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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 29, 2020 -- Golden Muscle put his harness racing rivals away with a powerful uncovered move and captured Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Golden Muscle was fourth when Brian Zendt sent her after the leader, Bessie. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Golden Goose headed Bessie into the final turn and then drew off, defeating Jailhouse Buckaroo by 2 lengths in 1:57.2. Chuckie Me completed the ticket.   Todd Rooney trains Golden Muscle, who lifted her career bankroll to $139,928, for Foge McKeever. Dan Charlino and trainer Bill Provost teamed for a pair of victories on the 13-race card while Tony Hall, Dave Palone, Brian Zendt and trainer Scott Betts also enjoyed doubles. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $1,776.39 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, Nov. 4, 2019 -- Brian Zendt collected harness racing career win #3,000 when he drove Saratoga Gia to victory in Monday's ninth race at The Meadows. "It's a good accomplishment for me because I don't drive every race," he said. "It seems a long time since I got 2,000." He took the first step towards his next milestone by bringing Cupcake Boss home -- at 23-1 -- in race 11. Zendt, 43, who began driving in 1995, also has 249 career training wins. He currently operates a stable typically numbering three to five head but can see a day when he expands. "I like to drive now, but I'd be lying if I said I like to drive all winter," he said. "Right now, the kids are into barrel racing and school stuff, but when they're older, it might be fun to take them to Florida in the winters." Zendt is part of a storied harness racing family. His dad, Bill, has been a leading trainer at The Meadows for decades and remains active and successful. Bill's late father, Wilbur, was a prominent trainer/driver. Brian's brother, Phillip, is a trainer based at The Meadows, and their sister, Bethann, is a longtime Standardbred owner and the wife of Dave Palone, harness racing's "winningest" driver all time. For all that, there was a time when he pondered a different career. "I attended Slippery Rock University majoring in finance; I thought education would be a good back-up for me," he said. "I had another year to go, but it was too much fun coming here and driving horses like Prescott Hanover on weekends. I thought that was pretty cool. I wish I would have finished school, but it's no big deal now. I have a lot of friends who got their degrees and had trouble finding jobs." Among his favorite horses are a handful he's driven for his father and the late trainer Walter "Boots" Dunn and Dunn Stable: Cam Mikey, whom he piloted to a third-place finish in the final of the 2014 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids; the ill-fated Hidden Viggorish, a multiple track record holder at The Meadows who died as a result of foaling complications; the top trotter Sir Caviar, a win machine at The Meadows; Always Cam, who won the 2004 Breeders Crown Mare Pace with David Miller in the sulky. Perhaps his most memorable trip came Feb. 3, 2016 at The Meadows with Dunn Stable's fast-class trotter Trustworthy Kid. Zendt piloted the homebred to an improbable victory -- just hours after Dunn's death. "That was pretty special," he said. "He won against all odds, coming five wide and just swooping everybody. You could hear a pin drop after that race." OPEN TROT TO WHATS THE WORD Whats The Word roared from the pocket past the three-quarters and overpowered the leader, Donatover, en route to victory in Monday’s $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Sensing that Donatover was vulnerable after a demanding opening quarter, Jim Pantaleano moved the winner from the pocket early. Whats The Word responded by scoring in 1:54.1, 3/4 lengths better than Pass The Vape. Donatover saved show. Scott Betts trains Whats The Word, a 4-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Your Word Is Good who extended his career bankroll to $318,307, for Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano, Stephen Moss and Keith Pippi. Dave Palone and Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $20,573.33 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, Sept. 9, 2019 -- Classicality dominated Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows, scoring in 1:53.1 and soaring over $700,000 in harness racing career earnings. Classicality zipped to the top from post 5 for Brian Zendt, and with Barn Girl challenging but parked, no outside flow could develop. The 9-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding drew away late to triumph by 8-1/4 lengths. Maewegonow was second while Rainbowinthewest and the game Barn Girl dead-heated for show. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, whose official bankroll now stands at $704,687. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Robert Barnard and owner Christian Apel, while Tony Hall also enjoyed a triple that featured two victories for trainer Tim Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program offers three rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,063.95 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), a $1,776.44 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, Oct. 17, 2018 -- Glidinthruparadise followed the live cover of Expose Yourself, then outkicked her in the lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Ohio invader Rose Run Sydney kept the field in single file until the three-quarters, when the challengers made their moves. While Expose Yourself knifed inside to the Lightning Lane, Glidinthruparadise maintained her momentum outside for Brian Zendt and downed Expose Yourself by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Rose Run Sydney saved show. Ed Zubkoff, Jr. trains Glidinthruparadise, a 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda who extended her career bankroll to $234,633, for Brookside Stables. Dave Palone collected four wins and Tony Hall three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $10,000 for the Pick 5, $7,500 for the Pick 4 -- as well as a $1,589.30 jackpot in the Super Hi 5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 4, 2018 -- Trustworthy Kid took his time reaching the lead but was unassailable once he got there, cruising to victory in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Trustworthy Kid was looped from the gate and had to work hard to make the point in a 27.4 opening panel. But when Brian Zendt gave him a 29.1 second-quarter breather, he shrugged off the first-over challenge of Keystone Chester and prevailed in 1:54. Classic Banker was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Chef Lee finished a ground-saving third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Trustworthy Kid, a 9-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $567,426 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 28, 2018 -- Delcrest Magicstar, who had been competitive but winless in recent starts against The Meadows distaff elite, took advantage of a drop into a $12,700 condition trot Tuesday with a 5-length romp. Delcrest Magicstar got away second for Brian Zendt but quarter-poled to the point. The 4-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Star's Balance thwarted the first-over bid of Fireball's Prayers and downed Rose Run Reanna in 1:55.3 while the pocket-sitting Saint Beth finished third. Bill Bercury trains Delcrest Magicstar, who lifted her career bankroll to $172,459, for Renee Bercury. Mike Wilder collected four wins, including a pair for trainer Spencer Kahrig, while Dave Palone enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2018 -- Stuck in an uncharacteristic seven-race losing streak, Classicality changed tactics and snapped his skid with a rallying victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality performed well enough during his losing streak, missing the ticket just once while racing at or near the front. To get that elusive win, however, Brian Zendt ducked from post 6 and followed the live cover of PL Jerico. Classicality roared wide through the lane to score in 1:54, 1/2 length better than long shot Dreamsteeler. PL Jerico saw his four-race winning streak end while saving show. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, an 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $627,852 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, July 31 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered with each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,637.78. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 and a $5,382.20 jackpot in the Super Hi-5, both regular features of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7), Pick 5 (Races 9-13) and Super Hi-5 (race 13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 14, 2018 -- When Born Of Fire seeks his third straight win in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, it isn't clear how he'll handle the elite company he'll be facing for the first time. One thing is certain: he'll retreat from the gate and do his racing from behind. The confirmed closer goes from the rail in race 8 with Brian Zendt driving. Saturday's card also features a compelling variety of "big-score" opportunities for players: a $12,500 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee (races 4-7); a $5,000 total-pool Pick 5 guarantee (races 9-13); a $2,404.55 carryover in the day's first Superfecta (currently race 2), and a $2,517.70 jackpot in the final-race Super High 5. First post is 1:05 PM. Fox Racing privately acquired Born Of Fire earlier this season for trainer Jack Smith. The 5-year-old Dragon Again-Born Storyteller gelding hasn't enjoyed any stake income or glamor, banking $103,245 the hard way. On Saturday, he'll be racing for the biggest purse of his career. There's no question about his closing ability. In a June 2 conditioned event, he made up 10 lengths over the back half and scored in a career-fastest 1:51.3. Stepped up in class last week, he was just as spectacular, erasing a 9-length deficit and matching his life mark. But try as he might, Smith hasn't been able to get him to leave alertly. "If you put him on the gate in front of the grandstand, he feels like he could bust out of there," Smith says. "Then, as soon as they hit the start, he takes two steps backwards. It's unbelievable. I've tried different drivers, but no one can make him go. But he sure can kick it in. "He's a gentle giant, almost 16-1/2 hands. But he swishes his tail and doesn't want to train." Although Smith has been away from Preferred events at The Meadows for a little while, he's no stranger to fast-class horses. He's one of a handful of active horsemen who were at The Meadows when the track opened on June 28, 1963. Smith wasn't old enough to work on the backside legally, but he fudged his age and got away with it. Nearly 55 years later, he says competing in the Preferred remains a thrill for him. "Oh yeah, definitely, but I'm not sure this is the horse. He won't be close early, but he'll be chasing them down late." Saturday's program offers a number of fan-centered activities, including the track's "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live Saturday concerts. Airborne, featuring Jeff Jimerson, will perform on the apron at the conclusion of the races. In addition, fans can meet a live Standardbred on the apron, courtesy the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). Other MSOA activities include paddock tours, starting gate rides and a "Pick the Winners" contest with cash prizes. To participate or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 2, 2018 — Glidinthruparadise kept to her task — even when it seemed she was racing for second — and nailed the 3-5 Expose Yourself in the shadow of the wire in Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Seeking her fourth straight victory, Expose Yourself appeared to put the field away with a blistering 27.3 third quarter. But the 5-1 Glidinthruparadise, still chasing from the two hole, dug deep for trainer/driver Brian Zendt and downed Expose Yourself by a length in 1:54, matching her career best. Dreamsteeler finished third. Lisa Dunn owns Glidinthruparadise, a 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda who now boasts $173,408 in career earnings. Tony Hall and Zendt each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the Kentucky Derby Day card features $229,288 in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 and a variety of fan-centered activities, including drink and beverage specials, live music and raffles. Special post time Saturday is 11:25 AM.   Evan Pattak  

WASHNGTON, PA, April 30, 2018 -- Classicality won a three-ply battle for the early lead and made that margin stand up as he captured Monday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality was widest in that early duel but was able to seat 3-5 favorite Lady's Dude and Wind Of The North behind that one. When Brian Zendt gave Classicality a 29.2 second-quarter breather, the 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lade gelding was uncatchable, scoring in 1:53.4. Lady's Dude finished second, 1-3/4 lengths lengths back, while Call For Justice rallied for show. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, who extended his career bankroll to $573,792. Dave Palone collected four wins, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 11, 2017 -- Classicality notched his third straight win Wednesday at The Meadows when he overpowered a distinguished harness racing field in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot and scored in 1:53.1 over a "good" surface. Classicality was away second, but Brian Zendt sent him past the leader, Lady's Dude, at the quarter. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding widened his advantage late and downed Lady's Dude by 2-3/4 lengths, with Tamarind third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, who extended his career bankroll to $484,142. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2017 -- Dismissed at 10-1, Classicality roared to the front from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as he captured Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality made a rare break in his last start, the Open 1 Trot at Scioto Downs, but he atoned for that big time by shrugging off the first-over challenge of Barn Girl and scoring for Brian Zendt in 1:53.4, 1/2 length better than the pocket-sitting Rose Run Parker, while Barn Girl gamely held third. Call For Justice, who had won his last nine races at The Meadows, saw that streak end when he finished fifth. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $464,142. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Saturday's program at The Meadows offers a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including: the regularly featured $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7); a $2,516.88 carryover for the card's first superfecta; a $1,283.73 carryover for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 6, 2017 -- Shuffled to fifth into the final turn, Goodtogo Hanover swung wide and powered through the lane to capture Wednesday's $15,000 harness racing filly & mare winners over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. After dueling for the early lead, Goodtogo Hanover settled into third for Brian Zendt but had no hope of finding a seam or the Lightning Lane late. When Zendt showed the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall a clear path, she caught the rallying Fawn De Savage and downed her by head in 1:55, with early leader Classical Annie third. Phillip Zendt trains Goodtogo Hanover, who extended her career bankroll to $229,457, for Gary Saul. Live racing at The Meadows continues with a special holiday-week Thursday card, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 27, 2017 -- Glidinthruparadise followed the first-over cover of Bessie, then overtook her in mid-stretch to capture her second straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Glidinthruparadise broke stride in three straight starts before righting the ship in her last outing, a conditioned event. On Tuesday, she looked more than comfortable with the track's distaff trotting elite, downing Bessie by a length for trainer/driver Brian Zendt in 1:54.4. Bags For All finished third. Lisa Dunn campaigns the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda, who extended her career bankroll to $122,753. Elsewhere on the card, Count On Cody became harness racing's fastest freshman colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track when he won at first asking in 2:00.3. Marty Wollam drove and trains the son of Full Count-Caviar Forthe Lady for Acadia Farms and G&B Racing. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 10, 2017 -- Classic Banker stalked Count Me In from the pocket, then brushed by him in deep stretch to capture Wednesday's feature harness racing $13,000 trot, at The Meadows. Count Me In, making only his second start since Sept. 4, 2015, took the field through a snappy 1:25.4 three quarters but was unable to withstand the late surge of Classic Banker. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding nailed Count Me in near the wire to down him by a length in 1:54.4. TSM Photo Bugger rallied from well back for show. Brian Zendt piloted Classic Banker for owner/trainer Joe Urban. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings, Mike Wilder, trainer Andy Rickert and Zendt each enjoyed a double on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features four divisions of a $149,852 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 12, 2017 -- Canwood jogged to a front-end victory in 1:56.2, fastest this year by a 3-year-old filly on a five-eighths-mile track, collecting her second straight series win in Wednesday's Princess Pablano Trot for harness racing 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. Miss Da Line earned her second straight series win in the other $15,000 division. Canwood zipped right to the lead from post 5 for Brian Zendt and easily turned back the first-over challenge of Criteria. The pocket-sitting Bridal Suite was second while Kannections Honey rallied for show. Bill Zendt conditions the daughter of Camwood-Hallywood for Judith Wolkomir and Fred Kayne. Miss Da Line was bottled up along the cones until the final turn when trainer/driver Ray Paver was able to angle her outside. The daughter of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate overpowered the leader, Massive Risk, and downed her by 3/4 lengths in i:58, matching her career best. Long Driveway finished third. Harry Horowitz and Iris Horowitz bred and own Miss Da Line. Wednesday's card also featured the track's top trotters in a pair of events. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Barn Girl made it three straight when she held off Flowers N Songs by 1/2 length and triumphed in 1:55.1. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now has won 33 of 67 lifetime starts. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap, Call For Justice extended his winning to five with a front-end promenade in 1:53.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The pocket-sitting Tricky Nick was second while TSM Photo Bugger raced well first over for show. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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