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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2020 -- Explosive Leggs moved determinedly first over, collared the leader, Just Maybe The One, in the shadow of the wire and captured Monday's co-feature harness racing trot at The Meadows, an $11,500 Conditioned evemt. Just Maybe The One threw down a 27.4 third quarter but couldn't shake Explosive Leggs, who defeated him by 1/2 length in 1:55 for Tony Hall. Lars Perry finished third.   Carl Cocciolone trains the winner, who now boasts career earnings of $257,095, and owns with Mark Sosovicka. In the other co-feature, also an $11,500 Conditioned Trot, IC Caviar overpowered the field with a 1:55.1 front-end victory for Mike Wilder and trainer John Sullivan, who owns the 9-year-old Malabar Millennium-Lady Caviar gelding with Michael Marocco. IC Caviar pushed his lifetime bankroll to $286,985.   Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card while Greg Wright, Jr. fashioned a training/driving double. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Grove City, Ohio – The well-traveled Queen Of The Pride has been named the 2019 Ohio 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. Queen Of The Pride, the daughter of McCardle – Lioness Hanover by Western Ideal raced in five states, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Canada in 2019.  She was the winner of eight of 19 starts.  Owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, Queen Of The Pride earned $385,597 this year.  Queen Of The Pride’s biggest win of the year was the Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield in August winning in 1:51.3. Queen Of The Pride was bred by Bradley Wallace of Findlay, Ohio.  Tony Hall drove Queen Of The Pride to five of her eight wins in 2019 and says she always had a winning attitude. “She is a very athletic filly with a lot of natural desire that made her a force to be reckoned with.  She wanted to win as badly as I did.” Queen Of The Pride will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 Annual Awards Banquet January 18, 2020 at the University Area Marriott in Columbus, Ohio.  Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by calling the OHHA office at 614-221-3650.  Reservation forms are also available on the OHHA website at www.ohha.com.  The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) is a non-profit organization serving Standardbred horse owners, breeders, trainers, drivers and fans who participate in the sport of harness racing in the Buckeye State. OHHA was founded in 1953. The mission of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association is to preserve, protect, promote and serve the entire Standardbred industry in Ohio and beyond. For more information, click here. From the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association                  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 30, 2019 -- What a way to go! The Meadows brought down the harness racing curtain Monday on its 2019 live racing season with an action-packed card that featured the championships of five Holiday Claiming Series and wagering fireworks in the Super Hi-5. The Super Hi-5 jackpot stood at $105,000.96 following Saturday's carryover. Fueled by frenzied Monday wagering, however, the jackpot swelled to $323,614, by far a record for the Super Hi-5 at The Meadows. Ordinarily, the jackpot is paid only if there is a single correct ticket. But because the pool could not be carried over to next year and had to be paid out, the jackpot was shared by all holders of correct tickets, who each received $366.78 On the racing front Big Dutch and Cherry Peep each pulled off a mild upset in a series final. In a $24,000 championship for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers, Big Dutch was forced to a 26.4 opening panel to reach the lead but picked up cover thereafter. He had enough left to edge Enoch by a head in 1:53 for Tony Hall, trainer Mike Palone and owners Charles Haley and Mitchell Fini. BB's Harley completed the ticket.   A 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Big Duchess gelding, Big Dutch now boasts lifetime earnings of $144,773. Cherry Peep prevailed in the $24,500 championship for $20,000 claiming trotters, holding off the determined challenge of her stablemate, Mac Deeno, and downing him by 1/2 length in 1:56. Aaron Merriman piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Conway Hall-Jenny On The Block, who extended her career earnings to $153,848. Andy Rickert trains and owns Cherry Peep with Corey Hendricks and Nichole Stahl.   In the other championships: $18,600 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Trotters Mr Quaker completed a series sweep when he quarter-poled to the point for Dave Palone and held off the late rally of Just Jewel to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.2 Parnell completed the ticket. Mike Palone conditions Mr Quaker, a 4-year-old Pilgirms Chuckie-Julia Jet gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $139,874, for J.R. Ryan and Collin Ryan. $18,400 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Horse & Gelding Pacers Here Comes Stubbie took advantage of a hot pace to register his first win of the year in 15 tries. He moved three wide with cover down the backside for Aaron Merriman and triumphed in 1:55, a length better than Nobetterplacetobe. Innocent Victim shot the Lightning Lane for show. Jack Smith trains the 5-year-old Pine Valley-Maggie Hanover gelding, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, and owns with Bob Adamo. $17,400 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Filly & Mare Pacers The Spinster N made a power move down the backside and romped to victory for Merriman, trainer Justin Pirillo and owners Vince Aiello and Scott Aiello. The 7-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Millwood Bella scored in 1:55.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than 60-1 long shot Unbeamlievable, with Strong Coffee third. The Spinster N pushed her career bankroll to $148,925. Mike Wilder, Palone and Merriman each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. The 2020 season at The Meadows kicks off Monday, Jan. 6, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 17, 2019 -- Harness racing driver Tony Hall collected career win 6,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted Blooming Sunflower to victory in the ninth race. Hall reached the milestone with three Tuesday wins, all for trainer Cory Kreiser. Hall, 41, grew up in Carlisle, Ohio near Lebanon Raceway, where he began his career and won several driving titles. He moved from Lebanon to Northfield Park and relocated to The Meadows in 2006. Hall indicated that early on, his professional goals were modest. "I thought I might have 5,000 wins in my career, so I'm pretty excited about getting 6,000," he said. "It's a decent number. From here, I'll take it one day at a time." Hall has dabbled with training and considers that an option for the future. "I'm hoping to drive for about five more years, then do something else. I've thought about training -- that's always a possibility -- but it would have to be the right circumstances." Among his most memorable drives, Hall cites his back-to-back Ohio Sires Stake championships (2018-2019) with the filly pacer Queen Of The Pride and his 2009 Courageous Lady triumph with Sand E Fiftyfive. Latest Desire circled the field three wide through the final turn to pull off a 23-1 shocker in Tuesday’s $12,500 second leg of a Holiday Series for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers at The Meadows. The series finale is set for Dec. 30. Latest Desire was in the cover flow for most of the backside, but when Chris Shaw swung him even wider for the drive, his move through the slop was impressive. He scored in 1:54.3, x lengths better than Sir Jack, with Big Dutch third. Andy Rickert trains the winner, a 9-year-old Real Desire-Latest Design gelding who now boasts $615,836 in career earnings, and owns with Nichole Stahl and Harold Bud Coughlin. Tuesday’s card also featured the second leg of a Holiday Series for $10,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers, with Sullivan and Innocent Victim taking the splits. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $101,806.41 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. That amount was carried over from Tuesday, when the Super Hi-5 could not be offered after a scratch reduced the field below the minimum number of wagering interests required. First post for Wednesday’s 13-race card is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2019 -- Final Breath notched his second straight harness racing victory when he quarter-poled to the top and drew away late in Monday's $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Once Final Breath wrested the early lead from Donatover, he had little trouble lengthening it for Tony Hall, downing Donatover by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. The first-over Meme Hanover earned show. Norm Parker trains Final Breath, a 9-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding who boosted his lifetime bankroll to 578,098, for Duane Lowe. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 13-race program, sweeping the early and late Daily Doubles. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the card features a $52,960.94 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. The program also offers a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $1,096.46 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM.  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2019 -- An Original Dragon stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to snare her second straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. An Original Dragon grabbed the early lead but released Sweet Rockin Gia at the quarter, waiting patiently for her shot. Tony Hall gave it to her in the Lightning Lane, where she poured through to down Sweet Rockin Gia by a head in 1:55.3. E Dee's Well Said finished third. Andy Rickert owns and trains the winner, a 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-An Original. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the program features a $34,612.67 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 5, 2019 -- Medusa became harness racing's newest millionaire when she finished second in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Her check lifted her career bankroll to $1,004,178. Tony Hall was aboard for the milestone trip for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 8-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical with Pollack Racing LLC. Fast, rugged and durable, Medusa was unraced at 2 and 3 but made up for lost time in her initial -- and best -- campaign, when she banked $246,691. Medusa led until deep stretch in Tuesday's feature but was outkicked in the Lightning Lane by the pocket-sitting Amelias Courage A, who knifed through the slop to down Medusa by 3/4 lengths in 1:53 for Dan Rawlings. It was the first win in three domestic starts since trainer Richard Perfido imported the 5-year-old daughter of Courage Under Fire-American Dream for Thomas Mattingly. Camera Lady completed the ticket. Rawlings fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $22,748.49 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                        

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 16, 2019 -- Tony Hall enjoyed a splendid Wednesday at The Meadows, collecting seven harness racing victories that included a four-race, mid-card winning streak as well as a triumph in the feature with Trixie Dust. Hall's haul included a pair of wins each for trainers Scott Betts and Spencer Kahrig. In that feature, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot, Hall moved Trixie Dust third over down the backside. The 5-year-old daughter of Winning Mister-Emma J peeled off cover into the final turn and knifed through the sloppy stretch to score in 1:55.4, a head better than I Want Kandy. Gural Hanover, who needed a victory to eclipse $1 million in career earnings, finished third and will have to get that milestone mile another day. Betts conditions Trixie Dust, who now boasts $192,430 in career earnings, for Timothy Betts, Stephen Moss and Nicholas Catalano. Mike Wilder fashioned a triple on the 13-race card, including two victories for trainer Todd Rooney. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features three rich wagering opportunities: a $1,274.78 carryover in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $753.08 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $3,052 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Patta, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 7, 2019 -- Bellsandwhistles retook the lead with a confident quarter-pole move and made it stand up in the slop as he captured Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $12,000 Conditioned Trot. Tony Hall gave Bellsandwhistles a 30.1 second-quarter breather, which helped the 4-year-old Muscle Massive-Sierra Belle gelding stay strong through the stretch and score in 1:55.3. When Dawson Springs finished second by 3/4 lengths, it gave trainer Scott Betts the exacta sweep. Dr Judge completed the ticket. Timothy Betts, Denise Barner and Chester Hoffman campaign Bellsandwhistles. Brady Brown, Dave Palone, Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder, Hall and Betts each fashioned a double on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,363.18 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), and a $1,049.11 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, Sept. 14, 2019 -- Windsong Leo pounced on the tiring leaders and blazed home in 1:48.2, fastest ever by an older harness racing pacing gelding at The Meadows, in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. Tony Hall piloted six winners, including a pair for trainer Scott Betts, on the 13-race card. While Carolina Beach and Summer Travel threw down suicidal fractions of 25.2/53.3 swapping the early lead, Dave Palone had Windsong Leo neatly tucked away behind them in third. When the 7-year-old son of Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie attacked first over, the leaders were powerless to resist. Windsong Leo defeated Carolina Beach -- who held the previous mark of 1:49.1 along with Atta Boy Dan, Escape The News and Reggiano -- by 4 lengths, with the rallying R J P third. Ron Burke conditions Windsong Leo, who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four victories on the program for Palone, including two for Burke. Following a break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, Sept. 21, when The Meadows kicks off five straight programs featuring Keystone Classic stakes. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak. for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11 -- Star Caviar had to duel three wide for the early lead, but once on top he was much the best in capturing his third straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot. The first two wins in his streak came on the PA Fairs circuit, but Star Caviar showed plenty of raceway mettle, thwarting the extended first-over challenge of Just Fly Beyond to prevail for Mike Wilder in a career-best 1:56. The pocket-sitting Town Hall Justice was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Just Fly Beyond saved show. Spencer Kahrig trains Star Caviar, a 3-year-old Caviar Crown-Missy Star K gelding, for Melvin Straley. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 14-race card while Brady Brown and Wilder each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2019 -- There was no floating like a butterfly for Stinglike A B K; he powered right to the top and widened his lead late to capture Wednesday's co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot. Hydration took Wednesday's companion feature, an $11,800 Conditioned Pace, in similar front-end fashion, scoring in 1:52.1 for Dave Palone, trainer Brian Brown and owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Strollin Stable. Tony Hall pointed Stinglike A B K to the front, and the 3-year-old son of Andover Hall-Winning Missbrenda brooked no challenges, prevailing in a career-best 1:56.2. Just Fly Beyond was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Bellesvictorysong third. Rich Gillock trains the winner for owner/breeder Bob Key. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race program while Aaron Johnston enjoyed a training/driving double. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $182,052 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. On the wagering front, the program offers a carryover of $4,545.21 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a $190.24 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, Aug. 5, 2019 -- The longest shot in the field at 22-1, Tequila Talkin sustained a first-over bid that carried him to the upset in Monday's $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tony Hall collected six wins on the 13-race card. When Tequila Talkin moved from fourth after the leader Barn Girl, it seemed only a matter of time before the venerable mare put him away. But the 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Margarita Nights gelding not only edged past Barn Girl late for Jim Pantaleano, but he also held off the rallying Try Try Again by a nose in 1:54.3. Barn Girl saved show. Richard Perfido trains Tequila Talkin, who raised his lifetime bankroll to $112,852, for Thomas Mattingly. Hall delivered a pair of victories for trainer Cory Kreiser and one each for Sarah Andrews, Rich Gillock, Bruce Riegle and Tim Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $1,920.88 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 3, 2019 -- Bluebird Jessie seized the lead from post 7 and romped to a facile 1:54.2 harness racing victory in Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cue Hall challenged first up from third, but Tony Hall had Bluebird Jesse well in hand, as the pair held off Cue Hall by a length. Rising MVP rallied for show. Sarah Andrews trains Bluebird Jesse, a 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Bluebird Swandrful gelding who triumphed for the sixth time this season and now boasts $315,084 in career earnings, for Brian Carsey, John McGill and Adam Friedland. In Monday's subfeature, the $17,000 Open II Trot, She Nuit shot the Lightning Lane to score in 1:55 for Brian Zendt, trainer Jeff Conger and owner Joe Urban. The 8-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar-Bonne Nuit extended her career bankroll to $225,736. Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card while Mike Wilder fashioned a triple.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, May 20, 2019 -- Tony Hall collected six wins on the 13-race card while Party At The Banks captured the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot against the boys in Monday's harness racing action at The Meadows. Hall's victories came for six different trainers: Randy Bendis, William Daugherty, Jr., Rich Gillock, Cory Kreiser, Marcus Marashian and Dirk Simpson. Party At The Banks endured a rough start, as she was parked the opening three-eighths before reaching the point. But the 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As made it look easy from there, downing the pocket-sitting Classic Banker by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:54 for Dave Palone. Final Breath finished third. Ron Burke trains Party At The Banks, who lifted her career bankroll to $180,423, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was her second straight win and fifth in the last seven starts.   By Evan Pattak for the MSOA

LEBANON, OH - Queen Of The Pride made quite a 2019 harness racing debut at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (April 12). The three-year-old Ohio-sired daughter of McArdle, a winner of $353,954 at age two, paced the fastest mile in North America thus far this year by a sophomore filly-- 1:51.4. The stunning victory behind the defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion, was one of four on the program for driver Tony Hall, a southwest Ohio native who originally honed his craft at old Lebanon Raceway, but is now a regular at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania. Hall sent Queen Of The Pride directly to the front in the first of two $15,000 James K. Hackett Memorial eliminations to whittle the field down to nine for the $40,000 championship tilt next Friday. The classy lass cruised through fractions of :27.3, :56 and 1:23.2 before sealing the deal in 1:51.4. Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman) sat a cozy pocket most of the mile and finished a strong second, while Final Offer (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), Giggles In Dreams (Shawn Barker II) and Bad Sammie (Brett Miller) were next across the finish line to qualify for the final. Frank Chick owns Queen Of The Pride and entrusts the training duties to Kevin Lare. High Reward (Wrenn Jr.) was a 2-1/4 length winner of the second Hackett heat, topping Avaline Hanover (Chris Page), and trainer Brian Brown stablemate Carmen Ohio (Ryan Stahl) in 1:52.4. High Reward          - Brad Conrad photo Also joining the championship fray will be fourth place finisher Officially My Way (Jason Thompson). The winning daughter of Yankee Cruiser, owned by Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco and L&H Management Services, won just one race as a freshman but banked $129,897 in nine starts. Up Front Flor Ida (Brett Miller) was a repeat winner in the $20,000 Mares Open on the Friday night card. The razor sharp four-year-old daughter of Woodstock is now five for seven in the win column in 2019 and has earned over $50,000 already this season. The heavily-bet favorite was just a neck better than Rosemary Rose (Page) with Golden Paradise (Wrenn Jr.) nabbing the show spot. Tim McKoy conditions Up Front Flor Ida for owners Kevin McKinney and Virginia McKoy. Up Front Flor Ida      - Brad Conrad photo Besides the 1:51.4 national season's mark that Tony Hall hung on Queen Of The Pride, his other winners came behind Mr McDreamy (1:52.4) in a $12,500 claimer, Always About Farah (1:51.4) in a high condition class for mares, and Mikey Hanover (1:54.3) in an optional $15,000 claiming trot event.   Gregg Keidel

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