PROSPECT PA – The 2021 Pennsylvania Fair Harness Racing Circuit gets into action on Tuesday with two days of racing at noon at the Big Butler Fair, in this town north of Pittsburgh in westcentral Pennsylvania. The draw for the races was held Sunday.
There will be the traditional twenty stops along the twicearound circuit: five “two-day” events away from the fairs, as prescribed by state law, and fifteen meets during the operation of the fairs. The circuit will extend to its traditional closing spot at the Bloomsburg Fair in late September. The top horses on the circuit will gather at The Meadows on October 8 to decide their divisional Championships.
Two-year-olds will be featured on the Tuesday card. Wednesday’s card featuring three-year-olds finds two 2020 Fair Championship winners competing, both fillies: Tiamogonedancin on the pace and Explosive Flower on the trot, in consecutive races. Given the cooperation of the weather, the Butler track records – 2:03 on the trot by Dauphin Hanover in 1994, and 2:00.1 on the pace by Crew Sock Hanover in 2019 -- could be approachable.
FINISHING LINES -- The United States Trotting Association recently announced the ten fairs who would be getting $1000 in matching marketing funds based on applications to the USTA, and Pennsylvania venues dominated the list with four awardees: the Clearfield County Fair, the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg, the Greene County Fair in Waynesburg, and the Indiana County Fair.