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

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2019 -- Miss Stunner and It's Academic, a pair of Uncle Peter freshman trotters making their career debuts for harness racing trainer Ron Burke Wednesday at The Meadows, not only scored handily but also became the season's fastest 2-year-olds in their respective divisions on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone guided both youngsters to victory. Miss Stunner moved powerfully first over from fourth and drew away from the field, triumphing by 6 lengths in 1:59. Saratoga Gia and Alittlebitofsugar completed the ticket. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby campaign the daughter of Pilgrims Stunner. The journey of It's Academic was nearly a carbon copy, as the son of Annapolis moved first over from fourth and blew away the field by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Willing Spirit and Town Victor were second and third, respectively. It's Academic competes for Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. It's Academic Palone garnered five wins, Burke four and Jim Pantaleano three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a $1,257.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 15, 2019 -- Stranded in mid-move when his cover ducked back to the cones, Nitro Seelster did the heavy lifting himself and pulled off a 13-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Nitro Seelster was following the first-over cover of Real Peace when that rival dived back to the rail to exploit an opening. But Nitro Seelster and Tony Hall persevered, overtaking 4-5 favorite Windsong Leo in the shadow of the wire and downing him by a neck in 1:50. Real Peace earned show. Sarah Andrews trains Nitro Seelster, a 9-year-old Camluck-Strikes Again gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $324,763, for Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton. Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder and Hall each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 15, 2019 -- Alesha "The Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley pulled the pocket with Body Of Work midway down the backside and rolled to a 10-1/2-length harness racing rout in Saturday's $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows. Binkley was stalking Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola (Jackie Goldstein) when a pair of circumstances convinced her it was time to move. "The horse behind me was running me over a little bit," Binkley said. "The horse on the lead was slowing down. So I figured I'd rather go to the front and control the race. I didn't pop the earplugs, and he was a lot better." The rest of the field took chase, but the "Hotshot'" was not to be caught, scoring in 1:56.3. "Tiny Tim" Miller (Song In My Heart) rallied for second, while "Fast Greggy" Keidel (Stirling Boudica) and Ruvola completed the superfecta. Trent Stohler trains Body Of Work, a 6-year-old ABC Garland-Battle Axe gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $156,467, for Trent Stohler Stable.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WASHINGTON, PA, April 6, 2019 -- Real Peace overcame post 9 and notched his second straight victory in Saturday's harness racing  feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Although parked the opening quarter, the 4-year-old Real Desire-Peace gelding cruised home for Aaron Merriman in 1:53.1, 1-3/4 lengths better than Toureg Seelster. A boxed-in Lord Of Winterfell found late racing room for show. Ron Burke trains Real Peace, a career earner of 106,641, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race program. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows. Another Blowout for Party At The Banks Party At The Banks rolled to her third consecutive blowout -- her combined victory margin in those wins was 10-1/2 lengths -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Dave Palone hustled the 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As to the point, where the 1-9 favorite had little trouble putting away the first-over CR Blazin Beauty. She triumphed in 1:55.1, 2-3/4 lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Dirty Secret, with You're Majestic third. Burke conditions Party At The Banks, whose lifetime bankroll stands at $155,923, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Millionaire Dayson Goes First Over for 3rd Straight Forced to an uncharacteristic first-over move, millionaire Dayson was nonetheless much the best, powering to his third straight victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Palone sent Dayson for the lead, but when Wilberforce was unexpectedly aggressive on top, Dayson and Palone found a seat fourth. When Dayson attacked down the backside, he blew by Wilberforce and scored in 1:54.3. Bluebird Jesse was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Classic Banker completed the ticket. Burke trains Dayson, a 6-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding who now boasts $1,020,712 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. It was one of three wins for Palone, including a pair for trainer Cory Kreiser, on the 13-race program. David McNeight III lit up the tote board when he brought Lady Eagle home at 68-1 in a Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   Rentier, Quality Kemp Win Monday Co-features Rentier powered to the point past the quarter and jogged to an easy victory in Monday's co-feature, an $11,500 Conditioned Trot. Rentier was away fourth, but when trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder asked him for trot, the 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Race Judicata gelding reached the top easily and extended his lead thereafter. He scored in 1:56.1, 3-1/2 lengths better than the rallying Maximum Credit, with Jeffery P third. Austin Brubacker campaigns Rentier. Rentier                      -Chris Gooden photo Quality Kemp captured the co-feature, also a Conditioned Trot, when he followed live cover before brushing home in 1:56.3 for Eric Goodell, trainer Andy Rickert and owner Murdock Racing Stable. The 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Impressive Kemp extended his lifetime bankroll to $108,488. Tony Hall garnered three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2019 -- Millionaire Dancin Yankee fired out for the lead and had little trouble with the field or the sloppy surface, cruising to victory in a sharp 1:53 in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The win gave Dave Palone and harness racing trainer Ron Burke a sweep of the track's four Preferred events for the week. The pocket-sitting Dapper Dude finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with the first-over Arthur Pendragon completing the ticket. Burke Racing Stable campaigns Dancin Yankee, an 11-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest gelding who boosted his career bankroll to $1,879,907. Palone and Burke each collected four victories on the 12-race card, and each tallied 13 wins for the week. In other highlights of the week: Party At The Banks Repeats in $20K F&M Trot Looped from the gate, Party At The Banks made the lead at her leisure and powered off to her second straight victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. The 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As triumphed in 1:54.2, 3-1/2 lengths better than You're Majestic, with CR Blazin Beauty third. Palone steered Party At The Banks, who lifted her lifetime earnings to $145,923, for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke fashioned a four-bagger on the 12-race program while Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted three winners. Chris Shaw provided the day's tote board pyrotechnics when he guided Woman Possessed home at a lush 55-1.   Windsun Glory Again in Top Distaff Pace Windsun Glory made it two straight to start her 6-year-old campaign with a front-end win in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. The daughter of Mach Three-Windsun Princess repelled a serious first-over challenge from Bontz N to score in 1:52.2 for Palone. The pocket-sitting Touchamatic was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Bontz N saved show. Burke conditions Windsun Glory, who extended her career bankroll to $390,368, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables and Larry Karr. Wilder garnered four wins on the 13-race program while Brady Brown, Jim Pantaleano and Burke each enjoyed a triple.   Millionaire Dayson Scores in Season's Debut Dayson, whose most recent victory made him a millionaire, kicked off his 2019 campaign in similar fashion with an easy win in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Although Dayson hadn't raced since the day after Christmas, Palone steered him aggressively with a quarter-pole move in the slop. The 6-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding prevailed in 1:56, 1-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Bluebird Jesse, with Chef Lee third. Dayson      - Chris Gooden photo Burke trains Dayson, who now has banked $1,011,712, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Tony Hall and Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $512.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, March 8, 2019 -- Delray Dude overpowered the field in a 1:52.4 victory in Friday's opening leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Dew A Little Dance survived a late rally by Touch Of The West in the other $12,500 division of the event for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. A 4-year-old American Ideal-Docdor Libby gelding, Delray Dude entered the series off a break at Yonkers. But he was fast and straight Friday, lowering his life mark 2.4 seconds for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The pocket-sitting Stonelake was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while previously unbeaten Champagneonabeach settled for show. Friday's card also featured a "battle of millionaires" in the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace as Dapper Dude roared from the pocket to down Dancin Yankee by 3/4 lengths in 1:50.3. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. drove for trainer Tim Twaddle and owner Micki Rae Stables. Palone and Burke each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Tony Hall piloted a pair of winners to give him 14 over the last four programs. During the week, The Meadows kicked off three other series for 3- and 4-year-olds. Among the highlights: Mary Wolhmuth Memorial Trot -- Fillies & Mares Galary Girl let Revival do all the heavy lifting on the front before out-finishing her in the Lightning Lane to score in 1:59, fastest of Wednesday's three opening-leg divisions. Also taking $12,500 splits were Lindy Misssunshine and Moshannon Magic. When menacing challenger Sweet Madam jumped it off, it appeared Revival might be home free. But Galary Girl powered through the Lightning Lane for Mike Wilder and defeated Revival by 1-1/2 lengths, with Ima Yankee third. Rich Gillock trains the 4-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Sierra Fortune for Hutt Racing Stable. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Maewegonow made it two straight with a 1:58.2 victory for Hall, trainer Richard Perfido and owner Thomas Mattingly. Hall notched four wins and Gillock three on the 13-race program. Ken Weaver Memorial Trot -- Colts, Stallions & Geldings First Maestro followed the live cover of Explosive Magic, then zipped by him in the lane to capture the fastest of Tuesday's three opening-leg divisions. Ryanlee and Fan The Flames took the other $12,500 splits. A sophomore son of Winning Mister-First Sonata, First Maestro failed to take a mark in 13 tries last year but is undefeated in three 2019 outings. He downed Explosive Magic by a neck in 1:58.4 for Hall, trainer Norm Parker and owner/breeder Bob Key. Andovers Asset earned show. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Circle The Page went from worst to first to pull off a 16-1 upset for Dan Rawlings. John Sullivan conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Queen Marie, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $226,334, and owns with Michael Marocco. Wilder and Hall each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Donna Dunn Memorial Pace -- Fillies & Mares Mystical Thread and Miss Daisy Duke registered front-end victories in the $12,500 divisions, although the performance of the former may have been a bit more impressive, as it occurred after steady snow had turned the track condition to "good." The 4-year-old daughter of Fred And Ginger-Threads Of Life roared to the front for Palone and trainer J.W. Miller and scored in a career-best 1:56.4, 3 lengths ahead of Better Speed, with Ultra Violet third. A 4-year-old daughter of Sportswriter-Keystone Jubilee, Miss Daisy Duke prevailed in 1:58.1 for Wilder and trainer Spencer Kahrig. She's The Best rallied for second, falling a head short, while Flipping Fun was fourth-placed third. Kahrig Racing Stable enjoyed a sweep, as it campaigns Miss Daisy Duke with Cache Is King LLC and Paul Czopek and owns Mystical Thread in partnership with Caleb Little. Hall was the day's driving star again with five wins on the 13-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 1, 2019 -- Continuing his impressive roll, Dapper Dude rode a pocket trip to victory in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows, giving the 10-year-old millionaire four wins and three seconds in his last seven starts. The front-ending Stride Of Pride didn't go down easily, clicking off the last quarter in 27.2. But under the encouragement of Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., Dapper Dude went a tick faster, downing Stride Of Pride by a neck in 1:52.1 over a "good" surface. The first-over New Evidence completed the ticket. Tim Twaddle trains the son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest, whose career earnings now total $1,333,270, for Micki Rae Stables. Aaron Merriman, trainer Ron Burke and Wrenn each fashioned a triple on the 13-raee card. Hall Sweeps Wednesday Features with Maewegonow, Medusa Seizing the opportunity when the heavy favorite broke near the quarter, Maewegonow powered to the lead from third and pulled off the 8-1 upset in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Once 1-2 favorite Misslarose jumped it off and cleared to the outside, Tony Hall had Maewegonow on the move. The 5-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo triumphed in 1:55.4, 1-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Cherry Pie, with the pocket-sitting Dirty Secret third. Richard Perfido conditions Maewegonow, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $294,051, for Thomas Mattingly. In Wednesday's companion feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Medusa overwhelmed Camera Lady with a quick backside burst and went on to a convincing victory in 1:55.4. Keystone Riptide was second, beaten 1-3/4 lengths, with Circle The Page third. Camera Lady finished last in the field of four and saw her three-race winning streak snapped. Hall steered Medusa for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 8-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical with Pollack Racing LLC. Medusa now boasts $881,743 in career earnings. Merriman and Hall each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 13-race card.   Ellasen Rebounds, Takes Tuesday Feature Rebounding from an uncharacteristically dull performance, Ellasen stalked Touchamatic from the pocket, then brushed by her late to capture Tuesday's feature, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Ellasen finished eighth in her most recent start and never left the cones. But she was sharp Tuesday for Dave Palone, downing Touchamatic by 1/2 length in 1:52.4, with Ubettorbeturlife third. Dirk Simpson trains the 5-year-old daughter of Big Bad John-So Very Nice, who kicked her career earnings up to $177,998, for Peter Karras and William Tortoriello. Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Call For Justice Wins in the Wind; Palone Gets 5-Bagger Call For Justice had to work hard for the lead, and he drifted out in the lane, but he was strong enough to secure the victory in Sunday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. On a day when horses battled wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour, Call For Justice put the field away with a 27.1 third quarter for Palone en route to a 1:58 mile over a "good" surface. The first-over Northern Skyway was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while early leader Media Buzz earned show. Burke trains Call For Justice, a 7-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka who pushed his career bankroll to $557,757, for Burke Racing Stable. Palone garnered five wins and Mike Wilder three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Sunday, when the program features a $2,798.30 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 22, 2019 — Venerable Dapper Dude earned his 50th career harness racing victory in Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows, and he did it in characteristic fashion — turning back challengers inside and out when it appeared he would be engulfed. Dapper Dude led out of the final turn when New Evidence loomed up outside while Stride Of Pride headed for the Lightning Lane. But the 10-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest found more for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and edged Stride Of Pride by a neck in 1:51.1, with New Evidence a close-up third. Tim Twaddle trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $1,324,270, for Micki Rae Stables. Tony Hall fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race program. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows: Misslarose Hangs Tough in Meadows Debut; Wilder Wins 5 Newcomer Misslarose showed grit in her Meadows debut, as she parried the determined bid of Dirty Secret and triumphed in Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. It took the entire opening panel for Misslarose to reach the point for Aaron Merriman, but the 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata still had enough to put away Dirty Secret and hold off I Want Kandy by a head in 1:58.1 in the slop. Maewegonow rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Misslarose, who extended her career earnings to $140,500, for Renee Bercury. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card, giving him nine victories over the last two programs, while Hall enjoyed a triple. Misslarose winning this week at The Meadows     - Chris Gooden photo Camera Lady Notches 3rd Straight in $18,000 F&M Pace Camera Lady notched her third straight victory when she pocketed Medusa early and thwarted her Lightning Lane bid late to prevail in Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Once Dave Palone gave Camera Lady a 30 second-quarter breather, the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go had enough in the tank to hold off Medusa by a neck in 1:53.3. Keystone Riptide completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, a career winner of $310,458, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke teamed for four wins on the 13-race card. Wind Of The North Draws Inside, Jogs in $20,000 Trot Wind Of The North enjoyed his best post position in weeks and made the most of it, notching an in-hand victory in Sunday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. For seven straight races, Wind Of The North drew or was assigned post 7 or deeper yet still won three of those contests. With the open draw for Sunday’s event, he and Merriman were able to leave from the rail. The 9-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding quarter-poled to the top and scored easily in 1:56.1 over a “good” surface. Explosive Leggs finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Media Buzz third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Wind Of The North, who extended his impressive bankroll to $1,075,908. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins and Palone three on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Sunday, when the program features a $1,000.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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