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CHESTER, PA - The Real Artist mare Abigail Dawn had to have everything go right for her in the $11,600 handicap featured pace for distaffs on a soggy Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia - and when they did, driver Dexter Dunn put the mare in position to win, and she took a close finish in 1:52.3 over a sloppy track. Early on Abigail Dawn thought about leaving, but Its Mesmerise N to her right and favored Baron Remy to her left had similar ideas and faster leg movement, and she had to take back to third. Abigail Dawn gapped for much of the next half-mile, and when 18-1 shot Abuelita Hanover came up first-over, Dunn stayed to the inside.   Chris Ryder trains the oft-winning mare (12 for 32 lifetime) for Shore Things Stables LLC. There were a pair of $11,200 co-features, one on each gait. On the pace, the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly Somewhere North raised her career record to 2-for-3 while lowering her mark to 1:55.3 for driver Dunn, trainer Nifty Norman, and the Pinske Stables. The trotters were fronted by another sophomore, the Lionhunter gelding Hunting AS, who was home first in 1:56.4 for trainer Jenny Melander and the partnership of Melander Racing Inc. and Robert Bernaski. Hunting AS was handled by David Miller, with the Hall of Famer's three successes on the day tops among the drivers. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, PA - The following horses were the leading pointwinners, based on position of finish during "A"-level events, in their respective divisions during 2020 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes competition throughout the state. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING MALES - KILLER INSTINCT, g, Southwind Frank - Wheely Quick; trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. and Lone Wolf Stable. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FEMALES - EXPLOSIVE FLOWER, Explosive Matter - Seeuinthespring; trained by Rick Beinhauer, and co-owned by him with Regina Beinhauer. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING MALES - ROWDY RYDER, c, A Rocknroll Dance - Miss Chinno; trained and owned by Roger Hammer. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING FEMALES - LAZY DAY HANOVER, Betting Line - Lazan Hanover; trained by Mitchell York, and co-owned by him with David Brickell. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING MALES - NO NAME YANKEE, g, Possess The Will - The Yankees Win; trained and owned by Roger Hammer. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FEMALES - TIE: BYATHREAD HANOVER, Donato Hanover - By A Nose Hanover; trained and owned by Todd Schadel; and ELYSIAN PROMISE, Yankee Glide - Chowda; trained and owned by Lisa Dunn. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING MALES - NOME HANOVER, g, Well Said - Northern Cameo; trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by him with Timothy Hayes and Dr. Megan Moschgat. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING FEMALES - DREAM DANCING, A Rock N Roll Dance - Clearly Foxy; trained by Mitchell York, and co-owned by him with David Brickell. --LAZY DAY HANOVER was the leading pointwinner overall; NO NAME YANKEE led all three-year-olds and all trotters. --Three-year-old trotting gelding MANHATTANUP NO ICE won in 1:58.1 at Bloomsburg to become the fastest trotter ever at a Pennsylvania county fair. The fastest pacing mile of the year was the 1:54.1 effort of BIPBOPNALLIE at Bloomsburg, just two-fifths short of MIDWAY ISLAND's 1:53.4 all-time fair standard, also at Bloomsburg. --There were sixteen divisional track records set this year, including six miles that equaled or bettered the all-time standard for that gait at that track. Freshman pacing filly TIAMOGONEDANCIN and MANHATTANUP NO ICE set track records at two different ovals. --There were 48 miles in 2:00 or better throughout the season. A pair of three-year-old pacers led the list with five such miles: gelding BIPBOPNALLIE and filly GINGER TREE CAREY.   DRIVER/TRAINER VICTORIES DRIVERS   TRAINERS Schadel Todd 76   Schadel Todd 78 Brickell Dave 59   Hammer Roger 66 Johnston Shawn 48   York Mitchell 53 Hammer Roger 36   Rougeaux III Robert 22 Schadel Tony 36   Schadel Linda 21 Smith Branden 29   Dunn Lisa 20 Johnston Aaron 27   Beinhauer Rick 19 Long Wayne 25   Johnston Gary 19 Neal Eric 18   Beegle Sam 13 Beegle Sam 12   Long Wayne 13 Schoeffel Steve 12                       DRIVER/TRAINER PERCENTAGES (20 or more starts) DRIVERS   TRAINERS Beegle Sam 0.647   York Mitchell 0.744 Brickell David 0.612   Beegle Sam 0.625 Schadel Todd 0.578   Beinhauer Rick 0.582 Shaw Chris 0.496   Schadel Todd 0.577 Wade Dave 0.487   King Jr. Syl 0.577 Schadel Cody 0.468   Dunn Lisa 0.546 Smith Branden 0.452   Wade Dave 0.510 Johnston Aaron 0.441   Hammer Roger 0.476 Hammer Roger 0.438   Schadel Linda 0.407 Schadel Tony 0.426   Kreutzer William 0.379 From the PHHA, MSOA and the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

HONESDALE, PA - The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Fair Circuit made its last regular-season stop for a "Two-Day Sire Stakes Event" at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in this northeast Pennsylvania town on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the freshmen set the tone for their older stablemates when two track records were rewritten on Tuesday. The local mark for filly freshman trotters was lowered by over two seconds when the Sebastian K S - Ruffleshaveridges miss R Speed Of Light won her sixth straight race, her Honesdale clocking of 2:04.4 battering the previous 2:07 mark set by AJ Peyton Rose in 2009 and equaled by Touch of Dough two years ago. Trainer/driver Todd Schadel was in his usual spot behind the talented baby, and he is co-owner with his wife Christine and Rick and Regina Beinhauer. In the next race the Artspeak - Subtle Charm pacing gelding Seth Hanover paced in 2:01.1 to reduce his division's Honesdale mark by 2/5 of a second (Artist's Ruffles in 2016 and Way To Lose in 2018 had set the previous mark) for his co-owners, driver Dave Brickell and trainer Mitchell York. One race later Seth Hanover's stablemate, pacing filly Lazy Day Hanover, missed a chance to be the undisputed winningest horse in North America with a third-place finish, but she is still tied for the top with 14 seasonal tallies. All four of the fair circuit's freshman season's leaders won on the Tuesday card; in addition to R Speed Of Light and Seth Hanover, trotting gelding Top Me Off and pacing filly Catie Faye Hanover took trips to Victory Lane. Wednesday's conditions did not turn out to be so optimal for speed production, but there was a 2:00 victory turned in by the Well Said gelding Nome Hanover, who is trained and was driven by Todd Schadel, also co-owner with Timothy Hayes and Dr. Megan Moscheat. Roger Hammer and Todd Schadel tied with Todd's brother Tony as leading sulkysitters at the meet with three triumphs; Roger and Todd, the partners on the storied trotter Vivid Photo, both harnessed four winners in the short meet to tie for that crown. The two track records brought the final count for the year to sixteen, of which six were all-age track records for their gait, with Nome Hanover's 2:00 triumph raising the count in that category to 48 for the year. The leading pointwinners in each of the eight divisions now prepare for their $25,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships, to be held at The Meadows on Monday afternoon, October 12. (And only part of one card was lost to weather all season long.) From the MSOA, PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and the PHHA partnership

BLOOMSBURG, PA - Harness racing trainer/driver Todd Schadel earned an historic "double dip" into the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Fair Circuit record book while racing at the Bloomsburg Fair this Friday and Saturday - the first day he guided the gelding Top Me Off to victory in 1:59.4, the first "magic mile" ever on the circuit by a two-year-old trotter, and the second day he won with the three-year-old gelding Manhattanup No Ice in 1:58.1, the fastest trotting mile on the books in the annals of Pennsylvania fair racing. Manhattanup No Ice, a son of Andover Hall, had to fight hard for the victory in his record mile. After a :28.4 quarter, Todd's brother Tony came three-wide with Focus Pocus to challenge "No Ice" before the :59.3 half, with Roger Hammer and No Name Yankee (who had trotted in 1:58.2 at Bloomsburg three weeks ago) in the pocket. The battle raged past a 1:29 three-quarters and through the stretch, where Manhattanup No Ice, also owned by Todd Schadel, got a half-length decision in the record time, with No Name Yankee also charted as just a half length off in the epic mile. Shark Kosmos (2003), Plumb, and No Name Yankee (both this year) had shared the former 1:58.2 trotting standard. A race later, trainer/driver Roger Hammer put the Artspeak gelding Bipbopnallie on the lead through splits of :28.2, :58.3, and 1:25.3, with Nome Hanover (Todd Schadel) challenging the entire way, before coming home in :28.3 for a victory in 1:54.1. That clocking was just two fifths off the all age pacing record at the Pennsy fairs, which was set over this track by the three-year-old gelding Midway Island in 2017, and it was the quickest of the year on the circuit. Bipbopnallie, owned by Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz Jr., now has five 2:00 miles at the state's fairs this year, tying him with his filly contemporary Ginger Tree Carey. On Friday, the freshman Bar Hopping - Chiptomylou gelding Top Me Off set fractions of :30.4, 1:00.4, and 1:31.1 for Todd Schadel, with his closest challenger being stablemate By A Hoff Hanover, and that foe losing gait late had no effect on Top Me Off coming home in :28.3 for the 1:59.4 historic clocking, which beat the previous standard of 2:00.1 - also set at Bloomsburg three weeks ago, by Killer Instinct. Top Me Off is co-owned by Todd and his wife Christine along with Rick and Regina Beinhauer. (It will surprise no one to learn that Todd's five driving victories and seven training wins led the Bloomsburg horsemen's colony this week.) The Betting Line - Lazan Hanover baby pacing filly Lazy Day Hanover won for the fourteenth time this year, tying her with the sophomore trotting gelding First Gunner, a double-gaited Iowa terror, who with 18 starts has one more trip behind the gate than Lazy Day Hanover. The local sensation was as usual guided by co-owner Dave Brickell for co-owner/trainer Mitchell York, and the 1:59.4 time equaled her qualifying best at The Meadows. The Artspeak - Castanet Hall filly Catie Faye Hanover, the PA fair circuit's season's leader, won her division a tick faster for driver Eric Neal and trainer Richard Dunn, the latter co-owner with MBC Stables LLC. The Pennsylvania horsemen's community was very appreciative of the efforts of John Brokenshire, Bloomsburg's lead person for harness racing. "He had the track in excellent shape for us for both weeks of racing," said PHHA president - trainer/driver Sam Beegle. "He is also open to listening to horsemen, and when possible making improvements -- you don't always get that everywhere, but you do with John at Bloomsburg." Going into the weekend, Lazy Day Hanover and No Name Yankee had clinched their division's pointwinning title; they were joined at Bloomsburg by the two-year-old trotting filly Explosive Flower. Remarkably, that means that five of the eight pointwinning titles will be decided at the last stop of the year for the Pennsylvania fairs, at Honesdale on Tuesday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Fair Championships will be held Monday, October 12 at The Meadows. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association, the PHHA, and the MSOA partnership

BLOOMSBURG, PA -- Harness racing will take place at the Bloomsburg (PA) Fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday, with a post time both days of 1 p.m. Two-year-olds will be racing Friday, and three-year-olds Saturday, in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes competition.   An earlier schedule had listed a different post time for Saturday, but the 1 p.m. start for both cards is the official and final word.   From the PHHA, PA Fair Association, and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership    

YORK PA - The Better Caviar sophomore filly Plumb, who last week at Somerset (PA) tied Shark Kosmos's 17-year-old 1:58.2 all-age trotting record at the harness racing Pennsylvania fairs, on Friday came back and smashed a 5-year-old record and a 10-year-old mark by rewriting the fastest trot standard for the York Fair to 2:01.1. Under the guidance of trainer Dave Wade, Plumb went fractions of :29.4, :59.2, and 1:31.2 en route to knocking a fifth of a second off the previous York standard set by a pair of three-year-olds, the colt Southwind Nitro in 2010 and the filly Peoplesayimnogood in 2015. The filly, owned by Wade in partnership with Gerry Brittingham and William Peel III, has now won three straight at the fairs. Dave Wade is, of course, no stranger to handling top-notch speedy trotters. In 1995 he campaigned Older Trotting Horse of the Year S J's Photo, and in 1973 he sent out Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year Starlark Hanover (no separate colt/filly trophy in those days), who won 21 of 22 races including some fair stops, and went up against the boys in the Harriman at eight-wide Yonkers and won - from post thirteen! (Think about that.) The York track record for three-year-old pacing fillies was also lowered a tick, as the Sweet Lou filly Ginger Tree Carey won in 1:57.2 on the engine, beating the 12-year-old divisional record of Ty's Artist. Trainer/driver Sam Beegle co-owns Ginger Tree Carey with Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Henlopen Stable, and Neil Chesen. Ginger Tree Carey (Sam Beegle) goes in 1:57.2 to set the York (PA) Fair track record for three-year-old pacing fillies Beegle, who in his spare time is president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association and District Chairman for the USTA's District 7 (Pennsylvania), had a big meet with four wins as trainer/driver, tying for top on the sulky side with Todd Schadel and Dave Brickell, and on the training side with his longtime friendly rival from Bedford PA, Roger Hammer. Other York 2:00 miles included wins by Full Send (1:57.2), his third magic mile at the PA fairs to lead all competitors, and last year's co-champion filly pacer, Dream Dancing (1:59.2). Driver Dave Brickell and trainer Mitchell York, also co-owners in Team Dream Dancing, may be headed for a second straight title in that category, as the Betting Line - Lazan Hanover filly Lazy Day Hanover remained unbeaten at the fairs with her ninth win, making her the winningest freshman filly in all of North America. She was also the fastest two-year-old at York in 2:00.4 while winning by as close to twenty lengths as you can come. Fastest baby trotter, and setting a PA fairs season's record, was the Bar Hopping - Chiptomylou gelding Top Me Off, driven by trainer Todd Schadel to a 2:03.1 victory. The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit now "ships" 280 miles northwest to the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA for noontime racing on Monday and Tuesday. By Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

MEYERSDALE PA - Harness racing returned to the Somerset County Fairgrounds in this southwest Pennsylvania town for the first time since 1953 (a hurricane destroyed the barns after the '53 season) on Thursday and Friday, with many quick and outstanding performances from both the established and the rising stars of the Pennsylvania Fair circuit, appreciated by many fans who had never seen a harness race. The track surface, rated by many horsemen as potentially one of the fastest at the state's fairs with some work during the offseason, showed its ability to generate record miles on Friday afternoon, when the Better Caviar sophomore trotting filly Plumb tied the 17-year-old all-time standard for trotting at the state's fairs with an "A" level PA Fair Sire Stakes victory in 1:58.2. David Wade drove and trains the powerful filly, who equaled the fair trot mark set by Shark Kosmos at Gratz in 2003, and he co-owns her with Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. On a card that yielded five 2:00 miles in all, the Captaintreacherous gelding Needham Hanover paced the fastest mile of the season on the local circuit, 1:56.2, in turning back Ginger Tree Larue. Shawn Johnston was in the sulky for owner/trainer Rich Gillock. Bipbopnallie remained undefeated in five fair starts with a 2:01.2 mile in heading a 1-2-4 finish in the "A" three-year-old colt pace for trainer Roger Hammer. Chris Shaw drove the Artspeak gelding for Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz Jr. Thursday's opening card was for freshmen, and a colt by A Rocknroll Dance - Miss Chinno, Rowdy Ryder, set the Somerset standard very high on Thursday when he paced the twicearound in 1:58.2 - becoming the first freshman to break 2:00 at the fairs this year. Roger Hammer is the owner/trainer/driver of the quick baby who won in the sole "A" division. On the pacing filly side, it was again time for an "A" sweep by the team of driver David Brickell and trainer Mitchell York, who co-own the two winners. The Betting Line - Lazan Hanover miss Lazy Day Hanover became the winningest freshman filly in North America when she pushed her fair record to 8-for-8 in a 2:06 mile, while another daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, Tiamogonedancen (dam Tiamo), pushed her fair scorecard to 5-for-5 in 2:01.2. The two-year-old filly trotter section saw an "A" sweep by trainer Rick Beinhauer, co-owner of both with Regina Beinhauer, and sire Explosive Matter: Explosive Flower (dam Seeuinthespring), who tallied for driver Brady Brown in 2:08.2, and From Now On (dam Focus On Me), home in 2:09.2 for driver Shawn Johnston. The Southwind Frank - Wheely Quick trotting gelding Killer Instinct posted his fifth straight win, including a Stallion Series triumph, in a race where no time was recorded. Brian Zendt drove the consistent youngster for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the ownership of Brocious Racing Stable Inc. and Lone Wolf Stable. Shawn Johnston was the leading driver for the meet with a total of six victories; Roger Hammer sent out five victorious pupils to lead his category. The fields are already drawn for PA Fair Sire Stakes racing at Dayton on Sunday and Monday at 1 p.m. Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

Hughesville, PA - Pennsylvania horsemen are reminded that the double draw for Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing Wednesday and Thursday (July 29-30) at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville will take place Monday morning (July 27) at 10 a.m. Horsemen may enter through the online system, or can call their entries in to 610.513.7957. From the PHHA/PA Fair Sire Stakes

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — The horse racing community is urging Governor Tom Wolf to loosen the reins on the industry. Many horse trainers and owners said they are struggling to afford care as the shutdown of racing stretches into week eight. “Right now, I would be very busy probably racing four to five days a week,” said Neal Ehrhart, of Lititz, Lancaster County. Ehrhart has been a horse trainer for 45 years. He and his wife Ginny own 12 Standardbred horses that they train for harness racing. Though the industry shutdown has halted their revenue, the couple still has to care for and feed their athletic animals. Rachel Yonkunas   ✔@RachelYonkunas     As the shutdown of harness racing stretches into week 8, horse trainers and owners are urging @GovernorTomWolf to loosen the reins on the industry. Despite having no income, the Ehrharts still have 12 massive athletes to care for and feed. TONIGHT at 10:00 on @fox43   “We earn nearly 100% of our income from racing. We depend upon the purses that we win when we race,” explained Ehrhart. “That’s how we make our livelihood. That’s how we feed our family.” Ehrhart said caring for a dozen Standardbreds costs nearly $30,000 a month. They have not received any financial help, including unemployment. This mom-and-pop stable feels left in the dust. “We’ve applied for just about everything that’s out there, both federally and statewide, and have gotten zip, nothing, nada,” stated Ehrhart. Some states, like Florida and California, have allowed tracks to continue holding horse races, but without spectators present. The State Horse Racing Commission is urging Governor Wolf to follow suit. Governor Wolf has previously said he would consider the option, but the Governor’s Office did not provide details to FOX43. “That’s what’s scary,” Ehrhart added. “I don’t know what [date] we could go to because we can’t just say ‘well we’re going to show up at the track and go race.’ We have to have the OK from the governor to do that.” Until then, the work never stops. The Ehrharts continue to train their massive athletes that are champing at the bit to get back in the race. “It’s not like you can turn it off. You have to take care of these horses daily,” said Ehrhart. “When the floodgates open, you have to be ready to go and race.” The Wolf Administration has created a list of general guidance for all industries in each phase of reopening. You can find that information here.   by Rachel Yonkunas   Reprinted with permission FOX43

PLAINS TWP. – While Gov. Tom Wolf was in Taylor on Thursday pitching his 2020 budget and the $204 million Nellie Bly Scholarship Program it would create, Pete Peterson stood in Pacers Clubhouse at Mohegan Sun Pocono and questioned the wisdom of how Wolf would fund the scholarship. Wolf’s plan would divert money from the Race Horse Development Trust Fund, which receives funding from Pennsylvania slots revenue, to pay for the scholarship program. Peterson said diverting those funds would be fatal for the horse and harness racing industry. “It would effectively end the harness racing industry as we know it,” said Peterson, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition — an organization representing the six Thoroughbred and Standard-bred horsemen and breeder associations in the state. “It basically takes away all the money that exists for purses and for breeders incentives,” he said. “That’s the lifeblood of the industry.” Mohegan Sun Pocono, which has featured live harness racing for 55 years, will host 133 nights of live racing this year. Wolf, though, believes the money could be better spent. “Let’s bet on our kids instead of bankrolling race horse owners and ensure the viability of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education,” Wolf told those gathered at Riverside High School on Thursday. However, Peterson cautioned that it is more than just the harness and horse racing industry that would be affected. “The industry as a whole has a much broader impact than most people realize,” Peterson said. “They take a look at a track, and they say that’s who the industry employs. “Well, there are thousands of breeders and the people that work for them. And then you have on top of that a range of people from trainers to jockeys to drivers …” Others professions that benefit from the horse racing industry, according to Peterson include, blacksmiths, veterinarians, exercise riders, grooms, equine dentists, equine therapists, jockey agents, hot walkers, nutritionists, bloodstock agents and more. Peterson said that harness and horse racing contribute about 20,000 jobs to the state and has an overall economic impact of $1.6 billion. In addition, Peterson fears the impact taking the funds away from racing will have on the state’s farmers. “It’s going to have a much broader impact on the agriculture economy in the state than I think most people realize,” he said. Noting that the racing industry is typically the top-level buyer for hay, Peterson said the governor’s diverting of funds comes at a bad time for farmers. “Last year, Pennsylvania saw a 20 percent increase in farm bankruptcies,” he said. “And a lot of them are struggling financially, and then to take away their largest customer. “It’s going to really hurt them.” By Joe Soprano jsoprano@timesleader.com Reprinted with permission of The Times Leader

BEDFORD, PA - Following the afternoon annual meeting of District 7 (Pennsylvania), the Bedford Springs Omni Resort in this southwestern Pennsylvania city hosted the annual Pennsylvania Fair Banquet, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, the U.S. Trotting Association, and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horseman's Association. New to the Fair Banquet this year was a 24-page souvenir program, put together by the Keystone Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers Association as both a fundraiser for their own activities and a keepsake for all the people associated with the horses who were the stars of the 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit. Harrah's Philadelphia announcer Mike Bozich served as master of ceremonies for the evening. The first group to be in the spotlight were the connections of the top pointwinners along the Pennsylvania fair circuit, who received a blanket in their stable colors: 2YO TROTTING MALE - PENANCE (g, Father Patrick - Yankee Etta), trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. (winningest horse at the fairs with nine triumphs.) 2YO TROTTING FEMALE - LINDY PRETTY LADY (Explosive Matter - Dreamgirl Lindy), trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. (#1 pointwinner among all fair contestants.) 2YO PACING MALE - LIFE'S MARVALOUS (g, Delmarvalous - Life'sarealbeach), trained and owned by Roger Hammer (#1 pointwinner among all males.) 2YO PACING FEMALE - RT DON'T SPEAK (Artspeak - Carousel Frame), trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. 3YO TROTTING MALE - ANDOVERS ASSET (g, Andover Hall - Lively), trained by Linda Schadel and owned by Linda and Tony Schadel. 3YO TROTTING FEMALE - RT GLORIA DE DIOS (Muscle Massive - RT Sun Poco), trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. 3YO PACING MALE - STRANGER THINGS (g, Western Terror - Southwind Prairie), trained by Steve Schoeffel for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and James Reuther. 3YO PACING FEMALE - CREW SOCK HANOVER (Well Said - Chantal Hanover), trained by David Brickell and owned by David Brickell and Mitchell York (#1 pointwinner among all three-year-olds in 2019). Then the team behind the winner of their Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows in October each received a warm jacket courtesy of MH Eby Inc.: 2YO TROTTING MALE - STICKLER HANOVER (c, Explosive Matter - Secret Credit), trained by Steve Schoeffel for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goethe, and Michael Munn. 2YO TROTTING FEMALE - BETTER SONG (Better Caviar - Jessie's Song), trained and co-owned by Rick Beinhauer with Regina Beinhauer (set stake record of 1:57.2). 2YO PACING MALE - CHAMP CHARBEL (c, Ponder - Odds On Affair), trained and owned by Joseph Karrat. 2YO PACING FEMALE - DEAD HEAT (1st DEAD HEAT TO WIN IN A PA FAIR CHAMPIONSHIP): --DREAM DANCING (A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy), trained and co-owned by David Brickell with Mitchell York; and --SILLY BUT SERIOUS (Captaintreacherous - I Need Hotstuff), trained and co-owned by Gary Johnston with Joyce Benkart. 3YO TROTTING MALE - ANDOVERS ASSET (g, Andover Hall - Lively), trained and co-owned by Linda Schadel with Tony Schadel (tied all-time Fair Championship trot record and stake record of 1:56; only pointleader to win Championship). 3YO TROTTING FEMALE - MISTY LANE (Muscle Massive - Dundee Lane), trained and co-owned by David Brickell with Mitchell York. 3YO PACING MALE - UNDER PAID (c, A Rocknroll Dance - Upfront Cruisin), trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura (set stake record of 1:52, fastest Fair Championship ever by 3YO). 3YO PACING FEMALE - APRIL AVA (Delmarvalous - Jeneva), trained by Scott Betts for Nicholas Catalano and Timothy Betts. Mitchell York, a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who began his sulky career in June and within two weeks of his first drive set the all-time track standard at Butler (Crew Sock Hanover, 2:00.1), was honored as "Rookie of the Year" after finishing in the Top Ten in the fair dash standings with 15 triumphs. The drawings for equipment and other prizes generously donated by a host of PA fair supporters again allowed the average $40 dinner ticketbuyer to emerge with a profit on the evening, such were the value of the drawing prizes. The grand prize winner, a Spyder race bike, was Tom Loughryof the Bob Rougeaux stable. by Jerry Connors, Jr., for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes quFair Circuit

HARRISBURG, PA - The Harness Racing Bureau of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has compiled the top pointearners in each of the eight divisions raced in the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes series summer the summer during twenty stops among the state's half-mile ovals. The highest earners of points to declare in on Tuesday, October 1 at The Meadows will get to compete for $25,000 at the western Pennsylvania oval in their respective Fair Sire Stakes Championships on Saturday, October 5. The horses who earn the most points in each of the eight divisions of competition (two and three-year-olds, trotters and pacers, male and female) also get the reward of a cooler, lettered with their accomplishment and fashioned in the stable's colors. These banquets are annually given at the Fair Banquet, and these horses will be honored on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Bedford Springs (PA) Omni Hotel and Resort. The eight blanketwinners for the 2019 Pennsylvania fairs are: 2YO TROTTING MALE - PENANCE (g, Father Patrick - Yankee Etta), trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. 2YO TROTTING FEMALE - LINDY PRETTY LADY (Explosive Matter - Dreamgirl Lindy), trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. (#1 pointwinner among all fair contestants.) 2YO PACING MALE - LIFE'S MARVALOUS (g, Delmarvalous - Life'sarealbeach), trained and owned by Roger Hammer. (#1 pointwinner among all males.) 2YO PACING FEMALE - RT DON'T SPEAK (Artspeak - Carousel Frame), trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. 3YO TROTTING MALE - ANDOVERS ASSET (g, Andover Hall - Lively), trained by Linda Schadel and owned by Linda and Tony Schadel. 3YO TROTTING FEMALE - RT GLORIA DE DIOS (Muscle Massive - RT Sun Poco), trained by Bob Rougeaux III for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. 3YO PACING MALE - STRANGER THINGS (g, Western Terror - Southwind Prairie), trained by Steve Schoeffel for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and James Reuther. 3YO PACING FEMALE - CREW SOCK HANOVER (Well Said - Chantal Hanover), trained by David Brickell and owned by David Brickell and Mitchell York. (#1 pointwinner among all three-year-olds.) In other statistics emerging from the fair season: Six divisional track records were set during the summer. The all-time track record for the Butler Fairgrounds was lowered to 2:00.1 by Crew Sock Hanover. Crew Sock Hanover was also the fastest performer at the Pennsylvania fairs this season with a 1:56.1 triumph at Gratz. On the trot, the gelding Vulcan Hanover trotted in 2:00.2 at Bloomsburg, the fastest mile ever by a two-year-old on the state fair circuit; that time was equaled at Bloomsburg by the three-year-old Andovers Asset for the year's fastest trot. There were 23 2:00 miles during the season, with the four magic miles turned in by Find One More leading that category. Penance led all competitors in "A" Fair Sire Stakes victories with nine; eight wins were recorded by Andovers Asset, Dream Dancing, and RT Gloria De Dios. All these horses led their divisions in points except the two-year-old pacing filly Dream Dancing. The top five drivers and trainers on the 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit: DRIVERS                     TRAINERS Todd Schadel 55          Todd Schadel 62 Shawn Johnston 45      Roger Hammer 48 (tie) Kyle Bolon 38        Bob Rougeaux III 30 (tie) Roger Hammer 38 (tie) Dave Brickell 25 Eric Neal 29                 Gary Johnston 25 From the PHHA, MSOA,, and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

WATTSBURG, PA - After a cool but sunny Monday of racing two-year-olds, the skies threatened the three-year-old action on Tuesday at the Erie County Fair in this northwest Pennsylvania town, but a recently-rare show of cooperation by Mother Nature - and hard work by the harness racing track crew - allowed the three-year-old A Rocknroll Dance colt Under Paid to circle the twicearound in 2:00.3, just 2/5 of a second behind the all-time Wattsburg standard. In his division of the "A" PA Fair Sire Stake for his class, Under Paid and driver Aaron Johnston were in charge for the mile, posting splits of :29.2, 1:00.3, and 1:31. The weather was again cool and breezy, not conducive to record miles, but Under Paid came home in :29.3, just two ticks shy of the all-tyime local mark shared by Venier Hanover and Midway Island. Under Paid has now won three straight - his fair debut, a pari-mutuel Stallion Series event, and then here at Wattbsurg - with trainer Ron Burke taking a rare dip into the fair waters and emerging successful for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phil Collura. A Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes champion in 2018, the Muscle Massive trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios has continued her solid form into her sophomore season, becoming the first horse in 2019 to win six times in the "A" Sire Stakes level with a 2:05.4 victory, fastest trotting clocking of the meet. Now a twelve-time career winner, RT Gloria De Dios was driven by Kyle Bolon for trainer Robert Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The most impressive horse on the Monday card for two-year-olds was the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta trotting gelding Penance, who won his fifth "A" fair event in 2:06.3, just three-fifths shy of the divisional track record set by Tag The Lady ten years ago. Penance, who also was a winner of a division of the Arden Downs Stake the night before the Adios, has the same connection as RT Gloria De Dios - driver Kyle Bolon, trainer Bob Rougeaux III, and the Brocious Racing Stable LLC, whose patriarch for many years was "Lefty" Brocious. Bolon visited Victory Lane twice on both Monday and Tuesday to emerge as the short meet's top driver with four victories. Roger Hammer trained three baby winners and added a sophomore win to take honors as the leading trainer with four triumphs - Hammer was not on hand on Tuesday, as he was attending the funeral of Mr. Gerald Kelly, a longtime Hammer patron and one of the most respected men in the Mid-Atlantic area, unflinchingly kind and calm while operating a moderate stable until his recent passing at age 81. The Pennsylvania fair circuit is right back in action at Stoneboro PA Thursday (freshmen) and Friday (sophomores), with the racing scheduled to start at 11 a.m. This will be the last stop on the "western" swing of the circuit; the four stops after Stoneboro will be two-day and fair sessions at Bloomsburg and Gratz, as the horses make a final charge to qualify for the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. (Last year's Fair Championships, remember, were the "coming-out party" for Aflame Hanover, who won a Messenger elimination this past Saturday, and goes for $500,000 in the Triple Crown event this Saturday at Yonkers.) From the MSOA,  Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and the PHHA partnership

STONEBORO, PA -- Horsemen are reminded that the draw for the Thursday and Friday races at the Stoneboro (PA) Fair will be held on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., and that entries should be made prior to that time.   Phone numbers are 610 874 5200 and 610 513 7957.   Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes will be featured for two-year-olds on Thursday and for three-year-olds on Friday.   From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association      

HARRISBURG, PA - Horsemen who plan to race at the upcoming Erie County Fair at Wattsburg PA and the Stoneboro (PA) Fair should be aware of the proper entry dates for those two harness racing venues. This information updates any information appearing in the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Racing Guide. The races at Wattsburg are scheduled for this coming Monday and Tuesday, August 26 and 27. These races (both cards) will be drawn on Saturday (the Fair Guide says Sunday), August 24, the usual two days in advance, with the draw closing at 10 a.m. The races at Stoneboro are scheduled for Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30. These races (both cards) will be drawn on Tuesday, August 27, the usual two days in advance, with the draw closing at 10 a.m. Entries as usual should be called in to 610 874 5200 or 610 513 7957. From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association

MEADVILLE PA - The Pennsylvania fair circuit made its way to the northwest part of the state and the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville PA - and unfortunately so did the bad weather that has plagued the midpart of the season at the local fairs. Rain washed out the Fair Sire Stakes races for three-year-olds on Monday, along with the Free-For-All Trot. On Sunday, the Sebastian K S - Frou Frou freshman colt Benezia broke his maiden by winning an "A" division of his Fair Sire Stakes, going wire-to-wire by thirteen lengths for driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Dan Walski, and the Walski Stables LLC. His time of 2:05.2 was a Meadville divisional track record for a race; there was a 2006 qualifier where the baby trotting male Penn Monie Mosie won in 2:05.1, and both times are carried in the Meadville record book (or will be until someone beats the "Q" record). In the Boots Dunn Free-For-All Pace, named after the longtime patriarch of racing not only at Meadville but through all the Keystone state fair circuit, the Real Artist gelding Artists Ruffles went to the lead at the quarter and increased his margin from there, winning by 14½ lengths in 1:59.4 for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, also co-owner with Vicki Fair. The clocking was just 2/5 of a second off the track divisional standard set three years ago by Ruffle Up - a full brother to Artists Ruffles when the two were Hammer stablemates. Artists Ruffles The Ponder - Odds On Affair colt Champ Charbel kept up his winning ways during the card's initial race,going clear by six lengths in a 2:02.4 mile, fastest in the Fair Sire Stakes, for driver Shawn Johnston and owner/trainer Joe Karrat. Champ Charbel started his fair campaign with two wins in "B" company, and since going up to the "A"s he has a 5-3-1-1 record. During the abbreviated meet, Hammer and drivers Kyle Bolon and Chris Shaw each guided two winners, while among trainers Hammer and Karrat both had doubles. The state fair circuit continues through its busy summer with racing at the Indiana County Fair this Thursday and Friday, the former day for two-year-olds and the latter for three-year-olds. First post is set for 2 p.m. on both days. Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

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