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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2018 -- Jim Pantaleano collected six wins for as many trainers Monday at The Meadows. He scored for conditioners Scott Betts, Paul Kennedy, Christen Pantaleano, Richard Perfido, Justin Pirillo and Todd Rooney. Also enjoying a big day was Dan Rawlings, who piloted three winners on the 13-race card. In Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice was refreshed by a 29.1 second-quarter breather and rolled to his third straight victory -- and fifth in the last seven. Call For Justice reached the point from post 6 in 28.1, well within his comfort zone. But when Dave Palone slowed things down the second panel, the 6-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka was well nigh uncatchable. He downed the pocket-sitting PL Jericho by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53.3, with Classic Banker a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who now boasts $535,067 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters took place on a perfect, cloudless Saturday night at The Red Mile with temperatures in the mid 70's at the 7:00 post time. There were five harness racing stakes, three filly divisions and two colt races, all for a purse of $30,000. Hall of Fame horseman Jimmy Takter swept both colt divisions with a talented pair of freshmen from his barn of trotting all stars while Dave Palone won two of the filly divisions for Lindy Farms and trainer Domenico Cecere. The colts opened the card and Peter Haughton Memorial winner Don't Let'em made amends for last week's miscue with a workman-like 1:55.2 win with Takter in the sulky. Handicapped with post 10, Takter patiently moved his charge away from the gate, stayed wide as he navigated around several breakers in tune one then ground to the front just after High Into The Sky (Matt Kruger) took the field by the quarter. Once Don't Let'em crossed over to the top the race was, for all intents and purposes, over. Takter set a moderate pace then widened his lead to 6 1/4 lengths at the wire while asking the colt for nothing. High Into The Sky held nicely for second while Buckeyeonbroadway (Randy Jerrel) trotted well to be third. The winner is a Brittney bred son of Muscle Hill, racing for the interests of the breeder with partners Christina Takter, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. He was an $80,000 buy at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS). Super Schissel repeated his leg one win as the Uncle Peter colt took over near the half and held sway in 1:56.4. With heavily favored Greenshoe again undone by a break well before the start, first Reign Of Honor (Dexter Dunn) then Lindy's Crazy Hall (Palone) took turns on the lead before Takter and Super Schissel arrived on the scene. Once again the Takter tactics paid off, at $15.60 return to his mutual backers and $15,000 prize to owners Al Libfeld and the red hot Perry Soderberg as their $115,000 LSYS buy from Coyote Wind Farms came home a 2 ¼ length winner. Reign Of Honor and Lindy's Crazy Hall followed him across the wire. Taylor Swiftly reprised her love story with The Red Mile, becoming a KYSS repeat winner with her remarkably easy 1:55.3 score for Dave Palone. Leaving from the seven hole, Palone eased the Trixton filly around turn one, wore past early leader and eventual place finisher Asiago (Takter) near the 57.3 half, got a 29.3 third quarter breather then won as she pleased with a controlled 28.2 end to the mile. Longshot Highway To The Sky (Mike Wilder) rallied for third. Taylor Swiftly is a Lindy Farms homebred from True Diva and is trained by Domenico Cecere. The Palone, Cecere, Lindy Farms juggernaut came right back in the third race to score a $50 upset win with yet another homebred filly, this time it was the Muscle Hill lass Lindy Pearl taking a nice 1:55.1 mark for the group. Starting from the rail after a series of unfortunate post draws, Lindy Pearl was settled in the pocket by Palone as the speedy yet erratic Run Lindy Run (Wilder) reeled off fair fractions before jumping off stride as the field neared turn two. This development left Lindy Pearl fresh on the lead with heavy favorite French Press (Andy Miller) launching an unsuccessful uncovered bid. Lindy Pearl was well up to the task here, closing out the mile with a 28.2 final quarter an handy 2 1/4 length winner over So Romantic (Ken Holliday) and Graceful (Pat Lachance) with something left. Ma Was Right got up over favored Whispering Oaks (Takter) in the shadow of the wire to put visiting Down Under reinsman Dexter Dunn in the Red Mile winner's circle for the first time in the New Zealander's stateside tour. Dexter settled his charge in third as Whispering Oaks cut the mile, shifted out around the last turn to engage then eyeball the leader mid-stretch and edged by late in 1:57. Atonement (Wilder) took third. The Muscle Hill filly, a $100,000 LSYS purchase by the All Laid Out stable, was winning for the fourth time in seven starts for trainer Noel Daley. She was bred by the Moni Market Breeders. The freshman pacers take to the clay oval tomorrow evening in their second KYSS leg. Post time is 7:00. by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2018 -- With her victories in the Lynch final and the Mistletoe Shalee, Kissin In The Sand soared to the top of the 3-year-old filly pacing division. On Friday at The Meadows, she'll try to lock up a berth in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. In Friday's PASS, a $160,238 stake known as the Romola Hanover, she'll go from post 6 in race 8, with Dave Palone driving for trainer Nancy Johansson and owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Special post time for the twilight card is 5:30 PM. Kissin In The sand has finished first or second in all eight starts this year, lifting her career bankroll to $634,997. She's tied for fourth in PASS standings; with nine of the Top 10 in PASS points competing in the Romola Hanover, it might not be a day at the beach for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate. Speaking of days at the beach, that's pretty much how she's been prepping for the stake. Johansson is a proponent of interval training, which involves brief, intense bursts of speed followed by long, slow jogs. The workouts take place on the straight, in deep sand, and can last an hour. Trainers who use interval training say it builds foundation while increasing the capacity for quicker, faster brushes. "About 95 percent of European trainers use it," Johansson says. "Speed is tough on the joints, and this allows you to work the heart without having to go very quickly. We're very diligent about checking heart rates after training, and she always has a very low heart rate." Johansson believes Kissin In The Sand is well positioned to finish the season strongly and win the divisional Dan Patch award. "I think that's everybody's goal, although now that she's at the top, everybody's coming after her," she says. "I see no reason why she couldn't do it. She's been super all year, and she's gad good breaks between her tough races." Johansson indicated she's had preliminary discussions with Katz about the direction for Kissin In The Sand once this season ends. "Marvin is a successful breeder, and she would do great in the breeding shed. But if she can make money on the track, that option is still there. She'd be competitive with aged mares. A lot of them will be bred, so there may be fewer of them next year." The card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly pacers and many fan-centric activities. As part of the "Corks and Kegs Weekend," fans may enjoy a variety of specialties from food trucks on the apron. Nearby, fans 12 and older can participate in a virtual reality exhibit that will give them the experience of driving a Standardbred. Radio station 93.7 FM The Fan will broadcast live from the track and kick off the program with a match race between on-air personalities Joe Starkey and Chris Mueller. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer "Family Fun Night" festivities that include a bounce house, a stilt walker, a face painter and a balloon artist. In addition, the MSOA will invite fans to play Plinko, and eight of the track's regular drivers will compete in a "Pony Hop Charity Challenge," with all prize money donated to the drivers' designated charities. For more information or to participate, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. Drivers and their charities include: Mike Wilder -- Pacing for the Cure Dave Palone -- Standardbred Retirement Foundation Jeremy Indof -- American Cancer Society Dan Rawlings-- Asperger and Autism Network Jim Pantaleano -- Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center Brady Brown -- St Jude Hospital Shawn Johnston -- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania Wilbur Yoder -- New Vocations by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 6, 2018 -- Southwind Storm captured her third straight Pennsylvania Stallion Series split Monday at The Meadows, a facile victory in which she never was cut loose. The $100,000 stake for freshman filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Navarone Hanover, Sand Lauren Blu, Lollypop Lindy and Cardinale taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double -- among his three wins on the 13-race card -- behind Southwind Storm and Navarone Hanover. Hammered down to 1-5, Southwind Storm zipped to the lead from post 2 and was under restraint for much of the opening half. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Say What won comfortably in a career-best 1:58.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Paint The Corners. Explosive Paige completed the ticket. "She's a perfect filly -- smart," Palone said. "She was well within herself, shut down. I spoke to her off the turn and just wrapped her back up again at the wire." Ron Burke trains Southwind Storm for Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Although she entered the stake with two victories under her belt, Navarone Hanover had never been first at any call except the final one. She changed all that Monday when the daughter of Explosive Matter-Nan's Conway grabbed the point and held off the prolonged challenge of Girl With A Past by a head in a stake-fastest 1:57.2, with Something Spicy third. "She can do most anything -- that's the whole key," said Robert Baggitt, Jr., who trains the $29,000 yearling acquisition for Christine Baggitt. "You have to be on the front end when you're the best. Dave thought she was the best, and she turned out to be the best. She's a better horse following, but we thought today was the day to go down the road." Sand Lauren Blu is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Sand Violent Blu, one of the sport's top fillies at 2 who banked $212,552 that year but was so feisty and competitive that trainer Tye Loy took to cushioning her stall to prevent her from injuring herself. Loy, who also conditions Sand Lauren Blu, said those precautions won't be necessary with her. "She has enough speed, but she doesn't have the killer attitude her mother did," Loy said. "I put her front shoes backwards today like she had them all last winter. She was hitting on her shins pretty good the last couple starts." Dismissed at 31-1, she showed a spark Monday when she surged late for Jim Pantaleano to edge Chanel De Vie by a head and break her maiden in 1:59.4. Early leader Fast Reaction earned show. Bill Sanders bred and owns Sand Lauren Blu. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features the Delmonica Hanover, a $185,836 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 2, 2018 -- When the Four Seasons released their hit Working My Way Back to You, they probably didn't have Lincolnjames in mind -- that was 1966, after all. Yet the 7-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding might be using that song for inspiration as he tries to work his way back to the Preferred Pace at The Meadows, a class he once dominated. Lincolnjames has put together a modest two-race winning streak and will try to take that next step back to the top in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace in race 6. Lincolnjames goes from post 8 with Dave Palone driving. Saturday's card features a number of compelling wagering opportunities, including a pair of rich total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- and a $6,364.20 jackpot in the Super Hi-5 (race 13). The special post time of 12 noon will allow The Meadows to coordinate its live races with its simulcast of the Hambletonian Day program from The Meadowlands. In 2017, Lincolnjames won the Preferred, Preferred Handicap or Winners Over pace nine times at The Meadows, a major contribution to his $356,491 lifetime bankroll. This year, he lost his first 13 starts in those races, prompting trainer Ron Burke to demote him to conditioned events -- and shift Windsong Leo from Yonkers to The Meadows. Windsong Leo stepped up to his role, winning the track's top pace twice, but he likely won't stay here long. "I've had too many horses at Yonkers that all fit the same class, so I brought Leo here for a couple weeks," Burke says. "He'll go back to Yonkers." Meanwhile, Lincolnjames also responded well, winning his two conditioned events; if he triumphs Saturday, he'll likely earn a ticket to the Preferred. Burke can't point to any injury that's held him back. "I'm more inclined to think the competition is getting tougher," he says. "Look at this race today -- he'll face Dapper Dude and Knocking Around, who race in the Preferred most of the time." Post 8 may not be the best vehicle for the final step in his comeback, but Burke thinks Lincolnjames still can slug it out on the front under the right circumstances. "He likes the front end better, but he has to get his fractions," Burke says. "I don't know if he'd like getting strung out in 26." Burke's interest in Saturday's card also will be piqued by the debut of Covenant, his Sweet Lou-Monkeys Can Sing freshman pacer. Monkeys Can Sing had a brief, undistinguished racing career, but her family sparkles with stars. Her dam, Cathedra, banked $733,789 on the track and, as a broodmare, produced a pair of millionaires: Cathedra Dot Com and Cabrini Hanover. Perhaps that's why Covenant's owners -- Burke Racing Stable, Hatfield Stables, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC -- put up $130,000 for him at auction. "He's the best-looking 'Lou' we have; he could be 'Lou's' twin," Burke says. 'He's been a disappointment this year. He doesn't seem to pick things up very fast, but if you keep asking him to improve, he does. He's supposed to be better than he has been. I keep telling him that, but he doesn't understand. As long as he keeps improving, we'll keep giving him chances." Covenant leaves from the rail in race 2 with Mike Wilder in the sulky. The Meadows' 'Rockin' On The Rail' series of live concerts continues Saturday, with Dancing Queen performing on the apron at the conclusion of the live card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 31, 2018 -- Lakeisha Hall zipped to the front from post 6 and powered to victory -- her second straight and fourth in the last six -- in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Last week, Lakeisha Hall used a pocket trip to out-finish the leader, Fox Valley Charm. On Tuesday, their positions were reversed, but Lakeisha Hall would not let Fox Valley Charm by in the Lightning Lane, downing her by 1/2 length in 1:51.3 for Dave Palone. McDazzle found late racing room for show. Ron Burke trains Lakeisha Hall, a 5-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall who lifted her career bankroll to $548,879, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II. Palone collected four wins and Mike Wilder three on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2018 -- Racing off a five-week layoff, Lakeisha Hall got the pocket trip she needed before barreling through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Fox Valley Charm took the field into the final turn but was attacked outside by McDazzle and inside by Lakeisha Hall, who edged Fox Valley Charm by a head in 1:52. McDazzle was a close-up third. Ron Burke trains the 5-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $539,879, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II. It was one of four wins on the 13-race card for Palone, In Tuesday's companion feature, an $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Wind Of The North won his third straight, a front-end jog in 1:54.1, for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $943,848. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program includes a $12,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5, a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 and a $3,560.80 jackpot in the Super High 5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2018 -- Ready Any Time was set to her task in mid-stretch and responded, just holding off the relentless charge of Barn Girl to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53. Ready Any Time vaulted to the front from post 5 for Dave Palone but soon faced the first-over challenge of Barn Girl, who was seeking her fourth straight victory. When Palone asked her for more, the 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Spice Queen found it, edging Barn Girl by a head, with Bessie third. Ron Burke trains Ready Any Time, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $161,513, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, enjoyed a big day with six victories, including one each for trainers Randy Bendis, Scott Betts, Gerald Lee, Jr., Dirk Simpson, Leslie Zendt and Burke. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 9, 2018 -- Call For Justice pounced on his hard-used stablemate, Lady's Dude, and overtook him in the lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady's Dude was parked the opening three-eighths, leaving him vulnerable to the first-over challenge of Call For Justice and Dave Palone. The 6-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka held off the Lightning Lane thrust of Trustworthy Kid by a length in 1:54.1 while You're Majestic, the lone mare in the field, rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who now boasts $491,127 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 13-race card. THE MEADOWS INCREASES TUESDAY PICK 5 GUARANTEE TO $40,000 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $40,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, July 10 Pick 5 wager (races 9-13) as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when neither Saturday’s nor Monday’s Pick 5 was covered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $12,708.18. In addition, Tuesday’s program features a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), a $2,333.31 carryover in the day’s first Superfecta (currently race 2) and a $1,002.80 jackpot in the Super High 5 (race 13). Minimum wager for the Pick 4, Pick 5, Superfecta and Super High 5 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 Tuesday is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 5, 2018 -- First-time starter Michelon's Filly stalked the leader from the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:54.4, fastest win in Thursday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Margret Hill and Another Beach Day taking the other splits to give Dave Palone a stake double among his four victories on the 13-race card. Mami Hanover led her field into the final turn, but when the walls started to close in, Michelon's Filly had the shortest route to the finish line, edging Typhoon by a neck. Ponder Time earned show. "She had a lot of go today, and she's pretty handy," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "I think that's her greatest strength. She's very versatile. That will help as we go through the season and the races go a little faster." Erv Miller trains the daughter of Captain Treacherous-New Album for Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson. Margret Hill wasn't the stake's swiftest winner, but she was the most visually compelling. She spotted the 1-2 favorite, More More More, 6 lengths before overtaking her with a quick and determined uncovered move and downing her by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. Journey Of Love completed the ticket. "She was green," Palone said of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sarandon Blue Chip. "She had a good turn of foot, and I like the way she passed the favorite. She'll learn." Brian Brown conditions Margret Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill. Another Beach Day wasn't on the lead at any point in her two qualifiers, but Palone put her there in her career debut. She held off the rallying Alii Nui by a head in 1:55, with Sure R Lookin Good third. "She came advertised as a good filly, but she was completely lost on the lead," Palone said. "Every time I got her attention, she swelled up for me. I think she'll be better than a stallion series filly." Mike Hall trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Another Delight and owns with David Hamm, CTC Stable and Howard Taylor. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features the Sand Tart, a $182,962 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 3, 2018 -- Tuesday's $190,235 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows turned out to be a showcase for first-time starters. All five harness racing divisions in the event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Meadow Gladys, went to youngsters making their career debuts. The talented quintet includes: Fate Smiled, Sonnet Grace, Darla P, Magical Beliefs and Personal Paradise. Ake Svanstedt enjoyed a training/driving double with Darla P and Personal Paradise. Fate Smiled captured stake honors when she fronted the mile and dug in late to hold off Windy Corner by a head in 1:58. The first-over Something Spicy was third. "My main concern was to keep her quiet; with her pedigree, they have a tendency to be hot," said winning driver Dave Palone. "She was a perfect lady. I woke her up at the head of the stretch, but I never really felt any concern." Ron Burke trains the daughter of Muscle Massive-For A Dancer for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Michelle Yanek. Sonnet Grace found a seat third after trying for the early lead and had enough in the tank to kick by the leaders with a 28.4 final quarter. She triumphed in 1:58.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than Ladylilli, with early leader Sky Is Mine third. "I was hoping for another qualifier for her, but I ran out of time when I came up from Florida late," said Rod Allen, who trains and drives the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe for Rod Allen Inc. "But I schooled her and made the changes I had to make. I think I have her set now. She's a big filly, and I brought her along slow. Hopefully, she'll be a little more developed at the end of the year." Svanstedt said Darla P's talent always has impressed him, but it's something else that sets the daughter of Muscle Hill-Wilsonator apart. "She trained down well, but some horses are nervous about racing," he said. "She's always been focused -- before the race and during the race. " She demonstrated that focus in the Meadow Gladys when she sprang from the pocket at the top of the lane and overpowered Ma Was Right to defeat her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:58.1. Bushy Tails completed the ticket. The Pozefskys -- Michael, Harry and David -- own Darla P, who likely will race primarily in Pennsylvania but is eligible to some rich year-end stakes. After a holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday card that features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 9, 2016 -- Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in lifetime earnings, fell a head short in his quest for career win 100 Saturday at The Meadows when he couldn't get by a stubborn Bilbo Hanover and finished second. In their Non-Winners of $3,500 Conditioned Race, Bilbo Hanover pulled the pocket midway down the backside for Aaron Merriman while Foiled Again and Dave Palone took up the chase from fourth. Bilbo Hanover didn’t blink in the face of Foiled Again’s strong challenge and scored in 1:52.1 for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 8-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Bet Again Hanover gelding with Reed Broadway and Tom Pollack. Dafinaty (Chris Shaw) was third. Bilbo Hanover paid $5.00 to win. “I thought he would fight the other horse off,” Palone said. “Bilbo Hanover is no clown. He loves to race on the lead, and he’s tough to get by. But the old horse fought to the end. He went a good race. I can’t make any excuses for him.”Palone said he got the trip he wanted with Foiled Again, a three-time Pacer of The Year. It was the eighth consecutive time Foiled Again has been foiled in his bid for No. 100. Ron Burke, who trains the gallant 14-year-old Dragon Again-In A Safe Place gelding for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and JJK Stables, indicated he was pleased with Foiled Again’s effort “Every start he’s getting a little bit better,” Burke said. “We’re only a couple of starts from getting him to 1:51, which probably is the most he’ll pace any more. He probably fights allergies a little bit in the summer; as it gets cooler in the fall, he gets better. Anytime he tries his heart out like that, it’s no embarrassment.” Foiled Again faces mandatory retirement at the end of 2018. Burke said he plans to continue racing him through the end of the year and hopes to close out his career on his last day of eligibility, Dec. 31, when The Meadows hosts a twilight card. In Saturday’s feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Stride Of Pride took advantage of fast fractions thrown down by Dapper Dude to clear him first over and prevail in 1:49.3. Lincolnjames was second by 1/2 length — giving Burke an exacta sweep — while Dapper Dude saved show. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. piloted the 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding, who lifted his career bankroll to $136,627, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables. Mike Wilder and Merriman each collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features the Adios Betty, a $159,838 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05. PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 7, 2018 -- He's the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in career earnings, but in his final year of racing, 14-year-old Foiled Again would like to nail down one more accomplishment -- career win 100. He'll shoot for that elusive milestone Saturday at The Meadows when he leaves from post 2 with Dave Palone in race 11. First post for the special Belmont Day card is 11:25 AM. Foiled Again will compete in a conditioned race that generally draws horses that have been struggling for victories. Indeed, only one horse in the field has a win showing in its recent charted lines. Foiled Again has been, well, foiled again in each of his seven previous attempts for No. 100, but this Saturday's outcome could be different. "He drew in a good spot, he should have a good shot," says Ron Burke, who trains the gallant gelding, a son of Dragon Again-In A Safe Place, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and JJK Stables. "He's starting to get tight and should be ready to rock." Foiled Again last raced at Northfield Park on June 2, finishing third despite a brutal trip. Burke says he's maintaining the Old Boy's customary work schedule. "He gets trained the same as he's been trained since he was 4," Burke indicates. "He seems to thrive on work, and he's a very happy horse. If anything, he's better at it now because he knows what's expected of him." It was midway through Foiled Again's 4-year-old campaign that Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi and Kevin Koury of JJK recommended his purchase to their groups. They bought him privately, Weaver recalls, for $60,000. "That was a decent amount, especially 10 years ago, and we had some decent expectations of him," Weaver says. "He was a young horse who could get around small tracks, and we thought he would fit our program. But if someone had predicted he would achieve everything he did, you would've called him crazy." Those accomplishments are the stuff of legend. He won the Dan Patch Pacer of the Year Award three consecutive times (2011-2013), was the first pacer to record three consecutive million-dollar seasons and, in 2013 at the age of 9, he became the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown (a mark eclipsed the following year by 11-year-old trotter Commander Crowe). With that unprecedented resume, career win 100 might seem just a round number. Weaver and Burke don't see it that way. "He's done so much for all of us," Weaver says. "He's literally changed our lives and allowed us to invest back in the game. No. 100 would allow us to appreciate him one more time. Listen -- you have the winningest driver in the history of the sport driving for the winningest trainer in the history of the sport on the richest horse in the history of the sport. If they were to win, that would be kind of big." Says Burke: "Every win of his is important to us; you appreciate it now because you know there won't be many more. When he won his last stake race (the 2016 Robert J. Kane Memorial at Batavia Downs), we were all crying because we thought, this could be it." Win or lose Saturday, Burke plans to race Foiled Again through the end of the year, when he faces mandatory retirement, with his final race Dec. 31 at The Meadows. "That will make a great New Year's Eve party -- for us and his fans," Burke says. "It will be really cool for the sport." The Belmont Day card features many fan festivities, including a pair tied to Foiled Again. The first 100 people at the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) table in the Racebook will receive Foiled Again towels, a la the "Terrible Towel," and one lucky raffle winner will take home a Foiled Again figurine produced by Breyer. Other activities include: Food and beverage specials at the BBQ Pit on the apron; Paddock tours and jog cart/starting gate rides courtesy MSOA; The MSOA's "Spin to Win" contest, with vouchers as prizes; A "Rockin' on the Rail" live concert featuring Ryan Cain and the Ables. The music begins at the conclusion of the live card. For more information, stop by the MSOA information table. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows          

WASHINGTON, PA, June 4, 2018 -- Media Buzz secured the lead past the quarter and went on to capture his second straight win in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Media Buzz zipped to the front from post 6 and found himself in the pocket behind Fly Past Hanover. But Dave Palone preferred the point and moved the 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Lady Bar gelding to the front. Media Buzz held off the late charge of Mac Deeno and downed him by 1/2 length in 1:54.3 while Fly Past Hanover saved show. Steve Bush trains Media Buzz, who lifted his career bankroll to $123,510, and owns with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the $73,835 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 1, 2018 -- Many 10-year-old horses with nearly $1.7 million in their bank accounts would back off a little, perhaps enjoy a cozy retirement or a frolic in the breeding shed. Not Dancin Yankee. This old gent is still competing and winning at top levels. In fact, he'll be seeking his fourth straight victory in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A $17,000 yearling acquisition, Dancin Yankee showed some promise at 3 when he won a pair of Ohio Sires Stakes legs and was the beaten favorite in the championship. But he's blossomed since then, winning back-to-back OSS titles in 2014-2015, and he's a three-time Ohio Aged Pacer of the Year. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC purchased the son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest last year via Internet auction. "He's always been a good horse, but he definitely got better as he aged," says trainer Ron Burke. "I've always paid attention to him. I think he can race another year or two in top company." (Burke, by the way, will miss the race. He's in France, helping the French American Trotting Club and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York purchase trotters to race at Yonkers later this season.) Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi indicates his partnership gave about $74,000 for Dancin Yankee. "We figured he's worth a good portion of that as a stallion in the right market," Weaver says. "We've had a number of dominant aged horses over the years, such as Foiled Again and Sweet Lou. This guy always was very competitive with them. ""The way he carries himself, the way he looks on the track, you can tell he's a classy animal. I feel fortunate that we get to own him, even late in his career. He's becoming one of my favorites in a short time." His current streak includes wins at Scioto Downs and Yonkers, but Dancin Yankee will need his 'A' game to extend his skein. He'll be facing such stalwarts as fellow millionaire Dapper Dude; Phoenix Warrior N, who also has won three straight; Down-Under wonder Anythingforlove A, and Rancousy, a hard knocker who captured his last start at Pocono in 1:49.1. Dancin Yankee leaves from post 3, with Dave Palone driving. First post is 1:05 PM, with the Preferred Handicap as race 8. Also on Saturday, The Meadows will introduce the Super High 5, a winner-take-all-type wager that has generated huge jackpots and fan excitement wherever it's been offered. The Super High 5 will be featured on the final race of each card. In addition, the program includes a pair of rich total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). Fans may enjoy and participate in a number of special activities, including "Rockin on the Rail," a series of live musical concerts that will take place on the apron each Saturday through Sept. 1. The music begins at the conclusion of the live card, projected for 5:30 PM. Featured band Saturday is Johnny Angel & The Halos. During the live card, fans on the apron can meet the active Standardbred Bellows Binge from the Dirk Simpson stable, an event organized by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). The MSOA also will conduct paddock tours, starting gate rides and a "Pick the Winners" contest, with a $100 voucher up for grabs. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2018 -- Lakeisha Hall blistered the back half in 53.4, putting away a distinguished field en route to a front-end 1:50.4 victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After she seized the lead from post 6, Dave Palone gave Lakeisha Hall a 29.4 second-quarter breather. That enabled the 5-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall to thwart the first-over bid of Fox Valley Charm and down the pocket-sitting Shesasmokinlady by 1-1/2 lengths. Fox Valley Charm held gamely for show. Ron Burke trains Lakeisha Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $520,379, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Jack Piatt II. Brady Brown, Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday card, first post 1:05 PM. PICK 5 GUARANTEED AT $10,000 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has doubled — to $10,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its special Thursday, May 31 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Wednesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,407.11. In addition, Thursday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, also a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 8-12) 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. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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