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BEDFORD PA - Well, that's no way to begin your harness racing fair season. The Bedford (PA) fairgrounds in southwest Pennsylvania got a hard rain on Tuesday, creating issues with the clay half-mile track, and Wednesday's continued rain forced cancellation of that day's opening of the 2018 schedule and its three-year-old Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing. "We had some hope early on Thursday morning," said hardworking Bedford director of racing Jake Hoover. "They were calling for partly sunny skies and a wind of 8-10 mph, which certainly would have given us a chance. But the predicted weather never came - it stayed drizzling most of the day - and all the officials were in agreement that because of the safety factor, we were best to wait for another day." So the two-year-old Fair Sire Stakes group also lost their chance to compete at Bedford. Hoping for a change in luck will come quickly for the Pennsylvania fair horsemen - they draw tomorrow morning (Friday) for racing at the Lycoming Fair in Hughesville PA, near Williamsport of Little League fame, with cards scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. and high noon on Sunday. From the PHHA

BEDFORD PA - The 2018 Pennsylvania fair harness racing circuit begins Wednesday in this southwestern Pennsylvania town, the first of twenty stops at fairground sites around the state, ending around Little Brown Jug week. This was will be the first fair season in many years that will not benefit from the watchfulness and helpfulness of Sue Brickell, who passed away last month after a long and courageous fight with cancer. A memorial service will be taking place in Punxsutawney PA, near her home of Rochester Mills PA, on Tuesday afternoon, which would have been her 68th birthday. It might be appropriate that her brother-in-law Dave Brickell will have the likely star of the opening day of the season, the three-year-old pacing colt Venier Hanover, as sophomore Sire Stakes action rolls out the year. At two, the altered son of Well Said, co-owned by trainer/driver Brickell and Mitchell York, set eight divisional track records along the fair trail, including an equaling of the all-age track record at Wattsburg, 2:00.1. The local Bedford marks are 1:57.2 for his division and 1:56.3 for the all-age track record (set 32 years ago by Keystone Famous); Venier may be able to at least flirt with those times if on his best game. In the two-year-old action on Thursday, Team Brickell/York have the fastest winner so far, also a Well Said offspring, a filly named Crew Sock Hanover, who shocked a pari-mutuel field at 20-1 in her first betting start, winning in 1:56.1. Also sure to draw attention is Cory Kreiser's Delmarvalous colt Next Shot, who made his pari-mutuel debut a successful one in 1:58.1, with a 27.3 last quarter. (And he's in the "B" division of the Sire Stakes!) "Hometown heroes" Sam Beegle and Roger Hammer, both in the local Sports Hall of Fame and both honored during the fair last year by the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, are scheduled for action during the season-opening event. For the first time, this year all of the fair draws will be handled out of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association's office at Harrah's Philadelphia, with executive director Mike Harant overseeing. But the same local people will be doing their invaluable jobs during the actual racing at the fairs. From here, the Pennsylvania fair circuit goes to Hughesville, racing this Saturday and Sunday, and then on to Butler. After that comes a major change, as the racing at the York Fair, traditionally held in September, this year has dates of July 7 and 8. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

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)

The Meadows Standarbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will host a special day of harness racing this Saturday, October 7. The card will feature the Pennsylvania Fair Finals, as well as a Pink Out event including the track's second annual Mini-Pony races. For the full-sized horses, the stake racing action will kick off with Race 1, the first of eight $24,200 divisions of the PA Fair Finals. The 2-year-old male trotters will be led by Hockey Hanover, a son of Explosive Matter that was recently crowned champion of the PA Stallion Series as well. Hockey Hanover has won 9 of 13 races and nearly $80,000 this year for the McMullen Stable, LLC. Co-owned John McMullen and driver Wilbur Yoder have shared training duties throughout the year as the horse has bounced between the fair circuit and the state's pari-mutuel tracks. Bela's Bad Boy (Muscle Massive), from the Todd Schadel barn, and Grapple Hanover (Andover Hall), trained by Wayne Long, are also in the field, and each has posted a fair circuit win over Hockey Hanover in recent weeks. Freshmen pacing fillies will be on the track for the day's second race, with Roger Hammer's Geisha Seelster leading the way in the win column, with 8 victories in 15 starts. The Well Said filly has earned more than $28,000 this year racing almost exclusively at the fairs. She comes off a sickness scratch earlier this week at The Meadows, so that could open things up for TSM Déjà vu, a winner of three of her last four races. Two of her wins came at the fairs and one at Shenandoah Downs for owner Ted Tomson, trainer Bob Krenitstky Jr and driver Eric Neal. In the 2YO Colt & Gelding Pace, all eyes will be on Venier Hanover, a son of Well Said with multiple track record performances on the fair circuit this year. A winner of more than $87,000 for trainer/driver David Brickell, Venier Hanover won his last start at the Bloomsburg Fair in 1:56.1, and has tallied 13 wins in 19 starts. Mitchell York co-owns with Brickell. The fourth race on the card is for sophomore colt & gelding pacers, and features the circuit's other recent record-setter, Midway Island. A Somebeachsomewhere gelding, Midway Island was purchased by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Knox Services and David Wills earlier this summer and has been undefeated in his fair starts. Overall he is 7-for-20 this year and set the fair circuit's all-time speed record with a 1:53.4 score at Bloomsburg. Chris Shaw is listed to drive for trainer Ron Burke. Sophomore colt trotters will take to the track for the day's sixth race, with another Burke Stable entrant leading the way. New Heaven (Yankee Glide) was also undefeated on the fair circuit for trainer Ron Burke, and Chris Shaw is listed to drive from post 8. In the 3YO Filly Trot, slated for Race 8 on the card, a pair of entries highlight the field of nine, with two each from the Todd Schadel and Wayne Long stables. A main challenger will be another entrant from the McMullen/Yoder combination, All Set Lets Go, a winner of 12 of 23 this season including four straight. The Donato Hanover filly has won more than $43,000 this season. The sophomore filly pacing final is led by a pair of double-digit winners this season. Camera Lady, out of the David Brickell barn, has won 10 of 28 this year, while Bella Ragaza, trained by Linda Schadel, has 11 wins in 29 appearances. The duo has met the last two weeks at Gratz and Bloomsburg, with Camera Lady winning both times. The 10th race on the card is for freshman filly trotters, with a balanced field led in wins by Nicole Hanover. The Explosive Matter filly drew post 8 for the Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Bobby Rougeaux III. She has six wins this year including her last two fair circuit starts. In between races will be the Pink Out Mini-Pony events, which proved last year to be extremely popular among the horsemen, fans and participants. All money raised through donations and a Chinese Auction will benefit the American Cancer Society. It will also be an MSOA "Family Fun Day" with various activities for kids of all ages. Post time on Saturday will be 1:05PM. by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

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

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

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

HUGHESVILLE, PA - The second stop on the 2017 Pennsylvania fair circuit was made at the Lycoming County Fair in this city in the central part of the state, a 2-day Sire Stakes event on Saturday and Sunday. The track was modified in the last few months, and though this weekend's times were not spectacular, the "workout given to the track" will get it "tighter" for when the county fair meet comes to town.   The best race on both days was the first race, possibly not coincidentally featuring "A"-level pacing colts on both cards. On Sunday Venier Hanover, the freshman who was the talk of the circuit after his 1:58 mile at Dayton last week, tasted defeated at the hooves of Marvalous Falcon, but both babies gave superior performances.   The King of the Pennsylvania Fairs, Roger Hammer, got away quickly from post three with his homebred Delmarvalous gelding Marvalous Falcon, with Venier Hanover burdened with a second tier starting slot and driver Dave Brickell having him outside and underway from sixth place.   By the 29.3 quarter. Hammer rated the half to 1:02.2, with Venier Hanover by then alongside and even slightly ahead at times, but Marvalous Falcon then threw a 28.1 third quarter (the odd-numbered quarters were the faster almost all weekend at Hughesville) to assert himself, with his game challenger staying within four lengths of the 2:01.4 winner.   Marvalous Falcon, himself already a Q1:55.3f performer and with a maternal pedigree sporting countless PA county fair stars, is a Hammer breeder / owner/ trainer/ driver production.   The fastest mile of the meet came from these babies' three-year-old counterparts to open the racing weekend, with the Bettor's Delight gelding The Book Of Life garnering only his second lifetime victory after stopping the timer in 2:01.2 ahead of circuit familiars like Cruiserwillwin (2016 Fair Championship winner) and Artist's Ruffles. However, The Book Of Life's other win was in 1:55.2 at Philly, showing that the youngster had speed, and he was able to maximize his talents on this day for driver Shawn Johnston, trainer Rich Gillock, and owner Harry Locke.   Though Venier Hanover may have suffered his first defeat, his stablemate in the Dave Brickell barn, Camera Lady, continued her love affair with Keystone State fairgrounds winners circles by taking a 2:04.3 decision. The Dragon Again filly, trained and driven by Brickell and owned by him in partnership with Mitchell York, was 2016's winningest two-year-old in North America with 15 triumphs, 14 of them on the local fair circuit, and this year's she's two-for-two over the twicearounds.   Another double fair winner in 2017 is the Great George Two gelding Gee Wizz George, who went the meet's fastest trotting time, 2:05. "George" was 13 lengths off the pace at the quarter, but he steadily rallied into a very fast pace to win nicely for driver Brady Brown, trainer Jean Rastetter, and owner Maryann Rastetter.   Roger Hammer sent six charges to Victory Lane for the second straight week to already establish a big lead in the fair trainer and driver standings. One of those wins was a dead-heat victory with trotter Toolbox Tuesday, finishing even with Irish Valentine, whose driver Chris Shaw (6 wins) and trainer/brother Jason (5 victories) are second to Hammer in the early stats.   The PA fair circuit now heads back out west for two days of competition at The Big Butler Fair on Thursday and Friday. The starting gate will be in motion at 10 a.m. on both days, with two-year-olds Thursday and three-year-olds Friday.    From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

DAYTON PA - The 2017 Pennsylvania fair schedule of harness racing gets underway this weekend at the Dayton Fairgrounds in Armstrong County, just northeast of Pittsburgh. Two-year-olds will take to the track at high noon on Saturday, while on Sunday at the same time a full slate of three-year-olds will be racing.   This year the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes will feature an improved yet simplified purse structure, thanks to the work of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen Association (PHHA) and the Standardbred Breeders Association of Pennsylvania (SBAPA), with Sam Beegle and Jim Simpson heading the respective associations' efforts.   The Fair Sire Stakes will be divided into "A" and "B" divisions. For the "A" cuts, the purse will be $7500 plus the $75 starting fees if there is one division, $5000+ each if two divisions, and $3750+ each if three or more divisions. The "B" Sire Stakes were formed to place emphasis on the homegrown state agricultural project: while the former Quaker State Series allowed eligibility for "PA-sired OR wholly PA-owned" horses, being a Sire Stakes of course now necessitates the animal being sired by a state stallion. There will be a purse of $2500 plus starting fees for however many "B" divisions are needed.   At this stage of the season, of course, the two-year-olds are getting the final touches on their racing education, and indeed only one of the babies in Saturday's 12 races has so much as made a pari-mutuel start. But what a start that was: Venier Hanover won a maiden contest at The Meadows in 1:54, following up on a 1:55.2 first charted line qualifier. The gelding certainly has this kind of ability in his pedigree: his third dam is Oxford Mary Ann, the dam of Cambest, whose 1:46.1 time trial in 1993 was eclipsed only last year by a tick by Always B Miki at Lexington.   Among the three-year-olds, trotter Gee Wizz George and pacer Marvalous Artist, who set the Dayton colt divisional standards at two last season, will both be in action Sunday, whose card will also feature a dozen races. Also among the entrants are Camera Lady (a Dave Brickell stablemate of Venier Hanover), the winningest two-year-old in all of North America last year with 15 trips to Victory Lane for the pacing filly, and Gemalous, who conquered the "Lady" in their Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship.   Roger Hammer and Team Shaw (driver Chris and trainer/brother Jason), who have been the big guns along the Keystone fair circuit the last couple of years, both will send out a healthy contingent of hopefuls, looking to maintain their lofty perches atop the horsemen's win columns.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association        

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2015 -- Struggling to make up ground on an off harness racing track, Waterview Hanover lunged at the wire and got up by a nose to collect her second Pennsylvania Fairs championship Saturday at The Meadows. On a chilly, overcast day when overnight and morning rain made for a "good" surface, The Meadows hosted all eight $24,200 finals for 2- and 3-year-olds. The air may have been cool, but the races were hot -- particularly the dramatic finish of Waterview Hanover in the 3-year-old filly trot. Susan Daugherty's daughter of Explosive Matter-Wherley faced several obstacles in the stretch -- a determined Real Caviar in front of her, a rallying Regal Woman behind her, a track that played heavy in the early part of the card. But the champ prevailed for Jim Pantaleano in 1:59.4 while Regal Woman edged Real Caviar for show. The win enabled trainer Bill Daugherty to add another PA Fairs double to his impressive resume, a list that also includes Fly Past Hanover and Cadence Hall. "She had a quarter crack earlier in the year," the trainer said. "We missed a start or two, and it took a little bit to get the infection out of the foot. The last three starts she's been super. She does have a tendency to wait for them when she gets on the front. I mentioned to Jim before the race that it might not hurt to have a little cover for a while." He indicated he might race Waterview Hanover in a few overnight events this year. Here's a look at Saturday's other winners: 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace If you're a harness racing couple, there's no better way to celebrate your wedding anniversary than enjoying a victory. That's just what Christine and Todd Schadel did when Cruiserwillwin scored a front-end victory. Keystone Steam was 3/4 lengths back in second with Marvalous Artist, the 1-5 favorite as part of entry, third. Cruiserwillwin hadn't been on the front at any point in his most recent six races, but when trainer/driver Schadel noticed the early break of Artists Ruffles, the other part of the Roger Hammer entry, he made a split-second decision to send Cruiserwillwin. "When I saw that break, I wanted him on the lead," he said. "He really doesn't want to pass, so I thought my best shot was on the lead." Even so, it wasn't an in-hand victory. "I think I worked harder than my horse did," he said. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot Something of an unwilling participant earlier in his career, Shady McCoy put it all together at the fairs this year. The championship leg was no different. He made the front before the quarter for trainer/driver David Wade, who with his wife, Ann, owns the SJ's Caviar-Betsel Lane gelding, and scored convincingly in 1:59.4, 1-1/4 lengths than Rail Kat. OMG Hanover earned show. "A year ago, he didn't even qualify for the 2-year-old finals," said Wade, who indicated Shady McCoy Is ticketed for the Harrisburg sale. "He's a great big colt. He rests a lot, eats a lot. He's just growing up, maturing." In recent years, Wade has campaigned a number of horses that, as Shady McCoy, were named for National Football League stars, including Bettis, Jeremiah Trotter and Willheparkher. That streak is about to end. "Ann named all those horses," he said. "This year, I named the three fillies we have, and I named them all for Christian singers that I love. Ann didn't have any say in it." 2-Year-Old Filly Pace Jason Shaw and his brother Chris were the leading trainer and driver, respectively, on the fair circuit this year, so it's no surprise they collected a championship with Gemalous, a daughter of Delmarvalous-Yahoos. Gemalous saved ground for much of the mile before following the cover of the favorite, Camera Lady. She blew by in the stretch and downed the favorite by 4-1/2 lengths, with Keystone Nikki third. "She's been a good filly all summer," Jason Shaw said of his $6,000 yearling acquisition. "She doesn't like a front-end trip -- she likes to sprint past them -- and it worked out perfect today." The win gave owner Mason Shaw, 4, his first PA Fairs title. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Ron Burke, the sport's perennial leading training, doesn't compete on the fair circuit very often, but he has on occasion purchased a promising fairs campaigner on the eve of the championships. Such is the case with Unbeamlieveable, a daughter of Moon Beam-DVC Iblievenangles that Burke acquired from Jason Shaw. Pounded down to 3-5, Unbeamlieveable triumphed for Dave Palone in a career best 1:54.4, thwarting several stern challenges while on the lead. "I wanted to keep her out of trouble," Palone said, "but it seemed like every time I got her where I wanted her, someone took a shot at me -- which they should do. When I pulled the plugs in the last turn, I knew it was over. She just kicked away." One of the challengers, Gymnast Hanover, finished second, 5-3/4 lengths back, while Vorst earned show. Palone and Burke teamed for four wins on the 18-race program. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace Tiny but game, Captain Dinger brushed once to get the lead and yet again first over en route to victory in 1:56.1 for James Calvin Dodson and trainer Ron Lineweaver, who co-own the Art's Card Trick-Artiscape gelding. Dragon Strikes was second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, while Prince Penrod shot the Lightning Lane for show. "He isn't very big, but he came through," said Dodson, who enjoyed his first PA Fairs championship. "He left hard and came home good. Both of the horses I was following are good horses. I knew they would carry me if I got locked in, but I didn't let that happen today." 2-Year-Old Filly Trot All Set Lets Go notched the most lopsided victory of the finals, as she got the lead early for Wilbur Yoder and drew off to defeat Prayers Do Matter by a whopping 17 lengths. Dark Money was third. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Kalibrated performed like a filly with a chip on her shoulder rather than in her ankle, yet she has the latter. "It's in her left hind ankle," said John McMullen, Jr., who trains the filly for McMullen Stable. "We've made arrangements to have it taken out Thursday, so she's done for the year. At times, Wilbur has said she's not quite 100 percent, but she was today." The $8,000 yearling acquisition now has hit the board in all 16 of her career starts, with nine wins. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot Photo Bomber outkicked Intense Standoff and widened his lead late, downing Intense Standoff by 4-1/4 lengths. All Champy completed the ticket. "This horse raced on Tuesday night and raced all right," said winning driver Tony Schadel, who owns the Explosive Matter-Phanny's Photo gelding with the youngster's trainer, Linda Schadel. "I figured he'd be a little tighter than some of the others. Racing's a lot better for them than just training a trip. He had good motion going forward, so I thought I would just go forward with him." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

BLOOMSBURG PA – A day after the final set of Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes for two-year-olds had to be cancelled due to track conditions, the last Sire Stakes card for the three-year-olds was held Wednesday in this northeast Pennsylvania town, with the Bloomsburg activity giving harness racing fans of the twicearound circuit some insight as to what they may see – and not see -- on the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Championship Night at The Meadows on Saturday, October 8. Tuesday’s rainout could potentially compromise the chances of some fast freshmen who are “on the bubble” for making the Championship based on pointstandings, while a win at Bloomsburg would have raised their chances some. One example would be the baby trotter Vegas Chuck – he was 5 for 5 on the fair circuit, and a win at Bloomsburg, where he was declared in, would have put him in his division’s top ten; now, he sits 13th, as all 12 horses above him in the standings were also in to go at Bloomsburg, and he’ll need quite a few defections to reach the Championship. For the most part, Wednesday’s winners among three-year-olds confirmed the sharpness of the divisional leaders. The three-year-old colt pacing division, for example, saw its two winningest and fastest performers take their divisions, the faster going to Dragon Strikes, an Art Official colt who notched his eighth fair win and fourth 2:00 mile on the circuit with a 1:58.2 score, going three-wide at the half en route to an eight length win for driver Brady Brown, trainer Mike Gillock, and owner Bob Key. The other division went to the Western Terror gelding Star Of Terror, who has five 2:00 miles on the Ferris wheel circuit, but didn’t add one at Bloomsburg, although the speed in his 2:00.3 victory came at the end, when he rocketed home in 27.3 to win for the 11th time at the fairs for driver Chris Shaw, who had four wins on the day, trainer Jason Shaw, and Fortunate One LLC. In the featured division of the sophomore filly pace, the Shaws struck again, with the Moon Beam filly Unbeamlieveable taking advantage of drawing the rail against archrival Vorst’s drawing PP4, going wire-to-wire in 2:02, last half 58, last quarter 28.4. Chris and Jason Shaw are also the team behind this filly, who is owned by Jason’s son Mason, and she closes out her remarkable fair career with a 27-22-4-0 slate, with the ninth of her year here defeating Vorst, who came in to the race with four straight victories, three 2:00 miles, and two track records. At least Vorst’s second moved her up to ninth place in the unofficial pointstandings (the Pennsylvania Commission could have the officials totals by the time you read this). The spotlight division of the colt trotters saw the top five divisional pointleaders meet, with the victory going to the red-hot SJ’s Caviar gelding Shady McCoy, who now has three straight wins and triumphs in five of his last six fair outings after a 28.2 last panel propelled him to victory in 2:00.3 for trainer/driver Dave Wade, co-owner with Delores Wade. Second to Shady McCoy was defending Fair Champion Major Matter; his counterpart on the female side, the Explosive Matter miss Waterview Hanover, also won Wednesday on the engine, holding on by a nose against the late-charging Catch The Bouquet after a mid-race battle which included the fastest half of the day, trot or pace, at 58.3. Waterview Hanover won for the third straight time, with Chris Shaw again in the perch behind a winner, this time for trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty. Since Bloomsburg has only a three-day slot for racing, some of these sophomores will be right back at work, weather permitting, Thursday morning, competing in the time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes; the two-year-old Bloomsburg Stakes are also on this card, hopefully giving the freshmen who were rained out Tuesday a chance to stay sharp on their “March to The Meadows” and their $25,000 divisional Championships. Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen’s  Association

INDIANA PA - Vorst rewrote the track record for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies at the Indiana County Fair, and came within 3/5 of a second of the all-time Indiana standard, when she won in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes action in this west central Pennsylvania city in 1:59.1, the highlight of a two-day meet which ended Tuesday, when Vorst was almost the best (or fastest).   Vorst missed Straight Character's sophomore colt and all-age track mark by just the three ticks in only her second fair appearance of the year (the other was a second to the streaking Unbeamlieveable at Meadville last week). Trainer Dirk Simpson, well-known for his exploits at Illinois fairs, appears to have gotten his first-ever win at a Pennsylvania fair via this victory with the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark, owned by James Springer.   A second alteration in the Indiana annals was made when RT Sun Poco's 2:03.3 mark of 2009 was equaled by A Little Laid Back and trainer-driver-owner Roger Hammer. The daughter of Great George Two has now written her name in the record books this season at Bedford and Clearfield in addition to Indiana, and her three track records put her equal with stablemate 2TC Toolbox Tuesday and 3PC Star Of Terror, one behind ... well, a filly we'll meet a couple of paragraphs down.   Todd Schadel, who had driving honors for the day (four wins) and the meet (six) and also both sets of training titles (three and four, respectively), swept the sophomore colt trots with Keystone Blade and OMG Hanover.   On Monday, Camera Lady again posed for her closeup when she won in 2:05.2 - her thirteenth win in her three months of racing, only two off the North American 2016 lead for horses of any age, and well ahead of all other categories of freshmen. The daughter of Dragon Again has now won all twelve of her starts at the Keystone fairs for trainer/driver Dave Brickell, co-owner with Mitchell York.   The fastest freshman on Monday also sits in the national top five for baby victories with eight, as Artists Ruffles ran his fair record to 8-7-1-0 with a 2:03.3 score for trainer/driver Roger Hammer, co-owner with Vicki Fair, with the Real Artist gelding triumphing over Cruiserwillwin, who inflicted his only fair defeat upon him.   * * * * * * *   As Indiana concluded its two-day fair meet Tuesday, the first card of a two-day meet was being held 130 miles to the northwest in Wattsburg PA, at the Erie County Fairgrounds, where Lovebeinglucky, guided by Rick Beinhauer, became the first horse to post divisional track records at four Pennsylvania fairs this summer, reducing the local standard for baby trotting fillies to 2:05.4, erasing the previous mark of 2:07.2 established last year by ... A Little Laid Back, who would make another appearance in a different record book three hours later. .   A complete recap of the two days of Wattsburg racing will appear tomorrow.   Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

MEADVILLE PA - The second day of the 2016 fair meeting at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania city, featuring harness racing three-year-olds in stakes competition, was held Tuesday - and appropriately started off with a ceremony, featuring the traditional driverless horse and gathering of the meet's horsemen, to honor Walter "Boots" Dunn, the legendary local horseman and friend to all who had passed away since 2015's Crawford County racing.   On the racetrack, it was Team Shaw, led by trainer Jason, who earned the spotlight by sweeping the Sire Stakes for sophomore pacers, on both the colt and filly side, and seeing its Unbeamlieveable, last season's winningest 2PF in North America, set a new Meadville track record with her victory in 2:00.4. However, in altering the record book, one only had to change the time from 2:01, the horse from Allstar Morning, and the date from 6-22-14 to 8-23-13, as the driver of the divisional recordbearer, driver Chris Shaw, remained the same. Unbeamlieveable, a daughter of Moon Beam owned by Jason's four-year-old son Mason, has seven fair victories in 2016 (she had 13 last season), and this track record goes alongside the local mark she set at Honesdale.   We focused on Jason in mentioning the Shaw sweep, which is unusual in that where you find Jason you usually find Chris, but the other 3PF winner was not driven by Chris, but by the veteran Roger Hammer: Gymnast Hanover, a daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Mason and Amanda Shaw. Gymnast Hanover, although certainly no slouch with four fair wins this year, had often been in the shadow of stablemates Unbeamlieveable and Singalongwithbing - who finished second, with Chris driving, in this race, with another 5-time fair winner, Marvalous Jet, third in the 2:04.2 mile.   On the colt side, Star Of Terror continued his rampage, with his sixth victory in a row and eighth overall on the circuit, though the Hammer-guided Billy's Falcon, first-over to the victorious pacesetter, made him and driver Chris work for the one length victory in the day's fastest time of 2:00.2. The Western Terror gelding is owned by Fortunate One LLC. Rounding out the Shaw sophomore sweep in the pacing ranks was the Four Starzzz Shark gelding Prince Penrod, who led at every call for a 2:05.1 triumph for Jason, Chris and owner Mason.   On the trotting side, the fastest winner among the males were the Cantab Hall gelding OMG Hanover, a 2:03.3 winner for trainer/driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with wife Christine. OMG Hanover now has five fair wins, including his all-age track record mile Bedford; finishing 2-3 to him were the powerful Major Matter, who earlier equaled the all-age mark at Wattsburg, and Rail Kat, who saw his fair record of going undefeated in five starts at the Keystone twicearounds go by the boards.   Regal Woman won the faster of the two diamondgaited filly divisions in 2:05.1. The daughter of SJ's Caviar has visited Victory Lane on the circuit four times now for owner Dr. William Solomon, with Gary Johnston training and Aaron Johnston performing the sulky duty today.   There will be racing at three Pennsylvania ovals this coming week, with an overlapping date on Tuesday: the trotters and pacers will race at Indiana on Monday and Tuesday at noon, and at Wattsburg on Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 a.m. Then they will go straight to Stoneboro for the last "western-based" fair racing, on Thursday at 10 a.m. and on Labor Day Monday at 8:30 a.m., before "heading east" for the circuit's final three stops, at York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

HARRISBURG PA - Wednesday is one of two "split days" for the year on the Pennsylvania fair circuit, with harness racing at two venues (the other is Tuesday, August 30, at Indiana and Wattsburg.). Three-year-olds were featured on both cards, with the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg concluding its two-day fair meet, while the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale PA, having had a "two-day Sire Stakes meet" on Sunday and Wednesday, jumped right back in with the first of the two days of its fair meet (the other card starts at 1 p.m. tomorrow). The action started in the morning (10 a.m. first post at Waynesburg) and ended in the evening (6 p.m. last post at Honesdale).   Honesdale   Todd Schadel took the first two opportunities on the Wednesday Honesdale card to show a filly's "heels to the field" in track record time. (Though the second record was set in the third race; more on that in a minute.)   The opener saw the SJ's Caviar trotting miss Real Caviar stop the watch in 2:02.4 after a 28.4 last quarter while reducing the 2004 divisional mark of Riann Photo by 3/5 of a second. Real Caviar, now undefeated in three fair starts, one of which was a 2:00.1 at Gratz that still stands as fastest trot of the year the fairs, was one of four Schadel winning drives on the day, and one of two winners from his barn; Dr. John Egloff is his partner on Real Caviar.   The first division of the three-year-old filly pace was expected to be a showdown between Team Shaw's Unbeamlieveable, who had rewritten the local 3PF standard to 2:00.4 on Monday, and Devious Behavior, who had been undefeated in six fair outings. Trainer and owner Jason Shaw, who had three wins on the day, gave the lines of the team's "lesser half," Singalongwithbing (if a filly with three prior fair wins could really be called a "lesser half"), and Schadel went out and defeated the marquee fillies with the daughter of Yankee Cruiser in 2:00.4, equaling Unbeamlieveable's three-day-old track mark.   (So how could that parenthetical statement above be true? Jason's brother Chris, who also visited Victory Lane three times, won a Quaker State walkover sophomore trot in between with Cantabby, and you can't show your heels to anybody in a walkover, can you?)   The highlights were coming thick and furious now, as in the other division of the filly pace, Hickory Pandle scored in 2:02 to give 26-year-old Zachary Kaiser his first career win as both a driver and a trainer. (Zachary's father Pete may be remembered as the trainer who gave David Miller his "$200,000,000 Ride," as he conditioned Hickory Chumley, who paid $82.80 in the race that made Miller only the third driver to reach that money plateau, joining John Campbell and Ron ...   ...Pierce. Which happens to be the name of the pacer who won the very next race, a $2100 free-for-all event in 1:58.4 - 28, almost distancing the field. The Nick Surick-trained gelding was driven by 2015 Amateur Driver of the Year Hannah Miller, who won the award for her outstanding record driving ... trotters.   Other notable winners were 3TC OMG Hanover (2:04 - 29.1), undefeated in four fair starts this year, and 3PC Star Of Terror (2:00.4), giving him six wins, the last four in a row, at the fairs.   Waynesburg   At the diagonal other corner of the state, trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer made the biggest headlines with two horses on his preferred trotting gait, the gelding Major Matter and the filly Atoastandcaviar, both of whom he owns with his wife Regina and both winners in 2:03.3.   Major Matter paraded back before the fans for the fourth time on the 2016 fair trail, in a campaign that saw the son of Explosive Matter tie the all-time track trot record at Wattsburg in 2:04 in the first week of the season. Atoastandcaviar, an SJ's Caviar filly, notched her third win along the Keystone twicearound circuit. The Beinhauers also bred both winners.   Capturing the other of two divisions in both Sire Stakes divisions were the team of driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty, matching the double they achieved on the Tuesday card here. Their sophomore wins Wednesday came with the Muscle Massive gelding Rail Kat and the Explosive Matter filly Waterview Hanover, who like the Beinhauers' Major Matter won her Fair Championship event in 2015.   We mentioned the quickness of the two Beinhauer horses: the fastest events on the pacing side were the 2:03 win by the Art Official colt Dragon Strikes, undefeated in five fair races, and the 2:03.1 win by the Yankee Cruiser filly Madison's Majesty, the latter giving driver Mike Micallef and trainer Angela Porfilio their first-ever PA fair wins in the USTA system.   Posting a pair of winners on the day seemed de rigeur for Waynesburg horsemen on Wednesday; two driving victories were achieved by, in addition to Beinhauer and Schoeffel, Brady Brown, James Dodson, and Shawn Johnston; also conditioning two winners in tandem with Beinhauer and Daugherty was Mike Gillock.   Steve Schoeffel had six victories in the sulky during the Waynesburg meet, doubling the total of nearest competitor Brady Brown; Bill Daugherty Jr. harnessed the four winners mentioned above to lead his column by one over Mike Gillock and Gary Johnston.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association              

WAYNESBURG PA - The freshmen were featured on the opening card of a two-day Pennsylvania Fair Circuit stand at the Greene County Fair in this southwestern Pennsylvania town, which is famous as being the hometown of the world's winningest harness racing driver, Dave Palone. But today in Waynesburg, the featured colors were not red and white, but blue and yellow as Steve Schoeffel guided home four winners, two from his own barn and two for trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. as the latter saw his stable sweep the Fair Sire Stakes action for trotting colts.   Monday's winners for Team Daugherty (Susan Daugherty is the owner of both horses) and Schoeffel were the Crazed gelding Everclear Hanover and the Lucky Chucky gelding Rockefeller Lindy, the latter the faster in 2:07.4. It was the first career victory for both of these babies, but if you had to pick a horse who was likely to show improvement, you could do worse than selecting one of this pair - because Daugherty has won four of the last seven Pennsylvania Fair Championships for baby trotting colts (and then last year even threw in a Championship win with the filly Waterview Hanover).   This August 9 was always be a memorable day for Ryan Harvey, as the 23-year-old scored his first lifetime driving victory behind the Glidemaster trotting filly Famous Mistress, taking the faster of her division's two sections in 2:06.4 for owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. Someone watching via remote simulcast must also have had a smile at watching the Dunn Stable-bred come home first for Ryan, who previously had had five on-the-board finishes, and has shown the patience necessary at the fairs by getting checks with 16 of 19 starters.   The three-year-olds take their turn in the Waynesburg spotlight tomorrow (Wednesday), with the first race set to go at 10 a.m. Tomorrow's Waynesburg racers will be cooled out and put away by the time (4 p.m.) that, 358 miles to the northeast, the Wayne County Fair holds the first day of its two-day fair meeting, also featuring the sophomores - and the rare sight of Hannah Miller, 2015 Amateur Driver of the Year, driving a pacer (named Pierce) in the free-for-all event.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

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