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HARRISBURG, PA - Susan Brickell, one of the most stalwart of supporters and workers on the Pennsylvania fair circuit and the winner of the 2008 Mary Lib Miller Award, the highest honor given by the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer in Florida on May 19, one month before her 68th birthday. At the time of her passing she was with her husband Dean and brother-in-law David. Brickell, based in Rochester Mills PA, about 75 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, served as clerk of course at the majority of fairs in Pennsylvania over the last couple of decades, and also was a race secretary, a charter, and a board member of the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association. She trained a generation of people how to serve in the various functions needed to keep the fairs going. Her work supporting the fair horsemen and helping to make their financial situations secure earned her the 2008 Mary Lib Miller Award. An accomplished horsewoman involved with several breeds of horses, one of Sue's favorite horses was the trotter BS Woody, who raced from age two to age ten. As a three-year-old in 2005, "Woody," whom Sue trained and co-owned with Dean, won his last eleven races on the fair circuit, and then won the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship at Pocono Downs. A memorial service for Sue Brickell is tentatively being planned for her birthday, June 19. Updates on that event, and further information about her life, will be posted when available. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

BEDFORD PA -- The best humans and horses on the Pennsylvania fair circuit this past year were honored this past Saturday (January 13) at a banquet held at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in this town in the southwest portion of the state, a dinner held after the USTA District 7 meeting earlier in the afternoon. Blankets in the stable colors were given to the connections of the horse who earned the most points based on finish during the 20-stop Keystone State fair circuit. Honored were: TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLT - GRAPPLE HANOVER (265 points), trained by Wayne Long for owners William Kreutzer and Denton Barrett. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLY - CRITICAL HANOVER (303 points), trained by Todd Schadel for owners Christine and Cody Schadel. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING COLT - VENIER HANOVER (410 points, most of any 2YO), trained by Dave Brickell, who shares ownership with Mitchell York. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLY - PRETTY PROUD (365 points), trained by Rich Gillock, who shares ownership with Barbara and James Richardson. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLT - PHOTO BOMBER (336 points), trained by Linda Schadel, who shares ownership with Tony Schadel. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLY - ALL SET LETS GO (453 points, most of any horse at the fairs in 2017), trained by John McMullen Jr. for his family's McMullen Stable LLC. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING COLT - CRUISERWILLWIN (352 points), trained by Todd Schadel, who shares ownership with Christine Schadel. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLY -- BELLA RAGAZA (443 points, most of any pacer), trained by Linda Schadel, who shares ownership with Roxanna Buffington. The team behind the winner of the Fair Championship races at The Meadows in early October was awarded with a personalized jacket commemorating their achievement; those horses were: TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLT - HOCKEY HANOVER, Stallion Series champion and Fair Champion at 2, trained by John McMullen for his McMullen Stable LLC. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLY - NICOLE HANOVER, trained by Tom Loughry for Brocious Racing Stable Inc. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING COLT - CIRRUS DE VIE, trained by Roger Hammer, also co-owner with Vicki Fair. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLY - PRETTY PROUD, also top divisional pointwinner, trained by Rich Gillock, who shares ownership with Barbara and James Richardson. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLT - ROCKEFELLER LINDY, trained by William Daugherty Jr. for owner Susan Daugherty. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLY - ALL SET LETS GO, Fair Champion at both 2 and 3, also top divisional pointwinner, trained by John McMullen for his family's McMullen Stable LLC. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING COLT - MIDWAY ISLAND, fastest-ever Championship winner at 1:52.2, trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLY - BELLA RAGAZA, also top divisional pointwinner, trained by Linda Schadel, who shares ownership with Roxanna Buffington. Personalized jackets were also awarded to the PA Fairs' "Top Guns": Chris Shaw, the leading driver of the cotton candy circuit in 2017, and Roger Hammer, for the umpteenth time the leading trainer. The various horsemen's associations involved in conducting the banquet were gracious enough to let the Keystone chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association honor the people they voted into the second group elected to the Pennsylvania Harness Hall of Fame: Walter "Boots" Dunn, Roger Hammer, Harry Harvey, Jim Simpson, and "veteran" Judge Joe McGraw. Many in the extended families of these outstanding horsemen continue to have connections with the fair circuit, and they proudly came before the crowd for the tribute to the Pennsylvania champions honored. A $40 ticket to the PA Fair Banquet continues to be the best value in harness racing: that $40 ticket, gathering approximately 150 people, enabled attendees to be eligible for drawings for approximately $12,000 in harness equipment and other prizes - which means that an average ticket to the dinner yields a 100% profit on average. Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA) Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association (PFHHA)

HARRISBURG PA - Here is a list of the top harness racing point earners, accrued on a 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2 basis based on order of finish (9 for a rainout), during the 20-stop (some stops conflicting) Pennsylvania fair season during 2017. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLT - GRAPPLE HANOVER (265 points), trained by Wayne Long for owners William Kreutzer and Denton Barrett. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLY - CRITICAL HANOVER (303 points), trained by Todd Schadel for owners Christine and Cody Schadel. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING COLT - VENIER HANOVER (410 points, most of any 2YO), trained by Dave Brickell, who shares ownership with Mitchell York. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLY - PRETTY PROUD (365 points), trained by Rich Gillock, who shares ownership with Barbara and James Richardson. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLT - PHOTO BOMBER (336 points), trained by Linda Schadel, who shares ownership with Tony Schadel. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLY - ALL SET LETS GO (453, most of any horse at the fairs in 2017), trained by John McMullen Jr. for his family's McMullen Stable LLC. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING COLT - CRUISERWILLWIN (352 points), trained by Todd Schadel, who shares ownership with Christine Schadel. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLY -- BELLA RAGAZA (443 points, most of any pacer), trained by Linda Schadel, who shares ownership with Roxanna Buffington. All of last 2016's 2YO Fair Champions were the leading pointwinners in 2017 except PF Gemalous, who was third in points in 2017. (Note: none of the four 2YO Championship winners in 2016 led their divisions in points last year.) SELECTED STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS Number of 2:00 miles - 28. Multiple 2:00 horses - Venier Hanover 7, Ginger Tree Marty 5, Midway Island 4, Camera Lady and New Heaven (trotter) 2. Most 2:00 drives - Chris Shaw 9, Dave Brickell 8, Sam Beegle 5, Roger Hammer 3. Number of divisional track records - 21. Multiple track record setters - Venier Hanover 8, Midway Island 4, New Heaven and Nicole Hanover 2. All-age track record miles - 8. Multiple performers -- Midway Island 3, New Heaven 2. Winners of five or more "A" fair races, per division: 2TC - Grapple Hanover and Hockey Hanover 5. 2TF - Nicole Hanover 6, Won The War 5. 2PC - Venier Hanover 11. 2PF - Geisha Hanover and Pretty Proud 6. 3TC - New Heaven 6, Photo Bomber 5. 3TF - All Set Lets Go 12, Opal Hanover 5. 3PC - Ginger Tree Marty 8, Midway Island 5. 3PF - Bella Ragaza 10, Camera Lady 9, Gemalous 6. FIVE LEADING DRIVERS FIVE LEADING TRAINERS Chris Shaw 64 Roger Hammer 55 Roger Hammer 61 (tie) Todd Schadel 32 Todd Schadel 32 (tie) Jason Shaw 32 Tony Schadel 28 Linda Schadel 26 (tie) Wayne Long 27 Dave Brickell 25 (tie) Steve Schoeffel 27 Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

BLOOMSBURG PA - The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding Midway Island posted the fastest mile in the long and proud history of Pennsylvania fair harness racing on Saturday when he won in 1:53.4 at the Bloomsburg (PA) fairgrounds in this northeast Pennsylvania town. Chris Shaw stated his intentions early when he sent Midway Island to the quarter in 28, opening a five-length lead, then had doubled his lead by the half with a 27.2 second quarter, putting him at the midmarker in 55.2. The pair went on in 28.2 to get to the 1:23.4 ¾-pole 15 lengths ahead, then continued on to post a 13¼-length victory in the record clocking, taking down the previous all-time Keystone State fair standard, a 1:54 mile posted by four-year-old Alastor Hanover right at this track, ten years minus three days ago. Ironically, the name replaced as the 3PC local track record holder is also "Alastor Hanover" (1:56.4); the overall 3PC record for PA fairs obviously also fell (Lahaye, 1:55.1, Gratz, 2009). Midway Island also posted an all-age track record (1:58, Meadville) and tied another (2:00.1, Wattsburg) while posting four 2:00 victories on the cotton candy circuit. Ironically, the sophomore needed this start to guarantee his spot in the Pennsylvania Fair Championships at The Meadows on Saturday, October 7: though being undefeated through his first four fair starts gave him enough points to qualify, the state rules state that a horse must start five times at the fairs, or he can be "bumped" by any entrant with fewer points but the requisite number of starts. It's a great story - but it's an even better one when you realize that 17 minutes earlier, driver Shaw, trainer Ron Burke (who was 11-for-11 at the fairs this year), and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills had a horse of theirs post the fastest trotting mile in Bloomsburg history, as the Yankee Glide gelding New Island toured the twicearound in 1:58.3. Despite having to come first-over, New Heaven smoked his last half in 57.4 to win by 5¼ lengths. The only record New Heaven didn't break was the 1:58.2 all-time Pennsylvania fair mark set by five-year-old Shark Kosmos at Gratz in 2003 (another irony: former pacing recordholder was a Roger Hammer production, as is still-current trotmaster Shark Kosmos). All the other relevant records fell: the local all-age record (3TF T V Star Kosmos, 1:59, 2003); the divisional track record (1:59.4, shared by Giant Checkerboard [1997] and Reputation [2008]); and the Pennsylvania all-fair divisional mark (3TC S J Better Days, 1:58.4, Gratz, 2011). Ron Burke might have won 11 in a row, but a three-year-old trotting filly went him one better - the Donato Hanover miss All Set Lets Go, who, after starting her fair season with a third, then ran off 12 consecutive victories, including a 2:01.4 triumph on Saturday for driver Roger Hammer, trainer John McMullen Jr. and his family's McMullen Stable LLC. The filly accumulated 453 points in the fair scoring system - and wrested the all-over #1 spot on this last day of the 2017 circuit. All Set Lets Go and her pacing counterpart Bella Ragaza has started the day even with 418 points, but Bella Ragaza couldn't quite get to Victory Lane, finishing second and coming up 10 points shy (while leading his division). Her conqueror here was no fluky winner - it was the Dragon Again filly Camera Lady, last year's winningest two-year-old in North America with 15, and in tremendous form going to her Championship battle with Bella Ragaza, with nine fair wins, including her last four trips to the gate. Trainer Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York, had two fillies in the one-heat event and tapped Chris Shaw to do the driving behind Camera Lady on Saturday (Brickell finished third with Cajun Moonlite). Moving on to the two-year-old action held Friday, and needing to keep things short after the historic display by the three-year-olds, we'll summarize: "Venier Hanover, fastest Pennsylvania fair freshman ever." The altered son of Well Said-Valmctorian, trained and driven by David Brickell, who is co-owner with Mitchell York ("Team Camera Lady"), had lowered Pennsylvania freshman annals with his 1:56.4 mile at Gratz last week, and then came back five days later to lower that mark to 1:56.1, also busting past the 1:57 local record co-held by Dixie Pride and Shu Hanover (both in 2003). Venier Hanover ended his 2017 fairs season with a 12-11-1-0 record, an all-age 2:00.1 track record at Wattsburg (tied by Midway Island the next day), eight divisional track records, seven miles in 2:00 or less, and the most points acquired by freshmen at 410. Chris Shaw saw his seasonlong driving victory total dwindle to 60-59 after Friday's action and a Roger Hammer quadruple to his single victory, but four wins on Saturday to Hammer's double gave the 2017 driving title to Shaw by a 64-61 title. Hammer, who was top driver for the meet with six, also was leading trainer at Bloomsburg with four wins and finished his runaway season's training title with 55 harnessed victorious chargers, far ahead of Todd Schadel and Jason Shaw, who dead-heated for second with 32. The PFHHA and PHHA want to thank Bloomsburg Superintendent of Horse Racing John Brokenshire for his excellent stewardship in this, his first year of charge of the racing at "Blom." A longtime equine enthusiast, Brokenshire's major contribution may have been persuading the Bloomsburg fair board to conduct its harness racing at the start of the fair, rather than in mid-fair, after tractor pulls and whatnot made the racing surface subpar and open to rainouts. No track mark had been set at Bloomsburg since 2008 - it's not hard to see what a "perfect" Bloomsburg surface can mean to quality harness racing, and the track today was in great shape largely through Brokenshire's leadership. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

GRATZ PA - Even though the sophomore trotters and pacers produced five miles in 2:00 or less at the Gratz Fairgrounds Monday in this eastcentral Pennsylvania town - on a circuit that had seem only 18 magic miles in its previous stops this year - the most sensational racing was generated on Sunday by the harness racing freshmen, with two babies not only breaking their respective Gratz track marks, but also posting the fastest time for age/sex/gait in the history on the Pennsylvania fair circuit. In 2017, when one reads the words "Pennsylvania fair," "fast mile," and "two-year-old," the words "Venier Hanover" usually aren't far behind, and indeed the gelded son of Well Said-Valmctorian added more luster to his shining record by winning in 1:56.4 for trainer/driver Dave Brickell, also co-owner with Mitchell York. Besides lowering the Gratz 2PC from the 1:58.1 put up by Ya Gotta Go in 2010, it was also the fastest mile by a two-year-old ever at a PA fair, a fifth better than the quality miles coming from a quintet of horses: Dixie Pride and Shu Hanover (both 2003 at Bloomsburg), Evening Shadows (2010 at Port Royal), Gordo (2014) and Artists Ruffles (2016, the latter two at Bedford). The fast clocking was also his seventh track record at the fairs this season, and his sixth 2:00 mile, both at the top of all lists. The other multi-record eclipser was the Explosive Matter-Nan's Conway filly, who went fractions of 29.2, 59.3, and 1:30.2 on the engine before stopping the timer in 2:00.3, lowering the Gratz mark of 2:01.4 (first set in 2013 by Glide By Shooting and then equaled last year by All Set Lets Go, whose name you'll read later), and also wiping out the all-time Keystone twicearound mark for 2TFs of 2:01.1, set by Shesfastandfurious back in 2006. Wayne Long guided the winner to the record time for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. The fastest winners of the other two divisions also set 2017 PA fair "season's records": the freshman trotting gelding by Andover Hall-Girls' Getaway, Grapple Hanover, who won in 2:03.1 for trainer/driver Wayne Long, and the Well Said-Goddess's Princess pacing filly Geisha Seelster, closing in 29.1 to win in 2:00.2 for trainer/driver Roger Hammer. All four freshmen thus set PA Fairs' seasonal's records - and ironically, the previous standard broken by all four were their own. Turning to the sophomores, the fans wanted to see if two fillies could extend long winning streaks. First up was the Donato Hanover trotting filly All Set Lets Go, as mentioned previously the local standardholder for 2TFs, and while she didn't need to set a record to win her heat, her 2:02.1 triumph for driver Roger Hammer, trainer John McMullen Jr., and his family's McMullen Stable LLC was her eleventh straight at the fairs, the longest current streak. Her pacing counterpart, Bella Ragaza, had taken nine races in succession before her Monday race, but after setting the pace she was caught in the lane, settling for second. But it was no fluke that beat her - it was the Dragon Again filly Camera Lady, last year's winningest two-year-old in North America, and currently a winner of six of her last seven fair outings after winning in 1:59.4 for "Team Venier" - trainer/driver Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York. This dup completed a sweep in the 3PF ranks with the Moon Beam filly Cajun Moonlite, who went a tick faster than her stablemate. On the colt side of things, the fastest trotter and pacer pushed the fair record of the Burke Brigade to 9-for-9 in 2017. The Yankee Glide gelding New Heaven became the first sub-2:00 performer on his gait on the local cotton candy circuit, making up five lengths in the stretch while winning in 1:59.3; among the pacers Midway Island was a bullyboy front-end winner, stepping home in 57.4-28.2 to win in 1:56.3. Chris Shaw drove both winners for Burke, and the fast three-year-olds are both owned by the combine of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills. For the meet, Eric Neal and Roger Hammer both crossed the wire first, helping Hammer reduce Chris Shaw's seasonal advantage to 59-56. Hammer, Dave Brickell, and Todd Schadel each sent out three winners from their barn to top that column; Hammer has 51 winning trainees for the season and will not be caught. The horses on the PA fair circuit earn their way into their rich Championship races by accumulating points throughout the season based on finish, on a 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1 basis, with 9 for a rainout. At the top of these tables, All Set Lets Go and Bella Ragaza are exactly even after 19 of the 20 stops, each with 418 points (ASLG 12-11-0-1 with two rainouts, BR 12-10-2-0 with two rainouts). But some of the most heated competition when the circuit ends its year at Bloomsburg this Friday (3 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.) will be among the horses who are very close in points to a bunch of rivals who could make the final with a superior performance at "Blom" - and there are several of this kind of horse in nearly every one of the eight divisions. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

STONEBORO PA - The holiday Labor Day Monday wasn't too festive for the harness racing group in this northwestern Pennsylvania town, as rain forced the cancellation of the races for the state three-year-olds. Thursday's card for two-year-olds started off quickly, literally and figuratively, as the Well Said filly Geisha Seelster won the freshman pacing "A" division of the Fair Sire Stakes in 2:02, only a fifth off the 2013 record set by TSM Maija Star. Trainer/driver Roger Hammer, who won the horsemen's competitions with four wins in each category during the shortened meet, also co-owns the four-time fair winner with Vicki Fair. On the "boys" side, Legendary Ron took his third fair victory in his last four starts on the twicearound circuit when he won in 2:02.2 for driver Tony Schadel and trainer/wife Linda, who are also the co-owners of the A Rocknroll Dance gelding. In limiting Cirrus De Vie to second, the winner also prevented that freshman from going to the divisional pointsleader - with leader Venier Hanover going for $252,000 in the p/m Sire Stakes Championship at Pocono today (Monday). The Crazed filly Critical Hanover came up with a 2:05 victory in a division of the A event for trotters, a clocking only 3/5 of a second off the Stoneboro track record co-held by Magnolia Grace (2011) and Peoplesayimnogood (2014). Trainer/driver Todd Schadel guided three-time fair victress for owners Christine and Cody Schadel. In the other filly trot cut, the Winning Mister filly Lightning Lois held her spot atop the section's standings with a 2:07.2 win for driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Lou Goans, and owner/breeder Teresa Heinnickel. The Pennsylvania fair circuit now ships eastward to set up shop at three rightside venues to end its season: York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

WATTSBURG PA - The greatest-ever meet of harness racing at the Erie (PA) County Fair, and one of the best meets anywhere in Pennsylvania fair harness racing over the last couple of decades, took place on Tuesday and Wednesday in this northwest Pennsylvania town. On Tuesday, the all-age track record for pacers was broken - by a two-year-old; on Wednesday, given over to sophomores, that newly-minted all-age pacing mark was duplicated, and the track's all-time trotting standard, first established 29 years ago, was also equaled. Regular readers of this column know that the two-year-old going the monster mile was Venier Hanover, the Well Said-Valmctorian gelding who went fractions of 29.3, 59.2, and 1:29.3 en route to completing his mile in 2:00.1, a clocking which knocked 2/5 of a second off of the 2013 effort of the sophomore filly Shesalilfireball, and also annihilated the track's former 2PC mark of 2:03 (Twilight Artist, 2010). "Smilin'" Dave Brickell, also the trainer and co-owner of the wunderkind with Mitchell York, was as usual in the sulky, with Venier garnering his fifth track record at the fairs (no other horse would have more than one until exactly 24 hours later - more on that in a bit). Venier Hanover's mark is now 9-8-1-0 at the fairs, and overall he has 10 victories, second in North America among freshmen to the undefeated Ohio baby Carmensdaleyapple, who has twelve. It is said that when Alexander The Great had conquered all of the known world, he sat down and cried because he had no new worlds to conquer. Trainer Ron Burke, who has dominated the North American statistical training scene over the last few years, has found a new world to conquer - his home state's county fairs - and two of his charges were the sophomores who tied all-age track records at Wattsburg on Wednesday. Midway Island had made his fair debut last week by rewriting the Meadville all-age standard to 1:58, and this week he tied Venier Hanover's 2:00.1 local record, as noted exactly 24 hours after his predecessor (they both came in the eighth race of a card that started at 11 a.m.) Chris Shaw handled Midway Island, an altered son of Somebeachsomewhere, in a mile with fractions of 30.1, 1:01.2, and 1:31.1, with a sprint home in 29 to get a tie on the top line of the pacing column as well as reduce the 3PC local record of 2:01 previously first set by Straight Character in 2010 and then equaled by Royaltyhasarrived five years later. Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills are the owners of Midway Island, and this quartet also owns the Yankee Glide gelding New Heaven, who equaled the Wattsburg all-age trotting mark of 2:04 first set by Smokey Crown in 1988 and then finally tied by Major Matter last year, and also their shared divisional track record. New Heaven's record mile came with fractions of 30, 1:01.2, and 1:32.4, and it left him undefeated after four starts on the cotton candy circuit. Chris Shaw again had the sulky duty for trainer Burke. One other three-year-old worth mentioning is the Dragon Again filly Camera Lady, last year's winningest two-year-old in all of North America, and currently on a skein of five wins in her last six starts after a sharp brush down the backstretch put her in front and in position to carry out a 2:03.1 effort. Camera Lady is a stablemate of Venier Hanover, with Dave Brickell training, driving, and co-owning with Mitchell York on this solid pacer as well. Chris Shaw had three wins on Tuesday and then five on Wednesday to make him by f-a-r the leading driver, upping his seasonlong fair lead over Roger Hammer to 53-47 (despite Hammer having seven earlier in the week at Indiana). Chris's brother Jason conditioned two winners each day to top all Wattsburg trainers, and he narrowed Hammer's lead in the conditioner's contest to 43-31. No rest for the PA fair horses - the two-year-olds are back in action at Stoneboro on Thursday, while three-year-olds will get their final start on the western part of the PA fair circuit on Labor Day Monday. From there, the circuit comes east for its final seasonal stops at York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg. FINISHING LINES - There was a walkover in one of Tuesday's races, and after the information about the race was given by the announcer, twenty seconds later a very loud voice came from the grandstand: "CAN YOU GIVE US THE TOP-TO-BOTTOM ORDER OF FINISH AGAIN?" ***PLEASE NOTE: We did not have a photographer at remote Wattsburg. The art attached is the photo finish of Venier Hanover completing his historic 2:00.1 mile on Tuesday, as well as photos of Venier and Midway Island winning at Meadville. New Heaven had been winning, but before Wattsburg not in spectacular fashion, so we have no photograph of him. We are sorry that this is the best we can do. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

INDIANA PA - Two three-year-old fillies and trainer/driver Roger Hammer continued their winning ways at the Indiana County (PA) Fairgrounds Monday and Tuesday, with two-year-olds going on Monday and Tuesday spotlighting the harness racing three-year-old set. You have a choice of clichés pointing to which should be written about to start -- "Age before beauty" vs. "Ladies first," so we'll defer to chronology and describe the freshmen action first. And that would be headlined by Hammer: the Real Artist pacing colt colt Cirrus De Vie won the "A" Sires section in 2:04 for his trainer/driver/co-owner and co-owner Vicki Fair, and the Delmarvalous gelding Marvalous Falcon completed the sweep with a "B" level win in 2:07.1 for his owner/trainer/driver. Cirrus De Vie won his first two fair starts in B, went 6-0-5-1 upon coming to A, and now has taken three straight in the higher class, while Marvalous Falcon is 3-for-3 in B while also winning twice in A, including the only fair conquering of Venier Hanover. Speaking of "only fair conquerings": The Andover Hall gelding Grapple Hanover won his fourth baby trot A contest in 2:09, and doing so put the first blemish on Hockey Hanover's fair scorecard after five victories. Wayne Long trains and drove Grapple, and he then completed a driving sweep of the A class with a 2:07.1 win behind the Donato Hanover gelding Tymal Advocate, trained by Bob Rougeaux III for the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. and the Lone Wolf Stable. On the filly side, Nicole Hanover has now won four of five fair starts after the Explosive Matter filly twice circumnavigated the Indiana oval in 2:08.1, doubling up for the Brocious gang and trainer Rougeaux, who also steered the filly. On Tuesday, the hometown fans got to give a big cheer in the opening race, as the local McMullen Stable LLC's All Set Lets Go kept alive the circuit's longest win streak at ten, the Donato Hanover distaff winning in 2:04.4 for driver Roger Hammer and trainer/patriarch John McMullen Jr. Even with an 11-10-0-1 fair record and thus 365 points, All Set Lets Go is not atop the points column among all divisions at the fairs: that distinction goes to the Rocknroll Hanover filly Bella Ragaza, who won her ninth straight in 2:04 to send her twicearound record to 11-10-1-0, 10 points in the lead, for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Linda Schadel, the latter co-owner with Roxana Buffington. Tony and Linda Schadel also posted a driver/trainer sweep of the 3YO trotting colt action; the twist here is that Carrick, an altered son of Donato Hanover, won the B section in 2:02.1 for owners Dr. Scott Woogen and Pam Wagner, much faster than the Schadels' own gelded son of Explosive Matter, Photo Bomber, posted in his 2:04 victory, his fifth of the fair circuit. But Carrick also shows an A victory - maybe the Schadels are learning how to play the A/B system like Hammer. But as usual, the last word went to the wily Hammer, trainer/driver and co-owner with Vicki Fair of the Delmarvalous gelding Marvalous Artist, who won the A colt pace in the fastest time of the meet, 2:01.1. Marvalous Artist now has won three times at both the A and B levels (in case you're wondering, B division results don't earn points in qualifying for the Fair Sire Stakes Championships). Hammer trained and drove seven winners during the two days, putting him at only a 49-47 disadvantage behind Chris Shaw in the drivers ranks and ballooning his lead to 43-29 over Chris's brother Jason on the conditioning side. FINISHING LINES - While the meet wound down at Indiana Tuesday, a two-day meet started at the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA, and the two-year-old sensation Venier Hanover posted the fastest mile ever in the history of the oval, 2:00.1. More on Venier's recordsetting mile in the Wattsburg recap after Wednesday's races. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

MEADVILLE PA - The annual two-day harness racing meet during the Crawford County Fair in this town in northwestern Pennsylvania, the one fair of the late Walter "Boots" Dunn, brought the pacing colts into the spotlight - with the prodigy freshman colt Venier Hanover again flirting with an all-age track record when the freshmen raced Wednesday, and the sophomore Midway Island then breaking that all-time Meadville mark when winning in 1:58 on Thursday. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Midway Island made his first start on the 2017 Pennsylvania fair circuit, and, coming off a lifetime best 1:52.1 at The Meadows, the three-year-old showed he can handle the twicearound oval in style, knocking a 1/5 of a second off the previous mark, the 1:58.1 of McAlvin in 2013 while also perforce eclipsing that horse's divisional mark. The constant between the old and new Meadville standardbearers is driver Chris Shaw, who guided the 16¼-length winner, a month-old acquisition for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills. (Burke is 4-for-4 at the fairs this year.) A day earlier, the Well Said gelding Venier Hanover paced the half-mile oval in 1:58.3, his fourth divisional track record of the year - no other horse has more than one. It was also Venier Hanover's fourth 2:00 mile on the circuit -- three-year-old Ginger Tree Marty, who will be interesting to watch race against Midway Island, has five, and thus the two have nine of the 17 2:00 miles for the year at the fairs between them. Venier Hanover, who has nine victories overall and is 8-7-1-0 at the fairs, is trained and was driven by Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York. On Thursday, Team Brickell/York came back to tie the Meadville mark for three-year-old pacing fillies, 2:00.4, with Camera Lady, a daughter of Dragon Again who was 2016's winningest freshman and who has six wins at the fairs this season. Unbeamlieveable first established the divisional local mark a year and a day previously. The other "A" Sire Stake three-year-old pacing filly division was won by Bella Ragaza, who is now 10-9-1-0 at the fairs, including wins in her last eight outings, in 2:03.2 for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Linda Schadel, also co-owner with Roxanna Buffington. Bella Ragaza has the most points on the fair circuit this year with 340, and in fact this division has the horses 1-3-4 in the overall standings - Bella Regaza, Camera Lady (305), and Gemalous (292). The horse in the point midst of this Big Three - and the only horse to have a longer win streak at the fairs than Bella Ragaza - would be a trotting counterpart of hers, the Donato Hanover filly All Set Lets Go, who took the race immediately after Bella Ragaza won. The 2:03.3 victory was the ninth straight win on the cotton candy circuit for All Set Lets Go, raising her point total to 330. Roger Hammer handled sulky duty for trainer John McMullen Jr. and his family's McMullen Stable LLC. Before the Meadville record book is closed, we must take note of the Muscle Massive freshman gelding Bela's Bad Boy, who on Wednesday was victorious in 2:06 for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, also co-owner with Christine Schadel. That 2:06 clocking was the fastest race mile by a baby trotting male at Meadville, 2/5 faster than a 2014 mile by Police Navidad -- although there was a qualifying race at Meadville in 2006 won by the freshman male Penn Monie Mosie in Q2:05.1. So the Meadville record books will now carrying both horses in this category. Todd Schadel tied with his partner on Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo, Roger Hammer, for leading trainer at Meadville with four victories; Hammer leads Jason Shaw 37-27 in the seasons' standings. Hammer also was in the sulky for six winners at Meadville, bringing him closer to leader Chris Shaw in a 46-40 duel. The fair circuit is at its busiest all season during the extended week ending on Labor Day. There will be racing at Indiana on Monday and Tuesday; at Wattsburg on Tuesday and Wednesday; and at Stoneboro on Thursday and Monday (Labor Day) before the circuit ends its western tour and heads east for its final three stops at York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

WASHINGTON PA - The harness racing husband/wife team of driver Tony and trainer Linda Schadel continued their hot hands at the famed Arden Downs oval at the Washington County Fair in this city literally just down the street from The Meadows, including the fastest pacing winners during both Monday's sophomore action and the quickest freshman pacer on Tuesday. Fastest of all Washington performers was the very first horse to return to Victory Lane, the Schadels' Rocknroll Hanover pacing filly Bella Ragaza, who overcame a trailing start spot to post her seventh straight win and eighth of the fair campaign in 2:01.2, also taking over the distinction as the leading pointswinner on the fair circuit to this point of the 2017 campaign. Linda Schadel co-owns the streaking winner with Roxanna Buffington. The freshman gelding by A Rocknroll Dance, Legendary Ron, ran his record to two for three since his recent purchase by Tony and Linda, with a big mile in 2:01.4 to defeat the multiwinner Marvalous Falcon on Tuesday. The trotting star of the meet was the undefeated Explosive Matter two-year-old gelding Hockey Hanover, who became the North American leader among freshman trotters in wins with his eighth straight triumph - five at the fairs, and three in the pari-mutuel Stallion Series. Hockey Hanover was handled by Wilbur Yoder to a 2:05.2 victory for trainer John McMullen and his family's McMullen Stable LLC. Fastest trotter of the meet was the Ron Burke trainee New Heaven, who has now won two straight over the twicearound circuit, this one in 2:03.1; the Yankee Glide gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills, and was driven to victory by Chris Shaw. Shaw, in fact, had five victories during the two-day meet to edge Tony Schadel by one for that honor while increasing his summerlong lead to 44-34 over Roger Hammer. Linda Schadel's four-bagger on the two cards easily put her atop that category, with no other trainer having more than two. The PA Fair Circuit crowd doesn't miss a beat - they'll be off and racing at Dayton on Wednesday and Thursday at noon, with sophomores starting things off, and then the freshmen, led by the exciting Venier Hanover, just three days after having the stretch lead in a pari-mutuel PA Sire Stakes before finishing third against national-class horses. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s Association        

HONESDALE PA - Two days of harness racing were held during the Wayne County Fair proper on Wednesday and Thursday, and the sulky stars of the short stay were two pairs of longtime "friendly rivals," Sam Beegle and Roger Hammer of Bedford Sports Hall of Fame glory, and brothers Todd and Tony Schadel. In the three-year-old colt pace "A" divisions Wednesday, Hammer and Beegle, recent honorees by the Keystone Chapter of USHWA at their hometown fair, had the winners, who were the fastest visitors to Victory Lane for the meet. First on the track was Beegle, who guided the Yankee Cruiser gelding Ginger Tree Marty to his sixth win of the fair campaign, and fourth in a row, going the mile in 2:01.1, with trainer/driver Beegle winning for Ginger Tree Stable LLC and Bob Reber. A race later, Hammer was in the sulky behind Artists Ruffles, a Real Artist gelding who won for the first time in 23 overall starts in 2017 after winning ten times at the fairs last season. But Artists Ruffles, with his 2:00.4 clocking, may have indicated that he's ready to make up for lost time for trainer/driver Hammer, also co-owner with Vicki Fair. Among their "A" distaff counterparts, Bella Ragaza (2:06) posted her sixth straight victory and Camera Lady (2:04.3), last year's winningest two-year-old in North America, won for the fifth time at the fairs this year, keeping them on pace behind Gemalous, a winner at Waynesburg earlier that day, in a torrid battle for divisional supremacy in that category. Tony Schadel drove both winners in the "A" events on the trot, the colt contest with Photo Bomber in 2:04.1, by far fastest trotting mile of the session, and on the filly side with Drinking Class (2:09.1) - a horse trained by Todd, and a race which would greatly impact the leading horsemen's totals at meet's end. On Thursday, when the freshmen came out, Todd Schadel drove an "A" winner in three divisions: in order, the filly trot with Critical Hanover (2:10), the colt trot with Bela's Big Boy (2:11.1), and a division of the colt pace with Platinum (2:08.2). The other division of the baby colt pace was by far the fastest of the day, and it came with a horse that driver Tony and trainer Linda Schadel had recently acquired and were racing for only the second time - the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Legendary Ron, who stepped home in 30 to complete a 2:05.2 maiden victory. In the final meet standings, Tony Schadel drove five winners and Todd Schadel trained five winners to lead their categories. Remember that race where we pointed out that Tony drove a Todd-trained horse? It proved to be the difference for bragging rights in the horsemen's competitions, as Todd (and Roger Hammer) had four sulky victories, and Linda Schadel had four conditioning successes. This busiest of Pennsylvania fair weeks - six cards within five days - is followed by activity that slows down only a little next week, with racing at the famed Arden Downs on the Washington County Fairgrounds on Monday and Tuesday, and then at Dayton Fair on Wednesday and Thursday. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WAYNESBURG PA - Trotters and pacers invaded the Greene County Fairgrounds in this southwest Pennsylvania town on Tuesday and Wednesday, contesting over $84,000 in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes, with the harness racing two-year-olds going first and the sophomores featured in the windup card. The most remarkable mile on Tuesday came in the "B" division of the baby colt pace, which went almost four seconds faster than the "A" section! That was because Marvalous Falcon was entered in the lower-level event by cagey Roger Hammer to build the colt's confidence - and to possibly get a respite from Venier Hanover, who was going to be second to 2018 Little Brown Jug favorite Done Well before making a late break and finishing third at Pocono Tuesday night. Marvalous Falcon already has two "A" wins to his credit, one being Venier's only fair defeat and the other a 1:58.2 win at Gratz, and the Delmarvalous gelding will be headed back up to the "A"s per PA Fair Stakes rules after winning his second straight "B" event, here in 2:05.1 for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Hammer. On Wednesday, the fastest mile of the day was put in by a trotter, the three-year-old Yankee Glide gelding New Heaven, who won in 2:03.1 for driver Chris Shaw. His connections have been known to have success in other levels of racing - trainer Ron Burke and the ownership team of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services Inc., and David Wills. In Wednesday's first mile, the Donato Hanover filly All Set Lets Go showed no ill effect from racing and winning at Honesdale, some 359 miles away, on Sunday, coming right on back on the Pennsylvania interstates to tally in 2:06.2 for her eighth straight triumph. Chris Shaw was in the sulky as well for trainer John McMullen Jr. and the McMullen Stable LLC. All Set Lets Go is the #1 pointearner at the fairs over all divisions so far in 2017. The slowest mile of the day was taken by the filly who has the most fair points among all pacers - the Delmarvalous filly Gemalous, who dawdled to the ¾ in 1:46.2, then streaked home in 28 for her sixth win of the fair season for trainer Jason Shaw, owner/son Mason Shaw, and their brother/uncle, respectively - Chris Shaw, who had five wins on the day and seven at the meet. Gemalous's two bitter rivals, Bella Ragaza and Camera Lady, would both win later in the day at Honesdale, so Gemalous needed the victory to stay on rung number one. (A summary of the Honesdale Fair meet, with sophomores on Wednesday and freshmen on Thursday, will appear at the end of that session.) Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

HONESBORO PA - The three-year-old Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes horses got their action in Sunday at the Wayne County Fairgrounds here in the northeast part of the state, but intermittent rain that finally turned steadier a few hours before post time forced the two-year-old program during the two-day Sire Stakes meet to be washed out. It was the second cancellation of the season for the harness racing freshmen, following July 13 at Hughesville; the sophomores have been able to go to the gate every time so far. The queen of the Sunday sophomore racing was the Donato Hanover trotting filly, All Set Lets Go, who won her seventh straight contest in a divisional "A" Sire Stakes with a 2:05.2 clocking - faster than the trotting colts and also the pacing fillies. All Set Lets Go leads all pointwinners through nine stops on the 20-event fair season with 260 points for trainer John McMullen Jr. and the McMullen Stable LLC; Roger Hammer was in the sulky behind her at Honesdale. The horses who are 2-3-4 in the pointstandings are all at the top of a very competitive pacing filly "A" division - Gemalous (240), Bella Ragaza (235), and Camera Lady (225). At Honesdale both Bella Ragaza and Camera Lady won in 2:06, with Gemalous third in the former's victory, but still hanging on to her lead. Bella Ragaza won her sixth straight for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Linda Schadel, the latter co-owner with Roxanna Buffington; Camera Lady, last year's winningest freshman in all of North America, posted her fourth fair triumph of 2017 for trainer/driver Dave Brickell, also co-owner with Mitchell Young. In the "glamour division" of the three-year-old pacing colts, those oldtime friendly rivals Sam Beegle and Roger Hammer are still going at it. Trainer/driver Beegle's Ginger Tree Marty, using a 30 last quarter, got home a tick faster in 2:03 for his fifth fair win in the top section for Ginger Tree Stable LLC and Bob Reber, while Marvalous Artist, who Hammer bred, trains, drove, and co-owns with Vicki Fair, has bounced between "A" and "B" division action, but by his time is obviously competitive with the top colts. This very busy week of Pennsylvania fair racing continues tomorrow and Wednesday in Dave Palone's hometown of Waynesburg PA, 358 miles southwest of Honesdale. The two "early" (scheduled) days of racing at Honesdale was one of the state's five "Sire Stakes special meets"; the Honesdale Fair portion of the program goes on Wednesday and Thursday, with a free-for-all event joining the Sire Stakes horses both days. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

CLEARFIELD PA - The sophomore state Sire Stakes horses were spotlighted during the second half of the four-day harness racing meet at the Clearfield County Fair in this northcentral Pennsylvania community, and unlike the unofficial trend that showed when the babies raced earlier in the week, the three-year-olds lived by the motto "Save The Best For Last!" Trotters were the Tuesday headliners, and in an "A" division of the three-year-old filly trot, the Donato Hanover filly All Set Lets Go won by 15½ lengths in 2:02, equaling the all-age track trot mark held by males Cottonwood Sam (2003) and Simeon (2015). The divisional record of 2:02.3, set by A Little Laid Back last year, was of course also broken, although at least a little Wite-Out was saved because Roger Hammer, who guided A Little Laid Back, was also in the sulky behind All Set Lets Go, who has now won six in a row for trainer John McMullen and his McMullen Stable LLC. But 36 minutes later, in the last race of the day, more Wite-Out - a lot of it - was needed when the Tom Ridge colt Bet On Tom traversed the Clearfield twicearound in 2:01.2 - the fastest trotting mile ever at Clearfield - in winning his division of the "A" Sire Stakes trot. A wire-to-wire 7½-length winner, the new King of the Clearfield Trotting Hill was driven by Aaron Johnston for trainer Gary Johnston and owner Dr. William Solomon. The theme of "best for last" was carried over to Wednesday's pacing action, when the two divisions of the "A" three-year-old colt pace were contested in the last two heats. And it was "devu" all over again, as last week's honorees at their hometown oval in Bedford, Sam Beegle and Roger Hammer, each won a division, and their horses each crossed the wire in 1:59.1 - just a fifth shy of the 3PC record at Clearfield, set by Star Of Terror last year. For Ginger Tree Marty and Beegle, it was the fourth 2:00 victory on the fair circuit, breaking the two-day-old tie with Venier Hanover at the top of that category; the Yankee Cruiser gelding is also trained by Beegle for the Ginger Tree Stable LLC and Bob Reber. Marvalous Artist had three fair wins before this one, but they had all been at the "B" level - he handled the stepup nicely here for breeder/trainer/driver Hammer, also co-owner with Vicki Fair. The faster of the two filly "A" cuts went to Bella Ragaza in 2:01, her fourth straight win for trainer Tony Schadel and trainer Linda Schadel, the latter co-owner with Roxanna Buffington. The other section fell to Camera Lady, last year's winningest two-year-old in North America (whose stablemate Venier Hanover is currently tied for that spot), under the guidance of trainer Dave Brickell, who is also co-owner with Mitchell York. (Interestingly, they were the first two races of the day.)   Roger Hammer won the annual Buster De Salvo trophy for winningest driver at the Clearfield meet, with six visits to Victory Lane over the four-day stand.   (And for those of you expecting a "Mike Nesmith" reference at the mention of Wite-Out, here's why not: Nesmith's mother developed the product trademarked as Liquid Paper; around the same time, folks at 3M were developing the product that would be copyrighted as Wite-Out, which is sort of the "Kleenex" of that industry. So no mention of Mike Nesmith and Wite-Out, nor being the first Grammy winner for a video, nor conceptualizing a show called "PopClips" that was later sold to Warner AmEx and was developed into MTV.)   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

CLEARFIELD PA - The only stop on the Pennsylvania fair harness racing circuit lasting more than two days, the Clearfield County Fair here in the northcentral part of the state led its four-day bill of fare with two-year-olds, trotters on Sunday and pacers on Monday - and so far the evidence is that this year's motto is "Save The Best For First!" The very first race of the 2017 Clearfield meet was won by the Andover Hall gelding Grapple Hanover, now a winner in all three of his fair outings after overcoming a first-over journey to win in 2:05, just 4/5 behind the PA fairs' "season's record" for his division, which he set over the quick surface at Gratz. Wayne Long trains and drove the winner for owners William Kreutzer and Denton Barrett. In the other "A" division for baby trotting colts, Hockey Hanover kept his scorecard perfect after six trips behind the gate (including two Stallion Series victories on the p/m circuit), needing only 2:08.4 to report home first. The Explosive Matter gelding was driven by Wilbur Yoder for trainer John McMullen Jr. and McMullen Stable LLC. The Muscle Massive filly Selka Song broke her maiden in the fastest filly event, winning in 2:07.1 for trainer/driver Roger Hammer and owners Mark Behl and the Charter Oak Stable of the noted veteran horseman Jim Larente Sr., 86 years young and traveling the PA circuit with his filly. You again had to be in the stands at first post time on Monday to see the highlight event, with the wunderkind Well Said gelding Venier Hanover setting his third track record and pacing to his third 2:00 mile along the Keystone twicearound circuit, winning in 1:59.4. Venier Hanover made things a little interesting when he made a ruffle past the ¾ going on to challenge, but he proved to have enough to overcome his mistake for trainer/driver Dave Brickell, also co-owner with Mitchell York. The victory was his seventh of his brief career, earning him back a share of the lead for triumphs among all North American two-year-olds, and the old track record of 2:01, formerly co-held by Love Of Art (2002), DVC Done Good (2006 -- with Dave Brickell driving), DVC Firm Believer (2008), and Luscious Al (2009), went by the wayside. The race immediately after this "A" event was a division of the "B" colt pace, which ironically enough was won by the only horse to defeat Venier at the fairs this year, the Delmarvalous gelding Marvalous Falcon, who won in 2:01.1. Crafty breeder/owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer carefully read the fair Sires rules ("horses finishing first or second in "A" must stay in "A"), and since his horse was third in his last start, he opted to build confidence in his horse at the relatively cheap expense of less purse money (figuring, in greatest probability, on being second to Venier). Besides, Hammer also has Cirrus De Vie, second to Venier both last week and this. Monday's fastest filly was the Bettor's Delight miss Pretty Proud, now a winner of four out of six after a 2:03.2 triumph for driver Steve Schoeffel and trainer Rich Gillock, the latter co-owner with Barbara and James Richardson. The sophomores now have their turn in the Clearfield spotlight, with trotters Tuesday and pacers Wednesday, both cards starting at noon. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

BEDFORD PA - Sam Beegle and Roger Hammer, both of whom began their athletic careers on the wrestling mats in this southwest Pennsylvania community and both of whom are still competing on the racetracks of Pennsylvania, were jointly honored as both hometown and statewide harness heroes during ceremonies before the start of the racing program at the Bedford Fair on Monday, the first day of a two-card session here. The Keystone Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers Association voted their highest award, the Mary Lib Miller Award for "outstanding service to state harness racing," to the two veterans, both of whom are in the Bedford Sports Hall of Fame. Bedford Fair Director of Racing Jake Hoover, upon hearing the announcement, asked Keystone USHWA if the awards could be presented at the Bedford Fair, to which the communicators were happy to comply. In addition to the writers and the local racing community, on hand to honor Hammer and Beegle on Monday were Fred Strathmeyer, Deputy Secretary of the PA Department of Agriculture and a good friend of racing, and Jesse Topper, state Congressman representing counties in and around the Bedford area. Topper read commendations from other area politicians, and also read to the public was a congratulatory letter from state Senator Scott Wagner, a possible Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate. Hammer and Beegle, for their part, chose to let their performance on the racetrack do their speaking for them. Beegle was in the sulky for the fastest mile of the week, a 1:58.4 victory by the Yankee Cruiser sophomore gelding Ginger Tree Marty, who shaded 28.1 for his personal last quarter after being three-wide from just past midbackstretch. Ginger Tree Marty, who just missed the all-age track record at Gratz by a tick when he won there in 1:55.2, is the leading magic mile producer along the fair circuit with three. Beegle also trains the fast sophomore, and his Ginger Tree Farms also co-owns him with Bob Reber. Hammer, whose stable had ten horses on the eight-race Monday card, won three races as a driver and two as a trainer, including a horse he trains and drives, along with co-owning with Vicki Fair, Toolbox Tuesday, producing a 2:02.2 mile in the Sire Stakes "B" three-year-old colt trot, equaling the clocking in the "A" division by Rockefeller Lindy, who along with Everclear Hanover gave trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. a 1-2 sweep in the top-level event. The Donato Hanover filly All Set Lets Go was catch-driven by Hammer to her fifth straight win (after starting her campaign 0 for 10) in the "A" event for sophomore trotting fillies, winning in 2:03.4 for trainer John McMullen and the McMullen Stable LLC. On Tuesday the freshmen took the spotlight, and fair wunderkind Venier Hanover became the only other Keystone twicearound performer to have multiple magic miles for the season when he won in 2:00, last quarter 29.1. The victory by the altered son of Well Said for trainer/driver Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York, was Venier's sixth, keeping him in a tie for winningest freshman in North America - as Brickell goes for a "consecutive double" after guiding the filly Camera Lady to that distinction last year. Finally, two Tuesday continuations of a theme - one in wrestling, where Nicholas Cook, Sam Beegle's grandson who like Grandpa and Hammer was a top high school grappler, won with the two-year-old Ginger Tree Mcdade; and the other in the toughness in all PA Fair Sire Stakes racing, as the "B" division of the freshman colt trot was won by Tell Me Something and trainer/driver Jim Daugherty in 2:06.1, 2/5 of a second faster than the "A" section. The fair circuit now moves midstate to the Clearfield County Fair, where a four-day program of harness racing begins this Sunday, July 30. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

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