Winter Storm in Skowhegan – US Trotting News


Winter storm in Skowhegan

Skowhegan, ME — “If you don’t like the weather, wait a bit” is classic Maine colloquialism and the hardy folks along the Pine Tree Circuit are generally well-prepared to handle just about anything Mother Nature throws at them. But who could have predicted that a winter storm would hit the Skowhegan State Fair in the middle of their end of summer meeting?

This rare weather event is courtesy of driver/trainer Winter Asher-Stalbaum, who for the second year in a row has moved his Winter Storm Racing Stable into residence along the Maine State Fairgrounds, where in 2021, the now 18-year-old former driver earned his stripes as a QF (qualification-fair) driver.

Empire Earl N denied a hard charge from Kyrie Deo to Skowhegan. Photo by Shelley Gilpatrick.

Despite racing under moonlit skies, the storm was fierce on Tuesday night (August 16) as Asher-Stalbaum roared from gate to wire behind Empire Earl N (Earl). The 14-year-old trotter ran the game on the engine, digging deep to fend off determined challenges while posting a three-quarter length margin clocked in a season-best 1:59.

Winter storm warnings were posted again for Thursday night at Skowhegan as Asher-Stalbaum sends Gussy’s Dragon to post in the tenth race of the evening after a strong second-place effort last week at Topsham Fair. Fans are now warned – the storm may well be fierce again.

Live harness racing continues Thursday evening at Skowhegan with the scheduled start time at 7 p.m. before returning to 1 p.m. afternoon cards on Friday and Saturday.

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