by Gerry Connors, the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission
Harrisburg, PA — They finally figured out a way to make three-year-old pacing colt Real Hanover not win on the Pennsylvania Fair Sires Stake circuit.
And it was a “filly” who stopped him, too! A “filly” named Katrina, that is.
The aftereffects of the wild hurricane hit western Pennsylvania on Wednesday (August 31), knocking out racing at both Wattsburg in Erie County and at Indiana.
Real Hanover had reeled off ten wins in as many starts on the Pennsylvania fair circuit before the weather conspired against his racing at Indiana. The altered son of Western Hanover is trained and driven by Vivid Photo’s co-owner Todd Schadel, with Todd teaming with Arnold Shaw in the Real Hanover ownership combine.
A pair of horses were prohibited by the weather from trying for their tenth fair win of the year: the two-year-old Keystone Rideau, a Western Hanover gelding also trained and driven by Schadel and co-owned by Team Vivid Photo, Schadel and Roger Hammer; and trainer/driver Hammer’s own three-year-old pacing filly Hawaiian Perfect, yet another Western Hanover.
Also frequent visitors to the winner’s circle this summer have been three-year-old trotting colt B S Woody (eight wins) and two-year-old pacing filly Arvella Hanover (seven).
FINISHING LINES: The 2005 Fair Circuit, now at the three-quarter pole (15 of 20 stops completed), races at Stoneboro over the Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Then the circuit swings east for its closing quartet of stops: Port Royal, York, Gratz and Bloomsburg.