'Fireball' Scorches PA Fair Record

Published: June 17, 2013 11:43 am EDT

On Sunday, June 16 at the Erie County Fairgrounds, Shesalilfireball certainly lived up to her name as she scorched the Wattsburg track for a Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes victory in 2:00.3. During a card that was devoted to sophomore stakes action, 'The Fireball's clocking went down as the all-time fastest mile over the Wattsburg track.

Shesalilfireball was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:51.4 at the Meadows two starts back, and was victorious in the Fair Sire Stakes Championship at two. The daughter of Allamerican Native was a proven, quality horse, but on Sunday her manner of defeating a talented field showed that the small-but-scrappy miss may have even better things in front of her.

In her victory on Sunday, Shesalilfireball posted fractions of :29.2, 1:00.2 and 1:29.4 before drawing off to win by six and a half lengths.

The filly's 22-year-old driver, Aaron Johnston, is also to be commended for not taxing his filly in pursuit of knocking a tick or two further off the mark, knowing that his charge has a long, and likely lucrative, season ahead of her.

Robert Grover of Baltimore, Ohio is the proud owner and trainer of the new Wattsburg champion, who shaved 'two ticks' off the all-time, all-age local mark that had been set in 2010 by the sophomore pacing colt Straight Character.

(With files from the PHRC)