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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2017 -- When Fear The Dragon and Huntsville dueled for nearly the entire back half of this year's Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids before Fear The Dragon edged away, it made for one of the most thrilling races in the 51 editions of the harness racing classic. Now, these two stars will renew their rivalry in Friday's $140,828 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows -- and they've drawn into the same division, which goes as race 4. David Miller will drive Fear The Dragon from post 5 while Tim Tetrick guides Huntsville from post 6. The card will have an Adios feel to it; six other participants in this year's Pace for the Orchids -- Blood Line, Boogie Shuffle, Eddard Hanover, Filibuster Hanover, RJP and Western Hill -- will compete in the PASS, while Adios alums Highalator, Independent One and Southwind Yukon have dropped into the PA Stallion Series stake that is Friday's co-feature. Thus, of the 14 colts who started in the Adios, 11 will race Friday at The Meadows. The program gets underway at the special post time of 5 PM. Race 4 pits the top-rated Standardbred in North America (Fear The Dragon) and the third-ranked Huntsville. Their bank accounts also have much in common, as Fear The Dragon now boasts lifetime earnings exceeding $1.22 million for trainer Brian Brown and owner Emerald Highlands Farm while Huntsville has amassed a bankroll of more than $1.57 million for trainer Ray Schnittker and owners Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold, Crawford Farms Racing and Schnittker. Fear The Dragon retained his top ranking despite a tough loss in the Carl Milstein at Northfield Park when his stablemate, Downbytheseaside, rallied and got up late. "I thought he was great in the Milstein; I didn't think 'Seaside' would beat him," Brown said. "When you pace the back half in 53.3, you usually don't get beat. He's training very lightly this week -- one easy trip Tuesday, jogging every day." While Fear The Dragon drew inside Huntsville, Brown expects the son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon to be in pursuit mode again. "I don't see us on the front, but I can't say it won't happen because determining that is David's job." Although Downbytheseaside is Pennsylvania eligible, he's competed in only one PASS leg and couldn't earn enough points to reach the championship. Therefore, Brown said, he's pointing 'Seaside' to The Messenger. Huntsville has enjoyed a week off following his victory in the Cane Pace. Schnittker said he doesn't expect any change in tactics for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show. "I never discuss that with Tim," Schnittker said, "but it sure would be nice to beat this guy sometime."    THE MEADOWS ADDS $15,000 GUARANTEE FOR FRIDAY PICK 5 On Friday, Aug. 18, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000 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 Wednesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $6,757.59. In addition, Friday’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. Friday’s card begins at the special post time of 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 16, 2017 -- Vodka N Lindy stalked the 6-5 favorite, Treviso, from the pocket, then shot by her in the Lightning Lane to pull off the 6-1 harness racing upset in Wednesday's $142,654 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Fine Tuned Lady took the other division in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters known as the Meadow Bright. Treviso was looking to complete a sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs and had the lead into mid-stretch. But Vodka N Lindy knifed inside for David Miller and scored in 1:54.3, a length better than the rallying Cool Cates. Treviso saved show. "I planned to stay in the pocket and take our chances from there," Miller said. "She needed to be first or second to make the (PASS) final, and she has gate speed. So I thought if I could leave and follow Treviso, I probably would be first or second." George Ducharme trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Bellini Lindy for George Ducharme Stable, Paul Fontaine, Jim Winske and Winters Racing Stable. Pennsylvania's freshman champion, Fine Tuned Lady had banked more than $523,000 lifetime entering the Meadow Bright and was expected to enjoy a cakewalk at 2-5. But she couldn't shake the pocket-sitting The Erm and was all out to defeat her by a head in 1:55.2. Crann Tara recovered from an early break to earn show. "She wasn't as good today," said Corey Callahan, who piloted the daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. "She got it done, but she was flat. She's allowed to have that, I guess." $100,000 PA Stallion Series Stake -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Wednesday's card also featured a stallion series event for sophomore filly trotters, and it became a showcase for Itsgoodtobequeen, who scorched her division in a stake-record 1:53.4. The other splits went to Miss Da Line, Dressed To Impress, Mimosa Hanover and Aight Hanover. Mike Wilder fashioned a stake double (Itsgoodtobequeen, Mimosa Hanover) among his four wins on the 13-race card. Itsgoodtobequeen, who added Lasix before an overnight victory in her last outing, gobbled up the leader, Broadway Concert, with an uncovered backside brush and rolled on to defeat Leet Hanover by 2-1/2 lengths, with Broadway Concert third. Although the time erased Choose Happy's previous stake record of 1:54.3, it did not shock Doug Hamilton, who conditions the daughter of Muscle Massive-Ucalthisahoneymoon for Jon Erdner, Martin Garey and Henry Wieseneck. "It really didn't surprise me," Hamilton said. "She's been good since we got her on Lasix. She's eligible to everything in Pennsylvania, plus if she's good enough, she can go to the filly division of the Kentucky Futurity." Miss Da Line had been experiencing breaking problems and had a brief, unhappy fling with hopples. She shed them for Wednesday's stake and took nary a bad step for Tony Hall, powering first up and jogging to a 5-length victory over Princess Aurora in 1:55.2 Temple Ruins completed the ticket. "She was a little warm, but as the gate moved on, she seemed to calm down to where I could put her in a hole," Hall said. "The hopples aggravated her, so they took them off. She was perfect today." Ray Paver trains Miss Da Line, a homebred daughter of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate, for Harry Horowitz and Iris Horowitz. Dressed To Impress hadn't won a stake all year, but the daughter of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp moved smartly first over for Miller and prevailed easily in a career-best 1:55.2. EZ Passer, the 4-5 favorite, recovered from a break to finish second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Vegan Hanover third. "I've had luck with her -- good trips and all," Miller said. "Maybe you have to catch her on the right days. She raced today better than any time I've ever raced her. If you give her a good trip, she'll give you a good effort. You can't get too crazy with her." Tim Lancaster trains Dressed To Impress for Andrea Lee Racing Stables and Lakefield Gore. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, whose stirring duel last month in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids created one of the most memorable races in the 51 editions of the classic, lock horns in a $140,828 PA Sires Stake. They've drawn into the same division, which goes as race 4. Special post time Friday is 5 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 14, 2017 -- Pedro Hanover overwhelmed the leader with an eye-popping backside burst that carried him to victory in 1:51, the fastest split in Monday's $156,765 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The harness racing event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Dorsoduro Hanover and Karpathian Kid taking the other splits. Pedro Hanover was fifth by 6 lengths when Dave Palone sent him uncovered after Wes Delight on the point. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Paula's Best gobbled up Wes Delight, paced strongly to the wire and defeated him by 2-1/4 lengths, with This Is The Plan third. "Orders from the home court were he likes to follow, he's better that way," Palone said. "I was licking my chops when they got to battling with each other with opening fractions of 26/54.3. It looked like he has a good set of lungs. I thought I had one horse to beat, and I wanted to take my shot at it. I wanted to be first over after the fast half." Andrew Harris trains Pedro Hanover for Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero. Pedro Hanover Shuffled to fourth in the final turn, Dorsoduro Hanover appeared headed for a minor award when a wide-open Lightning Lane beckoned. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss poured through for Matt Kakaley and pulled off the 8-1 upset, breaking his maiden in 1:51.2. The first-over Hayden Hanover was second, beaten a length, with Venier Hanover third. "We thought this was our best colt at the beginning of the year, but it's been a disaster," said Ron Burke, who trains Dorsoduro Hanover, a $100,000 yearling purchase, for Burke Racing Stable; Silva, Purnell & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Wingfield Five. "Last week he was better, and I suggested to Matt that we give him a chance this week. I think we're turning the corner with him. We have him staked to everything." Dorsoduro Hanover Karpathian Kid broke his bridesmaid's streak -- four career starts, four seconds -- when he powered to the lead at the quarter for David Miller and easily downed the 2-5 favorite, Kwik Talkin, by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:52.2. Disorder completed the ticket. "I noticed that the horse sitting on my back beat Karpathian Kid last week," Miller said. "So going into the last turn, I wanted to get a length or two on him, get away from him a bit. It worked. I got a little bit of real estate on him." Erv Miller conditions Karpathian Kid, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Vysoke Tatry who helped give his dad a PASS sire's sweep, for David Prushnok, John Prushnok, David J. Miller and Lawrence Means. Karpathian Kid Undefeated Done Well Scratched In other PASS news Monday, top freshman colt Done Well, who is undefeated in four starts and was hoping to complete a sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs, was scratched after x-rays disclosed what trainer Brian Brown called a possible "stress line" in his left hind cannon bone. The line may or may not indicate a fracture. "We'll x-ray him again Wednesday to make sure," Brown said. "If the line is confirmed, we'll stop with him because even if the bone isn't fractured, it will break if we push on with him." Done Well dominated his PASS splits, winning by a combined margin of 10-1/2 lengths. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2017 -- A trio of long shots -- Scirocco Bob (20-1), Fashion Woodchopper (15-1) and Toast Of Lindy (13-1), a combined 1-9 lifetime entering the day -- laid waste to the favorites by sweeping the three harness racing divisions of Saturday's $165,152 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. David Miller enjoyed a double (Scirocco Bob, Fashion Woodchopper) in the event for freshman colt and gelding trotters known as the Florida Pro. Scirocco Bob may have been the least likely winner, given that he had finished off the board in his two previous PASS encounters and remained a maiden. But he left alertly for early position, powered first over past Lawmaker down the backside and held off that rival late to defeat him by a neck. Rose Run Tyrone earned show. The time of 1:55.2 was just two ticks off Correctamundo's world record for 2-year-old geldings on a five-eighths-mile track, a mark set at The Meadows that has stood since 2009. "I don't know what got into him today," Miller said. "Before, he'd been very quiet, kind of timid. Today he was charging at the gate and raced unbelievable. I would have sat in but I couldn't even hold him in a hole." John Butenschoen trains the son of Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties for Lewis Whitaker, Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker. Scirocco Bob Fashionwoodchopper overcame an eventful trip, as he was bothered past the half and forced wide. Then, without cover, he wore down the 1-5 favorite, Samo Different Day, to down him by three-quarter lengths and break his maiden in 1:56.4. Max's Beast earned show. "All year training down, I thought he was my best colt," said Jim Campbell who conditions the son of Donato Hanover-Woodshopper for Fashion Farms. "He has the speed and a great attitude, so the first-over part didn't bother me. But he's very green and still learning. He went a helluva trip today, and it didn't surprise me. He has a lot of ability but hasn't been ready to go with it." Fashionwoodchopper Toast Of Lindy, who came alive with a PASS triumph at Harrah's Philadelphia in his most recent outing, took a more conventional path to victory, shooting the Lightning Lane to score for Andy Miller in 1:56.4. Maxus, the 1-2 public choice, was 1/2 length back in second while Crystal Fashion rallied for show. "Last time I got him to the front, and he really fought good there," Andy Miller said. "That really broke him loose. Then he got the nice two-hole trip today, and he was loaded when he got to the open stretch. He's a pretty nice horse. He'll make a little money, I think." Julie Miller conditions Toast Of Lindy, a son of Cantab Hall-Bellini Lindy, for Andy Miller Stable, Lindy Racing Stable and GTY Stable. Toast Of Lindy Elsewhere on the card, Call For Justice extended his Meadows win streak to nine by capturing the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot in 1:54. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mike's Mazurka vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted four winners and Mike Wilder three on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features the Tyler B, a $156,765 PASS for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2017 -- Hockey Hanover extended his career unbeaten streak to seven in Wednesday's $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows, but he had to share the harness racing spotlight with a human star -- Andy Miller, who captured four divisions in the event for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Miller won with Lindy's Big Bang, Im Your Captain, Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double -- the latter three trained by Julie Miller. Also taking splits were Canaletto Hanover, I Know My Rights and Lindyinoverdrive. Entering Wednesday's action, Hockey Hanover's resume included victories in four fairground stakes and a pair of stallion series legs, and he was just as effective on the engine or rallying from mid-pack. On Wednesday, he zipped to the lead from post 5 for trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder and repelled a stern challenge from Patent Leather to defeat him by 1-1/4 lengths in a career-best 1:56.3. Keystone Apache finished third. "This colt, he just digs in," said Yoder of the Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover gelding, a $10,000 yearling acquisition for McMullen Stable. "When he hears them coming, he just digs in and goes. You just sit there and go for a ride. He's a Cadillac." Mississippi Storm, a Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding who broke stride in his last stallion series leg, added hopples for Wednesday's stake and was both reliable and swift on the front end, scoring in a stake-fastest 1:56.2 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Willow Oak Ranch. The first-over Checkmate Hill was second, 4 lengths back, while Johny Victory completed the ticket. "He would have been second last time, and I chased him a little bit and he made a break," Miller said. "He was good today. He's a good stallion series horse, and I think he'll be something later on, once he grows up a little. He's just a little guy." Canaletto Hanover collected his second stallion series victory by controlling the fractions for Mike Wilder and holding off the late thrust of the pocketing-sitting Haveitalltogether and downing him by 3/4 lengths in 1:57. Gemologist earned show in his career debut. "We had his brother, Centurion Hanover, and we took the money he made for us and bought this one," said D.R. Ackerman, who owns and trains the son of Andover Hall-Charlotte Alber, a $35,000 yearling purchase. "Hopples have made him more secure." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the Florida Pro, a $165,152 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-od colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 8, 2017 — Rainbow Room blistered the back half in 54.4 en route to the fastest victory in Tuesday’s $158,254 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for harness racing freshman filly pacers, known as The Meadow Cheer, was contested over three divisions, with Come See The Show and Cuts Like A Knife taking the other splits, both for Tim Tetrick. Rainbow Room, a Somebeachsomewhere daughter of 2004 Horse of The Year Rainbow Blue, hadn’t faced the starter since she won a July 18 PASS leg at The Meadows. When she found herself sitting third in a sluggish 29 opening panel, she zipped to the front at the quarter for David Miller and jogged from there, scoring in 1:53.2. Early leader Majorsspeciallady was 2-3/4 lengths back in second, with Bye Hanover third. “She got home really well,” said Joe Holloway who trains Rainbow Room, a $100,000 yearling acquisition, for Crawford Farms Racing, Val D’Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. “It was good to see her strong to the wire. She’s versatile — that’s the best thing about her. She’ll go to the next leg of the sires stakes at Pocono; after that, we’ll choose between a stake at Hoosier and the She’s A Great Lady, and then to the Red Mile.” It was the third victory in four career starts for Rainbow Room. Come See The Show is no slouch in the pedigree department — she’s a Somebeachsomewhere daughter of Put On A Show, a 2010 divisional champion with a lifetime bankroll of nearly $2.46 million. In her previous outings, including two baby races and a PASS win in her pari-mutuel debut, she hadn’t been worse than fourth at any point. In the Meadow Cheer, however. she got away sixth. She calmly followed the live cover of Sansovina Hanover and accelerated wide through the lane to triumph in 1:54.2, downing Sansovina Hanover by 3-1/4 lengths, with She’s In For Life third. “I loved that trip because that’s actually the way we train her,” said winning conditioner Linda Toscano. “She loves a target. We’ve worked on getting her relaxed and following horses and then sprinting home. It was a perfect trip for her today.” She indicated Come See The Show also would be pointed to the next PASS leg. Joann Young and Richard Young bred and own Come See The Show. Cuts Like A Knife provided the stake’s tote board excitement when, at 10-1, she rallied strongly through the stretch and pulled off the upset in 1:53.4. Double A Mint was second, 1/2 length in arrears, while Scuola Hanover completed the ticket. Bruce Saunders trains the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-Whetstone Hanover for the Nashes — Charles, Julie and Francene. “She was a little hot earlier, but Bruce got her calmed down,” Tetrick said. “When she was training down, he kept telling me how nice she was. She’s starting to prove that. She’s got some talent, and she’s letting me do my job driving her.” In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl won for the 21st time over the past two years, matching her career best 1:53.3 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie extended her career bankroll to $499,108. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 14-race program. Wednesday’s card at The Meadows features eight divisions of a $160,000 PA Stallion series stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 8, 2017 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino wishes to advise harness racing trainers and owners that entries for next week's Pennsylvania Sires Stake and Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers must be submitted to the race office by phone. An inadvertent error in the stake dates in the United States Trotting Association system has disabled the on-line entry feature for these two stakes only. To enter or for more information, phone the race office at 724.225.9897. The race office will contact trainers and owners who already have dropped in to ensure their horses are properly re-entered. For the PASS stake, which offers an estimated purse of $157,000 and goes Monday, Aug. 14, the entry box closes Wednesday, Aug. 9, 9 AM. For the $80,000 (est) stallion series stake, which is set for Tuesday, Aug. 15, entry deadline is Thursday, Aug. 10, 9 AM. First post next Monday and Tuesday is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2017 -- Some Renditions dominated the harness racing field on the front end, scoring in a stake-fastest 1:54.1 over a "good" surface in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Cult Icon and Round The Beach taking the other splits. Trainer Michael Hall and the ownership team of CTC Stable, Howard Taylor and Bradley Grant enjoyed a stake double with Some Renditions and Round The Beach. Some Renditions shot to the lead from post 5 for Dan Rawlings and, despite some freshman moments, widened late, downing Ana Hanover by 5-3/4 lengths. Save Your Breath was third. "She was real green, kind of snaky," Rawlings said of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Wenditions, "but Mike (Hall) called me last night and again this morning to remind me to put her in play, that she was a little sick last week and had some steering problems. Mike did some rigging changes; obviously, they worked." Cult Icon, who deployed a closing style in her initial career starts, got involved earlier Monday with a quarter-pole move that carried her to her third straight victory in 1:56. Krushed Apple was 2-1/2 lengths back in second, with Real Fine third. "I actually hate her on the lead, but we weren't going real fast," said winning driver Tyler Smith. "She's just so lazy and messing around on the front. But when a horse came to her, she did everything right and kept pacing through the wire." A daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon, Cult Icon races for trainer Trent Stohler and owners Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stables and Stately Gaits Stable. Round The Beach appeared to be gapping at the three-quarters, but she found another gear for Dave Palone and overtook the leader, Sarpa Hanover, in the lane to prevail in 1:55.4. Sanfrancisco Treat rallied for second, 1/2 length in arrears, while Sarpa Hanover saved show. "I was just trying to get her to relax and cut my own mile in the two hole," Palone said. "She felt like she had plenty of pace, but she shows a mistake last week in the last turn, so I was being careful. I knew I would get out." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Shesasmokin Lady shot the Lightning Lane to score for trainer/driver Ray Paver and owner Iris Horowitz in 1:53, a length better than the first-over Hurricane Calleigh. Lakeisha Hall completed the ticket. The 4-year-old daughter of McAardle-Smokin Pistol pushed her career bankroll to $319,525 while giving Paver career driving win 3,999. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Tuesday's card at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $158,254 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 5, 2017 -- Hawk's Red Chief followed the live cover of Knocking Around, then kicked by him in deep stretch to capture Saturday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hawk's Red Chief was last in the field of seven when Mike Wilder tipped him off the cones to follow the first-over Knocking Around. The 6-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble gelding went wide in the lane to down the game Knocking Around by a neck in 1:51.3, with early leader Dapper Dude third. Ron Burke trains Hawk's Red Chief, who extended his career bankroll to $220,777, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek. Dave Palone and Wilder each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Elsewhere on the program, Gallery Opening snapped a two-season losing streak of 37 races when he found late room and scored at 115-1 for Brady Brown and trainer Gary Johnston. The upset triggered a carryover and a $12,500 pool guarantee for Monday's Pick 4. That card features a $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM.    THE MEADOWS INCREASES MONDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Monday, Aug. 7 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 Saturday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,486.86. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) 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. Monday’s program features a $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2017 -- Dismissed at 56-1, Ella Christina poured through the Lightning Lane to pull off a harness racing shocker in Saturday's $125,950 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows. Blazin Britches captured the other division of the Adioo Volo, a Grand Circuit stake for 3-year-old filly pacers that was part of the Adios Card. Ella Christina hadn't won a stake this year, and driver Jim Pantaleano had little chance to get her into the cover flow. "Going down the backstretch, I thought I might follow one of the favorites, but that spot disappeared and kind of made my decision for me," he said. "They weren't going much on the lead, so I figured they'd be getting home pretty good. I was surprised my filly had as much pace as she did. They were honking home pretty good." The daughter of Western Ideal-Arthroscopic was fourth and apparently going nowhere when the horse immediately in front of her, Glassine Hanover, tipped off the cones for the drive. That was the opportunity Ella Christina needed, and she took full advantage of it, downing Colorful Jasmine by 1/2 length in 1:52.2, matching her career best. Rosemary Rose was third. Nick Surick trains Ella Christina for Nick Surick Stable, J.L. Benson Stables, William Daggett, Jr. and Lawrence Vukovic. Ella Christina The freshman campaign of Blazin Britches was aborted after a single race due to soreness, but she won six of her first seven starts this year, racing primarily at Hoosier Park. Then, trainer Brian Brown thought he noticed something amiss in her recent outings. "We figure she bled her last three starts; luckily, we found it in time," Brown said. "She looked like she would win in 1:50, and she got halfway up the stretch and started to let up. As you saw today, she didn't give up." With the addition of Lasix for the Adioo Volo, Blazin Britches gobbled up the leader, Bettor's Up, with a backside burst and went on to defeat her by 2 lengths in 1:50.1, a career best. Brazuca earned show. Emerald Highlands Farm bred and owns Blazin Britches, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Soggy Britches who is eligible for most of the rich year-end stakes. Blazin Britches Other races on Adios day at the Meadows; Whatstroublnurocky by A Rocknroll Dance - Arden Downs 2yo C&G Pacers Broadway Concert by Broadway Hall - Arden Downs 3yo Filly Trotters Disorder by Somebeachsomewhere - Arden Downs 2yo C&G Pacers Snowstorm Hanover by Muscle Massive - Arden Downs 3yo C&G Trotters Reign On Me by Well Said - Arden Downs 2yo Filly Pacers Cult Icon by Bettor's Delight - Arden Downs 2yo Filly Pacers Crann Tara by Donato Hanover - Arden Downs 3yo Filly Trotters Dapper Dude by Ponder - The Meadows Preferred Hcp Pace The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2017 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows, headlined by the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, also featured four other Grand Circuit stakes. Here are the highlights of those Arden Downs events: $45,000 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Snowstorm Hanover was a major player in his division last year, banking nearly $350,000 and taking a mark of 1:55.1. At three, however, he finished out of the money in his first eight starts, prompting trainer Ron Burke to add hopples and Lasix. The changes may have helped in the Manderino, as Snowstorm Hanover moved powerfully first over to score in 1:55 for Matt Kakaley. Andy M was second, beaten a neck, with Frankie Mullins third. "He's been a disappointment this year," Kakaley said. "I know I had high hopes for him; he finished the year so good last year. The combination of Lasix and hopples probably helped him out a lot. He has more confidence. Hopefully he's in the right direction now." Ron Burke trains the son of Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover for Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Snowstorm Hanover $57,356 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Broadway Concert's split figured to end on a sour note; she appeared to be tiring after a demanding trip, and rivals inside and out were threatening. But the daughter of Broadway Hall-Luscious Lindy dug in for Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen and owner Bay Pond Racing Stable, holding off the rallying Mimosa Hanover by 1/2 length in 1:55.1, matching her life mark. Gin's Tonic completed the ticket. Broadway Concert was outside for the opening panel plus, but Callahan said that wasn't a big issue. "I kind of waited for everything to settle in the first eighth," he said. "I did get a tiny break up the backside. She kept fighting. I had to urge her a little bit, but she wanted to get her nose up." In her McCarr division, Crann Tara looked the best on paper, so Tim Tetrick drove her accordingly, moving first over at his leisure. The 1-5 favorite prevailed comfortably, defeating Itsgoodtobequeen by 2 lengths in 1:56.2, with Dangle Then Deke a distant third. "I thought she was the best," Tetrick said. "Her form's been good, and some of the others aren't at the top of their game. Coming first up doesn't bother her; she likes wearing them down." Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Donato Hanover-Shan Riches for William Donovan. Broadway Concert $47,630 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers $57,350 Gov. David L. Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Each of these stakes for freshmen was conducted over two divisions, with the winners being three maidens and a $38.00 shot. The Emerald Highlands Farm of owner Bruce Trogdon and trainer Brian Brown might have unveiled their 2018 Little Brown Jug contender in the very first race, the first Gov. Lawrence division, as Whatstroublnurocky broke his maiden in fine style, a 1:53.2 victory over a "good" track after intermittent rain, sometimes quite hard, had buffeted the area during the previous 24 hours. The altered son of A Rocknroll Dance looked like he might be forced into first-over duty, but he got cover later in the backstretch, and the colt came his own back half in 55.1, three-wide on the turn, for a 3-length victory over Antagonist and Someboysomewhere with the guidance of David Miller. "He was really good last week but was behind a wall of horses," Brown said. "If you saw him at the top of the stretch today, he started running in, so you know he's having a little steering trouble. He's not taking to this bit very well. I'll have to make some more changes." Whatstroublnurocky Yannick Gingras and the Somebeachsomewhere colt Disorder made the lead nearing the quarter and held gamely in a blanket finish to notch his first win in 1:53.1, a race after the track was updated from "good" to "fast" as the sun broke through. Disorder withstood a late charge from the prospective pocket rocket, and Ron Burke stablemate, Aleppo Hanover by 3/4 of a length for Burke Racing Stable LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Diamond Creek Racing. "He's been in horrible spots against real good horses, so he couldn't go forward," Burke said. "Today we were thinking, let's try to be aggressive and go forward, and he reacted to it. Not a great mile, but it's a better mile than he's been going." Disorder Reign On Me had to surmount the tough first-over trip from mid-backstretch, but the Well Said filly persevered, picked up pace-setting Yankee Will Dance in early stretch, and strode off by 3 1/2 lengths while taking a maiden mark of 1:53.2 in the first section of the Mary Lib Miller. The Nifty Norman trainee had shown good closing speed with a second and a third in Kindergarten Series action, and here she was able to take her late ability all the way to Victory Lane for the Jennifer Dalton Stable LLC while giving driver David Miller a win in the freshman stakes for each sex. "That's the first time she had to be first over that long, and she handled it pretty well," Miller noted. Reign On Me Unlike the three freshmen preceding her to stakes Victory Lane, the Bettor's Delight filly Cult Icon had tasted pari-mutuel success prior to her Grand Circuit contest, with two wins, including a PA Stallion Series victory in her last race. The bettors were undoubtedly worried about her outside starting spot in the field of nine and let her go at 18-1, but Cult Icon, under canny handling by Tyler Smith, slid a mid-pack tuck early, then tipped wide off a second-over trip and produced a length victory over favored Aim's Whisper in 1:54.2. "I loved her last week, but I didn't like our draw at all," Smith said. "I lucked out -- there was a spot for me (at the pylons) and we got a perfect second-over trip. She did the rest." Trent Stohler conditions the filly with a winning attitude, and his Trent Stohler Stable Inc. shares ownership with Tim Graber, Single G Stables, and Stately Gaits Stable. Cult Icon Jerry Connors for The Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 1017 -- Fear The Dragon, harness racing's top-rated horse, cemented that position Saturday at The Meadows when he wore down the sport's No. 2-ranked horse, Huntsville, with a prolonged, dramatic first-over move that brought him victory in the $400,000 final of the 51st Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids.   Heavy rains that had soaked The Meadows for the better part of two days stopped shortly before the card began, yielding to sunny, cool weather and a fast track for the highly anticipated battle of No. 1 and No. 2. Early on, it appeared that drama might not develop as Huntsville and Tim Tetrick, got an easier lead than most observers anticipated, including Fear The Dragon's trainer, Brian Brown.   "I was really worried out of the gate once Huntsville cleared to the lead that easy," Brown said.   Fear The Dragon was fifth down the backside when David Miller felt compelled to put the son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon into the race. "I probably moved him a little earlier than I had to, but he was gapping a little too much," Miller said. Fear The Dragon steadily erased the 5-length deficit until the final turn, when it briefly seemed he had hit the wall. "At the head of the stretch, I thought Huntsville had us put away," Brown said. "Dragon never gives up. He fought back." But Fear The Dragon spurted again and caught Huntsville in the shadow of the wire, downing him by 1/2 length in 1:49.1, with RJP third. "Going into the turn, I asked him to go, and he wasn't getting it done," Miller said. "He made it up in the stretch." Tetrick, indicated he thought he had enough horse left to hold off Fear The Dragon. "I thought I had him beat," Tetrick said. "My horse grabbed the left line a little bit, but he raced well and had every opportunity to win. Hats off to Fear The Dragon." Ray Schnittker, who trains Meadowlands Pace winner Huntsville and owns with Ted Gewertz, Steven Arnold and Crawford Farms, accepted the tough beat graciously. "Huntsville raced real good," he said. "Brian's horse came first over and kind of wore him down. I thought we had it, but he got nailed. It was a good race. I'd be crazy not to be disappointed, but he raced really well. You can't ask more than that."   It was the first Adios victory for Brown, the third for Miller, who won previously with Shadow Play (2008) and McWicked (2014). Brown said Fear The Dragon would be pointed to the Carl Milstein at Northfield while Schnittker indicated Huntsville would race next week in the Cane Pace at the Meadowlands.   ADIOS NOTES: With the win, Fear The Dragon became a millionaire, boosting his career bankroll to $1,152,844 . . . It was a huge Adios Day for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm, breeder and owner of Fear The Dragon. Two other Emerald Highlands homebreds, Blazin Britches and Whatstroublinurocky, also won Grand Circuit stakes on the card. "It was the day of a lifetime," Trogdon said . . . Ella Christina earned the day's long shot honors when she pulled a 56-1 upset in a division of the Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo . . . Adios Day attendance was 4,113.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Columbus, OH --- Although she has only visited the winner’s circle on three occasions in her 17-race harnes racing career, Awash has banked $181,004 which demonstrates she does possess ability. After a strong showing in her last engagement (third in the $165,700 Mistletoe Shalee), her connections feel her performance in the first of two divisions of the $125,950 Adioo Volo on Saturday (July 29) at The Meadows on the Adios undercard will hopefully yield the statement victory they have been patiently waiting for. “It looked like the list of eligibles was going to come up a little light for the Mistletoe Shalee, so I took a chance putting her in there, but after her race before that at Pocono (a win in a lifetime best 1:51.4) I felt she belonged,” said Tony Alagna, her conditioner. “And I was right. Her odds might have looked to be long on paper but she raced absolutely tremendous and we could not have been more pleased.” Owned by Bradley Grant, Awash is a 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Apogee Hanover and was purchased for $130,000 at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale. One of her two victories as a 2-year-old was a $74,000 division of the Bluegrass Stakes at Red Mile and in order to collect her second Grand Circuit triumph, the filly must best favorite Rosemary Rose (post two, Mike Wilder, 2-1) as well as New Jersey Sire Stakes leg winner Colorful Jasmine (post five, Corey Callahan, 9-2). Awash will commence her journey around the five-eighths oval from post six and will have the services of Brett Miller. The duo is the second selection on the morning line at 4-1 in the field of eight. “She is rounding into form and we are looking forward to how she races in the Adioo Volo,” Alagna said. “We are expecting her to do very well.” This filly has been held in high regard ever since she walked through the sales ring and with good reason. Awash is the first foal from a mare that captured the $294,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final as a 2-year-old and amassed $633,613 for owner Roger Hammer. Hammer sold the mare to Fair Winds Stable at the conclusion of her racing career in 2013. “Amy Lee Cruise was so thrilled when we bought this filly,” Alagna said. “She was Apogee Hanover’s groom when she was in Erv Miller’s stable and just loved that mare. It was one her favorite horses, if not the favorite, so we gave her this filly and she has been with her since day one; she thinks the world of her.” Her groom was not the only one that Awash elicited emotions from, as Alagna realized her potential while training her down and qualifying her as a 2-year-old. The filly rewarded the faith that was placed in her by compiling a record of 11-2-3-2 and earning $144,878. “She was super training and in qualifying,” Alagna said. “But when it came time to race, it took her some time to figure it out. She really came around later in the summer and was very good at the end of the year, especially in Kentucky. By the time the Breeders Crown came around she was tired and had enough (finishing seventh in her Crown elimination). It was a 2-year-old thing, because it can be a long season for them, so we put her away for the winter and when we brought her back she was in great shape.” Awash kicked off her sophomore campaign with second place finishes in her first two races and was then sixth in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. The filly rebounded from that effort with a strong third at Yonkers Raceway while taking on older rivals and then had her picture taken at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 4 in a $14,000 non-winners event. That mile persuaded Alagna to place her in the Mistletoe Shalee, which proved to be a sage choice, as even though Awash could not catch Agent Q and Idyllic Beach, she powered home with a :26.4 last quarter from fifth place at the three-quarter marker to finish a very stout third. “This filly is following the same pattern as she did last year,” said Alagna. “It takes her a couple races to get going and figure things out. Her race at Pocono showed me she was starting to get ready and the Mistletoe Shalee really demonstrated that. This filly is flying a little under the radar and that’s okay. But she is staked to all the big races for the rest of the year and we really think she will pop up to win one of those. We’ll see what happens on Saturday and the rest of the year, but we do believe she is rounding into form now.” To view the full fields with post positions, odds, trainers and drivers for the entire Adios Day card, please click here. ADIOS DAY CARD AT THE MEADOWS OFFERS $32,500 IN 3 POOL GUARANTEES Saturday’s Adios Day card at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $32,500. The guarantees are offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. The special wagers include: Pick 4, races 4-7, $7,500 guarantee; Pick 4, races 9-12 (including the Adios final, race 11), $15,000 guarantee; Pick 5, races 12-16, $10,000 guarantee. The blockbuster Adios Day program, which features six Grand Circuit stakes, begins at noon, with the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids off at approximately 4 PM. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2017 -- As a Hall of Fame, high-profile harness racing trainer, it's hard for Jimmy Takter to fly under the radar. Yet that's exactly what he's done with Blood Line, who'll compete in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Blood Line goes from post 8 with Mark MacDonald at the helm. The final anchors a blockbuster Adios Day Card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. First post is noon while the Adios goes as race 11 at approximately 4 PM. Takter won the Adios with Vintage Master (2009) and again with Sunfire Blue Chip (2013). For all that, Blood Line, a homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere-Blood Diamond for Diamond Creek Racing, was dismissed at 13-1 in his Adios elimination. After leaving for early position, he shot the Lightning Lane and missed upsetting heavily favored Huntsville by a neck. Blood Line has won only once this year -- a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split at Harrah's Philadelphia -- but finished second to Huntsville in a Meadowlands Pace elimination before breaking stride in the final. "I don't know what happened that day, but he wasn't far off there," Takter said. "He's a good horse, and if he steps up, he'll be a pretty solid horse." Takter knows that Blood Line, 12-1 in the morning line, must step it up now if he's to defeat Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, the No. 1- and No. 2-rated Standardbreds in North America. "If those two horses are in 100 percent form, without a doubt, they're a little better," he acknowledged. "But horses are flesh and blood. They can take so much and after a while, some of them go a little backwards." He also knows that Blood Line's upset chances took a blow when he drew outside. "If you have to have post 8, The Meadows is probably the best place to draw it because of the slanted starting gate," he said. "This horse has tremendous gate speed; I'm sure Mark will give him a try and leave with him. But if he goes a 26 quarter, he'll pay for it at the end of the mile." Takter indicated Blood Line is eligible for most of the late-season stakes, including the Little Brown Jug. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

When a teenage Bruce Trogdon first began attending the Adios more than four decades ago, he never imagined he would someday own a harness racing horse in the race. On Saturday, he will. But even if it never happened, the Adios would always be special to him. That's because 41 years ago, Trogdon got engaged to his wife Sabrina there. "All this, it's a pretty neat situation," said Trogdon, who will return Saturday to The Meadows with Sabrina for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and watch Fear The Dragon --- the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly poll --- compete in the $400,000 race for 3-year-old pacers. "We're looking forward to it." Fear The Dragon, who has won eight of nine races this year including the North America Cup and Hempt Memorial, was raised at Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The colt is a son of stallion Dragon Again out of the mare Armbro Cinnamon, who Trogdon purchased five months prior to Fear The Dragon's birth in April 2014. Trogdon, a longtime newspaper publisher, started Emerald Highlands Farm in 1982 with 30 acres. The farm expanded gradually to 260 acres and now is home to 37 broodmares. "I wanted to learn to do the horses myself and I basically started from scratch," said Trogdon, who bought his first horse in 1975. "I just loved the sport. I've spent a lifetime doing it. I mostly kept a few fillies every year and didn't do much racing. Now that I've gotten older, I've held on to more of the colts. Dragon was just a colt that I liked. I just got lucky. In most years, in previous years, all my colts sold. I just picked the right year to keep him." Fear The Dragon, trained by Brian Brown, won five of 11 races last year and finished worse than third only once. His top victory came in the Elevation Stakes, but he also had a win over Dan Patch Award recipient Huntsville in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. He finished third in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, behind Huntsville and stablemate Downbytheseaside. This year, Fear The Dragon topped Huntsville and Downbytheseaside in the North America Cup, and also beat Huntsville in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. His only loss was a second-place finish to Miso Fast in his Hempt Memorial elimination. "We knew last year that he was as good as these other horses," Trogdon said. "Winning the North America Cup was big to me. It gave him a chance to show the world how good he is." Fear The Dragon and Huntsville both won their respective eliminations for the Adios last weekend. Fear The Dragon, who was returning from a scheduled three-week layoff, captured his division by a half-length over Western Hill in 1:50.3. Huntsville, fresh off his victory in the Meadowlands Pace, won his division by a neck over Blood Line in 1:49.3. Huntsville, trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Adios final while Fear The Dragon, with David Miller in the sulky, is the 2-1 second choice. "We knew we might go in a little short (in the elimination), and the horse was a little dull," Trogdon said. "He wasn't himself; he didn't have quite as much punch as usual. By rights he should come back this week and be tighter, be good. We're cautiously optimistic. "Of course we're racing against a great horse in Huntsville. We've beaten him before so we're not afraid of him, but we certainly respect him because he's a great horse. I think Huntsville, (Downbytheseaside) and Dragon are just three superstars in the same year. I just think they're three great horses." And Trogdon is just thankful to be part of the group. "Even when I had just claimers we would drive to The Meadows, about 2-1/2 hours from where we lived in northeast Ohio at the time, and watch the races and I've always loved the Adios," Trogdon said. "I just loved to see the great horses. Never did I think I might have a horse like that. "Dragon is just a champion. It's been quite a thrill with him." The Adios Day card begins at noon and includes six Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios is race 11 with post time at 4 p.m. approximately. Following is the Adios field with drivers, trainers and morning line. 1. RJP - Somebeacomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke -9/2 2. Highalator - Somebeacomewhere - Victor Kirby - Jeffrey Long -20/1 3. Fear The Dragon - Dragon Again - David Miller - Brian Brown -2/1 4. Huntsville - Somebeacomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Ray Schnittker -9/5 5. Eddard Hanover - Dragon Again - Brett Miller - Ron Burke -20/1 6. Western Hill - Western Ideal - Dave Palone - Tony Alagna -8/1 7. Miso Fast - Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke -15/1 8. Blood Line - Somebeacomewhere - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter -12/1 9. Hurricane Beach - Somebeacomewhere - Dan Dube - Luc Blais -15/1 Ken Weingartner

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2017 — After collecting career victory 18,000 two weeks ago, Hall of Famer Dave Palone continues to roll to the next milestone.  The “winningest” driver in harness racing history piloted seven winners on Tuesday’s 14-race card at The Meadows. Palone scored a pair of victories each for trainers Rom Burke and Paul Corey and singletons for Brent Davis, Dane Snyder and John Sullivan. Also on Tuesday’s program, players finally solved the mystery of the Pick 5, which had eluded them for three consecutive cards and prompted a $75,000 total-pool guarantee, largest in track history. The Pick 5 returned $6,451 for a $2 ticket. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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