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Mc Alvin, Keystone Wanda double up on "magic miles" at the Dayton (Pa.) Fair
Friday, August 16, 2013 - by Jerry Connors, for the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission

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Dayton, PA --- During sophomore stakes action at the Dayton (Pa.) Fair on Thursday, the two fastest performers on the Keystone twice-arounds this year – the pacing gelding McAlvin (1:57 at Gratz, Pa.) and the pacing filly Keystone Wanda (1:57.2 at Gratz) became the only two horses to notch two fair “magic miles” (the phrase is still apt in, and over, certain “circles”).

We’ll lead with the filly, because Keystone Wanda’s 2:00 clocking for driver Todd Schadel in a Sire Stakes also equaled the Dayton divisional mark set by Caramel Chinno and pilot Roger Hammer two years minus two days previously. (This would not be the only time that the partners on 2005 Hambo champ Vivid Photo would be in proximity this day at Dayton -- see below).

Keystone Wanda (Somebeachsomewhere--I Will), who set the pace for Schadel, was given all she wanted by the vaunted She’salilfireball, as the two battled fiercely through a :29.3 kicker until Keystone Wanda sustained a one-half length lead the finish for Schadel, also trainer of the Somebeachsomewhere filly and co-owner with his wife Christine.

In another side-wheeling filly division, In A Better Place, already the circuit leader with seven fair triumphs, rallied but came up three-quarter lengths short to the Western Terror pacesetter Have More Wine (Western Terror--Your So Silly), whose 2:01 triumph was her sixth of the fair season for trainer-driver Steve Schoeffel and the ownership of Schoeffel, Schoeffel, Reuther and Nelson.

McAlvin has been at the 2013 fairs only twice, and his colt and gelding opponents are glad of this fact, as he has posted two of the year’s three fastest times in his appearances. This day the altered son of McArdle engined a 1:58.2 triumph, just three-fifths second off the all-time Dayton record JT Arthur set 11 years ago, 13 ¾ lengths clear for the camera for driver Chris Shaw, trainer Robert Krenitsky Jr., and owner Julie Krenitsky.

Two of McAlvin’s contemporaries paced in 2:00.4: Dinger One (James Dodson) and Mein Schatz (Aaron Johnston), the latter of whom parlayed a late-season hot-form skein into the Fair Sire Stakes Championship in 2012.

By far the fastest trotter of the day was the SJ’s Caviar gelding Ruddy Rusty (SJ's Caviar--Chaka Khan), who ground down the pacesetter from the Schadel stable, Markup Hanover, to win in 2:02.2 for owner, trainer and breeder Walter “Boots” Dunn.

Hammer -- who had three victories on the day, all with trotting colts -- and Dunn combined on another 3-year-old trotting colt winner, Classicality, who won in anything but classic fashion: The altered son of Classic Photo--Penn Worthy Lane made a miscue after the half and found himself 15 lengths behind at the three-quarter pole, and still 10 down at the head of the stretch, but he trotted his individual last quarter in :29.2 to draw clear at the finish.

In another 3-year-old trotting colt cut, Prince Lauxmont’s five-for-five fair win streak was stopped when he finished third to Southwind Glider, a Glidemaster--Godess Of Chaos) gelding who has now fashioned three straight wins since Hammer was given the lines.

Finishing Lines: In addition to the aforementioned Hammer driving triple and Dunn training, owning and breeding double, others with multiple win credits included driver (four)-trainer (two) Schoeffel, still far ahead in both fair categories; the Neal stable of trainer-father Randy and driver-son Eric, winning Sire Stakes with two maidens; and two-timers driver James Dodson, trainer-owner Ron Lineweaver, trainer-driver Aaron Johnston, driver Chris Shaw, and the sires Classic Photo, Broadway Hall, and Western Terror … The circuit will now move to “Boots’s Place,” the Crawford County Fair in Meadville, Pa. for four days of racing from Monday to Thursday.

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