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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 9, 2019 -- Classicality dominated Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows, scoring in 1:53.1 and soaring over $700,000 in harness racing career earnings. Classicality zipped to the top from post 5 for Brian Zendt, and with Barn Girl challenging but parked, no outside flow could develop. The 9-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding drew away late to triumph by 8-1/4 lengths. Maewegonow was second while Rainbowinthewest and the game Barn Girl dead-heated for show. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, whose official bankroll now stands at $704,687. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Robert Barnard and owner Christian Apel, while Tony Hall also enjoyed a triple that featured two victories for trainer Tim Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program offers three rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,063.95 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), a $1,776.44 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) was a gate to wire winner of today’s Gr. I International Sundsvall Open (1,000,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters), a UET Masters Series event. Jerry Riordan trains the EVAM Racing Trotter owned veteran and Wim Paal was again the pilot. Race time was 1.11.2kr off well rated fractions. Paal put Ringo on the lead from post one and kept Sorbet (8m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill), reined by Orjan Kihlstrom, in the pocket until the lane when Ringo pulled away. Nadal Broline (9g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) was third for Bjorn Goop. In post race interview trainer Riordan said they would pass on the UET championship and look for a race in three weeks elsewhere, hopefully to preserve Ringo’s form for France. Ringostarr Treb today won for the 33rd time in 93 career starts niow for 16,143,364SEK earned. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The gallant veteran Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill), off at 5.6/1, took tonight’s Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden (purse 303,128€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) with pilot Wilhelm Paal aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner EVAM Racing Trotter SRLS, his second 2019 victory in five starts. Paal left the car rapidly and then yielded to Uza Josselyn that set the pace until past the 1200-meter mark. Then, Paal took chase of the leader, eventually wore her down and opened an advantage in the upper stretch. The 7/10 favorite Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall), with Orjan Kihlstrom driving, then closed rapidly from eighth on the far outside to fall a length short at the line. 34/1 Pastore Bob (6g From Above-Estrada OR-Supergill) was third for Mika Forss and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Ringo raced barefoot to score his 32nd career victory in 92 starts now for 15,143,364SEK in life earnings. On post-interview trainer Riodan said Ringo is not what he once was but he is aging gracefully and he knew he was ready tonight after a first 500 meters in 1.05.5kr. He is quite a horse, campaigned and raced beautifully by Riordan and Paal. Race time was 1.09.4kr (mile race 1:50.90). Earlier on the card Riordan’s Classichap (4m Chapter Seven-Classical Flirt-Yankee Glide) won the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer (200,000SEL first  prize, 1640 meters autostart, nine starters) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard for trainer Riordan, his first win in seven 2019 starts, and he was off at 53.8/1 odds. This one was clocked in 1.10.3kr. He last won on September 10th of 2018 at the Meadowlands in 1.10.5kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Not intimidated by his millionaire rival, Classic Banker challenged Wind Of The North first over and went on to spring the 6-1 upset in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North reached the $1 million milestone in his last race and seemed poised to pad that bankroll after a comfortable 29.4 second quarter. But Classic Banker and Brady Brown had other ideas, drawing even with Wind Of The North into the final turn and putting him away in deep stretch. The 8-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding scored in 1:55.4 while the pocket-sitting Chef Lee shot the Lightning Lane for place, a length bank. Wind Of The North saved show. Joe Urban trains and owns Classic Banker, who won his second straight and vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Marcus Marashian. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2018 -- Classic Banker found racing room into the final turn and brushed through the lane to capture Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Although hammered down to 4-5, Classic Banker was shuffled to fourth down the backside. But when Brady Brown angled him wide off the cones and showed him racetrack, the 8-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding roared past Rising MVP and held off the rallying Banker Volo by 1/2 length in 1:55.1. Rising MVP saved show. Joe Urban trains and owns Classic Banker, who now boasts $191,685 in career earnings. It was one of four wins for Brown on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

It's been six years since Wilhelm Paal competed in the U.S. and his return will not go unnoticed. Paal, a 58-year-old native of Germany, is back to drive European standout Ringostarr Treb in Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway. Ringostarr Treb, the winner of Sweden's prestigious Elitloppet in May, is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line behind Marion Marauder at 3-1. An 8-year-old stallion, Ringostarr Treb, a son of stallion Classic Photo, has won 30 of 86 career races and $1.57 million. He is trained by New England native Jerry Riordan, who won last year's International Trot with Twister Bi, and will represent Italy for owners E.V.A.M. Racing. "It's always a big honor to have a horse invited to this kind of race," Paal said. "I think we have a shot. He is a hell of a horse. I'm really happy to be with him. Hopefully he can do good on Saturday. "We are just proud to be here. This is what makes life. Not only the sport, life. What they do here at Yonkers brings people together. We should do that much more often. It's unique. It's a big thing." Paal, who has enjoyed a 40-year career as a driver and trainer, is no stranger to the International Trot. He drove Every Way to a sixth-place finish in the 1987 edition of the invitational, which was won by Callit. It was the last year the race, which began in 1959, was held at Roosevelt before moving to Yonkers. The race was discontinued following the 1995 edition, but resurrected in 2015. In addition to their Elitloppet triumph, Ringostarr Treb and Paal won this year's Group 1 Olympiatravet. "He's stepped up in class every year," Paal said of Ringostarr Treb. "When he went to Jerry, he stepped up in class again. I must say, the horse is a very smart horse. He can handle every kind of track and can do it either from the lead or with cover. It doesn't make a big difference. If I have cover, and I have a horse that sets the pace where he can come out the last quarter (mile), I think he is best that way." Paal grew up on a farm near Dusseldorf and started riding ponies at a young age before going into show jumping. At the age of 15, he began working with trotters. He won his first race in 1977. "I grew up step by step with horses," he said. After working in Germany, he opened a stable in Italy in 1989. Four years later, he won the Gran Premio Lotteria and Gran Premio Renzo Orlandi with Embassy Lobell and in 1995 he won four Group 2 events in Italy with Toss Out. Following additional successes in Italy, Paal opened a stable in France in 1999. He moved to the U.S. in 2006, while maintaining stables in Europe, and remained a presence in the States until the middle of 2012. He has operated a stable in Sweden since 2015. "I enjoy coming back to the United States and New York City," Paal said. "I liked a lot being here. It was a good experience. I'm proud that I tried it because it gives me a good feeling to know how it works in the United States. Now I'm in Sweden and we have pretty good horses." Capturing Sweden's most renowned race, the Elitlopp, was a thrill for Paal, who competed in the race seven times prior to his victory with Ringostarr Treb. "For me it meant a lot," Paal said. "You know the best horses in the world are getting an invitation. I could make it thanks to a great horse and thanks to great work that Jerry did. We are proud. "I'm working three years now in Sweden and it helps a little bit when you win the biggest race in the country where you work," he added. All of his experiences have Paal feeling like a man half his age. "I'm 58, but I feel like 30," he said, smiling. "Things are going good right now." Racing at Yonkers begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. The International Trot is race No. 8 on the card and scheduled for 3:40 p.m. The day also includes the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, featuring the fastest trotter in history, Homicide Hunter, plus the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace, featuring the continued rivalry between McWicked and New Zealand-bred Lazarus. Following is the field in post-position order for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-3/1 2-Up And Quick-Jason Bartlett-Antoine Lherete-10/1 3-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/1 4-Ringostarr Treb-Wim Paal-Jerry Riordan-4/1 5-Pastore Bob-Johan Untersteiner-Johan Untersteiner-8/1 6-Cruzado Dela Noche-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-12/1 7-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis-6/1 8-Arazi Boko-Alessandro Gocciadoro-Alessandro Gocciadoro-15/1 9-Lionel-Goran Antonsen-Daniel Reden-10/1 10-Slide So Easy-Flemming Jensen-Flemming Jensen-15/1 * Lionel and Slide So Easy start from the second tier. For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2018 -- Stuck in an uncharacteristic seven-race losing streak, Classicality changed tactics and snapped his skid with a rallying victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality performed well enough during his losing streak, missing the ticket just once while racing at or near the front. To get that elusive win, however, Brian Zendt ducked from post 6 and followed the live cover of PL Jerico. Classicality roared wide through the lane to score in 1:54, 1/2 length better than long shot Dreamsteeler. PL Jerico saw his four-race winning streak end while saving show. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, an 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $627,852 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, July 31 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered with each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,637.78. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 and a $5,382.20 jackpot in the Super Hi-5, both regular features of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7), Pick 5 (Races 9-13) and Super Hi-5 (race 13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2017 -- Dismissed at 10-1, Classicality roared to the front from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as he captured Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality made a rare break in his last start, the Open 1 Trot at Scioto Downs, but he atoned for that big time by shrugging off the first-over challenge of Barn Girl and scoring for Brian Zendt in 1:53.4, 1/2 length better than the pocket-sitting Rose Run Parker, while Barn Girl gamely held third. Call For Justice, who had won his last nine races at The Meadows, saw that streak end when he finished fifth. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $464,142. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Saturday's program at The Meadows offers a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including: the regularly featured $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7); a $2,516.88 carryover for the card's first superfecta; a $1,283.73 carryover for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

August 26, 2017 - Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) raced second over for Wim Paal and then moved swiftly down the middle in the stretch to capture today’s harness racing €179,200 purse Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, Sweden, over the 2140 meters autostart course. Race time was 2:32.15 (1.11.1kr; 1:54.39 mile rate) for the Jerry Riordan trainee, owned by Marco Scarton. Off the 6.4/1 in SWE (16/1 on the PMU) the winner bested 9/1 Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) and Ulf Ohlsson. 1.5/1 favorite (3/10 on PMU) Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) trailed throughout until a too late brush in the lane, a mysterious drive by Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten and Spitcam Jubb finished fourth and fifth.  Thomas H. Hicks

Picture This (Charlie Norris) went gate-to-wire to win the harness racing feature ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday night. The 7yo gelding by Classic Photo charged to the front and never looked back. Picture this ($3.00) is owned and trained by Norris as well put up the fractions of :28.4, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:55.0, won for the second time this season and has 18 career wins. McKensie's Star (Fern Paquet Jr.) finished a gritty second while Explosive Drama (Micke Merton) came up late to get third. Jim Meittinis and Arron Byron would each win three on the night. Meittinis first won with Master Of Puppets ($3.90). He drove Winemaster Hanover ($2.80) to victory for his second win. He got win number three with Katch Kanna ($8.00). Byron would pick up his firstwin with 2 year-old Rolling Sea (Roll With Joe-Romancing The Sea) paying ($6.80). His second win was with American Mistress ($5.30). The final victory was with Believe This Romeo ($7.90). Tioga Downs returns to live action Sunday (July 16) with a 12 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

July 8, 2017 - Today’s V75 Gold at Halmstad (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to a very impressive Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) clocked in 1.10.5kr for driver Wim Paal and new harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan. Marco Scarton owns the winner, now with a slate of 26-10-14 in 72 career starts for 5,990,194SEK earned. Ringostarr left from past four, went immediately to the front only to go off stride in the first turn. Paal steadied his charge, caught the rivals and then started up three wide on the final lap backside. Off the last turn Ringostarr started “flying” said Pall on post race interview. Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner with third to Cruzado Dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidada-Credit Winner) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Melander. On the terrific card was the StoSprintern Final (Gr. II International, 1609 meters autostart, 677,600SEK to winner) for four year-old mares. 2.9/1 Caddie Lisieux (4f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) scored timed in 1.10.6kr for Kenneth Haugstad. Roger Walmann trains this one for SRF Stable. Bugatti Brick (4f Andover Hall-Likeable Les-Yankee Glide) was next for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was Lavidaloca De Vie (4f Crazed-Bliss-Angus Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The card also included the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters). The 1.7/1 Tjacko Zaz (5g Crazed-Kinoras Zaz-Angus Hall) scored timed in 1.10.1kr for trainer Timo Nurmos, owner Kings Arms and driver Johnny Takter. Two lengths back was Bravo Navarone (6m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for driver Adrian Kolgjini. Third was King City (6m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Earlier the Summer Meeting Mares took place with ten aged mares traveling 1640 meters autostart for a 100,000SEK first prize. Italy’s Shadow Gar (5f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) scored for catch-driver Jorma Kontio for trainer Erik Bondo. She was timed in 1.10.9kr. Patricia Hastrup (10f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and third was Toohotforyou (5f Scarlet Knight-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, June 1, 2017 -- Classicality dominated The Meadows' elite trotters for the second straight week when he roared to the front and scored in 1:52.4, matching his career best, in Thursday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap. Classicality was parked for most of the opening half, but he easily repelled the first-over challenge of Boy Meets Girl K and drew off late for Brian Zendt, defeating Tricky Nick by 2-1/4 lengths. Boy Meets Girl K, a 26-1 long shot, was a game third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $420,682. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumed Saturday, when the program features the $118,424 Currier & Ives Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 10, 2017 -- Classic Banker stalked Count Me In from the pocket, then brushed by him in deep stretch to capture Wednesday's feature harness racing $13,000 trot, at The Meadows. Count Me In, making only his second start since Sept. 4, 2015, took the field through a snappy 1:25.4 three quarters but was unable to withstand the late surge of Classic Banker. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding nailed Count Me in near the wire to down him by a length in 1:54.4. TSM Photo Bugger rallied from well back for show. Brian Zendt piloted Classic Banker for owner/trainer Joe Urban. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings, Mike Wilder, trainer Andy Rickert and Zendt each enjoyed a double on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features four divisions of a $149,852 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

May 7, 2017 - At La Capelle on Sunday was the Prix Carrefour (purse €30,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) and the 1.15.8kr clocked winner was 12/1 Pantarei Ans (8m Classic Photo-Demetra Ans) with P-Y Verva aboard for harness racing trainer Bjorn Goop and Ecurie Chikh. 2.1/1 Diamond (7g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) was second driven by Robin Bakker and trainer by Paul Hagoort for Ecurie Mille Fleurs. Third was another Goop trainee, 1.3/1 I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Maris Dulcinea) that Morton Gunnar owns and Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot. Trophee Vert action also continued Sunday at Bernais with the Prix du Centre le Clerc Menneval (purse €45,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters on the turf). The 3/2 favorite Tresor Wic finished eighth for Anthony Barrier, opening the way for 7.5/1 Bingo d’Attaque (6m Pomerol de Laumac-Lady de la Roche) to score for Gabriel Gelormini timed in 1.20.1kr before a good crowd. 13/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) was second and 14/1 Viola Ecus (8g Korean-Iffrida) took the third spot. This day racing in Germany was at Berlin, Gelsenkirchen and Karlsruhe. At Berlin legendary Heinz Wewering teamed his trainee Impulsiv (5g Muscles Yankee-L’Amka) to victory. At Gelsenkirchen Ivy Corner (5f Love You-Indira Corner) was victorious for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and amateur pilot Thomas Maasen. The sister to this winner is racing competitively in the US for Jesmeral Stable. Thomas H. Hicks

Washington, PA, Dec. 28, 2016 -- Classicality took advantage of the leader's miscue and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, the closing-day harness racing feature at The Meadows. Classicality was first over in pursuit of Cue Hall when that rival made an unforced break, allowing Classicality to slip back to the pylons rather than grind it out without cover. Classicality and Dave Palone did the rest themselves, defeating the rallying Maximum Credit by a length in 1:54.1. Nothinbutanallstar finished third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, a 6-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $389,867 in career earnings. It was one of six wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Following a break for the New Year's holiday, The Meadows kicks off its 2017 season Monday, Jan. 2, first post 1 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egrel-Supergill) scored an easy 1.11.1kr timed harness racing victory in Sunday’s Freccia d’Europa Masters (purse €110,000, 1600 meters autostart). Roberto Vecchione teamed the winner for trainer Holger Ehlert. Ringostarr now has 21 wins in 49 starts for earnings in excess of €345,000. He has lost only once this year. Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) was second and Trendy OK (4f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos-Anders Favorite) was third, the latter handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. The undercard featured the Royal Mares II (purse €20,900, 1600 meters autostart) that was taken by 1.12.3kr timed Audry dei Veltri (8f Varenne-Pamela Stra-Ghendero) for Vincent Luongo. She recorded her 21st win in 86 starts, for over €207,000 earned. Sundance Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) was second ahead of Paris Dany (7f Varenne-Elinor King-Lindy Lane). Thomas H. Hicks

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