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WASHINGTON, PA, July 9, 2019 -- Touchamatic outdueled Camera Lady for the early lead and rolled home without a serious harness racing challenge in a sharp 1:50.2 in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Touchamatic easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Baron Remy and defeated Camera Lady by 2 lengths, with Keystone Riptide a ground-saving third. Aaron Merriman piloted the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch, who won for the 11th time this season and extended her career bankroll to $317,822, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. It was one of five victories for Merriman on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $1,989.60 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, July 3, 2019 -- First-time starter Captain Groovy quarter-poled to the front and was unstoppable from there, pacing to victory in a stake-record 1:52 in Wednesday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series harness racing event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman colts and geldings was contested over three divisions, with Ill Play It Alone and Lyons Music taking the other splits. Winning trainer Ray Schnittker said Captain Groovy, a son of Captaintreacherous-Lets Groove Tonite that Schnittker owns with Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor and Mary Kinsey Arnold, saw his development arrested by problems typical of young horses. "He's been a little bit slow coming, but once he figured it out, he's a real nice horse," Schnittker said of his $90,000 yearling acquisition. "We had to take a chip out of his front ankle, but after that, he's had nothing wrong. He's eligible for everything late in the year, so I thought this was a better way to start him off." It appears his problems are behind him, as he drew off late to defeat Diamond Head by 4 lengths for Mark MacDonald, with Paddy All Day third. Captain Groovy matched the stake record established by Jack Attack in 2013 and turned in the fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old colt pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. After Ill Play It Alone broke stride in his pari-mutuel debut, his driver, Anthony MacDonald, led him through some unusual schooling. "He's a timid colt, and he's terrified of pylons," Anthony MacDonald said. "So we removed the shadow role and took him to Woodbine Mohawk, where we walked him over the pylons and jogged him over the shadows for a week. He got a little 'rolly' in the last turn today -- he got to looking at something -- but he was good." The lesson paid off, as the Somebeachsomewhere-Its No Secret gelding held off Deal The Cards by a nose to score in 1:54.4. Boogy Woogy J rallied for show. Tim Twaddle trained the winner for Thestable Illplayit Alone. Lyons Music released Brush Up at the quarter, then outkicked him in the lane to down him by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54.3 for Dave Palone. Tru Lou completed the ticket. "We thought if I could maybe get the best one back around me and follow the favorite, it might would work out," Palone said. "That's exactly what happened. I couldn't have written it up any better. He's a big colt, and I think he'll learn." Gareth Dowse trains Lyons Music, a son of A Rocknroll Dance-McGibson, for Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Brian Zendt and Palone each collected a pair of victories on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a $183,242 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers as well as a pair of carryovers -- $1,793.10 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $853.24 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 1, 2019 — Forty-two of the sport’s best-bred, most promising harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters — many making their pari-mutuel debuts — will get their first major test in Tuesday’s $190,900 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Father Patrick is the best-represented stallion in the stake with 10 fillies — his sire, Cantab Hall, contributes another six — with trainer Jim Campbell leading the parade with three Father Patrick youngsters: Sherry Lyns Lady, Madame Sherry, Impressive Fashion. The stake, known as the Meadow Gladys, will be contested over five divisions, which go as races 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8. First post is 1:05 PM. Campbell’s young ladies will be trying to emulate their dad, who was so precocious at 2 that he won the divisional Dan Patch Award in 2013. He followed that up at 3 by capturing the PASS championship at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Campbell is thrilled with his Father Patricks so far. “All three of them have come along exactly the way we wanted them to,” he says. “They’ve all been naturals from the word go. They’re nice, smart, good mannered. There’s nothing not to like about them.” Here’s Campbell’s assessment of his three fillies. ·      Sherry Lyns Lady (race 1, post 1, Tim Tetrick, a $220,000 yearling purchase), a rapidly closing second in 1:57.3 in her first career outing at Harrah’s Philadelphia.  “When Tim got off her after her first race, he said she really likes to race, has a great attitude and gets over the ground nice. With a 2-year-old, the rail is not as good as some people think, but I don’t get too worked up about post positions. It is what it is.” ·      Madame Sherry (race 2, post 2, David Miller, a $100,000 yearling acquisition), making her first purse start after two qualifiers. “She’s smart and perfectly mannered. You can do whatever you want with her. Her professionalism is superb.” Coyote Wynd Farms campaigns Sherry Lyns Lady and Madame Sherry. ·      Impressive Fashion (race 4, post 1, Miller, a $160,000 yearling purchase for Fashion Farms), who won her career bow in 1:58 at Pocono. “She’s big and strong but light on her feet. She has a tough attitude. She likes to go after horses.” Monday’s card at The Meadows, which also begins at 1:05 PM, features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly trotters. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                 P.O . Box 253 • Meadow Lands, PA 15347   724-228-3644 • Fax: 724-228-5047 • msoa@themsoa.com                                                                

WASHINGTON, PA, June 26, 2019 -- Dismissed at 15-1, Camera Lady blew by the 3-5 favorite, Touchamatic, down the backside and held on late to pull off the harness racing upset in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady was fifth down the backside when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent her after Touchamatic, who had won eight of her last nine starts. The 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go had little trouble putting away the favorite but was all out to hold off her stablemate, Rosemary Rose, in deep stretch. Camera Lady prevailed by a head in 1:50.3, lowering her life mark by 1.2 seconds, while Touchamatic saved show. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who extended her career bankroll to $369,688, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race program, including a pair for trainer J.L. Adams. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Friday twilight card, first post 5:30 PM, that features a Driver Charity Challenge and Family Fun Night.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 25, 2019 -- Call For Justice launched a relentless uncovered bid down the backside and wore down Chef Lee in deep stretch to capture Tuesday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Conditioned Trot. Call For Justice was fourth when Dave Palone sent him after Chef Lee. The 7-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka gradually eroded the lead and downed Chef Lee by 1/2 length in 1:55.1. Lars Perry followed the winner's cover for show. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who won his second straight and pushed his career bankroll to $581,757, for Burke Racing Stable. In Tuesday's companion feature, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, even-money favorite Sanna Cruza A rolled to a front-end 1:52.3 victory for Tony Hall and trainer Randy Bendis, who owns with Pollack Racing. The 6-year-old daughter of Art Major-Weona Beach Girl extended her lifetime earnings to $130,027. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 24, 2019 -- Despite fronting the first quarter in a contested 26.3, Classicality retook past the quarter and won comfortably in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap harness racing trot at The Meadows. Brian Zendt handled Classicality confidently, and the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding rewarded him by scoring powerfully in 1:53.3, 2 lengths better than Dayson, who rallied from last to grab second. Barn Girl finished third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, who won his second straight and now boasts $674,627 in career earnings. It was one of three wins for Zendt on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the card features a carryover of $1,815.24 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2019 -- Miss Stunner and It's Academic, a pair of Uncle Peter freshman trotters making their career debuts for harness racing trainer Ron Burke Wednesday at The Meadows, not only scored handily but also became the season's fastest 2-year-olds in their respective divisions on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone guided both youngsters to victory. Miss Stunner moved powerfully first over from fourth and drew away from the field, triumphing by 6 lengths in 1:59. Saratoga Gia and Alittlebitofsugar completed the ticket. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby campaign the daughter of Pilgrims Stunner. The journey of It's Academic was nearly a carbon copy, as the son of Annapolis moved first over from fourth and blew away the field by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Willing Spirit and Town Victor were second and third, respectively. It's Academic competes for Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. It's Academic Palone garnered five wins, Burke four and Jim Pantaleano three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a $1,257.68 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, June 15, 2019 -- Stranded in mid-move when his cover ducked back to the cones, Nitro Seelster did the heavy lifting himself and pulled off a 13-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Nitro Seelster was following the first-over cover of Real Peace when that rival dived back to the rail to exploit an opening. But Nitro Seelster and Tony Hall persevered, overtaking 4-5 favorite Windsong Leo in the shadow of the wire and downing him by a neck in 1:50. Real Peace earned show. Sarah Andrews trains Nitro Seelster, a 9-year-old Camluck-Strikes Again gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $324,763, for Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton. Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder and Hall each piloted three winners 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, June 15, 2019 -- Alesha "The Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley pulled the pocket with Body Of Work midway down the backside and rolled to a 10-1/2-length harness racing rout in Saturday's $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows. Binkley was stalking Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola (Jackie Goldstein) when a pair of circumstances convinced her it was time to move. "The horse behind me was running me over a little bit," Binkley said. "The horse on the lead was slowing down. So I figured I'd rather go to the front and control the race. I didn't pop the earplugs, and he was a lot better." The rest of the field took chase, but the "Hotshot'" was not to be caught, scoring in 1:56.3. "Tiny Tim" Miller (Song In My Heart) rallied for second, while "Fast Greggy" Keidel (Stirling Boudica) and Ruvola completed the superfecta. Trent Stohler trains Body Of Work, a 6-year-old ABC Garland-Battle Axe gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $156,467, for Trent Stohler Stable.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 12, 2019 -- Bellamente seized the lead from post 7 and overpowered the field from there in capturing Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot. Once Bellamente reached the point for Brian Zendt, the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Bellissimo had little trouble thwarting the first-over bid of Soldier Hanover and scoring in a career-best 1:56.1. INXS was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Buba Can Dance third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Bellamente. In The Meadows' first race of the season for 2-year-olds, Better Song rallied three-wide through the final turn and triumphed in 2:01, fastest this year by a freshman filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Rick Beinhauer trains and drives the daughter of Better Caviar-Jessie's Song and owns with Regina Beinhauer. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the day's activities include five "Hot Dog Pig Races," believed to be a first for the track. The action kicks off at 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 11, 2019 -- Touchamatic, who saw her six-race winning streak snapped last week, took the first step to stringing together a new one when she exploded from the pocket lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 harness racing Filly & Mare Open Pace at The Meadows. Touchamatic was content to stalk from the pocket for Aaron Merriman and let the front-ending Medusa do the heavy lifting. As they straightened out of the final turn, however, Merriman cut Touchamatic loose, and the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch was by far the fresher mare. She scored in 1:51, 2 lengths better than Medusa, while Keystone Riptide rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Touchamatic, who lifted her career bankroll to $296,662, for Renee Bercury. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Merriman each piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has released its twelfth annual ‘Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report,’ taking an in depth look at what impact the state’s casinos have on the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry. Currently encapsulating ten stand-alone and racetrack casinos as well as two smaller resort casinos and two race and sportsbooks, approximately 17,000 are employed at the facilities with in the region of $1.4bn per annum generated in tax revenue, ten per cent of which was earmarked for the horseracing industry in 2018. Amongst the findings of the report is that $242m in slot machine tax revenue was generated, representing a 1.3 per cent increase from the previous year’s $238.5m. This is for the benefit of the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Trust Fund, earmarked for enhancements of race purses and assisting breeding operations located in the Keystone State, providing health and pension benefits for horsemen and supporting agricultural initiatives. Stating in the report that “the racing industry in Pennsylvania is significant in size and continues to be supported by the success of legalised gaming,” 2018 “proved to be a challenging year” for the horse racing industry following 2017’s positives. The total wagered for the year fell five per cent to $669m, with a taxable handle also declining three per cent, as the PGCB stressed environmental impacts negatively affecting performance, notably stating “Pennsylvania received record rainfall in 2018”. The report also lauded a continued investment in backstretch improvement by casinos, which has spent £73m spent since 2006 to build or renovate buildings and structures. Attendance figures also continued to decline, this time by 15 per cent as numbers reached 582,161 for the period, however the regulator sees cause for optimism: “Increasing attendance can be a challenge for the industry due to alternative forms of entertainment that are available to the general public. “Additionally, the only option for patrons to place a wager in the past was if they physically made a visit to the racetracks. This evolved with the opening of off-track wagering facilities and then the subsequent improvement in technology allowing patrons to wager from their personal computer or mobile device. “These new services available to place a wager made it easier and more convenient for patrons to enjoy horse and harness racing, without attending the races at the tracks.” The horse racing tracks operating in conjunction with casinos in Pennsylvania are: Thoroughbred Parx Casino in Bucks County. Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie County. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County. Harness The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Luzerne County. The Meadows Casino and Racetrack in Washington County. Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack in Delaware County. Reprinted with permission of Casinobeats.com

This Week: Camluck Classic, The Raceway at Western Fair District, London, Ontario; Currier & Ives Filly Trot, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Graduate Series second leg and Somebeachsomewhere, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action opens on Friday night (May 31) at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the C$157,000 Camluck Classic for older male pacers. Racing will take place on Saturday (June 1) at two venues. The Meadows will host the $70,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters and Woodbine Mohawk Park will feature two C$80,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts and single C$99,000 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the Meadows race can be found by clicking on this link. Western Fair and Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: As a yearling, Bettor's Wish sold for all of $20,000. "But he's not a $20,000 horse anymore." So said co-owner and trainer Chris Ryder Saturday night (May 25) after his charge - and driver Dexter Dunn - made short work of Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 29th Rooney, for 3-year-old colts and geldings, turned into a romp for the odds-on ($3.70) choice. One of two elimination winners, Bettor's Wish drew post position No. 6 in the finale. He found himself three-wide early, outside of Captain Malicious (Mark MacDonald) and Buddy Hill (Brian Sears) and inside of Blood Money (Scott Zeron). Blood Money made the lead before a :27 opening quarter-mile, then a :55.4 intermission. Going up the backside the second time, Rollwithpapajoe (Joe Bongiorno) was advancing out of fifth before he broke stride. That allowed Buddy Hill a path out of third, and as he was about to leave the cones, Bettor's Wish extricated himself from the pocket. That one disposed of Blood Money soon after a 1:24.1 three-quarters, preparing to bust the race wide open. Bettor's Wish slapped three lengths on his rivals in and out of the final turn, then ran it up. The final margin was a half-dozen lengths in a season's-best 1:51.4. Second went to Branquinho (Tyler Buter), while Air Force Hanover (David Miller) was third. Buddy Hill and Blood Money picked off the remainder. Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt co-owned by Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Kenneth Solomon, has won all three of his seasonal starts and earned $180,000. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards.   Here are the leaders following this past weekend:   Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 193; 2. Jason Bartlett - 144; 3. George Brennan - 110; 4. Jordan Stratton - 107; 5. Daniel Dube - 104. Trainers: 1. Jim King Jr. - 149; 2. Ron Burke - 85; 3. Rene Allard - 77; 4. Richard Banca - 61; 5. Andrew Harris - 54. Owners: 1. Jo Ann Looney-King - 55.2; 2. Tim Tetrick LLC - 51.7; 3. Richard Poillucci - 41.7; 4. Brad Grant - 41; 5. D R Van Witzenburg - 40.   Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Northfield Park, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. Northfield will host the Battle of Lake Erie for invitational pacers, Mohawk will feature five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters.   Paul Ramlow Internet News Manager U.S. Trotting Association

WASHINGTON, PA, May 28, 2019 -- Touchamatic collected her sixth straight harness racing victory while Party At The Banks extended her winning streak to three in Tuesday's co-features at The Meadows. Touchamatic ripped off five straight at Northfield before putting her streak on the line in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch released Medusa to the lead early, then blew by her in the lane and defeated her by 2-1/2 lengths in a swift 1:50.1. Magic Forces completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman piloted Touchamatic, who pushed her career bankroll to $282,662, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Party At The Banks had a more demanding trip in the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot, parked every step from post 8. But she moved powerfully late for Dave Palone and drew off to down 42-1 long shot Tequila Talking by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:54.3, with Rising MVP third. The 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As has been so dominant during her streak that her combined victory margin is 11 lengths. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Party At The Banks                             -Chris Gooden photo Ron Burke trains Party At The Banks, who now boasts lifetime earnings of 190,423, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a pair of carryovers -- $2481.02 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $357.44 in the final-race Super Hi-5.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, May 25, 2019 --Kate's Massive powered to the lead past the quarter and made the rest of it look easy, scoring a convincing harness racing victory in Friday's $99,430 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters at The Meadows. Last year's Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion, Kate's Massive opened his sophomore campaign with a stallion series victory, so the Currier & Ives represented a step up for him. Nevertheless, Dave Palone steered the son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate aggressively, protecting the rail starting position and getting away second. Once Kate's Massive reached the point, he had little trouble holding off the first-over challenge of Shake N Bake. The 6-5 favorite needed only a single tap from Palone's whip in the stretch to defeat Shake N Bake by 2 lengths in 1:54.1, lowering his life mark 1.2 seconds. Long shot Stinglike A B K finished third. Kelly Paver trains the winner, who lifted his career bankroll to $136,267, for owner and co-breeder Harry Horowitz. It was one of five victories on the 12-race card for Palone, who triumphed for the 18th time (including Open Division wins in final heats and preliminary splits) in the illustrious history of the Currier & Ives, which was launched at The Meadows in 1975. The "winningest" driver in harness racing history, Palone collected his first Currier & Ives victory with Dontellmenomore in 1991. Also enjoying big nights were Jim Pantaleano and trainer Scott Betts, with four and three wins, respectively. Following a brief holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

The long anticipated book titled THE VOICE: THE UNPARALLELED LIFE OF ROGER HUSTON has just been released. Written by Victoria M. Howard, the book on Harness Racing's #1 race announcer and Hall of Famer, Roger Huston, is available for purchase now. Huston has called more than 178,000 races, covering at least 144 tracks in nineteen states and eight countries. Known as 'The Voice' because of his booming vocal crescendo, when one hears that sound you instantly know a trotting or pacing race is imminent. THE VOICE: THE UNPARALLELED LIFE OF ROGER HUSTON contains priceless life stories of Huston's 60-year career as a race announcer. There are also 80 original photos of the sport's champion horses and top drivers as it takes you back to each and every Little Brown Jug and Adios. Through these pages you will experience the classic races in Harness Racing's history. Huston will be signing copies of the book Saturday, July 6 at The Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York from 10am -12 noon. BE THERE! For more information, contact: Roger Huston@Roger.Huston@meadowsgaming.com Now available @ at Amazon.com or AuthorHouse.com  

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