from the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission
Dayton, PA — The Dayton Fairgrounds in Armstrong County wapped up a weekend of Pennsylvania Sire Stake events on Sunday, July 6.
The 3-year-olds were in action, and Roger Hammer made his appearance at Dayton known, winning the day’s first race. Miss Marfa, a 3-year-old filly by The Panderosa, won the first division of the PA Sire Stake sophomore filly pace in 2:02.4. Wayne Shaffer, Jr. and Wayne Shaffer, III own the winner, who is trained by Mike Gillock.
Up next was a 3-year-old colt trotting division, won by Tooth Ache and Timmy Offutt. Anne McDonald LLC owns the winner, who is trained by Joe Offutt. The winning time was 2:07.3.
Sharkie’s Girl brought Hammer his second win of the day in the third race of the afternoon, a division of the 3-year-old filly trot. A Shark Kosmos filly, Sharkie’s Girl is owned by Clair Corle and trained by Hammer. The winning time was 2:08.3.
The first 3-year-old colt pacing division was won by Special Character, a son of Shady Character. Owned by Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel along with Marian Schilling, Special Character won in 2:01.4 with Steve Schoeffel at the lines.
In the second 3-year-old filly trot division, Weaver and McNeight teamed for another win, this time with KT Attitude, who won in 2:12.1. A daughter of Sierra Kosmos, KT Attitude is owned and trained by Weaver.
Trainer/driver David Wade was the next to earn a victory, guiding Bettis to a 2:06.1 win in a 3-year-old colt trot event. The Sierra Kosmos colt is owned by Wade along with William Peel and Gerald Brittingham.
Schoeffel’s second driving win of the day came behind filly trotter Blueridge Saprisa, who went wire-to-wire in 2:07.3. Owned by Steven Lander and Kathy Schoeffel, Blueridge Saprisa is a daughter of Donerail.
The second division of the sophomore colt pace was captured by Sound Dragin, a Dragon Again colt who secured his first win of the season with a 2:04.1 performance. Owned and trained by Jason Shaw, Sound Dragin was driven by Chris Shaw.
Owner/trainer/driver Hammer earned win number three on the day behind SJ’s Future in a 3-year-old filly trotting division, the day’s ninth race. The 2:06.1 win was the first career victory for the daughter of S J’s Photo. It was the first of three consecutive wins for Hammer.
Ty’s Artist was next in a 3-year-old filly pace, scoring in 2:02. Ty’s Artist is a daughter of Real Artist.
The win streak continued with Makerbark, a Dragon Again filly. It was the fourth consecutive win — all since June 22 — for Makerbark, but it did not come without drama. The filly made a break going to the first quarter, but recovered to go on and win in 2:03.1.
Finally, the weekend of racing concluded with a victory by R George, driven by Norman Morford. It was the first win in 12 starts this season for the R Blake filly, who is owned and trained by Lynn Fry.
The circuit next moves on to Gratz, Pa., for two days of Sire Stake racing next weekend. For more information on the PA Fair Circuit, see the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission’s Web site, www.agriculture.state.pa.us, the PA Breeders site, www.standardbredbreederspa.org, and the PA Fair Horsemens’ site, www.pafairharness.com.
For video highlights from the circuit, please visit www.youtube.com/phrc08.