by Jeff Zidek
Roger Hammer and Steve Schoeffel each recorded a pair of wins as 2-year-olds met at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville, PA for seven Pennsylvania Sire Stake events.
Schoeffel started the day with a victory with Drive All Night (Real Artist) in a division of the 2-year-old colt pace. The gelding covered the mile in 2:06.3 for owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and James Nelson.
Hammer took top honors in the second colt split, guiding Live It Up, a Western Hanover colt, to victory. Owned by Hammer along with Todd Schadel, Live It Up scored in 2:06.4.
Up next were two divisions of the freshman filly trot, won by Coyote Lara (Kim Good) and Sharkie’s Girl (Hammer).
Coyote Lara, a daughter of Malabar Millennium owned and trained by Good, won in 2:14, while Sharkie’s Girl trotted the mile in 2:10.4. Clair Corle owns Sharkie’s Girl, who is a daughter of Shark Kosmos, one of Roger Hammer’s top open trotters in recent years.
Two divisions of the 2-year-old Colt Trot were carded next, with the first division going to Pinehill Querencia, a Malabar Millennium colt. Tom Young and Patrick Boyle own the winner, who is trained and reined by Michele Albaugh-Young. The winning time was 2:12.3.
Another Pine Hill horse was successful in the second division. This time is was Pine Hill Prince, driven by Schoeffel for trainer Scott Johnston. Pine Hill Prince, a Yankee Escapade colt, won in 2:12.3 for owners Margaret and Zachary Johnston.
The day’s richest race was the final one of the afternoon, the $4,274 freshman filly pace. DVC Elegant Beauty, owned, trained and driven to victory by Dave Brickell, scored in 2:05.1. The filly is a daughter of Quentin Hanover.
Action continues Sunday at Meadville, as 3-year-old Pennsylvania Sired horses will compete. For more information on the PA Fair Circuit, see the PA Harness Racing Commission’s website at www.agriculture.state.pa.us or the PA Breeders site, www.standardbredbreederspa.org.