Meadville, PA — Stickler Hanover continued his dominance among sophomore trotters on the Pennsylvania fair circuit with a 2:02.2 mile on Friday (Aug. 7) at the Crawford County Fair, not only the meet’s fastest trotting performance but also equaling the quickest pacing mile.
The Explosive Matter colt made a brief misstep before the start, but he quickly righted the ship and won by 1-1/4 lengths for trainer-driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel. Stickler Hanover’s seasonal record of six wins in eight starts is highlighted by a Stallion Series victory, and his undefeated fair Sire Stakes record includes his 2:01.1 track record effort at Clearfield, Penn., registered on Monday (Aug. 3).
The other 2:02.2 performer was the Western Ideal filly Shake N Go, debuting successfully on the fair circuit for driver Tony Schadel, trainer Rich Gillock and the Bay Pond Racing Stable.
Life’s Marvalous notched his fourth ‘A’-level win of the fair season, drawing off to win by over seven lengths in 2:04.4 for owner-trainer-driver Roger Hammer. Bipbopnallie gave Hammer a sweep of the 3-year-old male pacing division, overcoming a second-tier starting spot in 2:02.3 for driver Branden Smith and the ownership of LeBlanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz.
On Thursday’s (Aug. 6) program for 2-year-olds, driver David Brickell and trainer Mitchell York swept the pacing events, teaming up with Lazy Day Hanover (2:03.4) — who is undefeated through five starts on the circuit — and Seth Hanover (2:05.3). On the trotting side, Capo Del Capi bounced back for his fifth win, a 2:08.1 tally for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Linda Schadel.
Aaron Johnston led all drivers at Meadville with four winners, while Hammer took top training honors with five wins.
The Pennsylvania fair circuit moves to the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale, with racing next Thursday (Aug. 13) and Friday (Aug. 14) at 1 p.m. Entries are due by Tuesday (Aug. 11) at 10 a.m.