Fair Newcomer Givens Drives to Three Pacing Victories

BY A NOSE --- Rebel Rock Rusty (2) and driver Brandon Givens, beats Mclassic (1) and driver Brady Brown in a photo finish for the win and the Betty Mae Waroquier Memorial cooler blanket in the third of four races for Pennsylvania Sire Stakes two-year-old colt pacers at the Clearfield County Fair Monday. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen Linscott Photography)

BY A NOSE — Rebel Rock Rusty (2) and driver Brandon Givens, beats Mclassic (1) and driver Brady Brown in a photo finish for the win and the Betty Mae Waroquier Memorial cooler blanket in the third of four races for Pennsylvania Sire Stakes two-year-old colt pacers at the Clearfield County Fair Monday. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen Linscott Photography)

CLEARFIELD — A photo finish and an auspicious Clearfield County Fair debut by driver Brandon Givens of Seaford, Del., highlighted the harness racing program for two-year-old pacers at the Driving Park Monday afternoon.

Givens registered his third win with Rebel Rock Rusty in the most exciting finish of the 10-race card.

At the three-quarter pole of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Colt Pace’s Betty Mae Waroquier Memorial Division dash, Givens and the brown colt were third behind Brady Brown-driven Mclassic and Chris Shaw-driven Wont Be Nothing.

Then, Givens took Rock Rebel Rusty three wide rounding the final turn, and they powered into second with the finish line in sight before tracking down Mclassic deep stretch to win by a nose in 2:06.1.

Rebel Rock Rusty’s second victory in six starts upped his earnings to $4,671 and made it a trifecta day for Givens, trainer Frank Lare and owner Frank Chick of Harrington, Del.

They also cashed in with Well Lets See in the first of the four PASS Colt Pace races to claim the Walter Jackson Memorial cooler blanket right after Devious Behavior won the fourth PASS Filly Pace dash to take home the Buster’s Sports Bar Division award.

Well Lets See posted the best time of the day, 2:03.4, in going gate-to-wire for his fifth victory in six fair circuit races.

The bay colt won by 4½ lengths and padded his coffer to $10,588.

Fifth out of the gate, Devious Behavior was second out of the upper turn and then passed Singalongwithbing, driven by Shaw, in the backstretch of the half-mile oval en route to a 2:06.4 score for her fifth consecutive win.

At the wire, the Givens-Lare-Chick combo’s bay filly was 5¼ lengths in front of Love Risk, with Wayne Long in the sulky, to boost her total purses to $9,808.

Givens sits second in the chase for the Charles “Buster” DiSalvo Trophy that goes to the meet’s winningest driver.

Roger Hammer of Bedford retained his lead as Greenlight Hanover charged past Shark Business, driven by Brady Brown, in the middle of the stretch for his maiden win in The Progress Division of the Quaker State Pace.

The bay gelding that Hammer trains and co-owns with Vicki Lynn Fair of Bedford prevailed by 1¾ lengths with a time of 2:07.

Shawn Johnston and Chris Shaw each made two visits to the front of the grandstand for cooler blanket presentations.

Bay gelding Misty’s Prince, trained by Shawn’s father, Gary, for owner Dr. William Solomon of New Freedom, was on the front end all the way in the Quaker State Pace’s A.E. “Gus” Mellott Division that opened the program.

His third win in a row, and fifth time on the board in six starts, was a 2:05.3 mile that bested Silver Sting, with Shaw in the sulky, by two lengths.

Shawn Johnston came back three races later to direct Healthy Gain to victory in the W.G. Satterlee & Sons, Inc. Division of the PASS Filly Pace.

He took the bay filly co-owned by his dad and Tracy Chropek of Houston to the front as the pack emerged from the first turn, Healthy Gain and cruised from there with fractions of 32.3, 1:06.2, 1:36.4 and 2:07.

Win number four hiked her five fair-race earnings to $17,575.

Shaw got the job done with trotters trained by his brother, Jason, and owned by Jason’s four-year-old son, Mason.

Outstanding filly Unbeamlieveable was locked in a four-way duel for much of the PASS Pace’s Crawford Williams Memorial Division before pulling away in the stretch to a five-length win in 2:06.2.

The brown filly owns five wins, including won a qualifier at The Meadows in 2:02.3, and a second for her six trips behind the gate for earnings of $8,981.

Chris Shaw closed the program by taking Prince Penrod wire-to-wire in the Hallstrom Family Division of the PASS Colt Pace, scoring in 2:09,

The 6¾-length victory was his second to go with two seconds and a third in six starts, good for $5,728 in purses.

Driver-trainer Sam Beegle of Bedford had the class of the PASS Filly Pace’s Richie Salvatore Memorial Division entries in Worthy Jackie.

She was leading by six lengths when she hit the finish line in 2:03.4 for her third win.

Owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable of Paoli, Worthy Jackie has accumulated $10,037 in in seven races.

Longtime Driving Park visitor Dave Brickell of Smicksburg cashed in with Powerternity in the exciting E. Jay Master Memorial Division of the PASS Colt Pace.

The brown gelding Brickell also trains and co-owns with Mitchell York of Seneca was fourth the first time around the half-mile oval and still third at the top of the stretch before going to the outside to nip Beegle and Ginger Tree Currie by three-quarters of a length in 2:05.2 for his maiden win.

Powerternity’s previous best finishes were two seconds and a third in seven races.

Prior to the thrilling finish, Ginger Tree Currie and Tsm Leonidas T, driven by Aaron Johnston, traded the lead three times. They were separated by a head after the fastest half, 1:01.2, of the of the meet’s first two days.

Lester Smeal II, a 20-year-old driver-trainer-owner bases in Morrisdale, made the first of what he hopes will be many appearances at the Clearfield County Fair with License to Steal in the PASS Colt Pace Hallstrom Family Division, placing fifth.

The bay colt won a Meadows qualifier in 2:02.2, with a second at Dayton his best effort in five fair starts.

Eleven races are on Tuesday’s card for three-year-old trotters that drew 56 entries with $27,094 in purses at stake. Post time will be at noon.

Monday’s results, with horse’s name, number in parenthesis, and jockey’s name:

QUAKER STATE TWO-YEAR-OLD PACE

A.E. “Gus” Mellott Memorial Division (Purse $1,400) – 1. Misty Prince (3), S. Johnston; 2. Silver Sting (4), C. Shaw; 3. Roe Lauxmont (1), A. Johnston; 4. Warm and Clear (2), B. Brown. TIME: 2:05.3

The Progress Division (Purse $1,400) – 1. Greenlight Hanover (2), R. Hammer; 2. Shark Business (3), B. Brown; 3. Tsm T (4), A. Johnston; 4. Outsmart Me (1), C. Shaw. TIME: 2:07.

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE

Richie Salvatore Memorial Division (Purse $3,120) – 1. Worthy Jackie (1), S. Beegle; 2. Keystone Illianna (4), T. Schadel; 3. Gymnast Hanover (6), C. Shaw; 4. Ella Reese (5), B. Brown; 5. Hotngrassie (2), S. Johnston; 6. Princess Benita (3), A. Johnston. TIME: 2:05.4.

W.G. Satterlee & Sons, Inc. Division (Purse $3,120) – 1. Healthy Gain (2), S. Johnston; 2. Break Dancing (4), T. Schadel; 3. Slickest Dream (1), A. Johnston; 4. Pulse Power (6), S. Beegle; 5. Vacated (3), B. Krenitsky; 6. Out by Summer (5), C. Shaw. TIME: 2:07.

Crawford Williams Memorial Division (Purse $3,120) – 1. Unbeamlieveable (3), C. Shaw; 2. Medoland Pearl (6), B. Brown; 3. Ping Pong Hanover (4), W. Long; 4. Princess Desta (2), D. Brickell; 5. Arycca Hanover (1), R. Hammer. TIME: 2:07.3. Scratched: Sugar Mama Babe (5).

Buster’s Sports Bar Division (Purse $3,120) – 1. Devious Behavior (5), B. Givens; 2. Love Risk (1), W. Long; 3. Infinity Plus (6), S. Johnston; 4. Singalongwithbing (4), C. Shaw; 5. Wide Open (3), R. Hammer. TIME: 2:06.4. Scratched: Apple Pie Hanover (2).

PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE

Walter Jackson Memorial Division (Purse $3,096) – 1. Well Lets See (2), B. Givens; 2. Billy’s Falcon (1), R. Hammer; 3. Mccrae (3), T. Schadel; 4. Cray Idea (5), C. Shaw; 5. Secret Savas (4), E. Neal. TIME: 2:03.4.

E.J. Master Memorial Division (Purse $3,096) – 1. Coeternity (5), D. Brickell; 2. Ginger Tree Currie (1), S. Beegle; 3. Terrorizing Y’all (3), C. Shaw; 4. Tsm Leonidas T (2), A. Johnston; 5. S M Patrick (4), B. Brown. TIME: 2:05.2.

Betty Mae Waroquier Memorial Division (Purse $3,146) – 1. Rebel Rock Rusty (2), B. Givens; 2. Mclassic (1), B. Brown; 3. Bulldawg Lake (6), T. Schadel; 4. Art Emprise (5), W. Long; 5. TSM Gannicus T (3), A. Johnston; 6. Wont Be Nothing (4), C. Shaw. TIME: 2:06.1.

Hallstrom Family Division (Purse $3,146) – 1. Prince Penrod (1), C. Shaw; 2. Ginger Tree Piper (6), N. Cook; 3. Callingalllauxmont (4), S. Johnston; 4. Lima Valiant (3), A. Johnston; 5. License To Steal )2), L. Smeal II; 6. Tsm Invictis T (5), B. Kernitsky. TIME: 2:09.

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