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DUBLIN, Ireland - Two track records, one major upset and a grand time for the thousands of people in attendance headlined the final day of the 5th annual Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend at Portmarnock Raceway Sunday. By the end of the weekend if they had had a key to the racetrack at Portmarnock they would have given it to the World Driving Champion, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, as he stole the show over the two-day meet. Dunn, who wowed the crowds last year in his debut at the VDM, showed the fans his universal driving abilities, scoring four winners during the meeting, capping it off with a stunning upset in the very last race of the day Sunday. It was the final of the inaugural VDM Final for two-year-old filly pacers, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm and the Adam Bowden Family of Kentucky. Dunn, who had qualified two horses for the final on Saturday, made the right choice in selecting IB Coyote to drive in the final. The 13th race saw the overwhelming favorite, Rhyds Mystique and driver Vicky Gill, who has won two of the last three VDM finals, find early clearance starting from the second tier in post eight, and work their way to the lead before the opening quarter in :29.3. Rhyds Mystique, who had rattled off five straight wins, including a 2:02.1 triumph Saturday in her elimination race, had Jennifer Camden (Aaron Merriman) right on their backs and then was faced with Dexter Dunn coming first-over with IB Coyote. They went to the half mile marker in :59.6 and then Gill backed off the pace to the three-quarters in 1:31.5, preparing for a sprint home to the finish. But that was not in the cards for them today. With Dunn's IB Coyote looking to begin to fade on the final turn, driver Mick Lord sent Greenhill Debatable three-wide to nearly loop the race leaders and that move seemed to wake IB Coyote up as Dunn kept her alive despite being parked out for most of the one-mile race. Then in a dramatic stretch drive, IB Coyote dug down deep and Dunn kept her going through the finish to win by a half-length in 2:02.8 over Greenhill Debatable with Jennifer Camden a close third. Rhyds Mystique faded to sixth place. "I wanted to give chase early," Dunn explained, "and get her up close to the action but it didn't work out that way and we ended up getting parked. But boy was she handy today. By the final turn I did not think she would make do, but she came back super strong to win it." Sent off at odds of 5-1, it was the second straight win, a lifetime mark and the third victory on the season for IB Coyote. The daughter of Share The Delight is trained by Tadhg Murphy and co-owned by Bill Donocan and the IB Stables. In the VDM Final for the colts, it was the American-bred son of Somebeachsomewhere, Tyrion Hanover, who went off as the wagering favorite and did not disappoint the fans but gave them a bit of a scare in winning the 11th race. Dragons Den (John Richardson) started off the show and then gave way to Rhyds Rival (Billy Roche) to the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Benny Camden (Alan Richardson) was first-over and pressured the leader to a half mile in a quick :57.6 with Tyrion Hanover and driver Richard Haythornthwaite coming up into second-over position. With momentum at their advantage, Haythornthwaite allowed Tyroin Hanover to keep going and sent him three-wide by the three-quarters in 1:29.5 and despite being parked out, Tyroin Hanover kept eating up ground and once they started down the stretch he not only collared the leaders but passed them by to win with ease by one and one-half lengths in 2:01.5. Dragons Den was able to come back for second place with Harrison Camden (Martin Loughran) closing for third place. "I didn't want to rush him too much," Haythornthwaite said, "but I had to make sure I kept him on the move. He was making up ground with that big move on the final turn and he still had a little left for the finish." "He's pretty good to train and easy tempered to work with," said trainer Samboy Howard of Tyroin Hanover. "I guess we're partying tonight for sure." A $14,000 yearling purchase last year at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by John James Howard, Sr. (Samboy's father), it was the second straight win and a lifetime mark for Tyroin Hanover. The track records at Portmarnock began to fall starting in the eighth race as driver Alan Wallace and Coalford Tetrick were able to wire the field in the 1.5 mile Paul Murtagh, Sr. 4YO Derby Pace in 2:58.5, winning with ease by three lengths. The pocket-sitting JMS Hallstar (Gavin Murdoch) was second with Evenwood Sonofagun (William Laidler) third. Sired by Rouge Hall, Coalford Tetrick is owned and trained by Stephan Jones. Then in the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby Pace, the sensation son of Arts Conquest, Miraculous, winner of the 2015 VMD, set the track record for colts at 1.5 miles, also wiring the field by two lengths for driver Patrick Kane, Jr. in 2:59.7. Rival Newtown Rock (Dexter Dunn) was second with Arts Pace Hill (Andrew Cairns) third. It was the sixth straight win for Miraculous, who is trained by Sally Teeboon for owner S. Arnie Flower. The sixth race, the Rocknroll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American Cup FFA Pace, sponsored by the Bellino Racing Stable with Joe Bellino and his family, eight in all, coming over for the big race weekend saw Porterstown Road and driver Aaron Merriman first on the lead. They could have stopped the race right then as Merriman and Porterstown Road never looked back, strolling to the wire to win by four open lengths in 1:57 over Bath Lane (John Richardson) with Deans Alibi (Dexter Dunn) third. "What a super weekend this has been," said Derek Delaney, head of the VDM Committee that organizes the entire weekend. "Each year this race weekend gets bigger and bigger with racing fans, owners, breeders, trainers and drivers from around the world coming here to Ireland. It is just fantastic." Derek and his brother, James Delaney, developed the race weekend in 2012 in memory of their young brother Vincent, who tragically died in 2011. It has become the biggest and richest race weekend in all of Ireland and the UK. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend      

Dublin, Ireland - Two of the harness racing world's top drivers, Aaron Merriman of the USA and Dexter Dunn from New Zealand, both found their own pots of gold on day one of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend at Portmarnock Raceway Saturday. Merriman, the world's top dash winning driver in 2015 and the current world leader this season, had to wait until the last race on the program to get his first victory outside of North America. It came in the 11th race Free-For-All Pace sponsored by PJI Engineering and Lee Edwards, a bulky nine-horse field where only four horses can have their nose on the starting gate. Merriman was in post nine, thus starting from the third tier for the one-mile race. "I really wanted to get a win today," Merriman said, "and it may have taken until the last race but man is this awesome. My horse was a little aggressive and once we had clearance I just let him do it." Driving the six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere stallion, Sepia Sands, for owner/trainer Geoff Dunne, Merriman was able to swing wide of the field after the opening quarter mile and then came first-over, clearing to the lead at the half mile. From there they were home free, coasting to the wire four lengths up on the field. Their time of 1:58.1 was not only the fastest mile of the day on Portmarnock's half mile oval, but a lifetime mark for Sepia Sands. "I'm loving it here," Merriman added. "I have never been on this type of track before and might of have been a bit nervous at the start of the day, but after a couple of races I was into the swing of things. The people here are so friendly and outgoing, coming up to me just to say hello and welcome me to Ireland. It's all awesome!" There were four elimination divisions Saturday for the 5th annual Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial for two-year-old pacers. Two divisions for fillies and two for colts. The first two finishers from each division plus the fastest six other horses from either division, return and race on Sunday in their respective finals for colts and fillies. It was in the two filly divisions where Dexter Dunn rose to the occasion, winning one division and finishing third in the other, thus now having to choose between the two fillies on which one to drive Sunday in the final. The first division (sixth race) saw the unbeaten Rhyds Mystique and driver Vicky Gill post their fifth straight victory with a five length wire-to-wire romp in 2:02.1, the fastest of all four elimination divisions. In doing so, Rhyds Mystique also posted a lifetime mark for trainer John Gill (Vicky's dad) and owner Victoria Elvin of the UK. Second in the mile was Greenhillbebatable (Mick Lord) with Newtown Amber (Dexter Dunn) third and also making the final, She's Royal (Billy Roche). Then in the second division (seventh race), Dexter Dunn came first-over with IB Coyote (by Dark Bay), cleared to the lead at the half mile and then went on to win by one length in 2:04.9. It was Dunn's second winner on the day. IB Coyote is trained by Tadhy Murphy and is owned by Bill Donoan and the IB Stables. Second was Jennifer Camden (Aaron Merriman), third went to Crosshill Ace (William Greenhorn) and also making it to the final was Theladieslovejim (Andrew Cairns) in fourth. The first colt division was the third race where Share A Smile (Hugh Menzies) went right to the early lead from post two with Frankie Camden (Rock Laidler) right on their back through easy opening fractions as the favorite, Tyrion Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) made an early bobble around the opening quarter mile. But then surging to come back into contention, Tyrion Hanover and Haythornthwaite came sweeping three-wide before the final turn and flying on the far outside near the fan's fence, collared the race leaders and blew by them to win by three lengths in 2:03.2. It was the second win this year and a lifetime mark for Tyrion Hanover, a gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, who is trained by Samboy Howard and owned by John James Howard, Sr. Frankie Camden was second with Share A Smile third and also making it to the final Sunday was Dragon's Den (John Richardson) and Rodney Camden. In the fourth race second colt division, Benny Camden and driver Alan Richardson were seemly trapped in the two-hole early in the mile behind pacesetter Talavary Motivator (John Richardson) and All Good Hanover (Andrew Cairns) who was first-over early, but then went off-stride. Picking up the chase first-over at the half mile and locking Benny Camden in once again was Harrison Camden (M. Loughran), but after the three-quarters in 1:34, Richardson was able to find clearance with Benny Camden, swing to the outside and gun down Rhyds Rival (Billy Roche) to win by one length in 2:04.2. Harrison Camden held game for third place to make it to the final. A son of Pro Bono Best, Benny Camden is trained by Richardson and owned by the Kavanagh and Forari Stables. Sunday's action-packed program not only features the finals of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial for colts, but also the inaugural VDM filly final that is being sponsored by Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm from the USA, the Oakwood Stud Derby for three-year-olds at 1.5 miles, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial for four-year-olds, the RocknRoll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA Pace that is sponsored by Joe Bellino and the Elvin-Delaney French LeTrot FFA. By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend    

DUBLIN, Ireland - The biggest and richest race weekend in all of Ireland and Great Britain, the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial, is set to go Saturday and Sunday (August 13 & 14) at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin. With a record number of 180 horses set to compete over the two days, the limelight will be on the Vincent Delaney Memorial (VDM), which is for two-year-old pacers. For the first time colts and fillies each have their own divisions to compete in. Both divisions drew 14 entries so two elimination divisions will take place Saturday with the top four official finishers returning Sunday afternoon for their respective finals. "It is the biggest and toughest challenge for any two-year-old in the sport." Said Derek Delaney, head of the VDM committee. "No other race weekend requires 2yos to race back to back days. But every year since 2012 our entry numbers increase by more than 10 percent. The VDM has become the race that everyone wants to win in Ireland and the UK." The race was developed by Derek and his brother, James Delaney, who own and operate Oakwood Stud, one of the top up and coming breeding facilities in Ireland, to honor the memory of their younger brother, Vincent, who tragically died of a massive heart attack at age 27 in 2011. The first colt division is the third race Saturday and is headed by recent Breeders Crown UK & Ireland winner Share A Smile (Pro Bono Best), Rhyds Rock Star (Hasty Hall) and Tyrion Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere). The second division is the fourth race featuring the super tough Rhyds Rival (Hasty Hall) taking on Benny Camden (Pro Bono Best) and Talavary Motivator (Crown Manhattan). The fillies get underway in the sixth race with Breeders Crown UK & Ireland winner Rhyds Mystique (Hasty Hall) the big favorite going against Greenhilldebatable (Well Said) and Coalford Honey (Coalford Laag). The Share The Delight filly, IB Coyote heads the seventh race second filly division against Cross Hill Ace (Cam's Card Shark) and Theladieslovejim (Big Jim). "We have many of the leading owners, breeders, drivers and trainers from around the world coming to Ireland this weekend." Derek Delaney said. "Our feature drivers are Aaron Merriman from the USA, who led the world with the most wins in 2015 and currently leads all drivers in 2016. Also here for the second straight year is New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, who wowed the crowd at the VDM last year and has been racing in Wales at Tir Prince Raceway the last ten days. "We also have Adam Bowden from Diamond Creek Farm in the USA," Delaney explained, "and they are sponsoring the inaugural VDM Filly Final. Top owner Joe Bellino of Rocknroll Heaven and Pet Rock fame is here from the USA with his entire family, Alan Galloway, the owner of Alabar Stud, the biggest breeders in all of Australia and New Zealand is here. World renowned trainers John McDermott from New Zealand and Joann Looney-King from the USA are all here for the VDM weekend." Additional major stakes events over the weekend include the Oakwood Stud Derby for three-year-olds at 1.5 miles, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial for four-year-olds, the RocknRoll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA Pace that is sponsored by Joe Bellino, the Lee Edwards/PJI Engineering Junior FFA Pace and the Elvin-Delaney French FFA Trot. In the Oakwood Stud Derby, all eyes will be on last year's VDM winner, Miraculous and driver Patrick Kane, Jr. This year Miraculous has become the top three-year-old pacer of the year with five straight wins and last week set the track record at Tir Prince and prior to that took his lifetime mark of 1:55.9 at Portmarnock Raceway. "We have full fields in nearly every race," Delaney added, "which should make for some great action and odds for the fans and the bookies on site. Both race cards are very competitive and I know the fans coming out and our special guests from around the world are going to have a super time. "And for the third straight year our special guest announcer is USA Hall of Famer Roger Huston joining Darren Owen in the booth." Delaney added. "It is just amazing how this weekend has grown into such a special event. Both James and I know that our brother Vincent would be so proud of what we have done in his memory." By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial

Trainer Chris Beaver harnessed three of the five Ohio Sires Stakes-winning 2-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday night, July 12, at Northfield Park. The Delaware, Ohio-based conditioner also steered a 30-1 longshot to victory in the second leg of the OSS series for freshman diagonally-gaited Standardbreds.   Beaver's first victory of the night in OSS tests came with the sturdy-built son of Triumphant Caviar, Buckeye Boss. The huge, muscle-rippled youngster trotted swiftly and confidently through panels of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:29, before trotting a final panel in :28 to prevail in a new track record clocking of 1:57 with Aaron Merriman at the lines. Curiously, the new record established by Buckeye Boss broke the previous record of 1:57.1 set by another Beaver trainee in 2015, Kanthaka.   Owned by breeder Marion Beachy, Beaver and Synerco Ventures, Buckeye Boss garnered his second triumph in OSS competition. The colt had won leg one of this series on July 4 at Scioto Downs in 1:59, after winning his pari-mutuel debut on June 21 in 1:59.4.   "He was just on cruise control tonight," Merriman revealed. "He's like driving an aged horse."   Buckeye Boss looks like an aged horse--big and round in stature--and his demeanor suggests the same as he stood calm and collected in the Northfield Park winner's circle.   The youngster, who has $44,250 in earnings, is the fourth foal out of the Tom Ridge mare Frannie's Ridge, and is a half-brother to Kate Smith 3, 1:55.2 ($107,898) and to Dunvegen 2, 1:56.3 ($103,498)--both by the stallion Cornaro Dasolo.   Beaver then harnessed Always A Good Time to a 1:58.4 triumph later in the evening. This son of Triumphant Caviar notched his first OSS victory, pushing his career earnings to $30,000 for the Ohio partnership of Beaver, J Gallagher, M Schwartz and S Zeehandelar.   "This colt wasn't always the fastest training down, but he was one of the grittiest we had," Beaver stated. "He's tough as nails."   John Carver of Iowa bred Always A Good Time, who used a perfect pocket-sitting trip to pull of the victory. Better Believe (Mike Wilder) was second by a neck. Always A Good Time was a $12,000 yearling at the 2015 Ohio Selected Sale.   Beaver then steered the cantankerous Mythology to a 2:01.2, front-stepping victory at odds of 30-1 in his OSS contest that saw six of the nine trotters break stride.   "He's a tough horse to drive," Beaver said. "He can be a real handful at times and I almost lost him through the turns. He's a tough horse to keep on stride, but he does have ability."   Beaver towered over the diminutive but powerfully-built son of Triumphant Caviar in the Northfield winner's circle. The brown colt picked up his first paycheck for Beaver and co-owner and breeder Wilbur Lang of Jamestown, Ohio. Bellhaven (Aaron Merriman) and Cowboy Blue (Kurt Sugg) finished second and third--the only other two horses to trot a flat mile in this race.   The youngster Hope Ima Victory got a wire-to-wire steer by Danny Noble to pick up his first OSS win for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, Ohio. The son of Victory Sam is trained by Tony O'Sullivan and added the $20,000 winner's share to his coffers, pushing his career earnings to $24,730 with his 1:58.2 triumph.   Hope Ima Victory is a full brother to the sensational Victory Sam (a 61-race winner of $667,187) as he's the eighth foal out of the Overcomer mare Norse Comer. The well-built youngster nabbed his first career victory for these connections racing barefooted up-front over the Northfield half-miler. Bred by Betty and Red Shaw, Hope Ima Victory was a $15,000 yearling purchase at the 2015 Blooded Horse Sale.   In the final OSS battle that was marred by breakers, Dejarover (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) was declared the victor after Winning Memories (Peter Wrenn) jumped it off at the wire in 2:00. The Dejarmbro colt got a near-perfect trip to notch the win, the first of his career for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and the Purple Haze Stable of Fairport, New York.   "He's getting better all the time," Wrenn, Jr., noted. "He's a very steady colt."   Winning Memories was placed third, while Goldfinger (Greg Grismore) was moved up to second. Bred by Michael Wilt of Missouri, Dejarover upped his career earnings to $23,200.   by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2016 -- Glitter, who survived a shipping misadventure en route to The Meadows, sparkled in a Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, capturing her division in a stake-fastest 1:57.3. Monday's $120,000 event for freshman filly trotters was contested over six divisions, with Electric Lemonade, Perfect Lady, It's Hallright, One Class Act and Donna Elvira also taking $20,000 splits. Corey Callahan won two divisions (Donna Elvira, It's Hallright) while Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for another pair (Electric Lemonade, Perfect Lady). Winning driver Aaron Merriman said Glitter managed to climb over a stall partition in the trailer on her trip to The Meadows but emerged from it little worse for wear. "Her legs got a couple scrapes, but the vet checked her and said, go ahead and race her," Merriman indicated. "She won very easy, very professionally. That's as nice a race as you could ask of a 2-year-old." Glitter made it look easy for owner/trainer Steve Bauder, as the daughter of Glidemaster-Luscious Glitter cruised up first over and won handily, defeating Trixie Dust by 4 lengths. Weekend Wit Chucky finished third. Donna Elvira saved ground until the final turn, when Callahan cut her loose. She zipped by the leader, All Set Lets Go, downing her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:58.3, with Keystone Angel third. "I really liked her the last time I raced her at Pocono," Callahan said. "She was a little bumpy -- she has some lameness issues. But she has a great attitude, and she tries hard." Jenny Melander trains Donna Elvira, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Ashley's Carousel, for Steve Organ. In her career debut, Electric Lemonade had a sizable lead on the field, with only one rival cutting into her margin. But there was a catch. The horse on the move was the first-timer Broadway Photo, a full sister to millionaire Action-Broadway, the 2011 Mare Trotter of the Year. "I was well aware who was chasing me," Palone said. "I knew I had two handfuls of trot. I never really took her plugs out. I just wanted to get her over this racetrack, her first time over it. She was well within herself. Looks like she'll graduate to the sires stakes, I would guess." Electric Lemonade prevailed in 1:59.4, 3/4 lengths better than Broadway Photo. Neptune's Daughter completed the ticket. Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Electric Lemonade, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Birthright. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Gladys, a $195,560 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 20 -- Parked in a 26.4 opening quarter before reaching the front, Spreester showed her toughness when she thwarted a pair of harness racing challengers and captured Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman gave the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree a 30 second-panel breather, enabling her to fend off the determined first-over bid of Southwind Roulette. Spreester dug even deeper to parry the Lightning Lane thrust of the pocket-sitting Certified Ideal and down her by a nose in 1:51.4. Southwind Roulette finished a game third. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who now boasts $480,856 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone piloted four winners and Merriman three on the 14-race card. With one victory on the program, Mike Wilder pushed his career total to 6,998. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 11, 2016 -- Smokinmombo dominated a short field in Saturday's $46,500 Meadows Maturity for harness racing trotting mares 4 and up, retaking the lead before the quarter and cruising to victory in 1:54. Harley Momma pocketed the 2-5 favorite from the gate, but Smokinmombo and Aaron Merriman would have none of the two hole. "I definitely wanted to race her like she was the best," Merriman said. "I was pretty confident when we got to the front." The task for Smokinmombo became easier when Meadowbranch Wendy, who entered the Meadows Maturity off three straight victories in overnights, broke stride down the backside. That left only three rivals to chase Smokinmombo, and none could get close. The 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo defeated Harley Momma by a length while the first-up Sky Hanover rallied for show. "I really think she's a smaller track horse," Merriman said. "On a half-mile or five-eighths-mile track, she'll really excel. I'm interested to see how she races on a bigger track this year. I'd like to be able to follow some good horses with her and give her another shot at it." Chris Beaver trains Smokinmombo, who extended her career bankroll to $357,152, and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. In the $20,000 Winners Over Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Unlocked made it two straight -- and four wins in his last seven starts -- with a front-end score in 1:52 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Norm Parker and owner Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Foiled Again, harness racing's richest performer with more than $7.3 million in earnings, stalked Unlocked from the pocket and made up ground in the Lightning Lane but fell a head short. The gallant 12-year-old gelding is now winless in 10 outings this year. Dapper Dude earned show. A 5-year-old son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power, Unlocked now boasts $447,494 in lifetime earnings. Pantaleano piloted four winners and Merriman three on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 8, 2016 -- Tamarind overcame post 9 to collect his third straight harness racing victory -- and fifth in his last six starts -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind got away fifth before Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, I Know My Chip, down the backside. The 8-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos cleared easily and went on to score in 1:54. Cue Hall used Tamarind's cover to finish second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Monte Christo Spur rallied for third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who boosted his career bankroll to $838,099. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the special Belmont Day card features the $46,500 Meadows Maturity Trot for mares 4 and up. It goes as race 1, with a 1 PM post time. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Owner/trainer Brian Malone and driver Anthony Morgan teamed up for three wins in a row with mares on the Tuesday Harrington Raceway harness racing program. Malone's Hostess Lisa ($12, Tony Morgan) notched her eighth win of the season with a 1:53.1 triumph in the featured $17,500 Mares Open. The 7-year-old Sagebrush mare surged three-wide on the final turn and cleared the leaders for a narrow win over Quotable Quotes and Matinee Dragon. Trained by Malone, it was her 24th career win. Malone and Morgan teamed up in the sub-feature as well as Malone and Carrie Stackowitz's Mcarma ($5.40, Tony Morgan) won the $10,000 conditioned pace in 1:54.2. The Malone-trainee notched her fifth win in seven starts at the meet. Lanco Express ($3) then completed the hat trick for Malone and Morgan with a 1:55.4 in a $7,500 conditioned pace. Allan Davis and Montrell Teague each had a driving double. Matthew Sparacino  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 1, 2016 -- With his harness racing rivals vanquished early, Muscle Up The Goal raced against the clock -- and won, scoring in a track record 1:52 in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. It was the fastest mile ever by a 4-year-old stallion at The Meadows, eclipsing the mark of 1:53 set by Monte Christo Spur. Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman were at the front in a flash despite leaving from post 9. The son of Muscle Mass-Tags Goal was so dominant that he was ahead 5 lengths at the three-quarters while continuing to open up. He scored by 7-1/2 lengths over Call For Justice, with Classicality third. Chris Beaver trains Muscle Up The Goal, who won his third straight and extended his career bankroll to $234,616, for Synerco Ventures. Merriman piloted five winners -- including a pair for trainer Ammon Hershberger -- on the 14-race card The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

TSM Photo Bugger moved first over to gain better position, then brushed again in the lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Lady's Dude. When the pocket-sitting Classicality gapped, TSM Photo Bugger slipped into the two hole and kept the pressure on. The 9-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding overpowered Lady's Dude in the stretch, downing him by a length in a career-best 1:52.4. Classicality saved show. Jan Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts $591,470 in lifetime earnings, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special post time of 5 PM. The program features two stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers: a $161,760 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Tamarind grabbed the lead before the quarter and cruised through the slop to a convincing harness racing victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind sat briefly in the pocket behind Chef Lee, but Aaron Merriman sent him to the point once the field settled. The 8-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos had no serious challenges from there, scoring in 1:53.4. Chef Lee preserved second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Lady's Dude finished third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Tamarind, who now boasts $821,349 in career earnings. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot, Trustworthy Kid came from well back to pounce on the weary leaders and down the rallying Cue Hall by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:55.1. Keystone Chester shot the Lightning Lane for show. Brian Zendt piloted the 7-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding, who soared over $400,000 in lifetime earnings, for owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. Dave Palone collected four wins and Merriman three on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the special Preakness Day card features the $116,304 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters as well as the $70,500 companion division for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 17, 2016 -- Anaffairtoremember powered to the lead and easily dispatched her challengers to capture Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman sent Anaffairtoremember from post 5 to the point, where she carved out a reasonable 57.3 half. The 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman parried the first-over thrust of UF Lindsay Lou Who and went on to score in 1:54.3. She Wore Red shot the Lightning Lane for second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while the pocket-sitting Bessie was third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Anaffairtoremember, who extended her career bankroll to $455,719. Tony Hall piloted six winners on the 14-race card. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Aaron Merriman had a monster night on Monday (May 16) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race harness racing program. Merriman's triumphs were with Fashion Chocolate ($2.20) in race three, Gale Force Hanover ($2.40) in race five, Kirty Dream ($2.40) in race seven, Milliron Pete ($11.80) in race eight, Mythical Hall ($10.20) in race nine, Fox River Mark ($8.80) in race 10, All Powerful ($16.00) in race 11 and Skull Of Roses ($6.60) in race 14. Merriman was the leading driver in North America in 2015 and is leading by more than 80 wins so far this year. He will be honored with a special presentation for winning the 2015 dash tile on Saturday (May 21). This ceremony is part of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie festivities. Merriman has been driving since 1997 and has since posted 8,175 career wins and is approaching $48 million is purse earnings. Success over the Flying Turns is nothing new to Merriman. He has more wins than any other driver in the Northfield's history. Ayers Ratliff

Spreester made the decisive move entering the final turn and had just enough to prevail in Monday's harness racing $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. With Show Runner on an easy lead and no outside flow developing, Aaron Merriman was content to save ground with Spreester until late in the mile. When the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree attacked from third, she edged past Show Runner and found the wire a nose ahead of Medusa, who was narrowing the gap in the Lightning Lane, scoring in 1:52.4. Show Runner saved show. Bill Bercury trains Spreester, who extended her career bankroll to $461,671, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall and Merriman each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 26, 2016 -- Smokinmombo kicked off her 4-year-old campaign in grand fashion Tuesday at The Meadows when she rolled to a comfortable victory in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Smokinmombo banked $306,652 at 2 and 3 but hadn't raced since Oct. 30 and was facing a distinguished field of older mares. When Aaron Merriman sent her to the front with a quarter-pole move, the daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo scored easily in 1:53.4, matching her career-best race mark. She Wore Red rallied for second, 3 lengths back, while Barn Girl shot the Lightning Lane for show. Chris Beaver trains Smokinmombo and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. Tony Hall, Jim Pantaleano and Merriman each piloted three winners on the 14-race program. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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