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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 28, 2020 -- Enzio overpowered the leader near the three-quarters and went on to spring a 9-1 upset in Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot. Whats The Word, the 3-5 favorite, was parked through an opening quarter in 27.1, leaving him vulnerable late. When Chris Shaw sent Enzio first up from third, the favorite could offer no resistance. Enzio scored in a career-best 1:54.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Foxy Trottin Stick, with Rising MVP third. Kelly Paver trains Enzio, a 4-year-old Neely Dunn-Charged Freight gelding who won for the eighth time this year, and owns with Julie Davis. Dan Rawlings piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race program features a $39,521.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. Enzio By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 28, 2020 -- When As Seely Promised races Tuesday at The Meadows, she'll be vying for more than the $5,400 purse. She'll also be carrying the hopes of her 6-year-old owner, Lucy Langley, who inherited the 12-year-old mare in the most tragic way. As Seely Promised leaves from post 2, race 1, with regular driver Chris Shaw aboard. First post is 12:45 PM. Although not well known to the general public, Barry Langley was a popular figure within the harness racing community, which was shocked by his death in 2019 from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Langley lived in Ohio, yet a race to honor his memory was held in California, testament to his standing in the harness fraternity. But Langley was in his 30s and hadn't made provisions for As Seely Promised, his only horse. After a number of councils, the family determined that the horse would be transferred to Lucy. That meant Lucy's mom, Jessica Delval, a groom for trainer Doug Snyder, would take care of As Seely Promised. The daughter of As Promised-Seeley Bert has been serviceable and durable, with earnings of $230,699 in 250 career starts and a mark of 1:52.4. But she also has significant physical issues, as Delval notes: "If you look at her, you say, this is your horse? This is it? Her conformation's poor, her feet are terrible. Since I've had her, she's probably blown 10 abscesses. She has a knee that's bigger than my head. The thing is, her heart's bigger than that. She has a heart as big as a 50-gallon drum. Week after week, she shows up for us. She gave us a distraction while we were grieving Barry; we had that to look forward to." Snyder, the mare's trainer, says it's never certain that 'Seely' will be sound enough to compete. "It's week to week whether she can even make it back to the races," he says, " but Jessica works incredibly hard on her." All that hard work has paid off, as 'Seely' this year has earned nearly $24,000, a boon to Delval, who is a single mom with a 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle Delval, in addition to young Lucy. It's not only 'Seely's' physical woes that worry Delval. With each race comes the prospect that the mare will be claimed from the $8,000 ranks where she competes. Delval would like to protect her by moving her to conditioned races or higher level claimers, but 'Seely" has shown that she can't earn enough money there, and Delval can't afford a thousand-pound pet who isn't paying her way. "I am nervous about that," Delval says. "I feel like enough people know the story -- Barry was almost like a celebrity in the harness racing world -- that they wouldn't claim her. But there's always somebody that's out of the mix and doesn't know, and there's the potential someone could claim her. If that happens, I'll be a train wreck. The kids would not totally get it, but I understand what that horse has done for Lucy and for us as a family, both monetarily and emotionally. So I would take it hardest of anyone." For all that, Delval is certain that her family is getting the kind of help not available at your local tack shop. "I believe that Barry, in spirit form, is providing some magic," she says. "No one in the world could convince me otherwise. Between the love that we put into her and Barry's helping on the other side, I think we'll be okay. "I have the paperwork ready to file for my trainer's license. Before it's all said and done, I want to race her as her trainer at least one time. I feel compelled to finish Barry's work." by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2020 -- Western Tyrant followed live cover, then brushed wide through the lane to capture his third straight harness racing victory in Friday's $10,800 co-feature at The Meadows, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace. Western Tyrant was fifth when Dave Palone positioned him behind the first-over Bugger Bruiser. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Fans Bikini gelding moved three wide through the final turn and scored in 1:51.4, matching his lifetime best. Early leader Butter Bay Hanover was second, 3/4 lengths back, with Border Control A third.   Kevin Johnson conditions Western Tyrant, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $196,886, for Richard Briskey. In Friday's co-feature, also a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace, Kingstons Bad Boy was first over forever before prevailing for Aaron Merriman and giving Johnson and Briskey a sweep of the day's top races. Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, while Merriman fashioned a four-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features a $36,480.30 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2020 _ Hedges Avenue A worked out a cozy pocket trip, then roared through the Lightning Lane to spring a 14-1 harness racing upset victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Pace. Always Giggling, the 4-5 favorite, took the field through three-quarters in a reasonable comfortable 1:24.4. But when Brady Brown pointed Hedges Avenue A inside, the 7-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Presidential Night was the fresher mare, downing Always Giggling by 1/2 length in 1:53.1. Greenhilldebatable completed the ticket.   J.L. Adams trains the winner for Martin Valentic, John Bednarski and Karl Malik. Tony Hall and Chris Shaw each piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $34,507.17 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $1,237.97 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 22, 2020 -- Globetrotting quarter-poled to the front and jogged off to a convincing victory in 1:54.2, fastest of her harness racing career, in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot. Once Dave Palone sent her to the top, the 3-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions-Celebrity Deville opened a 4-length lead after three-quarters before downing the rallying Tamar by a length. Kellie's MVP shot the Lightning Lane for show.   Tim Twaddle trains Globetrotting, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $205,239, for Thestable Globetrotting. Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the 13-race program features a $31,287.94 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 21, 2020 -- Harness racing driver Dan Rawlings enjoyed a huge Monday at The Meadows with six victories, including the feature -- a $10,800 Conditioned Trot -- with Maewegonow. Passed by Matterlei near the three-quarters, Maewegonow stayed close and never let Matterlei get away. As Rawlings kept her to her business, the 6-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo kicked by her rival in the Lightning Lane, downing her by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4. Kate's Massive rallied for show.   Richard Perfido trains Maewegonow, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $392,555, for Thomas Mattingly. Jim Pantaleano also recorded a big Monday with four wins on the 13-race card. Tuesday's 13-race program at The Meadows features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $29,298.33 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $1,538.20 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 18, 2020 -- Amigo Volo powered to a professional, purposeful victory in Friday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows, serving notice to his harness racing division rivals that he'll be a force to be reckoned with in rich late-season stakes. Patriarch Hanover took the other division in the $79,700 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Considered one of the division's best early in the year, Amigo Volo finished third in his Hambletonian elimination and fourth in the final, despite being stuck with post 10. While that performance may have downgraded him in the eyes of some, he's now won three straight -- including the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship -- and appears razor sharp. "He's on his way out to Lexington, so it was the perfect spot for him to come here and come calling through," said winning driver Dexter Dunn. "He's in his top form at the moment. As long as he keeps that form, I'm sure he'll be competitive in the big races." In the Keystone Classic, the Father Patrick-Margarita Momma gelding shrugged off the unexpected first-up challenge of long shot Focus Pocus and prevailed in 1:54.3. The pocket-sitting Harley K was 2-1/2 lengths back in second while Focus Pocus saved show.   Amigo Volo now has banked $966,644 for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. Patriarch Hanover quarter-poled to the point for Matt Kakaley and downed early leader Town Victor by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.3, with Nezblanc third.   "He's just a step behind a couple of the top sires stake horses," Kakaley said of the son of Father Patrick-Personal Style, "but he gives his all every time, and he's made some money. He's had a respectable year so far." Ron Burke trains Patriarch Hanover, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $235,266, for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. $68,300 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace Speaking of peaking at the right time, Sandbetweenmytoes scored in 1:50 in Friday's co-feature, giving him three wins in the last four starts -- all in 1:50 or faster. Trainer Jim Campbell agreed that Fashion Farms' homebred Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria gelding is more confident and sure gaited than he was early in the season. "Unfortunately, his only bad race in the last four was the PA Sites Stake championship," Campbell said. "We'll take him to Delaware for the Jug. I think he'll get around there good. He gets around a five-eighths-mile track pretty good, and that's the best half-mile track in the country at Delaware. I don't foresee any problems." Sandbetweenmytoes quarter-poled to the top for Scott Zeron and defeated early leader Tru Lou by 2-1/4 lengths. Seeyou At Thebeach completed the ticket. The winner extended his career earnings to $177,142. You knew Burke would make some noise in this stake -- he sent out 10 of the 17 starters -- and he spoke loudly in the other split, sweeping the exacta with Cattlewash and The Greek Freak. Cattlewash shot the Lightning Lane for David Miller to prevail in 1:51. Ruthless Hanover earned show. "He's coming around at the right time, and I'm happy to be on board," Miller said. "If he goes to the Jug, he'll handle the half-mile track just fine. He's a beautifully gaited horse." The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet now boasts $424,908 in career earnings for owner William Donovan. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race card features a $26,773.07 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                      

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2020 -- Drama Act overcame post 8 to score easily in 1:50, matching the stake record in Wednesday's $63,550 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old harness racing filly pacers at The Meadows. Drama Act was making only her second start since owner The OK Corral shifted her to the Ron Burke stable, but the trainer likes what he's seen so far of the daughter of Well Said-Lounge Act. "I think she's really a high-end filly," Burke said. "She won in 1:50 with her ear plugs in -- that's a special kind of mile. She has a few races left, and I think she'll get better as the year goes on." Drama Act needed almost the entire opening panel to make the point for Matt Kakaley, but she faced no serious challenges from there, defeating Keystone Eureka by 3-1/2 lengths, with the previously undefeated Seadog Lady third. Her time equaled the mark Lispatty established in 2016.   Burke anticipates that Drama Act, who now has banked $157,982, will continue to race at 4. "She has the potential to do well -- especially on small tracks. She's a pretty nice horse," he said. $67,500 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Dune Hill figured to be a lock for her eighth straight victory; she was hammered down to 1-9. But she broke stride before the gate, a bit of serendipity that caught the attention of Jim Pantaleano aboard Miss McKee for trainer Jack Baggitt, Jr. but didn't change his approach a jot. "I talked to Jack before the race, and he indicated that she had good gate speed and to try to place her forward," Pantaleano said. "That was my strategy regardless of Dune Hill's condition. I tried to take care of her a little bit in the middle half, and I probably didn't need to be that careful because she was really strong finishing." Miss McKee prevailed in 1:55, 3-3/4 lengths better than Impulse Buy. Allswell Hanover completed the ticket. J.L. Sadowsky LLC campaigns the daughter of Muscle Massive-Dazzling Deb, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings. Sans Defaut has performed largely under the raider this year for Burke -- even though her win in the other Keystone Classic split sent her over $200,000 in lifetime earnings. But Wednesday's victory in what likely are her waning days of racing may have raised her profile. "I think she has a bit more to give," Burke said. "We want to finish the year strong with her. She's royally bred -- a full sister to Southwind Frank -- and I think she'll be bred at the end of the year." In the race, the daughter of Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy idled until the field settled, powered to the lead and scored in 1:54.1. Perth Angel De Vie was second, beaten 2-3/4 lengths, with Electrapedia third. Sans Defaut races for Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $24,658.78 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

Amigo Volo might not have been himself the week following last month's Hambletonian Stakes, but after a brief respite and consecutive wins, he appears primed for a strong finish to his 3-year-old harness racing campaign. A multiple world-record-setter and Breeders Crown champion at age 2, Amigo Volo has won four of nine races this season. He competes Friday in the first of two Keystone Classic divisions for 3-year-old male trotters at The Meadows, where he is the 6-5 morning-line favorite with regular driver Dexter Dunn. Amigo Volo finished fourth in the Hambletonian on Aug. 8 at The Meadowlands. He started from post 10, hustled to the front in a :26.2 opening quarter, and then had traffic issues after yielding the lead to Threefiftytwo. He made up multiple lengths in the stretch but ended up 4-3/4 lengths behind winner Ramona Hill. The next week, Amigo Volo finished third in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes after holding the lead in the stretch. It was the gelding's sixth start in as many weeks, so trainer Nifty Norman gave the horse time to freshen up and Amigo Volo responded. He heads to the Keystone Classic off wins in the final preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and the series championship. "I'm very proud of the horse," Norman said. "We tried to have him at his best for the Hambo, and I thought he was, things just didn't work out for him. But I thought the horse really raced good that day. "Then there is always a little bit of a bounce after that. You can't be good all the time; for every up, there is going to be a down. He was a little bit down his next start. He was just flat, and that's not like him. So, we gave him a little bit of time off and he perked right up and has really done well. He's been super his last two races. He looks like he's back to himself again." Amigo Volo is a son of Father Patrick out of Margarita Momma. For his career, he has won 10 of 21 starts and earned $946,719 for owners Pinske Stables and David J. Miller. In addition to winning last year's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters and this year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, Amigo Volo's victories include the 2019 Matron Stakes and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. He holds world records for 2-year-old geldings on a five-eighths-mile track (1:52.4) and mile track (1:52.3). Amigo Volo is eligible to Bluegrass Stakes, Kentucky Futurity, Breeders Crown, and Matron the rest of the way. "Last year when we raced him weeks in a row, he really raced good like that," Norman said. "He likes to race, he's a game little bugger. "I couldn't be happier with the way he's heading into the rest of the season. I thought the big tracks would be a disadvantage for him, but he's strong again, so I think we'll be OK. He's a really solid little guy." Ron Burke-trained Patriarch Hanover is the 8-5 favorite in the second Keystone Classic division for the 3-year-old male trotters. He finished third in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. There also are two Keystone Classic divisions for 3-year-old male pacers. Jim Campbell's Sandbetweenmytoes is the 5-2 favorite in the first and Burke's Cattlewash gets the 5-2 nod in the second. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 15, 2020 -- Fighting Evil launched the decisive move past the three-quarters and rolled home in a harness racing career-best 1:52.2 in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Darby Hanover took the other split in the $79,900 stake for freshman filly pacers. Sniper Hanover opened up a sizable lead after three-quarters but was no match for the rally of Fighting Evil, who overwhelmed her in the lane and held off Peep N Weep by a head for Mike Wilder. Ocean's Apart completed the ticket.   "This filly just loves to chase," said Dane Snyder, who trains the daughter of Sweet Lou-Evil Fight -- a $12,000 yearling acquisition -- for Danielle Snyder and Jason Ash. "She's not very big herself, but she has a big heart. She has one more race this year -- the Standardbred at Delaware. She's little, and she needs some rest." Although Darby Hanover was forced to a 27.4 opening panel to reach the point, she had little trouble thereafter, cruising home for Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller in 1:53.1. Natchez Belle was second, beaten 2-1/2 lengths, with Lady Newton third.   "When she came back to me at the half, she relaxed, so I felt all right from there on," Andy Miller said. "She's putting together a pretty nice year, and she has a few more races to go. She'll probably go to the Liberty Bell next. We might try a big race later in the year." The daughter of Betting Line-Darena Hanover has finished in the money in all seven career starts for owners Andy Miller Stable and Carroll Huffman. $85,000 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trot This year's Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion, Love Muffin, was out to extend her winning streak to three -- and she did just that with a front-end victory in 1:56.2 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer David Wiest and owners Edward Kimmel and Don Wiest. Long shot Cheesy Hanover was 2-3/4 lengths back in second with the first-over Frankly My Dear third. Although the daughter of Andover Hall-Pine Yankee has been ahead at every call in her current streak, David Wiest indicated she actually prefers chasing. "She'd do better off the pace, but she's that quick off the gate," he said. "She has two more races this year, both at Chester." In the other split, Julie and Andy Miller teamed up again to triumph with Pub Crawl who, on paper, at least appeared to lay over the field. The 1-5 favorite did nothing to dispel that notion, jogging in 1:56.1 and defeating Keystone Barracuda by 4 lengths. Myreanna earned show. "She's been racing some pretty good fillies, and she found a little better spot today," Andy Miller said. "She still has quite a few races to go. We'll probably go to the Liberty Bell next." The daughter of Bar Hopping-Myth now has banked $132,763 for Andy Miller Stable, Louis Willinger, Kapildeo Singh and Phillip Helmuth. Dave Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Marcus Marashian. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 13-race program features a $22,835.77 carryover in the final-race Super Hi 5. On the racing front, the card offers a pair of Keystone Classics: a $63,550 stake for 3-year-old filly pacers and a $67,500 event for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA      

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 14, 2020 -- Fresh off his harness racing triumph in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship, Southwind Gendry equaled the stake record 1:51.1 in Monday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows -- although he had to repel a pair of serious challengers to do it. Sweet Angel Boy took the other division in the $88,500 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Although Southwind Gendry typically rallies from mid-pack, David Miller quarter-poled him to the point Monday, where he faced determined bids from the first-over Whichwaytothebeach and the pocket-sitting Chase H Hanover. Southwind Gendry downed Chase H Hanover -- also the runner-up in the PASS final -- by 3/4 lengths, with Whichwaytothebeach third. The time matched the record Dragon Eddy established in 2014.   "He doesn't love the front, but he'll race on the front," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "When he does things he doesn't want to and still does them well, you know he's a pretty good horse." The Always B Miki-Gambler's Passion gelding now has banked $259,369 for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Knox Services and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Sweet Angel Boy and Marcus Miller stung the favorite, Capt Jack Hanover with Dave Palone, through a 26.4 opening quarter before releasing him. That may have made the difference, as Sweet Angel Boy roared by the leader in the Lightning Lane to defeat him by 1-1/2 lengths in a maiden-breaking 1:52.4. Don't Blame Lou completed the ticket.   "I didn't have to sting Dave too much. His horse was pretty grabby, and Dave was just letting him rattle," Miller said. "But it worked out good. I've raced against this one several times; he's a nice horse." Jim King, Jr. trains the son of Sweet Lou-Aries Angel for Jo Ann Looney-King. $91,300 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot Arnold N Dicky had a little stake-record magic of his own as he scored in 1:54.2 to lower the previous mark of 1:54.4 set by Giveitgasandgo in 2016. Although the son of Bar Hopping-Kalibrated raced throughout the Commonwealth this season, all three of his career victories have come at The Meadows. "When he crosses over, he gets to feeling good about himself, and he's just waiting for you to ask on him," said winning driver Palone. "I wasn't crazy about the way he was gaited at Pocono -- both times -- but he loves it here. I love to race him when I can be aggressive with him because he doesn't think anybody can pass him." Take All Comers finished second, beaten 3-1/4 lengths, with Lindys Goin Crazy third. Chuck Sylvester trains Arnold N Dicky, who lifted his career earnings to $120,557, and owns with Amy Stoltzfus and Gilbert Short. In the other division, To Be Frank roared through the Lightning Lane for Tony Hall to edge Capstone by a head. The 1-5 favorite, Sunny Crocket, was a close-up third. It was the initial win in eight lifetime starts for the Southwind Frank-Kirsi Hanover gelding who, trainer Miles Wollam acknowledged, did not look much like a stakes candidate in his first few starts. "The owner wanted to keep going with him," Wollam said. "We got him in with some short fields, and he learned to be a race horse. We have high hopes for him next year because he improved all year long. He wants to do it -- that's the biggest thing." Olivia McElrath campaigns To Be Frank, who'll next race in the Standardbred at the Delaware Fair. Palone bagged four wins on the 13-race card while Burke and Hall each enjoyed a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race card features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $21,237.71 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $1,674.43 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). On the racing front, the program offers a pair of Keystone Classics for 2-year-old fillies with combined purses of $165,400. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2020 -- Severely shuffled after securing a good early seat, Butter Bay Hanover found late room between horses to capture Friday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace. Although he briefly held the early lead for Aaron Merriman, Butter Bay Hanover found himself fourth at the top of the lane with a wall of horses in front of him. Merriman guided the 4-year-old Captaintreacherous-Better B Lucky gelding through a narrow seam, which he negotiated successfully to edge Border Control A by a head in 1:52.3. Winning Is Sweet was a close-up third.   Bill Rhoades trains Butter Bay Hanover for Tom Mucci. In the other co-feature, also a $20,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap Pace, Western Tyrant made a quarter-pole move stand up, prevailing in 1:52.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. It was the second straight win for the 6-year-old Western Terror-Fans Bikini gelding, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $191,446.   Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Kevin Johnson. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features a pair of Keystone Classics valued at $179,800 for 2-year-olds. On the wagering front, the card offers an $18,626 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 9, 2020 -- Sansovina Hanover blistered the back half in 54.4, a wicked two panels that kept her harness racing challengers at bay and facilitated an easy victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Jim Pantaleano sent Sansovina Hanover to the point with a quarter-pole move, then threw on the brakes in a 29 second quarter. Once the 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Shacked Up turned on the juice, no one could gain ground, including the pocket-sitting Amelia's Courage A, who finished second by a length. Sanna Cruza A completed the ticket in the 1:51.1 mile.   Doug Snyder trains Sansovina Hanover, who now boasts $338,325 in career earnings, for Frank Poerio, Jr. Dave Palone collected four wins, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $16,368.04 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA      

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2020 -- Jessiejesorjessica quarter-poled to the front and never was in danger thereafter as she jogged to victory in Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot, in a career-best 1:54.3. Jessiejesorjessica was away fourth, but when Dave Palone asked her for trot, she powered to the point and effectively locked up the win right there. The pocket-sitting You're Majestic was second, a length back, while Tamar rallied for show.   Shawn Johnston trains the 4-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Ziggy Wiggy, who triumphed for the 10th time in 21 starts this year, for Gina Young. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners and Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 13-race program features a $13,305.61 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $2,567 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2020 -- When Dune Hill won her $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship Monday at The Meadows, it was historic on several counts. Not only did it complete the 3-year-old filly trotter's sweep of the four preliminary legs and the final, but it also gave trainer Ron Burke career win 11,000. The Meadows hosted all eight $40,000 stallion series finals Monday, and there was action aplenty, as four championship records fell. But Dune Hill and Burke clearly took center stage. Dune Hill got away fifth for Matt Kakaley and moved with cover before attacking the leader, Alittlebitofsugar. Kakaley said he had no doubt the daughter of Muscle Hill-Quite Possible would get by. "She felt really good in the last turn; I wasn't too worried," Kakaley said. "As long as you keep her out of trouble and she has her manners right, she's better than these." She downed Aittlebitofsugar by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:54.4, lowering the previous stake mark of 1:55.1 set by Dressed To Impress in 2017. The first-over Hannah earned show. Dune Hill now has banked $151,886 for owner Joseph DiScala, Jr.   Burke, harness racing's perennial leading trainer, just keeps rolling. Since 2009, he's won at least 762 races every year; during that period, his UTR hasn't been below .321 in any season. Overall, Burke trainees have earned just shy of $244 million. Jim Pantaleano and Tim Tetrick each collected a pair of titles. Highlights of the other championships: 2-Year-Old Filly Trot -- Love Muffin When he learned that Love Muffin had drawn post 8, trainer David Wiest indicated he wasn't concerned. "I know she'll leave and get a good spot," he said. "I wasn't worried at all." Love Muffin justified Wiest's confidence, zipping to the point for Pantaleano and scoring in 1:55.4, which shattered Day Lily's previous record of 1:57.2 set in 2014. The first-over Rebel Girl raced well for second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Trend third.   Wiest said owners Edward Kimmel and Don Wiest have consigned the daughter of Andover Hall-Pine Yankee to the Harrisburg sale; she'll contest several Pennsylvan1a stakes before then. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Odds On Whitney She was forced six wide in the lane, but the full sister to World Champion Papi Rob Hanover showed her determination, overcoming Darby Hanover by a head to prevail in 1:52.2 Skyy completed the ticket. It was the second consecutive stallion series record for Odds on Whitney; this one eliminated the old mark of 1:53.3 set by Sidewalk Dancer in 2017. "I put a lot of trust in her," said winning driver Tetrick. "We got away in a bad spot, but she overcame it. It's hard to come that wide through the turn. She has a lot of power and pedigree, so who knows what she can be next year." Tony Alagna conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover for Odds On Racing. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Overserved The son of Explosive Matter-Afterimage moved first over for Tetrick to win his fourth straight for owners William Donovan, Stephen Michaels, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, setting a stake record 1:54.2 in the process. Frost Free Hanover established the previous record of 1:55.2 in 2014. Early leader Town Victor was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Stickler Hanover earned show. "The biggest thing about him -- he's matured," said winning trainer George Ducharme. "Like last week when he went on the lead, he would never have done that a year ago, or even earlier this spring." 3-Year-Old Filly Pace -- Going Gone Hanover Yankeeland Partners' daughter of Captaintreacherous-Go On BB was the day's most decisive winner, drawing off late for Andrew McCarthy to beat Wayside by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3. Keystone Eureka completed the ticket. "It looked like a pretty good spot for this mare -- she's been good all year," McCarthy said. "I think she was a little sick her last start, but she got the job done." Winning trainer Brett Bittle said his filly is eligible to several of the rich stakes at the Red Mile. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Somewhereinverona Somewhereinverona shot the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:53.1 for Aaron Merriman and trainer Blake MacIntosh, who owns with Petitpas Stables, Ozzie Mackay, and Gilles Landry. "I didn't really have a choice but the Lightning Lane after getting away third," Merriman said. "The horse really responded when he saw air, so it was really easy." Captain Fancy was second, beaten 1-1/2 lengths, with Rifleman third. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace -- Seriously Hanover Seriously Hanover went wide through the lane to collect a hard-fought win for Andy Miller in 1:51.3, 1/2 length ahead of Ruthless Hanover. Mankat earned show. "It's hard to make up ground when you're that wide, but thankfully, he stuck his nose up," said Ron Coyne, who trains the son of Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip for Michael Cimaglio, Stephen Demeter and Stephen Giagni. "He'll go to Lexington, where he'll have a couple options. We'll see what makes the most sense." 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot -- Lepanto Lepanto made it look easy for the second straight week, notching a front-end win in 1:56 for Pantaleano. Sunny Crockett and Lindys Goin Crazy completed the ticket. "He was a pleasure to drive; he did everything right, especially for a baby," Pantaleano said. "He's probably a notch below the Grand Circuit horses. I think he'll make most of his money because of his quick speed, and you can put him in good spots." Ake Svanstedt conditions the son of Bar Hopping-Woman of Character for Esa Lahtinen, Jussi Hietalahti and Arvo Risto. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                    

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 6, 2020 -- Searching for some exciting Labor Day harness racing action? Look no further than The Meadows, which on Monday will host eight Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships. Each final goes for $40,000, meaning $320,000 will be up for grabs. On the wagering front, the 15-race card features a trio of rich opportunities: a $9,734.02 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $710.01 carryover in the early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. Here's a look at several of the most intriguing stallion series finals: 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (Race 4) Odds On Whitney got a latish start to her freshman campaign, finishing second in a July 28 overnight event at Harrah's Philadelphia. But she's a full sister to Papi Rob Hanover, who set a world record 1:47.1 in an elimination of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids before injury forced his retirement. So if owner Odds On Racing and trainer Tony Alagna still entertained large expectations for Odds On Whitney, they weren't disappointed. She won her next two starts -- both stallion series splits -- in impressive fashion, setting a stake record of 1:51.3 at The Meadows despite being parked out for one-half mile. She'll go from post 4 with Tim Tetrick. Her chief competition figures to be Darby Hanover (Andy Miller, post 6), who captured all three stallion series legs she contested, and Podium Girl (Dexter Dunn, post 1), who has a pair of stallion series victories. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot (Race 7) Dune Hill has been unstoppable in the series, sweeping the four preliminary legs for trainer Ron Burke and owner Joseph DiScala, Jr. She's won seven of nine starts this year and boasts career earnings of $131,886. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Quite Possible is stuck with post 7, but she won an Aug. 15 stallion series division from that post despite a three-wide struggle for the early lead. Matt Kakaley will drive. A pair of locally based fillies will try to upset Dune Hill. Perth Angel De Vie (Bryce Brocklehurst, post 5) notched a series victory and finished in the money in all four preliminary legs. Aunt Bee (Wilbur Yoder, post 1) also collected a series win but lost to Dune Hill in the other three legs. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot (Race 13) Overserved (Tetrick, post 3) and Shadrack Hanover (Kakaley, post 7) have grown into their talent and are razor sharp; each enters the championship on a three-race winning streak. Overserved (Explosive Matter-Afterimage), who races for trainer George Ducharme and owners William Donovan, Stephen Michaels, Joe Sbrocco and Jim Winske, won those three races by a combined 7-3/4 lengths. Shadrack Hanover (Muscle Hill-Shared Past) was unraced at 2 but has lost only once for Burke and owner Elite Trotting. This is an ultra-competitive heat and a fine way to bring down the curtain on the stallion series. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

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