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Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. This time of year we focus on those that caught our attention throughout spring training and will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) after another review trip. Here we go for recap #1: #24 A Schocker (2ct Andover Hall-Stretch The Limit-Tom Ridge) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of dam and first by Andover Hall. #127 Morcredit Blue Chip (2ct Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor-Malabar Man) - Charles Sylvester. Full brother to Maud Blue Chip (2, 1:58s, $222,203 in 2013), a returning three year-old performer for 2014 stakes that qualified last weekend. #77 Feel Lucky (2ct Lucky Chucky-Classic N Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Classic Casette by Florida Pro. Dam is 100% producer from the first three foals (all geldings) including Super Classic 3,2:00.1h ($91,303), Lindy's Best Yet 4,1:56.1f ($85,904) and Lindor 4,1:56.3f ($21,882) He looks like a prospect! #145 Talbot Hercules (2ct Muscles Yankee-Northern Flare-Andover Hall) - Charles Sylvester. First foal of the mare she with record 4,1:58.1f ($69,161) and daughter of Flame Tamer by Super Pleasure. #3 Madrid (2ct Credit Winner-Starcelona-Muscles Yankee) -Paul Kelley. First foal of Starcelona (2, 1:55.1, $44,750). Solid trainee from Paul Kelley's well-bred trotting collection. #23 Aldebaran Eagle (2ct Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of dam with 4, 1:56.1s mark and $56,338 earned. Her 2011 foal, Walk The Walk, by Muscle Hill just earned a qualifying record of 3, q1:57.2. #33 Keystone Bodacious (2ct Muscle Massive-Balanced Action-Balanced Image) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-brother to three $100,000 plus winners including Logan's Hero (6,1:54.2s, $379,425), Manningly (4,1:52.3f, $344,631) and Keystone Bernard (3,1:55.3f, $213,441). Grand looking individual. #48 Total Darkness (2ct Muscles Yankee-Leila-Andover Hall) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of unraced daughter of CR Royal Jeannie. #45 Stirling Diva (2ft Muscle Massive-Shan Riches) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-sister to Ellen's Isle (4, 1:53,2f, $264,080) and Loch Katrine (5, 1:56.1f, $214,953). #50 Walk Over Water (2ft Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara) - Jonas Czernyson. Full-sister to Falls For You (4, 1:52.2, $1,311,152). 8 Total Darkness, 45 Stirling Diva, 50 Walk Over Water Itsabouttimebaby (2ct Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed) - Ron Gurfein Stable. First foal of stakes winning dam with record 4,q1:55.3f ($297,989), she from True Love by Pine Chip. This one has trained well all spring - impressive. Very Much So (2ft Donato Hanover-Bedswerver-SJ's Photo) - Fred Grant. Half-sister to Marat (3, 1:56.2f, $59,621) #5 Iron (2ct Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou) - Lindy Farms. Full-brother to Lindy's Jersey Boy (4, 1:52.4f, $268,247) from a franco-american dam. #4 Mesmerized (2ct Cantab Hall-Gift Card-Credit Winner) - Lindy Farms. Second foal of multiple NYSS and final winner Gift Card (2, 1:55.2, $253,733), she a sister to World Champion and million-dollar plus winner Crazed. Interested owners and visitors have been attentive to the action, and their investments, throughout spring. The Sunshine Meadows three year-olds and up continue to progress as well, including Sylvester's Spider Blue Chip and Toss Cartwright. Many of the two year-olds are now at 2:20 or below - we expect the favorites might change again as they move north to approach qualifying tests. Dreams sometimes come true. Spider Blue Chip (outside), Toss Cartwright (inside) for the Sylvester Stable. Toss Cartwight 2,1:57f ($46,749) by Muscles Yankee-Toss Up-Supergill, Toss Up the dam of six winners in 1:57 or better including Tawesome 3,1:53.3 ($103,120) by Thomas H. Hicks

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association reminds horsemen that auctions for breedings to the Pennsylvania stallions Crazed and Tom Ridge, end tomorrow.   The breedings were donated by Hanover Shoe Farms and Ted Tomson, respectively. Money raised by the auctions goes directly to the MSOA's Collegiate Scholarship Fund.   The auctions are being conducted by the website www.ongait.com, and additional information is available there. The auctions end at 12Noon eastern on Tuesday, April 15.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announced that applications are now being accepted for its 2014-2015 Collegiate Scholarship Program.   This year's scholarship options include the $5,000 MSOA Collegiate Scholarship, the $2,500 CSC Insurance Options Scholarship, the $1,000 Dr. Barry C Betts Memorial Scholarship (sponsored by LCM Nutraceuticals), the Hypnotic Blue Chip Scholarship (sponsored by Fran Azur) and the Tom Ridge Scholarship (sponsored by Ted Tomson).   Applicants must be a son or daughter of an owner, trainer, driver or groom who has participated in harness racing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on a regular basis over the 2 years preceding the application. Said parent must be a member of the MSOA, and the applicant must be at least a senior in high school.   One application covers all of the above listed scholarships. An independent committee will review the applicants and determine the winners of each individual award.   Applications must be received on or before Friday, May 2, 2014. To apply, please visit the MSOA's website, www.themsoa.com.   by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA

A Filly and Mare Open Pace headed by Show Runner and Haggin Oaks and an Open Trot the brings out the likes of Franks Best, Fort Valley As and Hellogottagobuhbye share the spotlight at Cal Expo on Friday. Show Runner comes into the Distaff Open have ended up in the winners circle following 22 of her last 37 trips to the post. The Little Steven mare, now racing under the banner of A Piece Of The Action LLC, is trained and driven by Tim Maier The bay mare was a dominating winner of the January 31 Open, then did not see evening action again until last weekend. Sent off the 1-2 favorite in that affair, she went coast-to-coast in a sparkling 1:52 4/5 performance with Luke Plano at the controls. She has been assigned the No. 10 post by Racing Secretary Fred Kuebler for this go-around. The Open Trot finds Franks Best, Hellogotagobuhbye and Fort Valley As vying for favoritism after chasing home Sharpshootennorris in last weekends top dance for the trotting set. Franks Best is on the verge of reaching the $200,000 earnings mark for his owner/trainer/breeder Bob Johnson and will as usual have Mooney Svendsen giving directions. He is looking for his first snapshot on the season after finishing second in six of his nine trips to the post. Hellogottagobuhbye has been victorious in three of his last six starts for owner/driver Daniel Maier and trainer Tim Maier and was fourth in his most recent attempt after doing his work in first-over fashion from the 10 slot over the slop. He made every pole a winning one on March 21 in impressive fashion. Fort Valley As is looking to make amends after making little impact at even-money favorite in that last clash at the top rung in his first evening appearance since early December. Jennifer Sabot owns, George Reider trains and Chip Lackey pilots the son of Tom Ridge, who is looking to add to a $366,000 bankroll with a 1:55 mark in tow. Pick 5 is hit for $8,773 payout! There are three wagers offered here each night with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate, including the 50-cent Pick 5 that was hit by a single ticket last Saturday night to the tune of $8,773 with another 60 cents tossed in for good measure. To put this in perspective, if the regular takeout had been in place, the payoff would have been $7,832, with $941 less going into the winning players pocket. The other bets with the 16 percent takeout here are the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $20,000-guaranteed pool on Friday and a $25,000 guarantee on Saturday; and the 10-cent Hi-Five on the nightcap. Taking a closer look at last Saturdays Pick 5 sequence, the handicapper did a pretty good job when you consider that favorites blanked in the sequence, which was decided over a sloppy racetrack. Docs Zippy set the tone when he won the featured Open Pace for trainer George Anthrop and regular pilot Patrick Galbraith, upsetting the classy 1-5 Pancetta, who had the demanding No. 10 post in his first evening appearance of the year. Chalk it up as the Third Straight big effort from Docs Zippy and a solid return for Pancetta. Most bettors probably felt the classy returnee Fort Valley As and the repeat-seeking Hellogottagobuybye were the way to go in the Open Trot that followed, but Sharpshootennorris had other ideas and parlayed a pocket trip into a 12-1 upset for Steve Wiseman. Native Country and Tim Maier got the job done at 7-2 some 20 minutes later, while it was Wiseman again in the following as Lodi Nickolus made it look easy at $7.80 in a Trotting event. While it had already been difficult to get to the final leg, making things even more complicated was the fact that this looked to be the most wide-open race of the sequence. When all was said and done, it was Wiseman posing for pictures once again with the aptly-named Quick On My Feet. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that three breedings are being offered via auction to benefit the MSOA's Scholarship Fund.   This year, the MSOA welcomes back a familiar face and a new partner to assist with the scholarship funding effort. For the second straight season, horse owner and MSOA member Ted Tomson of Brackenridge, PA has donated two breedings to trotting stallion Tom Ridge, on the roster at Nandi Farms in New Freedom, PA for a fee of $3,500.   Tom Ridge, a World Champion son of Muscles Yankee, has a mark of 1:50.2 and banked over $886,000 in his racing career.   The MSOA is pleased to welcome Hanover Shoe Farms to the team, as the nation's leading farm has donated a breeding to Crazed, valued at $4,000.   Crazed, a million-dollar winning son of Credit Winner, is no stranger to Pennsylvania racing, as a past winner of the Colonial Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia.   "We are pleased to have the Tomson family and Hanover Shoe Farms work with our program this year," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We have had some great partners donate breedings in recent years, including Green Acquisition Corporation, owner of Trainforthefuture, and Fran Azur, owner of Hypnotic Blue Chip. The MSOA Scholarship Fund is lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these folks and their generosity has helped to benefit a lot of young men and women."   The breedings will be listed on the website  www.ongait.com The 14-day auction opens April 1 and ends at noon on April 15, 2014.   One Crazed breeding is available to the top bidder. Two Tom Ridge breedings are being offered. The underbidder will be contacted by the MSOA and offered the second breeding at the price of their bid as soon as the auction has closed. Terms are 10% down (non-refundable), remainder due upon live foal.   For more information, call 724-228-3644 or email, msoa@themsoa.com.

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

The Harness Racing Museum would like to thank all of the donors and bidders for a successful stallion breeding auction. Due to several newly received services, as well as some breedings that did not receive appropriate bids, the following is a list of stallions that are still available. TROTTERS are indicated with upper case CAPS.   Delaware - Cr Commando, Dream Away Illinois - Yankee Skyscaper Indiana - Allthatgltrsisgold, GUCCIO, Panspacificflight Maryland - CHARLIE DE VIE, FOUR STARZ ROBRO, GROTON HALL, Holy Guacamolie, Nuclear Breeze, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie New York - Conway Hall, Deweycheatumnhowe, Lislea, Lucky Chucky, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King Ohio - COLIE'S, Manhardt, Northern Kid, Powerful Toy, Valley Victor, Woodstock Ontario - Angus Hall, Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Classic Card Shark Pennsylvania - Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos, Tom Ridge, Tuffofthetoughest   In addition, the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is proud to offer a newly acquired breeding to GUCCIO as part of our stallion breeding auction. This is a unique opportunity as his book is sure to be full and closed very shortly.   The world champion and million-dollar winning trotter Guccio 4,1:51.1f ($1,021,809) begins stud duty at Victory Hill Farm, one of the leading farms in Indiana. He will stand for a fee of $5,000 for the 2014 breeding season.   Income raised by the stallion auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Some stallions have more than one breeding available.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person.   From the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --The Harness Racing Museum urges breeders to take advantage of the exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction.Bidding ends this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon Eastern.   This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) standing in Ontario and Cam's Card Shark* (2007) in Pennsylvania.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro, Northern Kid, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. Ohio pacing sires are Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Shark Gesture, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser*.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge*, and pacers Cam's Card Shark*, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by trotting sires Conway Hall and Lucky Chucky. The pacing ranks consist of Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King*, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove*.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie. Pacing stallions are Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin*, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visitwww.harnessmuseum.com. More than one breeding is available for horses marked with an (*)   Bids must be postmarked by February 15, 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum    

The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction. This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) and Cam's Card Shark (2007).   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro and Northern Kid. The pacing gait is represented by Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge, with pacers Cam's Card Shark, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by the trotting sire Lucky Chucky and the pacing sires are Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered.   Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark.   Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.   Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away.   Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 15 , 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com.   Submitted by the Harness Racing Museum    

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

MEADVILLE PA - What would your description of "a dream day" be for you? For a horseman, it might be something like "winning half the races on the card with trotters I train, I own, and I bred - and one of them set the all-age track record, right here, at my home track." That was the dream day of Walter "Boots" Dunn, Wednesday at the Crawford County Fair, when Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes sophomore diamondgaiters were featured. Dunn, 83 years young of mind (though his body occasionally tries to betray him), got the ball rolling in the very first event, when Classicality scorched the northwest Pennsylvania twicearound in 2:01, knocking a full 8 ticks from the all-age mark set by three horses - males Williewon'the twenty years ago and Redder Than Red last year, and filly Monroe County in June. Driver by Roger Hammer, the gelded son of Classic Photo, a Stallion Series winner this year, is out of Penn Worthy Lane, and thus a full brother to $100,000+ winner Linus B Worthy. Dunn/Hammer then swept the early Double with Ruddy Rusty, an altered son of SJ's Caviar and Chaka Khan, and thus a full brother to S J Better Days, who had rewritten his own OTH Meadvile standard to 2:03.1 just the day before, and Redder Than Red, who had been co-fastest trotter ever at Meadville until 15 minutes previously. "Rusty," also a 2013 Stallion Series winner, is now undefeated in six fair miles after a 2:04 score. Before leaving the colts, mention should be made of the Supernatural gelding Prince Lauxmont, who had been unbeaten in five fair starts before a third last week, but who bounced back for trainer/driver Wayne Long, also co-owner with Joyce Lineweaver, in 2:02.3 (which, alert readers may note, would have given him a share of the all-time Meadville trot standard but for Classicality's first race heroics). The other half of Dunn's four-bagger consisted of Bellagio Bay (Tom Ridge-Bellissimo, and thus a full sister to Monday 2TF winner Bella Palazzo) in 2:04.2, fastest of the distaff Sire Stakes miles, with Brady Brown had the winning steer here as Hammer was finishing second with his own Solicitation, and Boo's Party Girl (driver Hammer), whom Dunn dropped into the Quaker State stake because he had a filly in each of the three Sire Stakes cuts - even though Boo's Party Girl is third in the Sire Stakes standings. 9-0-4-3 in the Fair Sires, Boo's Party Girl, by Yankee Glide, broke her maiden in 2:04.3. Hammer also completed a sulky four-bagger when he guided Witch N Famous, a filly he trains, to her maiden win in a conditioned pace. FINISHING LINES - Doubles on the card went to trainer/driver Wayne Long and sires Classic Photo and SJ's Caviar ... The glamor division, three-year-old pacing colts, are set for their day in the sun today as the meet features the last of its four cards starting at 12:30 p.m. by Jerry Connors  

MEADVILLE PA - The pride of this northwestern Pennsylvania town, Walter "Boots" Dunn, saw his filly Glide By Shooting rewrite the Crawford County Fair standard for two-year-old trotting misses when she won a division of the state Fair Sire Stakes during the first of four days of action on Monday. A daughter of Glidemaster, Glide By Shooting glided around the Meadville oval for driver Roger Hammer in 2:05.3 to reduce the 2:07.1 mark held by Desired Romance, set two years ago. Glide By Shooting really is a Dunn production - she is owned and trained by Dunn, and bred by Boots, too, out of She'sfastandfurious, who won the 2006 Fair Championship - something her daughter has a chance to do in emulation of her mother this October 5 at The Meadows. And if Glide By Shooting hadn't broken this track record for Hammer/Dunn, 15 minutes later Bella Palazzo would have. Coming off rewriting the division standard at Washington last Monday, the Tom Ridge filly overcame the trailing post seven in notching a 2:07 score. Bella Palazzo's mom, Bellissimo, was no slouch herself, winning three pari-mutuel Sire Stakes at two. The track record and Dunn victories may have overshadowed the winner of today's other filly division, but Bessie now has on her card six straight fair wins, including five in the Fair Sire Stakes, and six overall fair wins in the Sire Stakes after trotting home in 30 to complete a 2:07.2 package (note: just 1/5 off the old Meadville mark). David Brickell owns, trains, and drives the Equinox Bi filly. Flynn Rider moved up to second in the 2TC pointstandings with a 2:08.1 victory in the meet opener (the divisional leader, Mr Weaver, was third in this race). Flynn Rider was not hindered by the outside slot in the field of five as the gelding won for driver Winston Lineweaver and trainer Eileen Lineweaver, the latter co-owner with Neal Racing Stable LLC. A quarter-hour later sire Lear Jetta completed a "sweep of the Daily Double" when the other colt division was taken by Rudi's Jet in 2:09.4. The "Jet" has now soared to a 5-3-2-0 fair tally for trainer Al Manke and driver Marty Wollam, the latter co-owner with Hans Bachmann. Speaking of sweeps, the blue and yellow of Team Schoeffel took both halves to the FFA pace, with Chrome Over and with Keystone Royce in the day's fastest mile, 2:02.4 (28.1 last quarter). Steve trains both winners and mom Virginia owns a piece of both with various partners; Steve drove Keystone Royce, while Brady Brown guided Chrome Over. by Jerry Connors  

WASHINGTON PA - The two-year-olds altered two more divisional records at the Washington (PA) County Fair Tuesday, bringing the total at Washington for the two-day session to three, most at any one track to date this season, and elevating the seasonal track record count to 14. And appropriately enough, the two new entrants in the books were fillies, as the misses have set 11 of the 14 record clockings, including all three all-age records. Walter "Boots" Dunn, whose hometown Meadville fair will be visited the circuit next week, swept the 3TF events as owner/trainer/breeder. The recordsetter in his pair was Bella Palazzo, a daughter of Tom Ridge who scooted around the former "Arden Downs" Grand Circuit track for driver Wilbur Yoder in 2:04.4 to drop two full seconds off the old standard co-held by Meadowbranch Karin (1995) and Desired Outcome (2011). Cantab Hall also won for Dunn, with Brian Zendt in the sulky Also earning a line in the books was TSM Maija Star, who won in 2:02.1 to equal the 2PF standard of Star On Broadway (1996) and Bell On Wheels (2008). The daughter of Dragon Again, driven by Dan Rawlings, is trained by Bob Krenitsky Jr. and owned by breeder Ted Tomson; the latter two came right back 15 minutes later to take another freshman pacing filly cut with TSM Soul Sister, driven by Todd Cummings. Multiple wins in a class were popular on Tuesday - the team of trainer Al Manke and driver Marty Wollam accounted for both two-year-old colt trots: Rudi's Jet, owned by co-breeder Hans Bachmann along with Wollam, and Mickie The Mouch, a homebred owned by Anthony Minute. The fair action now returns to Dayton PA for racing on Wednesday and Thursday, both days starting at noon. The early part of the week saw the two-year-old colt pacers set themselves up for both the pari-mutuel Sire Stakes and Stallion Series Championships by racing their fourth and final preliminary legs at The Meadows. The top eight for the division's Sire Stakes Championship are in order Allstar Partner and McWicked (both with two wins and two seconds for 120 points), Limelight Beach, Let's Drink On It, Sometimes Said, Seventh Secret, Tellitlikeitis, and Bristol Bay. King Of The Jungle is AE1; Naked City is AE2. If those two do not scratch in to the Championship, they will head the consolation. The next three horses tied at 50 points, and since non-declarations could elevate their status, moneyearnings were used to break the tie among Cabana Boy Hanover, Avalanche Hanover, and At Press Time, who rank in that order. At 49 points, He's Got It got the edge over West Matters on money; Invictus Hanover had enough points for the final consolation spot. In the Stallion Series, the first six were Here Comes William, Dontmeswiththebest, and A OK Hanover, followed by the tied triumvirate of Finley Hanover, Ivan Bob, and Leyden, who are all assured of entrance. The final two Championship spots could prove interesting, as four horses tied at 70 points, with three of them - Jack Attack, So Surreal, and Somewhere In L A - the highest moneywinners in the quartet at $20,000 each. Since points and money do not separate these horses, should it come down to that, a shake of the pills would decide which two move on to the Championship. by Jerry Connors  

HONESDALE PA - Royalty For Life was the King of the Hambletonian this past Saturday, and at the Honesdale Fair on Wednesday, another "King" continued to leave his "Marc" on the Keystone fair circuit. That would be trainer Syl King Jr., along with designated driver Marc Mosher, who swept the Daily Double and the 3TF PA Fair Sire Stakes races with Chrissy O and Homepage - just as they had in the first part of the experimental Honesdale 2-part meeting on Sunday! Chrissy O, a daughter of Broadway Hall owned by Ron Silletto and Joseph Benedetti Jr., was the first and faster in 2:07.3, quickest trot of the day, while Homepage, a Tom Ridge filly raced under lease by King, is now perfect in six fair outings after closing in 28.3 to complete a 2:08.2 package. King has now doubled or better in his last six days of racing at the fairs, with his fair UTR at .468, .499 with trotters. He has a 2013 Honesdale UTR of .513 going into today's last local card, with 9 babies to send out (after a local UTR of .493 in 2012). He is in second place in the fair training standings with 18 - all in the last 26 days, as he did not compete during the early western swing. And Chrissy O and Homepage have now won on the same day four times - at Gratz, at Bedford (where both trotted in 2:04 for the sectional track record), and now twice at Honesdale. And as impressive as King's record is and has been, protégé sulkysitter Mosher outdid him yesterday, picking up two catchdrives in the FFA paces and winning both to parade back four winning steeds. The day's other trotting highlight was Bsmaximummoondream, repeating from Sunday after finishing second six straight times before that, taking a cut of the 3TC in 2:08.2, a mile with a 28.4 last quarter. The Bedford County gelding won for owner/trainer/driver Dave Brickell, who in the same capacities also posted the co-quickest mile of the day, 2:02.4 while also snapping off a 28.4 kicker, with the Magical Mike 3PF DVC Jaded Attitude. (Also doubling as owner/trainer/driver on the card was Todd Schadel). Finally, the last race of the day brought the first career purse victory to driver 38YO James Dill, who won a 3PC section with the Robert Dill-trained Shady City, a Metropolitan gelding James co-owns with Rudy Ligrano. James Dill has faced the starting gate five times, and the results have been first - second - horse fell down - third - first, a very good (save one) start to a career in the sulky. Oh: James Dill's colors are green and white. As are, basically, Syl King Jr.'s. Maybe Dill's a quick study. FINISHING LINES - There will be two-year-olds in action 358 miles apart on the PA Fair Circuit's one of three days in 2013 with two fairs in operation: Waynesburg, in the southwest corner of the state, races today and tomorrow at 10 a.m., while the northeast's Honesdale' has its curtainlowerer set to begin at high noon.   by Jerry Connors  

CLEARFIELD PA - Three-year-old trotters topped the bill of fare Wednesday during the third of the four-day meet at the Clearfield (PA) fair, and the horse who came within 4/5 of a second of Cottonwood Sam's all-age track record - earned $606. Luminosity is an altered son of Cash Hall, who resides in the jurisdiction directly north of the Keystone State, and so he is not eligible for the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes. But he is eligible to the Quaker State Stakes, which has as its eligibility "PA-sired or wholly PA-owned," and the Maxx Fortune Stable qualifies on that account, with Luminosity doing the rest - a 35-length triumph in 2:02.4 for Steve Schoeffel, who had three driving and two training wins to maintain a comfortable lead on the 2013 circuit. But - to paraphrase a local announcer - yesterday Schoeffel's gold and blue heard "hoofbeats, and they sound like thunder," in a blue and gold visage: that of Roger Hammer. The multi-time PA fair champion (and 8-time North American UDR king) has had a slow start (by his standards) to his 2013 fair efforts, but he guided four horses back to Victory Lane Wednesday, and justlikethat he's among the top five circuit drivers. Solicitation, a Hammer-owned-trained-driven filly by Tom Ridge, made her seasonal fair bow an impressive one by taking the fastest of her group's divisions in 2:03.4, only two ticks outside PJ's Photo's Clearfield mark for sophomore misses. Roger came right back to nab the second-fastest cut in 2:04.1 with Lindyofalifetime, a daughter of Cantab Hall who was up by a neck over Chrissy O for trainer Boots Dunn on a day where runaways were more the rule - after this neck decision, there was only one other heat in the ten where the winning margin was less than 4 ¾ lengths, and in addition to Luminosity, Schoeffel won another heat by over 30 lengths, with the Sires filly Olivet De Vie (though in fairness it must be noted that fair terror Monroe County ran a good part of the early stages of the mile on an off day for her.) Three of the four sections of the colt action beat 2:04, with Schoeffel taking the fastest in 2:03.2 with the Garth Vader gelding Luke Icewalker, and Hammer winning in 2:03.3 with Ruddy Rusty for trainer Dunn and 2:03.4 with Southwind Glider. The win by Ruddy Rusty, an SJ's Caviar gelding, is worth touching on further, as for the second straight week "Rusty" defeated Roe Is Me, who had opened the fair campaign with five wins in a row. The sophomore colts (and throw in Prince Lauxmont, who went to 4-4 at the fairs with a Wednesday win) seem as deep as their freshman counterparts, and should provide much exciting action in the weeks to come. FINISHING LINES - After Clearfield, the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit "splits" for the first time this campaign, with action in the northeast corner of the state at Honesdale, which is experimenting with its two-day meet and fair meet raced Sunday and Monday, and then back Wednesday and Thursday. 358 miles to the southwest, the races will set up shop at Waynesburg (birthplace of Dave Palone) for cards on Thursday and Friday. by Jerry Connors

Records started to fall even before the pari-mutuel harness racing card got underway at Pocono Downs. The track hosted the first two RUS (racing under saddle) Montie races of the 2013 season. In the first $10,000 division, Fort Valley As and jockey Karen Isbell was much the best, leading from start to finish in a romp by five open lengths in 1:59.1.

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