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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2019 -- An Original Dragon stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to snare her second straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. An Original Dragon grabbed the early lead but released Sweet Rockin Gia at the quarter, waiting patiently for her shot. Tony Hall gave it to her in the Lightning Lane, where she poured through to down Sweet Rockin Gia by a head in 1:55.3. E Dee's Well Said finished third. Andy Rickert owns and trains the winner, a 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-An Original. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the program features a $34,612.67 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 12, 2019 -- Hammered down to 1-9 in the wagering, Blue Ivy was as powerful as the odds suggested, pouring through the sloppy Lightning Lane to capture her third straight in Tuesday's fharness racing eature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Blue Ivy was content to stalk Sandy Win from the pocket. But when Aaron Merriman pointed her to the Lightning Lane, she blew past the leader and defeated her by a widening 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. Art Of Norma rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Blue Ivy, a 3-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue who now boasts $179,085 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card while Brady Brown fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $31,771.56 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 as well as an $877.02 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2019 -- Barn Girl rolled to her 11th harness racing win this year -- and 24th over the past two seasons -- with a front-end victory in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The only mare in the field -- as she often is -- Barn Girl forged three wide to the lead for Aaron Merriman and blunted the backside bid of Whats The Word. The 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall Turquoise Sweetie held off the Lightning Lane charge of Pass The Vape by a head to score in 1:54.2. Donatover, parked the entire mile, was a game third. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $858,878, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall collected four wins and Dave Palone three on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the card features a $29,563.70 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5.. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 8, 2019 -- Windsong Leo continued his domination of The Meadows elite harness racing pacers with a front-end victory -- his second in a row and 12th this year -- in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. Windsong Leo sprang to the lead from post 6 for Dave Palone. Despite a demanding 26.3 opening quarter, the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding had little trouble scoring in 1:50.1, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of than Bettor Than Spring. K Ryan Bluechiip completed the ticket. Ron Burke train's Windsong Leo, who triumphed for the 32nd time over the past two seasons and lifted his career bankroll to $549,860, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Trainer Ron Burke fashioned a five-bagger on the 13-race card while Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted four winners. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program offers a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $27,532.80 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $767.78 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). The Veterans Day card also features a tribute to America's servicemen and servicewomen highlighted by a match race pitting veterans of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2019 -- When it's Army vs. Navy in football, it's a spectacle. Monday at The Meadows will be as spectacular as it will feature Army vs. Navy vs. Air Force vs. Coast Guard in a special match race that will highlight the Veterans Day tribute and celebration presented by the track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). Veterans of those four military branches, each paired with a Meadows driver, will compete in the match race. Actually, the Army will have two representatives in the five-veteran field. Participants, along with their ranks when active, are: Sue Bales, Sergeant, U.S. Army; Suzanne Hicks, Specialist (E-4), U.S. Army; Brian Judy, Petty Officer First Class, U.S. Navy; Michael Lutz, Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Specialist, U.S. Air Force; David Polofcha, Petty Officer Second Class (E-5), U.S. Coast Guard. As part of the tribute, The Meadows will offer a complimentary buffet lunch in the Carvery restaurant to active military and veterans while the MSOA will provide them with free t-shirts, programs and wagering vouchers. Veterans and active military also may enjoy paddock tours and starting gate rides courtesy the MSOA. First post for Monday's live card is 1:05 PM, with the time of the match race to be determined. The jackpot for the Super Hi-5 at The Meadows has jumped again. The carryover for Friday's Super Hi-5 is $24,811.20. The wager is offered on the final race of each live card. First post for Friday's 13-race program is 1:05 PM. For more information or to register for any of the day's events or giveaways, please contact the MSOA's Dawnelle Mock, 724.470.8303, dawnellemock@gmail.com -- and be sure to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook on Nov. 11. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2019 -- Casey T pulled off a 7-1 upset when she used the Lightning Lane to outkick Kenziesky Hanover and capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Casey T and Dan Rawlings grabbed the early lead but released Kenziesky Hanover to take advantage of the pocket trip. Casey T was strongest in the lane, downing the rallying Rose Run Reanna by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:55.4. Kenziesky Hanover saved show. Tyler Stillings trains Casey T, a 6-year-old daughter of Madison River-Gia who boosted her career bankroll to $157,629, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Stillings and Rags To Riches teamed for three victories on the 13-race card while Stillings added to his big day with a driving win. In Wednesday's subfeature, an $11,200 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, Blue Ivy turned in a sparkling performance for owner Renee Bercury and trainer Bill Bercury, winning in a swift 1:51.3. Blue Ivy was hammered down to 1-9 in the wagering and responded with a 7-1/4-length victory. Aaron Merriman piloted the 3-year-old filly, who now boasts $172,335 in lifetime earnings. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $24,811.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 5, 2019 -- Medusa became harness racing's newest millionaire when she finished second in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Her check lifted her career bankroll to $1,004,178. Tony Hall was aboard for the milestone trip for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 8-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical with Pollack Racing LLC. Fast, rugged and durable, Medusa was unraced at 2 and 3 but made up for lost time in her initial -- and best -- campaign, when she banked $246,691. Medusa led until deep stretch in Tuesday's feature but was outkicked in the Lightning Lane by the pocket-sitting Amelias Courage A, who knifed through the slop to down Medusa by 3/4 lengths in 1:53 for Dan Rawlings. It was the first win in three domestic starts since trainer Richard Perfido imported the 5-year-old daughter of Courage Under Fire-American Dream for Thomas Mattingly. Camera Lady completed the ticket. Rawlings fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $22,748.49 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                        

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 4, 2019 -- Brian Zendt collected harness racing career win #3,000 when he drove Saratoga Gia to victory in Monday's ninth race at The Meadows. "It's a good accomplishment for me because I don't drive every race," he said. "It seems a long time since I got 2,000." He took the first step towards his next milestone by bringing Cupcake Boss home -- at 23-1 -- in race 11. Zendt, 43, who began driving in 1995, also has 249 career training wins. He currently operates a stable typically numbering three to five head but can see a day when he expands. "I like to drive now, but I'd be lying if I said I like to drive all winter," he said. "Right now, the kids are into barrel racing and school stuff, but when they're older, it might be fun to take them to Florida in the winters." Zendt is part of a storied harness racing family. His dad, Bill, has been a leading trainer at The Meadows for decades and remains active and successful. Bill's late father, Wilbur, was a prominent trainer/driver. Brian's brother, Phillip, is a trainer based at The Meadows, and their sister, Bethann, is a longtime Standardbred owner and the wife of Dave Palone, harness racing's "winningest" driver all time. For all that, there was a time when he pondered a different career. "I attended Slippery Rock University majoring in finance; I thought education would be a good back-up for me," he said. "I had another year to go, but it was too much fun coming here and driving horses like Prescott Hanover on weekends. I thought that was pretty cool. I wish I would have finished school, but it's no big deal now. I have a lot of friends who got their degrees and had trouble finding jobs." Among his favorite horses are a handful he's driven for his father and the late trainer Walter "Boots" Dunn and Dunn Stable: Cam Mikey, whom he piloted to a third-place finish in the final of the 2014 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids; the ill-fated Hidden Viggorish, a multiple track record holder at The Meadows who died as a result of foaling complications; the top trotter Sir Caviar, a win machine at The Meadows; Always Cam, who won the 2004 Breeders Crown Mare Pace with David Miller in the sulky. Perhaps his most memorable trip came Feb. 3, 2016 at The Meadows with Dunn Stable's fast-class trotter Trustworthy Kid. Zendt piloted the homebred to an improbable victory -- just hours after Dunn's death. "That was pretty special," he said. "He won against all odds, coming five wide and just swooping everybody. You could hear a pin drop after that race." OPEN TROT TO WHATS THE WORD Whats The Word roared from the pocket past the three-quarters and overpowered the leader, Donatover, en route to victory in Monday’s $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sensing that Donatover was vulnerable after a demanding opening quarter, Jim Pantaleano moved the winner from the pocket early. Whats The Word responded by scoring in 1:54.1, 3/4 lengths better than Pass The Vape. Donatover saved show. Scott Betts trains Whats The Word, a 4-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Your Word Is Good who extended his career bankroll to $318,307, for Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano, Stephen Moss and Keith Pippi. Dave Palone and Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $20,573.33 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5.. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 1, 2019 -- Front-ending You're Majestic, the only mare in the harness racing field, repelled the first-over bid of Delcrest Holiday and went on to capture Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. You're Majestic was hard pressed by Delcrest Holiday, but when trainer/driver Doug Snyder put her to her task, she responded by widening late and downing the game challenger by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.3. Lucky Matter finished third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns You're Majestic, a 7-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-You're Adorable who lifted her career bankroll to $582,117. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday, when the program features a pair of rich wagering opportunities: a $15,025.63 carryover in the Super Hi-5 (race 12) and a $1,774.03 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. The program will mark the final call at The Meadows for Roger Huston, who has been "The Voice" of the track for the last 44 years. He has accepted a position as ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and will continue calling the Little Brown Jug. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 1, 2019 -- An era will end Saturday when Roger Huston, "The Voice" of The Meadows for the last 44 years, calls his final harness racing card at the track (first post 1:05 PM). At 77, Huston is cutting back his workload. He'll still call the Little Brown Jug, which he's done since 1968, and he'll announce races at a number of county fairs. But his day-to-day presence will be reduced. And what a presence it has been. Not only has Huston called more than 188,000 races in his career, but he's also been an effective ambassador and champion for harness racing, attracting many new fans to the sport through his distinctive calls and enthusiasm. Fittingly, the Hall of Famer has accepted a position as ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, returning to his Ohio roots. He seldom refuses an assignment, calling races throughout North America and journeying to Dublin each year to announce Ireland's premier event, the Vincent Delaney Memorial. But a race needn't be high profile to lure him; he once called a homespun Pittsburgh affair known as "The Undie 500," which featured humans, possibly inebriated, racing in their skivvies. That one may not make his career highlights list, but all who heard his call remember it. Huston is prolific to be sure, yet he also brings to his work a Cosellian quality, rare among announcers, that infuses even the most humble event with importance. When he calls a race, it's historic -- and we're thrilled to become part of that history. Now, on the eve of his final call at The Meadows, horsemen are offering tributes and remembrances. Some are veteran Ohio and western Pennsylvania horsemen. Others are winners of the Jug or the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. A few are both. If you've never been on your feet, you better get up now to join these horsemen in thanking Roger Huston and celebrating his career. * * * * * "We're not just losing a man; we're losing an icon He's the SportsCenter, the Chris Berman of harness racing. His knowledge and dedication to something that he loves are unsurpassed. I've always looked forward to Roger's announcing every day, to his thunder and his fire. The statistics he compiles are instrumental to the game. With today's technology, I hope there's a group that will keep that going." -- Aaron Merriman, four-time national driving champion who's co-located at The Meadows and Ohio tracks * * * * * "He's the reason my dad took me to the races for the 1976 Adios. I had no background in horses, no interest in horses, but when I heard Roger calling the stretch duel between Armbro Ranger and Keystone Ore, I was hooked. I thought, I'd like for that guy to scream my name. He's been my No. 1 supporter, even introducing me at my Hall of Fame induction. When I won the Jug with P-Forty Seven (2005), he was the happiest guy in the winners' circle -- tears running down his face, big hug. That meant a lot. It will be weird driving races and not hearing him." -- Dave Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver * * * * * "When I was 17, I skipped school to go to the Jug. I had no pass, no parking -- the Jug barn wasn't even built then. So I'm walking up the road, and I hear Roger holler, 'They're going to the gate.' It made my hair stand on end. He makes the whole experience more special. In 2017, I had three horses at The Meadows for Emerald Highlands Farm on Adios Day. We won the Adios with Fear The Dragon, we won an Adioo Volo division, and we won an Arden Downs split. Roger couldn't let that go: 'Three in a row at The Meadows!' That put the cherry on top." -- Brian Brown, Delaware, Ohio-based trainer * * * * * "I've known Roger just about my whole life. I remember first meeting him when I was 8 at the Ashland County Fair and later hearing him call the Jug. He really loves harness racing; you can tell by the way he calls the races. Things won't be the same without him. After I won my first Jug with No Pan Intended (2003), I told Roger, 'I'm glad it was you who called my first Jug win.'" -- Hall of Famer David Miller, five-time Jug winner and former member of The Meadows drivers colony. * * * * * "Roger is Meadows racing as far as I'm concerned, and I'm lucky enough to call him my friend. It's truly a loss for The Meadows. At the same time, I'm happy for him taking on his new role in Ohio. He's had a tremendous impact on the sport and on me personally. When I watch replays and hear him screaming my name, it makes my job fun." -- Mike Wilder, Ohio native and longtime driver at The Meadows * * * * * "On behalf of all our horsemen, I want to thank Roger. He's been harness racing's No. 1 fan, and we really appreciate all his hard work in promoting racing. He's in the Hall of Fame for a reason." -- Kim Hankins, executive director, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association * * * * * "I'm from Ohio, and my first harness racing experience was listening to Roger's calls at the Jug. That was the most exciting thing. We moved to western Pennsylvania even before Roger arrived at The Meadows; I remember having dinner at his house when we were kids. It was great to have an announcer of his stature at The Meadows; just his being here brought us publicity. That's been important for all our careers. What he's brought to our sport is unfathomable." -- Norm Parker, The Meadows-based trainer * * * * * "I've actually been thinking quite a bit about his departure. I'm trying to appreciate hearing him now, because when he's gone, people will really miss him. My father grew up in Pittsburgh and, I assume, went to The Meadows in the '70s. Roger was the announcer then, so to me, he connects my generation to my dad's generation. Something feels good about that, knowing I'm listening to the same announcer. I don't know what it will be like here when he's gone, but it certainly will be different. Roger is as much a part of The Meadows as anyone or anything ever." -- Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi LLC, who treasures Huston's calls of his two Jug wins (Limelight Beach in 2014, Filibuster Hanover in 2017) and his 2018 Adios title with Dorsoduro Hanover. Super Hi-5 Jackpot at $15,025.63 The jackpot for the final-race Super Hi-5 at The Meadows has grown again. Friday's Super Hi-5 offers a carryover of $15,025.63. First post for the 12-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 30, 2019 -- Camera Lady roared from the pocket into the final turn, overwhelmed the leader and notched a convincing harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Godiva Seelster held a tentative lead as the field readied for the stretch drive, but Camera Lady erased it in a heartbeat. The 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go scored in 1:51.4 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., 2-1/2 lengths better than Sandy Win. Cult Icon rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jam Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and Burke each fashioned a triple on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $15,025.63 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2019 -- Harness racing trotter Donatover grabbed the lead with a quarter-pole move and was unthreatened thereafter in capturing Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Donatover was away third when Dave Palone sent him after Final Breath on the point. The 4-year-old Donato Hanover-Anonyme Hanover easily repelled the challenge of Pass The Vape and downed him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:52.4. Final Breath saved show. Tim Twaddle trains Donatover, who extended his career earnings to $192,588, for Micki Rae Stables. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the card features a $13,091.61 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 12-race program is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 28, 2019 -- When You Dance moved relentlessly first over, wore down the leader late and captured Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace. When You Dance was third down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent him after Go West Go Fast, who was racing off a layoff but dueled evenly with the challenger until-mid stretch. When You Dance edged away and held off the Lightning Lane charge of Enoch by 1/2 length in 1:51.3. Go West Go Fast saved show. Christen Pantaleano owns and trains When You Dance, a 4-year-old Mach Three-Armbro Dancer gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $163,047. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins on the 12-race card while Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features an $11,525.29 carryover in the final-race Super-Hi 5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 23, 2019 -- I Want Kandy vaulted to the lead from post 3 and never let a harness racing rival within striking distance, springing an 11-1 upset in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. I Want Kandy foiled the uncovered bid of Perseverance and triumphed for Jim Pantaleano in 1:55, A length better than You're Majestic in the Lightning Lane. Trixie Dust rallied for show. Scott Betts trains the 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Celebrity Kandy, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $209,318, for Brookside Stables and Keith Gravis. Pantaleano collected four wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer J.L. Adams. After a brief hiatus, live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a pair of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $9,292.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2019 -- Broadway Kabam retook the lead at the quarter and drew away steadily from there, collecting an easy harness racing victory in the slop for Aaron Merriman in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,300 Conditioned Trot. It was one of six victories for Merriman on the 13-race card, and they came for as many trainers: Nathan Bresnahan, Ron Burke, Spencer Kahrig, John Melsheimer, Peter Stratton and Fred Uber, Jr. Broadway Kabam released Jailhouse Buckaroo to the point, but once he retook, neither his rivals nor the off track bothered him. He prevailed in a career-best 1:55, 5-3/4 lengths better than Moni Justice, while Jailhouse Buckaroo saved show. Uber conditions the 4-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall-Go Get Sarah for Jodi Martin, Kaylee Martin and Nicole Uber. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $1,353.71 carryover in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $3,529 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $6,558.53 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 21, 2019 -- Party At The Banks matched the harness racing track record of 1:52.3 for older mares as she moved powerfully first over and drew off late in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. One of two mares in the field, Party At The Banks found a seat fourth from post 8 before Dave Palone sent her on her way. The 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As quickly overpowered the leader, Whats The Word, and defeated Donatover by 4-1/2 lengths. Barn Girl, the other mare in the race, earned show. The time equaled the mark established by Cowgirl Hall in 2014. Ron Burke trains Party At The Banks, who lifted her career bankroll to $312,173, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $4,578.35 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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