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WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2020 -- Dave Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, had a Palone-like day Wednesday at The Meadows, collecting seven wins that included a sweep of four Arden Downs Grand Circuit stakes splits. He shared the spotlight with Dancinginthedark M, who turned in a breathtaking career debut in setting a stake record. Here are the highlights: $37,644 Edward M. Ryan -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Few freshman trotters have debuted as impressively as Dancinginthedark M. He was sitting fifth at the half when Palone cut him loose. The son of Readly Express-Leila responded by gobbling up the field and scoring in 1:55.3, shattering the previous stake mark of 1:56.2 held jointly by Federalreservenote and Billy Flynn.   "There's a lot of quality there," Palone said. "He's had some learning hiccups. But he was able to sit almost two turns, and when I moved him, he was all business. As soon as he cleared, he was on shutdown." To Be Frank was a distant second, beaten 11 lengths, with Clancy's Bar third. Marcus Melander conditions the winner for Menhammar Stuteri AB. In the other Ed Ryan split, Make Sure Its Cold moved first over from third and prevailed in 1:59, 3/4 lengths better than Killer Instinct. Flemsteen completed the ticket. "When we saw him as a yearling, he reminded us of a horse from our past named Dark Magic," said winning trainer Leslie Zendt, who owns the Bar Hopping-Malibu Breeze gelding with Bill Zendt. "He's a little green behind the gate, and he's a little scared of things, but he likes being a racehorse. That's half the battle." $38,244 Judge Joe McGraw -- 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Flawless Country zipped to the front from post 4 and had nary an anxious moment, downing the pocket-sitting Lexa Hanover by x lengths in 1:56.1. Dearly S earned show.   "I was able to get her around the track in our own fractions," Palone said. "There was plenty left in the tank." Ake Svanstedt conditions the daughter of Southwind Frank-Aleah Hanover and owns with Wolfgang A Stable and Borje Nasstrom. It was much the same scenario for Palone and Gimme Shelter. The daughter of Father Patrick-Skara Brae won on the front in 1:58 for trainer Mike Palone and owners Lone Wolf Stable and Nick Catalano. "Mike has liked this filly all along," Palone said. "She's been push button since the word go. I think she has a good future. She responded when I spoke to her at the head of the stretch and did it all on her own." Myreanna was 5 lengths back in second, with the rallying Mother Lin third. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features the $375,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The Adios, which goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:02 PM, anchors a powerhouse card that also features the $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, a $59,088 Arden Downs stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, and a $35,690 Arden Downs event for 2-year-old filly pacers. Other highlights include a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $187,182 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. On the wagering front, The Meadows has added a Super Hi-5 for the Adios with a $50,000 guarantee and a mandatory payout. In addition, the program offers two total-pool carryovers: $2,441.84 in the Early Pick 4 (race 3), $1,908.78 in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). The Adios Day card gets underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM, with advance Adios wagering available beginning at noon Thursday. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2019 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows, which featured the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $120,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, was rich with Grand Circuit stakes -- six in all. Here are highlights from the other four Arden Downs stakes. $40,000 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Goes Down Smooth prevailed from post 8 with a two-move victory . . . and may have punched his ticket to the Hambletonian. Said winning driver Matt Kakaley: "I think they want to give him a shot there, although I don't know for sure, but he'll be okay there," Kakaley said. "He'll hold his own. He'll definitely step up on a bigger track." The Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding got away third, quarter-poled to the front and downed Mass Fortune K by 2 lengths in 1:54. The pocket-sitting Kate's Massive earned show. Ron Burke conditions Goes Down Smooth, who lifted his career earnings to $146,053, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin. $53,468 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Nomo Volo eschewed a potential early seat and needed the opening three-eighths to reach the point. Nevertheless, she prevailed in 1:55.2 for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory, defeating Windy Corner by 2-3/4 lengths. Ladylilli was third. " I think the opening was big enough (to duck)," Gregory said. "But I wanted to ease her around the first turn and try and get to the front eventually. Last time I raced her here I left maybe a little too hard with her, and she made a break in the first turn. So I didn't want to take a chance and do that again. She's eligible to both Pennsylvania and Kentucky sires stakes, so we might try to race her in each." Jeff Gregory Inc. and Jesmeral Stable campaign Nomo Volo, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $154,834. The other division went to Magical Beliefs, who quarter-poled to the front for David Miller and triumphed in 1:55.2. Early leader Keystone Abbey was second, a length back, with Southwind Storm third. Linda Toscano trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic, who extended her career earnings to $236,296, for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-and-I Farms. $47,970 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-year-old Filly Pacers The Sweet Lou-One Ace Too Many filly Sweet Ace made her debut on the national scene an explosive one, taking her division in 1:50.4 - the fastest mile of the year by any 2-year-old, anywhere, on any size track, and a track record for her class at The Meadows. Dexter Dunn tucked the filly in fourth early, as Shouldabeenatd and Dance Club took the top two spots in a 27 opener. Silver Tail got restless in the three-hole and came out off the first turn to go to the lead, stringing the field out in hot middle fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.3, with the rest of the field well behind the top quartet. Shouldabeenatd wheeled outside and went right past the pacesetter on the far turn, with the two directly behind her following that move, Sweet Ace swinging three-wide at headstretch. To the wire it was a battle between Shouldabeenatd and Sweet Ace, with the winner drawing clear late to win by 1¾ lengths, with Dance Club third. ""The trip worked out good," Dunn said. "We had a live helmet to follow right into the straight. She has push-button speed, and she showed the speed she's got." Sweet Ace came into the race off a PA Sire Stakes win seven days earlier, and now her future seems even brighter for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Trainer Ron Burke, conditions the 1-2-3 finishers in this race. Sweet Ace The other section of the Mary Lib Miller saw the Artspeak-Apippin Hanover miss Aplomp Hanover lower her mark to 1:53.4, making a quarter-move for driver David Miller and going on to a 1½ length victory over Keystone Eureka, with Sizzling third. Trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick, who are having a terrific year with their freshman pacing fillies, are the connections behind the winner of three straight races. $63,000 Gov. David Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Tim Tetrick, red-hot on the other side of Pennsylvania recently, had four wins on the Adios card, including two in the Gov. Lawrence, with the faster of his winners being the Somebeachsomewhere-Persistent colt Seeyou At Thebeach, who broke his maiden in 1:52.2. The pattern of this race was much like that of the Sweet Ace event, with the front pack of four well separated from the rest, and Seeyou At Thebeach moving out behind cover at the three-quarters to go up after undefeated favorite Cattlewash, who got the top after a :27.4 quarter and recorded mid-splits of :56.4 and 1:24.3. Cattlewash carried his advantage almost to the wire, but Tetrick rallied the victorious Brian Brown trainee to get a head decision on the money for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Chris Page. Tetrick's other victory in the day's baby colt action was with the undefeated Adriano Hanover, who at 1-9 made a quarter-move to command and was never in doubt, winning by 2¾ lengths in 1:53.1, missing his mark by a tick. The son of Western Ideal-A And G'sconfusion added a Grand Circuit triumph to his prior PASS win for trainer Jim King Jr. and owners Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III. "At times, his potential seems unlimited," Jim King said. "So far, he's done everything asked of him -- and with a lot of determination. When he gets in with his own kind and they put up a fight, we'll see how he does than." The third division of the Gov. Lawrence went to the Captaintreacherous-Charisma Hanover colt Hey Run Me Over, who brushed to the backstretch lead and went on to be 3 lengths clear at the finish in 1:52.4 to take a new speed badge. Andrew McCarthy had the sulky assignment for trainer Rollie Mallar, who is also co-owner with Linwood Higgins and Patrick Leavitt.  By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2019 -- Sister Sledge and Caviart Guilia each extended her career unbeaten streak to four with harness racing driver Dave Palone piloting -- and Sister Sledge matched the stake record to boot -- in Friday's $60,000 Arden Downs Grand Circuit event for freshman filly trotters at The Meadows. Sorella took the third division of the stake known as the Judge Joe McGraw. Sister Sledge, who went in 1:53.4 in a PA All-Stars split at Pocono, didn't have to go quite that fast Friday, as she took the lead at her leisure and drew off thereafter. But her performance impressed Palone. When do I ever come to you and just have 'wow' to say?" Palone said. "I actually started shutting her down in the middle of the last turn, 28 flat, ear plugs in. They'll have a lot of fun with her; she's a special filly." The daughter of Father Patrick-Behindcloseddoors scored in 1:55.1, equaling the stake record Dangle Then Deke established in 2016. Perth Angel De Vie was 5-3/4 lengths back in second, with The Next One third. Ron Burke trains Sister Sledge for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Sister Sledge Caviart Guilia took a different path, getting away sixth for trainer Brian Brown before launching an effortless first-over move that carried her to victory in 1:57.1, 2 lengths better than Miss Wilia. Aqua Lillies completed the ticket. " I touched base with Brian today," Palone said. "He told me from the rail, she has plenty of go. Don't get in a hurry with her and she'll give you a good try." Caviart Farms campaigns the daughter of Explosive Matter Gossip Hanover. $60,000 Arden Downs Stake - 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Friday's card also featured the $60,000 Edward M. Ryan, a Grand Circuit event, with the splits going to Stickler Hanover, Town Victor and Penance. Brady Brown gave Stickler Hanover a ground-saving trip before the duo poured through the Lightning Lane to prevail in a career-best 1:57.2. I Have A Dream finished second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, while Bold Moves earned show. "I didn't give him a very good trip in the stallion series and wanted to do better with him today," Brown said. "Up the backside I knew I had plenty of horse. When the horse on the front broke, I decided to stay in. This horse has some potential." Brown has won many PA Fairs stakes, but this was his initial stakes victory at The Meadows. The 4-5 favorite, Town Victor was away third but cleared to the front for Wilbur Yoder and triumphed handily in 1:58, matching his life mark. Werner Hanover was second, 4-1/4 lengths in arrears, with Hennessy AM S third. It was the third consecutive victory for the homebred Winning Mister-P Town Girl gelding. "I'm kicking around the idea of putting in the next sires stake (at Harrah's Philadelphia) because a lot of the good ones will be at the Peter Haughton," said winning trainer Rich Gillock, who owns Town Victor with Barbara Richardson. "But he's a big colt, and I'd rather not overdo it with him this year so he can come back a good colt at 3." Saturday's card at The Meadows features the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as five other Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. In addition, the program will offer three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500 and a $5,841.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi.5. Special post time is 11;25 AM, with the Adios (race 15) projected for 4:30 PM.  By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

WASHINGTON, PA - Arden Downs, the half-mile track that was formerly a stop on the Grand Circuit, is located at the Washington County (PA) Fairgrounds, not far down the road from The Meadows, where a two-day PA Fair Sire Stakes meet was conducted at the start of this week. Monday's racing was given over to the three-year-olds, and not unexpectedly it produced the fastest mile of the meeting, a 2:00.3 victory by the Well Said gelding Choreographer. Second to Marvalous Falcon in his 2018 fair debut at Waynesburg, here he turned the tables on that foe for driver Cory Kreiser, trainer Marcus Marashian, and owner Robert Key. Early in the card winning streaks were furthered by horses who turned in 2:02.4 miles. The first was the Cantab Hall trotting gelding Willie B Worthy, who now has three straight wins on the half-mile circuit for driver Aaron Johnston and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. The Delmarvalous pacing miss Marvalous Song stretched her own current win skein to four as she reported home first for Team Shaw - driver Chris, trainer Jason, and owner Mason. Fastest trotter of the meet was the Donato Hanover filly Worldly Hanover, who toured the Washington layout in 2:02.3 for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst and the ownership of Double R Farms LLC, David Obley, and Richard Williams. On Tuesday among the freshmen, best mile of the day was turned in by the Delamarvalous - Treasure Valley colt Next Shot, who won his second straight, third at the fairs, and fourth overall in 2:02.3 for Cory Kreiser, his owner, and more importantly here, his driver/trainer - because this victory gave Kreiser his fourth sulky success and third conditioning triumph of the Washington session, enabling him to take top honors on both counts. The "trotting highlight" focused on Justin Lebo, who scored his first career driving victory behind Dancin With Rose. Lebo has taken a very limited role in the sulky while training a small but successful stable up until this year, when he decided to increase his sulky efforts. Usually you don't compile a seasonal .311 UDR in 20 starts without a victory, but seven seconds and six thirds showed that Lebo was on the brink, and he made the breakthrough at Washington on Tuesday. The Pennsylvania fair circuit now moves on to Dayton in Armstrong County, where a completely new set of horses will race Wednesday (3YOs) and Thursday (2YOs), as Pennsylvania fair rules require a 3-day period from start to start. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows, highlighted by the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $110,950 Adioo Volo, featured four other Arden Downs stakes. Here's a recap of those Grand Circuit events. $56,418 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Glidinthruparadise lost her duel for the early lead and had to slink back to third, a disappointment that would frustrate many young trotters. But the daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda wasn't discouraged at all, moving first over to put away the leader, Hot Curry, and score for Brian Zendt in a career-best 1:55, matching the stake record of Upfrontluckycarol. "She's a little headstrong leaving the gate, and she was going forward no matter what," Zendt reported. "I didn't want to sit third, but they were going enough that she had more trot than any of them late." Ameliosi finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Moots completed the ticket. Lisa Dunn trains Glidinthruparadise, who was won six of her eleven starts this year, and owns with Leslie Dunn Zendt. Keystone Taylor took the other Ned McCarr split for Dave Palone, trainer Jenny Melander and owner Steve Organ. $76.764 Gov. David L. Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers The fastest two-year-old of 2016, Fear The Dragon, again put in a huge mile, overcoming both the sloppy surface and a determined late bid by Don'ttellmeagain to win in 1:52.4. The son of Dragon Again, trained by Brian Brown for the Emerald Highlands Farm, went a mile that might have been as impressive as the 1:50.3 mile he went here on July 20 to make him the fastest freshman so far, regardless of track size. Hall of Famer David Miller whooshed the precocious baby to the lead from fourth coming on the first turn, with Don'ttellmeagain, undefeated in three previous starts, relinquishing the lead going into turn two. From there it was basically a two-horse contest, and Don'ttellmeagain did himself great credit by cutting into the leader's margin steadily. In the end, Fear The Dragon held his tough rival off by a neck with a 27.4 kicker. Cinnabar Dragon finished third. The very next race on the card was another division of the Lawrence, and fans could be forgiven at headstretch if they thought they were watching a replay: the first race went in splits of 27.4, 56.1, and 1:25.1 with the pocket horse second choice moving out to challenge the favorite, while the second division featuring fractions of 27.3, 56.1, and 1:25.1, with the second choice two-holer moving to challenge. The difference was that Every Way Out, the pocket horse, proved the better late over front-stepping Normandy Beach, gaining into a 27.2 last quarter to win by a length in 1:52.3 to tie his mark. Southwind Yukon completed the ticket. The son of If I Can Dream is a New Jersey Sire Stakes champion and undefeated in four starts for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Dylan Davis and owners Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Ed Gold and Thomas Lazzaro. Tetrick indicated he had little to lose by vacating the pocket early. "I wanted to give my horse a chance," he said. "From the middle of the turn on, he's supposed to be able to pace with that horse (Every Way Out). I thought I would win or be second either way. For a 2-year-old, he's pretty seasoned -- and he'll get better, too." When 1-5 favorite Downbytheseaside broke his overcheck going to the gate and caused a recall, it may have been an omen that it wouldn't be his day. Indeed, after being sixth by 8-1/2 lengths just before the last half of 55.1, he could only rally for third, as second-choice Filibuster Hanover came out of the pocket in the 27 last quarter to catch front-stepping Bettor's Western by a head. The time of 1:52, the fastest divisional clocking and only two ticks off the stakes record, was also a personal best for the Somebeachsomewhere colt. Yannick Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, JT45, Joseph DiScala, Jr. and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The first three divisions produced a favorite and two second choices as winners, but in the last division, the longest shot on the board, 39-1 Bellows Binge, followed Eddard Hanover around the final turn, then caught that rival in the last couple steps. He posted a nose victory in 1:53, lowering his mark five seconds for trainer Dirk Simpson and owners Desyllas Racing LLC, William Beck and Carol Rieken. Driver Dan Rawlings guided the son of Bettor's Delight -- Jerry Connors $58,466 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Truemass Volo shot the Lightning Lane and triumphed in 1:56.2 for Matt Kakaley, trainer Doug Hamilton and owners Jon Erdner and Martin Garey. Meadowbranch Memo rallied for place, 3/4 lengths back, with Mac Deeno third. Truemass Volo was parked the first quarter, but when Kakaley released Mac Deeno to the lead, Truemass Volo gained valuable cover. Hamilton said that after facing tough competition in the Beal and the Stanley Dancer, the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo gelding was able to show he belongs with his division's elite. "I don't think he can beat them on a consistent basis, but he's one of the top ones," Hamilton said. "He just hasn't showed it yet. He's had a lot of bad luck, and we've been going through an educational process with him." Truemass Volo extended his career bankroll to $187,255. Rocco's Tacos overcame post 8 to capture the other Manderino split in 1:56.4 for Zendt, Melander and owners John DeVito and Rocco Manniello. $62,965 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Pittstop Danika, benefiting from a first-quarter break by favored Watch What You Say, made every pole a winning one in posting a 3-1/4-length victory over Dangerous Woman in the first division The daughter of Yankee Cruiser took a maiden mark of 1:55 in the off going, with Matt Kakaley handling the lines for trainer Ron Burke (who got checks with each of his three entrants in the division) and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. Watch What You Say, who went into the infield to get squared away, made a fine recovery and survived an inquiry to be third. "This was a little bit easier spot for her," Kakaley said. "Outside posts against sires stake horses are real tough. She's been racing good. She has a good attitude, and she has a good future." Burke came right back in the second division with Make Mine Mocha, a Bettor's Delight filly who visited Victory Lane for the first time after drawing off to a 2-1/4-length victory in 1:54, with the track upgraded to good for the last two Miller cuts. Mike Wilder quarter-moved with Make Mine Mocha, and the pair was not in doubt thereafter while winning for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The final division produced an impressive winner in another daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Keystone Rampage, who moved to the lead in front of the stands, then scooted home in 28 to trip the timer in 1:53, two ticks off the stakes record. Dave Palone was in the sulky behind the victorious filly, who took a new mark for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. -- Jerry Connors The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2016 -- Racing as Lone Wolf Stable, Brian Gillespie has done well at The Meadows, even sending a starter to last week's Adios eliminations. But there was one weapon missing from his harness racing equine arsenal -- a horse to compete in Friday's Edward M. Ryan, a $53,048 Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake named for Gillespie's late grandfather, a former owner of The Meadows. Brocious Racing Stable and trainer Robert Rougeaux III, on the other hand, had just such a horse, a promising 2-year-old gelding trotter named Box Of Luck. The connections talked Thursday and worked out the sale of a share of Box Of Luck to Lone Wolf. The result was pure storybook, as the son of Lucky Chucky-New DVD captured his Ed Ryan division in1:59 for his third win in five outings. Equestrianconxtion was second, 2 lengths in arrears, while Toolbox Tuesday earned show. "It's (Gillespie's) grandfather's memorial race, and he kind of wanted to have a dog in the fight," Rougeaux said. "I understand that. We have memorials for my grandfather at the fairs, and we'll race our rear ends off to try to win that blanket. So we worked out a deal." Muay Hanover and Don Dream also took Ed Ryan splits in identical clockings of 1:57.1. Dave Palone pulled the pocket with Muay Hanover into the final turn and collected a measured victory in 1:57.1. Vegas Chuck was second, 1/2 length back, with Moonshiner Hanover third. "I think the track tonight is actually better if you sit off the rail a little bit," Palone said. "So I just wanted to get him out in the good footing. He felt great in the bit. I thought it would turn into a sprint, and I had plenty of horse." Ron Burke trains Muay Hanover, a son of Donato Hanover-Musetta Hanover, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Don Dream saved ground before brushing through the stretch for Tony Hall and downing Andy M by 2 lengths. Early leader Monsta Hanover completed the ticket. "He had a little bit of a snafu in his first race, but we can live with that because he's doing the job now," said Todd Rooney, who trains the son of Donato Hanover-Gabbys Dream and owns with Kimberly Farmer. "Tonight we thought we might have to go to the front, but it turned out we didn't have to. This was a good education for him." $49,800 Arden Downs, 2-Year-old Filly Trotters In Friday's co-feature, a Grand Circuit stake known as the Judge Joe McGraw, Dangle Than Deke set a stake record of 1:55.4 while extending her unbeaten streak to four. She erased the old mark of 1:56.1 established in 2013 by Broadway Socks. The other divisions went to Youvegotwhatitakes and EZ Passer. Dangle Then Deke -- her name is a mash-up of a pair of ice hockey maneuvers -- moved first over for Mike Wilder and defeated Temple Ruins by 1-1/2 lengths, with Lovebeinglucky third. "In terms of desire and gait, she's the best 2-year-old filly I've ever had," said Dirk Simpson, who trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Love My Muscles for James Bafia. "Her desire is unbelievable. She's easy on herself on the off days, but when she gets behind the gate, she's all business." Youvegotwhatitakes enjoyed a second-over trip and tracked down the leader, Trixie Dust, in the lane to down her by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Blue Line Sniper earned show. "The first quarter was 27," said winning driver Dan Rawlings. "These are 2-year-old trotters, so I thought they'd come back to me. I had plenty of time to catch them. She's game." Erv Miller trains Youvegotwhatitakes, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Char Catie Becca, for Ronald Michelon, Paymaq Racing and Louis Willinger. EZ Passer was well back early for Hall, trainer Mark Harder and owner Joseph Jannuzzelli, but Hall indicated he liked his position. "They told me she gets hot and not to do anything too quick with her," he said. "She kind of backed herself off, and I didn't want to force the issue. She was great following cover -- stayed nice and relaxed." The daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad prevailed in 1:57.3, 6-3/4 lengths better than Broadway Photo. Blameitonthealcohl was third. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2015 -- Promising 2-year-olds competed for more than $151,000 in a pair of Arden Downs stakes Saturday as part of the Adios Day card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Here are the highlights: $71,170 Governor Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Ideal Jimmy, bet down to 3-5 despite making breaks in his previous two starts, stormed home in 54.3 from second over to catch Big Top Hanover and Whata Twist in 1:53.2 in the first division. The altered son of Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine, who had recovered with sub-28 quarters after his recent pair of errors, continued that streak of late speed with a 27.4 kicker in winning for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Robin Cruise, and owner D. R. Van Witzenberger. "They've been working hard on him -- I think he had a little soundness thing," Miller said. "It got in his head, where he would look for a way out. He still threw in a couple steps, but he worked through it. I was happy to make it through the first turn." Second-over tactics also proved successful for the Somebeachsomewhere-Mouse Hanover colt Mr Right Hanover, who scored his first victory in 1:54 after circling to the lead approaching the head of the stretch. Tim Tetrick handled sulky duties for trainer Brian Brown and owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Alan Keith and Milton Leeman. 1:53.3 may be only an "average" time for these baby colts, but 1:24/55.4/27.4 back numbers are impressive, and that's what the quarter-moving Check Six stormed home in to take his third win in five starts. Another Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Southwind Vanna, Check Six followed up two straight sire stakes wins with this Grand Circuit triumph for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke yet again, and Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. $80,000 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Yankee Moonshine inherited the lead when early leader Graceful Vision made a miscue, then threw back fractions of 55 - 27.2 in defeating Corona Again to take the first division in 1:53.4, a personal best. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee, bred by Hall of Fame nominee Charles Keller III, broke her maiden in style for Gingras, Burke and owners Burke Racing, JT45, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr. Another getting her first victory was the McArdle-Smokin Pistol filly Shesasmokinlady, who set the pace, then withstood a stern Lightning Lane challenge by Hug A Dragoness to earn a 1:53 triumph by a head. Tony Hall kept the baby game nearing the wire to bring success to trainer Kelly Paver and owner Iris Horowitz. And as if Ron Burke weren't winning enough races, he almost found a way to get two wins in one race; his fillies Danika P and Eloquent Grace were separated by inches at the end of another division, with the Yankee Cruiser-Danika Hanover miss Danika P getting the nod in 1:56.1. The winner stepped home in 27.2 for driver Matt Kakaley and the Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi / M1 Stables combine. Blue Moon Stride was in full stride during 55.3 - 27.2 back fractions in catching Lyons River Pride to capture the final Mary Lib division while taking a mark of 1:53. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Classic Star showed an impressive turn of late foot in running her record to 3 for 4 for driver Andy McCarthy, trainer Mark Harder and owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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