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PA Fair Circuit stops at Clearfield
Monday, August 01, 2016 - from the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

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Clearfield, PA---The longest meet of the year on the Pennsylvania Fair circuit, a four-day stay at the Clearfield County Fair in the central Pennsylvania town, conducted its first two days of racing by featuring 2-year-olds Sunday (July 31) for the trotters and Monday (Aug. 1) for the pacers.
 
Trainer-driver Roger Hammer sent Artists Ruffles, fresh off a 1:57 score at Bedford that stands as the fastest mile of the Keystone twicearound season regardless of age, to the lead in his Fair Sire Stakes heat and put up fractions of 30, 1:01, and 1:29.3, but Artists Ruffles tired a bit late, and it was Schadel and the Yankee Cruiser - Panic Depressive colt Cruiserwillwin who came on in the stretch from midpack, catching the pacesetter by 1-¼ lengths while going in 2:01.2, just missing the local standard. Cruiserwillwin, second to Artists Ruffles in the Bedford mile, is also trained by Schadel, and Todd is co-owner with his wife Christine. Both Hammer and Schadel had two winners on the Monday card, tying them for top honors for the day and the meet (3).
 
They sure named Camera Lady correctly, as the Dragon Again - Ann Van Go miss had her picture taken in Victory Lane for the seventh times in eight starts – she is the winningest 2-year-old pacing filly in all of North America as of this writing. “Smilin” Dave Brickell, her trainer-driver and co-owner with Mitchell York, and his filly went their back half in 1:00.4 to complete a 2:04.4 mile.
 
Among Sunday’s 2-year-old trotting contests, probably the most impressive winner was Gee Wizz George, a Great George Two - Caviar Girl gelding who posted his fourth victory (one off the North American lead in his category) by winning in 2:08, equaling the fastest mile of the day. However, not too many 2:08 miles, especially on fair tracks, feature middle halves in 1:00.2 – which was what Gee Wizz George trotted while going from over 11 lengths back at the quarter after a break at the start to a five-length lead at the three-quarters. The pace of course took its toll, but Gee Wizz George was able to fight off late-charging Intense Standoff by a nose for driver Ron Harvey, trainer Jean Rastetter, and owners Maryann and Richard Rastetter.
 
The focus at Clearfield now shifts to the 3-year-olds for cards on Tuesday and Wednesday starting at high noon, with the trotters on Tuesday and the pacers on Wednesday.

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