Roger Hammer’s R N Nate Establishes New Harness Track Record Thursday At Shenandoah County Fair

(WOODSTOCK, VA —8/29/19) —- Roger Hammer’s R N Nate established a new Shenandoah County Fair track record today (Thursday) of 1:55 3/5 in the second division of the $3,000 Aldine Jenkins Memorial Open Pace. The previous mark of 1:57.0 was established in 2017 by Chuck Perry’s PL Dragon. The purse amount was the highest in fair history.

Driver Roger Hammer, caked in mud after Wednesday’s rains, had four wins in the Fair’s first two days.

R N Nate is a 7-year-old Nuclear Breeze gelding that came into the race with $229,307 in earnings. He recorded a 1:54 2/5 mark last fall at the Shenandoah Downs pari-mutuel meet and breezed coast-to-coast today in early fractions of :28 2/5, :57 2/5 and 1:26 4/5. R N Nate crossed six lengths in front of Scott Woogen’s Pier Ho Temptation. Lima Illusion was third.

County Fair racing continues Friday and Saturday with cards in Woodstock at 12 Noon.

John’s Dream finishing time of 1:56 4/5 established a track record in the first Jenkins division, though the mark lasted all of 15 minutes. Owner/trainer/driver Chuck Perry guided the winning effort against four others by wiring the field in fractions of :28 3/5, :59.0 and 1:28 2/5 and crossing 1 1/2 lengths the best.

Jukebox Hero (inside) beats Red Mustang in Wednesday’s finale in Woodstock.

The 102nd edition of County Fair races began Wednesday and through two cards now, Hammer has four wins followed by 23-year-old Sierra Graham who has three. Hammer’s hat trick opening day included wins with Linda’s Will, Blow Back and Jukebox Hero. Graham scored ​both Wednesday and today with Rock On Dock and again later in today’s card with Milly B Gone. Racing continues Friday and Saturday with cards at 12 Noon.