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WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2017 -- Stuck three-wide through a sizzling 26.4 opening quarter, Barn Girl showed her grit when she held off all harness racing challengers to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. When Barn Girl finally reached the front near the three-eighths, she shrugged off the first-over move of Bessie. A more serious threat was Princess Pablano, who went three-wide down the backside and drew even with Barn Girl into the final turn. But Barn Girl drew off for Aaron Merriman in late stretch and downed Princess Pablano by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53.4. Bessie persevered for show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who has won 18 times over the past two seasons and $455,108 for her career, for Renee Bercury. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) went coast to coast in the Sunday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The longtime top-flight highstepper secured his second victory of the year in the Open Trot as driver Jimmy Devaux moved him out to the early lead. Cash Me Out went the distance on the engine on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the Spa City. The Kyle Spagnola trainee earned just shy of $200,000 last year and has picked up right where he left off in '17. The six year old trotter got the best of his rivals in the $16,000 Open on Sunday and did so at odds of 3-5. Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) finished second while Ulster (Dan Cappello Jr) earned the show spot. The exacta paid $16 while the triple came back $62. Cash Me Out, who stopped the timer in 1:55.4 in his Sunday score, is owned by Traylor Racing LLC of Ballston Spa. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) made his return a winning one at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. A red hot Kyle Spagnola stable sent its prized six year old out to compete in the $12,000 Open Trot on Sunday off a qualifier two weeks ago and a scratch last week. Jimmy Devaux was aggressive at the start with Cash Me Out who moved out to the lead in a first quarter of 28 seconds flat. Despite putting up a quick half of 57.3, Cash Me Out had plenty left for the final lap and drew away from his rivals in the field of six before stopping the timer in 1:55.3, the fastest trotting mile of the year thus far at Saratoga. Twisted Pretzel (Mark Beckwith) was the runner-up in his first crack at the Open this year while longshot Lucid Thoughts (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out was the 9-5 second choice in the betting and led an exacta and triple that paid $36.40 and $174, respectively. Cash Me Out, who is owned by Traylor Racing LLC, was a nominee for Trotter of the Year last year after a $196,000+ season by way of eleven wins and twelve seconds. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 14, 2017...Sooo Handsome, bred, owned, trained and driven by Rick Plano, pulled off a minor upset at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (March 14), squeaking by the favored Prairie Fortune, with John MacDonald in the bike, in the final stride for a nose victory in 1:55.3. The four year-old gelded son of Cash Hall, second to Prairie Fortune one week ago, turned the tables on that 1 to 2 favorite by gaining a good early spot, taking up the chase on the backside and wearing Prairie Fortune down in the very last stride. Massive Lightning, driven by Mickey McNichol, rallied to finish third, though 2 ¾ lengths away, with Explosive Muscles, last half way through the mile, fourth. Massacaia picked up the nickel in the septet of classy trotters. As the outset, it was Celebrity Maserati leaving with alacrity with Sooo Handsome, leaving from the coveted post five, away well to settle in the garden spot. Diamond Dagger, the only mare in the field, was on the prowl from third with Massacaia next, Massive Lightning fifth, Explosive Muscles sixth and Prairie Fortune, handicapped with the outside post, trailing. With an opening quarter in :27.2, Celebrity Maserati was gliding along on the lead with Sooo Handsome still second and Massacaia next as Diamond Dagger was now fourth and hung out to dry like wet laundry. At the :56.2 half, Prairie Fortune was on the move from the back of the pack and, once they straightened away for the journey up the backside, MacDonald sent Prairie Jaguar on a double-bubble binge that took him to the front past the third station in 1:25.3. Meanwhile, Sooo Handsome was able to wend his way to the outside but was still two lengths away turning for home. In the lane, Prairie Fortune was trying desperately to protect the lead with Sooo Handsome gnawing away with every stride, finally claiming the top prize in the very last stride. After the race, driver Rick Plano said, "This horse tends to be a little lazy leaving but, with the five post here winning at such a high rate (24.6%), and everyone else leaving from that post, I thought I'd try and leave a little, too. "I wasn't going to get by the '2' horse (Celebrity Maserati), so it was kind of a blessing to settle into second. On the backstretch, John's (MacDonald) horse (Prairie Fortune) was brushing very hard, so when he went by us, I was fortunate that I had a chance to pull and try and follow him. "I didn't know if I could catch him in the lane and, at the wire, I still didn't know if I got him. "Guess that's what they have a photo finish camera for. "This horse (Sooo Handsome) can be very good when he's in the mood and, tonight, he was in the mood!" Sooo Handsome won for the third time in 10 starts this semester, good for $21,000 in bounty. Lifetime, the four year-old now boasts $56,680 with 11 wins in 37 career starts. As the second choice at 9 to 2, Sooo Handsome paid $11.80 to win. In the $10,000 Open 2 Trot, it was San Handicap victorious for Ricky Macomber, Jr. in 1:55.4. The four year-old altered son of Swan For All scored a one length victory over My Revenuer (Bryce Fenn) with Tater Twister (Mike Simons) third after cutting panels of :27.3, :57 and 1:26 for faltering ever-so-slightly in the final stages of the mile. Modern Mercury, closing fastest of all, finished fourth after dawdling at the back of the back of the pack until the stretch call. Fleetwood Hall picked up the final award in the field of seven. Swan Handicap, away in good order and settling in third as Tater Twister put up all the early numbers, pulled on the backside and went a game first over journey, pulling on even terms with the leader once they straightened away for home and then on to victory--his second of the year in 10 starts. Trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Matthew Rheinheimer, Swan Handicap won for the 10th time in his career stretching 43 starts. He's now banked 79,159 lifetime---18,640 this year. As the 3 to 2 favorite, Swan Handicap paid $5.00 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with Godiva Seelster looking for a repeat victory in the $11,000 Open Pace for Mares. The seven year-old daughter of Camluck, with 40 career victories in her grand career, will have Wally Hennessey in the bike and is listed as the 3 to 2 morning line favorite. Misssomebeach Blue, OK Heavenly, Goldstar Rockette, Jets Are On and Sweet Bet complete the talented field of ladies. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 15, 2017 -- The only harness racing mare in the field, Barn Girl stalked TSM Photo Bugger from the pocket, then blew by in the lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Aaron Merriman kept Barn Girl under wraps until the top of the stretch, when she brushed past the tiring leader and scored in 1:54.3. Valley Of Sin followed cover well for second, a neck back, while Trustworthy Kid, the 1-2 favorite, rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who extended her career bankroll to $394,196, for Renee Bercury. It was one of three wins for Merriman on the 13-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 18, 2017 -- Trailing by 7-1/2 lengths at the half, Barn Girl unleashed a sustained bid for Aaron Merriman that carried her to an impressive harness racing victory -- her third straight and sixth in her last seven starts -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A determined Whata Donato, who was parked to the three-eighths before getting the lead, appeared to have the field put away heading into the stretch. But Barn Girl rocketed by her, drawing off to defeat her by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:56.4 over a "good" surface. Early leader Unefoisdansmavie earned show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who triumphed for the 29th time in 58 career outings (50 percent) and extended her lifetime bankroll to $377,796, for Renee Bercury. Wilbur Yoder and trainer Norm Parker teamed for a pair of wins on the 13-race card while Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and Merriman also enjoyed two-baggers. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 27, 2016 -- Barn Girl quarter-poled to the lead, then held off the menacing challenge of Princess Pablano to capture Tuesday's $18,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl was on a seemingly easy lead at the three-quarters when she was confronted by the first-over Princess Pablano, who drew even into the final turn. Barn Girl dug deep for Aaron Merriman and prevailed in 1:56.2, a neck better than the game Princess Pablano. Unefoisdansmavie shot the Lightning Lane for show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who won for the fourth time in her last five starts and extended her lifetime bankroll to $357,796, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 14-race card, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke. Because Wednesday's program at The Meadows closes the current meeting and the 2016 live racing schedule -- no carryovers are permitted. Therefore, the Pick 4 (races 4-7 with a $5,000 total-pool guarantee), Pick 5 (races 9-13 with a $2,483.89 carryover from Tuesday) and the final superfecta on the card are all "must pay." In addition, the day's first superfecta features a $3,886.26 carryover, as Tuesday's final superfecta was uncovered.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 6, 2016 -- After a challenging first quarter, Barn Girl glided effortlessly through the slop en route to her third straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Leaving from post 8, the 1-2 favorite won a three-ply battle for the lead for Aaron Merriman. She easily parried the first-over thrust of Manhattan Miss and scored in 1:57.1. Bessie split horses to finish second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Unefoisdansmavie rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who now has won 26 of 54 lifetime starts (48.1 percent) and earned $344,296, for Renee Bercury. It was one of four wins for Merriman on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 29, 2016 -- Barn Girl made it two straight Tuesday at The Meadows when she quarter-poled to the lead and jogged off to a comfortable harness racing victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Barn Girl was away second when Aaron Merriman sent her after the leader, Mistress Valentine. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie never let Mistress Valentine get close, defeating her by 2 lengths in 1:54.1. Elin shot the Lightning Lane for show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, who now boasts $334,296 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Mike Wilder continued his torrid streak, collecting four more wins to give him 19 over the last four programs. Jim Pantaleano enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 22, 2016 -- Barn Girl pulled the pocket into the final turn and wore down the leader, Mistress Valentine, in the harness racing lane to capture Tuesday's $15,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The 6-5 favorite, Barn Girl took the early lead for Aaron Merriman but released Mistress Valentine past the quarter to stalk from the pocket. She was the stronger mare in the stretch, downing Mistress Valentine by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.2. Manhattan Miss shot the Lightning Lane for show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who now boasts $325,396 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall, Jim Pantaleano and trainer Dirk Simpson each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) wasn't going to settle for second on Sunday afternoon after being the harness racing runner up in back to back tries in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Harry Reddick Jr-trained Cash Poor worked hard to get the early lead in the $16,000 Sunday feature as driver Jimmy Devaux guided him to the front in a first quarter of 27.4 on a chilly afternoon in the Spa City. The 8-1 longshot didn't get too much of a breather before being tested by a first over rival but held strong throughout before hanging on to score in 1:56, a seasonal best win time for the eight year old trotter. Zooming (Mark Beckwith) closed for second while longshot Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Cash Poor paid $18.40 to win while recording his eighth victory in 2016. The exacta and triple returned $42.80 and $165.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

Vernon, N.Y. - William Ballard's Gimme the Cash ($3.40) held off all comers in Friday (November 4) evening's harness racing  featured $6,700 trotting event at Vernon Downs, living up to odds-on billing. The 5-year-old Cash Hall mare sprinted to the fore early, clearing Count Speed (John MacDonald) with ease before controlling the terms through :27.1, :56.3, and 1:25.2 sectionals. Upon reaching head-stretch, Gimme the Cash responded to pressure from Count Speed up the pegs, but was also faced with a threat from the late-emerging My Lucky Word (Truman Gale) in the last yards. Ultimately, Gimme the Cash prevailed by a nose over My Lucky Word in 1:54.3, while Count Speed was a gamely chasing third. Angus MacDonald trains Gimme the Cash, who took her 13th career win and her third in four tries. For driver Chris Lems, the featured win kicked off a hat trick on the 13-race card only to be outdone by John MacDonald, who led all drivers with four victories on the night. Saturday (November 5) evening's closing night program features the annual "Turn Back the Clock Rewind Race", conducted clockwise at seven-eighths of a mile, as the eighth of 12 dashes carded. Horsemen and bettors alike should note a special 6:00 p.m. post time for the closing night card, with fireworks to follow. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 8, 2016 -- Favorites Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4) and Luminosity (George Brennan, $4.20) were the harness racing names above the moist Saturday night marquee, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Both did so in down-the-road fashion. Bit of a Legend N, from post position No. 6 in the weekly pacing feature, held off Mach it So (Jason Bartlett) in a two-speed number (:27.2, :56.3, 1:25, 1:52.2). The margin was a neck, with Feel the Need A (Eric Goodell) was a best-of-the-rest third. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) and a North American-debuting Ricimer A (Steve Smith) rounded out the payees. For Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his 11th win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11, with the triple returning $32.60. The adult-table trot saw pole-sitting Luminosity go the distance (:27.4, :56.4, 1:25.4, 1:55.1), defeating a pocketed Cash Me Out (Tyler Buter) by a head. Crazy About Pat (Stratton) was a rallying third, with Dragin' The Wagon (Eric Abbatiello) and eight-ball-assigned Allerage Star (Dube) settling for the minors. For Luminosity, a 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he's now 6-for-25 this season. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.30, with the triple returning $51. YONKERS’ MONDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $5,000 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 10) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover  $5,023.18. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

Flyhawk Thriller (Cash Hall) dropped and popped while recording an harness racing upset in Tuesday night's featured race at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bert Belanger-trained trotter dropped out of the Open but drew post position seven in the $9,000 featured trot on Tuesday. Leading driver Stephane Bouchard sat back patiently with Flyhawk Thriller, who was dismissed at odds of 10-1, as fast fractions were being set during a hotly contested first half. Flyhawk Thriller came first over and overpowered the race's favorite en route to opening up a big lead past three quarters. Drama Free (Jordan Derue) shook loose late but never got close to Flyhawk Thriller who stopped the timer in 1:55.4. Drama Free was the runner up while Time To Quit (Brian Cross) completed the triple. For Flyhawk Thriller, whose 1:54.2 win time set back in May still stands as the fastest for any trotter at Saratoga in 2016, it was win number four on the season. Returning $22.00 to win, Flyhawk Thriller led an exacta and triple that paid $289.50 and $2309, respectively. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Cashahallic (Cash Hall) handled the step back up in class with ease on Tuesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Richie Silverman trainee scored first over in the evening's harness racing feature. After a stint in the local Open, Cashahallic dropped down in company recently and recorded a pair of seconds and a third in his three starts heading into Tuesday night's try in the $8,800 featured trotting race. Billy Dobson piloted the eight year old trotting veteran and moved first over as Traverse Seelster (Wally Hennessey) followed his live cover. Cashahallic cleared the lead heading towards the three quarter pole and held on to win in a speedy 1:55.2 while Traverse Seelster had to settle for second. Longshot The Franchise (Jim Devaux) came on to earn the show spot. Cashahallic returned $15.20 in the mild upset and led an exacta and triple that came back $39 and $521, respectively. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) scored his third harness racing victory of the year in the local Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Jimmy Devaux piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter and moved him first over approaching the half. Cash Me Out hit his best gear and cruised past his rivals to open up a big lead heading towards three quarters. The five year old highstepper was met with challenges in the stretch from Boli (Wally Hennessey) and Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) but held them both off before stopping the timer in 1:54.4. The victory was number eight on the year for Cash Me Out who is just shy of $110,000 in earnings midway through July. Boli was the runner up for the third consecutive start in the $15,000 Open while Stirling Cadet finished third to hit the board for the six straight time in the Sunday feature. Cash Me Out was the race's 3-2 betting favorite and led an exacta and triple that returned $34.20 and $237.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday with first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

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