Wattsburg, PA — On Monday (Aug.26) the 2-year-olds raced at the Erie County Fair with the 3-year-olds racing on Tuesday (Aug. 27). The three-year-old A Rocknroll Dance colt Under Paid to circle the twice around in 2:00.3, just two-fifths of a second behind the all-time Wattsburg standard.
In his division of the “A” PA Fair Sire Stake for his class, Under Paid and driver Aaron Johnston were in charge for the mile, posting splits of :29.2, 1:00.3, and 1:31. Under Paid came home in :29.3, just two ticks shy of the all-time local mark shared by Venier Hanover and Midway Island.
Under Paid has now won three straight with trainer Ron Burke emerging successful for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phil Collura.
A Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes champion in 2018, the Muscle Massive trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios has continued her solid form into her sophomore season, becoming the first horse in 2019 to win six times in the “A” Sire Stakes level with a 2:05.4 victory, fastest trotting clocking of the meet.
Now a 12-time career winner, RT Gloria De Dios was driven by Kyle Bolon for trainer Robert Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable Inc.
The most impressive horse on the Monday card for 2-year-olds was the Father Patrick – Yankee Etta trotting gelding Penance, who won his fifth “A” fair event in 2:06.3, just three-fifths shy of the divisional track record set by Tag The Lady 10 years ago.
Penance, who also was a winner of a division of the Arden Downs Stake the night before the Adios, has the same connection as RT Gloria De Dios – driver Kyle Bolon, trainer Bob Rougeaux III, and the Brocious Racing Stable LLC, whose patriarch for many years was “Lefty” Brocious.
Bolon visited Victory Lane twice on both Monday and Tuesday to emerge as the short meet’s top driver with four victories.
Roger Hammer trained three 2-year-old winners and added a sophomore win to take honors as the leading trainer with four triumphs.
The Pennsylvania fair circuit is back in action at Stoneboro Thursday (Aug. 29) for freshmen and Friday Aug. 30) for sophomores with a first post of 11 a.m.
The four stops after Stoneboro will be two-day with fair sessions at Bloomsburg and Gratz, as the horses make a final charge to qualify for the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championships at The Meadows on Saturday (Oct. 5).