WASHINGTON PA – During the two days of racing scheduled at the Washington (PA) County Fair, formerly and better known as Arden Downs, the two-year-olds got all of their action in on Monday, but rain midcard on Tuesday allowed only sophomore trotters to race in the “A” Sire Stakes – their pacing counterparts were washed out.
By far the most impressive mile of the meet came on Monday, from the Delmarvalous – Life’sarealbeach freshman pacing gelding Life’s Marvalous, who reduced his mark to 2:02 with his third win in the “A” fair Sires events. Roger Hammer is the breeder/owner/trainer/driver of the talented sophomore.
Hammer drove four winners on the Monday card, as did Todd Schadel, his co-owner on the storied Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo. With Hammer having the fastest freshman pacer, it seems appropriate that Schadel would have the fastest baby trotter, the Donato Hanover – By A Nose Hanover filly Byathread Hanover. Now a two-time fair winner at the “A” level, Byathread Hanover won here in 2:07.2 for trainer/driver Schadel, co-owner with his wife Linda.
Over a surface rated “slow” on Tuesday, the sophomore Winning Mister gelding Big Bad Caviar put up the fastest trotting time of the abbreviated session, covering the twicearound in 2:06.4 for his second win at the top Sire Stakes level on the circuit. Chris Shaw drove for trainer Jean Rastetter and owner Maryann Rastetter.
During the busiest month on the Pennsylvania fair trail, the trotters and pacers will be right back in action at the Dayton Fairgrounds, with racing for two-year-olds Wednesday and three-year-olds Thursday, starting both days at high noon.