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WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2018 -- Youaremycandygirl, the 2017 Dan Patch Award winner for freshman pacing fillies, has been fine at 3 but not as dominant as she was last year. Trainer Ron Burke thought her problem might lie in post parades. "Sometimes she goes on 'tilt,'" Burke said, "and she wants to fight you the whole way." Thus, in Saturday's $121,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows, Burke experimented, leaving Youaremycandygirl in the hands of the marshal while the other fillies were parading. The strategy worked like a charm, as Youaremycandygirl jogged to a facile 1:50.4 victory in. The Adioo Volo, a Grand Circuit stake featured on the Adios Day card, was contested over three divisions, with Alexa's Power and Sidewalk Dancer taking the other splits. Youaremycandygirl, a daughter of American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane who has earned $1,065,508 for owner William Donovan, got away third for Yannick Gingras before roaring to the point near the half. She downed the first-over Baron Remy by 4-1/4 lengths, with early leader Serene Stride third. "She was a great horse last year -- she still is," Gingras said. "Things haven't really gone our way a lot of times so far this year, but she's a sweetheart of a filly." Shuffled to third at the top of the stretch, Alexa's Power -- the 4-5 favorite -- shot the Lightning Lane for Tim Tetrick and triumphed in a career-best 1:52, a head better than Reign On Me. I'm Trigger Happy completed the ticket. Jim Campbell conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle's Power, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $281,490, for Jeffrey Snyder and Michael Snyder. Sidewalk Dancer, who took nearly a month off following a disappointing performance in the Lynch final, made a first-over move for Brett Miller look easy, scoring in 1:52.1. Painted Lady was second, beaten a length, with Strong Opinion third. "Going into the Lynch, I thought we could win, and the trip was working out for us," Miller said. "When I called on her, she didn't fire. They scoped her after the race, and she was severely sick that night. So she definitely had an excuse. She can go with the top fillies. She can race on the front, but she loves passing horses. Chris Oakes trains Sidewalk Dancer, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Road Sign who now boasts $182,779 in career earnings, for Northfork Racing, Omar Beiler and Dennis Coons. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2018 -- Saturday's card at The Meadows, which featured the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $121,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, also offered four additional Grand Circuit stakes. Here are the highlights of those Arden Downs events: $57,914 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Scirocco Rob got some help when 3-5 favorite Joey broke stride at the start. But the Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties gelding might not have needed the assistance, as he rolled to his third straight victory, in 1:56, for Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen and owners Lewis Whitaker and Kathleen Whitaker. Keystone Apache rallied for second, 2 lengths back, with Garnet third. "When that other horse ran behind the gate, he was the only horse that I was worried about," Callahan said. "So I was able to just kind of mosey around there. When you can go somewhat of a training mile, it's a lot easier than having to stretch him out." Scirocco Bob now boasts $199,603 in career earnings. In the other division, Im Your Captain also caught a break when the leader, Quality Kemp, jumped it off near the half. Im Your Captain inherited the front and scored in 1:55.3, 5-3/4 lengths better than the fast-closing What A Hunk. House Hubby completed the ticket. "I kind of had it down to Quality Kemp and my horse, so I didn't want to do anything too goofy," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "I thought he could either cut it or win out of the two hole. It worked out okay." Julie Miller, Marcus' aunt, trains the son of Muscle Hill-Frisky Strike for Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. When asked what he might recommend to Aunt Julie about the horse's next start, Marcus Miller took a diplomatic approach. "I just plan to tell her thank you," he said. $47,634 Gov. David L. Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Perhaps wiser and more determined after a frustrated first-over bid in his last outing, Volley Ball Beach converted a similar move to victory Saturday, prevailing in 1:52.4 -- his fastest -- for Tony Hall, trainer Norm Parker and owner/breeder Bob Key. Escapetothebeach was second, 1/2 length back, while No Mas Amor earned show. "It was different this week because he got to sit to the half," Parker said of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Alladorable. "We've had some issues with him regarding when to make his move. We changed some equipment this week, and it seemed to help." In the other split, Pyro found late racing room in the center of the track and rallied for Matt Kakaley to score in 1:53, his second win in four career starts. Actor Hanover gave trainer Ron Burke the exacta sweep when he finished second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, with early leader Aflame Hanover third. "I figured I'd be able to shake loose somewhere, but I wasn't going to move him first up," Kakaley said. "It was pretty easy for him today. He was really sharp." Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Pyro, a son of Sweet Lou-Whetstone Hanover. $47,634 Mary Lib Miller - 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Louphoria and Sylph Hanover are both members of the Burke stable (two of the 26 horses he entered on the Adios Day card, and a pair of the 48 he sent post-ward across the U.S. for the day), and both were sent off at 1-1 by The Meadows' punters. Both of them started "against the fence" -- Louphoria from the "inner fence," Sylph Hanover from the outermost post eight. And the pair were at each other during most of the 56.1 last half of their division in the freshman filly pace, Louphoria on the lead and Sylph Hanover attacking first-over. In the stretch it was Sylph Hanover who proved the stronger, powering off by 2¾ lengths late over her stablemate for Kakaley as the end horse of a Burke/Kakaley consecutive triple. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan, owned by Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin, and Joseph Critelli, took a maiden mark of 1:54.1; she had already won in a Philly qualifier just two ticks slower than today's mile. "We were always high on her, but she's been just okay, I guess," Kakaley said. "She wasn't that good on the front at Pocono, so we wanted to change tactics. She was super today." She's Allright remained undefeated after three starts by taking the other division in 1:53.1 and giving Burke his sixth training win of the afternoon, but Darn Tootn Hanover, in only her second lifetime start, made sure the winner knew she was in a tussle. She's Allright, a Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover miss owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek and Collura, was put on the lead by Yannick Gingras, rated the half, then sprinted home in 55.4, but first-over Darn Tootn Hanover gained inch by inch the last half and came up only a head shy. $56,440 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Kenziesky Hanover sure made it interesting as the even-money favorite in the first section of the sophomore filly trot, but she emerged with a 1:57.1 victory for driver Brian Zendt, trainer Bill Zendt, and owners J. Patrick Huber and Glenn Congrove. Brian Zendt got the Cantab Hall filly a perfect two-hole trip, but as the pair awaited the Lightning Lane behind pacesetter Southwind Angelica and first-over Fish Is Fish, Kenziesky Hanover made a break. She was steered into the passing lane and never went inside the pylons while regaining composure; in the meantime Ms American Muscle came through inside the pacesetter and got the lead. But Zendt and his filly got back on stride and finished with a furious last 50 yards to win by 1/2 length after the improbable but impressive comeback. The Zendts completed a sweep of this Grand Circuit event as the Donato Hanover filly Donato's Jewel went coast-to-coast in 1:54.2, a new mark and a stakes record. Donato's Jewel had made miscues in four of her last six starts, but before the hometown crowd she was on her best behavior, setting a quick pace and maintaining her advantage despite the late rush of favored Pat Matters, with 3/4 of a length between the rivals at the finish. Gary Saul owns the winner. by Jerry Connors, for the PHHA  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2018 -- Sonnet Grace extended her career unbeaten streak to four when she blew away the field in 1:56.2 -- matching her own national season's mark -- in Friday's $60,800 Arden Downs Stake at The Meadows. The Grand Circuit event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Judge Joe McGraw, was contested over three divisions, with Scirocco Donnahill and Windy Corner taking the other splits. Sonnet Grace quarter-poled to the top for trainer/driver Rod Allen, who bred the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe for Rod Allen Inc., and she was off to the races, scoring by 5-1/2 lengths over Nomo Volo. Fast Reaction earned show. Allen said Sonnet Grace is eligible for most of the rich late-season stakes and might enjoy a leisurely workload until then. "She drives like a 4-year-old, like she's been doing it longer than she has," Allen said. "She's staying fit and strong, and I'm trying to save her because she's staked heavier later in the year. So I've been trying to protect her a little bit, not train her quite as hard." Scirocco Donnahill also quarter-poled to the lead, where she faced -- and turned aside -- a serious challenge from Magical Beliefs. The daughter of Muscle Hill-UF Tady's Donato held off Magical Beliefs by a length in 1:57.2, with Southwind Storm third. "That's a real smart filly," winning driver Dave Palone said. "She has all the tools. They'll have a lot of fun with her this year. She picked me up in the bit (when challenged) -- that's the sign of a good one right there." John Butenschoen trains Scirocco Donnahill for Lewis Whitaker, Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker. Windy Corner broke her maiden in her fifth career outing by grabbing the lead near the half for Marcus Miller and thwarting the late bid of Navarone Hanover, defeating him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.3. Giant Possession completed the ticket. "Any time I chirped to her, she just dug in a little more," said Miller, who collected four wins on the 14-race card. "Last week, I took the wrong route; I think if I'd stayed out, she probably would have got up. Today, my main goal was, once she was off the car, just give her a clear path." Erv Miller conditions the daughter of Yankee Glide-Wind Stroll for Tony Holmes and Walter Zent. $40,400 Arden Downs -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Friday's Adios Eve card featured a second Arden Downs stake, an event for freshman colt and gelding trotters known as the Edward M. Ryan. The two divisions went to Ginger Tree Skyr and Kate's Massive. Ginger Tree Skyr was second down the backside when Mike Wilder abandoned the pocket and sent her forward. The son of Explosive Matter-Up Front Annika made the strategy pay off, triumphing in 1:57.4 for trainer Sam Beegle and owners Ginger Tree Ventures and Donald Marean. Keystone Storm shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten 3/4 lengths, with Capt Chaps Hanover third. "I didn't want to take any chances," Wilder said. "He felt good in the pocket, and I thought if I pulled him and sat out there and rode, he'd get the job done. I was protecting my spot. I didn't want to get jammed in and maybe have to go Lightning Lane. He was very green, but I kept his attention." Kate's Massive broke stride in his last outing, a mishap that contributed to his 16-1 odds Friday. But he rushed right to the point from post 8 for trainer/driver Ray Paver and was an easy 3-1/2-length winner over Angus Hanover in 1:58.2. Cantab Ed finished third. "He's been messing up sitting in a hole, so I figured I'd put him on the front so he wouldn't mess up," Paver said of the son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate, a homered for Harry and Iris Horowitz. "He acts like he'll learn to trot some." by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2018 -- Bella's Punkett released the 1-2 favorite, Expose Yourself, past the quarter, then charged past her in the lane to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned/Optional Claiming Trot. Bella's Punkett was claimed from her last race at Harrah's Philadelphia by trainer Ron Burke for owner Howard Taylor for a base price of $12,500. Though she faced several disadvantages -- new track, sloppy surface, big jump in class to a $30,000 base claiming tag -- the 6-year-old daughter of Super Punk-Nubella responded beautifully. She left alertly for Dan Rawlings, rated kindly and downed Expose Yourself by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3, with the first-over Keystone Harper third. Bella's Punkett lifted her career bankroll to $109,244. Tony Hall and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, with an Adios Eve card that features a pair of Grand Circuit stakes: the $60,800 Judge Joe McGraw for 2-year-old filly trotters and the $40,400 Ed Ryan for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Special post time is 5:30 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2018 -- Racing off a five-week layoff, Lakeisha Hall got the pocket trip she needed before barreling through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Fox Valley Charm took the field into the final turn but was attacked outside by McDazzle and inside by Lakeisha Hall, who edged Fox Valley Charm by a head in 1:52. McDazzle was a close-up third. Ron Burke trains the 5-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $539,879, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II. It was one of four wins on the 13-race card for Palone, In Tuesday's companion feature, an $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Wind Of The North won his third straight, a front-end jog in 1:54.1, for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $943,848. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program includes a $12,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5, a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 and a $3,560.80 jackpot in the Super High 5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

Casey Hite, Brooke Schoeffel, Sara Zidek and Rielly Steuernagel have been named the recipients of the 2018 Meadows Standardbred Owners Association Collegiate Scholarships. In all, nearly $13,000 in scholarship money will be presented to the students, who are the children of MSOA members. Hite has earned the $5,330 MSOA Scholarship, presented by the MSOA's Board of Directors. Casey, the daughter of Wayne and Trudy Hite, is a junior at Penn State University-Fayette, majoring in Corporate Communication. Schoeffel has been awarded the MSOA/Hanover Shoe Farms Scholarship. Presented in conjunction with the industry's leading breeder, the scholarship is for $4,600. Brooke is the daughter of Steve and Kathy Schoeffel, and will be majoring in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh as a freshman this fall. Zidek will receive the MSOA/CSC Insurance Options Scholarship for $2,500. The annual award is presented by the MSOA and Tom Svrcek of CSC Insurance. Sara, the daughter of Jeff Zidek, is a junior at the College of Wooster, studying Neuroscience. Steuernagel will receive the $1,000 MSOA/Dr. Barry C Betts Memorial Scholarship, presented in memory of the late Dr. Betts, a longtime veterinarian at The Meadows. Rielly is the son of James Steuernagel, and will be a sophomore this fall at Allegheny College, majoring in Chemistry and Theater. "This program has continued for many years now, thanks to the support of all of our partners," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "It's one of the highlights of Adios Day for our board, making the presentations in the winner's circle. We are pleased to assist the families of our horsemen with their education expenses. It's a great program, and we have great partners." The formal presentation will take place this Saturday, July 28 at The Meadows. by Jeff Zedik, for the MSOA

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

WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2018 -- For 25 years, Pastor Joe DiDonato has served as chaplain at The Meadows, ministering to the spiritual needs of harness racing horsemen and horsewomen and their families. Now, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor him for his quarter century of service with a special ceremony during Saturday's Adios eliminations card. In the winners' circle following the third race, the MSOA will present Pastor Joe with a plaque and a donation for his chapel that includes money contributed by The Meadows community directly and through a GoFundMe campaign. Pastor Joe's ministry is broad. He conducts regular Sunday services, of course, but he also tends to the spiritual needs of injured or ailing horsemen and horsewomen, presides at weddings and funerals, administers a vacation Bible school and organizes holiday parties for children, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt. A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Point Park College (now Point Park University), Pastor Joe held a variety of jobs, including radio disc jockey, before finding his calling. Surrounded by gambling opportunities, he confessed to the United States Trotting Association several years ago that he takes advantage of one: "I always say, 'Bet on God to Win, Place and Show -- every day!"  jackpot ever paid, The Meadows is an all-inclusive entertainment destination and significant economic generator for the region. With its nearly 1,300 employees, The Meadows provides approximately $125 million in taxes annually and more than $14 million per year to the Local Share Account designated for new economic, community and industrial development projects. by Evan Pattack, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2018 -- Parked past the quarter in 27.2, Barn Girl still was so dominant that she drew off late and notched her fourth win in the last five starts in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Ready Any Time, who vanquished Barn Girl last week, zipped to the front from post 5, intent on stretching Barn Girl out. But when Aaron Merriman asked the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie for more, she found it and defeated the rallying Delcrest Magicstar by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54, giving trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury the exacta sweep. Chapter Too finished third. With the victory, Barn Girl vaulted over $700,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone collected five wins on the 14-race card, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, while Tony Burke enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features eliminations for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as a pair of stakes for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2018 -- Ready Any Time was set to her task in mid-stretch and responded, just holding off the relentless charge of Barn Girl to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53. Ready Any Time vaulted to the front from post 5 for Dave Palone but soon faced the first-over challenge of Barn Girl, who was seeking her fourth straight victory. When Palone asked her for more, the 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Spice Queen found it, edging Barn Girl by a head, with Bessie third. Ron Burke trains Ready Any Time, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $161,513, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, enjoyed a big day with six victories, including one each for trainers Randy Bendis, Scott Betts, Gerald Lee, Jr., Dirk Simpson, Leslie Zendt and Burke. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 3, 2018 -- Tuesday's $190,235 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows turned out to be a showcase for first-time starters. All five harness racing divisions in the event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Meadow Gladys, went to youngsters making their career debuts. The talented quintet includes: Fate Smiled, Sonnet Grace, Darla P, Magical Beliefs and Personal Paradise. Ake Svanstedt enjoyed a training/driving double with Darla P and Personal Paradise. Fate Smiled captured stake honors when she fronted the mile and dug in late to hold off Windy Corner by a head in 1:58. The first-over Something Spicy was third. "My main concern was to keep her quiet; with her pedigree, they have a tendency to be hot," said winning driver Dave Palone. "She was a perfect lady. I woke her up at the head of the stretch, but I never really felt any concern." Ron Burke trains the daughter of Muscle Massive-For A Dancer for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Michelle Yanek. Sonnet Grace found a seat third after trying for the early lead and had enough in the tank to kick by the leaders with a 28.4 final quarter. She triumphed in 1:58.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than Ladylilli, with early leader Sky Is Mine third. "I was hoping for another qualifier for her, but I ran out of time when I came up from Florida late," said Rod Allen, who trains and drives the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe for Rod Allen Inc. "But I schooled her and made the changes I had to make. I think I have her set now. She's a big filly, and I brought her along slow. Hopefully, she'll be a little more developed at the end of the year." Svanstedt said Darla P's talent always has impressed him, but it's something else that sets the daughter of Muscle Hill-Wilsonator apart. "She trained down well, but some horses are nervous about racing," he said. "She's always been focused -- before the race and during the race. " She demonstrated that focus in the Meadow Gladys when she sprang from the pocket at the top of the lane and overpowered Ma Was Right to defeat her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:58.1. Bushy Tails completed the ticket. The Pozefskys -- Michael, Harry and David -- own Darla P, who likely will race primarily in Pennsylvania but is eligible to some rich year-end stakes. After a holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday card that features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 30, 2018 -- Showing no ill effects from a month's layoff, Phoenix Warrior N outkicked the game Reggiano and captured Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Trainer Scott Betts treated Phoenix Warrior N for a variety of minor ailments during his time off. The improvement showed, as the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding peeled off cover into the final turn for Jim Pantaleano and nailed Reggiano by 1/2 length in 1:50.2. Early leader Dapper Dude finished third. Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss campaign Phoenix Warrior N, who lifted his career bankroll to $289,913. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows features an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2018 -- Chapter Too, who had been plying her trade at Eastern tracks, made her debut at The Meadows a successful one with a front-end victory in Friday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Chapter Too zipped to the lead from post 2 for Dan Rawlings and showed she meant business when she wouldn't release early challengers Glidinthruparadise, who broke stride, and Expose Yourself. The 4-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Wood Blue Chip had little trouble holding off the late bid of the pocket-sitting You're Majestic to down her by a length in 1:54.1, matching her career best. Ready Any Time, the 1-1 favorite, finished third. Jenny Melander trains Chapter Too, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $230,123, for Belmar Racing & Breeding. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card. Saturday's program at The Meadows features two rich total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13). First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 6, 2018 -- Moosonee and Crystal Fashion, a pair of harness racing 3-year-old trotters with lofty aspirations, took a step in the right direction Wednesday at The Meadows when they captured divisions of the $110,260 Currier & Ives. Moosonee was in the pocket stalking the leader, Patent Leather, when Donatover moved on the outside into the final turn and appeared poised to pass them both. But Donatover broke stride, giving Moosonee the racing room he needed. He moved wide for Aaron Merriman and downed Patent Leather by a length in 1:53.4, a career best and just two ticks off the stake record. Rich And Miserable rallied for show. "He's come back good this year, he's matured," said Chris Beaver, who trains the homebred Explosive Matter-Lady Andover gelding for Winterbeary Farm. "I was able to take the hopples off this year, but I don't think it made any difference. We send all our horses to Florida, and they work on sand all winter. He's a big, growthy horse, and I think that helped him. He put on weight and muscle." Beaver said Moosonee, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $128,443, would be pointed to the Pennsylvania All Stars and Earl Beal Memorial at Pocono. "He's staked well, and I'm aiming him for big races, if he keeps showing us that's what he is," Beaver added. Crystal Fashion and Tim Tetrick found themselves sitting third after a sluggish 59.3 half cut out by I Know My Rights. But his trainer, Jim Campbell, said the Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding had the field right where he wanted it. "He doesn't mind first over," Campbell said. "He's a big, good-gaited colt, and he's gone some of his best races first over." Crystal Fashion wore down I Know My Rights and held off the closing Scirocco Rob by 1/2 length in 1:56.2, with Meadowbranch Ricky third. Fashion Farms campaigns the winner, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings. Campbell indicated Crystal Fashion also would be pointed to the PA All Stars and the Earl Beal but that he has another date in mind. "Like a whole bunch of other people, we're thinking about the first Saturday in August," he said. "He has speed, he's good gaited -- so far, so good." Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever now in his final year of racing, tries for career win 100. First post for the special Belmont Day card is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 4, 2018 -- Looking For Zelda and Msnaughtyashill, a pair of fillies who already have made an impact in the harness racing 3-year-old trotting division, will try to step it up a notch when they clash in Tuesday's $73,835 Currier & Ives at The Meadows. The three Currier & Ives splits go as races 1, 3 and 4, with 'Zelda' and 'Naughty' squaring off in race 3. The $110,260 Currier & Ives open division is set for Wednesday at The Meadows. First post each day is 1:05 PM. Although she was upset in the championship of the Ohio Sires Stakes, 'Zelda' fashioned a fine freshman season, banking $228,675 while romping to victory in divisions of the Simpson and the International Stallion Series, where she took her mark of 1:54. She was a respectable fifth, beaten only 4-1/2 lengths, when she faced Dan Patch Award winner Manchego in a Breeders Crown elimination. But Bob Key's homebred daughter of Break The Bank K-My Winning Way K showed late signs of wear and tear. "She had an OCD chip in her right hind ankle," says her trainer, Norm Parker. "It wasn't anything extensive, but I do think it bothered her at the end of the year. She had arthroscopic surgery to remove it, and I can tell the difference. I don't see any of the signs that she showed late last year." 'Zelda' opened this year with a win (in track-record time) in the $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational at Miami Valley and a good third, despite an outside post, in the opening leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes. She's been off since that May 4 sires stake. "That layoff is just the way it played out, but I like it," Parker says. "It's allowed me to prep her for the rest of the year." Will that campaign include any of the top stakes? "We have her in Ohio races so that we can get into the sires stake final," Parker indicates, "but she's paid into some of the bigger races. If she steps up to where she looks competitive, we'll probably look at some of the bigger ones." Her main competition likely will come from Msnaughtyashill, who has dominated in her two starts this year -- including a PA Stallion Series event -- by a combined 9 lengths. Perhaps even more impressive in those victories was her versatility; she won once on the front end, once with a relentless uncovered move. "Towards the end of last season she started to grow up a little," says Jeff Edwards, who trains the homebred daughter of Muscle Hill-Msnaughtybutnice -- a Hambletonian Oaks eligible -- for Denise Dennis and Dolne Farm Services. "She's stronger and more mature. I sent her to Kentuckiana Farms for the break. They put them on the wheel and turn them out. That made all the difference. "She has a great mouth, so you're able to drive her however you want to. When you tap her on the tail, she knows it's time to go." 'Naughty' and 'Zelda' have met twice before -- in the International Stallion Series and the Breeders Crown -- with 'Zelda' faring better each time. Yet, though she's locally owned, 'Zelda' may not have a home-track advantage. Both 2018 wins for 'Naughty' have come at The Meadows; although she has baby-raced and qualified here, 'Zelda' will be making her pari-mutuel debut at The Meadows. 'Zelda' goes from post 4 with regular pilot Tony Hall while 'Naughty' and Mike Wilder leave from post 6. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2018 -- Dismissed at an eye-popping 168-1, Tell Me Something moved willingly without cover and pulled off the shocking harness racing upset Thursday at The Meadows. The winner returned $390.80 for a $2 win-place-show ticket and completed a $1,155.40 daily double payoff. No one correctly picked the trifecta, which returned a 2-of-3 payoff of $1,279.20, and not a single superfecta ticket had the winner on top, setting up a carryover. Tell Me Something was off the board in each of her four previous 2018 starts. But in Thursday's non-winners of a race event for fillies and mares, the daughter of Winning Mister-Cannot Tell A Lie chased on the rim for Dan Charlino, got back to the cones for a brief breather after the break of the 1-9 favorite, Enough Of That, and scored in 1:59.3. Early leader Winning Grace was second by a neck, with Ad Hoc Hanover third. Jim Daugherty trains Tell Me Something for Michele Daugherty. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Live racing resumes Saturday, when The Meadows will introduce a daily Super High 5 wager, a winner-take-all-type bet that has generated huge jackpots and fan excitement wherever it's been offered. First post Saturday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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