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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 21, 2020 -- Icanflylikeanangel set sail after the leader, Perlucky, at the three-quarters, collared him in mid-stretch and went on to capture Tuesday's harness racing $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Icanflylikeanangel was third when Mike Wilder tipped him off the cones. The 6-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding advanced determinedly on Perlucky, downing him by 1/2 length in 1:53.3. Final Breath earned show. Randy Bendis trains the winner, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $318,176, and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. In Tuesday's co-feature, the $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, 10-1 outsider Dark Force followed the live cover of McDazzle and edged her at the wire to pull off the upset for Tony Hall. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Skinny Dip scored in 1:52.2 in extending her career earnings to $194,638 -- and giving Bendis and Pollack a sweep of the day's co-features. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 13-race card. Dark Force Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $7,102.98 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,931.69 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $1,677.48 carryover in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2020 -- Carolina Beach worked hard for the early lead, then held off the Lightning Lane charge of K Ryan Bluechip to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. K Ryan Bluechip stretched out Carolina Beach to a 27 opening panel before settling into the pocket. In the stretch, however, Carolina Beach had just enough of his diminishing lead to down K Ryan Bluechip by a neck in 1:51.2 for driver Aaron Merriman. Do Work Son, who was out without cover before the half, was a well-meant third.   Bill Bercury trains Carolina Beach, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $331,093, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone piloted six winners on the 13-race card while trainer Ron Burke fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $3,626.95 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, Jan. 15, 2020 -- Harness racing driver Ed McNeight, Jr. passed $10 million in career purses Wednesday at The Meadows with his victory aboard Big Booty Rudy in race 7. It was career win 3,516 for McNeight and lifted his total purses to $10,001,903. McNeight began his career on the Buffalo-Batavia circuit before relocating to The Meadows in 1994. He was inducted into the Upstate New York Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2011.   In Wednesday's feature, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot, following an aborted quarter-pole move, Slated To Win found his best stride down the backside and went on to score in 1:57.1. Dan Rawlings tipped Slated To Win at the quarter but wasn't happy with the way that was working out and was able to duck back to the cones. However, when he came first up with Slated To Win, the 4-year-old Uncle Peter-Slated For Success gelding wore down the leader, Aftermeyourfirst, and downed the rallying Malloy by a neck. Aftermeyourfirst saved show. Kelly Stackowicz trains Slated To Win for George Beck.   Tony Hall and trainer Scott Betts teamed for a pair of victories on the 13-race program while trainer Kevin Johnson and Rawlings also fashioned a double. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the card features a $2,307.96 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, Jan. 14, 2020 -- Off nearly 11 months, millionaire Wind Of The North showed his harness racing class and huge heart when he moved strongly first over to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North was fourth when Aaron Merriman sent him uncovered after the leader, Icanflylikeanangel. The 10-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding drew even in mid-stretch before surging to down Icanflylikeanangel by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. Cherry Peep finished third.   Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts career earnings of $1,085,908. Speaking of winning off the bench, Touchamatic was inspired by "Windy," her stablemate, to take Tuesday's co-feature, a $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, off a five-week layoff. She prevailed in 1:53.3 on the front end. Long shot Magic Forces rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Dark Force completed the ticket. Touchamatic, an 18-time winner last year, triumphed for Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury, giving the trio a sweep of Tuesday's features. The 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch lifted her career bankroll to $436,122. Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card.   Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $900.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2020 -- Explosive Leggs moved determinedly first over, collared the leader, Just Maybe The One, in the shadow of the wire and captured Monday's co-feature harness racing trot at The Meadows, an $11,500 Conditioned evemt. Just Maybe The One threw down a 27.4 third quarter but couldn't shake Explosive Leggs, who defeated him by 1/2 length in 1:55 for Tony Hall. Lars Perry finished third.   Carl Cocciolone trains the winner, who now boasts career earnings of $257,095, and owns with Mark Sosovicka. In the other co-feature, also an $11,500 Conditioned Trot, IC Caviar overpowered the field with a 1:55.1 front-end victory for Mike Wilder and trainer John Sullivan, who owns the 9-year-old Malabar Millennium-Lady Caviar gelding with Michael Marocco. IC Caviar pushed his lifetime bankroll to $286,985.   Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card while Greg Wright, Jr. fashioned a training/driving double. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 10, 2020 -- Windsong Leo endured a demanding 26.3 opening quarter in the slop and still had plenty in the tank to notch his third straight harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.1 second-panel breather, the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding threw down a 27.3 third quarter that put the field away. He sprinted off late to score in 1:51, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Bettor Than Spring, with Do Work Son third.   Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, a 15-time winner in 2019 who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $596,460, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Dave Palone collected six wins, including three for Burke, on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 8, 2020 -- Mass Fortune K wore down the determined Maewegonow and edged her by a neck to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Mass Fortune K was third down the backside when Mike Wilder sent him after Maewegonow, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Meadows. Mass Fortune K surged at the wire to score in 1:56 for trainer Norm Parker and breeder/owner Bob Key. Matterlei rallied from last for show.   A 4-year-old son of Muscle Massive-Ice Fortune K, the winner lifted his career bankroll to $242,654. Tony Hall and Jim Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $4,151.70 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $701.91 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 7, 2020 — Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman isn’t really on a Milestone-A-Day Tour — it just seems that way. On Dec. 30 at Northfield Park, he became the first driver in harness racing history to record three consecutive 1,000-win seasons. That same day, he wrapped up his fifth straight North American driving title. On Tuesday at The Meadows, he notched career win 12,000 when he piloted Shady Grey to victory for trainer Shane Heasley in the ninth race. What was he thinking as he crossed the wire for this latest milestone? “Years ago when I was a kid, Shane introduced me to Tone Loc, an old-school rapper I really like,” Merriman said. “I know it’s strange, but that’s the first thing I thought, that I was happy I could win for Shane. “Every win is special to me, but when you get these milestones and hit the zeroes, it’s kind of cool.” His 12,000th win was particularly meaningful because his dad, longtime trainer/driver Lanny Merriman, joined him in the winners’ circle. “Dad came to my house to wake me this morning to make sure I was up, but I didn’t know he came to the races. I saw him from afar. Let me tell you something — he enjoys it more than I do. He’s proud of his kids and grandkids, and it’s great to have that support.”   For a number of years, Merriman has maintained a grueling schedule, driving regularly at The Meadows and several tracks in his native Ohio. That regimen keeps him on the road constantly. He made a pledge to cut back in 2019 and honored it . . . sort of. “I took a lot of Thursdays off last year and ended up with a few hundred starts less,” he said. “Being in a car is wearing on me; it’s really tedious. “My ultimate goal is to try not to extend myself so much. I may not take big chunks of time off, but I will take off days here and there. Sometimes people tell me to step back and enjoy the moment, but I truly enjoy driving racehorses. It feels good when I can help people.” McDazzle set sail after her stablemate, Camera Lady, down the backside, passed her into the final turn and rolled to a sharp 1:52.3 victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. McDazzle was third when Mike Wilder tipped her of the cones. The 6-year-old daughter of Art Official-Dream McQueen simply overpowered Camera Lady, defeating her by 2-1/2 lengths. Dark Force was third.   Ron Burke trains McDazzle, who boosted her career bankroll to $320,296, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $2,879.03 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, Jan. 6, 2020 -- A new harness racing season began Monday at The Meadows, but it looked like the same old Perlucky, as he rolled to his fifth straight victory in the $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot. Dave Palone sent Perlucky to the point from post 6, and the 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding had nary an anxious moment, defeating the pocket-sitting Cherry Peep by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:55.1. Rising MVP rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Perlucky, who now boasts $359,909 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.   Mike Wilder and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. During the program, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) honored Aaron Merriman for achieving his third consecutive 1,000-win season, a harness racing first. Merriman notched win 1,000 at Northfield Park on the final card of 2019. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the card features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,370.51 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $1,129.69 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, Jan. 6, 2020 -- New Year's morning in Slippery Rock, southwestern Pennsylvania. The weak early light barely picks up the two figures approaching a barn. Horsenappers? Holiday revelers hung over and lost? The barn door bursts open, and Bill Bercury and his wife Renee shower their harness racing horses with treats, then serenade them with a chorus of "Happy Birthday." Most in the Standardbred game know that all horses are assigned a birthday of Jan. 1, but how many horsemen and horsewomen go out of their way to celebrate that day with their horses? The Bercurys do, and that affection and concern may be one of the reasons for their enduring success. Their success never was more evident than in 2019, when Bill Bercury topped all trainers (in the Less Than 300 Starts category) with an eye-popping .580 Universal Trainer Rating (UTR). Andrew Adamczyk was second at .524; no one else topped .500. In 123 starts, the Bercury stable rolled up 51 wins and earned $617,870, an average of more than $5,023 per start. The Bercurys' program is to purchase proven equine commodities -- "We buy damn nice horses," Bill says -- pay fair market value for them and train them to even greater heights. They're limited by stall space to six horses, but each was outstanding in 2019 performing at The Meadows and sometimes Northfield Park. The Bercurys' six-pack includes: Touchamatic, Older Pacing Mare of the Year at The Meadows and winner of 18 of 36 starts last year. "A big part of our success was having her lead the pack," Bercury says. Barn Girl, an 8-year-old trotting mare who's won exactly half her 132 lifetime starts and $860,478. Carolina Beach, a consistent Preferred pacer who banked nearly $150,000 in 2019. Major Nemesis, a terror at Northfield before being shelved with an injury. Blue Ivy, at 4, the youngest of the contingent and perhaps the one with the most upward potential. The filly pacer closed the year with a five-race winning streak and $131,537 in seasonal earnings. Wind Of The North, a 10-year-old trotting millionaire who missed 10 months with an injury. He's set to qualify Thursday. Bercury credits his assistant, Mike McDowell, with getting the most from that talented bunch. "He's very good with the horses, and he's very good about noticing the things that are bothering them. He never says, 'Don't worry about it, it's nothing.' He takes care of it." Bercury also cites the impact of Aaron Merriman, who was aboard for most of the Bercury stable's starts en route to his third consecutive thousand-win season -- a harness racing first. "We have the best driver in the sport driving our horses -- how many points is that worth?" But perhaps the most important factor in the Bercurys' success is that, while they're savvy business owners, they treat their horses with compassion. "As long as you operate in a dignified manner, your horses learn to trust other horses, and they learn to trust you," Bercury says. "As long as you don't violate that trust, they become comfortable with you. That's so important to the horse's attitude." Other western Pennsylvania horsemen fared well in the UTR Fewer Than 300 Starts category, as Robert Rougeaux III ranked 8 at .432 while Mike Palone checked in at 21 with a .397 UTR. As for the year just begun, Bercury is realistic about his chances of successfully defending his title. "Let's face it, .580 is nosebleed territory, and you can't expect to be there every year," he says. "But I expect to have an outstanding year." The 2020 season at The Meadows kicks off Monday with a 13-race card that begins at 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 30, 2019 -- What a way to go! The Meadows brought down the harness racing curtain Monday on its 2019 live racing season with an action-packed card that featured the championships of five Holiday Claiming Series and wagering fireworks in the Super Hi-5. The Super Hi-5 jackpot stood at $105,000.96 following Saturday's carryover. Fueled by frenzied Monday wagering, however, the jackpot swelled to $323,614, by far a record for the Super Hi-5 at The Meadows. Ordinarily, the jackpot is paid only if there is a single correct ticket. But because the pool could not be carried over to next year and had to be paid out, the jackpot was shared by all holders of correct tickets, who each received $366.78 On the racing front Big Dutch and Cherry Peep each pulled off a mild upset in a series final. In a $24,000 championship for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers, Big Dutch was forced to a 26.4 opening panel to reach the lead but picked up cover thereafter. He had enough left to edge Enoch by a head in 1:53 for Tony Hall, trainer Mike Palone and owners Charles Haley and Mitchell Fini. BB's Harley completed the ticket.   A 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Big Duchess gelding, Big Dutch now boasts lifetime earnings of $144,773. Cherry Peep prevailed in the $24,500 championship for $20,000 claiming trotters, holding off the determined challenge of her stablemate, Mac Deeno, and downing him by 1/2 length in 1:56. Aaron Merriman piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Conway Hall-Jenny On The Block, who extended her career earnings to $153,848. Andy Rickert trains and owns Cherry Peep with Corey Hendricks and Nichole Stahl.   In the other championships: $18,600 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Trotters Mr Quaker completed a series sweep when he quarter-poled to the point for Dave Palone and held off the late rally of Just Jewel to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.2 Parnell completed the ticket. Mike Palone conditions Mr Quaker, a 4-year-old Pilgirms Chuckie-Julia Jet gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $139,874, for J.R. Ryan and Collin Ryan. $18,400 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Horse & Gelding Pacers Here Comes Stubbie took advantage of a hot pace to register his first win of the year in 15 tries. He moved three wide with cover down the backside for Aaron Merriman and triumphed in 1:55, a length better than Nobetterplacetobe. Innocent Victim shot the Lightning Lane for show. Jack Smith trains the 5-year-old Pine Valley-Maggie Hanover gelding, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, and owns with Bob Adamo. $17,400 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Filly & Mare Pacers The Spinster N made a power move down the backside and romped to victory for Merriman, trainer Justin Pirillo and owners Vince Aiello and Scott Aiello. The 7-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Millwood Bella scored in 1:55.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than 60-1 long shot Unbeamlievable, with Strong Coffee third. The Spinster N pushed her career bankroll to $148,925. Mike Wilder, Palone and Merriman each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. The 2020 season at The Meadows kicks off Monday, Jan. 6, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 28, 2019 -- Unraced at 2 and unheralded at 3 when he burst on the scene with outstanding performances in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, Wild Wild Western is the 2019 Horse of the Year at The Meadows. He also was named Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year. Maewegonow, a hard-hitting mare who took on the track's best all season, was named Trotter of the Year and Older Mare Trotter of the Year. The awards were announced and presented at Saturday's "Day of Champions" at The Meadows, when 10 other divisional champions also received their awards. The winners were selected by a vote of Meadows Standardbred Ownership Association (MSOA) members. Trained by Norm Parker for Jeff Weaver's Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters, Wild Wild Western began his season in late-closing series at The Meadows. With Mike Wilder at the helm, he was so impressive he was promoted to the PASS, where he won a split and finished second in two others. That earned the son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra, a $55,000 yearling acquisition, a ticket to the Adios. He showed he belonged with top competition by finishing third in his elimination and fourth in the final captured by Southwind Ozzie. He locked horns with Southwind Ozzie again in the PASS final, finishing a more-than-respectable third to the champ. Wild Wild Western won eight times this year and took a mark of 1:51.2, compiling a bankroll of $189,593. Whether in against fillies and mares or facing the track's top male trotters, Maewegonow was strong and consistent all year. The 5-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo, who's trained by Richard Perfido for Thomas Mattingly, won seven races and more than $95,000 this year to extend her career earnings to $366,456. A modest $18,000 yearling purchase, she took her life mark of 1:53.4 this year in an Open 2 Handicap that included males. In Saturday's racing, Camera Lady blazed the back half in 55.2 -- over a "good" surface -- and notched an easy 1:53.3 victory for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   The winner's stablemate, McDazzle, finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Amelias Courage A third. A five-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, Camera Lady now boasts $435,038 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano, Burke and Wrenn each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a mandatory payout of the $105,000.96 jackpot in the final-race Super Hi 5. The day's final Pick 4, Pick 5 and Superfecta also are "must pay." First post Monday is 1:05 PM. Others receiving Day of Champions awards were: 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer -- Dracarys Z Trainer: Carl Cocciolone; Owners: Carl Cocciolone, Mark Sosovicka, Nick Catalano, Dana Kahrig 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- Coral Reef Hanover Trainer: Dan Altmeyer; Owners: Dan Altmeyer, Richard Kelson; Lone Wolf Stables, Walter Gesek Stable 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Stickler Hanover Trainer: Steve Schoeffel; Owners: Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goehle, Michael Munn 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Friday Night Storm Trainer: Ray Romanetti; Owners: Lori Romanetti, Bernadette Luketich-Sikaras 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- April Ava Trainer: Scott Betts; Owners: Nick Catalano, Tim Betts 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Explosive Form Trainer: Norm Parker; Owners: George Romanoff, Mark Goldstein, Norm Parker Stable 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Lindy Misssunshine Trainer: Wilbur Yoder; Owner Richard Hess Older Horse Pacer -- Dapper Dude Trainer: Tim Twaddle; Owner: Micki Rae Stables Older Mare Pacer -- Touchamatic Trainer: Bill Bercury; Owner: Renee Bercury Older Horse Gelding/Trotter -- Bluebird Jesse Trainer: Sarah Andrews; Owners: John McGill, Adam Friedland By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 27, 2019 -- When Windsong Leo and Southwind Amazon lined up for Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows, they brought some gaudy harness racing statistics to the fray -- 32 combined wins this year and more than $403,000 in combined seasonal earnings. Something had to give . . . and it wasn't Windsong Leo. The 1-2 favorite pulled the pocket for driver Dave Palone into the final turn, blew by Southwind Amazon and scored in 1:50.4. The 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding downed the rallying K Ryan Bluechip by 1-3/4 lengths. Bettor Than Spring finished third while Southwind Amazon, tiring on the sloppy surface, faded to fourth. Windsong Leo collected his 15th victory this year for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura and extended his career bankroll to $586,460. In Friday's companion feature, the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot, Perlucky made it four straight wins, moving three wide past the half to edge the front-ending Icanflylakeanangel by a neck in 1:54.4. The 4-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding lifted his lifetime earnings to $350,909 and provided a sweep of the day's features for Palone, Burke and the Burke Racing-Weaver Bruscemi-Collura ownership team. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Jason Robinson, while Palone enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday, the 2019 "Day of Champions," when The track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) reveal and crown their Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year. As part of the festivities, the MSOA will give away hats commemorating Palone's 19,000th career victory; the first 100 patrons are eligible. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2019 -- Breaktime Hanover waited patiently inside, then charged through the Lightning Lane to pull off the mild 5-1 upset in Thursday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace. Breaktime Hanover grabbed the early lead from post 7 but found himself shuffled to third at the three-quarters. The 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Best Chance Hanna gelding surged when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. pointed him inside and scored in 1:53.1. Statham N was second, 1/2 length back, with the first-over Bit Ofa Tiger N third. Ron Burke trains Breaktime Hanover, who lifted his career bankroll to $175,337, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Breaktime Hanover Mike Wilder piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2019 -- The Big Reveal is set for Saturday's "Day of Champions" when The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) announce and crown the track's harness racing Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year. The winners in 12 other divisions already have been disclosed. All awardees were selected by a vote of MSOA membership. Awards will be presented to the connections of all the winners during the live card, which begins at 1:05 PM. As part of the festivities, the MSOA will give away hats commemorating Dave Palone's 19,000th career win. The first 100 patrons are eligible. Trainer Norm Parker will be honored for a pair of 3-year-olds, Wild Wild Western and Explosive Form, while Nick Catalano co-owns two champions, Dracarys Z and April Ava. Trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury will accept the award for Touchamatic as Older Mare Pacer of the Year, but the honors for Bill Bercury don't stop there. With just a few days remaining in the year, Bercury ranks atop all trainers in harness racing (in the Fewer Than 300 starts Category) with a remarkable .580 Universal Trainer Rating (UTR). With the second-leading trainer at .524, the national title likely will be Bercury's. Winners already announced are: 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer -- Dracarys Z Trainer: Carl Cocciolone; Owners: Carl Cocciolone, Mark Sosovicka, Nick Catalano, Dana Kahrig 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- Coral Reef Hanover Trainer: Dan Altmeyer; Owners: Dan Altmeyer, Richard Kelson; Lone Wolf Stables, Walter Gesek Stable 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Stickler Hanover Trainer: Steve Schoeffel; Owners: Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goehle, Michael Munn 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Friday Night Storm Trainer: Ray Romanetti; Owners: Lori Romanetti, Bernadette Luketich-Sikaras 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer -- Wild Wild Western Trainer: Norm Parker; Owners: Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli, John Deters 3-Year-Old Filly Pacer -- April Ava Trainer: Scott Betts; Owners: Nick Catalano, Tim Betts 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotter -- Explosive Form Trainer: Norm Parker; Owners: George Romanoff, Mark Goldstein, Norm Parker Stable 3-Year-Old Filly Trotter -- Lindy Misssunshine Trainer: Wilbur Yoder; Owner Richard Hess Older Horse Pacer -- Dapper Dude Trainer: Tim Twaddle; Owner: Micki Rae Stables Older Mare Pacer -- Touchamatic Trainer: Bill Bercury; Owner: Renee Bercury Older Horse Gelding/Trotter -- Bluebird Jesse Trainer: Sarah Andrews; Owners: John McGill, Adam Friedland Older Mare Trotter -- Maewegonow Trainer: Richard Perfido; Owner: Thomas Mattingly LIVE RACING RESUMES THURSDAY AT THE MEADOWS Following a Christmas break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Thursday with a 13-race card that kicks off at 1:05 PM. The Meadows will stage four more live programs this year — Dec. 26, Dec. 27, Dec. 28, Dec. 30 — with anticipation building for Monday’s card. Because that’s the last day of the current meeting, the Super Hi 5 and the final Pick 5, Pick 4 and Superfecta must be paid out. With the Super Hi-5 jackpot at $105,000.36, heavy play is expected Monday, and The Meadows has suspended the Super Hi-5 until then. The Super Hi-5 will be offered on Monday’s 13th race, the final event on the card, which also features the championship legs of five Holiday Claiming Series. First post Monday is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 18, 2019 -- Mac Deeno opened an insurmountable lead into the final turn and cruised to his second straight harness racing win in Wednesday's Holiday Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Mac Deeno was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall sent him on his way. The 6-year-old son of Broadway Hall-Macdeena forged ahead by 4 lengths at the top of the lane and won geared down by 7-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1. Jailhouse Buckaroo was third-placed-second while Chuckie Me finished second but was placed back to third for a pylon violation. Tyler Stillings trains Mac Deeno, who now boasts $251,877 in career earnings, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Wednesday's program also featured the second leg of a Holiday Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mr Quaker taking his second consecutive series win for Hall and owner/trainer Sarah Andrews. The championships of both series are set for Monday, Dec. 30. Elsewhere on Wednesday's card, Windsong Leo plowed through his opponents -- and a sudden snow squall -- to collect his 14th win this year, a 1-length score in 1:51.3, in the $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. Bettor Than Spring and Do Work Son completed the ticket. Dave Palone drove the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, who pushed his career bankroll to $577,560, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Hall, who notched career win 6,000 Tuesday, finished with four victories on the 13-race card. Following a holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday program on Dec. 26 that will feature a $105,000.96 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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