YORK PA – The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit took a 250-mile swing southeast as Wednesday changed over to Thursday, with a two-day stand at the York Fair, which hosted two-year-olds on Thursday and three-year-olds on Friday.
Trainer/driver Todd Schadel, last year’s fair leader in both categories, picked right back up in sweeping all four “A” events Thursday. On the pace, winners were the filly Rambling Ruby (Betting Line – Goldies Bad Girl) in 2:04.4 for Andy Miller Stable Inc., Jean Goehlen and Bert Hochsprung, and the colt Arroyo Hanover – Stay Hungry – Anadarko Hanover) in 2:04.2 for Todd, his wife Christine, Timothy Hayes and Dr. Megan Moschat. Successful trotters for Team Schadel were the colt Action Shot (International Moni – Arrowstar) in 2:04.4 for Todd and Christine along with Rick and Regina Beinhauer and the filly Dancinwiththangels (Sebastian K S – By A Nose Hanover) in 2:06.2 for Todd and Christine.
Todd trained and drove six winners in all Thursday; what he didn’t win, trainer/driver Wayne Long did, taking two races. And Long continued his winning ways over to Friday’s three-year-old action, winning the last three races to emerge as the leading trainer and driver on the day. His wins included “A” trotting gelding Diaboli Hanover, an altered son of Explosive Matter who got the biggest check of all York competitors, $7575, for his owner Mahlon Martin after a 2:14 mile in a walkover.
Todd Schadel was at The Meadows on Friday for the first Pennsylvania pari-mutuel stakes races for two-year-olds, so son Cody guided the barn’s two winners, C-bet Hanover and Heart Matters. Cody’s uncle Tony Schadel drove winners for his wife Linda (Bettor Strait N Up) and his dad Bruce (the latter conditioning and owning the meet’s fastest winner, Dario Hanover at 2:02.4).
Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association president and USTA District Chairman Sam Beegle notched the 990th driving win of his career with Ginger Tree Leslie, and he could reach four figures with his intermittent appearances at the fairs this summer.
The Fair Circuit next comes together for a two-day event at the Stoneboro Fair next Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, which will be drawn Thursday at 10 a.m.