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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

DAYTON, OH. - Benefitting from some wicked early fractions, Winwood Mac (Chris Page) brushed to the lead at the three-quarter pole and then held off a hard-charging Night Pro (Dale Decker) in the stretch to capture Saturday night's $18,000 Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Three horses sped three-wide to the quarter pole in :25.3, with Holdingallthecards (Jeremy Smith) ultimately prevailing and leading the field to the halfway mark of the race in an astonishing :53.2. Once Winwood Mac passed the tiring pacesetter at the 1:22 third quarter station, the only challengers were fellow closers Night Pro and Account Rollover (Trace Tetrick), who managed to garner the show dough. The 1:50.4 score was Winwood Mac's fifth of 2018 and increased his seasonal earnings to $83,081. Dispatched at 3-1 odds, the winner returned an $8 mutuel while the exacta was worth $62 and the 50 cent trifecta kicked back $97.10. The 5-year-old son of Canyon Wind is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura and trained by Ron Burke. In a co-featured $15,000 Open II Handicap Pace, the two outside gate horses closed strongest of all in the lane to produce a $41.80 exacta. Granite (Jason Brewer, $10.40) tripped the final beam in 1:51 to top Hot Rod Dylan (Mike Oosting) by a narrow margin. Longshot Prince Bayard (Randy Tharps) weaved through traffic in the stretch to complete a $123.30 50-cent trifecta. Ken Rucker trains Granite, a 5-year-old Real Desire gelding, for The Panhellenic Stable. The winner now sports six seasonal tallies and $62,899 in 2018 earnings. From the Dayton Raceway Media Department

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2018 -- Jewels Forreal stalked her stablemate, McDazzle, from the pocket, then roared past in the Lightning Lane to spring an 8-1 upset in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. McDazzle, who was bidding to extend her winning streak to four, turned back a stern third-quarter challenge from Easy Three. But that effort may have weakened her, as the 3-year-old Jewels Forreal had little trouble downing her 4-year-old stablemate by 1/2 length for Mike Wilder in 1:54.2 over a "good" surface. Keystone Riptide completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Jewels Forreal, a daughter of So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $169,313, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer Karen Fread enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Elysium Lindy took control from the pole early for driver Matt Kakaley, rated the half, then sprinted home to keep pocketsitting favorite Gruden at bay while winning the $30,000 Open trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday. Kakaley discouraged any outside attempts to fire away hard, going at a 27.1 clip to the quarter, then rated the second quarter to hit the half in 57.1. From that point, nobody had enough speed to overhaul Elysium Lindy on a 32-degree night, with Gruden giving valiant chase up the Pocono Pike from the two-hole but coming up ¾ of a length shy. Elysium Lindy, an altered son of Cantab Hall, raised his earnings to $152,240 for the year and $318,835 lifetime for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership team of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Joseph DiScalia. After the race, driver Matt Kakaley did something that would normally be unusual - he took his helmet off. He gave it to the caretaker of Elysium Lindy, who wore it taking the victorious trotter back to the paddock, and Matt stayed in the winners circle, being joined by important Burke Brigade owner Phil Collura, to accept the honor of 2018 Pocono Pacer of the Year for the sophomore millionaire Dorsoduro Hanover. The Somebeachsomehwere gelding has posted a 19-10-5-1 scorecard so far in 2018 and has bankrolled $1,229,112, with his tally at Pocono alone reading 7-6-0-0-$469,120. Locally, Dorsoduro Hanover won a Pennsylvania All-Stars race, a leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and his divisional Championship, a Hempt elimination, and of course his Breeders Crown elimination and final, in the latter of which he took his lifetime mark of 1:49.4. (His only Pocono setback was a very honorable one, as he put up fractions of 26, 53, and 1:20.3, and then missed only a length in the Hempt Championship.) Kakaley was his regular driver for his trainer Burke and his owners, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; and the Wingfield Five LLC. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

DAYTON, OH. - Foiled Again did not disappoint at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Nov. 10), persevering despite his age, freezing temperatures and an outside post position to win his 106th career victory. Driver Chris Page fired the 14-year-old harness racing champion off the wings when the Mike Woebkenberg gate opened and picked up adversaries one at a time until finally clearing to the front at the :28.1 quarter. From there Foiled Again fronted the field through the remainder of the mile, stopping subsequent timing stations in :57l2, 1:25.4 and 1:54.2. The margin of victory was just three-quarters of a length over Communicator (Jason Brewer) with Gareth Nourrir (Jeremy Smith) finishing third after a pocket trip. "It's really cool to drive a horse that some people call the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)," said Page in the winner's circle. "He was all out tonight to win from the 9-hole, but he gives you everything he's got every time out. There may never be another one like him." Foiled Again was his usual fantastic ambassador for the sport during his final stop in Ohio on his farewell tour. He did a meet-and-greet photo session with patrons for 15 minutes before the first race, gave a two-seater jog cart ride to fifth grade school teacher Alex Johnson-the lucky winner of a drawing, and then went out an hour later and prevailed to the delight of most fans as the even money favorite. "My students will be very excited Monday when I show them pictures and tell them what I got to do over the weekend," exclaimed Johnson. Hollywood Dayton presented Foiled Again with a 'bouquet' of carrots and a commemorative satin blanket. His connections were presented with a plaque thanking them for the memories Foiled Again has given so many harness fans on his farewell tour. "I had no problem filling the Foiled Again Farewell Tour race," remarked Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. "We offered a $300 bonus to all horses drawn in and almost doubled the normal purse. I don't know if that was necessary or not, but we had 13 eager trainers drop horses in the box. It seemed like all that got in were thrilled to get an opportunity to race against such a legendary horse before he retires." From the Dayton Raceway Media Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The prolific pair of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke were up to their old tricks Saturday night at the Meadowlands, combining to win four times on the 12-race program. Windsong Jack got the dynamic duo off to a good start in the second race harness racing pace, the $17,500 Dash For The "G" Notes final, as the 8-year-old gelded son of Santanna Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile, who won his preliminary a week ago by 8¾ lengths in 1:51.1, was up for what was almost a repeat performance. The result was never in doubt as the 1-9 public choice cut out all of the fractions before hitting the wire 6½ lengths in front of Joe's Bid in a season's-best equaling 1:51.1. He paid $2.20 to win. But Gingras and Burke were just getting started. Rockn Motion, a regular earlier this season on the Kentucky Sire Stakes circuit, beat a solid field of conditioned pacers in race five. The son of Pet Rock-Graceful Motion, who was unraced at 2, was the only 3-year-old in the field, but held sway through the stretch despite getting steppy with an eighth of a mile to go to hold off even-money choice Ocean Colony by a head. As the 8-5 second choice, Rockn Motion paid $5.20 after completing the mile in 1:52.1. The Burke-Gingras pairing struck again in the seventh, scoring with another 3-year-old - Dragon Time - who was good enough to beat older foes in a high-range conditioned pace in 1:51.3. The gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Little Miss Dragon slipped out of the three hole at three-quarters before angling through the stretch with steady pace to gun down the pacesetting - and eventual third-place finisher - Geez Joe. Dragon Time hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Burkentine Hanover and paid $14.00 as the third choice in the wagering. Veteran Bettor's Edge was sent to the gate as the 3-5 choice, but after working out a perfect pocket trip came up empty at crunch time. Burke and Gingras completed their four-bagger with Magnum Mike, a 10-year-old son of Magical Mike-Dare To Dream, in the 10th race claiming handicap pace. Racing out of the Burke barn for the first time, Magnum Mike was sent to the gate as the 2-1 favorite and delivered on that promise after following perfect cover while second over. He paid $6.40 after pacing his mile in 1:52.2, a lifetime best. It 3½ lengths back to second-place finisher Glass Prince. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy won the third race to up his meet-leading driver win total to 14. ... Kyle Husted got his first training and driving winner of the meet, steering 3-2 favorite Terror Of The Nite to victory lane in the sixth. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,077,898. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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

DAYTON, OH. - There were new subjects in the harness racing winner's circle photos following the co-featured $18,000 Open Trot and the $17,500 Open Mares Pace on Friday (Nov. 9) at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Prior to the start of the 14-race card, the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales paid a visit to Hollywood Dayton Raceway, making an appearance in the home stretch to the delight of a large throng of new fans eager to get a glimpse of the 8-horse team of magnificent steeds. Winning is nothing new for Party At The Banks, the top trot winner, as she has steadily worked her way up the condition ranks in Ohio over the last three months. Since mid-August the 4-year-old Ohio-sired mare has won seven out of eight races, including her last five in a row. This 1:55.2 score on a frigid southwest Ohio night was the first in Open company for Party At The Banks. Driver Chris Page was in no hurry in the early going, content to settle in sixth in the eight-horse field as Optimist Blue Chip (Jeremy Smith) lead the field past the :28 first quarter beam. With Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) and Pine Dream (Aaron Merriman) racing next along the pylons, Page moved Party At The Banks into fourth position on the outside at the :57.3 halfway juncture. The winner moved up to second through the :28.1 third panel and then sealed the deal with a :29.2 final quarter. Pine Dream gained runnerup laurels by passing Primed N Powerful in the stretch. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own the daughter of Break The Bank K. It was the 13th career score for Party At The Banks, who eclipsed the $100,000 earnings plateau in just her 33rd lifetime start. As the even money favorite, she returned $4.00 to her backers. Amazing Arya (Dan Noble) made her initial visit to the Dayton win circle with a 21-1 upset tally over heavy favorites Juslikeaqueen (Jeremy Smith) and Rosemary Rose (Chris Page), who followed her through the finish line following a 1:54.1 mile. Noble stung Juslikeaqueen before releasing her to the lead at the quarter pole, then sat a tight pocket ride until deep stretch. Once angled to the outside for the final 200 yards, Amazing Arya responded willingly to gain her seventh seasonal win and 16th in her career. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image passed the quarter-million dollar mark for owners John McGill and Brian Carsey. She is trained by Walter "Junior" Haynes. Prior to the start of the 14-race card, the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales paid a visit to Hollywood Dayton Raceway, making an appearance in the home stretch to the delight of a large throng of new fans eager to get a glimpse of the 8-horse team of magnificent steeds. From Dayton Raceway Media Department

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2018 -- Dramatically changing tactics, Expose Yourself rallied from far back to capture her third straight victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself got away first or second in each of her last five starts. On Wednesday, however, she ducked for Mike Wilder and was 6 lengths back when she launched her second-over move. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt roared wide through the lane to score in 1:55.3, a length better than Glidinthruparadise. The first-over Rose Run Sydney finished third. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who extended her career bankroll to $154,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

DAYTON, OH - The Foiled Again Farewell Tour will make its final stop in Ohio this Saturday night, November 10, and the richest harness racing horse of all time will have his work cut out for him. The 14-year-old, 105 time winner has drawn the outermost post position against a field of conditioned pacers who themselves have won 201 races and over $2 million in purses. Foiled Again has won over $7.6 million on his own, of course, and thus has been tabbed the lukewarm 5-2 favorite in his Buckeye State finale. The good news is that favorites have been winning at a 41% clip at Hollywood Dayton Raceway this season. The bad news, though, is that only 3.8% of the horses starting from the 9-hole over the five-eighths mile oval have reached the winner's circle. Chris Page will pilot the fan favorite who has won 7 of 22 starts in his final season before mandatory retirement. After winning most every major stakes race the sport has to offer, including becoming the oldest horse ever to win a Breeder's Crown and oldest to win Horse Of The Year honors, the owners of Foiled Again have graciously dispatched him the last few months on a tour of a multitude of racetracks throughout the eastern half of the United States and Canada to allow as many racing fans as possible to get a final glimpse of this great champion. Patrons at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night will have a random drawing opportunity to win a ride in a two-seater jog cart behind Foiled Again as he warms up for his last race in Ohio. Another lucky fan will win a large Breyer replica of Foiled Again; while dozens of others will win smaller Breyer replica versions of Foiled Again as random pop-up prizes while using self-betting machines. Foiled Again has been owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and the JJK Stable for the last ten years of his illustrious 12 year racing career. Upon his retirement he will be retired to the Mickey Burke Sr. family farm. From Dayton Raceway Media Department

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, 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

For the third consecutive year, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has offered the Breeders Crown Pledge to the industry's leading owners, trainers and drivers as a way to give to back to the horses that are no longer racing by pledging a percentage of their earnings to New Vocations. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC graciously were the first trainer and ownership group to join, and they had a stellar evening winning three Breeders Crown championships with Dorsoduro Hanover, Warrawee Ubeaut and Percy Blue Chip. "As a group we feel it is so important to give back to the horses as they are obviously the true stars of the sport," stated Mark Weaver. Diamond Creek Racing joined for the first time this year pledging all four of their horses, with Proof coming in a strong second in the 2-Year-Old Colt Pace and Pure Country finishing third in the Mare Pace. "We applaud the efforts of New Vocations, who with the support of others is able to directly contribute to the successful futures of many of these horses," said Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Racing. Owner Howard Taylor pledged his Breeders Crown winner Tactical Landing in the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot and Hambletonian winner Atlanta, who was a close second in the 3-Year-Old Filly Trot. The team behind Breeders Crown Mare Pace winner Shartin N was on board as the husband-wife training combination of Jim King, Jr. and Jo Ann Looney-King along with driver Tim Tetrick. "It really is exciting to see the industry's leading professionals giving back through their horses' success via this pledge," said Standardbred Program Director Winnie Morgan Nemeth. "We are very grateful for each and every horse that raced for us last Saturday night." New Vocations would like to thank all pledge supporters including first-time pledgers Dandy Farms, Odds on Racing and Holland Racing Stables. "This pledge helps us rehab, retrain and rehome over 100 retired Standardbreds annually through our proven adoption model. It is truly win-win for all involved," said Morgan-Nemeth. To learn more about New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, visit www.NewVocations.org. From New Vocations

Plainville, MA --- It took one start to get tight after being off since mid-August, but Starznheaven displayed he is back in form once again after winning the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 29). The method and execution for accomplishment was clear from the start for Starznheaven (Shawn Gray) who shot right to the lead and never looked back. After backing the half down to :56.3, Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) and Calvin B (Mitchell Cushing) came calling outside but Starznheaven turned a deaf ear. He opened up a two-length lead to the three-quarters, extended it around the last turn and smoked away down the lane to a four-length margin of victory in 1:51.3. Starznheaven now has 12 wins this year and a hefty $123,375 in the bank accounts of owners Burke Racing Stable and Donald Emond. Driver Shawn Gray was stellar himself, winning four races during the Monday matinee. Besides the already mentioned Starznheaven, he also had pictures taken with Modern Yankee (1:56.2, $3.60), Beachchip Hanover (1:54.2, $9.20) and Saulsbrook Deputy (1:53, $5.00). The $800,000 finals of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30) at Plainridge Park. Eight $100,000 divisions will go postward starting at 1:30 p.m. when the first of two non-betting events will start. The regular pari-mutuel program begins at 2 p.m. and features six more MASS contests that are carded as race one through six. The richest Standardbred in the history of the sport, the $7.59 million winner Foiled Again will also make a farewell tour stop at The Ridge on Tuesday as part of the biggest day of harness racing in Massachusetts this year. Foiled Again will not compete in a race but will go a training mile in front of the crowd, lead several post parades and greet his fans in the Winner's Circle for pictures. Also the patrons on hand will be part of a gift card giveaway after every stake race throughout the day that is sponsored by the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley, who had a terrific Breeders Crown Championship night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, didn't go off and celebrate at Disneyworld or anything like that - they were right back at the mountain oval on Sunday night and teamed for three winners, including the Cantab Hall gelding Elysium Lindy, who took the $21,500 trotting feature in 1:54. Kakaley hustled the winner of $289,035 to the lead past a 27.2 opener, rated the half to 56.4 and sped things up to still lead at the penultimate pole in 1:24.4. Race favorite Charmed Life, who had had no luck trying to come from behind against an anti-closer bias in her Breeders Crown elim last week, came on a ton in the stretch but wound up a nose behind the winenr, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Joseph Di Scala Jr. Another pairing who had a great Breeders Crown night - driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes--won the following contest after the featured trot; next in line was the $16,000 featured pace on the card, which was taken by another member of Team Oakes - 20-year-old Hunter Oakes, who scored his first driving victory in only his second start when he won behind the $715,307 winner Polak A in 1:51.1. Both father Chris and son Hunter rank among the top five trainers at The Downs. And we apologize in advance to our Down Under friends, but it is a news story of sorts that Lazurus won at Pocono on Sunday in 1:55.4. That would be the trotter Lazurus - not the Australasian star pacer Lazarus N, who had no luck in the Breeders Crown Open Pace the night before. Matt Kakaley also drove Lazurus, and in fact wound up the night with five victories. BREEDERS CROWN NITE QUIKSTAT SUMMARY - Seven of the twelve favorites emerged victorious - but then again, so did Lily Stride ($65.40) and Percy Blue Chip ($106.00) ... They, by the way, were the only two winners who were parked out at the ¾ call, with Lily Stride ducking inside and Percy Blue Chip going wide at headstretch: seven of the other ten were on the lead at the 3/4s, and the other three were in the pocket ... Contrast that fact with the fact that only three of the winners were on top at the ¼ -- in fact, three of the winners made moves from fifth or worse at the quarter to the lead at the half! From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

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