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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 15, 2021 — Showing no ill effects from a layoff of nearly nine weeks. Rainbowinthewest powered to the lead from the rail and won as she pleased in Friday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Although Rainbowinthewest could have released a pair of early challengers, trainer/driver Brian Zendt would have none of it. He kept the pedal to the metal and the 6-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded, scoring in a sharp 1:54.3. Matterlei finished second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Impulse Buy third. Brocious Racing  Stable and Lone Wolf Stable campaign the winner, who boosted her career bankroll to $168,120. In Friday’s other co-feature, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, Dark Force encountered a surface downgraded to sloppy. But the 6-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Skinny Dip quarter-poled confidently to the lead and held on late to prevail in 1:53.4 for Tony Hall and trainer Randy Bendis, who co-owns with Pollack Racng LLC. Dave Palone collected four wins and Hall three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features an $8,068.54 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 15, 2021 — To young harness racing driver Drew Monti likes his home in Buffalo, but he also likes working regularly. Thus, the 26-year-old reinsman has decided to drive at The Meadows, even as he continues his regular schedule at Buffalo Raceway. Monti made his Meadows debut Wednesday and had four assignments the following day, although he’s idle Friday. With Buffalo now racing Wednesday and Saturday, Monti expects  to work at The Meadows each Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday doubleheaders a possibility. Monti has been something of a phenom in western New York, where he’s won a total of three driving titles spanning Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs. He debuted in 2012; the very next year, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association named him its “Rising Star.” From 2017-2019, he recorded at least 260 wins per season with a UDR of at least .301 each year. He’s won more than $11 million in purses. For all that, Monti knows that landing assignments at a new track with a deep driver colony can be a challenge. “I have a couple friends at The Meadows, a couple of ‘ins,’ and it’s not too far from home, so I thought I’d give it a try,” he said. Monti can make it to The Meadows from his home in about two hours. It’s a commute that might intimidate some, but he’s used to an even more demanding travel schedule. “I commuted to Plainridge last year — that’s six hours each way for me,” he said. “So this is a breath of fresh air.” All that highway time didn’t seem to affect his performance, as he finished second in the Plainridge driver standings. He’s looking forward to a similar outcome at The Meadows as well as networking opportunities. “I like it here,” he says. “The track and barn area are good, and they race a full schedule year round. So far, there’s nothing not to like. “I love being able to go to new places. That helps you sharpen your skills and meet new people who may help you down the road. That’s never a bad thing.” By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 14, 2021 -- Hammered down to 1-2 despite post 9, All Day Sunshine made all that money look smart as she overcame a brutal first quarter to win her third straight in Thursday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Morning Shadow stretched All Day Sunshine to a 26.4 opening panel before the 4-year-old daughter of Sunshine Beach-Mustang Kensley could cross over. But when Dan Rawlings gave her a 29.1 second-quarter breather, All Day Sunshine was home free. She scored in 1:53.2, 2-1/4 lengths better than Morning Shadow, with Dorothy's Legacy third. Paul Corey trains the winner, who boosted her career bankroll to $164,763, for Kenneth Ashba. All Day Sunshine Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $6,726.31 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2020 — Swinging wide off excessive cover through the final turn, Jeffery P roared through the lane and captured Wednesday’s $16,200 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Jeffery P raced third over down the backside, cover that he probably didn’t need because it forced him well wide in the stretch. But he had a ton of trot for Dave Palone and sailed past th pack to triumph in 1:54.4, 3/4 lengths better than his rallying stablemate, Lady’s Dude. Jessiejesorjessica completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Jeffery P, a 6-year-old Full Count-Betty Jean gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $195,523, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for Burke. Live harness racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $4,679.25 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 12, 2021 -- The Meadows has added a $10,000 guarantee for Wednesday's harness racing Pick 5, which begins with race 8 and features a 50-cent minimum wager. The guarantee is offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Wednesday's 13-race card also includes two other carryovers: $3,068.87 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $2,792.64 in the Early Pick 4 (race 4). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 11, 2021 -- Spring series for harness racing 3 and 4-year-olds, a popular fixture at The Meadows that fell victim to COVID-19 restrictions last year, have returned. Beginning in early March, the track will offer eight series -- four for 3- and 4-year-olds, four for 3-year-olds -- that feature two preliminary legs and a championship, with total purses projected to exceed $312,000. Pennsylvania owned or sired horses are eligible. Nomination fee for each series is $250, due Feb. 15 (3-and-4-year-old events) or March 15 (3-year-old events). The line-up includes:   ·      Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace: 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding pacers, first leg March 5; ·      Donna Dunn Memorial Pace: 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers, first leg March 3; ·      Dale McConnell Memorial Trot: 3- and 4-year-old colt and gelding trotters, first leg March 4; ·      Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot: 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare trotters, first leg March 4; ·      Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace: 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, first leg April 2; ·      Ruby Cook Memorial Pace: 3-year-old filly pacers, first leg March 31; ·      Margaret Provost Memorial Trot: 3-year-old filly trotters, first leg April 1; ·      Terry Altmeyer Memorial Trot: 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, first leg March 31. To nominate or for more information, including specific eligibility conditions, contact The Meadows Race Office, 724.225.9897. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 8, 2021 -- Wild Wild Western made the top with an uncovered move and found the wire just in time in Friday's $16,200 harness racing Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Wild Wild Western was third when Tony Hall sent him after the leader, Macadoodledoo. The 5-year-old son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra cleared handily but was pressured late by Carolina Beach in the Lightning Lane. Wild Wild Western downed that rival by a neck in 1:51.3 while long shot The Wall rallied for show. Norm Parker trains the winner, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $269,229, for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. It was one of four wins for Hall on the 13-race card. Wild Wild Western Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a trio of rich carryovers: $4,254.49 in the Pick 5 (race 8); $3,068.87 in the final-race Super Hi-5; $2,792.64 in the Early Pick 4 (race 4). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 7, 2021 -- Newcomer Hereslookinatyou N followed cover beautifully, then roared through the lane to spring a 22-1 in Thursday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Hereslookinatyou N, who had been performing at Yonkers and Saratoga, picked up the live cover of the first-over Circle The Page before peeling off around the final turn for Jim Pantaleano. The 5-year-old daughter of He's Watching-May Fly easily outkicked the rallying Dark Force to down her by a length in 1:54.3. Early leader Amelia's Courage A saved show. Chas Norris trains the winner for Kimberly Zabielski. In Thursday's co-feature, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, Petey Sarah vacated the pocket early and made the move stand up, scoring in a career-best 1:55.1 for Dan Charlino, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Peter-Maxine The Mighty triumphed for the eighth time in 29 career starts. Tony Hall piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers: $1,586.13 in the Pick 5 (race 8), $1,392.67 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. Hereslookinatyou N Petey Sarah   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 6, 2021 -- Hammered down to 1-9, All Day Sunshine performed liked the overwhelming harness racing favorite, romping to her second straight victory in Wednesday's Opening Day feature at The Meadows, a $9,100 Conditioned Pace. All Day Sunshine quarter-poled to the top for Dan Rawlings and began to draw off at the three-quarters. The 4-year-old daughter of Sunshine Beach-Mustang Kensley scored in 1:54.1, 2 lengths better than Marvalous Song. Dream Dancing finished third. Paul Corey trains All Day Sunshine, who boosted her career bankroll to $160,213, for Kenneth Ashba. It was one of four wins for Rawlings on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday, first post 12:45 PM. All Day Sunshine By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 5, 2021 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino kicks off its 2021 season Wednesday with a 13-race harness racing card beginning at 12:45 PM. To add to the excitement of opening day, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering free race programs that can be downloaded here. The Meadows will race each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through the end of March, first post 12:45 PM each day, with Tuesdays added for April. The multirace wagering menu includes: Pick 3 (race 2); Early Pick 4 (race 4); Pick 5 (race 8); Late Pick 4 (race 10); Super Hi-5 (day's final race). The Super Hi-5 offers a 20-cent minimum wager while the minimum bet for the other multirace wagers listed is 50 cents. As always, the highlight of the racing season is the $500,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, one of harness racing's premier tests for 3-year-old pacers that this year is set for July 24 and July 31. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 30, 2020 -- Lady's Dude opened a sizable lead in the stretch, allowing him to score under wraps in Wednesday's $16,200 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows, the track's closing-day harness racing feature. Lady's Dude had the opportunity to drop in third before the quarter, but Tony Hall elected to keep the 9-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding marching to the point. It proved a wise choice, as Lady's Dude cruised home in 1:54.4, 3/4 lengths better than Jeffery P, who rallied inside. Maewegonow finished third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who won for the 51st time and lifted his lifetime bankroll to $854,090, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. It was one of four victories for Hall on the 13-race card. Lady's Dude The Meadows kicks off its 2021 live racing season Wednesday, Jan. 6, first post 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 30, 2020 — The Meadows brings down the curtain Wednesday on its 2020 live harness racing season, and because Wednesday’s card is the final program of the current meeting, it features mandatory payouts for a number of exotic wagers, including:   ·      Pick 5 (race 8); ·      Late Pick 4 (race 10); ·      Super Hi-5, where there is a $1,328.39 carryover (race 13); ·      Final Superfecta of the day.   First post Wednesday is 12:45 PM. The 2021 live season kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 6 beginning at 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 29, 2020 -- Pinned inside, Bettor Memories found the Lightning Lane just in time and shot through to capture Tuesday's $16,200 harness racing Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. With Rock Candy surging outside and passing the leader, Wild Wild Western, it wasn't clear that Bettor Memories would find racing room soon enough. But he was up to the task when Dave Palone urged him through the Lightning Lane, edging Rock Candy by a nose in 1:50.4. Wild Wild Western saved show. Ron Burke trains Bettor Memories, a 7-year-old Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Memoir gelding who now boasts a career bankroll of $709,656, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Burke fashioned a five-bagger on the 13-race card while Tony Hall and Palone each enjoyed a triple. Bettor Memories Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. Because Wednesday is the final day of the current meeting, the 13-race program will feature mandatory payouts in the Late Pick 4 (race 10), Pick 5 (race 8), Super Hi-5 (race 13, $1,328.39 carryover) and the day's final Superfecta. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 28, 2020 -- Dismissed at 37-1. Circle The Page attacked relentlessly first over and pulled off the harness racing shocker in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Circle The Page was sixth, 7-1/2 lengths in arrears, when Chris Shaw sent her after the leader, Hedges Avenue A. The 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Queen Marie edged in front through the final turn and went on to score in 1:55.3 over a "good" surface. Amelia's Courage shot the Lightning Lane for second, a neck back, with Our GG third. John Sullivan trains Circle The Page, who now boasts a career bankroll of $284,750, for Michael Marocco. Brady Brown and trainer Scott Betts each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race program features a $2,540.37 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2020 -- All Day Sunshine pulled the pocket into the final turn, blew by the weary leader, Seadog Lady, and rolled on to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. All Day Sunshine may have won the race in the first quarter, when she made a relatively easy lead while Seadog Lady was parked in 26.4 before she could cross over. All Day Sunshine had plenty in the tank and defeated Seadog Lady by 2 widening lengths in 1:56.3 for Dan Rawlings. Paul Corey trains the winner, a 3-year-old daughter of Sunshine Beach-Mustang Kensley, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $155,663, for Kenneth Ashba. Dave Palone collected four wins and Dan Rawlings three on the 13-race card. After a Christmas break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the 13-race program features a $3,964.45 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. All Day Sunshine   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 22, 2020 -- Lightly regarded at 11-1, Maewegonow found a seam in mid-stretch and barreled through to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,800 Conditioned Trot. Maewegonow was pinned inside into the final turn, and the Lightning Lane wouldn't have come fast enough. But when Dan Rawlings edged her out to emerging daylight, the 6-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo burst through willingly and triumphed in 1:55.1 over a "good" surface. The first over Jessiejesorjessica was second, 1/2 length back, with Jeffery P third. Richard Perfido trains Maewegonow, who pushed her lifetime bankroll to $408,255, for Win Rhythm Stables.   Maewegonow Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 13-race card. Including a pair for trainer Kevin Johnson. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers -- $2,411.88 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $1,209.95 in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association      

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