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Light Headed sets Pa. mark

July 24, 2006

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Two-year-old colt trotter Light Headed romped to a 53 ½-length victory—yes, 53 ½ lengths—in a $1,508 contest at the Bloomsburg, Pa., fair Sunday afternoon, setting a state record for freshman with his national season’s best 2:00.3 effort. The mile comes just four days after the son of SJ’s Caviar broke the all-time trotting track record at the Hughesville fair with a 2:01.4. effort.

The race was timed by stopwatch, and Light Headed and trainer-owner Todd Schadel set an opening fraction of :32.4, then reached the half with a :28 flat second quarter in 1:00.4. The pace backed down with a :32.1 third quarter, with Light Headed reaching the three-quarters in 1:33. He then trotted a final quarter of :27.3 to draw even further away from his competition.

Schadel and his wife Christine purchased Light Headed for $11,000 as a yearling from breeder Moni Market Breeders. Light Headed is out of the mare Ever So Lightly, a half sister to 1989 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Trot winner Esquire Spur 3, 1:56f ($336,25), Esprit Spur 2, 1:58f ($316,572) and Elan Spur 1:55.3f ($160,502).

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