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Nichols, N.Y. -- Leading driver Mike Simons enjoyed a dominant evening at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 28), scoring four wins on the nine-race harness racing card. Among those triumphs was one with Arodasi ($4.50) in the featured $14,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, as they held off a stout late charge from Mach It a Par to just prevail.   After Simons swept the daily double with Puff Mommy ($6.80, 1:54) and Quaint Irene ($6.20, 1:57.3), he settled to the back of the pack with Arodasi in the distaff feature. Second from last in the field of six and trailed only by even-money favourite Mach It a Par, the 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror was far off a torrid :54.3 initial half mile produced by pacesetter Shutthefrontdoor (John Cummings, Jr.). On approach to the far turn, Simons pointed Arodasi second-over to follow the live cover of P L Hula (Aaron Byron), still stalked by Mach It a Par through a :27.3 third sectional. Arodasi swept three-wide at the apex of the turn, ultimately taking the lead just upon entering the home straight--but not home free. Mach It a Par--a winner of her five previous races--kicked cover, chasing valiantly down the grandstand side, but only able to close to within half a length of Arodasi's 1:50.4 victory. Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.), boxed on the backstretch and far turn, escaped traffic in upper stretch to just save third.   Trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. shares ownership of Arodasi with Peter Shank, Joseph Barbera, and the AGC Stables, Inc.   Despite a pair of near misses in races four and five, Simons bounced back to complete his grand slam in the sixth race, a $5,000 claiming trot. Ashcroft ($4.40), a 13-year-old gelding Simons owns in partnership with Albert Abdala, III, made an early push to the lead, holding clear of a late-rallying Berto Adalina (Jason MacDougall) in 1:56.4. Simons's son Shawn trains the 59-time winner.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 29) evening, with the first of nine races due off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

MEADVILLE PA -- Three-year-olds were featured during the final two days of the four-day harness racing meet at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania town, with pacing colts Royaltyhasarrived and R N Nate keeping up their winning ways.   First up was the Nuclear Breeze gelding R N Nate, who ran his fair record to 8-7-1-0 with the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.3, for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. In the very next event, Royaltyhasarrived, an altered son of Western Terror, upped his 2015 fair numbers to 9-8-1-0 by winning just a tick slower for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn. The luck of the draw has kept these two apart so far this summer; when they get in together, there won't be a space up against the fence in paddock and barn areas.   The only way to do better than having one loss on the fair circuit is having NO losses on the fair circuit, and the Quik Pulse Mindale filly Betterthanrevenge is now 7 for 7 on the state twicearounds. She won here in 2:05 for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst and the Thomson Sisters Racing Stable.   In Wednesday's trotting action, Wimborne Hanover and Simeon continued their winning ways. Wimborne, who won last year's Fair Championship for this division, ran his fair record this year to 8 wins in 10 starts when the Muscle Massive gelding reported home first in 2:07.1 for driver Brady Brown, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty. But the defending champ knows he has a tough rival in the Andover Hall gelding Simeon, yet to taste defeat at the fairs after winning his fifth start in 2:06 for driver Aaron Johnston, subbing for trainer Dave Wade; Wade also co-owns the winner with Jerry Brittingham, William Peel III, and Delores Wade.   In case you missed our earlier report, the star performer of the meet was the Great George Two freshman trotting filly A Little Laid Back, who won in 2:04.1 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer Monday. Not only did she obliterate the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies -- her time is faster than any 2YO trotter has ever gone at Meadville, and her clocking eclipsed not only the freshman trotting colts' best effort but also both divisions of THREE-year-old trotters, in addition to being quicker than the best mile of the freshman PACING fillies!   Hammer won nine races over the four days to raise his seasonal lead in the sulky to 59, 13 ahead of Chris Shaw; 8 training triumphs moved him up to 56 for the circuit's year, 21 ahead of Chris's brother Jason.   In the early part of next week, there will be concurrent PA fair racing on Tuesday and Wednesday: at the Indiana County Fair in the hometown of actor Jimmy Stewart, and at the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA.   Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

MEADVILLE PA - The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit set up shop for a four-day stay at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania city, with the first two days of harness racing action devoted to two-year-olds. Here are some of the highlights from that action:   --The Great George Two-Annabelle Lane trotting filly A Little Laid Back, possibly named for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, sped around the fairgrounds oval Monday in 2:04.1 for a new divisional track mark, her second of the summer following a 2:03.4 at Hughesville. To put the clocking it perspective: it lowered the old mark of Glide By Shooting by 1 2/5 seconds; it is more than two seconds faster than any colt counterpart has won a race in here; it was 3 1/5 seconds faster than the faster colt division Monday; and it went 3/5 faster than the quickest pacing filly section went the next day. A Little Laid Back is tied for second among North American 2TF with eight wins (believe it or not, there is an Illinois/Iowa filly named Surviver Di with 16 wins already, in just 84 days of racing!). Hammer had four wins on Monday and added another Tuesday.   --Continuing a fine tradition on to its fourth generation, 20YO horseman Nicholas Cook visited Victory Lane for the first time Tuesday, guiding the Well Said-Dragon So pacing colt Ginger Tree Currie to a 2:04.3 over Mclassic - the colt and his driver "breaking their maidens" at the same time. Nicholas's father is horseman Steve Cook, the main trainer for the stable of his grandfather Sam Beegle (like Beegle, Nick was an excellent high school wrestler), and his grand-grandfather was George Heit Jr., a noted southwest Pennsylvania horseman.   In the other two 2PC colts, the Western Terror-Free At Last colt Wagon Master made it three for three in his fair career, downing Hammer's highly-regarded Billy's Falcon, the only 2:00 freshman on the circuit to date, in 2:02.4, and Well Lets See joined Billy's Falcon at 7 for 9 at the fairs with a 2:04.3 triumph. --Possibly no victory was better received than the 2:05.3 victory of Bellagio Bay in the FFA trot Tuesday, as the trainer was none other than hometown hero Boots Dunn.   The racing continues at Meadville continues Wednesday (trotters) and Thursday (pacers) for the three-year-old set.   Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

The connections of Take It Back Terry had to wait a day to see their Western Terror gelding triumph in the 56th edition of the Sobeys Gold Cup & Saucer, but the delay made the six-year-old’s victory in the revered event all the more sweeter. The stage for Red Shores’ signature event was all set to go on Saturday (August 22) at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Prince Edward Island. The track was able to race the undercard of the Gold Cup & Saucer program, but a serious thunder storm struck as the horses were parading under the spotlights, causing track officials to postpone the $60,000 final until Sunday (August 23) at 3 p.m. (AST) due to unsafe track conditions. The field reassembled Sunday afternoon at the CDP, and so did a strong crowd, which made its way back to the cherished oval to see the field of eight lay it all on the line. Click here to read the full story Reproduced with permission of Standardbred Canada

COLUMBUS, MN. - Toatsmygoats, Part Time Lady and Da Terror all won hotly contested feature races on the Saturday night (August 22) card at Running Aces, one which was contested under threatening skies and several intermittent heavy rain showers. Toatsmygoats (Rick Magee) was the lukewarm favorite in the $16,000 Minnesota-sired three-year-old open pace and didn't disappoint with an Open lengths win over Queen Of Denial (Nick Roland) and Relentless Spirit (Luke Plano) in 1:56. Magee was content to sit a tight pocket ride throughout the race until bursting home with a :27.4 final panel to collar the eventual runnerup Queen Of Denial, who narrowly held off Relentless Spirit in a very tight place photo. The Van Otterloo Stables of Iowa own Toatsmygoats, who now has ten lifetime victories and earnings over $70,000 in two years of racing exclusively at Running Aces. Dave Flinn conditions the gelded son of Relentless Yankee. With her stablemate Party Hangover Two ordered to the sidelines this week, Part Time Lady (Steve Wiseman) took full advantage to post her first Fillies and Mares Open pace triumph of the season in 1:55, besting Kiss On The Lips (Gerry Longo) and De Valeria (Tim Maier). Wiseman, the current dash leader, moved the winning six-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet to the front just past the half and cruised home almost two lengths ahead for Part Time Lady's 33rd career victory. She is owned by Ron and Tammy Wells of California and trained by Wiseman. The winner's share of the $9600 purse moved her lifetime bounty to $123,573. Da Terror (Nick Roland) got his first open company victory in a $7800 Open II pace for owner Banks Standardbreds and trainer Justin Anfinson. Roland positioned the six-year-old Western Terror gelding near the rear early, but moved up with cover in the outer flow from seventh to fourth during the middle half mile of the race. Four-wide for the stretch drive, Da Terror collared Cowboy Cold (Luke Plano) in the final strides with Red Pine (Steve Wiseman) lapped on as well at the end of the 1:54 mile. Racing resumes Sunday night at Running Aces with a ten-race card on tap beginning at 6 p.m. (CST). Gregg Keidel  

Nichols, N.Y. -- Enjoying a second-over trip through a :28 third quarter, Arodasi ($4.30) prevailed as the even-money harness racing favourite, kicking cover and sprinting clear to a 1:51.1 victory in Friday (August 21) evening's $14,000 Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   Mike Simons kept the 6-year-old Western Terror mare off a contested early pace, settling into fourth as Shutthefrontdoor (Dan Clements), Donttellruss (Aaron Byron), and Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) all vied for contention through a :27 initial quarter. After Southwind Trini, who won that three-way battle, rated a :55.2 half, she faced strong first-over pressure from Donttellruss on the backstretch. Arodasi slid second-over on approach to the far turn, closing in steadily and swinging three-wide as Donttellruss reached the apex of her bid. While Southwind Trini had enough to repel Donttellruss's challenge, Arodasi was able to vault clear in the final sixteenth, drawing off to defeat the longtime pacesetter by 1-1/4 lengths. Justhaventmetuyet (Corey Braden) rallied belatedly down the grandstand side to take third.   Trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. owns Arodasi in partnership with Peter Shank, Joseph Barbera, and the AGC Stables, Inc.   John Cummings, Jr. and Jim Marohn, Jr. both recorded driving doubles on the nine-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 22) evening, with the first of 10 races scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Despite an off track, Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art each scored in1:53.4 to match Palm Beach's stake record in Tuesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Hailey Hanover, Albany Girl and Healthy Gain taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, behind Tipton Teeez and Albany Girl, among his three wins overall. Although intermittent rain rendered the track sloppy for the early part of the program, the surface was upgraded to "good" for the splits of Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art, setting the stage for their record-matchers. Palone let the dust settle before moving Tipton Teeez to the front at the quarter pole. The daughter of Western Terror-Finest Arts drew off thereafter and defeated Gingertreescarlett by 7 lengths, with Q T Pie Hanover third. Brian Brown trains Tipton Teeez for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo. "She's a typical Brian Brown horse -- well rigged, well mannered," Palone said. "She was the easiest kind of winner." "She won on cruise control." "She made my job easy." Valuable Art appeared buried along the cones when a seam unexpectedly opened. Eric Goodell urged her through, and the daughter of Art-Official-Race Me Valerie ended up winning comfortably. Terror At Night was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while early leader East Side Hanover earned show. "We got lucky," said Nick Callahan, the father of winning trainer Shaun Callahan as well as the co-breeder of Valuable Art. "The horse in front of us moved over, and we got through." "Without that, we're not getting much." She's had some minor issues, and we changed her rigging to help her." "I think she'll learn how to be a nice horse." Breakaway Racing campaigns Valuable Art. A five-race maiden entering the stake, Hailey Hanover slingshot to the lead down the backside -- despite being three wide -- and rolled home in 1:56.4 in the slop, 4 lengths better than Terror Grin, with Saucy Wench third. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee. "Her last start, she closed well but ran into a wall of horses and couldn't get through." "She might have been the best that day," Wilder said of the daughter Well Said-Hattie. "When I moved her today, she was serious." "She was the real deal today." It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $212,776 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

With co-favorite Sparky Mark (Simon Allard) off the gate at the start, driver Marc Campbell saw opportunity knocking on the door and sent Take It Back Terry to the front and they held on with ease in capturing the second elimination division of the Gold Cup & Saucer Monday at Charlottetown Driving Park on Prince Edward Island. Now the Allard vs Burke rivalry continues in the Gold Cup & Saucer final next Saturday for the third straight year. Allard won it last year, Burke the year before. The 12th race feature Monday saw local favorite D Gs Camme (Gilles Barrieau) shoot to the early lead from the rail with Big Surf (Jody Jamieson) sneaking into the pocket-seat and a seemingly hung-out-to-dry Take It Back Terry first-over from the start. Then by a brisk :26.4 opening quarter mile, driver Marc Campbell had power with Take It Back Terry as they muscled their way to the lead. But there was only room for a :28 quarter breather to the half in :54.4 before Simon Allard came first-over with Sparky Mark as Lucan Hanover (Jonathan Drury) grabbed the second-over spot. Down the backstretch they raced, Sparky Mark trying to collar pacesetter Take It Back Terry by the three-quarters in 1:23, but it was to no avail as Take It Back Terry was the strong horse, going on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:50.4 with Sparky Mark second best and D Gs Camme third. Finishing fourth and making the final was Lucan Hanover. “It wasn’t the plan at all (going to the front),” Marc Campbell said. “I kinda looked over and saw that Simon (Allard) was off the gate so I figured I would go for it. I saw that Gilles (Barrieau) was going to the front and I figured he would let me go and I wanted to control the pace. “Then Simon came first over up the backstretch and that is where I wanted him,” Campbell said. “It all worked out great.” It was the sixth win this year for Take It Back Terry. The eight-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phillip Collins. He paid $4.40 to win. Take It Back Terry By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 14, 2015 -- Third over in the cover flow, At Press Time was widest and fastest through the lane as he captured Friday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. At Press Time had finished out of the money his last three races from challenging post positions. But he left from post 4 Friday and made the most of it, scoring for Dave Palone in 1:51.1. The winner's stablemate, I'm The Pied Piper, rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with early leader Sam Hill third. Ron Burke trains At Press Time, a 4-year-old son of Western Terror-So Right who now boasts $485,862 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall and Burke each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card while Palone and Mike Wilder fashioned triples.. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

  A two-day meet of harness racing held in conjunction with the Greene County Fair in this southwestern Pennsylvania town, the home of Dave Palone, was completed Wednesday, with many of the circuit's top performers during the first half of the year continuing their winning ways.   The fastest mile of the meet went again to the Western Terror sophomore gelding Royaltyhasarrived, who has two of the circuit's seven 2:00 miles to date, including the 1:58.1 all-age mark at Hughesville.   At Waynesburg, only 2:02.1 was required for "Royalty" to be crowned for the sixth successive time at the Keystone twicearounds, with a 29.2 final quarter in the mile for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   It hardly seems possible that it has been 42 years since Starlark Hanover was named North American champion two-year-old trotter of the year, colt or filly (no separate vote in those days), but her trainer/driver Dave Wade is still going strong, winning the fastest trot of the meet with the Andover Hall gelding Simeon, reporting home first in 2:05.3 for owners Wade, Jerry Brittingham, William Peel III, and Delores Wade.   Simeon, who in his last start equaled the all-age trot mark at Clearfield at 2:02, joined with Silver Sierra (a catch-drive from Roger Hammer) to give Dave Wade a sweep of the 3TC action at Waynesburg, and the previous day Dave had won in the baby trotting colt action with his Shady McCoy as well.   Team Shaw - consisting of three-year-old owner Mason, trainer/father Jason, and driver/uncle Chris - bounced back from a recent mini-slump with five winners to lead the short meet in those categories.   Especially also worth mention among many other fine performers, both equine and human, is the sophomore pacing filly Betterthanrevenge, now undefeated in five fair starts for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst, and in her Waynesburg win defeating the Shaws' Tropical Terror, 2014's winningest freshman in North America.   Three hours after the close of the Waynesburg meet, the tenth of the summer's 20 PA stops, the second half of the year was supposed to open 358 miles northeast at the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale (where the aforementioned Hammer had six in to go).   But bad luck finally caught up to the fair circuit and, after no cancellations since June 28, the racing had to be scrubbed.   Thursday brings the promise of better weather, two-year-olds, and a free-for-all trot at Honesdale, with the action starting at 1 p.m.   Jerry Connors

The draw took place on Wednesday for the $90,000 Brad Gunn (colts & geldings) and $70,000 Ralph Klein (fillies) Final at Century Downs. Headlining the glamour boys Brad Gunn Final, of course, would be First Class Horse - from post 6 - installed as the 3/5 morning line favourite for Hall of Fame co-owner/trainer/driver Keith Clark. After not racing, for two months, the colt son of Western Terror came back to finish a solid third against a pair of very good older horses in Sotally Tober and Ghost Pine. That showing saw him pace his own back half in one of the fastest - if not THE fastest - final halves in the history of Century Downs - an eye-popping 54.1 bullet! The rail post goes to my second choice in Have Not Read It for Kelly Hoerdt. This son of Dragon Again is expected to use the inside post to his advantage so count on Hoerdt to have this colt rocking and rolling early - to be a big factor late. He's a must play in the Exactor here. Urcutoff, for conditioner Darryl Cutting, bounced back in his latest race to get the job done, after coming up flat in stakes action two back. Brandon Campbell, from the center of the gate post 4, will be looking for a trip up close again so expect this son of Brandons Cowboy to 'cowboy-up' early. He gets top 3 consideration. Outlaw Deacon Jim from post 3 is the second-choice on the morning line, at 4/1, but I see him as a minor player only here. There's a few more that could round out the top four as well - if the right trip is there. Horses like #2 Chillinlieavillian, #5 Pablos First, #7 Johnny Gun, #8 My Sharona Bluechip and #9 Withflyingcolours are all worthy of being included in the Superfecta. Shannon "Sugar" Doyle's Selections - Brad Gunn Final 6 First Class Horse is the one to beat 1 Have Not Read It  - the Exactor factor 4 Urcutoff -  expect his best effort here 3 Ootlaw Deacon Jim - in need of a trip "Sugar" Bets - Brad Gunn Final $20 EX BOX 1-6 A close look at the Ralph Klein Final for fillies and I can't look anywhere else - it's Wrapped To Go for me. She'll make her third start for trainer/driver Jim Marino and she - like many coming into this race - has never been better. A picture perfect steer from 'The Moneyman', in her Elim, would have her picking up the pieces late after the front end collapsed from an early speed battle. Second-time Marino - this filly was impressive... Third-time Marino - this filly will be great. She offers great value on the morning line, but the only thing that makes me nervous here is post 5. She may have to navigate through some traffic - she may even have to rough it on the outside... I love her form coming in though and that's why I'm putting her on top. Fire Watch - the morning line fave - gets the inside post 2 this time for young gun Travis Cullen. This Camystic miss went the trip of her life last time - parking first-up all the way and staying on to finish a gutsy second-best. One is left wondering though... How does any young horse come back off a tough trip like that? If she responds well and hits the ticket here - then 'she is one heck of a filly'... If she comes up empty in the Final - then she has the excuse of 'last week's trip took it's toll on her'. I'll use with caution and try her for second-best again. Kelly Hoerdt has another serious player Saturday in Thats Extra from post 3. This filly has explosive speed - as seen in her Elim win, last week, when others just could not keep up with her through her third quarter march. If the trip is there and if she gets a helmet to follow, until the late stages, this Allamerican Native daughter could get up to get it all. Again - this is one of those fillies that is peaking at just the right time. She's a serious top 3 threat for me. Blue Star Texas is in a hole early, here, after drawing the outside post. She tried to go all the way last time and with her 'high-tailing it', turning for home, she just couldn't fight off a determined Fire Watch - nor the eventual winner Wrapped To Go. Keith Clark has been in all the big races - there's no pressure for him here - he'll know what to do when the wings fold at the start - but can his prized filly bounce back in this one? It's going to be very tough from the outside looking in. Minor players include #1 Remember Terror, #4 Beauty Of Nature, #6 Cam Finish and #7 My Villas On Fire. Shannon "Sugar" Doyle's Selections - Ralph Klein Final 5 Wrapped To Go - she has never been better 2 Fire Watch - using with caution for second 3 Thats Extra - peaking at just the right time 8 Blue Star Texas an outside chance here "Sugar's Bet"- Ralph Klein Final $20 WIN & PLACE on 5   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLgWQ5JVRbI   Shannon Doyle  

The lone 3-year-old in a field of six, Safe From Terror cast a vote for youth when she rolled to an easy victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Fresh off a win in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes leg, Safe From Terror figured to have her work cut out for her against a group of accomplished, experienced mares. But the daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone and never let her elders get close, scoring in 1:51.3. Early leader Do Me Honor was second, 2 lengths back, with Certified Ideal third. Ron Burke trains Safe From Terror, who now boasts $197,344 in career earnings, for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. Palone piloted four winners and Tony Hall three on the 14-race card. Over the past three programs at The Meadows, Palone has collected 21 victories in 32 starts for a winning percentage of 65.6. Evan Pattak  

The four-day  harness racing meet at the Clearfield County Fair came to an end today (Wednesday), with the last card featured sophomore pacers: two geldings upped their fair records for the year to 6-5-1-0, and one filly - already very familiar with winning - also notched her fifth fair win of 2015.   In three divisions for the males, the Western Terror gelding Royaltyhasarrived recorded the fastest clocking, 2:01.1, to post his fifth straight fair victory, this time by 6¼ lengths.   The all-time track recordholder at Hughesville by virtue of a 1:58.1 victory there in July, Royaltyhasarrived won again Wednesday for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   Driver Brown also won another division of this event with EJ And Orr in 2:03.1 for conditioner Dan Walski and the Walski Stables LLC, to give him three scores on the day.   R N Nate also impressed as he kept pace with Royaltyhasarrived, having to race on the rim throughout, yet still tallying in 2:01.3 by 12¾ lengths.   Owner/trainer/driver/breeder Roger Hammer is the guiding force behind the altered son of Nuclear Breeze - whose dam, R N Artist, was the 2003 PA Fair Champion in her sophomore division.   The Western Terror filly Tropical Terror, who led all North American two-year-olds last year with 16 visits to the winners circle (including 15 at the fairs), ran her 2015 tally to five victories on the twicearounds (four in current succession) with a 2:04.1 win for driver/uncle Chris Shaw, trainer/father Jason Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw, like the filly a three-year-old and the CEO/COO/CFO of the powerful Team Shaw.   The fastest filly division fell to the McArdle filly Clear Winner, who pulled a 2:04 major upset of Keystone I Wish, co-fastest PA fair horse of the year with Royaltyhasarrived (her 1:58.1 was at Gratz).   Keystone I Wish made an early burst after the ¼ to the lead, but Clear Winner, 6¼ lengths behind at the 3/4s, unleashed a powerful move through the turn and the stretch to edge her rival by a head for most of the team behind Royaltyhasarrived: driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owner Virginia Schoeffel, with Fred and Seth Dowling also co-owning Clear Winner.   For the four days of racing, Roger Hammer had eight driving victories and seven training triumphs to lead all horsemen; the sulky success allowed Hammer to win the Buster DiSalvo Trophy for most driving wins at Clearfield for the twelfth time.   Hammer solidified his perch atop the season-long standings, now having 40 sulky victories and 39 conditioning wins.   The highlight of the meet had to be the 2:02 trotting victory by Simeon and Dave Wade on Tuesday, equaling Cottonwood Sam's all-age track trotting record set in 2003.   The 2015 Pennsylvania fair circuit reaches its midpoint next week with racing at two fairs, stops number 10 and 11 on the 20-stop circuit, and about as far apart as you can get in Pennsylvania - there are 358 miles between Waynesburg PA (hometown of Dave Palone), in the southwest corner of the state, and Honesdale PA in the far northeast.   Waynesburg will race 2YO events this coming Tuesday and 3YO events this coming Wednesday, with first post each day 10 a.m.   The racing starts Wednesday at Honesdale at 4 p.m., with 3YO contests plus a $2000 FFA pace, while Thursday's 1 p.m. start will showcase 2YOs and a $2000 FFA trot.   Jerry Connors

Smart Queensland pacer Terror Time has been sold and will do his future harness racing in North America. The former Gr.1 Nursery Pace winner was trained throughout his career by husband and wife combination of Shannon Price and Scott Miller and now heads to stables of leading horseman Darren Cassar, a native of Sydney. In recent times, Cassar has enjoyed good success with former ‘down under’ pacers including Montana Pablo, Erle Dale, Mr Hasani, Lettucerocku and many others. Terror Time, a homebred gelded son of Western Terror out of the Camtastic mare Kotare Cameo won 23 of his 73 career starts while banking close to $300,000 in prizemoney. “Wilson (Terror Time) did a wonderful job for us and he’s a very special horse to the family for a number of reasons." "The fact we bred him, raced him and claimed a major event in his first season of racing has left us with memories forever.” Shannon Price said. Terror Time is due to fly to North America on Sunday week (August 2). From 21 starts this season, Terror Time has won only twice while competing at the highest level. At his most recent start, Terror Time finished toward the rear of the field behind star four-year-old Bling It On in a mile rate of 1;54.0 at Albion Park on July4 “It’s hard at the elite level and he found it tough going if he didn’t draw well, you’re relying on a fair bit of luck going your way and unfortunately we didn’t get any with him this term." "Some of his efforts have been really good; he went back to back in April and May and rated good time on both occasions." “My favourite memory of him would easily be the Nursery Pace victory because we didn’t expect to win that night and he fairly and squarely defeated Soho Valencia." "It was pouring down rain that night and although we had excellent lead-in form, Soho Valencia was expected to win but Wilson charged down the outside to win it." “He’ll do a nice job up there because he’s strong and holds his speed well, he’s always been very well looked after and he hasn’t been overly raced for his age." "It will be fun to monitor his progress and watch him race via SKY Channel, I just wonder how his best mate Baxter (American Legend) is going to cope without him being around.” Terror Time was bred and raced by the late Tony Price along with his wife, Katy. Chris Barsby

Roger Hammer, "King of the Pennsylvania Fairs," had five horses he owns, trains, and drove visit Victory Lane during the two-day harness racing Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes event at Dayton over the weekend - and lost the seasonal driving lead to Chris Shaw, who guided five winners on both two-year-old Saturday and three-year-old Sunday for a total of ten wins in all.   Six of Chris Shaw's winners were strictly "all in the family" affairs - driven by him for trainer/brother Jason and owner/nephew Mason, himself only three but likely to be able to pick the college and even program of his choice with all of this "college tuition" money that Team Shaw keeps winning.   Among the Team Shaw sextet of victories was one with Tropical Terror, the Western Terror filly who in 2014 led all of North America's freshmen with 16 victories. On Sunday she toured the Dayton twicearound in 2:02.3, fastest heat in her division, tacking on a 29.3 last quarter to her wire-to-wire triumph.   Two sophomore colts went in 2:01 to tie for meet speed honors.   One was R N Nate, a Nuclear Breeze gelding who had earlier set a 2:01 divisional track record at Butler for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Hammer.   The other was Royaltyhasarrived, already author of a fair 2:00 mile via his 1:59.1 triumph at Gratz and the "eraser" of R N Nate in the Dayton books when later in the day he went 2:00.4.   "Royalty" was king in his Dayton outing for driver Brady Brown, who had an excellent Sunday with four victories; trainer Steve Schoeffel, who provided Brown with three of his winners; and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   Trotting speed honors for the meet went to the Muscle Massive filly Missive, another Brown/Schoeffel collaboration who earlier had also erased a line in the track record book at Butler.   Sunday she traversed the local twicearound in 2:04 on the engine for the Lander Stable LLC and Kathy Schoeffel.   On the two-year-old side, generating the most "buzz" is still the Nuclear Breeze-B T Falcon gelding Billy's Falcon, who had won in 1:59.4 at Gratz.   Only Saturday Billy's Falcon moved early and won by a country mile, here translating to 18 3/4 lengths, in posting the fastest Dayton freshman clocking of 2:03.1 as yet another success story for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Hammer.   The PA fair circuit now moves to Hughesville for cards on Wednesday and Thursday.   When the circuit arrives at that midstate town not too far from the Little League World Series home of Williamsport, the top five trainers and drivers for the 2015 PA fair season to date will look like this:   DRIVERS: Chris Shaw, 23; Roger Hammer, 21; Brady Brown, 11; Steve Schoeffel, 6; and tied with 5, Shawn Johnston and Wayne Long (who got four of those at Dayton).   TRAINERS: Roger Hammer 21; Jason Shaw 17 (he had seven in all at Dayton); Steve Schoeffel 12; Bill Daugherty Jr., 5; and tied with 4, Lisa Dunn-Adams, Kevin Lare, and Todd Schadel.   Jerry Connors

Pennsylvania sired 2-year-old filly pacers took center stage at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (July 9) competing in five divisions worth just over $53,000 each. The highly regarded Pure Country (Brett Miller) looked every bit the part in the first division. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere rated smartly off the speed duel which developed shortly after the half between second favorite Heels On The Beach (John Campbell) and Ron Burke trainee Eloquent Grace (Yannick Gingras). Pure Country ($2.40) edged off the cones from the pocket spot at the top of the stretch, sweeping up three wide for an in-hand one length victory, stopping the clock in 1:53.2. She is owned by Diamond Creek Farms, and is trained by Jimmy Takter. Gerard Malanga trainee Sail To The Beach (Daniel Dube) was equally as impressive in her divisional win. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere sat off the pace until the half, when she uncorked a strong brush that pushed her well clear by the three-quarter pole. Her margin of victory was two lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:53.1. Danika P (Matt Kakaley) was a clear second, while My Lady Love (Brett Miller) overcame a severe shuffle to close for third. Sail To The Beach ($4.00) remained undefeated for owners Chester Orzell and Michael Talapa. Another Somebeachsomewhere filly proved prominent in division three, as Darlinonthebeach (Yannick Gingras) scored in front stepping style. The Nancy Johansson trainee faced a minor challenge up the backstretch from Sayulita (Brett Miller) before relegating her to the pocket by the three quarter pole. Darlinonthebeach ($3.40) won by an increasing four length margin in the end, stopping the clock in 1:53.1 for her first pair-mutuel win. Division four was home to an impressive performance by I Said Diamonds (Dave Miller). The daughter of Well Said benefitted when her main competition Shezarealdeal (Marcus Miller) made a break in the first turn, thus eliminating herself. I Said Diamonds ($3.00) then pounced on the leaders just after the quarter, never ceding command after completing the clearing move. She went on to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:53 to remain undefeated in two starts. She is owned by Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Susan Oakes, with Chris Oakes doing the training. The final division was taken by the front end stepping Peachy (Yannick Gingras). The daughter of Western Terror was able to rate back to back :29 quarters before facing a challenge from race favorite Skinny Dipper (Andrew McCarthy). Peachy ($9.80) was able to extend her lead off the soft fractions at three quarters, with plenty left to fend off the pocket sitting Corona Again in the stretch. She won by a little less than a length, stopping the timer at 1:54.1. It was the first career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who is owned by W J Donovan. Yannick Gingras lead all drivers with four wins on the day, while Corey Callahan, Scott Zeron, and Dave Miller each had three. Live racing resumes Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia with a first post of 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

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