PORT ROYAL PA - Pennsylvania-sired three-year-olds were spotlighted Wednesday on a beautiful day at the Juniata County Fairgrounds in Port Royal PA. Monroe County, who has set two all-age track records and two other divisional track records this summer at the local fairs, bounced back to form from the trailing post seven to post a 2:03.4 win in her division of the filly trot, by over two seconds the fastest Sire Stakes mile of the day on the diamond gait. In doing so, the Glidemaster filly ended the 6-6 fair run of Homepage, who finished second, for driver Aaron Johnston and trainer John McMullen Jr ., the latter co-owner with Michelle McMullen (all doublers on the day). The redoubtable Roger Hammer took three races with horses he owns, trains, and drove, including two cuts of the 3PC races. The faster was the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Camturo Beach, now 8-6-2-0 at the PA twicearounds after the speediest mile of the day, 2:02.2; the other was the homebred Nuclear Breeze gelding Falcon's Breeze, who despite being last year's leading pointleader was winning only for the first time at the fairs this year when, undoubtedly relishing the scratch of the thunderous McAlvin, he tallied in 2:05.1, with a 29.1 kicker. (Hammer's ol' wrestling buddy from their Bedford-area high school days, Sam Beegle, won the other glamor division event with newcomer Nittany Nation in 2:03.2.) Have More Wine drew the inside of the field of four and Keystone Wanda, second-fastest fair Sires performer of the year (1:57.2, behind McAlvin's twin 1:57s), drew the outside - and that may have made the difference in the quickest 3PF division, with the Western Terror filly Have More Wine victorious for the seventh time at the fairs, here in 2:03-29.2 for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel (three wins in the sulky and two as a coniditioner) and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel, James Reuther, and James Nelson. The Port Royal racing began on Tuesday night with contests for two-year-olds. Unfortunately, the times for the freshman heats had to be voided (NTR). The Port Royal oval is known as Port Royal Speedway, home to good local car racing, 363 days of the year, and is less than a half-mile in circumference; after harness rainouts in 2011 and 2012, the old marks for precise placements of the start/finish and other "quarter poles" were no longer in place, and a small miscalculation when setting up for Tuesday resulted in time quicker than expected; when the track was remeasured and set to rights for Wednesday's card, it was decided in total overall fairness to disallow the Tuesday times. While there may be no chronological basis for measure, the mind against the memory still produces strong impressions of special victories, and among Tuesday's from this corner's perspective were: --The Boots Dunn bred/owned/trained pair of 2TFs, Bella Palazzo and especially Glide By Shooting. Both were driven by Brian Zendt; before the races Brian, brother Phil, father Bill, and grandfather/patriarch Wilbur, who hails from Juniata County, were honored in impressive trackside ceremonies. --2PC El Chivato, now 5 for 5 at the fairs, and his filly counterpart Southern Sweetie, who controlled the throttle and won in hand to run her lifetime record to 5-3-2-0. FINISHING LINES - They'll draw Sunday for Monday (2YOs) and Tuesday (3YOs) racing at the York Fair, third-to-last stop on this year's circuit, with action both days starting at 10:30 am. by Jerry Connors
HONESDALE PA - Right about now, Tanah Merah Farms LLC owner Richard Kulle may be talking to his trainer about using this "E. Miller" fellow in the sulky more often. "E. Miller" is of course famous trainer Erv Miller, who yesterday became Honesdale track-record-setting trainer/driver Erv Miller after he guided Wicked Elphaba to a 2:01.2 score in a division of the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes three-year-old filly pace, a Honesdale divisional track record and three seconds faster than any other race on the card, reserved for sophomores. Wicked Elphaba, a daughter of Western Terror named after the "bad witch" played by Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz and a combination of the initials of Oz's writer L. Frank Baum [el/ph(f)a-ba] , had shown herself quite capable on the circuit, with a 3-1-1-1 scorecard, but the teaming with Miller produced the bewitching clocking, and a 28.3 last quarter, that not only beat Keystone Wanda, a 13 length winner at Clearfield on Thursday, but also eclipsed the northeast PA oval's mark for her class, set by DVC Elegant Beauty just over five years ago, by a single tick. On the colt side of the sidewheeling action, veteran PA fair star Roger Hammer gave further evidence that his barn is heating up, taking two of the three divisions, including the fastest in 2:04.2 with Camturo Beach, a Somebeachsomewhere gelding he also trains and owns. Hammer's other winner was the Nuclear Breeze gelding Enjoy The Ride, also a full hometown Hammer production; the third cut went to Skylite's Finale, an Allamerican Native gelding who defeated a third Hammerite, Falcon's Breeze, to go one point up atop the divisional leaderboard over his stablemate in the Steve Schoeffel barn, Jungle Of Terror (who had been second to Camturo Beach). In the trotting contests, the stars were the Cantab Hall colt Markup Hanover, who defeated Roe Is Me in 2:05.4-29 for the fastest diamondgaited mile of the session; and the trainer/driver team of Syl King Jr. and Marc Mosher, who swept the filly trots with Chrissy O and Homepage (the latter defeating Monroe County). FINISHING LINES - Continuing an innovative formatting experiment, Honesdale will today finish the fair portion of its 2013 program with a card for two-year-olds starting at 2 p.m., featuring the sensational trotting colt Ruiz. They will then draw for the "2-day meet" portion of their action Tuesday (box closes at 10), with racing Wednesday (3 p.m.) and Thursday (noon) giving them four cards within five days ... Waynesburg will be drawing tomorrow (Tuesday; box open until 11) for their two harness racing cards on Thursday and Friday, which will begin (please take note) at 10 a.m. both days. by Jerry Connors
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce its 2013 MSOA college scholarship winners. The awards will be formally presented in the winner’s circle on Adios Day (July 27) at The Meadows. “We are pleased to be offer these scholarships along with our additional sponsors,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock. “Our scholarship program has continued to build every year, and this year we are pleased to give $11,500 in scholarship money to these deserving young people.” A $5,000 MSOA Scholarship has been awarded to Shannon Teed, who will be entering West Liberty State this fall as a freshman. She will be majoring in Biology. Ashley Conger has been awarded the $2,500 MSOA/CSC Insurance Scholarship. Also a freshman this fall, Ashley will be studying Pharmacy at the University of Findlay. Ryan Zidek has been named the winner of the $2,000 MSOA/Trainforthefuture Scholarship. He will be a freshman this fall at Saint Vincent College, majoring in Communication. The $1,000 MSOA/LCM Nutraceuticals Dr. Barry C. Betts Memorial Scholarship will be split this year between two recipients, Michael Fahy and Nick Walski. Fahy will be a junior double major at Marietta College this fall, studying Political Science and Asian Studies. Walski is a student at Edinboro University. A new $1,000 scholarship this year, the MSOA/Nuclear Breeze Scholarship, will be split between Alexandra Indof and Alyssa Cummings. Indof will be a freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, studying Nursing. Cummings will be a freshman at CCAC-North, also studying Nursing. The MSOA Board of Directors would like to not only congratulate the winners, but also to thank our co-sponsors: Tom Svrcek and CSC Insurance, John Green and Trainforthefuture, Tom Cooke and Nuclear Breeze, and Dr. Larry and Mary Smith of LCM Nutraceuticals. Jeff Zidek
Bloomsburg Stakes for sophomores were featured at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning (September 25). In the $5,846 colt trot, Trustworthy Kid was a winner in 2:04.2 for harness racing trainer Boots Dunn and driver Roger Hammer. The SJ's Caviar gelding won by four lengths for the Dunn Stable.
Three-year-olds kicked off two days of racing at The York Fair on Monday (September 10) in York, PA . Four $3,080 divisions of the PASS filly pace were up first on the card, with Tony Schadel and Bestest Hanover taking the first wire to wire in 1:59.0.
The sophomore class of 2012 highlighted the second day of harness racing at The Great Stoneboro Fair on Saturday (September 1) in Stoneboro, PA.
Bedford harness racing driver Roger Hammer had the hot hand on the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit on Wednesday (August 29), driving five winners on an eight-race card at the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg. The Dunn Stable and trainer Boots Dunn dominated the day's first two races, PA Sire Stakes for sophomore trotters.
Three-year-old pacers rounded out four days of harness racing at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville, PA on Thursday (August 23). Serenity Breeze, a Nuclear Breeze filly, took the first race of the day, a $4,006 PASS 3-year-old filly pace, for owner/trainer/ Roger Hammer and driver Chris Shaw in 2:02.2.
Two-year-old pacers highlighted Day 2 of harness racing racing at the Crawford County Fair on Tuesday (August 21st) in Meadville, PA.
The sophomore class of 2012 entertained a large harness racing crowd on Thursday (August 16) at the Dayton Fairgrounds in Dayton, PA. Two $5,867 PASS divisions of filly trotters kicked off the card, with Magnolia Grace and harness racing driver Eric Neal taking the first division in2:03.3. The Glidemaster mare is owned by Jack and Sharon Claypoole, and trained by Bill Kreutzer.
Arden Downs, namesake of the Arden Downs Stakes and the home of the Washington County Fair, kicked off its annual two-day harness racing meeting with 3-year-olds in action in Pennsylvania Sire Stake and Quaker Stakes.
Sophomores took to the track at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania on Friday (August 10) in PA Sire Stake and Quaker Stake events.
The Wayne County Fairgrounds in Honesdale hosted sophomores in stake harness racing action on the northeastern Pennsylvania half-miler. Dave Brickell drove four winners on the nine race card, while trainer Syl King sent out three victors.
Sophomore colt pacers brought a close to four days of harness racing at the Clearfield County Fair on Thursday (August 2nd).
The second day of the race meet at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds saw freshman pacers face each other and the weather, as storms played havoc with the harnss racing card. In the lone division of the Quaker Stake, Fool Bewitch U remained undefeated in her career, now two-for-two, as the Western Ideal filly paced home in 2:06.2. Wayne Long drove for lessee and trainer Ron Lineweaver.
Cloudy skies and coolder temperatures greeted freshmen at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville, PA, as the half-miler hosted an 18-stong harness racing card on Thursday (July 19). VC Eclipse opened the card with a 2:08 victory - the first of his career - in a PA Sire Stake colt trot.