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Pennsylvania freshmen strut their stuff at Dayton, Pa.
by Jeff Zidek, for the Pennsylvania Fair Horsemen' -

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Dayton, PA --- A large crowd was in attendance for the first day of racing at the Dayton Fairgrounds in Dayton, Pa. to watch 2-year-olds in action.

Crusing Machine (2) was part of an Aaron Johnston sweep
Trainer-driver Aaron Johnston swept both $5,955 divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes colt pace, guiding both Mein Schatz and Cruising Machine to wins. Mein Schatz, owned by Jim Biego, paced in 2:03.4 to earn his third season’s win. Mein Schatz is a son of Real Desire--Rainbow Sky. Cruising Machine, by Yankee Cruiser and out of Panic Depressive, covered his mile in 2:04.3 for owners Tracy Chropek and Gary Johnston.

In the first $6,102 filly pacing Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Caviart Ginger won for the fourth time on the year, pacing home in 2:06.2 for driver Brady Brown. Jason Bresnahan trains and co-owns the Real Desire--Caviart Cimarron filly with Clyde and Marilyn Bresnahan and Debbra Kerr.

Real Leggy was a 2:03.4 winner
Real Leggy, yet another Real Desire youngster, out of Lady’s Legs I See, won the second split in 2:03.4. Wayne Long trains and drove for owners Theresa Pavlik and David Kinee.

Two $6,023 colt trotting events were next, and BSMaximummoondream easily won his eighth race in 10 career starts, trotting in 2:08.1. Trainer-driver Dave Brickell co-owns the Bedford County--Witch Of Wyoming gelding with Sue Brickell.

The second division featured a close finish, as Broadway Vino and Bill Daugherty held on by a nose over Prince Lauxmonth and driver Wayne Long. Broadway Vino (Broadway Hall--Wine Charm) picked up his second win of the season for owner Susan Daugherty, timed in 2:08.1.

Filly trotters ended Sire Stakes action in two $5,886 groups. Classical Love, owned by trainer Bill Kreutzer in partnership with Eileen Lineweaver, won the first division in 2:07. Eric Neal picked up the catch-drive behind the Classic Photo--Faded Love filly. In the second division, Lady Broadway (Broadway Hall--Lady SJ) was a 2:08.1winner for trainer John McMullen and driver Bryce Truitt. John and Michelle McMullen own the filly, now a six-time winner in 10 starts.

photos by the author
Fool Bewitch U won in a romp
The Quaker Pace, for Pennsylvania-owned or -sired horses, was won in a romp by Fool Bewitch U, a Western Ideal--Bewitch filly. Ron Linweaver leases and trains Fool Bewitch U, while Jim Dodson drove to the 2:04.3 win.

In the Quaker Trot, Holy Warrior earned his first career victory, trotting in 2:14.2. Charlie Flickinger trains and was in the bike behind the Ethen Seelster--SOS Fire Fly colt.

To watch the action from Dayton, visit

Fourteen divisions of stakes for 3-year-olds are on tap for Thursday, with post time set for noon, eastern.

For additional photos, video and information from the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit, visit the Standardbred Breeders of Pennsylvania website, or the Pennsylvania Fair Horsemen's website,

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