BEDFORD PA – The fortunes of weather finally smiled on the southwestern Pennsylvania city of Bedford this year, so that the Bedford Fair could conduct both cards of racing on Thursday and Friday.
And to succeed, it helped to be named Schadel.
Over the 22 races during the two days of racing, Todd Schadel trained and drove nine winners. Included among them was the fastest winner of the meet, the Well Said sophomore gelding Nome Hanover, who paced a 1:58.2 mile for the ownership of Todd Schadel, Timothy Hayes, and Dr. Megan Moschgat. (The other 2:00 mile of the meet was posted by Todd’s sometimes-partner and longtime friendly rival Roger Hammer, the owner/trainer/driver of the Delmarvalous sophomore gelding Life’s Marvalous, who was home in 1:58.3.)
Todd’s brother Tony won three races at Bedford, and all of them had a note of distinction to them. The first was with the baby Father Patrick – Princess Pearl colt Capo Dei Capi (Italian for “boss of bosses”), who lived up to his name by being the first (and still only) horse to win three times at the fairs this year. Owned by Tony and wife/trainer Linda, Capo Dei Capi overcame a trailing post to win in 2:07.1, that time equaling his own and that of Swing Batter Swing as the seasonal divisional mark.
Tony and Linda also combined to send out another local season’s leader in the Betting Line – A And Gs Princess two-year-old pacing filly Southwind Aussi, a winner in 2:02.4.
The third winner for Tony was the fastest trotter of the year so far in this young fair season. The Cantab Hall sophomore colt Libero Hanover went over the Bedford twicearound in 2:01.2, with Tony’s (and Todd’s) father Bruce the owner and trainer of this quick youngster.
The Pennsylvania fair schedule, which is written in by a pencil with a large eraser, says that the next stop on the circuit will be back at Hughesville PA, the meet associated with the Lycoming County Fair, with racing on Wednesday the 29th and Thursday the 30th at 2 p.m. Full draw information will be confirmed in this newsspace. The redrafted fair schedule is at this point hoping to make as many as eighteen stops in this unprecedented type of season … but remember the big eraser on that pencil.