Pennsylvania fair season starts this weekend

Wattsburg, PA — The 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit starts up this Saturday and Sunday (June 15-16) in Wattsburg, Pa., just outside of Erie in the northwest corner of the state, with 2- and 3-year-olds competing in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes action. Both programs will start at noon, with the freshmen competing on Saturday and the sophomores on Sunday.

Enough 2-year-olds have entered to allow for nine races on Saturday. Four of the freshmen have already tasted victory in qualifying races, but now they’ll get to compete for stakes money as they face starter Clarence Martin Jr. on Saturday.

The 3-year-olds entered in force at Wattsburg for Sunday. Thirteen heats are scheduled for the sophomores, including two divisions of each of the “A” Fair Sire Stakes events. Three of the four Pennsylvania Fair Final winners at The Meadows last October will be out for the first fair stakes of 2019 — trotting filly RT Gloria De Dios, pacing filly Sure R Lookin Good, and trotting colt Watch Me Hanover.

The fourth 2-year-old champion of 2018 will also be racing on Saturday, but due north of Wattsburg: Aflame Hanover will start from the rail in the C$1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario.

This is the first of 20 scheduled stops on the Pennsylvania fair circuit. The “A” division Sire Stakes horses will try to accumulate enough points in their competitions to race on the Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Final card, scheduled for Oct. 5 at The Meadows.

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