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Dave Palone, right, the world record holder for harness racing wins, was a guest bartender at Parlay Lounge in the Hyatt Place Meadows Casino hotel on Feb. 28. Palone was present to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. His uniform, photo and whip are displayed in the Parlay Lounge (in the background). Pictured with Palone is Fred Branovan, president and COO of FFC Capital. Reprinted with permission of The Observer-Reporter

WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2019 -- Millionaire Dancin Yankee fired out for the lead and had little trouble with the field or the sloppy surface, cruising to victory in a sharp 1:53 in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The win gave Dave Palone and harness racing trainer Ron Burke a sweep of the track's four Preferred events for the week. The pocket-sitting Dapper Dude finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with the first-over Arthur Pendragon completing the ticket. Burke Racing Stable campaigns Dancin Yankee, an 11-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest gelding who boosted his career bankroll to $1,879,907. Palone and Burke each collected four victories on the 12-race card, and each tallied 13 wins for the week. In other highlights of the week: Party At The Banks Repeats in $20K F&M Trot Looped from the gate, Party At The Banks made the lead at her leisure and powered off to her second straight victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. The 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As triumphed in 1:54.2, 3-1/2 lengths better than You're Majestic, with CR Blazin Beauty third. Palone steered Party At The Banks, who lifted her lifetime earnings to $145,923, for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke fashioned a four-bagger on the 12-race program while Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted three winners. Chris Shaw provided the day's tote board pyrotechnics when he guided Woman Possessed home at a lush 55-1.   Windsun Glory Again in Top Distaff Pace Windsun Glory made it two straight to start her 6-year-old campaign with a front-end win in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. The daughter of Mach Three-Windsun Princess repelled a serious first-over challenge from Bontz N to score in 1:52.2 for Palone. The pocket-sitting Touchamatic was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Bontz N saved show. Burke conditions Windsun Glory, who extended her career bankroll to $390,368, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables and Larry Karr. Wilder garnered four wins on the 13-race program while Brady Brown, Jim Pantaleano and Burke each enjoyed a triple.   Millionaire Dayson Scores in Season's Debut Dayson, whose most recent victory made him a millionaire, kicked off his 2019 campaign in similar fashion with an easy win in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Although Dayson hadn't raced since the day after Christmas, Palone steered him aggressively with a quarter-pole move in the slop. The 6-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding prevailed in 1:56, 1-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Bluebird Jesse, with Chef Lee third. Dayson      - Chris Gooden photo Burke trains Dayson, who now has banked $1,011,712, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Tony Hall and Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $512.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 10, 2018 -- Aided by a second-quarter breather, Dayson drew away from the pocket-sitting Wind Of The North in the lane and captured Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dayson was looped from the gate and had to work hard for the lead on a subfreezing day. But the 5-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding was refreshed by the 30.3 second panel Dave Palone gave him and downed Wind Of The North by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:56.3. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Dayson, who lifted his career bankroll to $987,712, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Rossie Smith. Dan Rawlings collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 17, 2018 -- Windsong Leo sprinted to the early lead, then withstood two challenges late to collect his 17th harness racing victory this year -- and help Dave Palone to a six-bagger -- in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Always A Prince and Southwind Amazon are the "winningest" horses in 2018 at the Meadows with 19 victories apiece. Windsong Leo endured a 27 opening quarter, but when Palone gave him a 29.2 second-panel breather, he had enough to hold off the bids of Anythingforlove A in the Lightning Lane and Phoenix Warrior N outside. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding prevailed in 1:51.2, 1/2 length better than Anythingforlove A, with Phoenix Warrior N third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who now boasts $378,650 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Aaron Merriman and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $1,668.32 Pick 5 carryover and a Super Hi-5 jackpot of $260.50. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2018 -- Atta Boy Dan moved relentlessly first over to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Atta Boy Dan was fourth down the backside when Dave Palone sent him after the leader, Nitro Seelster. The two dueled for nearly one-quarter mile before Atta Boy Dan edged away and downed his rival by 3/4 lengths in 1:52, with Gallant Seelster third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 9-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding who won for the 49th time and extended his career bankroll to $720,202, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2018 -- Camera Lady enjoyed a 29.2 second-quarter breather, then sprinted off to her third straight victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap harness racing pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady dueled three-wide through a demanding 27.2 opening quarter, but after Dave Palone stepped on the brakes, the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go repelled the first-over challenge of Caviart Scarlett and scored in 1:54.2. Yankee Moonshine rallied for second, 5-3/4 lengths back, with Keystone Riptide third. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $233,298, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver-Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins, including three for Burke, on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 3, 2018 -- Forced to a demanding 26.4 opening quarter, Phoenix Warrior N found enough late to survive two deep-stretch challenges and capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After dueling for the early lead with Anythingforlove A and Windsong Leo, Phoenix Warrior N had to deal with both those rivals in the lane. Windsong Leo attacked outside while Anythingforlove shot the Lightning Lane, but Phoenix Warrior N kept his nose in front of Anythingforlove A and scored in 1:50.4 for Jim Pantaleano over a "good" surface. Windsong Leo was a close-up third. Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, an 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding who won for the 13th time this year and lifted his career bankroll to $358,373, for Tim Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. Dave Palone collected five wins on the 13-race card, including three for trainer Ron Burke. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows      

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 31, 2018 — Expose Yourself turned back the determined challenge of You’re Majestic and went on to a comfortable victory — her second straight — in Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself seemed secure on the lead after a soft 29.4 second panel, but when You’re Majestic — who was jumping up two classes after a pair of victories — came at her, the 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt was forced to dig in. Expose Yourself edged clear through the final turn and drew off late for Dave Palone to down Expose Yourself by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.2. The pocket-sitting Glidinthruparadise completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who triumphed for the fourth time in her last six starts and extended her career bankroll to $145,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Fighting back when it looked as though she might be passed down the backside, McDazzle reasserted in the lane and captured her third straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Touchamatic challenged McDazzle first over and got her head in front. But when Dave Palone asked McDazzle for more, the 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Dream McQueen delivered it and downed the game Touchamatic by a length in 1:52.2. With her show finish in the Lightning Lane, Barley Nation vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings. Ron Burke trains McDazzle, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $156,806, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 27, 2018 -- Windsong Leo seized the early lead and steadily drew away from the field, cruising to a 6-1/2-length romp in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. With Windsong Leo's archrival, Phoenix Warrior N, stuck outside and unable to clear, Dave Palone gunned the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding to a 55 back half in the slop, discouraging all challenges. He triumphed in 1:50.3, with Anythingforlove A and the game Phoenix Warrior N completing the ticket. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who won for the 16th time this year and pushed his career bankroll to $367,250, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phil Collura. Palone and Burke teamed for three wins on the 13-race card while Jim Pantaleano and Dan Rawlings also fashioned triples. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows -

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 24, 2018 -- Expose Yourself angled off the cones out of the final turn and blew by Rose Run Sydney in the lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot in 1:54.3, matching her career best. Rose Run Sydney got the jump on Expose Yourself with a first-over bid that carried her to the lead. But when Dave Palone showed Expose Yourself racetrack, she found another gear and downed Rose Run Sydney by a length. Early leader Glidinthruparadise finished third. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, a 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt who lifted her career bankroll to $136,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone had four assignments on the 13-race card and won three of them -- all for Burke, who added four victories to Tuesday's six-bagger. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 23, 2018 -- McDazzle repelled the challenge of newcomer Touchamatic and went on to a facile victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone gave McDazzle a comfortable 57.1 first half, which aggravated the difficulty for the first-over Touchamatic, who had turned in some big recent miles at Yonkers. A fresh McDazzle put her away in the final turn and drew off to down the pocket-sitting Shesasmokinlady by 2 lengths in 1:52.4. Real Fine finished a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains McDazzle, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Dream McQueen who extended her career bankroll to $146,806, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Three horseman rolled up big numbers on the 13-race card, including Burke with six wins, Palone with five and Mike Wilder with four. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 10, 2018 -- PL Jerico stalked Wind Of The North from the pocket, then kicked by him in the lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a sharp 1:53.3. Hammered down to 1-2. Wind Of The North was seeking his fourth straight win; when he got a 29.4 second-quarter breather, it appeared he would extend that streak. But when Dave Palone tipped PL Jerico off the cones at the top of the lane, he inched past the favorite and downed him by a neck. Chef Lee completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains PL Jerico, a 5-year-old Manofmanymissions-Corinas Mission gelding who now boasts $228,480 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $10,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Thursday, Oct. 11 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $7,500 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Wednesday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,306.51. In addition, Thursday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 as well as the Super Hi-5; each is a regular feature 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 the special Thursday card is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Mission Accepted made it three straight victories when he demolished the field by 6-1/2 lengths in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Mission Accepted got away fourth for Dave Palone and reached the top with an extended quarter-pole move. The 3-year-old son of Manofmanymissions-Witty Girl drew off as he pleased, scoring in a sharp 1:52.3. Classic Banker raced well first over for second while early leader Southwind Cobra completed the ticket. Jeff Conger trains Mission Accepted, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $328,524, and owns with Knox Services and David Wills. Aaron Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 3, 2018 -- The powerful team of Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke flexed their muscles Wednesday at The Meadows when they won five races, including the co-feature, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, with newcomer Percy Bluechip. A recent acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Purnel & Libby and Donald Emond, Percy Bluechip had been racing in Canada, where the 3-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Advantest compiled a bankroll of $468,755. Facing older mares, she powered to the front from post 6 and held off the late charge of the pocket-sitting Camera Lady, downing her by a neck in a sharp 1:52. Shesasmokinlady completed the ticket. In the companion feature, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, Glidinthruparadise also scored on the front end with a 1:54.2 triumph for Brian Zendt, trainer Ed Zubkoff, Jr. and Brookside Stables. The 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda lifted her lifetime earnings to $222,473. Elsewhere on the card, 18-year-old Jack Killeen, a resident of Dublin, Ireland who is stateside for several months to learn the American approach to the business, collected his first U.S. win when he brought Dreamer's Delight from 7-1/2 lengths back to prevail in 1:56.3 for trainer Paul Corey and owner Diane Coe. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2018 -- The only 3-year-old in the field, Mission Accepted took it to his elders with a powerful uncovered move that carried him to victory in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Mission Accepted entered the race off a victory in the $53,100 Ohio Breeders Championship and was hammered down to 3-5 as a result. He looked every bit the part, blowing by Top Dollar for Dave Palone mid-way down the backside and defeating him by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:54.1. Media Buzz completed the ticket. Jeff Conger trains the son of Manofmanymissions-Witty Girl, who now boasts $322,024 in career earnings, and owns with Knox Services Inc. and David Wills. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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