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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 12, 2020 -- Stickler Hanover and Dream Dancing repeated as Pennsylvania Fairs champions, and the unlikely duo of Andy Miller and trainer Todd Schadel teamed up for three harness racing crowns Monday at The Meadows. The Meadows hosted all eight fairs finals with a number of horsemen enjoying big days. Brady Brown collected a pair of titles, as did Chris Shaw -- both for trainer Mitchell York. Rick Beinhauer also reeled in two championships -- one as owner/trainer, the other as owner. Stickler Hanover was the picture of talent and versatility this year, succeeding at the fairs and in raceway overnights and stakes. On Monday, he zipped to the lead from post 6 for Brown and prevailed over Focus Pocus by a length in 1:56.3, with Manofmanymuscles fourth-placed third. The 3-year-old colt trotter, a son of Explosive Matter-Secret Credit, lifted his career earnings to $135,765 for trainer Steve Schoeffel and owners Virginia Schoeffel and Kathy Schoeffel.   "One more start, the Simpson, and then he's done for the year," the trainer said. "We'll turn him out for a couple months, then hopefully he'll be my Open horse." Dream Dancing needed the Lightning Lane to do it, but she edged the 1-9 favorite, Ginger Tree Carey, by a head in a career-best 1:53.1 for Shaw and York. Artistic Spirit completed the ticket.   "She can start and she can finish," said York, who co-owns the 3-year-old daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Clearly Foxy with David Brickell. "She's good pretty much anywhere on the track. We'll probably race her a few more times this year." Dream Dancing, who dead-heated for last year's championship win with Silly But Serious, increased her lifetime bankroll to $116,700. Interestingly, Silly But Serious also was in Monday's field but couldn't overcome post 9 and finished out of the money. In the other championships: 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Top Me Off How does a top Grand Circuit driver like Miller end up at the PA Fairs? "I've never been here for the fairs finals," Miller explained, "but Todd had a lot in and said he needed a little help." And help Miller did. He steered Top Me Off to a 6-1/2-length blowout in 1:56.3, a life mark. Killer Instinct and By A Hoff Hanover rounded out the ticket. "In the first quarter, I didn't rush him too much," Miller said of the Bar Hopping-Chiptomylou gelding who races for Todd Schadel, Christine Schadel, Rick Beinhauer and Regina Beinhauer. "Once I got to the front, it was just a little cruise around there after that." 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Terry A Hanover Terry A Hanover had lost four straight races to Seth Hanover, but he nailed him Monday with the pocket trip Miller worked out, defeating his archrival by 1/2 length in 1:55.2. Shakealeg Hanover, also conditioned by Todd Schadel, was third. "When I put Andy up, I thought today would be the day," Schadel said. " Christine Schadel and Caitlin Solt campaign the son of Artspeak-Triplet Hanover. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Nome Hanover Nome Hanover finished in the money in 16 or his previous 18 starts this year, so it was no surprise when he outkicked Full Send to defeat him by 2-3/4 lengths in a career-fastest 1:52.4 and complete the Miller-Schadel hat trick. Needham Hanover rallied for show. "I parked him the whole mile at Bloomsburg, and he didn't care," Schadel said of the Well Said-Northern Cameo gelding he owns with Timothy Hayes and Megan Moschgat. "He just keeps going." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Explosive Flower Explosive Flower and Brown provided the day's tote board pyrotechnics, rallying from well back to prevail in 2:00.1 at a juicy 28-1. Sunshineintherain recovered from an early break to finish second, 1/2 length back, with Frankkiss third. "This filly's been tough all year -- she raced super," said winning trainer Beinhauer, who owns the daughter of Explosive Matter-Seeuinthespring with Regina Beinhauer. "She's controllable, very easy to rate and sound." 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Tiamogonedancen The daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Tiamo danced smartly to the top and scored by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:55.3, a lifetime mark, for Shaw and York. Mountain Peaks and Catie Faye Hanover were second and third respectively. "She had an injury early in the year, so she missed the first three or four fairs," York said of the filly he owns with Brickell. "But she came on strong when she came back. She'll get a couple months off now." 3-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Cocktails N Dreams Cocktails N Dreams retook the lead and gamely held off Plumb to edge her by a neck in 1:57.3, fastest mark of her career, with Furious Fast third. "I raced her a couple times earlier this year, and she was second or third in stakes," said winning driver Aaron Merriman. "She's not really a front-end horse, but I had to drive her to win." Linda Schadel owns the daughter of Father Patrick-Cocktail Attire and owns with Tony Schadel. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race card features a $62,943.23 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

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    

GRATZ, PA - The Andover Hall gelding Manhattanup No Ice equaled the track record of 1:58.4 for three-year-old harness racing trotting males at the Gratz (PA) fairgrounds during the PA Sire Stakes "Fair" portion of a two-week stand at the eastcentral Pennsylvania twicearound on Saturday (2YOs) and Sunday (3YOs). Manhattanup No Ice headed down the road in :29.2, :59, and 1:28.2 before equaling the local standard first established by S J Better Days in 2011. Todd Schadel is the owner, trainer, and driver of the six-time fair winner in 2020. Schadel also accounted for the fastest mile of the meet a race earlier when he sent the Well Said pacing gelding Nome Hanover to the lead into turn two and went on to victory in 1:56.3. Todd drove and trains the sophomore, and he is co-owner with Timothy Hayes and Dr. Megan Moschgat. The Sweet Lou filly Ginger Tree Carey became the first horse to post five 2:00 miles on the PA fair circuit this season when she opened the Sunday card for sophomores with an engine tally in 1:58.1. Trainer/driver Sam Beegle also co-owns the streaking miss with Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Henlopen Stable, and Neil Chesen. If you wanted to follow an "A" division Sire Stakes two-year-old winner back to the barn, the instructions were simple: if you wanted to see a trotter, you went to Todd Schadel's barn, and if you wanted to see a pacer, you'd go to where Team Brickell / York had their horses. The Team's amazing Betting Line - Lazan Hanover filly Lazy Day Hanover, co-owned by driver Dave Brickell and trainer/son-in-law Mitchell York, reclaimed a share of the title of Winningest Standardbred in 2020 North America with her 13th victory of the campaign, this win in 2:00.4. Three other horses have notched 13 triumphs at this writing, but Lazy Day Hanover is the only freshman among that quartet. "Lazy Day"'s fellow filly, the A Rocknroll Dance - Tiamo miss Tiamogonedancen, completed a sweep of the division with a 2:01 triumph, her ninth at the fairs. And Brickell/York also won the lone division of the high-end colt pace with the Artspeak - Subtle Charm gelding Seth Hanover in 1:58.2. Heading the Schadel freshman diamondgaiters was the Sebastian K S - Ruffleshaveridges filly R Speed Of Light, who overcame the outside post six to equal the 2:01.2 fair season's record she set here seven days previously. Trainer/driver Schadel and his wife Christine co-own the winner of four straight with Rick and Regina Beinhauer. The other section was taken by the late-developing Muscle Massive - Cantab Cabela filly Sunshineintherain in 2:03.3; she won three early "B" Fair Sire Stakes events, and since has added five wins at the "A" level for Todd and Christine. Todd won as trainer in the single "A" colt trot sector, with Aaron Johnston guiding the fractious but fast Donato Hanover - By A Nose Hanover colt By A Hoff Hanover to a win in 2:01.1 for the partnership of Todd and Christine Schadel along with Timothy Hayes and Dr. Megan Moschgat. After reading these results, one would not be surprised to learn that Todd Schadel and Dave Brickell each drove four winners for first place at the meet or that Todd trained six winners (one driven by son Cody) to head that category. The fair season in Pennsylvania has two more stops, this Friday and Saturday at Bloomsburg and then at Honesdale the following Tuesday and Wednesday, and in the tough competition, only two horses have clinched their preliminary point title: Lazy Day Hanover and three-year-old trotting gelding No Name Yankee. From the PHHA, MSOA, and Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association

BLOOMSBURG, PA - Trainer/driver Roger Hammer alone held the all-age trotting mark at the Pennsylvania Fairs for almost seventeen years, ever since his veteran Shark Kosmos went over the Gratz strip in 1:58.2 in 2003. (The year before, after an accident at Gratz involving Shark Kosmos, Hammer had to be medically-helicoptered off the track; they told him he probably could walk again in about six weeks, and naturally Roger was back driving in five.) A few weeks ago Dave Wade and his three-year-old trotting filly Plumb tied that 1:58.2 record at the reopened Somerset County Fair. Now Roger has two points of the three-way "crown" back in his possession, as his sophomore Possess The Will gelding No Name Yankee toured the Bloomsburg (PA) Fair oval in 1:58.2 on Monday. No Name Yankee put up early fractions of :30.2 and 1:00.3, stepped a :29 third quarter and then blitzed home in :28.4 to gain a share of the PA Fairs recordbooks, while also setting the Bloomsburg track trotting record and tying Plumb as the fastest fair trotter of the year, for his owner/trainer/driver. Another PA Fairs record and Bloomsburg track record was altered on two-year-old day, Sunday, as the Southwind Frank - Wheely Quick gelding Killer Instinct trotted in 2:00.1, a time which also now stands as the fastest ever by a baby trotter at the state's fairs. Killer Instinct came home in :29.2 in his record mile, his third win in a row and eighth at the fairs this year, for driver Wayne Long, trainer Bob Rougeaux III, and the partnership of Brocious Racing Stable Inc. and Lone Wolf Stable. Other season's marks for the fairs included: --Sophomore Western Ideal gelding Full Send pacing the quickest mile of the year on the circuit, 1:55.3 (last three-quarters 1:25.1), for driver Aaron Johnston, trainer Eli Scott Jr., and Chesapeake Equine Clinic; --The Sweet Lou three-year-old pacing filly Ginger Tree Carey winning her third straight at the fairs, all in 2:00 or less, with a 1:56.2 - :28.3 victory for trainer/driver Sam Beegle, who co-owns her with Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Henlopen Stable, and Neil Chesen; --Catie Fave Hanover, a baby daughter of Artspeak - Castanet Hall, pacing a 1:58.2 mile for driver Eric Neal and trainer Richard Dunn, the latter co-owner with MBC Stables LLC; --R Speed Of Light, a freshman Sebastian K S - Ruffleshaveridges trotting filly, winning in 2:01.3 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, also co-owner with wife Christine and Rick and Regina Beinhauer. Regular readers of this space may note no mention of Team Dave Brickell / Mitchell York so far. After going a combined 26-for-26 at the 2020 fairs with two-year-old pacing fillies Lazy Day Hanover (11) and Tiamogonedancen (7) and their sophomore counterpart Dream Dancing (8), the stable had an off week, with both the babies second and the three-year-old third. Todd Schadel had five driving wins and Roger Hammer six training triumphs to head the Bloomsburg backstretch colony. The top five for the season to date: Driving - Todd Schadel 59, Dave Brickell 43, Shawn Johnston 42, Roger Hammer 31, (tie) Tony Schadel and Branden Smith 27; Training - Roger Hammer 60, Todd Schadel 57, Mitchell York, 37, (tie) Rick Beinhauer and Lisa Dunn 18. The PA Fair Circuit now goes on to the Gratz Fairgrounds for Saturday and Sunday racing at 1:00. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, PHHA, and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership

STONEBORO, PA - The amazing two-year-old pacing filly Lazy Day Hanover is now the co-winningest horse among all North American Standardbreds in 2020 when she remained undefeated in eleven fair starts with a 2:00.4 victory at the Stoneboro Fair in the northwest Pennsylvania town Thursday during Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes competition. The daughter of Betting Line - Lazan Hanover has her total of eleven victories this campaign presently matched by seven other horses racing throughout the continent. She is the only two-year-old with eleven wins, and among the eight tied horses, she has the fewest seasonal starts at thirteen. The UDR/UTR of co-owners David Brickell and Mitchell York are certainly benefiting by the divisional domination of Lazy Day Hanover and her stablemate Tiamogonedancin. The latter, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Tiamo, is unbeaten in seven fair outings, and her 1:59.4 time at Stoneboro makes her the sectional season's leader at the Keystone fairs. The fastest baby trot on the Thursday card came from the Southwind Frank - Wheely Quick gelding Killer Instinct, who went in 2:04.4 for his seventh win on the Pennsylvania twicearounds, with Wayne Long driving for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the ownership of Brocious Racing Stable Inc. and Lone Wolf Stable. The three-year-olds raced on Friday, and trainer/driver Roger Hammer swept the "glamour division" colt pace events. In one of them, he guided Bipbopnallie to a 1:58.2 for the meet's fastest time, and for the Artspeak gelding's eighth victory in nine fairs starts, and tenth overall on the season - one behind the continental lead that Lazy Day Hanover shares. The streaking sophomore, unraced at two, is owned by Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz Jr. Another Stoneboro winner with ten 2020 wins is the A Rocknroll Dance filly Dream Dancing, undefeated in nine fair outings - and no points if you guessed she is from Team Brickell / York. Her 2:02.1 victory was only the third-fastest victory in her division, though - the Captaintreacherous filly Rydia Hanover won in 2:00, her second magic mile in the "B" category, and fastest of all was the Sweet Lou miss Ginger Tree Carey, home in 1:59.1 for trainer/driver Sam Beegle, who also co-owns with Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Henlopen Stable, and Neil Chesen. Three-year-old trotting filly Plumb set no records this week, but the Better Caviar filly won her fourth straight race at the fairs for catch-driver Shawn Johnston and trainer Dave Wade, the latter co-owners Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. Her time of 2:03.1 was the co-fastest trot clocking of the meet. Todd Schadel and the Johnstons, Aaron and Shawn, shared driving honors for the meet with five successes, while Schadel edged Roger Hammer 6-5 for the top trainer trophy. The PA fair action goes right to Bloomsburg for a two-day Sire Stakes meet, Sunday at 1pm and Monday at 1 pm. Lazy Day Hanover, Bipbopnallie, and Dream Dancing are all in to go. From the PHHA, MSOA and the PA Fair Harness Horsemen partnership

WATTSBURG, PA - The two-year-old harness racing fillies provided the most excitement during the two-day Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes meet at the Erie County Fair in this northwest Pennsylvania town. The babies raced on Monday; their older stablemates the next day. The Betting Line - Lazan Hanover pacer Lazy Day Hanover became the first two-year-old to post ten wins when she took a section of her "A" Fair Sire Stakes division, going in 2:08 on a day not particularly conducive to speed. The other "A" division winner, Tiamogonedancen, is undefeated on the fair circuit as well, taking her sixth straight in 2:05. The powerhouse fillies are co-owned by driver David Brickell and trainer Mitchell York - whose 2019 Fair Championship co-winner in this division, the A Rocknroll Dance filly Dream Dancing, is unbeaten in seven 2020 fair outings after a 2:02.2 win Tuesday. The trotting fillies also did nicely on Opening Day, with Shawn Johnston driving both winners. One of them, the Explosive Matter - Seeuinthespring miss Explosive Flower, came close to a line in the Wattsburg record book when she won the first race of the meet in 2:06, only a tick away from the local standard of Lovebeinglucky, who was trained by Rick Beinhauer and co-owned by him and wife Regina - and the same pair are behind Explosive Flower as well! Among the three-year-olds, it was no surprise that the Artspeak gelding Bipbopnallie posted the quickest mile of the meet, 2:02, as he is undefeated in seven races on the circuit for trainer/driver Roger Hammer and owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz Jr. Hammer, as owner/trainer/driver, also backed the fastest trotter of the meet, the Possess The Will gelding No Name Yankee, whose 2:04.4 time was only 4/5 of a second off the all-age Wattsburg track trotting record. Finally, mention should be made of 22-year-old trainer Harley Delcourte of Weirton WV, who began her training career on Tuesday, and promptly won with two of her three starters: Rydia Hanover and Guys In The Band, both driven by Cory Kreiser. Shawn Johnston edged Dave Brickell 7-6 to take the leading drivers title; Mitchell York and Roger Hammer both sent out four winners to tie for the trainers crown. Todd Schadel maintains the lead among fair drivers with 49 victories, but on the training side Hammer now possesses a 49-46 edge over his partner in the storied Vivid Photo. The fields are already drawn for the next stop on the PA Fair Circuit, a Thursday-Friday meet in Stoneboro PA. From the MSOA, PHHA and the PHHA Fair 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

WASHINGTON, PA - A two-day stand of Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes was held on Sunday and Monday at "Arden Downs," as it was known when it was a stop on the Grand Circuit; now it is generally known at the Washington County Fair, literally just "down the road" from The Meadows. The freshmen started off the action Sunday, and as has been the case as of late, the co-owning team of trainer Mitchell York and driver David Brickell swept the "A" two-year-old pacing filly action. First up was the Betting Line - Lazan Hanover miss Lazy Day Hanover, now one off the North American victory lead for freshmen after winning her seventh race in seven fair starts in 2:04.4; then came the A Rocknroll Dance - Tiamo distaff Tiamogonedancen, already a double track recordsetter at the fairs, and now undefeated in four fair contests after a 2:02.3 win. That time tied her for fastest freshman at Washington with the Artspeak - Triplet Hanover colt Terry A Hanover, trained and driven by Todd Schadel for owners Christine Schadel and Caitlin Solt. Todd Schadel also set a PA fair season's record when the Bar Hopping - Chiptomytlou gelding Top Me Off made his fair bow a winning one in 2:05.1 for himself, his wife Christine, and Rick and Regina Beinhauer. In all, Todd drove five freshman winners and trained four. On Monday, trainer Roger Hammer swept the "A" colt events, although he drove only the trotter, the Possess The Will gelding No Name Yankee, who won in 2:04.1, also fastest trot of the meet. In the two divisions for pacers, Chris Shaw guided the Artspeak gelding Bipbopnallie, undefeated in four fair starts, in 2:01.3, with Roger finishing right behind with Life's Marvalous, and then Hammer's lieutenant Branden Smith built on four "B" level wins with the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Caffeine Buzz to win this "A" contest in 2:04. Driver Eric Neal swept the three-year-old pacing filly "A" races, including posting the fastest time of the Washington meet, 2:01.1, with the Sweet Lou filly Loudoo Princess, winner of three straight for trainer Sharon Donella, also co-owner with Kathleen Quinn-Hodel and Virginia Trump. Eric also was victorious with the Well Said filly Summer Gig in 2:04.1 for trainer/father Randal and Neal Racing Stable LLC. Todd Schadel's five driving wins made him top Washington driver and gives him 41 on the fair circuit; he and Roger Hammer each trained four winners to tie in that bracket, and Schadel's circuit-high total there is now at 39. The return of racing to the Somerset County Fair in Meyersdale PA, with two-year-old PA Fair Sire Stakes racing set for Thursday at 2 p.m. and three-year-old contests on Friday at noon, is a special event, since it has been at least 60 years since harness racing was held at the southwest Pennsylvania twicearound, according to Sam Beegle, president of the PHHA and a single-digit youth when the racing ended. "I married the daughter of one of the regulars there - George Heit Jr.," Beegle recalls. "Other horsemen who competed there were Clay Hammer (Roger's father); the Burtnett brothers, Al and Tom; and Al Washington. We have a picture of George wearing a soft cap racing at the fair." (The Caliente hard-shell helmet started replacing the "soft caps" in the years approaching 1960, and no one in southwestern Pennsylvania would be surprised to know that Delvin Miller got a prototype "hard helmet" from the Pittsburgh Steelers and then lobbied racing management for their acceptance.) Clay Hammer was the winner of five national UDR titles - and his son Roger has won eight to tie Stanley Dancer as the biggest earners of percentage crowns. Roger is expected to be at racing at the Somerset fair. No one associated with the fair knows exactly the year or the circumstances when racing ended - although research notes that the fair itself was "originally started by the Meyersdale Harness Racing Association." Racing there certainly goes back a long ways - on the Internet, in an old Horse Review, you can find a condition sheet for the 1905 meeting! From the MSOA, PAHHA and the PA Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

HARRISBURG, PA -- Horsemen are reminded that the entry box for the Thursday and Friday PA Fair Sire Stakes races at the Somerset County Fair closes at 10 a.m. Tuesday (tomorrow). Entries can be called in to 610 513 7957; or made online -- note that the harness racing track abbreviation for entering is "MEYER," as in Meyersdale PA, the location city.   GPS machines can set an address of 7842 Mount Davis Road, Meyersdale PA 15552.   Two-year-olds will go to post at 2 p.m. on Thursday, and three-year-olds at noon on Friday. This is the first time harness racing has been held at the Somerset County Fair in over 50 years.   From the PHHA    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2020 -- After an absence of at least 50 years, harness racing is returning to the Somerset County Fair. This week's fair will feature two days of harness racing -- Thursday, Aug. 20 at 2 PM, Friday, Aug. 21 at noon -- with each card offering a full schedule of Pennsylvania Fairs stakes. Actually, the 50+ number is an estimate; no one knows for sure when or why harness racing disappeared from Somerset, which is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh along the PA Turnpike. Jeff Romesberg, immediate past president of the Somerset County Fair Board and the driving force behind the rebirth of harness racing, has been researching the subject without much luck. "I just can't answer when or why it left," Romesberg says. "The interesting thing is, the event actually started as a harness racing club and migrated into an actual fair. Somewhere along the line, harness racing left." Romesberg got the idea of restoring harness racing after sitting in on numerous harness meetings at PA Fairs conventions and seeing the wide enthusiasm for the sport -- and for new venues. But even after he was able to persuade the board to authorize harness racing, the to-do list included a number of action items. First was upgrading the track which, in the absence of harness racing, had been used exclusively for demolition derbies and truck pulls. Donated services helped enormously in this task. "One of the officers of our board owns an excavating company," Romesberg says. ""He's very skilled at working dirt. He brought his grader over and redid the track." The fair board also had valuable advice from Sam Beegle, president of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, and Rich Gillock, Beegle's counterpart at the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), on how to make the refurbished track as safe as possible for horses and horsemen. As a result, the restored track emerged wider than the old surface, meaning the fair may be able to start six horses across, a rare luxury for PA fair tracks. Other tasks remained. For publicity, the board purchased advertising on nine billboards covering six counties. But it still needed what fairs often call a "speed superintendent," in effect the race secretary for the event. That slot was filled when Romesberg missed a board meeting. The board took that opportunity to name him speed superintendent, which illustrates the peril of missing even one meeting. When the board began planning its harness racing component, COVID-19 was not on anyone's radar screen. Romesberg notes the virus' continuing hold on the country gave the board pause. "There was a point when we were on the fence," he says. "We definitely spent some time wondering if people would feel safe enough to come out and if they would have any money to spend. We asked residents what they were thinking, and about 90 percent said they were excited about coming. It's definitely a gamble. We'll come out of this being heroes or zeros." It's an even bigger roll of the dice than that. While most PA fairs have canceled most of their activities, with harness racing a sometime exception, the Somerset County Fair Board is presenting pretty much a full-scale event. There won't be any carnival rides, but the fair will include six nights of grandstand entertainment, a concert, games, food vendors and all the usual livestock competition. "Masks are welcome," Romesberg says. "We'll do everything to keep people as safe as we can while promoting agriculture and harness racing." The events seem sure to exceed the state-imposed limit of 250 people at any gathering, which could jeopardize state funding for future fairs. The board is prepared for that as well. "We're hoping that fair events this year are so popular that we won't really need state money next year," Romesberg says. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

HONESDALE, PA - The red-hot pairing of trainer Mitchell York and driver David Brickell improved on their recent record by going 5-for-5 with the barn's starters during Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes action at the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale PA, including lowering the record for two-year-old pacing fillies at the northeast Pennsylvania oval to 2:01.1 with Tiamogonedancen. The daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Tiamo became the first horse to set two divisional track records this year, having paced in 2:00.1 at Clearfield, which is also faster than any baby colt on the state twicearounds this year. The precocious filly is unbeaten in three fair starts; her only career defeat came when she tried the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes pari-mutuel fillies, in a race won by Grace Hill -the only freshman to win three straight in the "big" Sire Stakes to date. Team York/Brickell completed a sweep of the "A" baby pacing misses sector with the Betting Line - Lazan Hanover, who is the only horse to post six wins at the fairs after needing only 2:05.3 to tally a race earlier. Brickell and York share ownership of four of their five Honesdale winners; York is the sole owner of the other. The two-year-olds had the spotlight on Thursday; when the three-year-olds took center stage Friday, the Artspeak gelding Bipbopnallie produced the fastest time of the week, 2:00, in winning the "A" colt pace stake. Tony Schadel sulkysat behind the winner for trainer Roger Hammer and the ownership of Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz Jr. Bipbopnallie came to the fairs and promptly won a "B" event at Clearfield in 1:59.4 (he and the fair's season's recordholder, Full Send at 1:57.4, are the only two double 2:00 performers on the circuit). Then came an "A" event win at Meadville and now the victory here over opponents who collectively have captured six "A" victories and four "B" wins in 2020 themselves. Brickell/York saw their A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly Dream Dancing win again, here in 2:02.2; in her last seven starts, Dream Dancing has four "A" fair wins and 1-3-4 finishes in the pari-mutuel Stallion Series. A champion of her division at two, Dream Dancing defeated Artistic Spirit and trainer Eli Scott Jr., who had won his first five starts at the fairs this season. Fastest trotting mile was posted by the Andover Hall gelding Manhattanup No Ice in 2:04; he is now a three-time fair winner for driver/trainer/owner Todd Schadel. Todd and Dave Brickell each drove five winners at Honesdale to top that list, while Mitchell York's quintet gave him training honors and brought his fair tally to 36-22-4-9, a percentage of .611 - no, wait, that's his win percentage; his UTR is a staggering .747. The fair trotters and pacers now step up from double-time action - there will be fair racing on Sunday and Monday at "Arden Downs," the old Grand Circuit stop at the Washington County Fairgrounds, at 10 a.m. From the PHHA, MSOA and the PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

MEADVILLE, PA - The Explosive Matter sophomore trotting colt Stickler Hanover, four days removed from lowering the all-time trot record at Clearfield (PA) to 2:01.1, came back Friday and trotted a 2:02.2 mile over the twicearound oval at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville PA, giving him not only that meet's fastest trot, but equaling the quickest harness racingmile posted by pacers. Stickler Hanover, the 2019 Fair Championship winner, is now 6-for-8 in 2020, undefeated in three fair Sire Stakes and also a Stallion Series winner, and 14-for-23 lifetime, with earnings of $104,584 for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel. The Schoeffels can surely do without the rare misstep "Stickler" made before the start here, but he quickly righted the ship and went on to a 1¼ length victory. The other 2:02.2 performer at Meadville was the Western Ideal filly Shake N Go, making a successful debut at the fairs for driver Tony Schadel, trainer Rich Gillock, and the Bay Pond Racing Stable. The first three-year-old to notch four "A" level wins was the Delmarvalous pacing gelding Life's Marvalous, who drew off to win by over seven lengths in 2:04.4 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. The Hammer barn completed a sweep of the division with a horse who had never raced at the fairs before Monday, but has adapted quickly - the Artspeak gelding Bipbopnallie, who won in 1:59.4 in a "B" event at Clearfield, and then here stepped up to "A" and overcame a second tier starting spot in a 2:02.3 triumph for driver Branden Smith and the ownership of Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz. The two-year-olds raced the day before, and the high-percentage team of co-owners driver David Brickell and trainer Mitchell York swept the pacing events, with the Betting Line - Lazan Hanover filly Lazy Day Hanover not only winning in the fastest freshman time, 2:03.4, but also becoming the first horse to win five times at the fairs - she has performed the feat without losing. On the colt side, the Artspeak - Subtle Charm gelding Seth Hanover is now 4-for-5 at the fairs after posting a 2:05.3 victory. The Father Patrick - Princess Pearl trotting colt Capo Dei Capi had taken four fair races to start the campaign, was second at Clearfield, but bounced right back to get to five fair wins with a 2:08.1 tally for the ownership of driver/husband Tony and trainer/wife Linda Schadel. Both Capo Dei Capi and Lazy Day Hanover have achieved their quintet in "A" competition. Aaron Johnston drove four winners at Meadville to win a very close "photo finish" among sulkysitters, with five other drivers notching three apiece. Roger Hammer sent out five successful charges from his busy barn to top that grouping. The Pennsylvania fair circuit will be back in business at the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale next Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m., with entries due by Tuesday at 10 a.m. From the MSOA, PFHHA and PHHA Partnership

CLEARFIELD, PA - The Explosive Matter colt Stickler Hanover trotted the fastest mile in the history of the Clearfield (PA) County fairgrounds on Monday afternoon in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes action, winning in 2:01.1 to reduce by a tick the mark set by Bet On Tom three years and two days previously. Trainer Steve Schoeffel had the lines behind the new track recordholder, who won his PA Fair Championship event in 2019. Stickler Hanover boosted his lifetime earnings over $100,000 and has now won both of his fair starts (with a Stallion Series victory in between) for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel. Among Stickler's pacing counterparts, the Western Ideal gelding Full Send, who had posted the circuit's other all-age record when he lowered the Silver Springs Ranch standard and overall fair season's record to 1:57.4, was the fastest of three "A" Sire Stakes winners. He covered the twicearound at Clearfield in 1:59.2 for driver Wayne Long, trainer Eli Scott Jr., and Chesapeake Equine Clinic Inc. Another 2019 fair champ, the Ponder colt Champ Charbel, won his "A" cut in 2:01 for driver William Carter and trainer/owner Joe Karrat; Nome Hanover won the third highest-level Fair Sire Stake in 2:00.1 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with Timothy Hayes and Dr. Megan Moschgat. That wasn't the end of the "glamour division"'s 2:00 production, however, as fair newcomer Bipbopnallie posted a 1:59.4 win in a "B" division, the Artspeak gelding winning for driver Branden Smith, trainer Roger Hammer, and the partnership of Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz Jr. The third fair champ of last year to win at Clearfield was Dream Dancing, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance who won the fastest division of the filly pace in 2:00.1 for her fourth straight win, that streak including a Stallion Series triumph. Driver Dave Brickell and trainer Mitchell York are the co-owners of the fleet filly. Furious Fast set a PA fair season's record when she won her cut of the sophomore filly trot in 2:03.1, scoring for driver Shawn Johnston and trainer Rick Beinhauer, the latter co-owner with Ronnie Stamm. In Sunday's two-year-old action, Tiamogonedancen lowered the local standard for two-year-old pacing fillies while remaining undefeated in two starts with a 2:00.1 mile for Team Brickell/York, with Chrome Over's 2011 mark of 2:01.2 going by the boards; the time also made her the fastest freshman at the Pennsy fairs this year. And if her stablemate Lazy Day Hanover had raced just before instead of just after her, she would have set a track record, as she is now undefeated in four fair starts after a 2:01.1 triumph. The only other four-time fair winner, Capo Dei Capi, failed in his attempt to become a five-time success story on the cotton candy circuit when he was second to the Creatine colt Swing Batter Swing, home first in 2:07 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. The race before that, the Southwind Frank gelding Killer Instinct had lowered the fair divisional season's mark to 2:06.1 for driver Wayne Long, trainer Bob Rougeaux III, and the ownership of Brocious Racing Stable Inc. and the Lone Wolf Stable. Clearfield annually awards the Buster DiSalvo trophy to the driver with the most wins at the meet; this year the trophy was shared by Dave Brickell and Todd Schadel, each five-time visitors to Victory Lane. Todd Schadel also trained six winners to lead the meet in that category. The season has been compacted by the delayed start, and the Keystone trotters and pacers will be back in action on Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville PA. From the PFHHA, PHHA and MSOA Partnership  

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