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HUGHESVILLE, PA - The Pennsylvania harness racing fair season finally got underway on Wednesday and Thursday with a 2-day Sire Stakes event at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville PA, not far from Williamsport, the (usual) home of the Little League World Series. And as somehow seems right in our current topsy-turvy situation, the meet's fastest miles came from unusual sources: the fastest mile of the meet, 2:00.4, came from a two-year-old in the very first heat of the year, and the second-fastest miles, both in 2:02.1, were generated by a trotter and a pacer winning a "B" division of the Sires. Seth Hanover, an altered pacer by Artspeak - Subtle Charm, stopped the timer in 2:00.4 winning the single "A" cut of his Sire Stake. David Brickell was in the sulky behind the fast youngster, who is trained by Mitchell York; Brickell and York are the owners with high hopes for their prospect, who has won a qualifier in 1:55.2 at The Meadows already. Both of the 2:02.1 winners had eight triumphs as freshmen, so they knew the way to the winners circle. Establishing the seasonal state standard for trotters was the Possess The Will gelding No Name Yankee, who was coming off a 1:57.2 victory at The Meadows. Roger Hammer, eight-time North American UDR champion, is the sophomore's owner/trainer/driver as he won a division of his "A" Sire Stake. Hammer also owns and trains Caffeine Buzz, a gelded son of A Rock N Roll Dance, who won a "B" division of the Sire Stake faster than any of the three "A" winners. Hammer's lieutenant Branden Smith was in the sulky. The only Fair Sire Stakes Champion from age two who got his three-year-old fair campaign off to a winning start at Hughesville was the Explosive Matter trotting colt Stickler Hanover, who needed only 2:07.3 to take his division for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel. Yet another eight-time winner as a freshman, Stickler Hanover now has three wins in four seasonal starts for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel. Roger Hammer trained six winners during the 32 heats of racing over the two days to emerge as the leading conditioner early on, while his partner on champion trotter Vivid Photo, Todd Schadel, drove six winners to lead the sulkysitters' side. Five different Schadels appeared in either the trainers or drivers win column: Todd (six driving plus four training), brother Tony (five driving), sister-in-law Linda (three training), father Bruce (two training), and son Cody (one driving, the second win in his short career). There will be fair racing at the Silver Springs Ranch training center, near The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, next Thursday and Friday. Further arrangements for the summer, a difficult task as can be imagined, are progressing, and more information should be released shortly. From the PHHA, MSOA and the PA Fair Association

HARRISBURG, PA -- The Pennsylvania fair harness racing season will get underway on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 with a two-day Fair Sire Stakes event at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville PA. The "A" and "B" level PA Fair Sire Stakes for two-year-olds will be held on Wednesday the 8th, with the contests for three-year-olds to be held the next day. First post for both cards will be at 4 p.m. The draw for both days at Hughesville will take place this coming Monday, July 6, with the box closing at 10 a.m. Entries can be made using the online entry system, or by calling entries in to 610-513-7957. Information on upcoming racing dates on the PA fair circuit should be announced within the next couple of days as arrangements are finalized. From the PHHA, MSOA and PA Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

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

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

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 5, 2019 -- David Brickell and Shawn Johnston each collected a pair of championships -- including a victory in which they dead-heated -- in Saturday's $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Finals at The Meadows. The track hosted all eight championships, each with a purse of $25,000. Also on Saturday, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted the fourth annual Pink Out to benefit the American Cancer Society. Through fund-raisers such as t-shirt sales, a 50-50 raffle and a mini-pony race, the track and the MSOA raised $10,920 for the society. The Night Driver captured the mini-pony race, with Lori Manke and Lila Manke handling the reins. Johnston piloted the freshman filly pacer Silly But Serious to a sizable lead, but Brickell was able to rally Dream Dancing from post 9. The youngsters hit the wire together in 1:56.4, believed to be the first championship dead-heat in the 23-year history of the event. RT Dont Speak earned show. "Three wide from before the half? She was just super," Brickell said of the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Clearly Foxy. "She's just a good horse. Makes me look good." Gary Johnston conditions Silly But Serious, a daughter of Captaintreacherous-I Need Hotstuff, and owns with Joyce Benkart. Brickell's other victory provided the day's tote board pyrotechnics, as he rallied the 3-year-old filly trotter Misty Lane to a 49-1 shocker in 1:57.4. Ridinonarainbow was second, 4-1/4 lengths back, with Giant Possession third. Brickell trains both his champions and owns with Mitchell York. Johnston got his second title with the freshman filly trotter Better Song, who gobbled up the field with an uncovered burst and drew off to down Cocktails N Dreams by 6-1/2 lengths in 1:57.2. Exuberant Gal competed the ticket. "She's been sharp for me at the fairs," Johnston said. "She always trots home for me. She was hot out of the gate -- her legs were swimming -- but she had enough track to relax before she hit the turn." Rick Beinhauer trains the homebred daughter of Better Caviar-Jessie's Song and owns with Regina Beinhauer. In the other championships: 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Andovers Asset Andovers Asset converted a perfect pocket trip to victory when he blew past the favorite, Star Caviar, in the lane and defeated him by 2 lengths for Aaron Merriman in 1:56, matching Boytown's all-time trotting record in a PA Fairs championship. Soldier Hanover finished third. "He usually was on the lead at the fairs because he leaves so well, but we've always known he can race from behind," said winning trainer Linda Schadel, who owns the Andover Hall-Lively gelding with Tony Schadel. She indicated Andovers Asset will come right back Thursday in a Yonkers overnight. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Under Paid Under Paid looked much the best on paper, and he looked just as dominant on limestone, scoring by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:52 for Dave Palone, who refused to release any early challengers. "When they give you a horse that's so much the best, the last thing you want to do is fall into a trap," Palone said. "So I felt like taking my chances. When I kicked the plugs out, he was on his way." Motive Hanover and App Hanover completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Under Paid, a son of A Rocknroll Dance-Upfront Cruzin, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Carr and Phillip Collura. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- April Ava April Ava protected rail position and made it look easy thereafter, jogging to victory in a career-best 1:54. Sure R Lookin Good was second, beaten 6-1/4 lengths, with Crew Sock Hanover third. Scott Betts, who conditions the daughter of Delmarvalous-Jenava for Nicholas Catalano and Timothy Betts, indicated he plans to continue racing April Ava in overnights at The Meadows and would keep her over next year. 2-Year-old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Stickler Hanover Despite a parked-out opening panel, Stickler Hanover was strong through the lane and scored in 1:57.2, 1/2 length better than Benezia, with Manhattanup No Ice third. "I wasn't concerned one bit (about the first quarter)," said winning driver Brady Brown. "I just took my time getting there. I let him get settled, then I came with him." Steve Schoeffel trains the son of Explosive Matter-Secret Credit for Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goehle and Michael Munn. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Champ Charbel Champ Charbel pulled the pocket into the final turn and had all the pop he needed to brush by Needham Hanover and down him by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:55.1 for Eric Neal and owner/trainer Joseph Karrat. X was third. "He's been sharp all summer," Neal said. "He keeps on coming." It was a life mark for the son of Ponder-Odds On Affair. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                    

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

BLOOMSBURG, PA - The 2019 Pennsylvania fair harness racing season ended this Friday and Saturday in this northeastern Pennsylvania town with two days of Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing, with the male trotters taking the spotlight. The two-year-old raced on Friday, and the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta gelding Penance posted a 20¼ length victory (after being behind at the three-quarters) for driver Kyle Bolon in 2:00.3 - just a tick behind the all-time state record at the fairs for the division, posted by Vulcan Hanover in an earlier stop at Bloomsburg this year. Penance also earned the honor of having the most wins in the "A" class of Sire Stakes, posting a remarkable record of 12-9-3-0 for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the ownership of the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. On Saturday, the Andover Hall sophomore gelding Andovers Asset capped a fine season at the fairs with his eighth win over the twicearounds, in 2:00.2 - tying Vulcan Hanover for honors as being the fastest trotter on the local fair circuit this year. Linda Schadel, who trains one of the fairs' top stables which is usually driven by husband Tony, took a turn in the sulky here and doubled her lifetime total of wins, having won the other time in a race for women at Pocono in 2007 (she has driven fewer than five times in every year since 2006). Tony and Linda own the consistent three-year-old. There were two other eight-time winners in the "A" Sire Stakes in 2019 - one who did not race this weekend, defending champion trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios, and one who did, the A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy baby pacing filly Dream Dancing, who became the only circuit freshman to post two 2:00 miles this year when she won on Friday in 2:00 flat. Trainer Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York, was in the sulky behind the steady filly. The leading 2:00 mile producer at the fairs with four was Find One More, even though he was edged by ¾ of a length in Saturday's final fair divisional outing by his stablemate in the Todd Schadel barn, the Well Said gelding Motive Hanover, who himself turned in three "magic mile" clockings during the summer. Aaron Johnson handled the driving in this event behind the 2:00 winner for owners Todd and Cody Schadel. Crew Sock Hanover, the sophomore pacing filly who had two 2:00 miles, the only all-age track record of the year (2:00.1 at Butler), and the fastest mile of the year's twicearound traveling show (1:56.1 at Gratz last week), set the pace in her event on Saturday, but was caught out of the pocket by a head by the Somebeachsomewhere miss Queen Bee Hanover in 1:59, fastest mile of the two-day stand. Todd Schadel trains and drove the winner for owners George and Rose Bonomo. The other magic miler of the session was the Ponder - Odds On Affair freshman colt Champ Charbel, who recorded his fifth fair win with a 1:59.4 victory over chief nemesis Life's Marvalous for driver Shawn Johnston and owner/trainer Joseph Karrat. Todd Schadel and Aaron Johnston tied for the top in Bloomsburg Fair driving victories with four, while Todd sent out five winning charges to be #1 among trainers. For the season, Todd Schadel led both categories with 55 driving wins and 62 training triumphs. The Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission will total up the final points accumulations for the fair year early this coming week, determining the ranking of eligibility for each division's $25,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. From the PHHA, MSOA, and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

GRATZ, PA - The Dave Brickell 1-2 punch of powerful harness racing pacing females - freshman Dream Dancing and sophomore Crew Sock Hanover - were the headline attractions during an excellent 2-day stand of state Fair Sire Stakes racing during the Gratz Fair in this central Pennsylvania town. Dream Dancing set a new track record for her division with a 1:58.3 victory during two-year-old action on Sunday, knocking a tick off the nine-year-old mark of Blissful Artist. Brickell, also trainer and co-owner with Mitchell York, was in the sulky behind the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy, moving to the lead between the quarter and the half, and en route to the finish she also became the fastest two-year-old on the fair circuit this year and also the only horse to set two divisional track records, adding to her alteration in the Butler books. The next day, during sophomore action, the Well Said filly Crew Sock Hanover, sitting just off a wicked :27 duel to the quarter, moved down the backside the final time and drew clear late in 1:56.1, lowering her own standard for fastest mile of the local fair year, which she set here last week, by a full second. Kyle Bolon was in the sulky behind Crew Sock Hanover, winner of her last four fair starts, for Team Brickell / York. The sophomore pacing colt Find One More recorded his fourth 2:00 victory at the Pennsy fairs in 2019, double that of any other horse, taking his Sire Stakes race in 1:58.2. The altered son of Western Terror, a graduate of the "B" Fair Sire Stakes division who has now been victorious in three straight against the "A"s, defeated stablemate Way To Close by a half-length for driver Tony Schadel and trainer/brother Todd Schadel, the latter co-owner with his wife Christine. The pairing of driver Kyle Bolon and trainer Bob Rougeaux III accounted for a sweep of the major action for sophomore trotters. First up was the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, who was three-wide from fifth from before the three-quarter pole, yet still reduced his group's fair seasonal best to 2:01.3 for the Lone Wolf Stable. Then came 2018's divisional Fair Championship winner, RT Gloria De Dios a daughter of Muscle Massive, who wired her field in 2:02.3. It was the fourth straight win for RT Gloria De Dios, owned by the Brocious Racing Stable Inc., and her eighth triumph at the Keystone twicearounds this year, tying her at the top of that particular list. The other horse at the top of the victories column is the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman trotting gelding Penance, who overcame a hard grinding trip for a 2:04.1 win, giving him triumphs in five of his last fair six starts. It will cause little surprise to note that Penance was driven by Kyle Bolon, trained by Bob Rougeaux III, and is owned by Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The Delmarvalous - Life'sarealbeach freshman pacing gelding Life's Marvalous won in 1:59.1 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, the fastest mile by a baby pacing colt this year and his third straight fair triumph. Roger Hammer and Kyle Bolon each drove four winners during the two days to tie for sulky honors, while Hammer and Bob Rougeaux III topped the training side by sending out four winning charges. The Pennsylvania fair season ends this coming Friday and Saturday at the Bloomsburg Fair, with freshman in action on Friday starting at 1 p.m., and then sophomores on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. This will be the last chance for contenders to secure enough points to be eligible for their $25,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 5. From the MSOA,, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

GRATZ ,PA - The three-year-old Well Said filly Crew Sock Hanover, who went last year unbeaten at the Pennsylvania county fairs, now has five wins in the 2019 Fair Sire Stakes "A" program, and she gave definite notice that she'll be tough in her upcoming Fair Championship. She paced the fastest mile of the year at the Keystone fairs, 1:57.1, in winning during the Sunday program for sophomores at the Gratz Fair, who conducted races for two-year-olds the day before during a two-day Fair Sire Stakes meet. Crew Sock Hanover took the uncovered route against the pacesetting April Ava, who cut fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.4 in trying for a fifth win during an undefeated run at the fairs. But Crew Sock Hanover proved the stronger filly late, winning by 3½ lengths for driver Kyle Bolon and trainer David Brickell, the latter co-owner with Mitchell York. Veteran horseman John Wagner, making a rare appearance on the local fair circuit, lowered the season standard for sophomore pacing colts behind the Western Terror gelding Find One More, a winner in 1:57.3, a circuit-leading third 2:00 mile of the year. Wagner, who owned a horse on the program, got several drives that might normally go to Tony Schadel, who was competing at Philly in the freshman Sire Stakes Championship card, and he catch-drove the winner for Tony's brother and the horse's trainer Todd Schadel, also co-owner with wife Christine. Wagner also guided the Andover Hall gelding Andovers Asset to his seventh win of the year at the fairs for co-owners Tony and trainer Linda Schadel. Andovers Asset was one of several horses to go atop the fair seasonal standings with their seventh victory in "A" company; others were the Muscle Massive trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios, a 2018 Fair champion driven by Kyle Bolon for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc.; and the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman trotter Penance, who overcame the trailing post seven for Team Bolon / Rougeaux / Brocious. In addition to the two sophomore pacers who lowered the circuit's best time at Gratz, the 2:02.4 mark for three-year-old trotting colts was reached for the fourth time, here by the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, owned by the Lone Wolf Stable and another successful teaming for driver Bolon and trainer Rougeaux. The other 2:02.4s were turned in by Andovers Asset (twice, but not at Gratz) and Grover Hanover. Given the above results, it will surprise few that Kyle Bolon tied for leading driver of the meet at four wins with Shawn Johnston, nor will it be a shock that Bob Rougeaux III and Roger Hammer dead-heated on the training side by harnessing four winning charges. There are only two more chances for horses looking to solidify their berths in the eight $25,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Fair Championship at The Meadows on October 5. The trotters and pacers will go this coming Sunday and Monday during the Gratz Fair, then move on to Bloomsburg for fair action on Friday the 20thand Saturday the 21st to wrap up their 2019 tour of the Pennsylvania twicearounds. From the PHHA, MSOA, and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

STONEBORO, PA --- The 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Circuit completed the "western part" of its journey during two days of racing at the county fairgrounds in this city in the northwestern part of the state. Friday's racing of sophomores saw the "glamour division," the pacing colts, swept by the circuit's leading stable so far this year, that of Todd Schadel. The two winners, the Western Terror gelding Find One More (2:00 here) and the Well Said gelding Motive Hanover (2:00.4), are also the only two fair competitors with a pair of 2:00 miles over the Keystone twicearounds, and interestingly they both hung up a magic mile during both "A" and "B" level competitions. Todd trains and drove both; he shares ownership of Friday's faster winner with wife Christine, and of the other with his son Cody. Todd's brother Tony co-owns with wife/trainer Linda the sophomore Andover Hall gelding Andovers Asset, whom he guided to his sixth victory of the fair campaign in 2:05, tying him for top winner among all "A" level competitors. A sophomore trotter aiming to take the lead by herself with a seventh fair victory, the filly RT Gloria De Dios, unfortunately had to be scratched out of her race - their van was in an accident coming to the races, but all concerned were reported uninjured. On Thursday two freshmen joined the tie for winningest "A" level fair horse: the pacing filly Dream Dancing and the trotting gelding Penance. The A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy miss Dream Dancing, a 2:03.4 winner, is brought to you by the team behind frequent fair winners of recent years Camera Lady and Crew Sox Hanover, co-owner/trainer Dave Brickell and co-owner/driver Mitchell York, while the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta gelding Penance , a 2:08.1 winner at Stoneboro, was driven Thursday by Kyle Bolon for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Within the circuit's pointscoring system that makes participants eligible to their respective Fair Sire Stakes Championships on October 5 at The Meadows, the overall lead has been taken by the Explosive Matter - Dreamgirl Lindy freshman trotting filly Lindy Pretty Lady, home in 2:08.4 for the Bolon/ Rougeaux / Brocious combine. Lindy Pretty Lady has been ultra-consistent , with a 13-4-6-3 scorecard at the fairs earning her the top point spot at this juncture. And so as not to slight the "B" Fair Sire Stakes racers, we mention that the A Rocknroll Dance - Real Expresso colt Caffeine Buzz now leads all fair competitors after posting his seventh fair win, all at the "B" level, in 2:08.3 for owner/trainer Roger Hammer and trainer Branden Smith. The fair rules have statutes regulating both the "winning out" from the "B" level and possible return if not high-up in the "A"s, and Caffeine Buzz obviously has found his winning level in the lower class - but he still has $11,562 on his card. Wayne Long drove five winners during the 2-day Stoneboro stand to take top honors for sulkysitters, while three trainers - Long, Bob Rougeaux, and Todd Schadel - tied for top in their category with a trio of winning charges. The state's fair action shifts to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this Sunday and Monday, where a two-day Fair Sire Stakes meet will host two-year-olds the first day and three-year-olds the second. Post time for both days is scheduled for 1 p.m From the PHHA, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and the MSOA oartnership

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      

INDIANA ,PA - The weather was kinder than it has been recently as the Pennsylvania fair circuit checked into the Indiana County Fair, with seven of twelve scheduled races for two-year-olds conducted Thursday and all fifteen heats for three-year-olds raced on Friday. The Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman harness racing trotting gelding Penance atoned for two breaks in stride in pari-mutuel Sire Stakes races, putting up the fastest time of any performer on the Thursday card, 2:07.1 (one filly and both colt "A" paces were among the washouts). Penance, who is the circuit's fastest baby trot this year with a 2:02.4 at York and also was the winner of an Arden Downs division the night before the Adios, now has a 5-4-1-0 scorecard at the fairs, with Kyle Bolon guiding him to victory at Indiana for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Perhaps the biggest disappointment among the washed-out races was that the baby pacing filly Silly But Serious did not get a chance to become the first six-time fair winner of the year. The opportunity to become a six-time fair winner did fall to Andovers Asset, a three-year-old trotting gelding who raced Friday, but that one had to settle for second behind the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, who won in 2:05.3 for the co-fastest trot time of the meet (equaled by the filly Grandma Anna in her "B: Sire Stakes division). Bob Rougeaux III returned to the Indiana winners circle after Cantab Ed, handled by Chris Shaw and owned by the Lone Wolf Stable, won his first race of the year. But the spotlight on Friday, and indeed for the meet, fell on the sophomore pacing fillies, as the two "A" Fair Sire Stakes winners both went over three seconds faster than any other winner this meet. First to Victory Lane was the Delmarvalous filly April Ava, now three-for-three at the fairs (including a 1:59 win in a "B" cut at Clearfield) after a 2:01.1 tour of the Indiana oval for driver Eric Neal, trainer Scott Betts, and owners Nicholas Catalano and Timothy Betts. Even faster was the Western Ideal miss More More More, winning in 2:00.1 fifteen minutes later for meet speed honors while posting her third straight victory. Also the divisional speed leader by virtue of her 1:58.4 mile at Dayton last week, More More More is enjoying as hot a current roll as are his owners, driver/husband Tony and trainer/wife Linda Schadel. The victory patterns among trainers and drivers contrasted wildly from Thursday to Friday. Seven different drivers won the seven heats conducted Thursday, while seven different drivers also won Friday - among the 15 races that day. Kyle Bolon and Chris Shaw both added a triple on Friday to the race they won Thursday to emerge as the meet leaders with four sulky successes. Seven different trainers also won on Thursday, but on Friday five trainers rang up doubles during the long card. Again there was a tie at the top, as Michael Brocklehurst and Bob Rougeaux III both were among the doublers on Friday and the winners on Thursday to dead-heat with three training triumphs. The Keystone fair circuit next goes to the northwest corner of the state and the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA, with noon first posts scheduled for two-year-olds on Monday and three-year-olds on Tuesday From the PHHA, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership

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

CLEARFIELD, PA - The first two days of a four-day meet at the Clearfield (PA) County Fairgrounds were devoted to Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing for two-year-olds, with the trotters going on Sunday and the pacers on Monday. The brightest star to shine among the babies was the two-year-old pacing filly Dream Dancing, who won for the fourth time at the fairs this year, with her final Clearfield clocking of 2:01.4 coming with 2/5 of a second of the eight-year-old local divisional standard of Chrome Over. Dream Dancing finished over 20 lengths clear of her competition, the A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy miss stepping home in :58.4 for trainer/driver Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York. Two other divisions of the "A" baby filly pace went to the driver-son / trainer-father combination of Shawn and Gary Johnston, who are having an excellent year with their babies. The Captaintreacherous - I Need Hotstuff filly Silly But Serious has now won four in a row on the fair circuit with a 2:05.1 win for owners Gary Johnston and Joyce Benkart, while the Well Said - Read All About It distaff Write All About It now has a fair scorecard of 7-4-3-0, divided between the A and B Sires sections, after a 2:07.4 victory for owner Dr. William Solomon. Shawn Johnston also won the sole division of the Sires colt pace with the Ponder - Odds On Affair freshman Champ Charbel in 2:02.1 for trainer/owner Joe Karrat. Champ Charbel was second when Halliwell Hanover recorded a 1:59.2 victory in the very first race ever held at the new Silver Springs ranch facility, but he reversed that decision Monday to bring his fair log to 4-3-1-0, again between A and B. Among the trotters the fastest winner was the Father Patrick - Cocktail Attire filly Cocktails N Dreams, breaking her maiden in 2:05.1 for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Linda Schadel, who are the co-owners. It was the first fair start for Cocktails N Dreams, who had earned checks in two of the "big" pari-mutuel Sire Stakes. In the trotting male ranks it was the Possess The Will - The Yankees Win colt No Name Yankee who won in the fastest clocking, 2:06.1, in the "B" Sire Stakes section, his quickest among four wins at the lower level for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. Two of the three "A" divisions for males went to the circuit's leading trainer and driver this year, Todd Schadel, behind Cool Down Hanover (2:07) and Manhattanup No Ice (2:06.2). The three-year-olds now take center stage at Clearfield, with the sophomore trotters and Tuesday and the pacers on Wednesday, both cards scheduled to start at high noon. From the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

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