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.
The young ladies looking to score in Wednesday's $108,000 Filly Division of the Currier & Ives at The Meadows may find that the road to the winners' circle goes through the Beinhauer stable.
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce yet another new partner in its harness racing Collegiate Scholarship Program, and update an earlier announcement regarding breedings to Hypnotic Blue Chip.
As far as harness racing driver Luke Plano's Friday and Saturday nights are concerned, it's safe to say he's booked.
Sand Violent Blu, last year's Pennsylvania freshman champion plagued by physical problems throughout 2012, finally got a win at 3 Wednesday at The Meadows when she captured a harness racing division of a $90,800 Keystone Classic for trotting fillies.
Todd Schadel picked up four harness racing victories on his home track as the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit visited the Gratz Fairgrounds in Dauphin County, PA, near Harrisburg.
The 145th edition of the Great Stoneboro Fair featured a 14-race harness racing card for freshmen on Friday (August 31) in Northwestern Pennsylvania.The Quaker Stake for trotters opened the card, and Southern Gal (Pinetucky) picked up her first career win, scoring in 2:10 on her hometrack for owner, trainer and driver Charlie Crouser.
Two year olds were in action at two harness racing venues in Pennsylvania on Tuesday (August 28), with drivers Wayne Long and Roger Hammer enjoying successful afternoons.
Two-year-old trotters kicked off four days of harness racing at the Crawford County Fair on Monday (August 20th) in Meadville, PA.
Fashion Athena captured her second straight Pennsylvania Sires Stake victory Friday at The Meadows when she made a quarter-pole move stand up in a harness racing stake-fastest 1:56.