Honesdale, PA — The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit made its last regular-season stop for a two-day Sire Stakes event at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in northeast Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the freshmen set the tone for their older stablemates when two track records were rewritten on Tuesday.
The local mark for filly freshman trotters was lowered by more than two seconds when the Sebastian K S–Ruffleshaveridges miss R Speed Of Light won her sixth straight race, her Honesdale clocking of 2:04.4 battering the previous 2:07 mark set by AJ Peyton Rose in 2009 and equaled by Touch Of Dough two years ago. Trained by Todd Schadel and driven by Tony Schadel, Todd is co-owner with his wife Christine and Rick and Regina Beinhauer.
In the next race the Artspeak–Subtle Charm pacing gelding Seth Hanover paced in 2:01.1 to reduce his division’s Honesdale mark by two-fifths of a second (Artist’s Ruffles in 2016 and Way To Lose in 2018 had set the previous mark) for his co-owners, driver Dave Brickell and trainer Mitchell York.
One race later Seth Hanover’s stablemate, pacing filly Lazy Day Hanover, missed a chance to be the undisputed winningest horse in North America with a third-place finish, but she is still tied for the top with 14 seasonal tallies.
All four of the fair circuit’s freshman season’s leaders won on the Tuesday card; in addition to R Speed Of Light and Seth Hanover, trotting gelding Top Me Off and pacing filly Catie Faye Hanover took trips to victory lane.
Wednesday’s conditions did not turn out to be so optimal for speed production, but there was a 2:00 victory turned in by the Well Said gelding Nome Hanover, who is trained and was driven by Todd Schadel, also co-owner with Timothy Hayes and Dr. Megan Moschgat.
Roger Hammer and Todd Schadel tied with Todd’s brother, Tony, as leading drivers at the meet with three triumphs; Roger and Todd both harnessed four winners in the short meet to tie for that crown.
The two track records brought the final count for the year to 16, of which six were all-age track records for their gait, with Nome Hanover’s 2:00 triumph raising the count in that category to 48 for the year.
The leading point winners in each of the eight divisions now prepare for their $25,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes championships, to be held at The Meadows on Monday afternoon (Oct. 12).