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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2018 -- PA Stallion Series champ Kate's Massive rolled through the slop to his fifth straight victory in Monday's $92,499 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Prospect Hill and Ginger Tree Skyr taking the other splits. Kate's Massive hasn't lost since a fourth-place finish in a July 16 stallion series leg, and he showed that his form remains strong despite Monday's trying conditions. He vaulted to the front for trainer/driver Ray Paver and held off the pocket-sitting Ravel by a length in 1:58.2, with the first-over Innisfallen third. "He's pretty lazy on the front," said Paver of Harry and Iris Horowitz' homebred son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate. "I kept yelling at him, but he didn't really seem to care. Paver indicated Kate's Massive will carry his winning streak over to next year as he has no more races scheduled this season. "If he's good enough, there's plenty of money next year," Paver said. Prospect Hill swept all four preliminary PA Sires Stakes legs and, as part of an entry, was the even-money favorite in the $253,000 final. But he made a rare break and had to settle for fifth. He made amends Monday when he notched a facile front-end victory for Andy Miller in a stake-fastest 1:57. Andovers Asset was 5-1/2 lengths back in second while Crossfit completed the ticket. "He just kind of lost his focus a little bit in the final, but he was fine afterwards," Miller said. "It was an uncharacteristic thing last week. He picked a bad time to do it. The track's pretty tiring today, and he was a little tired. I just kept him to his task." He indicated Prospect Hill would be pointed to the Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair or the Grand Circuit meeting at the Red Mile. Julie Miller conditions the son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, who lifted his career bankroll to $158,233, for Stroy Inc. Ginger Tree Skyr left alertly to stalk Klutzy from the pocket, then blew by in the lane for Tim Tetrick to defeat Klutzy by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:58. Nextroundsonme earned show. "He trotted well on the off track, and he got by a decent horse in the lane," Tetrick said. "He trots, he's willing -- those are always good things. Hopefully he gets a little stronger and a little more speed." Sam Beegle, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-Up Front Annika for Ginger Tree Ventures and Donald Marean, said the colt is eligible for the Simpson, the Liberty Bell and the Breeders Crown. $92,700 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and trainer Ron Burke teamed for three wins on the 13-race card, including a sweep of this stake with She's Allright and Sweet Chrome, the latter scoring at a juicy 22-1. She's Allright raced well in sires states but was bothered by intermittent breaks. She put it all together in the Keystone Classic, overpowering Rockn Philly with a first-over move and defeating her by 2-3/4 lengths in a sharp 1:52.4, with Pretty N Fast third. "Last week she was so full of pace she ran over top of them (and broke)," Burke said. "I knew she'd be good today. She'll be a real good filly by next year, a top filly. She's eligible to everything this year except the She's A Great Lady." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Phil Collura campaign the daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings. Sweet Chrome trailed by 3 lengths at the top of the stretch but found another gear, roaring by Darn Tootn Hanover to down her by a head in 1:55.1. Pace Baby Pace, also trained by Burke, finished third. "She got home really well," Wrenn said. "Ron said to just trip her out, and she paced home a thousand." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III own the daughter of Sweet Lou-Camille. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, PL Jerico found late racing room and surged at the wire to prevail in 1:55.2 for Wrenn, Burke, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. The 5-year-old Manofmanymissions-Corinas Mission gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $217.080. Stake racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows, when the program features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $97,699 stake for freshman filly trotters and an $88,100 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Thirty-six freshman pacers will wage war in Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Monday evening, Aug. 27 at Northfield Park. A total of 14 fillies will battle in two $50,000 divisions, while 22 colts spar in three $40,000 divisions. First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Ohio-registered stallions represented in these five events include the ill-fated Dragon Again, with eight youngsters (two fillies and six colts); three fillies and three colts from Ohio sire Pet Rock; four freshmen colts by Western Vintage; and four youngsters from McArdle (two fillies and two colts). The stallion Yankee Cruiser has two fillies and one colt competing, while Big Bad John is represented by two colts and one filly. Nob Hill High and Rockin Amadeus each have one colt and one filly racing, while Allamerican Native, Believeinbruiser, Palone Ranger and The Panderosa are represented by one youngster each. The Buckeye State's pacing maestro Brian Brown sends out five 2-year-old pacing fillies, including Final Offer, a Rockin Amadeus lass who won OSS leg three in 1:55.2. She has $36,300 in earnings for owners Country Club Acres, Aws Stables and Joe Sbrocco. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., drives from post six in the first division (race three). Brown will also cinch the girth on Mi Nina Bonita, a Yankee Cruiser filly in this same division, for R. D. Siegelman, R.I. Horowitz and J. P. Vasquez. A winner of $20,000 to date, Mi Nina Bonita will be trying for her first career victory with Trace Tetrick at the lines from the rail. Be Not Nobody, another Brown trainee, leaves from the three-hole in this same division with Chris Page in the sulky. This brown daughter by McArdle has amassed $15,300 thus far for D. Robinson, R. Mondillo, RBH Ventures and Joe Sbrocco and is looking to break her maiden in here as well. Carmen Ohio and High Reward are Brown's contestants in the second OSS filly division (race five). The former starts from post six with Ryan Stahl aboard, while the latter will leave from post seven with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the helm. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and L&H Management Services, High Reward won OSS leg three in 1:53.1. This Yankee Cruiser filly sports a hefty bankroll of $55,075 for her connections. Carmen Ohio, a daughter by The Panderosa, is owned by breeder Milton Leeman, S. Manning, B. Meizlish and W. Calvert. She won her first OSS leg in 1:55.2 and was a snappy second in both legs two and three. She has $47,500 in her coffers from two wins and two seconds in five lifetime starts. Rylee Roo, a Pet Rock lass conditioned by Steve Carter for breeder/owner Steven Price, looks like the one to beat in this second OSS filly contest (race five). She was second to High Reward in OSS leg three and won leg two at Northfield Park in 1:53.3. She's amassed $49,375 thus far in just four lifetime starts and gets Aaron Merriman in the sulky from post three. Sugar And Spite won OSS leg two in 1:55.2 at Northfield Park and was third in OSS legs one and three for owner Tom Lehmann. This Pet Rock lass, who is trained by Mary Birkhold, has $38,852 in earnings from two wins and three thirds in six starts. Tyler Smith guides the filly from the five-hole. Brian Brown also sends out seven youngsters in the colt divisions, including the undefeated speedster High On Paydaze. Chris Page will steer the favorite from the rail in the second OSS division (race six). This homebred son of Nob Hill High has swept all three $40,000 OSS legs to date, as well as a $36,800 Ohio Fair Stake on July 28 at Scioto Downs. He took his lifetime mark of 1:53.1 en route to his OSS leg one triumph on July 4 at Scioto for owners Scott Hagemeyer, R. Mondillo and D. Robinson, and has $78,400 in his career bank account. Rose Run Ulysses, the gorgeous chestnut son of Western Vintage, conditioned by Kim Dailey, will try to stop High On Paydaze's quest for a fourth OSS triumph. Owned by Dailey in partnership with Carl and Melanie Atley, Rose Run Ulysses won OSS leg one in 1:52.2 and leg two in 1:54.4 before finishing third in leg three. He also captured a $36,800 Ohio Fair Stake at Scioto on July 28, in 1:53.4. The winner of $63,200 starts from post three with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Authentic Hanover is another in this same competitive division with a solid shot at victory. Owned by Hutchinson Harness, M.J. Thompson and trainer Dustin Arledge, this Western Vintage colt won OSS legs one (in 1:53.3) and two (in 1:53.4). He has $47,944 in his bankroll with three wins in five starts and gets Tyler Smith, leaving from post five. Leg one winner Gold Digger King starts from post two with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. This Pet Rock gelding scored that victory in 1:52.4, then was second and fourth respectively in OSS legs two and three for trainer Scott Mogan. This homebred winner of $42,400 is owned by Linda Van Camp. Dislocator, a son of Big Bad John conditioned by Brown, won OSS leg three in 1:53.3. Owned by J. Ridder, S. Davis, S. Sopronyi and VIP Stable, Dislocator was third in leg one and second in leg two to Authentic Hanover. The winner of $26,640 lifetime starts from post two with Chris page at the lines in the first OSS colt division (race four). Stablemate Rock Candy hails from post four in this same race for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. This Pet Rock colt has finished in the bridesmaid's role in all three of his OSS legs, but has earned $48,400 thus far for owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Doo Wop West heads up the final OSS colt division (race nine) with Aaron Merriman driving from post two for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner Lawrence Crawford. This Western Vintage gelding won OSS leg three in 1:53.2 at Scioto Downs on Aug. 10, using a :27.3 late brush to nail down his second lifetime victory. He has $24,224 earned from two wins in four career starts. Horses in the Ohio Sires Stakes garner points earned via their finish in their respective divisions, with the top nine deemed eligible to the $275,000 Championships on Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. Going into the fourth leg of this series, here are the top point earners in the colt division: High On Paydaze (153); Rose Run Ulysses (115); Authentic Hanover (103); See You In Tuscany (103); Dislocator (90); Gold Digger King (85); Rock Candy (78); Black Smile (58); and Doo Wop West (51). The top 2-year-old fillies in their division are as follows: Queen Of The Pride (103); Carmen Ohio (103); High Reward (86); Rylee Roo (78); Twinsburg (78) Sugar And Spite (77); Final Offer (61); Lofty Beach (53); and Mi Nina Bonita (53). Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Tuesday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with six divisions for freshman trotting colts and fillies. First race post time is 2 pm, ET. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2018 -- Windsong Leo rolled to his fifth straight victory in a career-best 1:49.4 in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Windsong Leo was posted farthest outside in the field of five, but when he reeled off the first quarter in a snappy 26.4 before getting a 29.1 breather from Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., he was racing only the clock. Major Nemesis raced capably first over to finish second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Knocking Around rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, a 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $315,250, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Wrenn. Live racing continues Tuesday, when The Meadows will draw for post positions for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The draw can be seen at 12:30 PM on Meadows Live! by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

This year's 2-year-old pacing colt division is shaping up to be one of the most exciting, with Leg One victors visiting the winner's circle in four, $40,000 Leg Two divisions on July 16 at Northfield Park. Rose Run Ulysses, a striking chestnut son by Western Vintage captured the first OSS division as the 4-5 favorite in 1:54.4 with Danny Noble at the controls, besting 7-2 rival Black Smile (Chris Page) by three-quarters of a length, with 90-1 longshot Big Pocket Teen (Josh Sutton) garnering third-place honors, nearly eight lengths back. Trained and co-owned by Kimberly Dailey, along with partners Carl & Melanie Atley, Rose Run Ulysses had won Leg One on June 4 at Scioto Downs in a snappy 1:52.2. Bred by the Rose Run Farm, the gelding's career earnings now stand at $20,000. Authentic Hanover picked up where he left off at Scioto Downs on June 4, when he captured Leg One in 1:53.3, this time scoring his Leg Two triumph in 1:53.4 for driver Tyler Smith as the 4-5 favorite, besting 8-5 Dislocator (Chris Page) by 5¼ lengths. Petacular Rock, a 70-1 longshot, got up for third with Jack Dailey driving. The Western Vintage colt, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, is owned by Hutchison Harness, M.J. Thompson and trainer Dustin Arledge and sports a $45,000 bankroll. By the time the third OSS division went postward, the heavens opened, unveiling a harsh downpour that lasted long enough for Leg One winner High On Paydaze to roll to a 1:54.2 victory with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in the sulky. The even-money homebred son of Nob Hill High finished 4¼ lengths ahead of 5-2 Gold Digger King (Kayne Kauffman)--who had also won his Leg One division on June 4 at Scioto Downs. Rock N Randy V, who finished eighth in Leg One, was a solid third at odds of 19-1 for Aaron Merriman. Owned by Scott Hagemeyer, R. A. Mondillo and D.E. Robinson, High On Paydaze upped his career earnings to $40,000. See You In Tuscany made every pole a winning one, finishing first over a sloppy track in 1:57.3 to nail down his second consecutive victory in OSS competition. Driven by Anthony MacDonald for trainer Jason McGinnis, the son of We Will See was never headed throughout the mile, and held off the hard-trying, 2-5 Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by a neck at the wire. Mike Wilder steered 40-1 longshot Touch Of Dragon to third place honors. See You In Tuscany, who was bred by Mark Maroletti, has $42,660 in career earnings for the Canadian-based Thestable Tuscany Group. After the first two legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes for this division, Authentic Hanover, High On Paydaze Rose Run Ulysses and See You In Tuscany are the top point-getters. Horses in this series accumulate points based on where they finish in each leg, with the top nine point-earners after the four legs have been completed garnering automatic starting berths into the $275,000 Championship, set for Sept.8 at Scioto Downs. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

Back-to-back nights of Ohio Sires Stakes action is slated to commence on July 16 & 17 at Northfield Park. Leg two of the four-round series continues for Ohio-bred 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings (July 16) and 2-year-old pacing fillies (July 17) at the Cleveland half-miler. All the freshman Leg 1 winners of this series are returning to wage war among their laterally-gaited constituents. A total of 34 pacing colts and geldings will line up behind the Northfield Park gate in four divisions on Monday night, July 16, while 25 fillies will battle in three divisions on Tuesday night, July 17. Post time each evening is 6 pm, ET. Of the male youngsters, eight are sired by Pet Rock, with five each by Dragon Again and Western Vintage. McArdle has sire four of the competitors; Big Bad John three; and Yankee Cruiser, two. The stallions Believeinbruiser, Cheyenne Rei, Mister Big, Nob Hill High, Pine Valley, Rockin Amadeus and We Will See are represented by one foal each among the colts and geldings. The stallions McArdle and Dragon Again each sired four of the filly combatants; Big Bad John and Pet Rock sired three each, and The Panderosa and Yankee Cruiser sired two distaffs each. Allamerican Native, Art Official, Beachtrea, Feelin Friskie, Rockin Amadeus, Western Vintage and Woodstock are represented by one foal each in the filly divisions. The pacing colts went postward in OSS Leg one at Scioto Downs on July 4. Returning to try for his second career victory in as many tries is the Kim Dailey-trained Rose Run Ulysses, a chestnut altered son by Western Vintage, who won his first OSS leg in 1:52.2 for Danny Noble. Owned by Dailey in partnership with Carl & Melanie Atley, Rose Run Ulysses was bred by the Rose Run Farm and will start from post six in the first division (Race 5) with Noble in the bike. Authentic Hanover won his first OSS leg in 1:53.3 with Tyler Smith driving for trainer Dustin Arledge, who owns the bay Western Vintage colt with Hutchinson Hms and MJ Thompson. Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Authentic Hanover starts from post four in the second OSS division (Race 7). High On Paydaze won OSS Leg one in 1:53.1 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., at the lines for trainer Brian Brown, and that same combination will go postward from post two in the third OSS division (Race 9). This bay colt by Nob Hill High is owned by breeder Scott Hagemeyer, R. A. Mondillo and D. E. Robinson. Gold Digger King will try to best High On Paydaze in this same event (Race 9), leaving from post six with Kayne Kauffman in the sulky. This altered Pet Rock youngster is trained by Scott Mogan for breeder-owner Linda Van Camp and won his OSS Leg one in a snappy 1:52.4 with Kauffman piloting. See You In Tuscany hails from the powerful Canadian team of trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony MacDonald, who won their first OSS leg in 1:53. This bay colt by We Will See was bred by Mark Maroletti and is owned by Thestable Tuscany Group. He'll start from the rail in the fourth and final OSS division for freshman pacing colts (Race 11). In the distaff division, each of the OSS Leg one winners plied their wares on July 6 at Scioto Downs. Queen Of The Pride hopes to make another trip to the winner's circle from post one in the second OSS division (Race 6) on Tuesday night (July 17). Trained by Kevin Lare for owner Frank Chick, this bay McArdle lass--who was bred by Ohioan Brad Wallace--posted a 1:54 clocking with Tony Hall at the lines that steamy evening at Scioto Downs. Carmen Ohio won her Leg one division in 1:55.2 for driver Ryan Stahl and trainer Brian Brown. This daughter by The Panderosa is owned by breeder M. Leeman, along with partners S. Manning, B. Meizlish and W. Calvert. She's just outside of Queen Of The Pride, starting from post three in the second division (Race 6) with Stahl at the lines. Lofty Beach posted a 1:55 clocking in Leg one for driver Aaron Merriman, who returns to drive the black daughter of Beachtrea from post position four in the third OSS division (Race 9). Scott McEney conditions Lofty Beach--who was bred by Spring Haven Farm--for Canadian owner Bradley Grant. Twinsburg, a winner of her Leg one division in 1:54.4, will have to try to best Lofty Beach from post seven in this same third division (Race 9). The Canadian duo of trainer Jason McGinnis and driver Anthony McDonald will look to visit the winner's circle a second time with this bay daughter of McArdle, who was bred by Steve Stewart and is owned by Brock O'Brien. by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions were contested Saturday night, July 14 at Scioto Downs in the third round of action in the four-leg series for Ohio-bred 3-year-old pacing fillies. Prsntpretynperfect certainly was present, pretty and perfect as she rocked to a 1:51.4 clocking in the first OSS division for driver Chris Page and trainer Brian Brown as the 1-9 favorite. The Big Bad John lass chased the leading Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) to the top of the stretch before unleashing a wicked final brush that saw her prevail by 2¼ lengths over 14-1 Bad Girls Rule (Kayne Kauffman). Ask Me Ifi Care, who left the gate at 5-1, held on for third. Bred by Carl Howard, Prsntpretynperfect is owned by Jenny Brown of Ostrander, OH; Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH; and Marlene Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. The big rangy filly had finished sixth in leg one of this series at Miami Valley on May 4 after making an uncharacteristic break and then took leg two handily, posting a 1:52.4 clocking with Jordan Stratton in the sulky on June 2 at Northfield Park. Equipped with spreaders, knee and tendon boots, Prsntpretynperfect is an impressive distaff both on and off the track, and her record reflects that, as to date she's earned $176,326 for her connections with eight wins and a third in 12 starts. Her seasonal earnings now stand at $51,160. Prsntpretynperfect is the third foal out of the Towner's Big Guy mare Wildfire Princess p, 4,1 :52.2z ($30,9249), making her a full sister to Prince Giovanni p,5, 1:51.4s ($95,724) and to Banderbear p,4,1:53f ($56,040). The second OSS division of the evening was another Brown-trainee--the diminutive but mighty Smiley Dragon, a daughter of Dragon Again, who won easily in 1:52.3 by nearly three lengths with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. at the lines. The 6-5 favorite was bred and is owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. After a speed duel between Believe In Waco (Kayne Kauffman) and Lily Grace (Joey Putnam) took the field of seven to a :26.2 first quarter clocking, it set the stage for Smiley Dragon to zip to the front at the head of the lane and easily take the victory as the 6-5 favorite. Lady Gallipolis, a 16-1 longshot, was second for Chris Page, while 7-1 Thunder Again (Cameron McCown) nailed down third-place honors. Unraced at two, Smiley Dragon has amassed $46,780 in her brief career with two wins, one second and one third in five starts. The little black mare races determinedly, with a low head and gritty gait that belies her stature, although she has confirmation characteristics of her sire. She was third in leg on at Miami Valley on May 4 and then won leg two at Northfield Park on June 2 in 1:52.4 with Wrenn, Jr., in the sulky. "This filly is a throwback to her granddam," Trogdon explained. "Her granddam, Blissful Smile, went with her head down low like this filly does and she usually won her races coming from behind, and was just a tough little mare. By contrast, Smiley Dragon's dam (Smiley Rocks) is a big mare." Smiley Dragon is the second foal out of Smiley Rocks, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover and is a full sister to the 2-year-old colt Black Smith p, 2, Q1:58.4h ($10,000) and a half-sister to Prime Time Baby (by Well Said) p,3, 2:00.1h ($1,359). Smiley Rocks was the first foal out of the Blissfull Hall mare Blissful Smile, who earned $778,734 and recorded a career mark of 1:50.2s at age five. Kay Again captured the third OSS contest, wearing down the 2-1 choice Baron Remy (Chris Page) by a scant neck at the wire in 1:52.2. Given a masterful steer by Tony Hall, the Dragon Again filly is a newcomer to the OSS series, having skipped the first two legs for owner-breeder Alan Keith of Johnstown, OH. After Baron Remy took the lead, she appeared to be a sure winner until the pocket-sitting Kay Again stuck her nose in front at the wire. Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman), who sat third throughout at 8-1, took show honors, just 1¾ lengths behind the first two finishers. Kay Again now has $104,470 in career earnings from six wins, two seconds and four thirds in 18 career starts. She has four wins, one second and two thirds this season in ten starts and $42,780 earned in 2018. Mike Roth harnessed the bay lass, who is out of the Real Desire mare Warrawee Kay p, 2, 1:51.3 ($286,751). Kay Again is a full -sister to Kays Dragon Lady p,3, 1:54f ($187,215), and a half-sister to: Kay's Delight (by Bettor's Delight) p,2,1:54.4f ($95,812) and Challenge Accepted (by Somebeachsomewhere) p,3, 1:53.2f ($26,990). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator

WASHINGTON, PA, July 14, 2018 -- In his first start at The Meadows, Windsong Leo extended his winning streak to four with a front-end, 1:50.3 victory in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. When Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. gave Windsong Leo a comfortable 56 opening half, the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding had plenty left in the tank. Born Of Fire launched a gallant first-over bid that fell a length short while Phoenix Warrior N rallied for show. Windsong Leo soared over $300,000 in career earnings, a career that includes wins at 11 different pari-mutuel tracks: Charlottetown, Flamboro Downs, Freehold, Georgian Downs, Grand River, London, the Meadowlands, The Meadows, Mohawk, Woodbine, Yonkers. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Jim Pantaleano and Wrenn each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 12, 2018 -- Windsong Leo, who already has won at 10 pari-mutuel tracks in his distinguished career, will try to add another -- and extend his current victory streak to four -- when he makes his debut at The Meadows in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. He'll go from post 4 in race 8 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. piloting. Saturday's card also features a pair of rich total-pool guarantees -- $10,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13), $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) -- as well as a $1,781.30 jackpot in the Super High 5 (race 13). First post is 1:05 PM. A 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, Windsong Leo has won at tracks of all sizes throughout the continent -- Charlottetown, Flamboro Downs, Freehold, Georgian Downs, Grand River, London, the Meadowlands, Mohawk, Woodbine, Yonkers. His current owners -- Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura -- purchased him privately last year after watching him on tape as he looped the field for an improbable victory. Recalls trainer Ron Burke: "I thought, 'that's not possible. You can't win from there. I must be watching the wrong replay.' Then I thought, 'we have to have that horse.' All the wins in Windsong Leo's current streak have come on the front end at Yonkers, but Burke indicates he's much more versatile than that. "When we first got him," Burke says, "I didn't think he'd like to race up front, but that's changed. He will race on the lead or near it. When you move him to a bigger track, he actually seems to like it and races even better. That's what makes him dangerous." Burke indicates he shifted Windsong Leo from Yonkers, at least for now, to invigorate his group of fast-class horses here. "Truthfully, except for Stride Of Pride, that group hasn't been up to our expectations," he says, "and I really don't like losing that (Preferred Handicap) race every week at The Meadows." On Saturday, Windsong Leo will face Phoenix Warrior N, an opponent of similar versatility and success who's won two straight. "Phoenix Warrior N is so dangerous because he can race either way, too. That will make it an interesting race," Burke says. If Windsong Leo finishes first or second, he'll soar over $300,000 in career earnings. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer an appealing variety of fan-centric events to complement Saturday's program. The "Rockin' On The Rail' series of live Saturday concerts continues with a performance by Darling Nikki Featuring Jason Walker. The music begins on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The MSOA will provide paddock tours, starting gate rides and a drawing for Pittsburgh Pirates tickets. To participate or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 21, 2018 -- He was unraced at 2 and enjoyed only modest success on the Ohio fairs circuit at 3. But Stride Of Pride has blossomed as an older harness racing horse. In fact, he'll be seeking his third straight victory in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding leaves from post 6 in race 3 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., his pilot in both his recent victories. Saturday's card also features a pair of total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- as well as a $3,949.20 jackpot for the Super High 5 (race 13). In addition, Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in lifetime earnings, tries again for career victory 100 (race 11, post 9). First post is 1:05 PM. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and RTC Stables purchased Stride Of Pride privately last September a few months after observing him at Northfield Park. Recalls trainer Ron Burke: "We watched him get to the half in 53 and still hang on to win. You don't see that very often. We approached the owners, but they said they had no interest in selling. A couple months later they got back to us, named their price and we were more than glad to buy him. "He got sore, so we gave him a little break. He's been super since then. I don't know if he's racing any better now, but I think he's had more opportunities in better spots." Stride Of Pride won 11 races last year and took his mark of 1:49.3 two weeks go. But perhaps the most pleasant surprise about his development, Burke says, is his growing versatility. "That's the part I really like about him," Burke says. "I thought he might have been a 'full-speed' horse but didn't know if we could race him off the pace. Now that we can, it makes him a little more dangerous." He indicated Stride Of Pride will continue to race at The Meadows in the immediate future but may shift to Yonkers later in the year. Saturday's program offers a number of fan-centric activities. The "Rockin' on the Rail" series of Saturday live concerts continues with a performance by Tony Janflone, Jr. The music begins on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will host "Harness Racing Bingo" and offer paddock tours and starting gate rides. Fore more information or to participate, stop by the MSOA information table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., continued his winning ways on Saturday (June 16) winning eight times on the 16-race program. Ronnie's triumphs were with World Of Gaming ($3.00) in race two, Lady Gallipolis ($5.20) in race three, Blues Queen ($2.60) in race four, Southwind Lea ($3.80) in race six, Stirling Euphoria ($4.20) in race 10, Feelin Red Hot ($7.60) in race 11, Stucklikeglue ($2.20) in race 12 and Derek Delight ($3.00) in race 14. Wrenn won his first race in 2008, a $2,800 Billings event at the Hillsdale Fair in Michigan, aboard Artful Power. Since breaking his maiden, Ronnie has scored over 4,500 more times with purse earnings approaching $27 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

WASHINGTON, PA, June 16, 2018 -- Stride Of Pride busted out of jail at the top of the lane and went on to capture his second straight victory in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stride Of Pride was third into the final turn but in tight quarters along the cones. When Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. angled him wide off the pylons, the 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding brushed past Reggiano, who raced well first over, and downed him by a neck in 1:50.3. Rock The Nite shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Stride Of Pride, who extended his career bankroll to $146,627, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and RTC Stables. Mike Wilder and Wrenn each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 2, 2018 -- In a rare battle of millionaires, Dapper Dude got the jump on Dancin Yankee and held him at bay late to capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was drafting in the pocket behind his stablemate, Anythingforlove A, when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent him after the lead past the three-quarters. The 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest blew by in a heartbeat, with Dancin Yankee in tow. Dapper Dude downed Dancin Yankee by a head in 1:50 while 56-1 long shot Rock The Nite rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts a career bankroll of $1,242,500, for Renee Bercury. With his place check, Dancin Yankee soared over $1.7 million in lifetime earnings. The Bercurys were at it again in Saturday's co-feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. There, Barn Girl -- trained by Bill, owned by Renee -- won a heated three-way scrum for the early lead and prevailed in 1:53, a tick off her career best. The 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now has won $673,668, and she improved her career winning percentage to a nifty 50 -- 49 victories in 98 starts. Dave Palone piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Mike Palone, on the 12-race card GEORGE BONOMO WINS BILLINGS LEG  WASHINGTON, PA, June 2, 2018 -- 'Chicago' George Bonomo squeezed off the cones with Time Outa Jail down the backside, gobbled up the tiring leader and captured Saturday's $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings amateur trot at The Meadows in a 10-1/4-length romp. Once Bonomo and Time Outa Jail found racing room, they surged past Mike "The Mortgage Man" Mitchell and Ki Ki Canolli and scored in 1:58. Bob "The Lumberman" Troyer was second with JLS Too Hot Taj while Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola and Better Call Saul rallied from a backside break to earn show. When Ruvola finished third, she assured that family bragging rights would remain with Bonomo, her father -- at least until the next Billings event. Christ Hershberger trains Time Outa Jail, a 7-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Two Timer gelding who extended his career bankroll to $252,533, for 'Chicago' George and Rose Bonomo. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 22, 2018 -- Graceful Vision was dismissed at 15-1, as was Rosemary Rose at 12-1, so few expected one of them to win Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Yet they both did, dead-heating for win with matching furious rallies. Graceful Vision and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. got the jump, moving behind the live cover of Medusa, while Rosemary Rose and Mike Wilder followed that pair third on the rim. The winners were a nose better than Lakeisha Hall, who was fashioning her own rally in the Lightning Lane, scoring in 1:51 on a "good" surface. The time is a career best for Rosemary Rose. Doug Snyder trains Graceful Vision, a 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Vision Of Grace who was using Lasix for the first time, for Frank Poerio, Jr. She extended her lifetime bankroll to $245,580. Ron Burke conditions Rosemary Rose, a 4-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N-Pantathlon, who now boasts $295,142 in career earnings for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card. By Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 5, 2018 -- Ordinarily, when drivers first locate at a harness racing track, they may experience some lean months as they build relationships and eke out assignments. With Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and The Meadows, however, it was pretty much love at first sight. Wrenn, 31, has been driving at The Meadows relatively briefly, splitting time with tracks in Ohio where he lives. But he's become so successful at The Meadows -- and popular with trainers -- that he had a drive in all 12 races last Saturday. For this Saturday's card, he actually was named on 16 horses over 12 races. He'll drive in each of the first eight races before heading to Ohio. Saturday's program gets underway at 1:05 PM and features a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). Several factors may be at play in Wrenn's instant success at The Meadows. First, his deep roots in the sport make him a familiar name. His late father and his uncle, Peter Wrenn, both are Michigan Hall of Famers while their brother Gary was a blacksmith in the business. Yet harness racing wasn't his first occupational choice. "I didn't think about driving as a career," he says, "but when I started working for Uncle Peter, I found harness racing is in my blood." In addition, Wrenn was prominent even before arriving at The Meadows, with a pair of North American dash driving titles (2013 and 2014) to his credit. This year, his 182 wins (as of mid-week) rank him second in North America behind Aaron Merriman, and his .376 UDR is third after Louis-Philippe Roy and Merriman. At The Meadows, he ranks fourth in wins, fifth in UDR, and he's become the regular pilot for such outstanding horses as Ron Burke's Camera Lady, who's won seven of nine starts this year. "I like the driving style at The Meadows, and I like the guys," he says. "Driving there is a way to better myself. I really appreciate the opportunities I've been getting from trainers like Randy Bendis, John Sullivan, Scott Betts and Ron Burke." Wrenn's hectic schedule is similar to that of Merriman, although he doesn't consider himself in Merriman's league as far as travel goes. "It's difficult to do what he does, and he's been doing it a long time," Wrenn says. "He's all in. I like to take some vacations and enjoy myself." Wrenn and his wife, Briana, are expecting their first child in October, a blessed event that may reinforce his commitment to multitracking. "The baby has to eat, so I still have to keep making money. And this is only the first baby." As for Saturday's card, Wrenn suggests a pair of his mounts that may fare the best: "Thoughtyoudlikeit (race 1, post 7) is down in class again. I don't think the outside post will affect him. He likes to go fast and do his work. I think he has a good shot. Pembroke Bada Bing (race 5, post 1) raced well last week. He has a good shot." On Saturday, Mychoice members can compete in the Road to the Triple Crown Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest. More information is available at the retail counter in the track's Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 20, 2018 — Camera Lady avenged her only defeat this year when she made up 8-1/2 lengths over the back half and nipped Albany Girl — who upset her last week — in Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away sixth, Camera Lady followed the live cover of her stablemate, Rosemary Rose, before fanning three wide into the final turn. Under the urging of Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., she caught Albany Girl in the shadow of the wire and downed her by a head in a career-best 1:53 in the slop. Graceful Vision closed well for show. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who won for the sixth time in seven 2018 outings and extended her career bankroll to $168,603, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 10-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the card features a two-day carryover of $4,952.13 in the Pick 5, races 7-11. First post is 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, March 7, 2018 — Camera Lady found yet another way to win, shooting the Lightning Lane to capture her fifth straight victory in Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady had won on the front and with furious rallies during her streak, but on Wednesday, she stalked Medusa from the pocket and blew by late to score for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in 1:53.4 over a “good” surface. The first-over Graceful Vision was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Fox Valley Charm also used the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, a 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go who lifted her career bankroll to $153,603, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Wrenn collected a sweep of Wednesday’s co-features when he guided Maewegonow to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot. Richard Perfido conditions the 4-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo, who now boasts lifetime earnings of $241,844, for Thomas Mattingly. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 10-race card while trainer Randy Bendis enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a pair of carryovers — a $5,022.63 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 6-10) and a $2,881.31 carryover in the day’s first superfecta.   Evan Pattak  

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