team Shaw (owner/3YO Mason, trainer/father Jason, and driver/uncle Chris), perhaps bringing to mind that team's success with Tropical Terror in this division last year; while "Beam"'s gelding counterpart Billy's Falcon (Nuclear Breeze - B T Falcon) also got to that seasonal recordline with a 2:05.1 win for Team Hammer (Roger the breeder, Roger the owner, Roger the trainer, and Roger the driver). The win by Billy's Falcon was hardly an upset, seeing as he had the circuit's first 2:00 mile of the year, a 1:59.4 at Gratz on July 11 (remember, he's a two-year-old).   Hammer was in a tie for the lead for the meet championship in both training and driving: both he and Brady Brown sulkysat four returnees to Victory Lane, while he and Mike Gillock each harnessed three winners.   One other item perhaps worth the reporting might be a 2:05.3 win by the SJ's Caviar sophomore filly HS Pearl in the first race of the meet, not so much as she came out of nowhere (the win was her fourth in her last five fair starts), but her connections were new to the recent Keystone fair scene: driver named Palone, trainer named Burke, owners named Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Rumors are these "new fellows" might do pretty well in the sport if they keep at it, based on their "debuts" (Palone hadn't had a PA Fair Sire Stakes win in the 23 years of computerized records kept by the USTA; must be busy somewhere else).   FINISHING LINES - The PA fair circuit swings right back into action Wednesday and Thursday at Dayton PA, with some of the top Fair Sire Stakes horses not racing at Washington slated for action at Dayton, where the bell will be rung for the first race at high noon each day.   Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

After the cancellation of the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes program for three-year-olds yesterday, harness fans got to see some talented two-year-olds on the track today (Thursday) at the Wayne County Fair.   Roger Hammer had two geldings run their fair records to 7-6-1-0 in the racing for the freshmen. He posted the fastest time on the pace with the Nuclear Breeze - B T Falcon gelding Billy's Falcon, whom he owns, trains, drives, and bred.    (We should note, though, that despite that lofty record, Billy's Falcon is fractionally behind in the seasonal pointstandings to the McArdle-Timeless Classic gelding Mclassic, who has an 8-4-3-1 tally after winning at Waynesburg Monday.)   Also 7-6-1-0 on his tour of Pennsylvania is the Donato Hanover-Gaytanes gelding High Octane, this time home in 2:08.2 for owner/trainer/driver Hammer.   Hammer's A Little Laid Back, the leader among baby trotting fillies, lost a four-race winning streak when she ran into the Cantab Hall-Eclat Hanover buzzsaw miss Connie Jean, now four-for-four at the country twicearounds after a 2:10 win for trainer/driver Todd Schadel and owners Charles Keller III (the Hall of Fame nominee), Charles Keller IV, and Dan and Brett Bittle.   Trainer/driver Schadel also posted the fastest trot time in the FFA event with the SJ's Caviar mare Caviar Call Girl, a 2:07.3-29.3 winner for himself and wife Christine, also the breeders.   It seems only appropriate, five days after the tenth anniversary of their Vivid Photo winning the Hambletonian, that Hammer and Schadel both sat atop the training and driving lists with three winners during the abbreviated session.   Brandon Givens drove a pair of winners as he continues his comeback, with his seasonal totals 59-20-9-7-.463, and he sits fourth in the sulky statistics behind Hammer (44), Chris Shaw (37), and Brady Brown (24).   Next week the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes circuit makes two stops.   First will come the action at the Washington County Fairgrounds, the site known as Arden Downs during its Grand Circuit days, where sophomores will go Monday and freshmen Tuesday, both days at 10.   The circuit then moves on to the (relatively) nearby Dayton Fair, for action starting at high noon on Wednesday (three-year-olds) and Thursday (two-year-olds).   Jerry Connors

The beautiful evening at Ocean Downs opened with four early non-wagering events starting with the harness racing 2 YO filly trotters.   Bold Dresser (Explosive Matter-Pretty In Plaid) made it to the winners circle for the second time this summer in MD Standardbred Fund events for driver-trainer Oyvind Hegdal and owner Glat Kosher Racing trotting her mile in 2:01.1. Frederick Hertrich III is the breeder. Frank Milby driving Tiara (RC Royalty-Panarail) was on the move at the ¾ pole but was unable to catch Bold Dresser in time.   The colt/gelding trot was up next, with most of the freshmen acting up, Kent County (Deweycheatumnhowe-Duchess Of Kent) made a very strong showing on the track winning by almost 24 lengths in 2:01.2. Frank Milby got the driving assignment from trainer and co-owners Robert Shahan and Donald Marine. The breeder was Frederick Hertrich III. After an early break Roger Hammer was able to get High Octane (Donato Hanover-Gaytanes) back on stride to finish second.   In the first division of filly pacers, Breadcrumb Income (Nuclear Breeze-Rose Royce) charged down the stretch for reinsman Roger Plante Jr. to nip Use Your Noodle (Artzina-Lo Gophobia) at the wire in 2:00. Richard Hans is the breeder, owner and trainer of Breadcrumb Income.   The second division of filly pacers produced a stakes and track record when Corey Callahan pulled Freeze Out (American Ideal-Mr Deli's Filly) going up the backside to take the lead and hold off a strong challenge by Miss Read (Shadow Play-Yahoos) with Vic Kirby in the bike. Time for the mile was 1:55.3. Erv Miller trains for owners Paymaq Racing and Leland Mathias, Winbak Farm was the breeder.   The wagering card opened with the first division of colt/gelding pacers. Not content to sit third, driver Corey Callahan shot Power To Perform (Artzina-Shake Rattle Run) to the front before the half and never looked back stopping the clock in 1:57.4 over Canthelpbutwin (Artzina-Native Canadian). Kyle Morre trains for owner Donald Marine. The breeder was Winbak Farm.   The Erv Miller-Corey Callahan connection proved successful once again in the final stake of the night the second division of colt/gelding pacers. Redneck Rally (American Ideal-Ms Harrington) took the lead from Lissilas (Rocknroll Hanover-Lismorebella) at the head of the stretch wining by two and a half lengths in 1:56.2 for owners Anthony Lombardi , Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger and breeder Winbak Farm. Corey Callahan picked up 4 wins for the night, 3 stakes and one overnight.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes continue Thursday night with 8 divisions of 3 year olds starting with non-wagering events at 6 pm. The Maryland Horse Industry Board will be in attendance making some winner circle presentations.   By Cheri Stambaugh

The four-day  harness racing meet at the Clearfield County Fair came to an end today (Wednesday), with the last card featured sophomore pacers: two geldings upped their fair records for the year to 6-5-1-0, and one filly - already very familiar with winning - also notched her fifth fair win of 2015.   In three divisions for the males, the Western Terror gelding Royaltyhasarrived recorded the fastest clocking, 2:01.1, to post his fifth straight fair victory, this time by 6¼ lengths.   The all-time track recordholder at Hughesville by virtue of a 1:58.1 victory there in July, Royaltyhasarrived won again Wednesday for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   Driver Brown also won another division of this event with EJ And Orr in 2:03.1 for conditioner Dan Walski and the Walski Stables LLC, to give him three scores on the day.   R N Nate also impressed as he kept pace with Royaltyhasarrived, having to race on the rim throughout, yet still tallying in 2:01.3 by 12¾ lengths.   Owner/trainer/driver/breeder Roger Hammer is the guiding force behind the altered son of Nuclear Breeze - whose dam, R N Artist, was the 2003 PA Fair Champion in her sophomore division.   The Western Terror filly Tropical Terror, who led all North American two-year-olds last year with 16 visits to the winners circle (including 15 at the fairs), ran her 2015 tally to five victories on the twicearounds (four in current succession) with a 2:04.1 win for driver/uncle Chris Shaw, trainer/father Jason Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw, like the filly a three-year-old and the CEO/COO/CFO of the powerful Team Shaw.   The fastest filly division fell to the McArdle filly Clear Winner, who pulled a 2:04 major upset of Keystone I Wish, co-fastest PA fair horse of the year with Royaltyhasarrived (her 1:58.1 was at Gratz).   Keystone I Wish made an early burst after the ¼ to the lead, but Clear Winner, 6¼ lengths behind at the 3/4s, unleashed a powerful move through the turn and the stretch to edge her rival by a head for most of the team behind Royaltyhasarrived: driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owner Virginia Schoeffel, with Fred and Seth Dowling also co-owning Clear Winner.   For the four days of racing, Roger Hammer had eight driving victories and seven training triumphs to lead all horsemen; the sulky success allowed Hammer to win the Buster DiSalvo Trophy for most driving wins at Clearfield for the twelfth time.   Hammer solidified his perch atop the season-long standings, now having 40 sulky victories and 39 conditioning wins.   The highlight of the meet had to be the 2:02 trotting victory by Simeon and Dave Wade on Tuesday, equaling Cottonwood Sam's all-age track trotting record set in 2003.   The 2015 Pennsylvania fair circuit reaches its midpoint next week with racing at two fairs, stops number 10 and 11 on the 20-stop circuit, and about as far apart as you can get in Pennsylvania - there are 358 miles between Waynesburg PA (hometown of Dave Palone), in the southwest corner of the state, and Honesdale PA in the far northeast.   Waynesburg will race 2YO events this coming Tuesday and 3YO events this coming Wednesday, with first post each day 10 a.m.   The racing starts Wednesday at Honesdale at 4 p.m., with 3YO contests plus a $2000 FFA pace, while Thursday's 1 p.m. start will showcase 2YOs and a $2000 FFA trot.   Jerry Connors

Roger Hammer, "King of the Pennsylvania Fairs," had five horses he owns, trains, and drove visit Victory Lane during the two-day harness racing Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes event at Dayton over the weekend - and lost the seasonal driving lead to Chris Shaw, who guided five winners on both two-year-old Saturday and three-year-old Sunday for a total of ten wins in all.   Six of Chris Shaw's winners were strictly "all in the family" affairs - driven by him for trainer/brother Jason and owner/nephew Mason, himself only three but likely to be able to pick the college and even program of his choice with all of this "college tuition" money that Team Shaw keeps winning.   Among the Team Shaw sextet of victories was one with Tropical Terror, the Western Terror filly who in 2014 led all of North America's freshmen with 16 victories. On Sunday she toured the Dayton twicearound in 2:02.3, fastest heat in her division, tacking on a 29.3 last quarter to her wire-to-wire triumph.   Two sophomore colts went in 2:01 to tie for meet speed honors.   One was R N Nate, a Nuclear Breeze gelding who had earlier set a 2:01 divisional track record at Butler for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Hammer.   The other was Royaltyhasarrived, already author of a fair 2:00 mile via his 1:59.1 triumph at Gratz and the "eraser" of R N Nate in the Dayton books when later in the day he went 2:00.4.   "Royalty" was king in his Dayton outing for driver Brady Brown, who had an excellent Sunday with four victories; trainer Steve Schoeffel, who provided Brown with three of his winners; and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   Trotting speed honors for the meet went to the Muscle Massive filly Missive, another Brown/Schoeffel collaboration who earlier had also erased a line in the track record book at Butler.   Sunday she traversed the local twicearound in 2:04 on the engine for the Lander Stable LLC and Kathy Schoeffel.   On the two-year-old side, generating the most "buzz" is still the Nuclear Breeze-B T Falcon gelding Billy's Falcon, who had won in 1:59.4 at Gratz.   Only Saturday Billy's Falcon moved early and won by a country mile, here translating to 18 3/4 lengths, in posting the fastest Dayton freshman clocking of 2:03.1 as yet another success story for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Hammer.   The PA fair circuit now moves to Hughesville for cards on Wednesday and Thursday.   When the circuit arrives at that midstate town not too far from the Little League World Series home of Williamsport, the top five trainers and drivers for the 2015 PA fair season to date will look like this:   DRIVERS: Chris Shaw, 23; Roger Hammer, 21; Brady Brown, 11; Steve Schoeffel, 6; and tied with 5, Shawn Johnston and Wayne Long (who got four of those at Dayton).   TRAINERS: Roger Hammer 21; Jason Shaw 17 (he had seven in all at Dayton); Steve Schoeffel 12; Bill Daugherty Jr., 5; and tied with 4, Lisa Dunn-Adams, Kevin Lare, and Todd Schadel.   Jerry Connors

BLOOMSBURG PA - If you ask the Pennsylvania fair harness racing horsemen's community to consider an old adage, they would definitely say that the glass is half-full.   For the second straight week, the PA fair circuit was reduced from two scheduled days to one because of rain. Last week at Wattsburg, the three-year-olds got to race Sunday; this past weekend, the two-year-old set got their first action on Saturday at Bloomsburg, the speedy northeast Pennsylvania half-miler.   The star of the Saturday action had to be Billy's Falcon, a Nuclear Breeze gelding out of B T Falcon, and whose granddam produced two Sire Stakes champions - so he had the pedigree. In his corner is breeder / owner/ trainer / driver Roger Hammer - "the King of the PA Fairs."   And he has the speed - he won in 2:00.1 over a fair track rated "good," in his second career start, with back fractions of 58 - 28.4. The other 2PC winners went good miles (McClassic in 2:04.3 - 28.4, Crazy Idea home in 30.2 in a 2:07 outing), but Billy's Falcon and Hammer certainly stamped themselves as the early horse to keep an eye on.   Fastest 2PF winner was Unbeamlieveable (a Moon Beam filly backed by driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw, 3YO owner Mason Shaw), stopping the clock in 2:04 - 28.3. On the trot, speed honors went to the filly She's Seaworthy (Cantab Hall), a 2:07.3 winner for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel, James Nelson, and the BPN Partnership; fastest colt was another trainer-driver Hammerite, the Yankee Glide gelding Keystone Shotgun, home in 2:08 for the ownership team of Hammer and Todd Schadel, the partnership behind Vivid Photo, the Hambletonian winner ten years ago.   In all, Hammer had an owning / training / driving triple; horsemen doublers were trainer/driver Schoeffel, driver Shaw and trainer Shaw, and driver Shawn Johnston.   The circuit heads back west this weekend to the Meadville Sertoma event at the Crawford County fairgrounds, where legendary "host" Boots Dunn will do his best to give his fellow horsemen a "full glass of action."     Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association's Publicity Office        

WASHINGTON, PA, April 21, 2015 -- Pinned along the pylons in the stretch, RN Nate swerved sharply outside and roared home to pull off a 24-1 upset victory in Tuesday's $32,800 championship of the Visible Gold Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. Roger Hammer, driver, trainer, breeder and owner of RN Nate, was giving the Nuclear Breeze-RN Artist gelding a ground-saving trip but found himself sitting fifth behind a stopping rival, in desperate need of room. "We came off the rail so fast that we nearly hit Dickie's (Stillings) wheel," Hammer said. "I had to take up a little bit to make sure I cleared him." With that clearance, RN Nate gobbled up the leaders and scored in a career-best 1:53.3. Well Bred shot the Lightning Lane for place, a length behind, with the first-over Chaching Hanover and Stillings third. RN Nate showed considerable promise at 2, winning eight of 10 starts while taking a mark of 1:54, when injury struck. "He got a hairline crack in a coffin bone -- that's why we had to quit with him," Hammer said. For the balance of RN Nate's sophomore campaign, Hammer indicated he would follow the recipe that has been so successful for him over the years -- a touch of PA Fairs, a dash of PA Stallion Series, perhaps a dollop of PA Sires Stakes for flavor. "I'll just take a little bit of money," he said. The win gives Hammer 3,998 career driving victories. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features the $36,700 championship of the Daylon Miracle Trot for 3-year-old fillies (race 9) as well as a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7). First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

(NEW KENT,VA) - Nuclear Attraction scored a wire to wire victory in Sunday's $5,500 winner's over pacing feature at Colonial Downs and shaved a full second off the 1:49 4/4 previous best he authored a week ago. The 4 year old Nuclear Breeze gelding faced four other foes including Smile A Little, who was fresh off a new life mark of 1:49 3/5 he set last Sunday as well. Corey Braden, who earned his fourth win of the day aboard Nuclear Attraction, gained control of the field early and never looked back. After early fractions of :26 2/5, :53 3/5 and 1:21.0, he stopped the clock in 1:48 4/5 on a warm and sunny day, 2¾ lengths over runner-up Smile A Little. Nuclear Attraction is trained by Brian Malone for Orville Harmon of Mappsville, Virginia. In a trio of starts at Philadelphia between July 23rd and August 28th, he finished 8th in all three, losing respectively by 16, 11 and 21 lengths. He is 2-for-2 in Virginia, both in sub 1:50.0 times. Colonial Downs is dark Monday & Tuesday. Live racing returns on Wednesday with a ten race card beginning at 1:00 PM. by Darrell Wood, for Colonial Downs

(NEW KENT, VA ---9/21/14) ---- On a day when Colonial Downs starter Mike Wojchick oversaw and directed races with pacers, trotters, ostriches, camels and children, Nuclear Attraction and Smile A Little stole the show and scored impressive harness racing victories in sub-1:50.0 times on a hot Sunday afternoon. The other unique animals created laughter and applause between the quick mile trips. In the camel race, trainer Morgan Hagerman smartly guided Desert Charmer to victory while hanging on for dear life against three other two humped animals, which were ridden respectively by trainer Amanda Jackson, track veterinarian Chad Hundley and driver Jeff Nisonger. Hagerman's camel won by a nose over Hundley's Joe Camel. The fun day also included an ostrich race with sulkies attached to the feathered animals, and kids races on the track in which they lined up behind the starter's car. In equine competition, Cory Braden directed Nuclear Attraction to a wire-to-wire romp in the Good OIe USA's Pacing Series' first leg. The 4 year old Nuclear Breeze gelding triggered fractions of :26 4/5, :54 3/5 and 1:21 4/5 before crossing 5 ¾ lengths ahead of Hotundethecollar in 1:49 4/5. The Brian Malone trainee's previous best was a 1:52 4/5 clocking at Philadelphia last year Two races later, Jason MacDougall guided Smile A Little to a blowout win in week's featured conditioned pace in a sizzling 1:49 3/5. The 6 year old I Am A Fool gelding nosed by Doc's Zippy coming out of the turn and powered ahead to win convincingly by ten lengths. The George Anthrop trainee's prior best was set at Colonial last fall in 1:51.0. The track's 17th harness race season continues Wednesday at 1 PM. Darrell Wood  

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

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

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

The 3 YO Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes started the evening with the non wagering filly trotters going for a purse of $28,900.    Explosive Attitude(Explosive Matter) and Kelsey's Commando(Cr Commando) renewed their rivalry from July only this time Kelsey's Commando was able to catch Explosive Attitude coming down the stretch, stopping the clock in 2:00.2 last quarter in :29.2. Victor Kirby drove and trained the filly for new owners George and Rose Bonomo.   The wagering card started with the 3 YO filly pacers. Driver Tony Morgan sent Ain't No Maybe So(Nuclear Breeze) charging right to the front with a first quarter of:27.1. The Lundell entry of Valentina De Vie and Rosie De Vie sat second and third just waiting for the right moment. Jonathan Roberts pulled Valentina De Vie(Bettor's Delight) in the last turn quickly overtaking the leader winning in 1:55.3. Ain't No Maybe So held on for second and Rosie De Vie finished third. Valentina De Vie is owned by the Joie de Vie Farm.   After race 3 the Maryland Horse Industry Board presented Ocean Downs Racetrack with a Secretary's Citation from the State of Maryland in honor of the track's 65th Anniversary. MHIB also presented track owner William Rickman with a Secretary's Citation in honor of his many contributions to the harness racing industry over the year.   In the colt/gelding trot Kandy Korn(Cantab Hall) got away 6th but driver Frank Milby pulled before the half, working his way up to the leader Whichwayrightorleft near the ¾ pole. These two battled down the stretch with Kandy Korn crossing the wire in 1:59.4 for owners Bruce and Tanya Schadel.   The most exciting race of the night was the 3 YO colt/gelding pace. In usual fashion driver Corey Callahan sent Tom's Titan(Cam's Rocket) to the lead with new comer Kingofthejungle(Well Said) getting the pocket trip. At the head of the stretch Tony Morgan pulled Kingofthejungle and the two charged down the stretch head and head with Kingofthejungle winning by a head in 1:53.4 last quarter in :27.4. Desyllas Racing LLC , William Beck and Carol Rieken own and Brandon Simpson trains.   By Cheri Stambaugh  

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

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