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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 11, 2017 — The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live harness racing race cards in 2018 — matching the total for 2017 — highlighted by the 52nd edition of the $500,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on Saturday, July 28. The Meadows generally will offer live racing each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, with first post usually at 1:05 PM. The season kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 2 and continues throughout the year with brief breaks in April/May, July/August and September. Adios Week begins Saturday, July 21, with eliminations for the Pace for the Orchids and includes a week of Grand Circuit harness racing action plus a variety of special events. The Adios Day card is set for 12 PM. Other highlights of the 2018 schedule: Each card will feature a $5,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Introduced in 2015, Pick 4 guarantees have proved extremely popular with players. The Meadows will offer live cards to complement each leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown. These events begin at 11:25 AM and will include such festivities as the annual Kentucky Derby Hat contest. The schedule includes nine Friday “twilight” programs beginning at 5:30 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 9, 2017 -- Dapper Dude collected his 13th win this season when he withstood the determined challenge of Meadowbrook Tiger and captured Saturday's $20,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude retook the lead for Aaron Merriman following a swift 26.3 quarter only to face the menacing Meadowbrook Tiger, who gained steadily through the final turn. Dapper Dude shook loose in mid-stretch and scored in 1:53.3, a length better than the rallying Sam Hill, while Meadowbrook Tiger saved show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, an 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $1,178,280, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone, Jim Pantaleano and trainer Ron Burke each fashioned a three-bagger on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 6, 2017 -- Determined to control the mile from the rail, Wind Of The North seated Crosbys Clam Bake and True Blue Stride and never let them pass as he captured Wednesday's $15,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Both Crosbys Clam Bake and True Blue Stride tried for the early lead, but Wind Of The North responded to Aaron Merriman's urging and claimed the point. Though Crosbys Clam Bake stalked from the pocket and True Blue Stride challenged first over, they had to settle for second and third, respectively, behind the 4-5 favorite, who prevailed by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54.4 Bill Bercury owns and trains Wind Of The North, a 7-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding who extended his career bankroll to $842,368. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 5, 2017 -- Homepage moved relentlessly first over and pulled off the 12-1 harness racing upset in Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Homepage was fourth at the half when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent her after the leader, Panana Republic. The 7-year-old daughter of Tom Ridge-Inside Edition cleared easily and held off the late charge of Classical Annie to down her by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:55.3 over a "good" surface. Fancytucky rallied for show. Andy Rickert trains Homepage, who now boasts $347,897 in career earnings, for Murdock Racing Stable. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 2, 2017 -- Montana Pablo A engaged Artsmah near the three-quarters, then stuck his nose in front after a stretch-long duel to capture Saturday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Artsmah got the jump with a first-over move from third, but once Montana Pablo A got ahead, he was able to maintain his margin despite Artsmah's late surge. He scored in 1:52 for Jim Pantaleano while Migrate Blue Chip rallied for show. Kyle Bolon trains Montana Pablo A, a 10-year-old Blissfull Hall-Gold Liner gelding who won for the fourth time in has last five starts and extended his career bankroll to $351,881, for Spring Valley Ranch and Michelle Linnert. Trainer Ron Burke fashioned a four-bagger on the 12-race card while Dave Palone and Pantaleano each collected three victories. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 29, 2017 -- Using Lasix for the second time, Lady Ping rolled to an easy front-end victory in 1:53.1, a harness racing career best, in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady Ping won an early duel for the lead with Goodtogo Hanover and easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Panana Republic. She widened in the lane for Dave Palone and downed Goodtogo Hanover by 5-1/2 lengths, with Classical Annie third. Ron Burke trains Lady Ping, a 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Ping Putter who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $192,564, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In Wednesday's co-feature, a $17,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trotting Handicap, Crosbys Clam Bake made it two straight with a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:55 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Randy Bendis, who owns with Jack Piatt II and Tom Pollack. The 7-year-old Kadabra-Pacific Elegance gelding extended his career earnings to $551,016. With five wins on the 12-race card, Merriman lifted his 2017 total to 995 in his quest to become only the fourth driver with 1,000 victories in a single season. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 28, 2017 -- The youngest in the field at 3, Delcrest Magicstar took it to her elders with a powerful uncovered move that carried her to a harness racing victory in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Delcrest Magicstar was third down the backside when she gobbled up the leader, Glidinthruparadise, for Aaron Merriman. Though she tired late -- her 30.1 final quarter was her slowest -- she had enough to defeat the rallying Fancytucky by 3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55. Dreamsteeler finished third. Bill Bercury trains Delcrest Magicstar, a daughter of Majestic Son-Star's Balance who extended her lifetime bankroll to $128,594, for Renee Bercury. Mile Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Spencer Kahrig. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 27, 2017 -- Miss Mady backed down the second quarter and sprinted home from there, easily capturing Monday's harness racing $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After Dave Palone gave her that 30.1 breather, Miss Mady had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Miss Read. The 4-year-old daughter of Brother Lost Soul-Promised Place scored in 1:54.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than her stablemate, the pocket-sitting Tessa Seelster. Fox Valley Charm finished third. Ron Burke trains Miss Mady, who extended her career bankroll to $109,365, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone piloted four winners -- including three for Burke -- on the 12-race card while Tony Hall enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2017 -- Classicality turned back a mid-race harness racing challenge from Wind Of The North and a late bid from Lady's Dude to capture Saturday's $18,000 Winners Over Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality retook the lead at the quarter for Brian Zendt and soon had to deal with Wind Of The North, one of harness racing's top trotters over the past few years. Even when Wind Of The North backed off slightly out of the final turn, Classicality faced one more obstacle -- the Lightning Lane thrust of Lady's Dude, who was seeking his fourth straight victory. Classicality downed Lady's Dude by a neck in 1:53.3 while Wind Of The North saved show. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $518,892 in career earnings. Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 22, 2017 -- Barn Girl won her third straight race -- and 14th this year -- with a facile front-end harness racing score in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl zipped to the top from post 6 for Aaron Merriman and never permitted any effective outside flow to develop. She defeated the pocket-sitting Lady Ping by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over a "good" surface, with Panana Republic third. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who now has won $555,968 and 48.2 percent of her 85 career starts, for Renee Bercury. Merriman piloted four winners on the 12-race card while Jeremy Indof and trainer Dirk Simpson teamed for a pair of victories. HOLIDAY EVENT AT THE MEADOWS SATURDAY FEATURES WAGERING SEMINARS, CHILI COOK-OFF, TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION “A Day at the Races,” a holiday weekend special event at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino that features wagering seminars, a chili cook-off and an unique competition among CBS radio personalities, is set for Saturday, Nov. 25. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) are joint sponsors of the event. During seminars in Delvin’s Banquet Room at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM, The Meadows Director of Racing Kevin Decker and Meadows Live! co-host and race analyst Jeff Zidek will advise attendees — no matter their level of expertise — on the finer points of handicapping and wagering. Fans will enjoy an immediate opportunity to deploy that advice on Saturday’s live racing card, which begins at 1:05 PM. In addition, all seminar participants will receive a “swag bag” of goodies (while supplies last). Other festivities include: The 12:30 PM chili cook-off pitting The Meadows Executive Chef Lonnie Stephenson, The Meadows Food & Beverage Director Cory Scheppmann and the North Strabane Fire Department. (There’s no truth to the rumor that the firefighters will be on hand solely to cool off any excesses by Messrs. Stephenson and Scheppmann.) All participants may sample the chili and vote for their favorites. The unusual “CBS Radio Takeover,” in which Chris Mueller (93.7 The Fan), Wookie (Y108 Froggy) and Elista (Star 100.7) will compete in bowling, blackjack, harness race wagering and a match race; the latter goes at approximately 2:30 PM. Each of the three stations will broadcast live from The Meadows between 9 AM and 7 PM. While fun is the order of the day, the spirit of Thanksgiving won’t be forgotten, as “A Day At The Races” includes a collection for Toys for Tots. Each participant who brings in an unwrapped new toy will receive a $5 betting voucher. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2017 -- Goodtogo Hanover stalked Windsong Magic from the pocket, then roared through the Lightning Lane for Jim Pantaleano to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, at The Meadows. Windsong Magic withstood the first-over assault by Glidinthruparadise but was no match for Goodtogo Hanover, who prevailed in 1:56.3. Delcrest Magicstar also shot the Lightning Lane but fell a nose short while Windsong Magic saved show. Phillip Zendt trains Goodtogo Hanover, a 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall who won her second straight race and kicked her career earnings up to $249,492, for Gary Saul. Dave Palone and Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 20, 2017 -- Surviving a brutal 26.1 opening panel, Safe From Terror won for the 20th time this year in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, moving her back into a tie with Quicksilvercandy A for "winningest" North American harness racing horse in 2017. When Jim Pantaleano eschewed an early seat for Safe From Terror, she continued outside well past the quarter before making the top. But when Medusa pulled the pocket into the final turn and seemed sure to sail by, Safe From Terror dug deep and downed her by a neck in 1:51.4. Miss Mady finished third. Bruce Riegle trains Safe From Terror, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place who won her third straight and pushed her career bankroll to $872,457, for Winchester Baye Acres. Dan Rawlings piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Dirk Simpson.  THE MEADOWS ADDS $10,000 GUARANTEE FOR TUESDAY PICK 5 On Tuesday, Nov. 21, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $3,188.50. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 9-13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Tuesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2017 -- Dapper Dude attacked the leader, Stride Of Pride, first over, passed him in deep stretch and captured Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after Stride Of Pride. Despite a sloppy racing surface, the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest gained steadily and downed Stride Of Pride by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52. The pocket-sitting A Real Miracle finished third. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts $1,168,280 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins, including a pair for trainer Kyle Bolon, on the 12-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows features a pair of carryovers -- a $2,146.60 carryover in the day's first superfecta (currently race 2) and a $713.21 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- in addition to a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) that is a feature of each live card. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 15, 2017 -- Call For Justice, typically a Preferred performer, enjoyed a touch of class relief Wednesday and took full advantage when he cruised to a harness racing victory in the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Call For Justice was away third for Dave Palone and after quarter-poling to the front, he easily repelled the first-over challenge of Classic Banker and downed him by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54.4.Maximum Credit was a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, a 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka who extended his career bankroll to $449,407, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins and Mike Wilder three on the 12-race card while trainer Randy Bendis notched a pair of victories to stretch his week's total to eight. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 14, 2017 — Bessie regained her status among the harness racing distaff trotting elite at The Meadows when she rallied to capture Tuesday’s $17,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap. A top performer at The Meadows for several years, Bessie had to drop into lower-end conditioned races to get her most recent victory. But the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab’s Chorine was sharp up in class, surging late for Jim Pantaleano to edge the first-over Homepage by a nose in 1:56 at 9-1.  Classical Annie finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who pushed her career bankroll to $356,957, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card while trainer Randy Bendis enjoyed his second consecutive triple.   The Meadows pick 4 guarantee to $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased -- to $12,500 -- the total-pool guarantee for its Wednesday, Nov. 15 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features of each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Tuesday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,634.52. In addition, Wednesday's card features a pair of carryovers: a $2,260.69 carryover in the day's first superfecta (currently race 2) and a $1,173.23 carryover in the Pick 5. Minimum wager for superfecta wheels and boxes, the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and the Pick 5 (races 8-12) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Wednesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2017 -- Medusa zipped right to the lead from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as she cruised to a harness racing victory in Monday's $17,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Fox Valley Charm and scored for Tony Hall in 1:52.2 over a "good" surface, 1-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Miss Mady. Fox Valley Charm raced well for show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical who now boasts $629,657 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Dave Palone, Bendis and Hall each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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