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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

WILKES-BARRE PA - Despite a strong headwind hitting the trotters and pacers in the face as they entered the homestretch at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night, closers won both of the harness racing $25,000 winners-over features. The winners came from almost-opposite ends of the pari-mutuel spectrum: Cash Me Out paid $53.80 as the second-longest shot in the trot headliner, while $6.80 favorite Devil Child took the victory in the pacing mares spotlight race.   A frontstretch headwind, of course, means a strong backstretch tailwind on a 5/8-mile track such as Pocono, and quarters one and three were vicious in both features. There were no fewer than five lead changes in the field of nine in the top trot as numbers of 26.2, 56, and 1:23.3 were put up, as Cash Me Out was able to overhaul the horse responsible for the last number, Wind Of The North (ironic name in this discussion), by a half-length in the final 100 feet, stopping the timer in 1:53.3 over sloppy going. Andrew McCarthy drove the winning Cash Hall gelding, now with a career bankroll of $524,299, for trainer Kyle Spagnola and owners Taylor Racing LLC.   McCarthy was almost able to pull off a sweep of the features, as his mare, God Forbid N, swept wide into the lane following wind-influenced numbers of 26. 55.3, and 1:22.1 and made the lead, but the horse on her back, Devil Child, tipped wider and was able to pace past in the latter stages, stopping the timer in 1:51.2 while ¾ of a length ahead. Devil Child, a daughter of American Ideal driven by David Miller for trainer Chris Oakes, had been on the lead in all four of her previous 2016 races, but Miller didn't get into the Hall Of Fame by not knowing how to adjust for conditions, and he got this mare home tonight to raise her lifetime earnings to $448,138 for owner Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms LLC.   PHHA / Pocono  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2016 - Leaving from an inside post position for the first time in more than a month, Barn Girl followed live cover and turned it on late to score in 1:53.3 -- a harness racing career best -- in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl started from post 8 or 9 in her four most recent races and still managed to hit the board in three of those outings. She left from the rail Tuesday but was sitting seventh when Jim Pantaleano moved her behind the first-over Ras Shakinthtbacon. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie peeled off cover around the final turn and tracked down the leader, Smokinmombo, defeating her by a neck. She Nuit finished third. Ron Burke trains Barn Girl, who extended her career bankroll to $269,156, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Cash Poor (Cash Hall) scored in Sunday's $15,000 Open Trot at Saratoga. Harness racing driver Jim Devaux piloted the Harry Reddick Jr. trainee and moved the speedy highstepper first over just past the half. Cash Poor powered past the race's leader before drawing off to win in 2:03 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Boli (Wally Hennessey) closed sharply for second in his local debut while veteran Slugfest (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. It was the fourth victory on the season for the eight year old Cash Poor who is owned by Traylor Racing, LLC. He returned $9.30 to win and started an exacta and triple that paid $68.50 and $209, respectively. Live racing resumes at Saratoga on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Neither favorite prevailed in New York Sire Stakes action at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 21) evening, with harness racing 3-year-old trotting colts Smalltownthrowdown ($8.70) and Sir Royson ($42.00) prevailing in their respective $61,300 events.   In the first division, carded as race six, Smalltownthrowdown yielded to even-money choice Allerage Echo (Jim Morrill, Jr.) upon reaching the backstretch, vacating the pegs and dueling to a 1-1/4 length victory after enjoying a clear tracking journey. Trainer Dan Daley drove the Cash Hall colt to a 1:56 score over sloppy going, defeating Allerage Echo by 1-1/4 lengths. Third-place finisher A Jersey Contract (Jeff Gregory) was 2-3/4 lengths farther back.   Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford, IV, Donald renner, and Richard Lombardo own Smalltownthrowdown.   The compexion of the eighth-race second division changed entirely when 2-5 favorite Dayson (Morrill) broke stride at race's midpoint. Jim Marohn, Jr. worked Sir Royson out of traffic on the far turn, drawing off to a 3-1/4 length victory in 1:56 after reeling in pacesetter Sweet Royalty (Gregory) in upper stretch. The Crazed colt sprinted off through a :27.4 final quarter mile to defeat Dexter Cup winner Dante (Oskar Florhed) and Reve Royale (Chris Lems) for trainer Linda Toscano and owner R-and-I Farms, LLC.   Marohn led all drivers with three wins on the 12-race program, also teaming up with Southern Palms ($15.60, 1:57.2) and Uncle Mack ($21.40, 1:58.1) in $15,000 Excelsior A events.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (May 27) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

It took until the final stride to decide whether Slugfest (Conway Hall) or Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) had prevailed in Sunday's harness racing Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Slugfest was on the front end in the 1 1/16 mile feature and the back-to-back Trotter of the Year at the track was met with the first over challenge of the favored Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux).   Those two top flight trotters slugged it out for better than a half mile before Slugfest held off his rival by the slimmest of margins to win in 2:03 on a windy afternoon at the Spa.   It was the third victory of the season in the Open for the Maureen Salino-trained Slugfest who was the public's second choice in the wagering at odds of 8-5.   Cash Me Out has now hit the board in four consecutive Sunday features at the Spa while Lucid Thoughts (Shawn Gray) earned the show spot.   Slugfest was driven to the Open score by Jay Randall.   Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

Pocketed Outrageous Art (Jason Bartlett, $29) and two-move Luminosity (George Brennan, $7.90) shared the Saturday Derby Night glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $40,000 Open Handicaps. The week's marquee pace was a two-speed number, with 6-5 favorite Atta Boy Dan (Brennan) and Outrageous Art leaving from post position Nos. 5 and 4 (each in one after an inside scratch), respectively. The people's preference led through intervals of :28, :56.4 and 1:24.3, negating a second move from outside assignee Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears). Atta Boy Dan owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, with Outrageous Art ducking inside. The double-digit number picked off the favorite, winning by a half-length in a season's-best 1:52.1. Stolen Car (Tyler Buter), Jeneral Patton (Pat Lachance) and Texican N (Jordan Stratton) completed the cashers. For fifth choice Outrageous Art, a 9-year-old son of Art Major co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Ameer Najor, it was his sixth win in 13 career starts. The exacta paid $83, the triple returned $619 and the superfecta paid $1,923. The week's trotting feature saw Luminosity get thrown in play early and that tact served him well. From post No. 7, he wedged into a three-hole behind Somebody AS (Stratton) and Monroe County (Bartlett). The former put up early weigh stations of :27.2 of :56.3, while Luminosity was planning his next move. That one engaged the leader through a 1:25.2 three-quarters before wearing him down off the final turn. Luminosity then finished it off, defeating a second-up Major Athens (Sears)-the slight 2-1 choice-by 2¼ lengths in 1:54.1 Homicide Hunter (Mark MacDonald) was an uncovered third in his 4-year-old/local/half-mile track debut, while Monroe County and Newcastle (Buter) settled for the remainder. . For Luminosity, a 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he's now 3-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $25.80, with the triple returning $132. Frank Drucker

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