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STONEBORO, PA -- Horsemen are reminded that the draw for the Thursday and Friday races at the Stoneboro (PA) Fair will be held on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m., and that entries should be made prior to that time.   Phone numbers are 610 874 5200 and 610 513 7957.   Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes will be featured for two-year-olds on Thursday and for three-year-olds on Friday.   From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association      

INDIANA ,PA - The weather was kinder than it has been recently as the Pennsylvania fair circuit checked into the Indiana County Fair, with seven of twelve scheduled races for two-year-olds conducted Thursday and all fifteen heats for three-year-olds raced on Friday. The Father Patrick - Yankee Etta freshman harness racing trotting gelding Penance atoned for two breaks in stride in pari-mutuel Sire Stakes races, putting up the fastest time of any performer on the Thursday card, 2:07.1 (one filly and both colt "A" paces were among the washouts). Penance, who is the circuit's fastest baby trot this year with a 2:02.4 at York and also was the winner of an Arden Downs division the night before the Adios, now has a 5-4-1-0 scorecard at the fairs, with Kyle Bolon guiding him to victory at Indiana for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Perhaps the biggest disappointment among the washed-out races was that the baby pacing filly Silly But Serious did not get a chance to become the first six-time fair winner of the year. The opportunity to become a six-time fair winner did fall to Andovers Asset, a three-year-old trotting gelding who raced Friday, but that one had to settle for second behind the Cantab Hall gelding Cantab Ed, who won in 2:05.3 for the co-fastest trot time of the meet (equaled by the filly Grandma Anna in her "B: Sire Stakes division). Bob Rougeaux III returned to the Indiana winners circle after Cantab Ed, handled by Chris Shaw and owned by the Lone Wolf Stable, won his first race of the year. But the spotlight on Friday, and indeed for the meet, fell on the sophomore pacing fillies, as the two "A" Fair Sire Stakes winners both went over three seconds faster than any other winner this meet. First to Victory Lane was the Delmarvalous filly April Ava, now three-for-three at the fairs (including a 1:59 win in a "B" cut at Clearfield) after a 2:01.1 tour of the Indiana oval for driver Eric Neal, trainer Scott Betts, and owners Nicholas Catalano and Timothy Betts. Even faster was the Western Ideal miss More More More, winning in 2:00.1 fifteen minutes later for meet speed honors while posting her third straight victory. Also the divisional speed leader by virtue of her 1:58.4 mile at Dayton last week, More More More is enjoying as hot a current roll as are his owners, driver/husband Tony and trainer/wife Linda Schadel. The victory patterns among trainers and drivers contrasted wildly from Thursday to Friday. Seven different drivers won the seven heats conducted Thursday, while seven different drivers also won Friday - among the 15 races that day. Kyle Bolon and Chris Shaw both added a triple on Friday to the race they won Thursday to emerge as the meet leaders with four sulky successes. Seven different trainers also won on Thursday, but on Friday five trainers rang up doubles during the long card. Again there was a tie at the top, as Michael Brocklehurst and Bob Rougeaux III both were among the doublers on Friday and the winners on Thursday to dead-heat with three training triumphs. The Keystone fair circuit next goes to the northwest corner of the state and the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA, with noon first posts scheduled for two-year-olds on Monday and three-year-olds on Tuesday From the PHHA, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association partnership

HARRISBURG, PA - Horsemen who plan to race at the upcoming Erie County Fair at Wattsburg PA and the Stoneboro (PA) Fair should be aware of the proper entry dates for those two harness racing venues. This information updates any information appearing in the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Racing Guide. The races at Wattsburg are scheduled for this coming Monday and Tuesday, August 26 and 27. These races (both cards) will be drawn on Saturday (the Fair Guide says Sunday), August 24, the usual two days in advance, with the draw closing at 10 a.m. The races at Stoneboro are scheduled for Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30. These races (both cards) will be drawn on Tuesday, August 27, the usual two days in advance, with the draw closing at 10 a.m. Entries as usual should be called in to 610 874 5200 or 610 513 7957. From the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association

MEADVILLE PA - The Pennsylvania fair circuit made its way to the northwest part of the state and the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville PA - and unfortunately so did the bad weather that has plagued the midpart of the season at the local fairs. Rain washed out the Fair Sire Stakes races for three-year-olds on Monday, along with the Free-For-All Trot. On Sunday, the Sebastian K S - Frou Frou freshman colt Benezia broke his maiden by winning an "A" division of his Fair Sire Stakes, going wire-to-wire by thirteen lengths for driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Dan Walski, and the Walski Stables LLC. His time of 2:05.2 was a Meadville divisional track record for a race; there was a 2006 qualifier where the baby trotting male Penn Monie Mosie won in 2:05.1, and both times are carried in the Meadville record book (or will be until someone beats the "Q" record). In the Boots Dunn Free-For-All Pace, named after the longtime patriarch of racing not only at Meadville but through all the Keystone state fair circuit, the Real Artist gelding Artists Ruffles went to the lead at the quarter and increased his margin from there, winning by 14½ lengths in 1:59.4 for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, also co-owner with Vicki Fair. The clocking was just 2/5 of a second off the track divisional standard set three years ago by Ruffle Up - a full brother to Artists Ruffles when the two were Hammer stablemates. Artists Ruffles The Ponder - Odds On Affair colt Champ Charbel kept up his winning ways during the card's initial race,going clear by six lengths in a 2:02.4 mile, fastest in the Fair Sire Stakes, for driver Shawn Johnston and owner/trainer Joe Karrat. Champ Charbel started his fair campaign with two wins in "B" company, and since going up to the "A"s he has a 5-3-1-1 record. During the abbreviated meet, Hammer and drivers Kyle Bolon and Chris Shaw each guided two winners, while among trainers Hammer and Karrat both had doubles. The state fair circuit continues through its busy summer with racing at the Indiana County Fair this Thursday and Friday, the former day for two-year-olds and the latter for three-year-olds. First post is set for 2 p.m. on both days. Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's 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

PROSPECT PA - The three-year-old Well Said pacing filly Crew Sock Hanover, who had won fourteen races in her career, teamed with harness racing driver Mitchell York, who had won four, and produced the fastest mile ever at the Butler County Fairgrounds, 2:00.1, in winning a Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes event during Friday racing action at the Big Butler Fair in this northwest Pennsylvania town. The speedy clocking reduced by a fifth the overall track record first set 27 years ago by Audie K, and then equaled by Star Of Terror in 2016 and Cirrus De Vie last year. York, in a driving career less than two weeks old, co-owns with trainer Dave Brickell the new Butler standardbearer, who has never been beaten in a dozen starts over Pennsylvania fair twicearounds. Crew Sock Hanover is also the fastest overall performer on the Pennsylvania fair circuit in its first three 2019 stops. Team York / Brickell, who also owned 2016's winningest North American two-year-old Camera Lady and Venier Hanover, the terror of the Keystone fair circuit the last two years, claimed a second divisional track record during the Thursday action for babies. The A Rocknroll Dance - Clearly Foxy pacing filly Dream Dancing won her Fair Sire Stakes event in 2:00.4, obliterating the former group mark of 2:02.1, and also tying the local freshman record for males, set two years ago by --- Venier Hanover. The win also made Dream Dancing the only "A"- class winner in the first three stops of the fair circuit this season (the three-year-olds were rained out at Wattsburg). The fastest trotting mile of the year on the circuit was posted in the first race of the Friday card, as the Andover Hall gelding Grover Hanover, second in his Fair Championship last year, toured the Butler mile in 2:05. Wayne Long was in the sulky for trainer Bill Kreutzer, who is also co-owner with Denton Barrett. The only other horse besides the York / Brickell fillies to win a second straight "A" stakes during the double-week stop at Butler was the Father Patrick gelding Penance, who overcame the outside post six in 2:07, fastest time for a baby trotter in the PA Fair Sire Stakes this year. Kyle Bolon drove the winner, who was second at Wattsburg and now has the two straight victories, for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc. Roger Hammer had three driving and three training victories each during this second week at Butler, tying him at the top of those categories with driver Mitchell York and trainer Dave Brickell, who were in the spotlight all week. For the season, Hammer's eight wins as both a driver and trainer tie him with Todd Schadel - his partner on 2007 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo. The PA fair circuit now heads southeast for 2 p.m. racing at the York Fair (no relation to Mitchell York) on Tuesday (two-year-olds) and Wednesday (three-year-olds).   by Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, and Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen Association partnership

WATTSBURG PA -- Bad weather already in the area is forcing the Erie County Fair racing in Wattsburg PA to cancel the races for Sunday, June 16. Scheduled were Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes events for three-year-olds. Questions about "purse" checks, starting fees, W-9's and the like should be directed to Director Of Racing Rhiannon Crouch at 814 882 9754.

WATTSBURG PA - The 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit starts up this Saturday and Sunday in this northwest Pennsylvania town, outside of Erie, with two- and three-year-olds competing in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes harness racing action, both days starting at noon - the freshmen on Saturday, and the sophomores on Sunday. Enough two-year-olds have entered to allow for nine races on Saturday. Four of the freshmen have already tasted victory in qualifying races, but now they'll get to compete for stakes money as they turn behind Clarence Martin Jr.'s gate on Saturday. The three-year-olds entered in force at Wattsburg for Sunday, with thirteen heats scheduled for the sophomores, including two divisions of each of the "A" Fair Sire Stakes events. Three of the four PA Fair Championship winners at The Meadows last October will be out for the first fair stakes of 2019 - filly trotter RT Gloria De Dios, filly pacer Sure R Lookin Good, and colt trotter Watch Me Hanover. The fourth two-year-old champion of 2018 will also be racing on Saturday, but due north of Wattsburg, about a three-hour drive - as Aflame Hanover starts from the rail in the $1,000,000 North America Cup final at Mohawk in Ontario. This is the first of twenty scheduled stops on this year's Pennsylvania fair circuit. The "A" division Sire Stakes horses try to accumulate enough high-finish points in their competitions to race on the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship card, scheduled for October 5 at The Meadows.   Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 4, 2018 -- When The Meadows hosts Saturday's $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Championships, the final for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers might be billed "Clash of the Titans II." That's because Cirrus De Vie and Venier Hanover, who dueled in last year's Fairs final, are the Top 2 in points this year and will square off in the glamor division once more. They'll meet in race 8 when Venier Hanover goes from post 5 and Cirrus De Vie from post 7 as part of an entry. Each of the eight championships carries a purse of $25,000. The program begins at 12:35 PM with a non-wagering event while the card proper starts at 1:05 PM. In last year's championship, Venier Hanover was pounded down to 1-9 but couldn't get past the 25-1 Cirrus De Vie, who took the crown while Venier Hanover settled for show. Both geldings have done quite well since then. Venier Hanover, a son of Well Said-Valmctorian, has banked $135,837 for trainer/driver David Brickell, who co-owns with Mitchell York. For his part, Cirrus De Vie has earned $84,028 for Roger Hammer, who trains, drives and co-owns with Vicki Lynn Fair. This year, however, Venier Hanover has a decided edge in head-to-head competition. While his archrival has downed him on three occasions, he's beaten Cirrus De Vie five straight times en route to his current eight-race Fairs winning streak. Venier Hanover's sharp form notwithstanding, Brickell indicates he's wary of Hammer, who's been known for years as "King of the Fairs." "That streak gives me a lot of confidence, but when you're racing against 'The Great One,' he pulls them out somehow," Brickell says. "I won't know what I'll do until the gate opens, but if 'Cirrus' doesn't get away from me, we should be all right." With Venier Hanover's sophomore campaign winding down, Brickell said he and York likely will sell their $6,000 yearling purchase. "We mostly race at fairs, and it takes a lot of extra traveling to race an older one at pari-mutuel tracks," he said. "If we can't get what we're asking for, then, yes, we'll race him at the pari-mutuel level. For an inexpensive purchase, he's been excellent. Those only come around every once in a while." Brickell and Hammer can't afford to get too preoccupied by the renewal of this rivalry, as they're sending out a total of 11 horses in the championships. And they'll knock heads one more time in the final for 3-year-old filly trotters (race 6), where Hammer will be represented by Blow Back, a nine-time winner in 2018 and the divisional points leader, and Brickell by Secret Cookie, winless in 23 outings this year. Saturday also is the celebration of the annual "Pink Out" staged by The Meadows and The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association to benefit breast cancer awareness and treatment. Among the highlights is a "Meet and Greet" with Foiled Again who, with more than $7.5 million in earnings, is the richest Standardbred ever and is based locally in the Ron Burke stable. Other festivities include: Mini-pony race; "Pinkest Pony" contest, a Chinese auction; the Washington County Auto Show; Food trucks and vendors on the apron. On the racing side, the card features a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4, $5,000 for the Pick 5 -- and a $902.83 jackpot in the final-race Super Hi-Five. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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

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