by Millard Beatty III, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers’ Association
Woodlyn, PA — Stephen Schoeffel continues to be hot at the fairs as leading driver Todd Schadel has been racing at the pari-mutuel tracks the past couple of weeks.
Fair weather continues to dominate over the Northeastern parts of the United States and on Sunday (September 4) the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action was at The Great Stoneboro Fair in Stoneboro, Pennsylvania. The Quaker State two-year-old division and the PASS two-year-old division of the Fair Circuit took place on Sunday afternoon.
Stephen Schoeffel took the first two races of the day in the Quaker State division for trainer Terry Brown, winning with two-year-old filly trotter Annabelle Lee in 2:09.1 and in the second race with two-year-old filly trotter Mary Bell in 2:08.2. The two training wins by Terry Brown gives him eight, second only to Joseph Offutt with ten, with only three more Fair meets in the Quaker State division.
In the third race, another Quaker State division, owner-driver-trainer Lester Wright guided two-year-old-colt pacer Sarah’s Legacy to a 2:06.1 win, her fourth victory, tops among all pacers, beating a field of seven.
Races four through eight were in the PASS two-year-old division with the two-year-old colt trotter Saltarello taking the fourth race in 2:05.2 for driver Stephen Schoeffel and trainer Terry Altmeyer. Saltarello has made nine starts with six wins, one second and two thirds on the Fair Circuit.
In the fifth race for two-year-old filly trotters, second time starter Red Oak’s Karen, driven by Timmy Offutt, hit the wire in 2:08, beating a field of seven. The win gave trainer Joseph Offutt his 13th win of the season, putting him in third place in the trainer’s standings behind Todd Schadel and Roger Hammer.
Realist Hanover, with Winston Lineweaver in the bike, took the sixth race in a time of 2:08. The win gave Realist Hanover his fifth win on the Fair Circuit, second to leader Keystone Rideau, who has nine.
In the seventh race, two-year-old filly pacer Enemenemightygo, driven by Tony Schadel, took the wire in 2:06.3. The win moved Enemenemightygo to third in earnings in the two-year-old filly class, behind Arvelle Hanover and Crystal Candy.
In the eighth and final race of the day, Terry Brown drove the two-year-old filly Keystone Kate for owner Chris Oluvic to a 2:04.2 mark, the fastest race of the day.
For more driver and trainer’s statistics from the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and Quaker State Fair Circuits, Pennsylvania-bred money won, and Pennsylvania Fair Points, visit http://www.standardbredbreederspa.org.
Racing at The Greater Stoneboro Fair continues on Monday (September 5) at 1:00 p.m. for the three-year-old pacers and trotters in the Quaker State and Pennsylvania Sires Stake Fair division. On Tuesday (September 6), it is back to the eastern part of Pennsylvania, this time at The Juniata County Fair in Port Royal. Post time is at 7:00 p.m., the only night racing on the Fair Circuit, and then on Wednesday (September 7) with a post time of 1:00 p.m.
Only four more Pennsylvania Fair meets remain on the 2005 schedule, and the Pennsylvania Fair Finals will be contested at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Tuesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 12.