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BEDFORD PA - There is a white wall against the outside backstretch fence at the half-mile oval in Bedford PA, and it says "Bedford Speedway" - appropriate, because much of the year the facility is used for auto racing. But the term "Speedway" certainly was also appropriate this past Monday and Tuesday, when horsepower of a different type - Pennsylvania trotters and pacers racing over the Bedford oval - was featured: --The all-time track trotting mark of 2:00.4 was set by the 3YO Faust, and a 2PG named Gordo was shocking in authoring a 1:57 win, only 2/5 off both the national season's record and the all-time Bedford pace standard; --Nine divisional track records were written - three of which not lasting two hours before being eclipsed; --Seven of the eight PA Fair Season's Leaders resulted from the two-day session, as did the first six 2:00 miles of the year on the twicearound circuit. Tuesday's highlight was the recordsetting 2:00.4 effort of the Glidemaster gelding Faust in the final division of the 3TC Fair Sires event for trainer Jim Raymer and the Harbor Racing Stable LLC of the noted harness racing hotbed of Texas. In that race, Fly Past Hanover and the fair season's leading driver Steve Schoeffel had carved splits of 29.2, 1:01.2, and 1:30.3, but in the stretch Faust "used the passing lane," squeezing through inside of the frontstepper to render a nose decision Ironically, Fly Past Hanover's stablemate in the Bill Daugherty Jr. barn, Broadway Charm, had lowered the local all-time trot standard to 2:01.2 30 minutes earlier, beating by a tick the old mark of Super Fellow, in a 3TC Fair Sire Stakes division a half-hour earlier. The track standard for 3TF was also rewritten twice on Tuesday, and for both fillies, it was their second rewriting of a divisional standard this summer. First up was The Yankees Win, who took a Quaker State event in 2:03 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, knocking a full second off the record set last year by Homepage and Chrissie O. But later Bessie, in rein to owner/trainer Dave Brickell, would do even better, winning in the Sire Stakes in 2:02.3. Fastest of the three-year-old pacers was gelding Spot Lauxmont, who even trainer Ted Williams thought would not have been among the favorites were there pari-mutuel wagering. But "Spot" teamed with 21-year-old driver Shawn Johnston, himself eligible for the "nw 12 races lifetime" class, to get a 1:57.3 victory in a Sire Stakes heat. FINISHING LINES - Following up on Gordo, the 2YO who paced Bedford in 1:57 on Monday: he is a gelding, something not clear in all editions of yesterday's story; and his time made him co-equal fastest 2YO ever at a Pennsylvania fair, with Dixie Pride and Shu Hanover (both on the same 2003 day at Bloomsburg) and Evening Shadows (2010 at Port Royal) ... There are now two ways for fans to see Gordo - he'll be in the race right after The Adios this Saturday, in an Arden Downs stake ... ...and you can see his 1:57 mile on YouTube, as the crack Zidek videography crew was at the Bedford fairgrounds for this week's action.  The fair circuit now sets up shop at the Clearfield Fair for four days of action starting at noon each day. Clearfield is trying a Sunday through Wednesday schedule for its harness program this year ... and if you're going to the Adios, Clearfield is only 138 miles away ... From the PA Harness Horsemen's Association

BEDFORD PA - The two-year-old pacer Gordo astonished the racing fans at the Bedford (PA) Fair on Monday afternoon when he scorched to a 1:57 victory in a Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes event, missing both the all-time Bedford track record and the national season's record for age, sex, and gait by only 2/5 of a second. Driver Steve Schoeffel sent Gordo right to the front and blitzed amazing fractions of 28.2, 58.2, and 1:26.2 en route to the sensational victory. A son of McArdle out of the Blissful Hall mare Blissard Of Oz (who had had only one winner in four living foals pre-Gordo), the fast freshman was bred by Perretti Farms. (As to whether this horse is named after Gordon Waterstone, the Hervey Award-winning journalist for the Horseman and Fair World magazine, there are only two possible clues: 1) being a Perretti-bred, he was likely named by Communicators Hall of Fame candidate Bob Marks, who often incorporated people's names into horses' names: an earlier foal of Blissard Of Oz was named Duke Of Pellington; 2) the pacer is a gelding.) For driver Steve Schoeffel, the circuit's leading driver and trainer, it was his fifth visit to Victory Lane on the day (but first with a pacer; more on that later), all five of whom come from his own barn. His wife Kathy had her fourth winner of the day with Gordo, and co-owner Lander Stables LLC got their third. The other two winners in the sections of the FSS two-year-old colt pace had a distinctly "hometown" flavor. In the first, R N Nate paced in 2:00.2, which would be a divisional track standard for about 30 minutes, for breeder-owner-trainer-driver Roger Hammer, perhaps the best-known citizen of Bedford in harness racing. And in the second, Sam Beegle, PHHA president and a state wrestling championship finalist when attending his native Bedford High School, paraded back Modern Yankee after a 2:01.3 triumph. Two impressive freshman fillies paced home first in their Fair Sire Stakes cuts. Keystone I Wish was first up, and she went the first 2:00 mile of the local fair season when she won in even time for trainer/driver Todd Schadel. Her clocking shaved two seconds off the previous divisional track mark co-held by Keystone Trixie and Keystone Haden - a tribute to the Hempt Farms' "Keystones," which are still producing winners; Schadel is co-breeder of "Wish" with the Estate of George Hempt Trust. (And that is not to forget Keystone Famous, whose 1:56.3 here in 1986 is still the pacing record, though threatened by Gordo today.) The other baby filly winner, Tropical Terror, kept her distinction intact: she has now won at all seven stops to date on the circuit, here in 2:02.1 for (driver Chris) Shaw / (trainer Jason) Shaw / and (owner and 2YO himself Mason) Shaw. The Schoeffel barn sent out four of the five winners in Fair Sire Stakes freshman trotting competition, including the new track recordholder for 2TFs, Mooksie, who lowered the old mark 5 2/5 seconds with a 2:02.1 tally, over three seconds faster than any of her colt counterparts trotted today. Also a winner was Missive, in 2:05, for the same ownership as Gordo. The Schoeffelites winning the colt events were Police Navidad, fastest of the victorious trio in 2:05.3, and the unusually-bred Shark Gesture trotter out of an Artsplace mare, Chiney Babco, who has now won six "on the trot," here in 2:07.2. Trainer-owner Boots Dunn and driver Chris Shaw sent out 2:06.3 winner King Karma to break up a total Schoeffel sweep. Oh ... and the track was rated "slow" throughout the card. FINISHING LINES-The first race of the day was a Quaker State trot, and the only two entrants were from the Syl King Stable, so it was not really shocking to see a final time of 2:27.4 - which by the way, grouped with Gordo's 1:57 mile to produce a 30 4/5 second variance from fastest to slowest mile on a card, was NOT a record for Western Pennsylvania - just about 29 years ago, Marauder won his heat of the 1985 Adios in 1:52.1, and then, when Nihilator did not return for the final, took the trophy by walking over in 2:27.4, for a 35 3/5 second variance!... The three-year-olds take to the track at Bedford Tuesday at 11 a.m., and given the speed show put on by the babies, who knows how fast the sophomores will go? From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

Eight divisions of The Stallion Series for two-year old filly trotters dominated the Thursday program at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The first division went to Bob Key's Gold Cora (Encore Encore). She brushed powerfully to the lead just after the quarter, going on to win in a time of 1:57.3. Stealthestarlight was second, while favorite Joy Gliding finished third. The Rich Gillock trainee picks up her first career victory in her second lifetime start.   The second division was dominated by Wouldn't Itbesweet (Cantab Hall). She was fast off the wings from post three, making every call a winning one in an impressive ten length win in 1:57.2. Christine Sixteen was second, while Jailhouse Heart finished third. Wouldn't Itbesweet is owned by Harbor Racing Stables, and is trained and driven by Jim Raymer.   Division three went to Osteo Blast (Explosive Matter). The Noel Daily trainee brushed to the lead just beyond the quarter, and gamely held off favorite Alpha Alpha to notch her first pari-mutuel win in a time of 1:58.2. Gematria raced gamely to finish third. Osteo Blast is owned by the Mama Bones Racing Stables and Adam Victor & Son Stables, and was driven by Andrew McCarthy.   The fourth division saw Whitney Hanover (Donato Hanover) overcome an early break to win. The Ray Shnittker trainee closed up the inside for her second straight win, stopping the clock in 2:00. Global Ice finished second, while Tuscanellie came in third. Whitney Hanover is owned by Ed Pachuta, Ted Gewertz, and trainer Ray Schnittker, and was driven by Tim Tetrick.   The fifth division went to the grinding Shafina Hanover (Explosive Matter). Leaping Lady was the leader turning for home, but made a break at the top of the stretch. Shafina Hanover held off the upset minded Cocoacabana in the final stages, stopping the clock in 1:58.3. Fudge As raced well to be third. Shafina Hanover is owned by Adam Victor & Son Stables and Barb Matthews, trained by Noel Daley, and was driven by Andrew McCarthy.   Division six went to the fast leaving Peoplesayimnogood (Lear Jetta). The Roger Hammer trainee led every step of the way, winning by 5 lengths in the end, and completing the mile in 2:00.1. Shewontkissandtell rallied for second, while Veggie Hanover finished third. Favorite Spice Girl made a break past the half. Peoplesayimnogood is owned by her trainer, and was driven by Yannick Gingras.   The seventh division went to heavily favored Day Lily (Andover Hall). She seized command after the quarter and never looked back, finishing the mile in 1:58.4. Barbara Brooks finished second, while Miss Flora was third. Day Lily is owned by Hauser Bros Racing and Conrad Zurich, trained by Chris Oakes, and was driven by Ron Pierce.   The eighth and final division went to the upsetting Fog Warning (Andover Hall). She initially made the front, but yielded to eventual second place finisher Sand C-Four. The Nifty Norman trainee vacated the pocket at the top of the stretch to win by a length in a time of 2:00. Explosive Jet finished a distant third. Fog Warning is owned by Melvin Hartman and Enzed Racing Stables, and was driven by David Miller.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Hall Of Terror posted the fastest winning time among six $20,000 divisions of the Stallion Series on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The races were for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. Hall Of Terror (Western Terror-Maytime Hall), driven by Mark MacDonald and trained by Erv Miller, won in 1:53:1, his second straight Stallion Series victory. Other Stallion Series winners on the night: R N Nate (Nuclear Breeze-R N Artist), driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Roger Hammer, in 1:54; Royaltyhasarrived (Western Terror-Her Mattjesty), driven by Dan Rawlings and trained by Steve Schoeffel, in 1:55:2; Final Gesture (Shark Gesture-Real Girl), driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Linda Toscano, in 1:54; My Hero Ron (Well Said-Erma La Em), driven by Mark MacDonald and trained by Erv Miller, in 1:54:4; and Letsmakeawish (Western Terror-Dynamite Donna), driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, in 1:53:4. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

HARRISBURG PA - The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit for 2014 is almost at the quarter pole, with five of 21 scheduled events conducted, and this seems a logical place to do a recap of the fair season so far. Five divisional track records have been set this year, with three of them coming at a somewhat unlikely place, a place where there is a whispered conversation every year. Audie K set the all-time track record of 2:00.2 at the Big Butler Fairgrounds back in 1993, and for each of the 21 intervening years, Terry Schoeffel has gone over to his horse after the last day of racing and told him, "You've done good, Audie - your record's safe for another year." But a trio of divisional marks was posted in 2014, with the 2:08.2 of 2TF Trustworthy Gal rewriting a record set 20 years ago by Keystone Disco. The 2:04.4 posted by 3TF The Yankees Win (in a Quaker State stake) supplanted the 13-year-old mark of Leona Kosmos, while 2PC Given Up Terror's 2:02.1 beat a record set two years previously by Skylite's Finale. The 3TF division is the only one to have two divisional marks wiped out thus far, with Bessie touring the Dayton oval in 2:02.4 to rewrite the standard first set by Armbro Pajamas in 1997 and equaled by Monroe County a year ago. The final line of new writing in the annals came from 3PF Allstar Morning, whose 2:01 knocked a tick off of last year's 3PF standard set by She'salilfireball. Not surprisingly, the first meet at Gratz this past Saturday and Sunday produced five of the eight "PA Fair Season's Leaders," including new benchmarks for the pace by, 3C Mister Chaos, a Fair Championship winner last year who went in 2:00.3 on Sunday, and for the trot, with 3C Broadway Dream putting that current mark at 2:01.3 earlier on the Sunday card. Steve Schoeffel, the leading driver in North America in 2013 UDR in the 300-499 drivers category and the PA fairs' driving leader last year, is again off to a hot start, with 34 victories recorded in just 10 cards. Hot on his heels is upcoming star Chris Shaw at 29; "King of the PA Fairs" Roger Hammer is tied with Todd Cummings for the next spot at 10, and rounding out the top five is Wayne Long at 7. Schoeffel and Jason Shaw, Chris's brother, have been ding-donging for the lead in the trainer's category for much of the young campaign, with Shaw holding a current 21-20 edge over Schoeffel. For those who may forget, Jason Shaw's main patron is his two-year-old son Mason, who owned four winners at Gratz. Bill Daugherty Jr. is third with 11, nine of them between his 3TC powerhouses Fly Past Hanover and Broadway Dream; he is followed by Roger Hammer (10) and Robert Krenitsky Jr. (7). All humans and equines mentioned above will get a chance to improve on their records on Wednesday (tomorrow) and Thursday, when the sixth fair stop will be made at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville PA, not that far from Williamsport of Little League Baseball fame. There is a 13-race card set for each day, with first race on both days scheduled to go off at high noon.  PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association Publicity Department

GRATZ PA - The first two-day meet at Gratz PA, the fifth stop on the Pennsylvania Fair harness racing circuit for 2014, featured some $95,000 of Sire Stakes action, with five of the eight "PA Fair Season's Leaders" emerging from the session, including the quickest miles on both the trot and the pace. Actually, the local season's record in the 3TC category was lowered three times in Sunday's three divisions - within 30 minutes total, and Steve Schoeffel, top North American UDR driver (300-499 starts) in 2013 and again atop the local circuit's driving colony, handled all three. First came Millertown Road, winning in 2:03-29.2 and sending announcer/trainer Jim McGettigan down from his booth to the winners circle, and then two trained by Bill Daugherty Jr. for owner Susan Dougherty: first Fly Past Hanover, reclaiming the distinction with which he entered the day with a 2:02.3-1:00.1-30 triumph to run his fair scorecard to five-for-five, and then Broadway Charm, running his fair tab to four-for-five after a 2:01.3 tally, also the new quickest trot mile locally in '14. Fastest pacer of the meet, and of the fair circuit so far, is Mister Chaos, last year's 2PC Fair Championship winner, who overcame the outside post six in 2:00.3 for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and driver Chris Shaw, who like Schoeffel had three wins on the Sunday card. Fly Past Hanover is the only sophomore who raised his record to 5-for-5 over the weekend; on the freshman side, he was joined by the filly Tropical Terror (driver Chris Shaw for trainer/brother Jason), winning sharply in 2:01.1 to be the fastest two-year-old of the local season. Fastest freshman trotter is also a filly, Peoplesayimnogood, who won in 2:04.3 for driver Todd Schadel and trainer/Vivid Photo partner Roger Hammer, and at an opportune time: with no fewer than 12 divisions of 2TF state pari-mutuel stakes action this past week, this fair Sire Stake drew only one division, making the cut worth a seasonal-high $11,710. (Good time to break your maiden, eh?) All nine freshman winners took new marks over the quick Gratz oval Saturday, with four sophomores rewriting their speed badges on Sunday. Steve Schoeffel and Chris Shaw each drove five winners on the weekend to earn top status; Jason Shaw was leading conditioner with four winning charges (all owned by his two-year-old son Mason, Chris's nephew). From the Publicity Department, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Assn.    

Harness racing driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. is approaching a career milestone as he is just nine wins away from his 5,000th career victory. Aldrich drive's primarly at Monticello Raceway and Saratoga Raceway. On the training side of business, Roger Hammer, known mainly for his driving skills, is also an accomplished trainer and is only 17 wins away from his 2,000th career training victory. Compiled by Anne Chunko, for the USTA Driver Wins First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start Bruce A Aldrich Jr 4,991 $17,070,803 Stga 6/15/2014 Norman Chris Boring   3,979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Gene G Vallandingham   2,990 $13,420,569 CalX 5/10/2014 Lemoyne D Svendsen   2,985 $9,514,533 Aces 6/15/2014 Timothy W Curtin   2,985 $20,936,317 May 6/6/2013 David Floyd Carey   2,982 $2,441,894 Truro 6/15/2014 BRUCE W RICHARDSON   2,980 $16,553,406 Hnvr 6/14/2014 Victor   Kirby   2,972 $27,445,351 Har 6/15/2014 Rodney J Bolon   1,996 $9,418,196 Mea 6/10/2014 Marcus Drew Miller   1,987 $14,737,104 PcD 6/15/2014 Jerry G E Landess   1,980 $2,037,837 Green 8/23/2013 Kelly R Sheppard   1,972 $9,426,054 GeoD 6/10/2014 RONALD I MATHESON   995 $1,063,416 Chrtn 6/14/2014 Nick Royce Roland   992 $3,160,409 Aces 6/15/2014 Trent P Stohler   992 $5,709,324 HoP 6/14/2014 Andrew John McCarthy        986 $15,226,733 PcD 6/15/2014 Stephen K O'Toole   986 $2,423,974 PRc 9/3/2012 D Jimmy Whittemore   986 $5,360,023 TgDn 6/15/2014 GORDEN A MCKNIGHT   985 $2,919,441 GRvr 6/9/2014 JAMES A MACDONALD   984 $8,904,668 Moh 6/14/2014 anthony P Haughan   983 $6,934,642 GeoD 6/1/2014 Clayton   Faurot Jr 981 $2,458,705 Mea 5/30/2014 Joseph   Ricco Jr 978 $3,728,352 MR 10/31/2013 John D Finn   976 $3,618,715 BmlP 6/15/2014 Rocky Joe Loney   976 $2,419,182 HoP 6/14/2014 Yves   Gauthier   972 $3,959,060 RidC 2/23/2014 Jeffrey A Smith   971 $2,733,009 ScD 6/13/2014 JIM Russel MILLER   970 $6,556,254 SGR 4/29/2014 Steven B Norris   970 $2,549,326 RidC 5/29/2014                 Driver earnings First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start David S Miller   11,027 $179,566,006 Phl 6/15/2014 Luc R Ouellette   8,550 $129,717,366 Moh 6/13/2014 Eric C Goodell   4,886 $49,697,479 Phl 6/15/2014 Bradley H Hanners   4,750 $39,845,056 HoP 6/14/2014 Samuel D Widger   5,005 $39,607,627 HoP 6/14/2014 Randy T Tharps   4,681 $19,954,129 ScD 6/14/2014 Norman Chris Boring   3,979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Jay L Randall   3,715 $19,722,348 Stga 6/14/2014 Thomas D Strauss   2,552 $19,687,609 Wdb 4/5/2014 Darrell L Coville   6,592 $19,664,098 RidC 6/8/2014 Tyler L Buter   2,204 $19,543,987 BR 6/15/2014 Richard Lee Farrington   1,252 $9,986,239 HoP 6/14/2014 Mario R Charron   1,941 $9,959,701 TrRvs 6/15/2014 Below that are trainers who may be approaching win milestones. USTA started tracking trainer statistics in 1991, so the trainers listed in green may have had training starts and wins prior to 1991, so the Life Wins column for those trainers may not be accurate. Trainer Milestones               First Middle Last Name suffix Life Wins Life Earnings Last Track Last Start DOB Roger R Hammer   1983 $17,086,095.00 Dytn 6/15/2014 2/18/1946 Melissa   Beckwith   990 $6,511,862.00 Stga 6/15/2014 3/3/1970 Trond   Smedshammer   985 $42,008,999.00 YR 6/13/2014 3/22/1967 Gabriel   Boily   980 $2,666,955.00 RidC 6/12/2014 4/26/1949 Dirk   Simpson   980 $10,755,933.00 Spr 6/14/2014 8/2/1957 Leo   Tourigny   974 $8,179,287.00 TrRvs 6/10/2014 6/5/1939 Ronald L Cushing   973 $4,558,346.00 Bang 6/13/2014 10/2/1964  

Harness racing driver Jim Morand is quickly approaching his 9,000th career win and now needs just 11 victories to reach that impressive milestone. Only 13 other drivers in the history of harness racing have ever achieved that milestone. they are Dave Palone, Herve Filion, Cat Manzi, Tony Morgan, Dave Magee, Walter Case, Jr., Billy Parker, Jr., John Campbell, David Miller, Mike Lachance, Jack Moiseyev, Kevin Wallis and Peter Wrenn. on the training side, Edgar Clarke, who last raced at Tioga Downs, is just one win away from his 1,000th training victory and Roger Hammer, known perhaps more for his driving, is only 19 wins away from his 2,000th training triumph. Driver Wins First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start James A Morand   8,989 $61,704,457 Har 5/18/2014 Samuel D Widger   4,972 $39,296,169 BmlP 5/18/2014 Norman Chris Boring   3,979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Gene G Vallandingham   2,990 $13,420,569 CalX 5/10/2014 Timothy W Curtin   2,985 $20,936,317 May 6/6/2013 Lemoyne D Svendsen   2,982 $9,497,188 Canon 5/17/2014 David Floyd Carey   2,980 $2,440,282 Truro 5/18/2014 Rodney J Bolon   1,996 $9,416,626 Mea 5/13/2014 Ron Paul Wrenn   1,995 $6,069,816 SpCk 10/2/2013 Todd G Trites   1,993 $2,825,110 Truro 5/18/2014 Bret E Brittingham   1,989 $11,418,392 Har 5/18/2014 Jerry G E Landess   1,980 $2,037,837 Green 8/23/2013 Kelly R Sheppard   1,971 $9,414,957 FlmD 5/17/2014 RONALD I MATHESON   989 $1,057,275 Chrtn 5/17/2014 Stephen K O'Toole   986 $2,423,974 PRc 9/3/2012 GORDEN A MCKNIGHT   985 $2,915,314 Lon 5/12/2014 Trent P Stohler   985 $5,646,957 HoP 5/17/2014 Clayton   Faurot Jr 981 $2,458,705 Mea 5/15/2014 anthony P Haughan   981 $6,923,286 Clntn 5/18/2014 Joseph   Ricco Jr 978 $3,728,352 MR 10/31/2013 Nick Royce Roland   976 $3,088,040 Canon 5/17/2014 Rocky Joe Loney   975 $2,413,577 TRR 5/7/2014 John D Finn   975 $3,616,740 BmlP 4/23/2014 D Jimmy Whittemore   975 $5,289,560 VD 5/17/2014 Yves   Gauthier   972 $3,959,060 RidC 2/23/2014 Jeffrey A Smith   971 $2,731,809 HoP 5/14/2014 Steven B Norris   970 $2,548,332 RidC 5/14/2014 JIM Russel MILLER   970 $6,556,254 SGR 4/29/2014                 Driver earnings First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start Michel   Lachance   10,390 $189,946,822 Phl 5/18/2014 George   Brennan   8,345 $139,795,813 M 5/17/2014 Luc R Ouellette   8,548 $129,700,484 FlmD 5/11/2014 David R Magee   11,753 $99,863,150 BmlP 5/18/2014 George   Napolitano Jr 6,120 $49,786,988 PcD 5/18/2014 Eric C Goodell   4,881 $49,528,639 Phl 5/18/2014 Bradley H Hanners   4,732 $39,659,811 HoP 5/17/2014 Norman Chris Boring   3,979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Randy T Tharps   4,661 $19,763,879 ScD 5/17/2014 Jay L Randall   3,711 $19,691,940 Stga 5/18/2014 Thomas D Strauss   2,552 $19,687,609 Wdb 4/5/2014 Darrell L Coville   6,588 $19,653,222 RidC 5/11/2014 Richard Lee Farrington   1,251 $9,974,966 HoP 5/17/2014 Below that are trainers who may be approaching win milestones. USTA started tracking trainer statistics in 1991, so the trainers listed in green may have had training starts and wins prior to 1991, so the Life Wins column for those trainers may not be accurate. Trainer Milestones First Middle Last Name suffix Life Wins Life Earnings Last Track Last Start DOB Roger R Hammer   1981 $17,051,802.00 Mea 5/17/2014 2/18/1946 Edgar R Clarke   999 $5,428,081.00 TgDn 5/18/2014 12/6/1955 Dirk   Simpson   979 $10,712,582.00 BmlP 5/18/2014 8/2/1957 Gabriel   Boily   978 $2,657,872.00 TrRvs 5/18/2014 4/26/1949 Trond   Smedshammer   976 $41,748,775.00 Phl 5/18/2014 3/22/1967 Melissa   Beckwith   975 $6,418,995.00 Stga 5/18/2014 3/3/1970 Leo   Tourigny   974 $8,178,919.00 TrRvs 5/11/2014 6/5/1939 by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com with statistics from Anne Chunko from the USTA

BLOOMSBURG PA – The Bloomsburg Fair, home to fast racing and traditionally the last stop on the Pennsylvania fair circuit, changed its format this year and raced the eight divisions of its time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes, worth some $45,000 in 2013, on the Friday of the fair’s opening, with hard work by the track crew restoring some jet to a surfaced dulled by elements the previous couple days. Of the eight races, Roger Hammer, still wearing his “neck”-lace 23 days after his auto accident coming home from the Indiana Fair, did not have a horse in the last race. In another contest, he had two; bound by the rules to drive the one he owned, he saw his other trainee win. A third event saw Hammer behind the leader until the far turn, where his horse skipped briefly but recovered for second. (The caretaker for that winner, by the way, a young Amish fellow, ironically also wore a neck brace – and then said “And I had mine before Hammer!”) Roger drove the day’s other five winners ($15,352 in driver earnings on the afternoon), in all harnessed four ($11,554), and owned three ($8957, including a race where he owned or co-owned three of the four starters). Of the 35 “calls” (1/4, ½, ¾, stretch, and finish) of the septet of races he had an interest in, a Hammer horse led at 30 of those calls. Pretty dominating day. The fastest of the wins came in the card opener, behind a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere (who sired both 3P winners), Cebu Hanover, who seems to be learning to effectively use the speed she had always shown as she tallied for Team Hammer in 1:59. Owner Hammer’s other victories came with 3PC Camturo Beach in 2:00.1 and 2PC A OK Hanover in 2:00.2; he also got home a pair of (naturally owned-trained-homebred trotting) horses for Boots Dunn, the 3C Classicality and the 2F Glide By Shooting, both in 2:04. In between the blows from the Hammer, also gracing Victory Lane were 3TF Chrissy O, with the injured Amish groom (driver Marc Mosher, trainer Syl King Jr., 2:04.3); the Hammer trainee he didn’t drive, 2PF Witch N Famous (driver Brady Brown, 2:04); and 2TC Millertown Road (2:05.2), with trainer/announcer Jim McGettigan interviewing driver Bryce Truitt while posing for the photographer. FINISHING LINES The Keystone fair season ends this coming Monday and Tuesday with the last chance for horses to earn enough points to ensure spots in the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship, to be held Saturday evening, October 5, at The Meadows. Sophomores face the starting gate at 10:30 a.m. Monday; freshmen will be on their way at the same time Tuesday. (Piece of trivia: rapper M.C. Hammer, Stanley Burrell Jr., was given what would become his muscial moniker by baseball legend Reggie Jackson; young Hammer, a batboy for the Oakland A's, looked like "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron, and Reggie hung the appellation on him.) Gerry Connors  

GRATZ PA - The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore pacing filly Keystone Wanda recorded the fastest time on the Pennsylvania fair circuit in over four years when she took a division of her Sire Stakes event at the Gratz Fair Monday in 1:55.4. Trainer Todd Schadel, also co-owner with Christine Schadel and co-breeder with the late George Hempt, sent Wanda right down the road on her "home track" (Todd trains at Gratz) through fractions of 28, 57.4, and 1:27.1, snapping home in 28.3 to knock off 2/5 of a second from Talk All Day's 2008 divisional mark. Keystone Wanda's mile was also the quickest on the local circuit since Lahaye's all-age track record mark at Gratz, 1:55.1, on July 12, 2009. Todd and Christine Schadel were the breeders of Classic Martine, who tied with Frau Blucher in the fastest-ever trotting dead-heat, 1:53.2, at The Meadows in a p/m Sire Stakes Championshp Friday night, and Todd must have though this deadheating business was fun, because 30 minutes later he guided the Real Artist gelding Plenty Of Spunk to finish on equal terms with the Western Terror gelding Jungle Of Terror in 1:58 in a cut of the Sires event for sophomore pacing colts. Plenty Of Spunk moved early and controlled the pace, while Jungle Of Terror moved past the half to stalk the leader, and the latter gained through the stretch against his stubborn foe to the point that the camera could not split them at the finish. Steve Schoeffel trains and drove Jungle Of Terror, the pointleader of all divisions with only Bloomsburg left, for Stephen Lander and Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel; Schadel trains and drove "Spunk," who reunites the partnership on 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo, Schadel and Roger Hammer (that was eight years ago? wow!). "The Hammer" himself paraded back twice Monday with Boots Dunn owned-trained-bred horses: the Classic Photo gelding Classicality, who trotted his last ¾ in 1:28.1 to take the faster heat of the sophomore colt trot in 2:00.4; and also the fastest filly division with the Cantab Hall miss Lindyofalifetime in 2:02.4-30. Steve Schoeffel has been well in command of the tables in both driving and training wins seasonlong, both in the Sire Stakes and overall (including Quaker States and overnights), but the veteran Dunn has now tied him by harnessing 40 Fair Sire Stakes winners - again, with just one more meet to go. We should mention that Lindyofalifetime's division mate Monroe County yet again gave one of her distanced-after-an-early-break-to-crossing-the-wire first efforts, but this time she interfered with a rival while offstride and was placed out of the money. And what would a Keystone fair report be without McAlvin? The deadheat in the 3PC's other division may have stolen McAlvin's spotlight a bit, but the McArdle gelding evidently was in a hurry to end the day by storming home in 27.1 in the card's final race to complete a 1:58.3 win for driver Chris Shaw, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner Julie Krenitsky. However, like Keystone Wanda (she and McAlvin are the only multiple magic milers of the 2013 fairs here), McAlvin is still outside the Championship pointstandings - both will likely need wins at Bloomsburg and a defection or two of better-placed rivals to be at The Meadows on October 5 for the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night. FINISHING LINES - This year the schedule for Bloomsburg will be different than the traditional one. All eight of the time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes will be raced during a special 2 p.m. card this Friday (declare in by 10 a.m. Wednesday), and the last Sire Stakes prelim events will face the gate on Monday (2YOs) and Tuesday (3YOs) at 10:30 a.m. - declare in for these races by Friday at 10 a.m. by Jerry Connors for PASS Fairs  

GRATZ PA - The freshman Glidemaster filly Glide By Shooting posted a 2:01.4 victory in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at the Gratz Fair Sunday, thereby reducing that local trotting divisional mark by 1 1/5 seconds, eclipsing the standard set by Classical Original ten years minus two days before. Roger Hammer, a visitor to Victory Lane three times Sunday, handled the fast miss for owner/trainer/breeder Boots Dunn, who also campaigned Glide By Shooting's mom, 2006 Fair Champion She'sfastandfurious. 15 minutes earlier Hammer and Dunn had combined to take another division of the event with the Tom Ridge filly Bella Palazzo in 2:04.3. Bella Palazzo, a nine-time fair winner with the last eight in succession, assured herself a tie as division points champion... ...with the Equinox Bi miss Bessie, herself home first eight times over the twicearounds, winning this time in 2:03.2 for owner/trainer/driver Dave Brickell to keep Bella Palazzo's lead at 63-58 with one stop and its 5 points for win at least mathematically in the frame. This trio seems the class of their group right now - they won by a combined 27 ¼ lengths. For the second time in six days driver Steve Schoeffel combined with trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty to take two cuts of the three-year-old colt trot, and with the same horses: the Cantab Hall gelding Fly Past Hanover and the Broadway Hall gelding Broadway Charm. Also appearing to be in the thick of this section is the Oh So White gelding Whitey Lauxmont (owner/trainer/driver Brickell), who started at the fairs with eight straight wins, made breaks in the next two races, but then rebounded yesterday to win the fastest cut in 2:05. The Yankee Cruiser pacing colt A OK Hanover, Hammer-owned-trained-driven, remained undefeated in six starts at the fairs by winning the fastest section of his freshman event in 2:00.3. Last week A OK set the pace, then held off a furious late rush from previously-fair-unbeaten El Chivato; this week El Chivato attacked early from his outside draw, but Hammer kept him out on the limb throughout, and as the place slackened late this week it TSM Wulfi T narrowing in but not quite getting there against the double track recordholder. (Ironically, though, even if A OK would win at Bloomsburg a week from today, he still would have only 35 points - wth nine horses ahead of him for the eight-horse final, and another two within two points of that fugure.) La Fiesta, the first freshman to clinch her title, paced the fastest mile of the day, 2:00.2, the Western Terror miss going right down the road for Team Shaw (driver Chris, trainer Jason, and owner Mason. FINISHING LINES Three-year-olds take to the Gratz track today, starting at 11:30 a.m....Glide By Shooting and La Fiesta posted season's records for the PA fair circuit with their Sunday triumphs ... And it should be noted that the consistent trotting colt Mr Weaver, though not a winner Sunday, also clinched his divisional pointtotal with his crossing under the wire third. Jerry Connors | Director of Sire Stakes and Harness Breeders Fund  

YORK PA - In a battle of unbeatens, usually something has to give. Not much gave in a division of the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes for pacing colts during a day devoted to freshmen at the York County Fair, as A OK Hanover, now undefeated in five starts on the circuit, edged out El Chivato, who had been 5-for-5 on the local circuit, by a nose in 2:02.1. A Yankee Cruiser colt, A OK Hanover and owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer hung up very fast fractions while El Chivato raced midpack, being six lengths to the good at the 3/4s - but here came El Chivato, eating up ground rapidly for driver Chris Shaw. The margin shrank with every step of the stretch drive, but on the money "A OK" held off his hard-charging foe by the slimmest of margins. Both stamped themselves as major factors for their Championship Final at The Meadows on October 5 - If they qualify for the final, as both have spent a good bit of time at the raceways, including Stallion Series action. El Chivato is currently 8 points adrift of the eighth and last qualifying pointtotal, "A OK" 12 - both are likely to need "5-point" (winning) performances at Gratz and Bloomsburg, the last two stops on the fair circuit, and the defection of a couple of rivals, to make the Championship. It would be surprising if Fly Past Hanover or Broadway Charm missed their Championship, as they added to their point accumulation by taking two of the three divisions of the Ralph Jones Memorial Trot for males, a race named after the late legend and benefactor of local fair racing. Fly Past Hanover, a gelded son of Cantab Hall, missed the divisional track record a fifth by posting a 2:04 score, while the Broadway Hall gelding Broadway Charm won in 2:05, the team taking the Daily Double by a near combined 25 lengths for driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty. Schoeffel in all had five wins on the day to solidify his spot atop the fair colony driver standings. The Team Shaw pacing filly La Fiesta became the first fair horse to clinch her divisional pointtotal championship when she finished second after a hard first-over trip to Bellas Quik, having amassed 61 points to 49 for nearest rivals Ardelle and Hopeful Trust with, as mentioned, just two stops and 10 points to go at the 2013 PA fairs. FINISHING LINES - The three-year-olds are featured at York today, with first post at 10:30 a.m. ... As alluded to above, here's the rest of the PA fair schedule for this year: this coming Sunday and Monday at 11:30 a.m., and then three days of racing at Bloomsburg: a rescheduling of all eight Bloomsburg Stakes to the Friday before the main racing week, September 20, at 2 p.m., and then the final Sire Stakes preliminary opportunity of the year on Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. by Jerry Connors for PAFSS

PORT ROYAL PA - Pennsylvania-sired three-year-olds were spotlighted Wednesday on a beautiful day at the Juniata County Fairgrounds in Port Royal PA. Monroe County, who has set two all-age track records and two other divisional track records this summer at the local fairs, bounced back to form from the trailing post seven to post a 2:03.4 win in her division of the filly trot, by over two seconds the fastest Sire Stakes mile of the day on the diamond gait. In doing so, the Glidemaster filly ended the 6-6 fair run of Homepage, who finished second, for driver Aaron Johnston and trainer John McMullen Jr ., the latter co-owner with Michelle McMullen (all doublers on the day). The redoubtable Roger Hammer took three races with horses he owns, trains, and drove, including two cuts of the 3PC races. The faster was the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Camturo Beach, now 8-6-2-0 at the PA twicearounds after the speediest mile of the day, 2:02.2; the other was the homebred Nuclear Breeze gelding Falcon's Breeze, who despite being last year's leading pointleader was winning only for the first time at the fairs this year when, undoubtedly relishing the scratch of the thunderous McAlvin, he tallied in 2:05.1, with a 29.1 kicker. (Hammer's ol' wrestling buddy from their Bedford-area high school days, Sam Beegle, won the other glamor division event with newcomer Nittany Nation in 2:03.2.) Have More Wine drew the inside of the field of four and Keystone Wanda, second-fastest fair Sires performer of the year (1:57.2, behind McAlvin's twin 1:57s), drew the outside - and that may have made the difference in the quickest 3PF division, with the Western Terror filly Have More Wine victorious for the seventh time at the fairs, here in 2:03-29.2 for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel (three wins in the sulky and two as a coniditioner) and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel, James Reuther, and James Nelson. The Port Royal racing began on Tuesday night with contests for two-year-olds. Unfortunately, the times for the freshman heats had to be voided (NTR). The Port Royal oval is known as Port Royal Speedway, home to good local car racing, 363 days of the year, and is less than a half-mile in circumference; after harness rainouts in 2011 and 2012, the old marks for precise placements of the start/finish and other "quarter poles" were no longer in place, and a small miscalculation when setting up for Tuesday resulted in time quicker than expected; when the track was remeasured and set to rights for Wednesday's card, it was decided in total overall fairness to disallow the Tuesday times. While there may be no chronological basis for measure, the mind against the memory still produces strong impressions of special victories, and among Tuesday's from this corner's perspective were: --The Boots Dunn bred/owned/trained pair of 2TFs, Bella Palazzo and especially Glide By Shooting. Both were driven by Brian Zendt; before the races Brian, brother Phil, father Bill, and grandfather/patriarch Wilbur, who hails from Juniata County, were honored in impressive trackside ceremonies. --2PC El Chivato, now 5 for 5 at the fairs, and his filly counterpart Southern Sweetie, who controlled the throttle and won in hand to run her lifetime record to 5-3-2-0. FINISHING LINES - They'll draw Sunday for Monday (2YOs) and Tuesday (3YOs) racing at the York Fair, third-to-last stop on this year's circuit, with action both days starting at 10:30 am. by Jerry Connors  

STONEBORO PA – Roger Hammer, in a traffic accident Wednesday and released from the hospital Thursday afternoon, added on six winners during the three-year-old action at the Great Stoneboro Fair Saturday to the triple he posted Friday, leaving him and his neck/body brace to drive back home to Bedford with nine wins during the two-day meet. But Hammer would be the first to agree that the biggest story Saturday was McAlvin, a McArdle pacing gelding who posted the fastest time ever at the Stoneboro half-miler when he won a division of the Sire Stakes in 1:57, knocking 2/5 off a second off the 11-year-old mark of J T Arturo (and no points for guessing who drove J T Arturo on his record day). McAlvin also equaled the fastest mile of the Keystone fair year (his own, at Gratz), and now has 4 magic miles (including the 1:58.2 all-age record at Meadville) in his undefeated five-race campaign at the fairs in 2013. McArdle and his connections – driver Chris Shaw, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner Julie Krenitsky – now must focus on making the Fair Championship: with four stops on the circuit left, McAlvin is presently nine points short of the last qualifying spot, and 14 horses are ahead of him in the standings. The other two divisions of the sophomore colt pace were won by Roger Hammer-owned, -trained, and –driven horses: Camturo Beach (2:01) and Enjoy The Ride (2:02.2). Among the pacing fillies, early-season sensation She’salilfireball turned the tables from Wednesday’s 1-2 finish at Wattsburg when she defeated In A Better Place, the leading pointwinner among all fair campaigners, in 2:01. Both horses started along the inside, but In A Better Place did not live up to her name when she drew post five on the 4-wide track, and that might have factored in the victory for the “Fireball,” a daughter of Allamerican Native, driver Aaron Johnston, and owner-trainer Bob Grover. On the trotting side, Hammer and owner-trainer-breeder Boots Dunn won two of three divisions in the Sires events for both sexes. The SJ’s Caviar gelding Ruddy Rusty, now undefeated in eight fair starts, was the fastest of the quartet in 2:02.4; he was joined on the male side by Classicality (2:04.2). The filly winners for the “golden oldies” were Lindyofalifetime (2:03.3) and Boo’s Party Girl (2:04). FINISHING LINES – Stoneboro’s racing ended fair action in the western part of the state for the year (excepting the $200,000 Fair Championship Night at The Meadows on Saturday evening, October 5); they draw tomorrow for Tuesday twilight and Wednesday afternoon action at Port Royal, and will then visit York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg to conclude the twicearound year … At Port Royal on Tuesday, there will be a ceremony honoring the Zendt Family, including localite and patriarch Wilbur Zendt, before the 4:30 scheduled start … And for those keeping score, Hammer’s sulky tally for Stoneboro was 19-9-4-1-.608. by Jerry Connors  

STONEBORO PA – Research has now shown that Roger Hammer is made of the same materials as are used to build airplane data recorders. Less than 24 hours after a brief hospital stay which resulted from a Wednesday morning traffic accident, The Hammer was parading back to the Great Stoneboro Fair winners circle with the fastest two-year-old in the history of the northwest Pennsylvania oval. The colt’s name? A OK Hanover. (I’m not clever enough to make that kind of name up.) A OK Hanover’s victory was not unexpected – the Yankee Cruiser colt was undefeated in three previous fair starts, and his next race is in the $40,000 Stallion Series Championship next Friday at Pocono after amassing the series prelims’ third-highest pointtotal – but the 2:00.4 time, bettering by a tick the old mark set five years minus one day earlier by Stately Art, was just an exclamation point punctuating the chaotic-but-ultimately-triumphant last few days of Hammer, an 8-time North American UDR champion. In all, Hammer won three times on the card, and posted a .514 UDR for the day – not bad for somebody who drove into the fairgrounds wearing a neck and upper back brace. Both records for two-year-old pacers fell during this day of freshman action at Stoneboro, as 30 minutes later the Dragon Again filly TSM Maija Star teamed with hot-driving Todd Cummings to win a Sire Stakes cut in 2:01.4, again knocking a fifth off the existing mark, this one set by Argument Hanover two years ago. Bob Krenitsky Jr., also on a tear as of late, conditions the new standardholder for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. On the trotting side, Whitey Lauxmont ran his fair record to 8 for 8 by winning the fastest division of the 2TC in 2:05.4.The Oh So White gelding is owned, trained, and driven by Dave Brickell. There are many other storylines that could be written about from this sprawling 18-race card at Stoneboro, but it probably was the improbable comeback of Roger Hammer that had the most people shaking their heads. Even if Hammer couldn’t. FINISHING LINES – Some more great PA Fairs action is set for Saturday at 10am, with most of the circuit’s top three-year-olds slated to go behind the gate on a 16-race card. by Jerry Connors

According to sources, Roger Hammer began experiencing pain last evening. After initially refusing treatment at the scene, he later went to his local hospital that evening. It was then discovered that he had sustained neck injures. As of 12:00 noon Thursday, he remained hospitalized but was expecting to be released later today. Passenger Vickie Mock was treated and released yesterday with broken ribs. Only one horse out of six in his Eby Trailer suffered a minor cut. All others were uninjured.   Submitted by PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

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