The Wayne County Fairgrounds once again provided a scenic backdrop as harness racing returned to the area this past weekend.
Thanks in large part to the efforts of the Honesdale Area Jaycees, local fans enjoyed two full days of axciting action at the venerable Dyberry Oval.
“What a perfect way to kick off the fair’s 150th anniversary celebration!” exclaimed race secretary Jeff Firmstone. “We had beautiful weather and competitive races. I’m really looking forward to two more days during fair week.”
This year’s edition of PA County Fair harness racing will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7-8 at the Dyberry Oval. Post time for each day’s card is slated for 2:00 p.m. Parking and admission to the grandstand are free.
Come on out and enjoy good, wholesome family entertainment at the 150th Wayne County Fair!
On the Track
Bryce Truitt kicked off a brilliant, sun-soaked Sunday afternoon with a solid win in heat #1.
Truitt has been a fixture at the Dyberry Oval for many years and he showed his knowledge of the track in the opening Pennsylvania Sire Stakes race.
Bryce drove Lady Broadway to a winning time of 2:10. Truitt out-trotted fellow Wayne County Fair veterans Zan Kaiser, David Brickell and Chris Shaw to earn the lion’s share of a $5,886 purse.
Christopher Offutt paid a visit to the Winner’s Circle in the second race.
Offutt traveled all the way to Wayne County from Maryland to compete this weekend and that long trek paid off. Chris piloted bay filly PhotoSavvy to victory in this heat (2:13).
Brickell earned himself a win in the third race, steering DVC?Jaded Attitude to victory in this trot (2:07.3).
Roger Hammer, Hall of Fame owner/trainer/driver and a longtime supporter of the Wayne County Fair, jetted to a win in heat #4.
Hammer was in the bike behind Life’s A Real Beach, a 2-year-old bay filly who had earned $7,151 in five career starts. Roger owns both the all time Dyberry Oval records and he was once again in fine form Sunday. He stopped the clock at 2:07 to take the earn his spot in the Winner’s Circle.
Matthew Cox made his presence felt in the 5th race with a victory in the bike behind Wicked Ephaba, a beautiful black filly pacer all the way from Tanah Merah Farms in Springfield (IL).
Cox cruised to the win, crossing the line in a time of 2:05.3. Kaiser was second and Hammer third.
Brickell picked up his next win in the 6th race, a PA Sire Stakes Trot open to 2-year-old trotters. David wheeled BS Maximum Moondream to the victory, covering the mile in a time of 2:10.4. This hard-charging bay gelding dominated the heat and has been impressive in every race so far this sumer.
Page 2 of 2 - To date, BX Maximum Moondream has posted five wins in seven starts, good for more than $15,000 in purse money. Shaw wound up second and Hammer was once again third.
Down the Stretch
Chellis returned to the Winner’s Circle following the day’s 7th heat. Drew drove Montour County, a bay gelding, to the win in a time of 2:14.2
Shaw took second place and Hammer garnered another third.
Roger brought out one of “big guns”?in the 8th race.
He piloted Albany House to an impressive win over a solid field. The 2-year-old bay colt covered the mile in a time of 2:11. He’s now won 5-of-7 career starts and pil-ed up $17,000 this year.
Hammer made it a driving trifecta in the 9th and final race of the day. Roger was in the bike behind Falcon’s Breeze in Sunday’s last pace. The 2-year-old bay colt rolled to victory in 2:06.2 outdistancing both James Dill and Chris Shaw.
Race secretary Jeff Firmstone oversaw the day’s action and also acted as track announcer.
David Seitz was the presiding judge, while Wayne County’s own Clarence Martin Jr. commanded the mobile starting gate.
Dyberry Oval legend Jack Gumpper acted as official time and associate judge. Sue Brickell did her usual fine job as clerk of the course, while Dave Flederbach and Dave Gelatt handled timing chores.