Day At The Track
Search Results
17 to 32 of 99

HARRISBURG, PA - The Pennsylvania harness racing fair circuit split up into opposite corners of the state this week, with two-year-old action on Tuesday and three-year-old racing on Wednesday at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg PA and - 347 miles to the northeast - the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale PA. The fastest mile of the week came from the star attraction of the week, as trainer/driver Nick Surick brought the Invitational ranks standout The Wall, winner of the Camluck Classic in 1:52h in Ontario earlier this year, to Honesdale to race in a division of the FFA pace. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding responded with a 1:59.3 mile for Surick and J L Benson Stables Inc. with the photo finish revealing a winning margin of 20½ lengths. Surick recorded a sweep of the FFA pace divisions when he won with the mare Wynnfrith in 2:02.2. Although his father Todd and his uncle Tony each won five races during the two-day session (shortened by three races on Tuesday due to rain) to share top driver honors, the sulky star was 17-year-old Cody Schadel, who joined the exclusive club of drivers who won with their first steer when he piloted Shady Grey to victory in 2:06.2. Later on the Wednesday card, his father recorded the fastest mile of the fair week with Way To Close in 2:01.1, the Western Terror gelding which he trains and also co-owns with wife Christine. Way To Close paced the York oval in 1:57.4 for the fastest mile at the PA fairs so far this year. On the trot, there were a pair of 2:04.4 winners: the filly Bumper Hanover, driven by Roger Hammer for his co-owner on Vivid Photo and trainer, Todd Schadel, and the gelding Andovers Asset, who now sports a record of 5-4-1-0 at the fairs for driver Tony and trainer Linda Schadel. The freshman "A" Sire Stakes colts races were among those washed out on Tuesday, so speed honors went to the ladies: the Well Said filly Search Light in 2:06.4, and the Father Patrick miss Cocktails N Dreams, undefeated in two fair outings after a 2:08.2 mile. At Waynesburg, a trio of horses tied for fastest winners at 2:02.2 - the two sophomores were the A Rocknroll Dance colt Under Paid, whom Chris Shaw handled in a rare fair start for the Burke Brigade, and the Delmarvalous filly April Ava, who stunned with a 1:59 mile in her fair debut in "B" SS company, and here won in "A" for driver Eric Neal, owner Wayne Glessner, and trainer Scott Betts. If miles equally timed were decided for honors by the youth of the performer, then the meet's outstanding mile was the Ponder - Odds On Affair colt Champ Charbel's 2:02.2 win Tuesday for driver Shawn Johnston and owner/trainer Joe Karrat. The baby won twice in "B"s, and since coming to "A" he has gone second, first, and first in impressive fashion. Quickest trot of the two days was the 2:06.2 time turned in by RT Gloria De Dios for driver Kyle Bolon and trainer Bob Rougeaux III. Her fellow 2018 Fair Championship-winning filly, Sure R Lookin Good, also visited the winners circle during the meet. Fastest clocking for freshmen trotters went to two fillies who won in 2:07.3, Furious Fast and Siouxpergirl. Just as Schadels tied for most driving victories at Honesdale, so did Johnstons, Shawn and Aaron, deadheat for those meet honors at Waynesburg, also at five each. There was certainly no domination of the winners circle by any trainer at Waynesburg on Wednesday - there were fourteen heats, and fourteen different winning conditioners. Next week the fair circuit will make two stops, but back-to-back instead of side-by-side. Arden Downs, a former home of the Grand Circuit operating as the Washington County Fair, races on Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m., while on Wednesday and Thursday there will be racing at the Dayton Fair starting at high noon; at both meets, the freshmen will precede the sophomores. From the PHHA, MSOA and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

CLEARFIELD, PA - The Tuesday and Wednesday cards at the Clearfield (PA) County Fair were devoted to Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing for three-year-olds. The pacers, on Wednesday, produced three sub-2:00 miles - with the fastest coming in an unlikely circumstance. The Delmarvalous filly April Ava, winless in 2019 and entered in the "B" division of the Sire Stakes, won off by nine lengths fordriver Eric Neal, stopping the timing watch in 1:59, almost five seconds better than her previous career best. Owned and trained by Wayne Glessner, April Ava had been consistently pacing in the 1:56 range at The Meadows without success, but she obviously enjoyed the move to the twicearound oval, and in the process lowered the circuit's divisional season's record. Fastest of the "A" filly pacers was the Sweet Lou miss Sweet Tea Baby, who came first-over in a 2:00.3 triumph for owner/trainer/driver Stephen White. Colts generated the other 2:00 recordings, with the fastest time for the "boys," 1:59.3, turned in by Motive Hanover, who became the first horse to post two 2:00 victories at the fairs this year. The Well Said colt opened his fair campaign with three wins at the "B" level (including a 1:59.4 triumph at York), was second to stablemate Way To Close in his first "A" start, and here won by 2¾ lengths for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, also co-owner with his son Cody. Yet another Todd Schadel pupil, the Western Terror gelding Find One More, dropped down to the "B" level and promptly won by five lengths in 1:59.4. Christine Schadel owns this three-year-old with her trainer/driver/husband. On the diagonal gait, it was Todd's brother Tony who produced the fastest mile of the Tuesday card, a 2:02.4 victory with Andovers Asset, his third win in four fair starts and a time which equaled the trotting colts' fastest win at the fairs. Tony's wife Linda is the trainer of the Andover Hall gelding, and they share ownership in him. Among the trotting fillies, there were two miles in 2:03.2, and one of the winners was no surprise - since the Muscle Massive miss Touch Of Dough already held the mark for fastest fair trotting mile of the year with a 2:01 at Silver Springs Ranch. Touch of Dough now sports a 3-2-1-0 seasonal scorecard at the fairs for driver Eric Neal, trainer/father Randal Neal, and Neal Racing Stable LLC. The other 2:03.2 sophomore filly trot was produced by a first-time winner in 2019, Miss Right Now, another daughter of Muscle Massive - also in a "B" event, for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, co-owner with Vicki Fair. Eric Neal had four driving victories during both the two-year-old and three-year-old sessions, with his eight total sulky successes earning him the Buster DiSalvo trophy, annually given at Clearfield to the winningest driver. Eric's father Randal is a former DiSalvo trophy winner, and a search was started to see if a father and son had ever both been DiSalvo champions. August is the busiest month on the Pennsylvania fair circuit, starting Tuesday and Wednesday (the 6th and 7th), when there will be racing at both the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale PA and at the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg PA - 348 miles to the southwest. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, PHHA, and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership

CLEARFIELD, PA - The first two days of a four-day meet at the Clearfield (PA) County Fairgrounds were devoted to Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing for two-year-olds, with the trotters going on Sunday and the pacers on Monday. The brightest star to shine among the babies was the two-year-old pacing filly Dream Dancing, who won for the fourth time at the fairs this year, with her final Clearfield clocking of 2:01.4 coming with 2/5 of a second of the eight-year-old local divisional standard of Chrome Over. Dream Dancing finished over 20 lengths clear of her competition, the A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy miss stepping home in :58.4 for trainer/driver Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York. Two other divisions of the "A" baby filly pace went to the driver-son / trainer-father combination of Shawn and Gary Johnston, who are having an excellent year with their babies. The Captaintreacherous - I Need Hotstuff filly Silly But Serious has now won four in a row on the fair circuit with a 2:05.1 win for owners Gary Johnston and Joyce Benkart, while the Well Said - Read All About It distaff Write All About It now has a fair scorecard of 7-4-3-0, divided between the A and B Sires sections, after a 2:07.4 victory for owner Dr. William Solomon. Shawn Johnston also won the sole division of the Sires colt pace with the Ponder - Odds On Affair freshman Champ Charbel in 2:02.1 for trainer/owner Joe Karrat. Champ Charbel was second when Halliwell Hanover recorded a 1:59.2 victory in the very first race ever held at the new Silver Springs ranch facility, but he reversed that decision Monday to bring his fair log to 4-3-1-0, again between A and B. Among the trotters the fastest winner was the Father Patrick - Cocktail Attire filly Cocktails N Dreams, breaking her maiden in 2:05.1 for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Linda Schadel, who are the co-owners. It was the first fair start for Cocktails N Dreams, who had earned checks in two of the "big" pari-mutuel Sire Stakes. In the trotting male ranks it was the Possess The Will - The Yankees Win colt No Name Yankee who won in the fastest clocking, 2:06.1, in the "B" Sire Stakes section, his quickest among four wins at the lower level for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. Two of the three "A" divisions for males went to the circuit's leading trainer and driver this year, Todd Schadel, behind Cool Down Hanover (2:07) and Manhattanup No Ice (2:06.2). The three-year-olds now take center stage at Clearfield, with the sophomore trotters and Tuesday and the pacers on Wednesday, both cards scheduled to start at high noon. From the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association partnership

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

YORK PA - The 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit's speed records on both the trot and the pace were rewritten during two days of harness racing at the York fairgrounds on Tuesday (two-year-olds) and Wednesday (three-year-olds). The 2:02.4 seasonal trotting mark was first set by a two-year-old, and then tied by a three-year-old. Tuesday, the Father Patrick - Yankee Etta gelding Penance, despite being parked past the half in getting the lead, went on to his third straight victory in his "A" trotting class, winning for driver Kyle Bolon, trainer Bob Rougeaux III, and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The next day, the Andover Hall gelding Andovers Asset matched the 2:02.4 clocking in a hard-fought triumph over Grover Hanover. Andovers Asset won his 2019 fair debut for the ownership team of trainer Linda and driver Tony Schadel. It was Tony's brother Todd who would guide the pacer who put up the fastest mile of the year to date at the Keystone twicearounds: the Western Terror sophomore gelding Way To Close, who despite his name made every pole a winning one in 1:57.4. A winner earlier this season at Pocono in 1:52.4, Way To Close is now perfect after two fair starts for trainer/driver Schadel, also co-owner with wife Christine. The stable's Find One More was second in the single-division "A" stake. Way To Close                         --Seth Dowling photo Todd Schadel would also ring up the only other sub-2:00 mile of the young fair season when Motive Hanover won in 1:59.4 in a "B" division, maximizing the stable's earning potential. The Well Said gelding is owned by trainer/driver Todd along with his son Cody. The other big news coming out of York was that the three-year-old pacing filly Crew Sock Hanover was finally beaten at a Pennsylvania fair after winning twelve straight starts at two and three. Drawing an outside post in a bulky field of seven, Crew Sock Hanover was stuck outside the entire mile, battled the middle half and beyond, only to tire late as Dancin With Rose, a 1:54.3 Pocono winner two races back, took the lead for driver Tony Schadel, refused to let "Crew Sock" get by despite hot fractions, and went on to win in 2:00.3. Trainer Justin Lebo conditions the victorious daughter of A Rocknroll Dance with Jamie Kiehl. Team Johnston, driver Shawn and trainer/father Gary, showed their strength on the freshman side, with Gary training three winners, all of them driven by Shawn, who also won with a catch-drive. But Todd Schadel, after winning once with a baby on Tuesday, posted a training/driving quadruple on sophomore day Wednesday, and wound up with both meet titles. The Pennsylvania fair circuit moves on to the Lycoming County Fair in northcentral Pennsylvania, not far from the home of the Little League World Series, Williamsport, for two-year-old racing on Wednesday and three-year-old racing on Thursday, both days carrying a 4:30 post time.   Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership

WATTSBURG PA – The 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit got underway this weekend in this northwest Pennsylvania town just outside Erie, with harness racing two-year-olds taking to the track in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes action Saturday. Unfortunately, the rain that started at the end of Saturday’s card kept coming, and the Sunday action for three-year-olds was cancelled. Star of the show among the debutantes was no one horse, but a driver – 47-year-old Mitchell York, partners with trainer/driver “Smilin’” Dave Brickell on recent outstanding Keystone fillies Camera Lady and Crew Sock Hanover. York decided to go for his driving license for this season, and on his first day of purse competition he not only posted the fastest mile of the day, but emerged with an overall scorecard of 5-1-2-1-.489, fine numbers for a driver who had had but a handful of qualifying starts beforehand. York drove yet another Brickell-York two-year-old pacing filly, Dream Dancing, and emerged with the fastest time on the cool and overcast day, 2:07.4, with the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, who had qualified at The Meadows with a 2:00.2 win. At Wattsburg, York kept Dream Dancing off of giant early fractions for the day -- :29.4 and 1:01 – moved to second-over before the 1:34.1 three-quarters, then won a stretch battle with Chatty Devon and Its Bin Said for his first driving win in only his second purse start. Roger Hammer, the “King of the Pennsylvania Fairs,” had four winners on the day as owner/trainer/driver, three of them with homebreds. Life’s Marvalous, a Delmarvalous gelding who had been second in a 1:58.2 Meadows qualifier, stepped home in 2:08.1 to be the fastest of the quartet. Quickest freshman trotter was the Possess The Will filly Peachy Georgia, who won by a head over Lindy Pretty Lady in 2:12.4. The winner, owned by Dr. William Solomon, was one of two on the day for the team of trainer Gary Johnston and driver Shawn Johnston. The Sunday card that was washed out had three 2018 Fair Sire Stake Championship winners programmed – trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios, pacing filly Sure R Lookin Good, and trotting colt Watch Me Hanover. The fourth 2018 champion did get to race this weekend – and Aflame Hanover won $80,000 by finishing fourth in the $1,000,000 North America Cup final at Woodbine Mohawk on Saturday. Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association

BEDFORD PA - Following the afternoon annual meeting of USTA District 7 (Pennsylvania), the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in this southwestern Pennsylvania city hosted the annual harness racing Pennsylvania Fair Banquet, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, the U.S. Trotting Association, and the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association. After a greeting from "host" (and Bedford native) Sam Beegle and an excellent buffet dinner, many awards were distributed under the microphone guidance of Harrah's Philadelphia announcer Mike Bozich, the first group getting a blanket in their stable colors as the connections of the leading pointwinners during the Pennsylvania Fair season. Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding : KEYSTONE BENTLEY, c, Cantab Hall - Armbro Blusher, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. (blue and white) Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly: BUMPER HANOVER, Muscle Massive - By A Nose Hanover, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. (blue and white) Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: WAY TO CLOSE, g, Western Terror - Tootsie J, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel. (blue and white) Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly: CREW SOCK HANOVER, Well Said - Chantal Hall, trained by Dave Brickell, and co-owned by Dave Brickell and Mitchell York. (light blue and white) Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding: GRAPPLE HANOVER, g, Andover Hall - Girls' Getaway, trained by Wayne Long, and owned by Denton Barrett and William Kreutzer. (red and green with white) Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly: BLOW BACK, Explosive Matter - Greatest Desire, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. (blue and red with yellow) Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: CIRRUS DE VIE, g, Real Artist - Walk On The Beach, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. (blue and red with yellow) Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly: GEISHA SEELSTER, Well Said- Goddess's Princess, trained by Roger Hammer, and co-owned by Vicki Fair and Roger Hammer. (blue and red with yellow) A moment of silence was then held to honor Sue Brickell, Pennsylvania fair stalwart and organizer, who passed away this past May. Then the folks behind the winner of their Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows in October received a warm jacket with their accomplishment stitched on in lettering: Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding: WATCH ME OVER, g, Muscle Massive - Wherley, trained by William Daugherty Jr., and owned by Susan Daugherty. Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly: RT GLORIA DE DIOS, Muscle Massive - RT Sun Poco, trained by Bob Rougeaux III, and owned by the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: AFLAME HANOVER, g, Russell Hanover - Applique Hanover, trained by Linda Schadel, and owned by Tony and Linda Schadel. Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly: SURE R LOOKIN GOOD, Well Said - Treat Me Good, trained by Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owned by Julie Krenitsky. Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt/Gelding: WILLIE B WORTHY, g, Cantab Hall - Penn Worthy Lane, trained and owned by Lisa Dunn. Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly: WORLDLY HANOVER, Donato Hanover - Wherley, trained by Harold Brocklehurst, and owned by Double R Farms LLC, David Obley, and Richard Williams. Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt/Gelding: LEGENDARY RON, g, A Rocknroll Dance - Safe From Harm, trained by Ron Burke, and owned by Matthew Dugan and Michelle Rosato. Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly: KEYSTONE DIAMOND, Somebeachsomewhere - Keystone Dawn, trained by Todd Schadel, and co-owned by Christine and Todd Schadel. The Schadel brothers, Todd and Tony, were invited back to the spotlight to honor special achievements they made this past season. Tony, along with wife Linda, were recognized for the outstanding Fair Championship-winning performance of their freshman pacing gelding Aflame Hanover, who won by open lengths in 1:51.4 - the fastest Fair Championship win ever, whether two- or three-year-olds. Todd received two further prizes: one for sweeping the 2018 Pennsylvania fair horsemen's championships with 71 driving victories and 78 training victories, and another for leading all of North America's drivers in the "300-499 start" category with a UDR of .378. The drawings for equipment and other prizes generously donated by a host of PA fair supporters again allowed the average $40 ticketbuyer to emerge with a profit on the evening, such were the value of the drawing prizes. Winning a Pennsbury jog cart was Mary Martin, and bringing home a Spyder sulky was Sophie Twaddle. Jerry Connors

CHESTER, PA -Jack Vernon had to overcome the tough first-over journey in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, but the fast Muscle Hill gelding not only did so, but came within a fifth of his lifetime best in stopping the timer in 1:53.2. Race favorite Tyson took command early, then submitted to a brushing move to control the pace by New Jersey Viking past the 27.3 opener. The new leader got a breather to the half in 57, but then Jack Vernon got underway under Andy Miller's handling, getting even with the pacesetter near the 1:24.4 ¾ pole, edging away on the turn, then withstanding the late comeback bid of Tyson by a half length. The victory was the third in a row for the Julie Miller trainee, who now has earnings of $191,248 for the Andy Miller Stable Inc. A pair of $14,500 diamondgaited events were also conducted on the "Trottin' Thursday" card at Philly. In the first, the Andover Hall mare Casa Palmera regained her winning ways, able to outclose Zlatan and Band's Houdini to win in 1:54 for her sixth win in 15 starts during 2018. George Napolitano Jr. handled sulky duties for trainer Ed Lohmeyer, who shares ownership with Dr. Patricia Hogan. Napolitano's trip in the other $14,500 event was much more adventurous -- you don't see a line like this too often: PP2 / x2oo / 3o / 2o / 2|1 / 4|2T. But such was the fate of the Napolitano-driven favorite Yuge, who broke on the lead late on the first turn, then recovered and pressured pacesetting second choice Crazy About Pat, who refused to surrender the lead under Eric Carlson's handling en route to a 1:55.1 triumph. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trains and owns the veteran Crazed gelding, who in winning for the 36th time in his career boosted his earnings to $818,510. Tim Tetrick drove four winners on the Thursday card, cutting Napolitano's lead to 192-184 at the top of the Harrah's driver standings. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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

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

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

MEADVILLE, PA - The Pennsylvania fair circuit, which lost three of its first five cards to bad weather but had had only one interruption since (at Bedford Fair, losing one-plus of the two cards at that meet), was washed out of both cards of the two-day Sire Stakes meet scheduled for the Crawford County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania town on Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th. Hard rain on Monday combined with little wind and a passing shower at key times rendered the track surface unable to allow safe racing. Bad weather/ rain has been plaguing the east part of the country recently (with more seeming likely to follow). And that last parenthetical remark is very meaningful, in that there are only two more stops on the Keystone State fair circuit this year, and the storm in the Atlantic is threatening possible nasty weather at the end of the week. It is hoped - especially by horsemen and horses who are "on the bubble" in the pointstandings in their respective divisions - that the Sunday-Monday meet at Gratz will not be visited by moisture, although the Gratz track can take a weather beating as well as any track on the circuit. After that, the last chance for horses to display good form, to either make the October 6 Fair Championships at The Meadows or to get in another race to maintain their current good form, would be at Bloomsburg the Friday and Saturday after that, the 21st and 22nd. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

BLOOMSBURG, PA - "Considering that this harness racing track was 3-4 feet underwater about three weeks ago, the horsemen can't say enough to praise John Brokenshire and his crew at Bloomsburg for the outstanding job that has been done here." That was said by PHHA president (and winner of the meet's first race) Sam Beegle after the northeast Pennsylvania oval and attendant areas had been worked back into masterful shape by Brokenshire, only in his second year in charge of the racing at Bloomsburg, and his co-workers, producing three track records and five 2:00 miles during the two-day "Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes meet" at the fairgrounds on Monday and Tuesday. The Dave Brickell Stable, with Brickell as trainer/driver and co-owner with Mitchell York, produced the two outstanding performances of the meet. The first came during the Monday two-year-old racing, when the Well Said - Chantal Hall pacing miss Crew Sock Hanover toured the Bloomsburg oval in 1:58 - which is the fastest time ever produced by her age, sex, and gait at any Pennsylvania fair; the old mark of 1:58.2, co-held by Ellen Hanover (2004) and Bell on Wheels (2009), both at Bloomsburg, was bid a fond adieu by the winner, now undefeated in eight fair outings and victorious nine times overall. And all this from the people who two years ago brought you Camera Lady, winningest two-year-old in North America with 15 trips to Victory Lane. And all this from the people who last year brought you Venier Hanover, who as a freshman set eight track records while the dominant force on the Keystone twicearounds. Another offspring of Well Said, the gelding started off slowly this year but recently has been ablaze, taking his sixth straight start, in 1:55.1, reducing Alastor Hanover's 2006 local 3PC standard of 1:56.4 dramatically. The third track record notched at the Bloomsburg fairgrounds came from the Muscle Massive - Missing Dough two-year-old trotting filly Touch Of Dough, who a race after Crew Sock Hanover reduced her mark by six full seconds to 2:01, a time also a fifth quicker than the 2006 local performance of Shesfastandfurious. Touch Of Dough has now won five of her last six starts for driver Eric Neal, trainer/father Randy Neal, and Beal Racing Stable LLC. Fastest trotting mile of the meet overall came from the Donato Hanover sophomore gelding Show Me The Magic, a four-time fair winner who completed the mile in 2:00.1 for driver Tony Schadel and his dad, trainer/owner Bruce Schadel. The other 2:00 performers during the meet were the Western Terror - Tootsie J two-year-old pacing colt Way To Close, home in 1:58.3, a new mark, for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with wife Christine; the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore pacing filly Keystone Diamond, here overcoming the second tier to tally in 1:59.1 to become a winner of five straight in the fair "A" class, also trained and driven by Todd Schadel and owned by him in partnership with Dr. John Egloff; and the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Legendary Ron, who went in 1:59.3 in the "B" class of the three-year-old colt pace for Todd's brother Tony Schadel, whose wife Linda is trainer and co-owner. Todd Schadel and Roger Hammer each drove four winners during the two-day stand to tie atop the sulkysitters category; Schadel sent out five winners from his barn (Roger drove the other winner) to come out ahead in the conditioners derby. The fair circuit will now go west for one final time, racing at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville next Tuesday the 11th and Wednesday the 12th in a two-day "Sire Stakes meet," before ending its season "over east" during the fairs at Gratz on Sunday the 16th and Monday the 17th and then at Bloomsburg on Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association

STONEBORO, PA - Trainer/driver "Smilin'" Dave Brickell, in partnership with co-owner Mitchell York, was the star of the show at the two-day meet held in this northwest Pennsylvania city, setting a track record for freshman pacing fillies with Crew Sock Hanover at 1:59 and equaling the fastest mile of the fair season at 1:57.2 with the sophomore pacing gelding Venier Hanover - the seventh straight fair victory for "Crew Sock" and the sixth in a row with "Venier." Crew Sock Hanover was first in the spotlight during Thursday's activity for two-year-olds. The daughter of Well Said-Chantal Hanover was extended late to get the nod over her stablemate Magic Speech in a 28.1 last quarter, with the 1:59 final clocking reducing TSM Maija Star's old mark by just shy of three full seconds. Crew Sock Hanover has yet to taste defeat in her seven appearances on the Keystone twicearound circuit. The filly pacers produced a close finish, but their colt counterparts produced an even-closer one: in a two-horse contest, the camera could not separate the Slickest Hanover - Not So Precious gelding Slickslidenaway and the Well Said gelding Delightful Fashion in 2:01.4. Trainer Stephen White guided Slickslidenaway to his maiden victory for owners Susan Sickle, Thomas Sickle, and Jeanne Carr, while Mike Wilder was in the sulky behind Delightful Fashion as he took his first "A" level win for trainer Rich Gillock and owner Harry Locke. The title for fastest freshman trotter again went to a female over a male, as has been the norm on the circuit so far this season. RT Gloria De Dios, a daughter of Muscle Massive out of the Quaker State Series star RT Sun Pocono, recorded her fourth win in five fair outings while lowering her mark to 2:05 for driver Kyle Bolon, trainer Bob Rougeaux III, and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The very first horse to post parade on Friday's card for sophomores was the Well Said gelding Venier Hanover, who has regained the form that made him the terror of the circuit at two, winning in 1:57.2 in a mile with back fractions of 57.2- 27.4 for team Brickell / York. Second in the mile was Cirrus De Vie, who has a fair scorecard of 11-7-4-0 (no points for guessing the horse that beat him four times, although in fairness "Cirrus" won with "Venier" in the beaten field five times early in the year). Third was Love Cut, the horse who had first set the 1:57.2 seasonal standard winning a "B" Sire Stakes event. The trotting fillies again went faster than the colts, and even came within a fifth of equaling the pacing fillies. The Explosive Matter miss Blow Back trotted her mile in 2:02.2 for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, co-owner with Vicki Fair, and amazingly, like her stablemate Cirrus De Vie has a fair record of 11-7-4-0. The race before, the Well Said filly Alexis May Hanover "upheld the pride" of the pacing set, recording her first "A" win while overcoming the trailing post five in 2:02.1 for trainer/driver Sam Beegle (like Hammer a member of the Bedford [PA] Sports Hall of Fame) and the ownership of the Arthur Bay Stable, Darryl Breniser, and Don Marean. The family Schadel were again in the spotlight for the leading horsemen's awards, but at Stoneboro it was trainer Linda Schadel and driver/husband Tony who each recorded three wins to take local honors. The fair circuit now makes an eastern cameo for a two-day Sire Stakes meet at the Bloomsburg Fair, with racing on Monday and Tuesday at 1 p.m. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WATTSBURG, PA - As they have been for much of the summer on the state fair circuit, the harness racing fillies, especially the trotting fillies, provided the majority of the notable achievements during the two-day meet Tuesday and Wednesday at the Erie County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania town. An alteration in the Wattsburg record books was needed on Wednesday, three-year-old day, after the Donato Hanover filly Worldly Hanover ran her fair record to 2 for 2 after trotting a 2:04.4 mile, lowering the 2014 mark established by Static Electricity from 2:05.2. Harold Brocklehurst trains and drove the talented miss for Double R Farms LLC, David Obley, and Richard Williams, and to give some perspective on the quality of her clocking, Worldly Hanover went as fast as the "A" pacing filly division did, when the Ponder filly Amusing Dragon won for driver Aaron Johnston, trainer Gary Johnston, and owner Dr. William Solomon. One of the oldest military strategies in the books is "Divide and conquer," and that's just what General Roger Hammer did in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks: he sent his Cirrus De Vie out at Indiana yesterday and finished second to the streaking Venier Hanover, then came to Wattsburg on Wednesday and won with his other high-class sophomore colt, Marvalous Falcon, posting the meet's fastest time, 2:01.4, in winning for breeder-owner-trainer-driver Hammer. During Tuesday's racing for two-year-olds, the fillies went faster than the colts on both the pace and the trot. On the pace, the Well Said - Treat Me Good filly Sure R Lookin Good ran her fair record to 4-3-1-0 with a 2:03.3 triumph for driver Eric Neal, trainer Robert Krenitsky Jr., and owner Julie Krenitsky; the colt pace went in 2:04.3. On the diagonally-gaited side, Eric Neal came right back with the Muscle Massive - Missing Dough filly Touch Of Dough taking 2:09 to run her recent tally to four wins in her last five races for trainer Randal Neal and the Neal Racing Stables LLC; the baby colt heats did not produce a mile faster than that. The meet awards for leading driver and trainer were settled in a manner that may be unique in harness annals. Going into the last two heats on Wednesday, Eric Neal had four victories, and Aaron Johnston had two - and in both of the end-card heats, a horse Aaron was listed on was scratched. But since he was listed on both horses in the first, scheduled to be a two-horse contest, Johnston kept the drive behind walkover Urban Resort. Then, going into the last race, with the drivers score Eric Neal 4 - Aaron Johnston 3 and the trainers score Gary Johnston 3 -- Cory Kreiser 2, another two-horse field was cut in half by scratches - with Gary Johnston's trainee scratched, and Aaron picking up the drive on the remaining entrant, Flying Monkey ... trained by Cory Kreiser. After that walkover, Eric Neal and Aaron Johnston ended up with four winning drives, and Cory Kreiser and Gary Johnston wound up with three winning pupils. (There will likely be differing viewpoints on walkovers in the next discussion among Team Johnston.) Not missing a beat, the Pennsylvania fair circuit will be in action on Thursday and Friday at Stoneboro, with first post at 11 a.m. (The street address in the PA Fair Harness Guide is in error; plug your GPS with Mercer Road in Stoneboro to get where you need to.) From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association

STONEBORO, PA -- Horsemen racing at the Stoneboro (PA) Fair on Thursday and Friday should note that the 2018 PA Fair Harness Guide contains the wrong address: you can find the fairgrounds at 2381 Mercer Road, Stoneboro PA 16153.   From PHHA / Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

17 to 32 of 99