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STONEBORO PA - The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit was in a total "split" situation this past Tuesday and Wednesday, with the racing for two-year-olds conducted at both the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg and the Indiana County Fair on Tuesday, and the three-year-olds going the following days at both places. Speed was achieved at both venues: the two track records for trotting fillies were rewritten at Wattsburg, while at Indiana the only 2:00 mile of the fair season outside of Bedford went into the books. And one young horseman accomplished an amazing feat linking both tracks both days. On Tuesday morning the two-year-old trotting filly Missive reset the Wattsburg track record for a/s/g to 2:08 in winning her division of the Fair Sire Stakes (and going faster than the boys did). Steve Schoeffel, Wattsburg's leading driver with six wins in the two days, trains and drove the daughter of Muscle Massive for Lander Stables LLC and Kathy Schoeffel. Within an hour of that performance, North America's winningest two-year-olds, the pacing filly Tropical Terror (now at 12) and gelding Nippy (10), both added to their victory total, and both did it in the same unusual way - they were both placed first in their events. Both the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror (who has now won in a dead-heat and by disqualification, and lost by a half-length in her only other start) and the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy are campaigned by Team Shaw - trainer Jason Shaw (Wattsburg meet leader with 4 wins over the two days), driver Chris Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw, Jason's 2YO son. On Wednesday Wattsburg altered another line in its record tables when the sophomore Straight Up Lindy filly Static Electricity made the stopwatch click at 2:05.2. The firm of Shaw, Shaw, and Shaw also profited from this trotter's victory. Tuesday's Indiana action saw Todd Schadel drive four winners, but he had to settle for second behind perhaps the most impressive winner of the day, the baby trotting filly by SJ's Caviar named HS Pearl, who won in 2:07.1 (also faster than either winning time posted by her colt counterparts, like Missive at Wattsburg), and with last quarter of 29.4. Wayne Long trains and drives the impressive miss, and he shares ownership with Joyce Lineweaver. On Wednesday at Indiana, the Yankee Cruiser gelding Fangled Hanover teamed with owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer to win a division of the 3PC event in 2:00, the only magic mile of the year on the Pennsy twicearounds other than at the speed show at Bedford, which produced six such times. There have only been a handful of clockings in even time or better at Indiana (the all-time fastest is 1:58.3 by Straight Character), and Fangled Hanover now joins that select group for Hammer, who was the meet's leading trainer with four and co-leading driver with four along with his Vivid Photo partner Schadel - and an up-and-coming horseman who deserves his own paragraph. 20-year-old Cory Kreiser has only 48 driving victories in his young career, and he had never trained a winner before this season. But Kreiser posted four sulky victories at Indiana to tie the veterans Hammer and Schadel - and even more impressively he trained a winner - each day - at each of the two tracks! Winning at Wattsburg Tuesday was Uber Doober Do (Schoeffel deputizing) and Julio Lauxmont (Brady Brown) Wednesday in Quaker State events; at his "base" at Indiana, Kreiser was the victorious trainer/driver in a Sire Stake with Allstar Ballet on Tuesday and a Quaker State with Acelia on Wednesday to complete the unique trainer quartet. Cory also had Indiana catch-driving Sire Stakes triumphs with Koi Lauxmont for trainer Ted Williams on Tuesday and Medoland Onyx for conditioner Pat Medors on Wednesday, thus achieving his sulky foursome. The circuit moves on to its final "Western stop" this Friday and Sunday at the Great Stoneboro Fair; freshman will start their races at 10 a.m. Friday, with sophomores set to go Sunday at high noon. The circuit then heads east for its final tour, at Port Royal, York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg, then goes back west to The Meadows on Saturday evening, October 5 for the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

MEADVILLE, PA-- But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14 In all of the centuries of exegesis of that famous Biblical passage, though, no one before the horsemen on the Pennsylvania fair circuit this week would have come up with the interpretation "The two-year-olds get to race, but rain could wash out some of the three-year-old contests." Racing at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville PA this week, the local freshmen got both of their days of racing in - they haven't missed a race yet in 2014. But the three-year-old trotters were washed out on Wednesday - the third time that the sophomores have missed part or the entirety of their action, some 27 races in all so far. The 3YO pacers, though, did get to race on Thursday, so the week "batted" 75%. The sophomores that did get to work, the pacers, made the most of their opportunity, with the fastest Sire Stakes mile of the week, 2:01.1, going to the Well Said gelding Wellsaidanddone, conditioned by Mike Gillock for owner Harry Locke. Wellsaidanddone's driver Brady Brown has come into his own this summer, the 21-year-old already having won 19 races at the fairs, good for fourth place in the current standings. Driver Chris Shaw, the circuit leader, took two of the three divisions of the 3PF event, the fastest being the Four Starzzz Shark miss Allstar Morning, home in 2:02 for trainer Gerald Lee Jr. and owners Kristen and Ethan Spahn. (This division thus had two youthful winning owners in 13YO Ethan and the redoubtable 2YO Mason Shaw, whose La Fiesta also triumphed for Team Shaw.) Both of the Meadville divisional track records this past week came on the trot - remarkable considering there was only one day devoted to trotters, Monday. The freshman Muscle Massive gelding Police Navidad set that division's race record with a 2:06.2 victory in the very first race of the meet for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Kathy and Virginia Schoeffel, Lander Stables LLC, and James Reuther. (A quirk in the Meadville books also lists the 2T male Penn Monie Mosie in this category with a 2:05.1 mile, achieved in a qualifier.) The other track trot mark came on Tuesday in the FFA event, with driver Brady Brown again prominent as he hustled the Pegasus Spur gelding Wild Ride to a 2:03 victory to rewrite the line for older trotting males. Wild Ride beat by 1/5 the former mark of S J Better Days; in the FFA pace, Rockabella posted the fastest overall mile of the week for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, with the 2:00.1 time only a fifth shy of Vesuvio Grande's local mark for the older pacing male set. Tuesday's pacing freshmen contests saw three frequent winners for Team Shaw again in Victory Lane, with the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror now the winningest 2YO in North America by two after her 11th victory, this one in 2:04.4. On the colt side, Marshmallow Pulse (at 2:01.4 the fastest division winner) and Nippy both crossed the wire first for the ninth time, putting them among joint leaders for most triumphs by a baby male in 2014. Next on the PA fair schedule are stops on Tuesday and Wednesday at both Indiana and Wattsburg, with freshmen set for Tuesday and sophomores ready to go Wednesday in both settings. Let's hope that at those two stops Genesis 8:4 is more appropriate: ... and the water receded steadily from the earth. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

HONESDALE PA - The second half of the dual-phase harness racing meet at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in this northeast PA town, the "PA Fair Sire Stakes" portion after the "county fair" portion, ended yesterday, with many familiar storylines in place at the wire: Roger Hammer, who set the Honesdale track records on both the pace (Alastor Hanover, 1:56.2) and trot (Vivid Photo, 2:02) in 2010, again in 2014 had the fastest mile, a 2:00.4 outing by the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Rockabella, for whom Hammer is owner/trainer/driver, in a division of the FFA pace Wednesday. Like most of the week's miles at Honesdale, the early pace was conservative, but the final quarter was impressive (28); The most interesting fair division so far, the two-year-old filly pace, had seen Keystone I Wish stop Tropical Terror's win streak at eight earlier in the week; on Thursday the fillies, who had deadheated at Bedford, drew in separate divisions: and both won: first the Art Official filly Keystone I Wish for trainer / driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with his wife Christine; and then the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror for driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw; The 2PFs went in races 3 and 4; races 1 and 2 were for the 2TFs, and both Schadel and Shaw won one each of these two as well - both catchdriving for owner/trainer Boots Dunn: the Glidemaster filly Shewontkissandtell and the Tom Ridge filly Isabella Carina. Driving doubles seemed to be the order of the day in the Thursday Fair Sire Stakes for babies: on the colt side, Marc Mosher guided both trot winners, while on the pace Chris Shaw paraded back twice; Well-known amateur horseman Alan Schwartz made a rare venture over the New York state line profitable as he won with R'lene Jetta, a Lear Jetta sophomore filly he owns, trains, and drove; And of course the ongoing success of Hurricane Shaw, the trio mentioned above. After Chris drove seven winners during the first session and Jason trained five, all for his two-year-old son Mason the owner, Team Shaw went 6-5-5 during the second two-day section. FINISHING LINES - Roger Hammer also trained the fastest winner of the opening day of the two-day meet in Waynesburg PA (358 miles southwest of Honesdale) yesterday, with the Rustler Hanover baby gelding Rustlercafe distancing a Quaker State field in 2:02 for driver Steve Schoeffel, who won three times on that card. There will be a full summary on the Waynesburg meet appearing after today's racing for three-year-olds. Publicity Office of PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

WAYNESBURG PA - The annual two-day harness racing meet at the Greene County Fair in this southwestern PA town (hometown of Dave Palone) saw two three-year-old trotters run their 2014 fair records to 7 for 8, and a two-year-old trotter make a very promising debut. Fly Past Hanover opened the sophomore action with a 2:07 win, last quarter 30.2, for driver Steve Schoeffel, who had three wins each day to lead the meet, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty. The altered son of Cantab Hall is a nose shy of an undefeated fair campaign, as it took Faust edging him by the smallest margin in a Bedford all-age trot record of 2:00.4 to spoil his sheet this summer. Another Cantab Hall offspring, the filly Cantabs Lightning, is also 7 for 8 at the Pennsy twicearounds after a tally in 2:05.3, last quarter 30, winning by 19¾ lengths - imagine what she might have done if she hadn't made a break before the quarter. Wayne Long owns, trains, and drove the impressive miss. Roger Hammer trainees produced the fastest miles of the day on both 3YO day (Friday) and 2YO day (Thursday). The sophomore Yankee Cruiser gelding Fangled Hanover went the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.4, in winning a Fair Sire Stakes division, with owner Hammer also driving the winner. Hammer didn't have the sulky seat behind Thursday's fastest baby as he was racing at Honesdale, but Steve Schoeffel more than capably deputized, as he and Rustlercafe distanced a Quaker State field in 2:02-29.2. Hammer, as usual, got the big end of the money, as he owns and trains Rustlercafe, now 5 for 6 in Quaker competition. In the 2YO Fair Sire Stakes, three horses posted a 2:06.3 time for speed co-honors, two being the pacing filly Joltstheice and the pacing gelding Jed Kidd Squawking. But the third 2:06.3 baby winner, the one that made the fans sit up and take notice, was a trotter - the Muscle Massive filly Piano Rose, who won effortlessly, and in her career debut to boot. Steve Schoeffel got the call to drive the undefeated neophyte for trainer Fred Grant and owner Ralph Del Priore Jr. The racing at Waynesburg signaled the shift of the PA fair circuit back west for the rest of August, after several weeks of being based in the central and eastern parts of the state. Next stop is at the historic Arden Downs oval at the Washington County Fair, where they'll go to the gate on Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. TOP FIVE PA FAIR CIRCUIT DRIVERS AND TRAINERS AFTER THE RACING of AUGUST 8 DRIVERS TRAINERS Chris Shaw 60 Jason Shaw 44 Steve Schoeffel 54 Steve Schoeffel 32 Roger Hammer 25 Roger Hammer 27 (tie) Todd Cummings 15 Bill Daugherty Jr. 15 (tie) Wayne Long Bob Krenitsky Jr. 13 Publicity Office of the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

HONESDALE PA -- Hurricane Shaw blew through this northeastern Pennsylvania city this past Sunday and Monday during the fair harness racing meet, offering $100,000 in purse money, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds here, but the prize that they probably wanted the most eluded them, instead going to the horse that figured to be the one to beat. "Hurricane Shaw" here refers to an owner, 2-year-old Mason Shaw, who before lunchtime Sunday, 3YO day, saw his horse earn over $9500 and had his stable go 8-5-3-0 over the two days; his father, trainer Jason Shaw (who also trains, quite successfully, for the accounts of other owners), who won five times during the meet; and his uncle, driver Chris, who had six visits to Victory Lane. Chris now sports a 51-48 edge in driving triumphs over Steve Schoeffel, who will wait for fair action to return to his western Pennsylvania part of the state, at Waynesburg; Jason now has a 38-31 edge over the Schoeffel barn on the conditioning side. The win that they probably most wanted, though, was with Tropical Terror in a division of the two-year-old Fair Sire Stakes filly pace. Tropical Terror, a daughter of Western Terror, had been the only horse in any division to go eight-for-eight at the first eight 2014 PA fair stops, and the Shaws were of course hoping for number nine. But victory number 8 had been in a dead-heat with Keystone I Wish at Clearfield last week, and this filly had shown her talent with a 2:00 score at Gratz earlier. And it was Keystone I Wish who got the nod when the two squared off at Honesdale, in 2:02.4 (just 2/5 off the fastest mile of the meet, which was recorded by the 3PF La Fiesta, who closed in 28.2 for the team of guess who). But Tropical Terror was gallant in defeat, making up 6½ lengths on her rival from the half, only to come up ½ length shy of the Art Official filly Keystone I Wish, trained and driven by Todd Schadel and owned by Todd and wife Christine. The clocking was also only a tick off the local divisional standard set by Car-Lin's Stardurst in 2003. Fastest trot of the meet was a 2:06.4 triumph turned in by the Pistols N Spurs gelding Must Be A Pistol, owned by Michael Brocklehurst, in a division of the FSS 3TC. The race was notable for two reasons: 1) Faust, who had just rewritten the Bedford trot mark to 2:00.4, made a break with a four-length lead coming into the stretch; and 2) it was the first drive at Honesdale for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst in at least 22 years, the furthest-back the USTA records go, and possibly his first-ever trip behind the gate there. The Shaw clan will hope for their luck to continue at the Honesdale 2-day meet, which will begin tomorrow. Pennsylvania fair racing will also be conducted on Thursday 358 miles to the southwest, at the Greene County fair in Waynesburg, which will also race on Friday. The three meets within the six-day period will find some $290,000 in purses offered to the cream of the Keystone twicearound circuit. Publicity Department, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

CLEARFIELD PA - The four-day harness racing meet at the Clearfield (PA) County Fair concluded on Wednesday, with $107,784 in total purses distributed in the quartet of days among the best of the Keystone State's fair competitors. Clearfield, (relatively) centrally- located in the state, always draws one of the biggest pool of entrants, and local fans enjoyed 34 heats of racing during the meet. The tightest finish of the meet, by definition, occurred on Tuesday in a division of the two-year-old filly pace, when Tropical Terror, a daugher of Western Terror, is the only fair campaigner to win at all eight of the season's initial stops, maintained that distinction while finishing in a 2:03.3 dead-heat with Keystone I Will, fastest of this group at the fairs off a 2:00 mile at Bedford. The Art Official filly Keystone I Wish is trained and was driven by Todd Schadel, while Tropical Terror tallied for trainer Jason Shaw and driver Chris Shaw. There were five divisions of the two-year-old colt pace that day, with Team Schadel accounting for two and Team Shaw (whose brace included the fastest winner Marshmallow Pulse in 2:03) taking two more. The fifth was won by R N Nate for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, who will take his present six-race win streak behind the gate tomorrow (Friday) at Harrah's Philadelphia. On the trotting side, the highlight would be the remarkable performance of trainer Bill Daugherty Jr.'s three-year-old colts, both of whom are now six for seven at the twicearounds after Clearfield victories. Fly Past Hanover, an altered son of Cantab Hall, has lost only in a photo when Faust set the all-age Bedford track record of 2:00.4, while the Broadway Hall gelding Broadway Charm posted the Clearfield meet's fastest trotting time of 2:03.4. ("Charm"'s Clearfield counterpart on the pacing side would be Ruffle Up, a sophomore Real Artist gelding who won in 2:01 for trainer/driver Roger Hammer.) Handling the two Daugherty powerhouses throughout the summer has been the fair circuit's leading driver, Steve Schoeffel, who with four wins on the week now has 48 wins in eight stops; Schoeffel's main rival, Chris Shaw, visited Victory Lane via sulky six times at Clearfield to raise his win total to 45. The Shaw/Schoeffel duel on the driving side is paralleled on the training side as well, as Chris's brother Jason harnessed five winners during the session to currently enjoy a 33-31 edge over horses out of the Schoeffel barn. Perennial "fair king" Roger Hammer is third in both categories, with 19 driving wins and 20 training triumphs. The fair circuit now moves to the far northeast of the state, at the Wayne County Fair at Honesdale, which will stage its "fair meet" on Sunday and Monday and its "2-day meet" on Wednesday and Thursday. Next Thursday also sees the start of two days of racing at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg, 358 miles away from Honesdale. (Miss the turn for Honesdale and you'll be in New York; miss the turn for Waynesburg and you'll be in West Virginia ... yes, Pennsylvania is a big state.) by Jerry Connors for the PA Sire Stakes Fairs

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  

HUGHESVILLE PA - The national newspaper USA TODAY runs a feature in its upper left-hand corner of the Sports section called "Names You Need To Know." After Thursday's conclusion of the two-day harness meet at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville PA, our modification of this "header" is "A Name and a Number You Need to Know." The number is "2:00.3." The name is "Shaw." "2:00.3" is the fastest time recorded at the six stops to date on the 2014 Pennsy fair tour. It was first achieved last Sunday by Mister Chaos, a three-year-old Art Official gelding trained by Bob Rougeaux III for owners D&P Racing LLC. Mister Chaos then came back three days later, during Wednesday's sophomore action at Hughesville, and equaled his season standard for Rougeaux and D&P. Then a third 2:00.3 appeared, unexpectedly - on Thursday, during two-year-old action. Marshmallow Pulse, a Quik Pulse Mindale colt (out of the mare Marshamarshamarsha - Brady Bunch fans, go explain that name to the others), overcame the outside post, brushing from last after the 30 quarter to the lead in 1:00.1 en route to clockings of 1:30 and the prized 2:00.3. Marshmallow Pulse now has four wins and two seconds in six starts. The name "Shaw"? Well, we can start with Marshmallow Pulse's driver, Chris Shaw. Chris also happens to have been the driver of Mister Chaos in his two miles of 2:00.3. But there are many more Shaws. Marshmallow Pulse is trained by Chris's brother Jason, and the precocious baby is owned by Jason's son Mason - who is now the same age as Marshmallow Pulse! In all, Shaw/Shaw/Shaw had five wins over the two days at Hughesville. Another of the five winners was another impressive freshman, Tropical Terror, who became the only horse to win at each of the six Pennsylvania fairs to date when she triumphed Thursday in 2:03.1-1:00. A daughter of Western Terror, Tropical Terror is tied as the winningest freshman in all of North America - and her 2:01 at Gratz had been the local marker for two-year-olds of either sex until "Pulse" eclipsed her in the 26th and final race of the two-day session. In all, Chris Shaw had seven wins in the two days, bringing him within range of last year's fair champion (and a North American UDR leader in 2013) Steve Schoeffel, who "only" had four wins, with Schoeffel now having a 38-36 advantage (remember, after only 12 cards of racing). Schoeffel's four sulky triumphs were all from his own barn, so Jason Shaw's five wins now makes the trainers' score Team Shaw 26, Team Schoeffel 24. From a breeding standpoint, Schoeffel's most interesting horse would be the freshman trotting colt Chiney Babco, who racked up his fifth straight win on Thursday. Chiney Babco is interesting because he is a Shark Gesture colt out of an Artsplace mare - Schoeffel reported that he couldn't get the horse to pace all winter, but he showed an inclination to trot, and with a quintet of victories and over $13,000 on his card already, Schoeffel showed his good judgment and horsemanship with that "conversion." FINISHING LINES - The fair circuit in PA now moves southwest to Bedford PA, for Monday and Tuesday racing beginning at 11 a.m. Last year Bedford rejoined the circuit for the first time in 23 years, and this year's it is hoped they get both cards in, instead of having one washed out, as happened in 2013 ... And in referencing "Marshmarshamarsha" again, those of you watching too much TV Land can tell your friends why a colt out of a mare named Pilgrims Pebbles has a perfect name in Bambam Lauxmont ... From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association  

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

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.    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 7, 2014 -- Royaltyhasarrived converted a relentless uncovered move to victory in 1:55.4, fastest split of Monday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers at The Meadows. The event was contested over five divisions, with Sammy Said, Hall Of Terror, Smiling Terror and Cartel taking the other splits. Dave Palone, who piloted six winners on the 16-race card, enjoyed a stake double behind Sammy Said and Cartel. Royaltyhasarrived was coming off a trip both disastrous and promising in the PA All Stars; he was parked every step but was making up ground late while individually timed in 1:54.4. Winning driver Dan Rawlings, who was aboard that day as well, figured that made his horse the best -- particularly with Monday's addition of earplugs. "Last week I couldn't get him in a hole, I couldn't hold him," Rawlings said. "It was kind of embarrassing; it took a little pride out of me. But he definitely was fast enough. Being honest, I didn't think I would lose this race today. If he learns a little more to go with his natural ability, he might be able to go with the sires stakes horses later on." The Western Terror-Her Mattjesty gelding defeated Hillbillyrootdiggr by 4-1/2 lengths, with Caserati Hanover third. Steve Schoeffel trains Royaltyhasarrived for Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Jerry Dedoszak and Michael Munn. Sammy Said vaulted to the early lead for trainer Mark Harder and owner Fox Hollow Farm, the held off B Well by a head to triumph in a maiden-breaking 1: 56.2. UF Larry Alltheway earned show. After Sammy Said trailed throughout in his PA All Stars split, Harder was looking to shake up the youngster. "Mark said to put him in the hunt," Palone said. "He thought the horse was a little better than he showed the first start. We didn't plan on getting stuck on the lead. I was impressed with the little guy. He gives you a good try." Smiling Terror began his career with two front-end victories in qualifiers, but in Monday's stake, he angled off the cones from fourth for Mike Wilder and scored at first asking in 1:56.3. Given Up Terror raced well uncovered for second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, with Battle Cruiser third. "He got to move a little bit in both qualifiers, so we knew he was capable of making moves," said Steve Owens, who conditions the Western Terror-ASAP Or Sooner gelding for Last Laugh LLC. "He had to back out around them in the last turn; that's a hard move for young horses. Elsewhere on the program, Nice Party won her seventh consecutive race in a conditioned Fillies & Mares event -- a remarkable turnaround from her sophomore campaign in 2013, when she lost all five outings. Tony Hall drove the daughter of Party At Artsplace-Nice'n Big for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns with Tom Pollack. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Albatross, a $236.060 PA Sites Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. By Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, March 11, 2014 -- First over from before the half, Partyatbartsplace ground out his second straight victory in Tuesday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Also capturing $15,000, second-leg splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts, horses and geldings were Mogul Hanover, who won his second straight in the Russell, and KR's Power Surge, a 25-1 surprise. Partyatbartsplace was third when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Mattamerican. The pair dueled until mid-stretch, where Partyatbartsplace edged clear and downed Mattamerican by a length in a career-best 1:53.3. Dealin Dan rallied for show. Chas Norris trains Partyatbartsplace, a 4-year-old Party At Artsplace-Miss Major Power gelding, for Thumbs Up Stable. In the $20,000 Preferred Trot, converted claimer Call To Post powered to the lead past the quarter and was unassailable thereafter, scoring in 1:54, a lifetime mark. Early leader Bound For Fame was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Tamarind closed well for show. Doug Snyder piloted the 5-year-old Tom Ridge-Poster Princess gelding, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings, for trainer Dane Snyder and owner Danielle Snyder. Dave Palone and trainer Steve Schoeffel each enjoyed a triple on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                              

BEDFORD PA, Sat. Jan. 18 – The U.S. Trotting Association’s meeting for District 7 (Pennsylvania) membership, annually held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Fair Horsemen’s Awards Banquet, took place tonight at the local Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Longtime horseman and USTA Director Sam Beegle has deep roots in this town, for whose high school he wrestled in the State Championship and whose local paper, the Gazette, has Joseph Beegle as its publisher, and when Sam succeeded longtime District Chairman Walter “Boots Dunn,” he decided to treat his fellow Keystoners with some “home cookin’,” and the site, meetings, and dinner were acclaimed by all. At the USTA meeting, Beegle and Dunn, along with fellow Director Barry Brown, went over the proposed USTA rule changes and conducted other necessary business of the association. During the cocktail hour preceding dinner, a demonstration of the soon-to-be-implemented USTA “enter horses by computer” system was shown to an interested gathering. At the awards banquet, honored were both the champion pointwinners during the 21 stops along the fair circuit, along with those horses who won their divisional Championship race at The Meadows on October 5. In 2013, a record four horses, all pacers, recorded triumphs in both events – to show how hard this achievement is, only three horses had been able to win the “double” in the previous four years. The four double champions were: 2YO pacing colt – Mister Chaos, trained by Bob Rougeaux III for first-time owners D&P Racing LLC; 2YO pacing filly – La Fiesta, owned by Mason Shaw (who is not yet two years of age) and trained by his father Jason; 3YO pacing colt – Jungle Of Terror, the leading pointwinner among all competitors at the fairs this year, trained by Steve Schoeffel and owned by Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel in partnership with Steven Lander; 3YO pacing filly – Have More Wine, also a Schoeffel trainee and also owned by the Schoeffel ladies in partnership with James Reuther and James Nelson – her 1:53 1/5 Championship win was the fastest Fair Final ever. Only the trotting side, winners were: 2YO trotting colts – (points) Mr. Weaver, (Champ.) Fly Past Hanover; 2YO trotting fillies – (points) Bella Palazzo, (Champ.) Glide By Shooting (both from the Dunn Stable); 3YO trotting colts – (points) BSMaximumMoonbeam, (Champ.) Rusty Ruddy; 3YO trotting fillies – (points) Monroe County, (Champ.) Homepage. The large gathering was entertained both by a replay of all eight Fair Championships and the large amount of door prizes garnered by Beegle and his co-workers, with the grand prize, a Spyder race sulky, won by Jason Shaw. “My brother Chris (Mason’s uncle) has been doing the driving for our stable, but now maybe I’m start driving some,” Jason – a big fellow -- quipped after winning the big prize.  by Jerry Connors

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 6, 2013 — Have More Wine charged through the Lightning Lane to capture Saturday’s Pennsylvania Fairs Championship for sophomore filly pacers in a stake-record 1:53.1 . . . a feat that became even more impressive when post-race scoping revealed that she bled during the race. On a night when The Meadows hosted all eight divisions of the $200,100 PA Fairs finals and the Meadows Standardbred owners Association staged a variety of family-oriented activities, “doubles” was the word of the day in the championships. Drivers Aaron Merriman, Chris Shaw and Brian Zendt; trainers Walter “Boots” Dunn and Steve Schoeffel, and owners Dunn Stable, Kathy Schoeffel and Virginia Schoeffel each notched a pair of championships. Sitting third in the stretch, Have More Wine poured through the Lightning Lane for Merriman and Schoeffel to defeat In A Better Place by a neck. Early leader She’salilfireball was third. “They put the brakes on at the quarter, and she really didn’t want to sit in,” Merriman said. “I drove her last year, but she never got home like that for me before. She really raced super.”  With three wins on the 13-race card, Merriman pushed his career victory total to 5,997. Virginia Schoeffel, James Reuther and James Nelson own Have More Wine, a daughter of Western Terror-Your So Silly. In the other $25,000 championships: $25,100 Championship, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Mister Chaos took the evening’s most circuitous route to victory, as he was pinned in around the far turn but found room outside, scoring for Shaw in a career-best 1:56.4. He also survived an inquiry and an objection regarding his conduct as he sought that late racing room. Spy The Lie was second, 1/2 length back, while Bosh Hanover earned show. “I didn’t know if I had enough racetrack, but that horse just keeps digging, so I gave him a shot at it,” Shaw said. Robert Rougeaux III trains the Art Official-Because I Said So gelding for D&P Racing. $25,000 Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Schoeffel, the leading trainer and driver on the 2013 fair circuit, got a win in each category when he piloted Jungle Of Terror to a first-over victory in 1:54.3, a lifetime mark. Dinger Two rallied for second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while Dinger One completed the ticket. “He raced really well the week before, but I ran him off his feet in the stretch,” Schoeffel said of the Western Terror-Jungle Print gelding. “I made sure I didn’t do it tonight. Stephen Lander, Kathy Schoeffel and Virginia Schoeffel own Jungle Of Terror, who was acquired for $5,000 via an on-line yearling sale. $25,000 Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Ruddy Rusty made it look easy on the front end, but don’t tell that to Zendt, who had to work hard to control the strong-willed chestnut. “He was being a hothead going to the gate,” Zendt said. “I wasn’t sure how good he’d be because he raced Tuesday, and he was pretty sick. They got him fixed up.” The SJ’s Caviar-Chaka Khan gelding triumphed in 1:57.1 for Dunn and Dunn Stable. The pocket-sitting Markup Hanover was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Southwind Glider third. $25,000 Championship, 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Zendt, Dunn and Dunn Stable teamed again to score with Glide By Shooting, who converted a pocket trip to victory in a stake-mark 1:59.1. Bella Palazzo, the divisional points leader, was a neck back in second, while She Nuit got show. “She’s kind of a hothead Glidemaster,” Zendt said. “She gets away from you when she’s on the lead. I didn’t expect to land in the two hole off the rail, but that worked out well. She’ll be a real nice 3-year-old.” $25,000 Championship, 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Homepage outkicked Monroe County and defeated her by a neck in a stake-mark 1:56.4 for Merriman and trainer/lessee Syl King, Jr. SJ’s Hottie Won finished third. “I drover hear as a 2-year-old,” Merriman said. “I remember she got off the gate for me real well but didn’t want to go in the passing lane. Tonight, she was as sharp as a horse could be for racing a long year at the fairs.” $25,000 Championship, 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers La Fiesta got her third straight victory by shooting the Lightning Lane for Shaw and downing Bellas Quik by 3 lengths in 1:56. TSM Maija Star grabbed show. “We skipped a couple fairs with her and just raced her where we had a chance,” Shaw said. “We kept her fresh. She’s not real big, but she’s strong.” The win was a family affair as Chris’ brother, Jason Shaw, trains the winner, and Jason’s son, Mason Shaw, owns the daughter of Western Terror-Jocelyn Joy. $25,000 Championship, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Fly Past Hanover and Dick Stillings worked out comfortable fractions on the front and rolled on to a 4-1/4-length victory in 2:01.2. Andover The Gold and divisional points leader Mr Weaver rounded out the ticket. William Daugherty, Jr. who conditions the Cantab Hall-Flexible Spending gelding for Susan Daugherty, gave $17,000 for him as a yearling — an unusually high price for a Daugherty purchase. “I had a good year last year, and I always wanted a Cantab Hall,” he explained. “All winter I thought I gave too much. I brought him along kind of slowly, but he got better and better. I didn’t realize quite what I had until mid-season. He’s paid for himself.” Evan Pattak

HARRISBURG PA – Attached with this page are the final point standings of the 2013 racing season at the Pennsylvania Fairs. The last sheet on the tabs at the bottom, “Summary,” may be the most useful page for those who do not need the minutiae of every set of points earned at every fair. These pointstandings are extremely important to horsemen who have horses who qualify, or are close to qualifying, for the $200,000 2013 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships, to be held Saturday evening, October 5, at The Meadows. On the first page of this summary, the horses are listed top to bottom by points won on the circuit, with the exception of those horses who had fewer than five fair starts; fair rules call for them to be given lower preference than those with five or more starts, regardless of points. Since the first page contains the two-year-old standings, the top eight, automatic Championship qualifiers if they chose to enter are listed (no need to break ties in points there); below them the next eight are listed, and when tied in points, the money they earned of the fair circuit, which is the tiebreaker, is listed and factored into the order of their listing. This format works in the same way for the three-year-olds on the second page, except that nine are permitted in the Fair Championships, and thus also are the next nine listed, with point ties broken by money. It is noted that 3TC BSMaximummoondream was also the top pointwinner in his set at two, and that 3PC Mein Schatz and 3PF She’salilfireball have a chance to become repeat Fair Champions, joining the 16 before them who have pulled off the double since the inauguration of these Championships in 1997. (For She’salilfireball, the double may be especially daunting – 14 males have the repeat, while only two of the “fairer sex,” trotter Rosebud Sioux in 2004-05 and pacer Big City Hanover in 2005-06, have been back-to-back Champions.) It should be noted that those not particularly forward-placed in the points derby shouldn’t not drop in the box when the races are drawn next Tuesday. Boytown, a good horse who was second in his only fair start, was ranked #28 in the fair standings going into the Championship, but many others elected not to race, he was dropped in and drawn in, and proceeded to win the Championship! 3PC Jungle Of Terror is noted as 2013’s leading pointwinner in all divisions with 75.5 points; the 2PF La Fiesta topped all freshmen with 69. Each top moneywinner traditionally earns a blanket for their respective stable, in the stable colors: this list can be found on page 3. Page three also contains the list of the leading drivers and trainers at the fairs, both overall and specifically in Sire Stakes races. The hard-working Steve Schoeffel will wear 3 ½ of these four crowns: he was the leading driver in both categories while also being top overall conditioner; in Fair Sire Stakes trainer, he tied with the fast-closing veteran Boots Dunn to be equal-top at 40 victories. Automatic qualifiers for the Fair Sire Stakes Championships: 2TC: Mr. Weaver, Fly Past Hanover, Broadway Charm and Whitey Lauxmont (tie), Flynn Rider, Ramesses, Aston Hanover, Andover The Gold. 2TF: Bella Palazzo, Bessie, Fashion Entre, Glide By Shooting, Cantabs Lightning, She Nuit, Sheema Star, Cantab Baby. 2PC: Mister Chaos, Bosh Hanover and Spy The Lie (tie), Waitingforthisone, Heat Of A Dragon, Spot Lauxmont and TSM Wulf Poof Toof (tie), Gambler Lauxmont. 2PF: La Fiesta, Bellas Quik, Ardelle, Hopeful Trust, and La Soraya (three-way tie), Sew Psyched, Sunsetonthebeach, Showmeagoodtime. 3TC: BSMaximummoondream, Roe Is Me, Luke Icewalker and Montour County (tie), Prince Lauxmont and Southwind Glider (tie), Ruddy Rusty, Classicality, Broadway Vino. 3TF: Monroe County, Wild Ninny, Boo’s Party Girl and Lindyofalifetime (tie), Olivet De Vie,  SJ’s Hottie Won, Mango Celone, MM’s Miss Tess, Homepage. 3PC: Jungle Of Terror, Skylite’s Finale, Captain Kubota, Camturo Beach, Dinger Two, Dinger One and Mein Schatz (tie), Plenty Of Spunk, Enjoy The Ride. 3PF: Have More Wine, In A Better Place, Sweet Talia, DVC Jaded Attitude and Naked At The Beach (tie), She’salilfireball, Caviart Ginger, Wicked Elphaba, Just Another Round.   2013 POINTSTANDINGS FINAL.xls 492K   View   Open as a Google spreadsheet   Download     by Jerry Connors for PASS Fairs

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