Edgerton, OH — The Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series visited both the Defiance County Fair in Hicksville, Ohio (Wednesday, Aug. 23) and the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio (Thursday, Aug. 24) this past week.
They were also scheduled to have raced at the Allen County Fair in Lima, Ohio, but that race failed to draw enough entries and was canceled.
The Defiance County Fair was the first of three fairs to have both pacing and trotting divisions of the series (the Van Wert County Fair in Van Wert and the Williams County Fair in Montpelier are the other two). Devan Miller came home first in both the pacing and the trotting races. She drove Fred’s Nightmare to victory in the pacing division, going a mile in 1:59.3. Three races later, Miller captured the trotting division with Cruzen Cassi in 2:08.4.
Leslie Joyce found the winner’s circle at the Darke County Fair in the Annie Oakley Shootout with Ilusionist Hanover. It took a mile in 1:57.3 for Joyce and Ilusionist Hanover to put away seven other lady drivers and pacers.
The race for the leading driver in the series is remaining tight with Mandy Jones now leading with 309 points. Miller has moved into second with 303 points and is followed closely by Emma Wahlberg with 298 points.
The series will next make visits to the Van Wert County Fair in Van Wert and the Hancock County Fair in Findlay. The Van Wert County Fair will host the pacing division only on Tuesday (Aug. 29), but will race both the pacing and trotting divisions on Monday (Sept. 4). Post time for the first race on Tuesday is 6:30 p.m. while the Monday (Labor Day) races will get underway at 11:30 a.m. The pacing division will be contested at the Hancock County Fair on Thursday (Aug. 31) with a 6 p.m. first-race post time.