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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 11, 2015 — Trainer Steve Schoeffel and harness racing driver Brady Brown — the master and his protégé — concluded their successful Pennsylvania Fairs season by notching a pair of fairs championships Saturday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. The Meadows hosted all eight fairs finals, each worth $25,000, to cap its current meeting. Following a break of about three weeks, the track will stage its reopening weekend with a 12:55 PM card Friday, Oct. 30, and an 11:25 AM program the following day. Those cards will complement The Meadows simulcast of the Thoroughbred Breeders Cup. Schoeffel, a veteran of about 30 years at the fairs and raceways, has turned over many of his drives to the 22-year-old Brown, with outstanding results. Brown ranked fourth in fairs wins this season and Schoeffel fourth in training victories. On Saturday, they triumphed with Royaltyhasarrived (3cp) and Piano Rose (3ft). Also shining was Eric Ledford, who never had driven in a Pennsylvania Fairs race in his career, but he may want to consider joining the circuit regularly. He collected wins with Worthy Jackie (2fp) Wagon Master (2cp). “I’ve driven in fairs, tons of them, in Illinois and Ohio,” he said. “It was always fun.” Might he consider more activity on the PA circuit? “In the finals, maybe,” he said with a smile. A recap of the championships: 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers — Royaltyhasarrived The Western Terror-Her Mattjesty gelding already was a 15-time winner — including a streak of 10 straight — this year, so his victory hardly was surprising. He retook for Brown past the quarter and scored in 1:54.4, 3-1/4 lengths better than John Paul. RN Nate finished third. “He was in the stallion series last year but hurt himself,” Schoeffel said of his $15,000 yearling acquisition. “So I didn’t stake him anywhere but the fairs. I wanted to keep it easy on him and not have him chasing horses. It worked out perfect.” Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn campaign Royaltyhasarrived. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters — Major Matter With his recent victory in a Keystone Classic split, Major Matter appeared to lay over the field. That’s the way the race unfolded, as the Explosive-Matter-Tahiti Springs gelding grabbed the lead early and drew off to prevail by 5 lengths over Keystone Blade. OMG Hanover earned show. “He was very good tonight,” said winning driver Rick Beinhauer, who bred and owns Major Matter with Regina Beinhauer. “He was a little sore his last start, so we had to take care of that. He’s a handy little horse and drives like a Cadillac — quick as a cat out of the gate.” 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters — Simeon As Major Matter, Simeon boasted raceway and stakes victories, and he was just as dominant, prevailing on the front end in 1:58 for trainer/driver David Wade. The pocket-sitting Winborne Hanover, last year’s freshman fairs champ, was a length back in second, while Silver Sierra rallied for show. “His ability indicated to me that he was barely good enough for the stallion series,” said Wade, who owns the Andover Hall-Keystone Ariana gelding — an $11,000 yearling purchase — with Anne Wade, Gerald Brittingham and William Peel III. “The next in the progression is the fairs. He won’t race any more this year. That’s a good way to go out.” 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters — Waterview Hanover Winborne Hanover came up a touch short, but his half sister, Waterview Hanover (Explosive Matter-Wherley) upheld the family honor by going three wide down the backside and scoring an 11-1 upset victory for Dick Stillings. The win was a pleasant surprise for William Daugherty, Jr., who purchased the filly for $28,000 and trains her for Susan Dougherty. “When I saw Dick go three wide, I was afraid she would pull herself up,” he said. “She’s been known to do that, although not so much in a race. I was thinking maybe fourth or fifth.” 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers — Worthy Jackie Worthy Jackie and Ledford had a tall order — find a way to defeat Unbeamlieveable, who had lost only once in 14 starts. But they did it, moving second over to nail the favorite by a neck in 1:59.3. The first-over Gymnast Hanover completed the ticket. “You wouldn’t think going into the race that you could ever beat that other filly,” Ledford said. “But the trip worked out well, and she raced well. At the top of the stretch, I thought I had it.” Sam Beegle trains the daughter of Sharks Gesture-Jakes Lil Sis for Bay Pond Racing Stable. 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers — Crumcake Keystone I Wish was loose on the lead but tiring because of swift fractions. That was the signal for Eric Neal to tip Crumcake three wide down the backside and take aim at the leader. Crumcake triumphed in 1:57.1, 3-3/4 lengths better than the weary Keystone I Wish, with Sandslittledragon third. “I think Eric was concerned that everybody would leave,” said Pat Medors, who trains the homebred daughter of KF St Patrick-Cookie Crombie for Mike Medors and Yvonne Medors. “He made the right move apparently, but it was a long way to come. She’s been a lot of fun this year. I was tickled to death.” 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers — Wagon Master Ledford didn’t want Wagon Master on the lead early and so found himself third over. But the son of Western Terror-Free At Last K made it work despite drifting wide in the lane, scoring in 1:58.1. Well Lets See was second, 3 lengths back, with early leader Billy’s Falcon third.  “They said he has one big brush, and don’t use it early or you won’t have anything late,” Ledford said. “He was running out a little bit; on the half-mile track, he usually runs in.” Mike Gillock conditions Wagon Master for Bob Key. 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters — Piano Rose Piano Rose stalked her stablemate, Missive, from the pocket, then blew by in the stretch to down her by 2 lengths in 1:59.1. Lucky Shiimm closed well for third. “I was pretty confident about her,” Brown said. “Last time I raced her here, she left from the eight hole pretty good. She’s always been able to leave, but tonight was probably the best she’s been.” Ralph Del Priore, Jr. owns Piano Rose, a daughter of Muscle Massive-Jetty’s Girl. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2015 -- It reaches from Bloomsburg in the east to Wattsburg and Meadville in the northwest to Waynesburg and Washington in the southwest. It's the Pennsylvania Fairs circuit, a pillar of harness racing in the Commonwealth that helps promote and perpetuate the sport even as it provides employment and entertainment for thousands. The 2015 season of the PA Fairs culminates Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, when the top point-earners on the 20-stop circuit compete for $200,000 in purses over eight championship races. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will create a county fair-like atmosphere for the event by offering a variety of family-oriented activities, including a bounce house for kids, sulky rides for all and the chance to get up close and personal with a Standardbred. "County fair racing is important to our state and our horsemen," said Kevin Decker, director of racing for The Meadows. "We are delighted to host the fair championships each year to show our appreciation for the contribution fairs racing makes to our sport." First post on fair championships night is 6:55 PM. Mingling of Generations One reason for the ongoing popularity of Pennsylvania fairs harness racing is the earnings opportunity it provides. Typically, PA Fairs Sires Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds offer purses of about $5,000. While that's only a fraction of the sires stake purses at the state's three pari-mutuel tracks, there are so many fair stakes that it's not uncommon for horses to turn profits for their owners with their fairs winnings alone. Says trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel: "The fairs are a nice place to race my horses. I can make money with them and teach them how to be racehorses." Schoeffel, of Evans City, has campaigned his horses at The Meadows and PA fairs for about 30 years and uses the Butler County Fairgrounds as his base of operations. This year at the fairs, Schoeffel won 30 races as a trainer, 14 as a driver. Just as important as the cash is the mingling of generations on the fairs circuit, a vehicle for the exchange of information and experience across age groups. That sort of pollination, if you will, is a key factor in the perpetuation of Pennsylvania harness racing. Stars in many sports retire in their late 30s, but that's hardly true in harness racing. This year's leading trainer (81 wins) and driver (87 wins), as he's been so many times, is 69-year-old Roger Hammer, known as the "King of the Fairs," who collected his 4,000th career victory last May at The Meadows. Those accomplishments notwithstanding, in any fairs stake, Hammer may find himself battling such younger rivals as Schoeffel, 45, and the Johnston brothers, Aaron and Shawn, whose combined age is 47. Schoeffel has turned over many of his driving responsibilities to a protege, 22-year-old Brady Brown, who responded by logging 45 wins -- including 10 straight with Schoeffel's top horse, Royaltyhasarrived -- to rank fourth in the standings. "It's Brady's time; he's been waiting a long time to get started," Schoeffel says. "We turned him loose on all the good ones this year." Families Working & Prospering Together Finally, PA Fairs give families the chance to work and prosper together. Consider the Shaws, where Jason trains 'em (47 wins), his brother Chris drives 'em (61 wins), and Jason's 3-year-old son Mason owns many of them. Mason's ownership might mean little to him now, but as he grows and stays close to harness racing, he'll have ready-made entre to the business. Much the same is true of the Johnstons who, as Schoeffel, reside in Evans City and train at the Butler County Fairgrounds. The brothers got involved in harness racing through their father, trainer Gary Johnston, and their grandfather, Charles Moses, who bought Shawn his first horse. That mare, Tremor Hanover, is approaching $600,000 in career earnings, but Shawn Johnston wouldn't think of giving up fairs racing to concentrate on more lucrative raceway purses. "I won in my first race at the fairs when I was 17 or 18, and I've loved fair racing since then," he said. "You're always with the same group of people, although we do try to get newcomers involved. Everyone's family at the fairs." * * * * * Following the fairs championships, The Meadows will take a nearly three-week break from live racing to prepare for its fall-winter meeting. Live racing returns Friday, Oct. 30, when the card begins at 12:55 PM, with a special program set for Saturday, Oct. 31, first post 11:25 AM. Those programs will complement the track's simulcast presentation of the two-day Thoroughbred Breeders Cup, always a fan favorite. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

$200,000 will be on the line on Saturday night at The Meadows, as the 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Finals will be featured as part of a special 13-race evening card. Post time is 6:55PM.   Horses have been traveling the circuit since mid-June earning points in Pennsylvania Sire Stake fair events at 21 venues. The top eight point-earners in each of eight divisions will meet for the annual championship events.   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA)  will also host a Family Fun Night, helping to bring the county fair atmosphere to the track with plenty of activities for kids.   Parade marshal Wendy Ross will have a special tribute to America between races 3 and 4 on the card, and after the 6th race a special Gold Medal Celebrity Match Race will take place, featuring former Pittsburgh Penguin Bob Errey and former basketball star and current University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. Errey earned a gold medal in 1997 as part of Team Canada in the World Hockey Championships, and McConnell-Serio was a member of the 1988 USA Olympic championship winning women's basketball team.   On the track, eight $25,000 PA Fair Finals will be the top attraction, featuring some of the top winning horses in the nation. Freshman pacing filly Tropical Terror, trained by Jason Shaw for owner Mason Shaw, and driven by Chris Shaw will look for win #17 on the season. In 18 starts, the Western Terror filly has 16 wins and 2 second place finishes, and has the rail in race #2.   Sophomore filly trotter Cantabs Lightning, owned, trained and driven by Wayne Long, has won 10 of 16 this season. The Cantab Hall filly has drawn post 4 in the sixth race on the card.   In the 3YO pacing filly ranks, Allstar Morning, owned by Kristen and Ethan Spahn, has won 10 of 26 this year and has post 3 in the 7th race. Dave Palone drives the Four Starzzz Shark filly for trainer Gerald Lee.   Police Navidad, who has the rail in the 8th race 2YO colt trot, has won 11 of 17 this season for owners Lander Stables, Kathy & Virginia Schoeffel and Jim Reuther. The Muscle Massive gelding is trained and driven by Steve Schoeffel.   Another Shaw Stable entrant, Marshmallow Pulse, has the rail in the freshman colt pace. In 16 starts, the Quik Pulse Mindale gelding has 12 wins and has never been worse than third. Tony Hall will drive. The main challenger will be his stablemate, Nippy, with Chris Shaw driving. Nippy, a Nuclear Breeze gelding, has won 14 of 17 with three second place finishes.   Two more double-digit winners will square off in the 3YO colt trot, as Mr Weaver (12 for 23) will face Fly Past Hanover (11 for 22). Mr Weaver has post 1 for owners John and Owen McMullen. John McMullen trains and Wilbur Yoder drives. Fly Past Hanover is owned by Susan Daugherty, trained by Bill Daugherty, and will be driven by Aaron Merriman.   The MSOA is proud to host the event once again this year, and looks forward to a fan-friendly night.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

BLOOMSBURG PA - The time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes were raced this Wednesday and Thursday at the fairgrounds oval here, with some $45,000 in harness racing stakes putting an official end to the 2014 Pennsylvania fair season. Wednesday's action was highlighted by Police Navidad winning his 11th race, putting him atop all North American baby trotters. The altered son of Muscle Massive won in 2:06.2 for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel, and is owned by Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel in partnership with Lander Stables LLC and James Reuther. Roger Hammer trained two winners Wednesday, guiding his own 2TF Peoplesayimnogood to win in 2:02.3, an impressive clocking for the daughter of Lear Jetta. Hammer then again turned over the lines of the Rustler Hanover gelding Rustlercafe to Chris Shaw, the fair circuit's leading driver, and that gelding won his 11th straight race, and 13th of the year (seven times with Shaw guiding), in 2:01.2. Driver Chris Shaw currently has the amazing status of being the driver behind four of the five winningest two-year-olds in all of North America, the others being the filly Tropical Terror (15) and the geldings Nippy (14) and Marshmallow Pulse (12). The latter three are trained by his brother Jason and owned by his 2YO nephew Mason. Fastest mile of the two days was the 2:00.4 clocked by 2PF Keystone I Wish, a daughter of Art Official-I Will, in winning her stake (all but the 3TCs went one division). Her "big sister" by Yankee Cruiser, Keystone Ivy, won the 3PF event on Thursday in 2:05.4, when rain dampened the racetrack and any hope for fast clockings. Both fillies are trained and were driven by Todd Schadel, and Schadel also shares ownership with his wife Christine. Hammer turned up behind two more winners on Thursday, one behind his own Real Artist gelding Ruffle Up, the only multiple sub 2:00 performer at the fairs this year; here he negotiated a "slow" oval in 2:02.4. Roger also won for trainer/owner Boots Dunn with the streaking SJ's Caviar filly Hearts Content, who won in 2:05 and is carrying her speed better from start to start. Taking the 3TC races were Mr Weaver (driver Bryce Truitt) in 2:07.1-29.4 and Millertown Road (Steve Schoeffel) in 2:09-30. Many of the above-named horses and horsemen will be at The Meadows on Saturday, October 4, to compete in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

Bloomsburg, PA---The final stop of the 2014 Pennsylvania fair season staged the first phase of its harness racing action on Thursday and Friday, with Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes the features over the half-mile oval in this northeast Pennsylvania town. (This Tuesday and Wednesday, the time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes will ring down the final curtain on this year’s circuit.) In a season where pacers had dominated the headlines heretofore, the Fair Sire Stakes here saw the trotters take center stage, with all four divisions of the diamondgaiters posting the fastest clockings of the fair circuit for age, sex, and gait. (A certain two-year-old pacing filly also got her name on that list, too, but more on her in a moment.) The sophomore trotting gelding Millertown Road put it all together Friday over the track where he trains, going wire-to-wire in 2:00.2, last quarter 28.3, to post the summer’s fastest trot mile over the Pennsy twicearounds. The son of Malabar Millennium took the faster division of his event by defeating Faust, who had held the season’s record, for driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Jim McGettigan, and owner Edward McGettigan Jr. Other winners in this class were Fly Past Hanover, giving driver Schoeffel 2/3 of this section with his 11th win of the year, and Mr Weaver, who won his last eight Fair Sire Stakes starts en route to nine triumphs on the season. Earlier, the filly Hearts Content had matched Faust’s 2:00.4 trot mark for 2014 with an exciting wire-to-wire victory over an onrushing Cantabs Lightning in the fastest 3TF cut. Racing on the lead as is her wont, the daughter of SJ’s Caviar opened a big enough margin that her major rival couldn’t catch her as Hearts Content tallied for driver Roger Hammer and the Dunn Stable of trainer Walter “Boots” Dunn. A day earlier, driver Steve Schoeffel still had his name next to the fastest 2TF, but it was the Muscle Massive miss Missive replacing Mooksie on the top of the charts after a 2:01.4 triumph. Schoeffel also trains Missive, who led all the way for owners Kathy Schoeffel and the Lander Stable LLC. Two trotting geldings both went in 2:04 to set the standard for baby trotting males. First up was The Master, with Steve Schoeffel earning himself another line in the 2014 record books by sulkysitting behind the Glidemaster gelding for trainer Syl King Jr. and owner Mahlon Martin. Fifteen minutes later, the SJ’s Caviar gelding Music Man De Vie wrote his name alongside that of The Master by matching his time for driver Marc Mosher and trainer/lessee Clifton Green while defeating Schoeffel’s Police Navidad, who is still tied for most wins by a baby trotter in North America with 10. The one pacer posting a PA fair season’s mark was the winningest two-year-old in all of North America, the Western Terror pacing filly Tropical Terror, who ran her remarkable record to 17-15-2-0 with a 2:00 victory for Team Shaw – driver Chris, trainer Jason, and owner Mason. The 2:00 equaled the clocking of Keystone I Wish, who has hung the only two defeats on Tropical Terror – and who finished behind “TT” Thursday after a fierce duel the last quarter. Team Shaw’s 2PG Nippy won for the 14th time of this season earlier in the card, putting him second in victories among all U.S./Canadian freshmen. Also worth a mention is Ruffle Up, a sophomore Real Artist gelding who posted the fastest clocking of the meet, 1:59.3, in winning Friday for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer; Ruffle Up had three magic miles this summer, while no other horse could post more than one. A report on the Bloomsburg Stakes will follow this Wednesday’s action, and a summary of the entire 2014 fair season will be issued shortly after that sending. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horseman's Association 

At this second-to-last stop on the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes circuit this summer this past Sunday and Monday, there were many fine and fast miles, more pointtotal champions crowned, the leading North American 2YO in terms of wins upset by her archrival - and a young driver earning a special place in the circuit's history, Chris Shaw, a 28-year-old horseman from Meadow Lands PA, has shown progression from year-to-year at the fairs while also slowly building a foothold on the pari-mutuel side, mostly at The Meadows, and this summer it has all come together for Shaw, who posted his 100th victory of the summer season with a victory behind the 3TC Blazin' Tsunami in a Fair Sire Stake Monday. Not too many drivers have made the century mark on the Pennsy twicearounds - Roger Hammer for sure - and the confidence Shaw has built in himself and in other trainers has gotten him quality mounts throughout the warm months. Of course, it also helps when your two-year-old nephew Mason, son of Chris' brother Jason (who is trainer for Team Shaw), owns three "other" 2YOs who have collectively gone 47-39-8-0 over the summer. Two of the trio are geldings, and they swept the 2PC Fair Sire Stakes events: Marshmallow Pulse (Quik Pulse Mindale) in 2:00 and Nippy (Nuclear Breeze) in 2:01.4 for his ninth straight win. Nippy now has 13 visits to Victory Lane, more than any North American 2YO male, and clinched a tie for leading his division in preliminary round points: the only way he could be caught is if he didn't race Thursday at Bloomsburg, the last prelim stop, and Marshmallow Pulse would win and tie him. Marshmallow Pulse has twelve wins, and is tied with three other horses at that figure, including, maybe not surprisingly, another horse with whom Chris Shaw won on Sunday: Rustlercafe, a Rustler Hanover gelding who competes on the parallel Quaker State circuit. He won '14 victory #12 - and tenth in a row - for owner/trainer Roger Hammer, with Chris having deputized for Hammer six times now. The winningest two-year-old in North America, the 2PF Tropical Terror (Western Terror) tasted defeat for only the 2nd time in 16 seasonal starts, though it was a very game outing, a ¾-length defeat to her archrival Keystone I Wish, an Art Official filly owned by trainer/driver Todd Schadel in partnership with his wife Christine. Tropical Terror parked a fired-up Keystone I Wish to a 29.4 opener before yielding for the pocket, and then could not catch her fast foe late at the end of a 2:00.4-29.2 mile. Keystone I Wish now has won the two races Tropical Terror lost. Besides Nippy, other divisional pointwinners were crowned and will be receiving the blanket in stable colors at the postseason fair banquet. Perhaps the most "unusual" blanketwinner will be in the 2TF ranks, where trainer Boots Dunn swept the two Sire Stakes contests at Gratz with Isabella Carina and Trustworthy Gal. But assuring herself of the blanket was the horse who missed a half-length to the latter: the Tom Ridge filly Peoplesayimnogood, a Lear Jetta filly owned, trainer, and usually driven by Roger Hammer. Peoplesayimnogood now has a seasonal standings of 15-2-10-2-1 at the fairs, remarkable consistency for a green trotting division - and she does have speed, as evidenced by her 2TF track record of 2:04.2 at Stoneboro. In a division where four different misses have set track records, there should be a competitive Championship, part of the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 4. The other horse to have clinched a blanket at Gratz was the Cantab Hall filly Cantabs Lightning, who is now 11-10-1-0 at the fairs, the last seven in succession, for owner/trainer/driver Wayne Long. (Such was the respect her opponents have for Cantabs Lightning that she won the slowest of the 3TF divisions: Todd Schadel guided the S J's Caviar filly Caviar Call Girl to a 2:01.2 triumph to post the fastest clocking all summer in this division.) Perhaps the most anticipated contest of the weekend was a division of the 3TC, where Fly Past Hanover (11-10-1-0 with 5 straight wins) was to face off with Mr Weaver (who had a six-race winning streak). And these two did not disappoint, with the Madison River gelding Mr Weaver rallying out of the pocket to catch "Fly Past" by a nose in 2:03-29.2 for driver Bryce Truitt and trainer John McMullen Jr., the latter co-owner with grandson Owen McMullen. The three-year-old pacers posted three sub-2:00 miles, including the filly Southwind Jumanji (driven by Wayne Long) in 1:59.2. Colt winners were Ruffled Up (Roger Hammer) in 1:59.2, making him the only horse to have two magic miles at the PA fairs this summer; and Mister Chaos (Chris Shaw sulkysitting) in 1:59, fastest mile since the Bedford Speedway explosion in July. Mention should also be made of Police Navidad, a 2TG by Muscle Massive whose 10th victory on Sunday put him tied atop the North American charts for winning baby trotters. Steve Schoeffel trains and drove the steady trotter for Lander Stables LLC, James Reuther, and his mother (Virginia) and wife (Kathy). From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

YORK PA - The York County Fair, in the southcentral county of Pennsylvania which once was home to the Capital City of the United States of the same name, didn't host any Presidents during its two days of harness racing on Monday and Tuesday. But it was the third-to-last stop of the local fair circuit this year, did crown two more divisional pointstandings champions, bringing the year's total to three - the first, of course, being the Princess of all North American freshmen. Tropical Terror ran her remarkable record to 15-14-1-0 on Monday, "two-year-old day," by capturing the faster of the two Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes divisions in 2:02.1. The campaigners of the Western Terror filly, Team Shaw - driver Chris; Chris's brother, trainer Jason; and Jason's son, owner Mason - may have enjoyed this one a little more, because their filly defeated her one conqueror, second-place finisher Keystone I Wish, although to the credit of the place horse she narrowed the other's advantage from 11 lengths at the quarter to 2½ at the wire. Tropical Terror, the winningest freshman in all of North America, had clinched her divisional title, and the blanket in the stable's colors presented at the fair banquet associated with the USTA District meeting (the Shaws' will be their blue and white), three stops ago at Wattsburg. Surprisingly, the second-winningest 2YO on the continent, the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy, has not yet clinched the colt section, despite posting his 12th win of the year, and eighth in succession, in 2:04, three races before Tropical Terror. And that's because a 2YO with 11 victories, Marshmallow Pulse, is also a PA fair regular, and in fact won the fastest of the division's three PaFSS cuts with a 2:03 mile the race after Nippy. Oh - did we mention that Nippy and the Quik Pulse Mindale gelding Marshmallow Pulse are also members of the Team Shaw stronghouse? Among the "Terror," Nippy (15-12-3-0), and "Pulse" (14-11-3-0), the trio have an awesome record of 44-37-7-0 - unheard-of consistency for babies, especially on the sometimes rough-n-tumble county fair circuit. Among the three, they have bankrolled $90,081 this summer for the college scholarship fund of owner Mason Shaw - which he won't need until 2030, as he is currently "also a two-year-old." The first of the two other horses to clinch a divisional pointstandings title raced in the very first contest of the meet - Police Navidad, an altered freshman son of Muscle Massive who assured his mathematical clinch in the division with his ninth seasonal triumph, putting him one off the North American victory lead among all baby squaregaiters. The gold and blue blanket will be going to trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel for owner/mom Virginia, owner/wife Kathy, and Lander Stables LLC. The third already-assured blanket will be of dark green and white with black edging, as the three-year-old Art Official gelding Mister Chaos clinched his crown by winning in 2:00.2 for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and D And P Racing LLC, with Chris Shaw the sulky deputy here. Ironically, that was not the fastest mile of the meet, as 15 minutes later the Real Artist gelding Ruffled Up won in even time for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. Mister Chaos is now poised to attempt to become something not achieved since the fair circuit pointstandings' historical records were preserved starting in 2002: the first horse to win both his pointstandings blanket and the Championship Final at age two and three. There are two more fair stops to make - Gratz this weekend (Sept. 14-15) and Bloomsburg (Sept. 18-19) -- before the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night at The Meadows on Saturday, October 4. The other horse with a chance to do the "double double," the Western Terror filly La Fiesta, does currently have a slight lead in her pointstandings, but she'll need her "A" game to handle a pacing miss who, along with Nippy, has the PaFSS's longest current win skein at 8, TSM Soul Sister, a McArdle filly who also won at York for driver Todd Cummings, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Fom the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

PORT ROYAL PA - The rainy season that has plagued the Pennsylvania fair circuit in the last month struck again during the two days of racing at the Juniata County Fair in Port Royal - but for the first time this summer, it was the card featuring the two-year-olds that suffered the water damage, with 12 of the 15 races on Tuesday having to be canceled; all 1¼-dozen events for sophomores on Wednesday were conducted. Fastest race of the week was saved for next-to-last, as the Real Artist gelding Ruffle Up started a sweep of the 3PC events for trainer Roger Hammer (and breeders Arlene and Jules Siegel) with a win in 2:00.1, a new mark. Hammer also owns and drove Ruffle Up, who emerged victorious after a very strange sequence of fractions: 31.3, 1:01, 1:30.2, and 2:00.1 - how often do you see the first quarter being the slowest in a race, the last quarter the second-slowest, and the middle two the equal-fastest? Hammer turned over the lines to Chris Shaw to finish the sweep of the glamour division from his barn, and Shaw got a new mark of 2:02 for the Village Jolt gelding Waitingforthisone and owner Vicki Fair. The triumph in the getaway race also earned meet titles for driver Shaw (5, one more than Steve Schoeffel) and trainer Hammer (3, one more than Syl King Jr. and Bob Krenitsky Jr.) Schoeffel provided several driving highlights on Wednesday. For one, he had the fastest winner of the 3PF stake, the Western Terror filly Sew Psyched, who stopped the watch in 2:00.2; the Schoeffel-trained filly is owned by Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, and Jerry Dedoszak. Steve also guided two of the three 3TC winners, Fly Past Hanover (2:04) and Millertown Road (2:03.1), but missed a "sweep" when Broadway Charm had to settle for second behind Mr Weaver, who earned his sixth straight victory for driver Bryce Truitt and trainer John McMullen, the latter co-owner with grandson Owen. The 2:01.3 victory missed the all-age Port Royal track record, shared by (in order of longevity) Lindmeyourpajamas, Mablesimamazed, and RT Sun Poco, by 3/5 of a second; speaking of longevity of records: Mr Weaver's dam, KT Troublein Dixie, still holds the local standard for older trotting mares of 2:02.4 - after 13 years! Fastest sophomore trotting miss was also Schoeffel-driven, the SJ's Caviar miss She Nuit, who went around the .46-mile oval (they start a ways up the stretch at Port Royal, which is primarily used for car racing) in 2:02, fastest time for the division on the local fair circuit this season, for owner/trainer Joe Urban. Five different trainers and drivers were victorious in the divisions of this entry-laden event. Before the downpour Tuesday, Port Royal graciously honored the well-deserving legendary Pennsylvania horseman Boots Dunn for his many years of success in racing, and especially for his help, in countless ways, along the local fair circuit. The third-to-last regular season stop on the Pennsy fair circuit will come this Monday and Tuesday at York, with racing starting both days at 10:30 a.m., and horses (and their connections) anxious to add more points in trying to ensure themselves spots during the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night on Saturday, October 4 at The Meadows. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

STONEBORO PA - On the good side, the two-year-old trotting filly Peoplesayimnotgood equaled a divisional track record of 2:04.2 in winning Friday at the Great Stoneboro Fair in northwestern PA, while the winningest two-year-old pacers in North America this year, filly Tropical Terror (13) and gelding Nippy (11), added to their win totals atop the baby boys and girls. On the not-so-good side, yet again does a story come out of the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit with no mention of any three-year-old appearing in the first paragraph. There have been four rainouts on the Pennsy circuit this year, three full cards and one where only two races could be gotten in. All four of the soggy cards were to feature three-year-old racing, with a total of 42 races lost due to the foul weather. And they've all come in the last three weeks: Washington on August 11, Dayton on August 13, Meadville on August 20, and now Stoneboro on Sunday, August 31. But back to sunnier news - literally and figuratively. Although not known at the time, the Lear Jetta filly Peoplesayimnogood sent the meet out with a bang when she equaled the 2011 Stoneboro 2TF record of Magnolia Grace when she won the day's final heat in 2:04.2. For owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, it was the third winner of the day, pairing with another 2TF winner, Massive Looker, and the homebred Rustlercafe, who won his eighth straight Quaker State event in 2:03.3. In fact, that 2:04.2 becomes more impressive when one realizes that the fastest time in three division of the 2PF event was just a tick faster at 2:04.1. That winner would have been Tropical Terror, who paced to her 13th win in 14 starts (a half-length loss her only blemish), home again first for Team Shaw - driver Chris Shaw, trainer/brother Jason, and owner Mason Shaw, Jason's 2YO son. The Shaws also have their filly's closest "colt" counterpart, the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy, who had what would be the fastest clocking of the meet, 2:02.4. In fact, the Shaws took the last two of the four divisions of this event, adding on their Marshmallow Pulse, a Quik Pulse Mindale gelding, notching his 10th victory of the campaign in 2:03.2. Young Mason Shaw, college trust fund already in hand, must think this harness game is an easy one, as these three babies of his have earned $92,972 collectively in the 2½ months of the Keystone twicearound circuit, with a staggering combined record of 41-34-7-0. Top visitor to the winner's circle on Friday was driver Steve Schoeffel, who paraded home four winners, including a sweeping of the 2TC stake with a pair of Muscle Massive geldings (Muscle Massive also sired 2TF winner Massive Looker, mentioned above). First came Wimborne Hanover, who has already won three Stallion Series races "at the mutuel tracks" for trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty, and then was the faster of the two, Police Navidad, one of three winners from the Schoeffel barn, who went in 2:06.4 for Steve's mom Virginia, wife Kathy, Lander Stables LLC, and James Reuther. The Pennsylvania fair circuit now "heads east" for its final four regular-season stops before the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night on Saturday, October 4. The first stop is Port Royal, which has twilight racing for two-year-olds at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and competition for three-year-olds at high noon Wednesday. From the PA Fair Circuit Horsemen's Association

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

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