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

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

HUGHESVILLE PA - The horses are beginning to sort themselves out along the 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit, but among the harness racing drivers there is already a clear pattern - Shawn Johnston is likely to dominate the proceedings on two-year-old day, and Todd Schadel is likely to be the big gun when the three-year-olds race.   This model held true during two days of racing at the Lycoming County Fair in this northcentral Pennsylvania town, where Johnston won six races on freshman Wednesday, and Schadel won seven on sophomore Thursday. Among the two-year-olds, the classes in the "A" Sire Stakes with the most interest were probably the trotting colts and pacing fillies, each split into two divisions, one of which saw a winning tendency extended and the other a streak broken. In the colt trot, Stickler Hanover, an Explosive Matter - Secret Credit colt, earned his fourth win in five fair starts, a 2:09 triumph for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goehle, and Michael Munn. In this event's division conducted directly thereafter, Penance, a winner of three straight at the fairs including a 2:02.4 mile that equaled the circuit's overall fastest trot of the year, had to settle for second behind Vulcan Hanover, a Donato Hanover - Variety Girl gelding who broke his maiden in 2:08.1, quickest mile at Hughesville among baby trotters, for trainer Michael Whitaker, owner Shantae Gant - and catch-driver Shawn Johnston. In the filly pace, Write All About It saw her win streak end at three when the Well Said - Light Up miss Search Light shined for her maiden victory in 2:06 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel and owner Dr. John Egloff. Write All About It was backed by the father/son Team Johnston of driver Shawn and trainer Gary, and their Captaintreacherous - I Need Hotstuff filly Silly But Serious came back in the next race to record her third straight win, this one in 2:05.2, with Gary Johnston the co-owner with Joyce Benkart. Fastest of the freshmen was the Delamarvalous - Life'sarealbeach gelding Life's Marvalous, taking his fair record to 5-2-2-0 with a 2:03.3 lifetime mark for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. On Thursday, Todd Schadel as trainer/driver won at least one of the four sex/gait sections of "A" Fair Sire Stakes events, and he "swept" two, one the single division colt pace with Way To Close in 2:00.1 for fastest time of the meet. A Western Terror gelding who paced York in 1:57.4 in his last start, Way To Close is co-owned by his trainer/driver and his wife Christine. Todd and Christine Schadel also had both winners of the sophomore filly trot, both daughters of Muscle Massive and winners in 2:04.1: Ridinonarainbow and Bumper Hanover. The overall fastest trot win time of the meet, 2:03.4, also went to "T. Schadel": Todd's brother Tony, who guided the Andover Hall gelding Andover Asset; trainer Linda Schadel owns this one with driver/husband Tony. Ridinonarainbow (3 - Todd Schadel) Hughesville -- part of divisional stable "sweep" Both divisions of the filly pace went in 2:00.4, with the Well Said - Chantal Hall filly Crew Sock Hanover rebounding after last week losing her perfect fair record, a dozen starts over last year and this, while winning from the difficult trailing post five for the ownership of driver Mitchell York and trainer Dave Brickell. Todd Schadel won the other division with the Somebeachsomewhere distaff Queen Bee Hanover, lowering her lifetime best for owners George and Rose Bonomo. The next stop on the PA fair circuit is a brand new one: at Silver Springs Ranch, a recently-built training facility with a half-mile track, which will have two days of Fair Sire Stakes racing on July 18-19. Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership

PROSPECT PA - Todd Schadel, the defending North American UDR harness racing champion in the 300-499 starts category, came out roaring in his first Pennsylvania fair appearance of 2019, winning eight races during a two-day PA Fair Sire Stakes event at the Butler County Fairgrounds in this western Pennsylvania town on Thursday and Friday.   Seven of those victories came during the three-year-old racing on Friday, with several familiar horses from last year's circuit making winners circle appearances. For the two-day meet, Schadel posted a record of 13-8-4-1, which figures to a UDR of .812 - which would help anyone's seasonal UDR credentials. Schadel also trains all the horses he drove, and he co-owns all but one with his wife Christine - the other he co-owns with his son Cody. Todd, perhaps best-known nationally as the co-owner with Roger Hammer of the Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo, had a notable sweep of the three-year-old colt pace Sire Stakes, winning both "A" divisions, and bettering their clockings while taking the "B" section! The Well Said gelding Motive Hanover (the one Todd co-owns with son Cody) paced the Butler twicearound in 2:02, better than "A"-winning barnmates Way To Close (2:03.1 - :28.3) and Find One More (2:04.2). Fastest mile of the meet, and of the young state fair season, was turned in by the Well Said pacing filly Sure R Lookin Good, returning to the fairs with a strong 2:01.4 win after capturing her Fair Championship event last October at The Meadows. Eric Neal handled the fast filly for trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr. and owner Julie Krenitsky. The other winner in this division was another daughter of Well Said, Crew Sock Hanover, who was undefeated at ten Keystone state fair stops in 2018 and opened her 2019 account with a 2:02.2 win. The owning team of Dave Brickell and Mitchell York, who had North America's winningest freshman of 2016 in Camera Lady, share the title on "Crew Sock," with Brickell training and York, who got his first-ever driving win at Wattsburg last week, handling her in one of his two driving successes at Butler. Fastest trotter of the meet, and of the year at the local fairs, was the Muscle Massive gelding Corsair, who put up a 2:05.4 clocking for Team Schadel. On Thursday, Kyle Bolon recorded the fastest mile of the meet and the fair season for freshmen on each gait. The Well Said pacing colt Say You was a 2:04.4 winner for trainer Norm Parker and owner Robert Key, while on the trot it was the Father Patrick gelding Penance who set the standard of 2:08.1 for trainer Robert Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Both of the two-year-old pacing fillies who won in "A" stakes at Wattsburg came back to win "A" races again at Butler: Rocknroll Kaydence, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Dream Of Winning who won in 2:06.2 for driver Shawn Johnston and trainer Gary Johnston, and Dream Dancing, completing the siring double of A Rocknroll Dance and out of the mare Clearly Foxy, along in 2:10 for Team Brickell/York. Another repeater was the Explosive Matter - Secret Credit trotting colt Stickler Hanover, home in 2:08.4 for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel. (The three-year-olds were washed out at Wattsburg.)     Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association joint sponsorship

HARRISBURG PA - Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred racehorse of all time with $7,635,588 and now retired from the racetrack, caused a sensation at the recent Dan Patch Awards Banquet in Orlando FL when the now 15-year-old actually showed up at the harness racing fancy dinner to "accept" the Stan Bergstein Proximity Award he was voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) for outstanding contributions to the sport. And Foiled Again is now receiving another award - the Mary Lib Miller Award, the highest honor given by the Keystone Chapter of USHWA, for his unmatched career as racehorse and ambassador. It's not like Foiled Again has never been honored before by Keystone USHWA - he was the journalists' PA-Sired Horse of the Year from 2011 to 2013, the same three years he was voted national division champion for the free-for-allers. But the group thought to mark the retirement of the evergreen pacer, whose last campaign was a barnstorming Farewell Tour which took him to 19 different racetracks, by voting him its highest award, especially an award named after the ever-present and gracious mate of "Mr. Harness Racing" himself, Hall of Famer Delvin Miller. McWicked, the 1:46.2 pacer who was 2018's Harness Horse of the Year and led all competitors with seasonal earnings of $1,575,364, got the nod for PA-Sired Horse of the Year as well - he was also voted co-PA Sire Stakes Horse of the Year by the Keystone Chapter four years ago. The breeders of McWicked, the Prushnok family of Andray Farms in western Pennsylvania, will receive the Pennsylvania Breeder of the Year award for having producing harness racing's top 2018 performer. The only two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes performers who led their division in preliminary point accumulation and then went on to win their respective finals, the three-year-old males Dorsoduro Hanover (pace) and Crystal Fashion (trot), were picked as the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Horses of the Year for their respective gaits. The duo were two of the top four moneywinners in the sulky sport last year; Dorsoduro Hanover also won his Breeders Crown event at Pocono en route to being named divisional champion. For Pennsylvania Harness Horse of the Year honors (50%+ of starts within Pennsylvania), the world's fastest trotter, Homicide Hunter (1:48.4 at Lexington in the fall), was the consensus champion. Homicide Hunter won his Breeders Crown at Pocono, and he also took four legs of the Great Northeast Open Series before setting a world record over 1¼ miles in the GNOS Championship. In a close race between former honorees, George Napolitano Jr. edged out Aaron Merriman for Pennsylvania Driver of the Year. Merriman was named 2018 North American Driver of the Year for being the first sulkysitter to post 1000+ victories in two years, but Aaron won "only" 262 of those races in Pennsylvania, while Napolitano won 637 times within the confines of the Keystone State, taking his fifth straight crown at Harrah's Philadelphia and his seventh consecutive title at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Schadel brothers, Todd and Tony, both earned a place in the spotlight during 2018. Todd was the leading trainer and driver at the PA fairs by a wide margin to earn election as Pennsylvania Fair Horseman of the Year; he also captured a North American title with the highest UDR in the 300-499 starts class. Tony was driver and co-owner of the two-year-old Aflame Hanover, who in winning his Fair Championship posted a clocking of 1:51.4 - the fastest time ever in a Pennsylvania Fair Championship, faster even than any three-year-old; for that milestone, Aflame Hanover was voted a Special Achievement Award. These honorees will be presented their trophies by members of Keystone USHWA during trackside ceremonies at their respective ovals, or when they come to Pennsylvania, within the next couple of months.   Keystone Chapter, U.S. Harness Writers Association

HARRISBURG, PA - It is an annual harness racing tradition for the horse who accumulates the most "points" based on finishing position during the 20-stop Pennsylvania fair circuit to be awarded a blanket, done up in stable colors, during the Fair Banquet, held annually on a Saturday in January in conjunction with the USTA District 7 (Pennsylvania) meeting; this year's banquet will be held on Saturday, January 18 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford PA. The blanketwinners for each of the eight Fair Sire Stakes divisions, classified by age, sex, and gait, are the following: Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding : KEYSTONE BENTLEY, c, Cantab Hall - Armbro Blusher, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly: BUMPER HANOVER, Muscle Massive - By A Nose Hanover, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: WAY TO CLOSE, g, Western Terror - Tootsie J, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly: CREW SOCK HANOVER, Well Said - Chantal Hall, trained by Dave Brickell, and co-owned by Dave Brickell and Mitchell York. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding: GRAPPLE HANOVER, g, Andover Hall - Girls' Getaway, trained by Wayne Long, and owned by Denton Barrett and William Kreutzer. Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly: BLOW BACK, Explosive Matter - Greatest Desire, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: CIRRUS DE VIE, g, Real Artist - Walk On The Beach, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly: GEISHA SEELSTER, Well Said- Goddess's Princess, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. GRAPPLE HANOVER was the only two-year-old pointwinning champion to repeat that feat at three. CIRRUS DE VIE was the only two-year-old Fair Championship winner to be leading pointwinner at three. (The 2018 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships will be held at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, October 6.) Leading Pointwinners: (tie) BLOW BACK and CIRRUS DE VIE (amazingly, both Roger Hammer 3YO trainees had 2018 fair record of 14-8-6-0). Leading 2YO Pointwinner: BUMPER HANOVER. SELECTED STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS Winningest Fair Horse: CREW SOCK HANOVER, 10 (undefeated on the circuit in 2018). 26 2:00 miles recorded. Leader: CIRRUS DE VIE, 5. 25 divisional track records set. Leaders: (tie) CIRRUS DE VIE and CREW SOCK HANOVER, 3 each. 3 all-age track records set. Leader: CIRRUS DE VIE, 2. All-time divisional PA Fairs record set: --2PF, 1:58, CREW SOCK HANOVER, @ Bloomsburg --2TC, 2:00.3, (tied) KEYSTONE BENTLEY, @ Bloomsburg Fastest Miles of Season by Gait: --Trot: 2:00.1, SHOW ME THE MAGIC (3YO), @ Bloomsburg -- Pace: 1:55.1, VENIER HANOVER (3YO), @ Bloomsburg TOP FIVE DRIVERS TOP FIVE TRAINERS Todd Schadel 71 Todd Schadel 78 Roger Hammer 41 Roger Hammer 37 Tony Schadel 38 Linda Schadel 24 Eric Neal 31 David Brickell 23 David Brickell 23 Robert Krenitsky Jr. 17 From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association                

BLOOMSBURG, PA - The 2018 Pennsylvania fair harness racing season came to its conclusion on Friday and Saturday with Sire Stakes action at the slick half-mile oval in this northeast Pe, The two most praiseworthy performers were victorious within the first 15 minutes of the racing on Friday, which was devoted to two-year-olds. First to the Bloomsburg winners circle was Crew Sock Hanover, a daughter of Well Said- Chantal Hall who was outside until past the half to gain command, then held off her stablemate Magic Speech by a length in 2:00.2 to emerge undefeated in her 10-start fair campaign. Trained and driven by Dave Brickell and co-owned by Brickell with Mitchell York, Crew Sock Hanover recalls the stellar success those two had with another freshman pacing miss just two years ago - Camera Lady, who led North American freshmen that year in wins; to this point, at 11 wins (including a p/m triumph), Crew Sock Hanover is tied for that distinction among pacers with Heythere Lisamarie. A race later, the Cantab Hall - Armbro Blusher freshman colt Keystone Bentley trotted the Bloomsburg oval in 2:00.3 to tie the PA fairs' age-gait-sex record previously established by Light Headed and Brannan Hanover, both at Bloomsburg in 2006. Trainer/driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with Christine Schadel, certainly seems to have the winning touch with trotters - he then completed a sweep of the 2TC divisions with the colt Oceanato Hanover (Donato Hanover - Ocean Love Potion, also co-owned by Christine), whose nine victories (six "A" Fair Sire Stakes event and three at the "B" level) tie him with Bat Chip Crazy for the continental lead among baby male trotters. (And Todd campaigned Light Headed, too!) The winner of the most points during the season-long fair competition gets a blanket done up in stable colors at the Fair Banquet held in conjunction with the USTA district meeting every January. Keystone Bentley had already clinched his blanket the week before, and so did his pacing counterpart amd stablemate Way To Close, with Roger Hammer catch-driving for his partner on the legendary trotter Vivid Photo, as the Western Terror - Tootsie J gelding won in 1:59.1 at Bloomsburg for Todd and Christine. Needing until the last card of the year to cinch her blanket status, the Muscle Massive - By A Nose Hanover trotting filly Bumper Hanover, also jointly owned by Todd and Christine, won in 2:03.1 to bring a third blanket to Team Todd; the other division went to another daughter of Muscle Massive, Touch Of Dough (dam Missing Dough) in 2:02 for driver Eric Neal, trainer/father Randall, and Neal Racing Stable LLC. On Saturday, Roger Hammer matched Todd Schadel's success by winding up with three of his sophomore charges getting the prized point blankets. The only one of the trio who won was the Real Artist gelding Cirrus De Vie, who welcomed the absence of archrival Venier Hanover by tallying in 1:59.1 for trainer/driver Hammer, co-owner with Vicki Fair, wrapping up his consistent fair season with a scorecard of eight wins and six seconds in fourteen starts, making him joint top pointwinner overall along with ... ...his stablemate, the Explosive Matter trotting filly Blow Back, who posted the exact same 14-8-6-0 record! Blow Back, starting from the second tier, missed a half-length to the 2:02 winning effort of the Crazed filly Won The War, guided by trainer Rick Beinhauer, also co-owner with Regina Beinhauer. The third Hammer blanket capturer (like the other two co-owned by Hammer and Vicki Fair), the Well Said pacing filly Geisha Hanover, won only once at the fairs, but she got a check in all 14 of her twicearound appearances, including this last one at Bloomsburg, to hold on by four points over Keystone Diamond, who was second to the 1:59 winner Dance For Kisses, driven by Todd Schadel's brother Tony for owner/trainer Justin Lebo. The sophomore trotting colts went in two divisions on Saturday, and after the Muscle Massive gelding Eiffel Hanover won the first in 2:02.4 for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel, the Andover Hall gelding Grapple Hanover needed a first or a second to take the points title and blanket. And Grapple came through for trainer/driver Wayne Long and owners Bill Kreutzer and Denton Barrett, finishing second to the 2:02.2 win of Possess The Stone, an altered son of Possess The Will who was catch-driven by Rick Beinhauer for trainer Scott Betts and owner Timothy Betts. FINISHING LINES - All of the above pointtotaling is subject to the ratification of the Harness Bureau of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, officially in charge of the fair Sire Stakes program ... The top pointwinners declaring in will go in the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship card at The Meadows on Saturday afternoon, October 6 ... When the Commission's official numbers are compiled, early next week there will be one final release, reviewing the point champions, 2:00 miles and speed records, along with the final trainer and driver standings (hint on the last categories: think blue and white at the top). From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

GRATZ, PA - The Pennsylvania fair circuit's trotters, pacers, and horsemen moved to the eastcentral portion of the state on Sunday and Monday for the annual meeting in this town, which is the next-to-last start on the PA fair circuit this year - and thus important for horses looking to solidify spots in the Fair Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 6. One divisional track record was set during the meet, as the Russell Hanover - Applique Hanover freshman pacing gelding Aflame Hanover scorched the track with a 1:56.4 clocking while going wire-to-wire, far eclipsing the former mark of 1:58.1 set by Ya Gotta Go in 2010. Aflame Hanover, who is 5-4-1-0 at the fairs and has been competitive with "the big boys" on the pari-mutuel circuit, is owned by driver Tony and trainer/wife Linda. Ironically, the horse who finished the distant second to "Aflame," Way To Close, clinched the seasonlong points title for the baby pacing colts division with his place finish for Tony's brother Todd Schadel. Among the group's female counterparts, the star has been the Well Said - Chantal Hanover filly Crew Sock Hanover, who is trained and driven by Dave Brickell, also co-owner with Mitchell York - the same pairing behind 2016 North American freshman dashleader Camera Lady. At Gratz Crew Sock Hanover was the first horse to post parade for the weekend, and she was also the first horse home, the 2:00 mile running her record to 9-for-9 on the Keystone twicearounds. (And it took until this race for "Crew Sock" to clinch her points title.) Talk about dominating a division - in the two-year-old diamondgaited colt ranks, Todd Schadel swept the two "A" divisions with Oceanato Hanover (7-5-2-0 at the fairs) in 2:05 and Sinister Hanover in 2:04.1. And with those results, a third member of Team Todd, Keystone Bentley, mathematically eliminated the opposition to become the points champion. Among their filly counterparts, the winners were RT Gloria De Dios (2:02.2) and I'mallthatmatters (2:05). This is the only freshman section that did not have a horse "clinch" its point title - the two it will boil down to at Bloomsburg will be Bumper Hanover (second at Gratz) and Misty Lane (third). That the three-year-olds got to race at all on Monday was in part due to Gratz's track surface, probably the most "waterproof" on the circuit, but in probably larger part due to the efforts of the Wiest family, who handled a steady rain with skill and kept an excellent surface under the circumstances for the horsemen. Dave Brickell won Sunday's first race with Crew Sock Hanover, and he took the initial Monday contest with the redoubtable Well Said pacing gelding Venier Hanover, who came his own last quarter in 28.2 to post a 1:57.4 victory for Team Brickell/York. But Venier is not only not a "clinched" pointleader, he's not even in the lead in the division, as second again was Cirrus De Vie, the 2017 Championship winner, running his fair scorecard to 13-7-6-0 (all six seconds to you-know-who). Venier, who now has won eight in a row at the fairs, could even win at Bloomsburg this weekend, and if Cirrus De Vie finished second, "Cirrus" would be the pointleader (Venier was not at his best early in the year). The battle for point honors among the sidewheeling filly set is even closer after Monday wins by friendly rivals that date back to their high school wrestling days - Roger Hammer (Birch Bark, 2:01.2) and Same Beegle (Alexis May Hanover, 2:02.2). Geisha Seelster is currently in the lead, but depending upon Bloomsburg results both Keystone Diamond and Pretty Proud (the 2017 point and Championship winner) could take the honors. Given the tricky weather on Monday, the two three-year-old colt trotters, both late bloomers at the fairs, were as impressive as anybody - Tymal Advocate won in 2:00.3 to run his recent fair record to 4-for-5, while Show Me The Magic has triumphed in 5 of his last 7 fair outings after a 2:01 score. The sectional point title, though, will be another three-way late battle, among Grapple Hanover, Eiffel Hanover, and Yougottabecrazy. The only fair competitor who had been able to clinch a point title before Gratz, the three-year-old Blow Back, was second at Gratz to Bellamente in 2:03, with Blow Back now showing a still-impressive 13-8-5-0 fair scorecard. She'll have to stay at her best through Championship time, though, to deny Critical Hanover (11-6-5-0 at the fairs), who won the other Gratz division in 2:01.2. Todd Schadel again was the big winner at Gratz, with six victories on both the training and driving side, and is uncatchable no matter the results at Bloomsburg, which races on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

HONESDALE, PA - On Sunday and Monday, the Wayne County Fairgrounds in this far northeastern of Pennsylvania towns staged the first half of their unique doubleheader - they have their "two-day Sire Stakes meet," permissible at five locations under Pennsylvania law, and then on Wednesday and Thursday they will have the "agricultural fair meet" two-day harness racing stand. The two-year-olds proved to be a bit quicker than their three-year-old counterparts in terms of accomplishments lining up against previous standards, with two divisional track records equaled on Monday, while Sunday's three-year-old competition naturally produced the faster raw times. It didn't take long for the Honesdale record book see its first alternation Monday, as in the opening contest the Western Terror-Tootsie J freshman pacing gelding Way To Close reported home in 2:01.4 for trainer Todd Schadel, co-owner with Christine Schadel. But it was not Todd in the sulky behind the winner, as he handled stablemate Motive Hanover, who finished second, while Roger Hammer drove the new standard sharer - fitting in that Roger campaigned the first of the division's standardbearers, Artist's Falcon, when that colt entered the annals two years ago. The other horse equaling a Honesdale standard was the Muscle Massive - Missing Dough trotting filly Touch Of Dough, who ran her fair record to three wins in five starts by trotting her mile in 2:07, equaling the local mark first reached by AJ Peyton Rose in 2009. Eric Neal, who drove five winners at the meet, guided the baby for his father Randal and the Neal Racing Stable LLC. The real star of the day, and the meet, was two-legged - Todd Schadel. The Schadel barn sent out seven of the eleven winners on the Monday card, with Todd guiding five of them; Vivid Photo co-owner Hammer handled the other two, and Todd finished second behind him in both incidences. Combined with a trainer/driver triple on Sunday, Todd's two-day totals were 18-10-4-1-.697 as a trainer, while on the sulky side his stats were 18-8-6-1-.648. The sophomores on Sunday produced a pair of magic miles, with the Real Artist gelding Cirrus De Vie the only PA fair horse to have six wins as he continued his undefeated twicearound ways with a 2:00 mile. Trainer/driver Roger Hammer co-owns the in-form sidewheeler with Vicki Fair. Last year Cirrus De Vie had four seconds and two thirds behind Venier Hanover, who was sensational at the fairs at two; this year Cirrus had finished ahead of Venier in five straight starts - but Venier finally drew apart from Cirrus this week, and he celebrated by not only winning but by going a tick faster than Cirrus De Vie. Trained/driver Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York, is certainly hoping this win may augur a change of 2018 fortune for the winning son of Well Said. Fastest sophomore trotter was the Donato Hanover gelding Show Me The Magic, making his first fair start of the season a successful one in 2:03.3 while in reign to Drew Chellis. Todd Schadel's father Bruce is the trainer and owner of the sophomore, who has now won two of his last three. Honesdale will now draw on Tuesday for its Wednesday-Thursday "second meet"; there was a draw Monday for fair action on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg PA, 358 miles from Honesdale (and Dave Palone's hometown). From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

CLEARFIELD, PA - Sunday and Monday's first two days of a four-day meet at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds in this northcentral Pennsylvania town were devoted to two-year-olds, and trainer-driver Todd Schadel was by far the dominant force during the two sessions, visiting Victory Lane seven times after the 15 races. One track record was established over Sunday's card for trotters over a track rated "good," as Bumper Hanover, a Muscle-Massive - By A Nose Hanover filly, won her fourth straight on the twicearound circuit, taking an "A"-class Fair Sire Stakes contest in 2:03.3, a time which knocked 4/5 of a second off the previous standard set by JC Mik Mac Jillio a dozen years before (She had earlier tied the divisional mark at York, also 2:03.3.) Todd Schadel was not only the trainer-driver of the new track recordholder, but he also co-owns the quick miss with Christine Schadel - in fact, Todd and Christine co-own all four of the barn's winning Clearfield freshmen trotters. Fastest male among the Sunday freshman trotters was Keystone Bentley, a son of Cantab Hall - Armbro Blusher, who after two second and a third against the "A" Sire Stakes horses, finally made his breakthrough in 2:06.1 for Team Schadel. Pacers went to the gate on Monday, when the track was rated "slow" (and kudos to the Clearfield track crew for their hard work at keeping the fair track raceable despite steady rain). Crew Sock Hanover, a Well Said-Chantal Hall filly, remained undefeated after three fair starts and is now a four-time winner overall, needing only 2:07 to get the job done in an "A" Fair Sire Stake for trainer/driver David Brickell, also co-owner with Mitchell York. That clocking was obviously far behind the 1:56.1 record which Crew Sock Hanover took at The Meadows in the very first start of her career. Todd Schadel was again in the winners circle three times as trainer/driver on Monday, including with the fastest pacing male, the Well Said-Maeve Hanover gelding Motive Hanover, who took a maiden mark of 2:01.4 for Schadel, also co-owner with his son Cody. The other "A" winner in this section, the A Rocknroll Dance - Guan Yin gelding Dancin Yin, was also impressive, posting his second straight triumph while getting home in 2:02.3 for driver Atlee Bender and trainer Erv Miller, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. co-owns with Omer Miller. The three-year-old are slated for the final days of the meet, with trotters on Tuesday and pacers on Wednesday. Both days the action is scheduled to start at high noon. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

YORK, PA - The Pennsylvania fair harness racing circuit checked into this southcentral Pennsylvania town for a weekend of sulky sport on Saturday and Sunday - and emerged with all eight of its season's records for the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes rewritten. Another horse, the Lear Jetta mare Knuckle Up, rewrote a line in the all-time York annals when she won a free-for-all trot in 2:02 for trainer/driver Pete Kaiser, co-owner with Ronde Dalton. The previous local standard for older trotting mares was 2:04.4, set by Keystone Call Girl a dozen years ago. The two-year-old trotting filly Bumper Hanover equaled Lyrical Lady's 2010 divisional mark when she was victorious in 2:03.3 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, who also co-owns the Muscle Massive miss with wife Christine. The clocking is also lower than any time posted by a three-year-old at the PA fairs this season. Todd's brother Tony can say, "Hey, I have the fastest horse on the pace, whether two or three," as in the very first race of the meet he sulkysat behind the Russell Hanover gelding Aflame Hanover in a 1:58.3 mile, missing the track mark that Venier Hanover set last year by a tick. Also a winner at Hughesville Fair and fourth, beaten less than three lengths, in a Pennsylvania All-Stars contest. "Aflame" is trained by Tony's wife Linda, and they share ownership. Another young star, multi-Amateur Driver of the Year Hannah Miller, also visited the winners circle at York with a son of Muscle Massive, Grandpa Erv, who is trained by Hannah's father (not grandfather) Erv Miller and is owned by the Ervin Miller Stable Inc. and Michael Anderson. He's two-for-two at the fairs as well. But to show that Saturday was not just a showcase for youth, 87-year-old Don Wiest guided the Donato Hanover filly Sigilwig to victory despite a trailing post seven. Many veterans were asking if Don was the oldest driver ever to win at the Keystone State fairs - any help answering this question would be appreciated. On Sunday, the three-year-olds steeped into the spotlight, and a pair of pacers, the Real Artist gelding Cirrus De Vie and the Bettor's Delight filly Pretty Proud, ran their fair tallies to three-for-three. First up was Cirrus De Vie, coming off equaling the Butler all-age track record of 2:00.2; at York the divisional Championship winner at two recorded a time of 2:00 for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, who also co-owns with Vicki Fair. Pretty Proud, also a Championship winner at two, got her third win in succession with a 2:01.3 victory, but she was fully extended at the finish, with Dance For Kisses, who had driver Justin Lebo looking for his first career sulky success, charging at her late but coming up a head shy. Pretty Proud was driven by Steve Schoeffel for trainer Rich Gillock, who also co-owns the filly with Barbara and James Richardson. Todd Schadel trained and drove five winners at York, including four two-year-olds, to take weekly honors; Roger Hammer, who had three wins on each "side" during the weekend, leads the seasonal starts with 10 wins in each category. The fair circuit returns to the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville for 4:30 p.m. action this Thursday and Friday. Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

CLEARFIELD PA - There must be something about driving a trotter during the first week of August that brings out the best in Roger Hammer - and his horse. Hammer's most famous win during this timeframe, of course, came on August 6, 2005, when he took a graduate of the Pennsylvania fairs named Vivid Photo and made history in winning harness racing's most prestigious race, the Hambletonian.   On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, Hammer and another sophomore trotter made history - on a somewhat smaller scale admittedly - when the Great George Two filly A Little Laid Back toured the half-mile oval at the Clearfield (PA) County Fair in 2:02.3, breaking the old 2010 track mark of 2:03.2 by PJ's Photo for the division, and not far off the all-time Clearfield trot mark of 2:02 shared by Cottonwood Sam and Simeon.   Hammer used "a little laid back" driving style with Vivid Photo, rallying him from well of the pace, but here he went back to his usual frontstepping tactics, putting up splits of 30.2, 1:01, and 1:31.3 en route to the record clocking; the only thing that was affected by her two other rivals breaking stride was the winning margin, which was only 48¾ lengths. A Little Laid Back has now set five track records in her year-plus of PA fair racing for owner/trainer/driver Hammer - three last year, and two this year. She's tied with stablemate 2TC Toolbox Tuesday and the 2TF Lovebeinglucky as the only horses to have set divisional track records on two occasions this season.   If memories of Vivid Photo are to be evoked, it is only fair to note that Hammer's ownership partner on "Vivid," Todd Schadel, drove three horses from his barn to victory on the Tuesday card, while no other horseman made more than one visit to Victory Lane.   The sport's glamour division, the three-year-old pacers, will be featured on the final card of the four-day Clearfield stand, with post time Wednesday at high noon.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association          

CLEARFIELD PA - The longest harness racing meet of the year on the Pennsylvania Fair circuit, a four-day stay at the Clearfield County Fair in the central Pennsylvania town, conducted its first two days of racing by featuring two-year-olds, Sunday for the trotters and Monday for the pacers.   It's been nine years this week since PA fairs "graduate" Vivid Photo won the Hambletonian (and in fact driver Roger Hammer's whip-whirling finish was shown in the lead-in to the Hambo press conference), so it is appropriate that Hammer and his co-owner in "Vivid," Todd Schadel, would produce the best mile among the freshmen.   Hammer sent Artists Ruffles, fresh off a 1:57 score at Bedford that stands as the fastest mile of the Keystone twice around season regardless of age, to the lead in his Fair Sire Stakes heat and put up fractions of 30, 1:01, and 1:29.3 over track with a variant of "+3," looking to put himself in a position to threaten the local 2PC record of 2:01 shared by four horses, But Artists Ruffles tired a bit late, and it was Schadel and the Yankee Cruiser colt Cruiserwillwin who came on in the stretch from midpack, catching the pacesetter by 1¼ lengths while going in 2:01.2, just missing the local standard. Cruiserwillwin, second to Artists Ruffles in the Bedford mile, is also trained by Schadel, and Todd is co-owner with his wife Christine. Both Hammer and Schadel had two winners on the Monday card, tying them for top honors for the day and the meet (3).   They sure named Camera Lady correctly, as the Dragon Again miss had her picture taken in Victory Lane for the seventh times in eight starts - she is the winningest two-year-old pacing filly in all of North America as of this writing. "Smilin" Dave Brickell, her trainer/driver and co-owner with Mitchell York, and his filly went their back half in 1:00.4 to complete a 2:04.4 mile.   Among Sunday's baby trotting contests, probably the most impressive winner was Gee Wizz George, a Great George Two gelding who posted his fourth victory (one off the North American lead in his category) by winning in 2:08, equaling the fastest mile of the day. However, not too many 2:08 miles, especially on fair tracks, feature middle halves in 1:00.2 - which was what Gee Wizz George trotted while going from over 11 lengths back at the quarter after a break at the start to a five-length lead at the ¾. The pace of course took its toll, but Gee Wizz George was able to fight off late-charging Intense Standoff by a nose for driver Ron Harvey, trainer Jean Rastetter, and owners Maryann and Richard Rastetter.   The focus at Clearfield now shifts to the three-year-olds for cards on Tuesday and Wednesday starting at high noon, with the trotters on Tuesday and the pacers on Wednesday.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

GRATZ PA - The Pennsylvania harness fair season traveled eastward for the first time in 2016, making its third stop of the season at this central Pennsylvania community for a Fair Sire Stakes 2-day event.   Over the last few years, Gratz and Bloomsburg have by general consensus consistently rated as among the fastest tracks on the Keystone State twicearound circuit, and the oval kept its reputation intact during racing on Saturday (2YOs) and Sunday (3YOs).   Star Of Terror, fresh off tying Audie K's 24-year-old all-age track record at Butler (2:00.2), posted the fastest time of the young season with a 1:57.1 win in a division of the three-year-old colt pace.   The Western Terror gelding moved to the lead off the first turn for driver Chris Shaw and rang up splits of 29.1, 58.2, and 1:28.1 en route to the drawing clear victory. This was only the eighth lifetime start for Star Of Terror, trained by Jason Shaw for owners Fortunate One LLC, and the clocking was the fastest on the state fair circuit in almost two years, with Gordo pacing in 1:57 at Bedford on July 21, 2014.   The colts' distaff counterparts had clocked the first 2:00 mile of the season a few races early when the Demarvalous filly Marvalous Jet overcame a tough first-over journey against pacesetter Gymnast Hanover, finally wearing down that game rival late by a neck in 1:59.3. Shawn Johnston, capturing his second of the three divisions for 3PFs, sulkysat for trainer Kevin Johnson and owners Winbak Farm and Rocknridge Racing Inc.   Perhaps the most impressive mile on the Sunday card for sophomores was one that did not break 2:00, but darned near did - and it was posted by a trotting filly. The SJ's Caviar filly Real Caviar put the nonbreakers in a roe row behind her and then rattled off splits of 30, 1:00.2, and 1:30.1 en route to a clocking of 2:00.1, which missed by only a tick the Gratz divisional track record of 2:00 co-held by Heirodynamic (2007) and Petiti (2008). Todd Schadel, who handled Petiti in her record mile, was also up behind Real Caviar, a filly he trains and co-owners with Dr. John Egloff.   Todd Schadel, who was the leading driver (5 wins) and trainer (4) of the two-day weekend at Gratz, swept the two-year-old colt pace on the Saturday card, with two sons of Yankee Cruiser, the colt Teen Cruiser and the gelding Cruiserwillwin, both stopping the timer in 2:02.1 after effective rallies. Mike Gillock trains Teen Cruiser for owner Bob Key, while Schadel is the conditioner of Cruiserwillwin and also the co-winner with his wife Christine.   Team Shaw - owner and four-year-old Mason Shaw, father/trainer Jason, and driver/brother Chris -- continued their mastery of the specific discipline of two-year-old pacing fillies, taking both cuts. The Ponder filly Keystone Nikki rated a moderate pace, then sprinted at the end of a 30.3 last quarter to finish out her mile in 2:06.1, while Gemalous, a daughter of Delmarvalous, rallied in the lane to catch frontstepper Keystone Zeta by ¾ of a length in 2:03.2.   After three stops, Chris Shaw heads the drivers colony with 13 victories; Shawn Johnston is having a breakthrough year and is second with 8, with perennial kingpin Roger Hammer next at 6. Jason Shaw also has 13 trips to the winners circle to lead the trainers, with Hammer and Bob Rougeaux III tied for second at 6.   FINISHING LINES - Apologies to Ron Harvey for not identifying him as the driver behind Gee Wizz George, a winner on June 30 at Butler. Harvey, driving infrequently in recent years, posted his first sulky victory since March 18, 2008 at The Meadows with Smiling Ruthie (for the same trainer, Jean Rastetter) ... Next stops for the fairs is at Dayton PA, with racing action this Saturday and Sunday.     by Jerry Connors for the PA Fair Circuit

WILKES-BARRE PA - South Side Hanover and Stirling Debutante both took their third victories in as many preliminaries of the Bobby Weiss Series by winning $15,000 divisions of the trotting females competition Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while in the third cut two "logical" horses came home 1-2 - and combined for a $919 Exacta.   South Side Hanover has had the rail in all three of her Weiss starts - the outer one the first week, the inner one the last two - but the result has always been the same, a visit to Victory Lane. Tuesday, the Cantab Hall filly went wire-to-wire in 1:58, with back fractions of 58.2 - 28.3 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel and Schadel's co-owner Roger Hammer, a/k/a "Team Vivid Photo."   Even though she equaled her lifetime mark of 1:55.4 in another Weiss division, the Credit Winner mare Stirling Debutante did not have it easy, pressed hard by first-over Abbie's Celticlass, but she nonetheless held her lead over that rival to the wire by a half-length, with Anthony Napolitano again in the sulky for trainer Christie Collins and owners J M F Racing LLC.   And as for that "logical" $919 exacta? Well, the winner, Squeals Of Delight, had seconds in both her two previous starts in the Weiss, and second-place horse Real Caviar had won a Weiss division in week one, so you think those two would get some respect here, right?   Well, $107.00 winner Squeals Of Delight held off 23-1 place horse Real Credit (another Schadelite) to her left by a length in 1:57.4, lowering the winning Donato Hanover mare's mark by six seconds - but admittedly they did have some assistance from the remainder of the seven-horse field, who all went offstride, including 1-5 favorite Selfie Hanover while on the lead on the far turn. Larry Stalbaum had Squeals Of Delight in the pocket at that point and took over the lead, during the moans of agony of the chalkplayers, and captured the victory for trainer Robert Bath, co-owner with Eldo Leonelli.   Squeals Of Delight was the second $100+ winner at Pocono in three nights, after $197.00 Majo Just Do It won on Sunday, and the timing couldn't have been more curious - because The Downs had just come off a week where the combined win prices of every winner, each night for four straight nights, never topped $100 TOTAL for a single card!   From the PHHA

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono settles into its "normal" 4-day racing week starting on Saturday, as Mondays will be added two days later (April 11), completing the four consecutive days of competition that will be the norm for the mountain track in 2016. Saturday's racing for the next few weeks will focus on overnight racing - this Saturday's card has as its highlights an $18,000 and a $16,000 handicap pace for high-level claiming horses, and a pair of $15,500 conditioned events, one on each gait. The focus will switch to stakes racing on April 30, when eliminations for the new Pennsylvania Classic (for 3YO PA-sired colts & geldings) and Miss Pennsylvania (for their filly counterparts) will be held, with the top males coming back for a $500,000 Championship and the females a $300,000 Championship one week later, on Kentucky Derby Day, May 7, when Pocono will be feature a doubleheader of racing, a set of races finished well in time before the Derby, and then another card starting right after the Derby. In April, Sunday nights (which throughout the Downs season will have a special post time of 7:30 p.m.; the first week of this new post time brought an increased betting total of over 60%) will feature pacers competing in the Bobby Weiss Series of events for developing 3-4YOs. This Sunday will see three divisions of colts and four divisions of fillies competing in the second round of $15,000 preliminaries, trying to earn spots in the $30,000 Championships which will be held May 1. Among the colts, much attention will be focused on Iwillmakeyousaywow, who made the public do just that as he romped to an 8½-length victory in his first Weiss prelim in 1:51.4 despite temperatures only a degree above freezing. His seventh race opposition will include Midnight Lightning, also a first-round winner, the well-regarded Settlemoir - and the outside post nine. In the tenth race, Options Are Adream will go after his eighth victory of a still-undefeated career, which included a first-round Weiss prelim. On the filly side, the sixth race will be the only one matching two first prelim winners: Southwind Tango and Candy Corn Hanover, both of whom won their 2016 debuts last week. Candy Corn Hanover was tied for fastest winner in the first round at 1:53.2 with Some Fancy Filly, who definitely will not pay $50.00 to win if she repeats in race 4 Sunday. The introduction of Monday this week also means that this will be the first round of Weiss action for trotting males, who will contest their $30,000 Championship on May 9. Among the more impressive horses on paper are Dominus Hanover (race 5), who has five wins and three seconds in eight season starts, and the race 1 duo of Explosive Leggs and Celebrity Bugatti, who have been both campaigning with success in a similar series at The Meadows. Trainer/driver/co-owner Todd Schadel dominated the first prelim of the female trotting Weiss series, and both of his 1:56.4 winners from last week, South Side Hanover (race 5) and Real Caviar (race 10), return this Tuesday. Of the two, Real Caviar may have the tougher task, as she must face the third winner from last week in Stirling Debutant, who went only a fifth slower and who draws inside of her on Tuesday. This group's $30,000 Championship will be contested on May 3. From the PHHA

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