Bloomsburg, PA — While Monday’s (Sept. 2) races at the Bloomsburg, Pa., fairgrounds for 3-year-olds were cancelled due to rain, the weather couldn’t stop one of the best performances in Keystone State fair history from taking place on Sunday (Sept. 1).
Vulcan Hanover, a 2-year-old altered son of Donato Hanover and Variety Girl trained by Michael Whitaker for owner Shantae Gant of Mansfield, La., went the fastest trotting mile ever by a 2-year-old in the history of the Pennsylvania fair circuit when he won his “A” division of the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes in 2:00.2. The clocking lowered the former colt standard of three horses – Light Headed and Brannan Hanover (both 2006) and Keystone Bentley (2018) – by a tick.
Vulcan Hanover and driver Eric Neal took the early lead, with six-time winner Penance behind him through fractions of :30.2 and 1:00.1. Penance vacated the two-hole to challenge Vulcan Hanover before the 1:30.2 three-quarters, and the two freshmen battled each other around the turn and into the stretch. Vulcan Hanover drew off late to defeat his game rival by 1-1/2 lengths, while the next horse in the field was 25 lengths behind them.
The epic win was the second of Vulcan Hanover’s “A” Sire Stakes campaign. The clocking proved to be not only the fastest of the year on the trot for all fair categories, but it also beat the time posted in the only division of Sunday’s “A” colt pace, a 2:00.4 mile from Life’s Marvalous for owner-trainer-driver Roger Hammer.
The Father Patrick-Cocktail Attire filly Cocktails N Dreams, who is undefeated in three fair starts, produced the fastest clocking of the year for 2-year-old trotting fillies with a 2:02 mile for driver Tony Schadel and trainer Linda Schadel. The other division went to the Explosive Matter-Dreamgirl Lindy filly Lindy Pretty Lady, who earned her fifth “A” victory in 2:03. Kyle Bolon drove for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and the Brocious Racing Stable LLC.
The A Rocknroll Dance-Real Espresso colt Caffeine Buzz — won his eighth race this year in a “B” division event for driver Branden Smith and owner-trainer Roger Hammer. Smith was the only driver to win two races on Sunday, both for Hammer.