Bedford will have the distinction of hosting the first Pennsylvania Fair harness horse racing meet this summer when the horseman compete on Bedford's clay half mile track. The special two day NON-FAIR race is scheduled for Wednesday June 20th, and Thursday June 21st, approximately one month before the annual Fair races. Post time is 5:00 pm both days, with the 3 year old's racing Wednesday, and the 2 year old's making their fairgrounds debut on Thursday. ADMISSION WILL BE FREE !
In addition to the harness racing, the local 4-H horse and pony club will conduct miniature horse and cart barrel racing both nights in front of the main grandstand after completion of the horse racing. A limited number of pre-registration entries will be accepted by the club prior to the event. The contestants will navigate their team around a 3 point course in an attempt to be the quickest time without incurring any penalties. Prize money will be awarded too the fastest 3 teams both nights. Wednesday's event will be for ages 8 years thru 18 years of age, and Thursday's class will be for 19 years of age and up. Families and friends are encouraged to come out and cheer for your favorite contestant. Amazing what a little crowd noise will do to the adrenaline of both driver and horse. ADMISSION WILL BE FREE! Local performer Colt Lepley will provide musical entertainment both nights.
Each year the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission awards 5 non-fair racing dates among the 15 fairs that conduct races during the summer. And for the first time in the long storied history of horse racing on the local oval, Bedford received approval from the State to host one of these events. Car racing promoter, Joe Padula, typically does not schedule a race during this week in June, creating the opportunity for the Fair's harness racing committee to submit a request for this special event.
This will be the first chance for harness fans to view the new crop of freshman fillys and colts in competition on the circuit. The majority of rookies have been in training the past six months, as trainers attempt to increase their speed while maintaining the horse's natural gait, pacing or trotting. Often times the 2 year olds can be unpredictable and a handful for the drivers. They especially can experience difficulty maintaining discipline behind the starting gate. Remember, Admission Is FREE !