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WASHINGTON, PA, June 7, 2014 -- Overcoming a misstep at the gate that cost him key early position, Cammikey made up 5-1/2 lengths with a Lightning Lane charge that carried him to victory in Saturday's $199,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows in a career-best 1:49.4. Seventh Secret rallied wide to take the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers known as the Bye Bye Byrd. Cammikey, ordinarily a well-mannered colt, took exception to the starting gate and got fumbly gaited. By the time Brian Zendt could steady him, Cammikey was away fifth. "He's always been a great leaver," Brian Zendt said. "Today, he wanted to go over top of the gate and just got a little rumbly leaving. The only good thing -- that probably saved me from getting in the middle of a speed battle." Rather than swing the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam wide, Zendt hugged the cones with him and poured through a beckoning Lightning Lane. Cammikey defeated Some Playa by a length, with At Press Time third. Cammikey now has won seven of 11 career starts and $117,538. "You couldn't drive him any worse than that," Brian Zendt said, "but I had all kinds of luck, and when I needed him late, he was there. He just blew by them. It didn't work out like I planned at all, but I guess that's why it's horse racing." Bill Zendt, who conditions Cammikey for owner/breeder Can Land LLC and has been spacing the colt's starts generously, indicated he'll continue to do so, pointing him to the June 21 Max Hempt Memorial eliminations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. "He hadn't raced in three weeks before today, and I trained him once in 2:04," Bill Zendt said. "He doesn't take a lot of work. We don't want to over-race him. He goes like heck and tries like heck, but he's not very big." Seventh Secret also found himself in a precarious position -- sixth with excess cover in front of him. But when Mike Wilder sent him six wide in the stretch, the son of Allamerican Native-Secret Song found another gear and roared home to defeat Kingofthejungle by a nose in 1:50.2. Early leader Bondi Hanover saved show. "I loved the fractions, and my horse loves a target. He gets to the house so well," Wilder said. "But I was definitely worried about how far I was back with the cover flow. To come that wide and pick them all up like that -- it was all him. I just pointed him, and he took off." Dan Altmeyer trains the homebred Seventh Secret, who extended his career bankroll to $166,261, for Ruth Altmeyer. Aaron Merriman drove three winners on the 13-race Belmont Day card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 29, 2014 -- Frost Free Hanover rolled to a front-end victory in Thursday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake at The Meadows, his fifth consecutive win and his second in the stallions series. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was conducted over three divisions, with Explosive Cash and Kapow Hanover taking the other splits. Frost Free Hanover compiled his streak by taking two series legs at The Meadows, winning a conditioned event and capturing a stallion series split at Harrah's Philadelphia. On Wednesday, he vaulted to the lead for Brian Zendt and scored in 1:56.4, 3 lengths better than 51-1 bomb Lane's Caviar. Master Bedroom finished third. "A lot of his success is due to his gate speed," Zendt said. "He's so quick the first few steps he always puts himself in a good spot. He's had a little help being in the right divisions here and there. He'll be a nice horse -- he's easy on himself, too." Leslie Zendt trains Frost Free Hanover, a Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding, and owns with Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne. Explosive Cash, a loser in all 15 of his previous starts, followed cover for Eric Ledford and rallied wide in the lane to triumph at 12-1 in 1:57.3. Uriel Hanover was 2 lengths back in second, with Lighter Hanover third. Trenton Watson, who conditions the son of Explosive Matter-CERT for Watson Stable and William Augustine, said he never lost faith in his $12,000 yearling acquisition during the colt's protracted maidenhood. "Eric took care of him here last year, teaching him to race," Watson said. "We've had a little bad luck on draws and getting in with some real nice horses, but we had things go our way today. Eric kept telling me he would trot in 1:54 or 1:55 as a 3-year-old. We're not there yet, but hopefully we're in the right direction." Kapow Hanover erased a 3-1/2-length deficit late with a charge through the stretch that carried him to victory for David Miller in 1:57.4. Tea Party Politics was second, a length in arrears, while Ada Glide completed the ticket. "We have him staked to bigger races, but I want to start him out where he feels good. We can always step it up," said Staffan Lind, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-Kimberidge Hanover -- a $90,000 yearling purchase -- for Bender Sweden Inc. "He's eligible for the Earl Beal, so I'll let him get a little braver. Then, if he's good enough, I'll put him in that one." Friday's card at The Meadows features the Super Bowl, a $211,700 PA Sires stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. In the first division (Race 1), juvenile champion Father Patrick will attempt to extend his winning streak to 11. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                        

WASHINGTON, PA, May 13, 2014 -- Big And Little powered to the lead past the quarter but had to dig in late to preserve his harness racing victory in Tuesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Once he assumed the lead for Wilbur Yoder, Big And Little was strong enough to repel the challengers outside. However, he needed plenty of determination to hold off the late charge of Call To Post, who erased all but a nose of a 4-1/2-length deficit in the Lightning Lane. Therapeutic earned show in Tuesday's feature, which went in 1:54.1. Bill Zendt trains Big And Little, a 6-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Peachi Lane gelding who extended his career bankroll to $275,126, for owner/breeder Gary Saul. Mike Wilder drove five winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, May 7, 2014 -- Mistress Valentine claimed the lead at the half and rolled to an easy victory in Wednesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Mistress Valentine was away second for Mike Wilder before circling the leader, True Day Dream. The 5-year-old daughter of Master Glide-Patsy's Valentine faced no effective challenge thereafter, scoring in 1:54 to match her career best. True Day Dream held place, 3/4 lengths back, while Catching Katie finished third. Tyler Stillings trains Mistress Valentine, who extended her career bankroll to $154,219, and owns with Rags To Riches Of PA. Elsewhere on the 15-race card, Limelight Beach, a top freshman last year for trainer Brian Brown, made his 3-year-old debut with a productive but losing effort. He took the field through three-quarters in 1:54.1 but fell prey to the pocket-sitting Cammikey, who scored in a swift 1:51.1 for Brian Zendt. Limelight Beach was second. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam who had a single victory in four starts last year for trainer Bill Zendt and owner/breeder Cam Land LLC, Cammikey now has won five straight to begin his sophomore campaign and likely won't be under the radar much longer. Dave Palone drove four winners while Brian Zendt and Wilder each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                        

WASHINGTON, PA, April 21, 2014 -- Lightly raced Frost Free Hanover stalked from the pocket, then fired through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $33,750 championship of the TSM Photo Bugger Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. Although he won last week on the engine, Frost Free Hanover rated kindly for Tony Hall before his decisive move that put away the leader, Andover The Gold. The Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding scored in a career-best 1:56.1, 2 lengths better than the rallying Jett Star. Upfront Billy Boy was third. Leslie Zendt, who trains Frost Free Hanover and owns with Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne, said she worried that he wouldn't respond well when asked to pass inside. "He's very, very green, and he's not the brightest horse all the time," she said. "I was a little concerned about him going Lightning Lane. But he was a trooper. He was a racehorse."  $15,000 yearling purchase, Frost Free Hanover raced only once at 2, finishing a well-beaten fifth, before being turned out. "He was just an immature colt," she said. "He's tall and lanky, and we knew he'd be better as he got older. We didn't want to take a chance on hurting him as a 2-year-old." She said Frost Free Hanover will be pointed to Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the Currier & Ives. In the $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace, Do Me Honor also collected a Lightning Lane triumph when she edged Certified Ideal by a nose in 1:52.1, with Phone Terror third. Aaron Merriman piloted the 6-year-old Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right mare, who now boasts $416,098 in career earnings, for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card while Hall and Merriman each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, April 15, 2014 -- Cammikey powered to the lead at the quarter and romped through the slop to capture his second straight series victory in Tuesday's Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Somesizesomestyle took the other $17,500 division in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The series final is set for Tuesday, April 22. Cammikey won his opening series split with a decisive quarter-pole move and followed the same script Tuesday, scoring for Brian Zendt in 1:54.3. Early leader Mattamerican was second, 3/4 lengths back, with Dealin Dan third. Bill Zendt trains Cammikey, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam, for owner/breeder Cam Land LLC. Somesizesomestyle enjoyed a fine freshman campaign, earning a pair of wins as well as a fourth-place finish in the final of the American National. Although idle since that stake, he retook for Dave Palone and thwarted the first-over challenge of Jackson Brady to defeat him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57.1. Time Running Out was third. Ron Burke conditions the some of Somebeachsomewhere-Honey Bunny for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Stable 45. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Trustworthy Kid converted a pocket trip to victory by shooting the Lightning Lane for Brian Zendt and downing the rallying Call To Post by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Holy Halibut, who saw his three-race win streak snapped, finished third. Walter "Boots" Dunn conditions Trustworthy Kid, a 5-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $191,036 in career earnings, for Dunn Stable. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 8, 2014 -- Cammikey exploded to the front at the quarter and widened his advantage from there, rolling to an easy victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Mattamerican took the other $17,500 division in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, which is named for Visible Gold, a fast-class performer from the Ron Burke stable. Using Lasix for the first time, Cammikey, the 2-5 favorite, zipped to the lead for Brian Zendt after getting away third and jogged in 1:53.4, a lifetime mark. Jackson Brady was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Time Running Out third. Bill Zendt trains Cammikey, a son of Somebeachsomewhere and 2004 Breeders Crown champion Always Cam, for owner/breeder Cam Land LLC. Mattamerican was a 10-race maiden entering the Visible Gold, but he, too, showed improvement in his initial start on Lasix. He moved first over for Greg Grismore to collar the leader, Heart Felt, and held off the late thrust off Dealin Dan to triumph by a nose in 1:54.2. Heart Felt saved show. Norm Parker conditions the son of Allamerican-Native-Mattadorable for owner/breeder Bob Key. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Tamarind powered to the front past the quarter and thwarted the Lightning Lane charge of Trustworthy Kid to defeat him by a neck in 1:54.2 for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The first-over Kirty Dream was third. A 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos, Tamarind soared over $500,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

WASHINGTON, PA, April 7, 2014 -- Axios enjoyed a cozy pocket trip, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to capture the fastest opening-leg division in Monday's TSM Photo Bugger Trot at The Meadows. Upfront Billy Boy and Andover The Gold also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The event is named for TSM Photo Bugger, Ted Tomson's hard-hitting trotter who competes regularly in Preferred contests at The Meadows. Axios had won two straight entering the series but was facing more experienced company in the TSM Photo Bugger. He rated kindly for Wilbur Yoder before blowing by the leader, Tea Party Politics, to down him by a length in 1:59.2 on a "good" surface. Jett Star was third. Rich Gillock trains the Malabar Millennium-Town Girl gelding and owns with Barbara Richardson. Upfront Billy Boy suffered gaiting problems in his recent outings but was using Lasix for the first time Monday. He followed cover beautifully for Brian Zendt and surged late to edge Son Of A Ridge by a head in 1:59.3, a career best. Glide To Glory earned show. Bill Zendt conditions Upfront Billy Boy, a Donato Hanover-Wherley gelding, and owns with Up Front Racing. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows              

Kandor Hanover, who banked $530,494 in her harness racing career, has been officially retired by her connections due to a tendon injury, which occurred in her latest start at The Meadows on December 12.

Frost Bites K, whose granddad, American Winner, captured the 1993 Currier & Ives, extended the family tradition on Tuesday (June 5) at The Meadows when he jogged to an easy harness racing victory in a Currier & Ives division.

Parked the opening quarter and pressured once he got the lead, Hawaiiancaviar still had little trouble fashioning a daylight lead and cruising home in Monday's opening leg of the harness racing Sir Caviar Trot at The Meadows.

NF Notebook, whose experience consisted of a single qualifier, made a sparkling harness racing debut Monday (March 19) at The Meadows when he launched an uncovered bid that carried him to victory in the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot. His time of 1:57.3 was the fastest this year by a 3-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track.

Spotting the field nine lengths, Kandor Hanover launched a relentless rally that carried her to her fifth harness racing win in the last eight starts in Monday's (February 13) $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

Rebounding from a pair of uncharacteristic off-the-board finishes, Rebounding from a pair of uncharacteristic off-the-board finishes, Kandor Hanover powered through the harness racing 'Lightning Lane' to capture Monday's$22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows. the harness racing 'Lightning Lane' to capture Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows.

The only mare in the harness racing field, Kandor Hanover made a decisive quarter-pole move and handily beat the boys in Wednesday's (January 11) $22,500 Preferred Trot at The Meadows.

Away last in the field of six, Kandor Hanover erased a 2-1/2-length deficit in the stretch to notch her third straight victory in Monday's (December 19) $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.

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