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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 12, 2019 -- Harness racing pacer K Ryan Bluechip zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment as he rolled to victory in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although the track was listed "good," K Ryan Bluechip reeled off a sharp 1:50.3 mile for driver Dave Palone, trainer Mike Palone and owners Steven Ronay, Collin Ryan, Lone Wolf Stable and J.R. Ryan. Carolina Beach stalked the winner from the pocket but had to settle for place, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, for the fifth consecutive start. Summer Travel completed the ticket. K Ryan Bluechip, a 7-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding, extended his career bankroll to $487,845. Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone, Jim Pantaleano, Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each fashioned a double on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $990.65 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, Aug. 31, 2019 -- Bluebird Recon let Summer Travel do the heavy lifting, then blew by him in the lane to spring a 14-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although Summer Travel reached the point from post 8, he needed a 26.3 opening panel to get there. He was strong enough to discourage any backside challengers but could not hold off the pocket-sitting Bluebird Recon, who roared past for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and downed Summer Travel by three-quarter lengths in 1:51.2. Macadoodledoo completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains the 4-year-old Net Ten Eom-Colette gelding, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dave Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race card while Tony Hall enjoyed a triple. After a Labor Day break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 3, 2019 -- Windsong Leo had to battle for the lead through a demanding 26.2 opening panel, but he faced nary a serious challenge thereafter, rolling home in a career-best 1:49.3 in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After Windsong Leo wrested early supremacy from Carolina Beach, Dave Palone gave him a 29 second-quarter breather. That was all the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding needed, as he downed Carolina Beach by 1-3/4 lengths, with Summer Travel third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who lifted his career bankroll to $486,500, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Burke collected four wins on the 13-race program while Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $792.70 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2019 -- It was in 1999 that Dave Palone brought Washington VC from well back to pass a tiring Blissfull Hall and win the final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Twenty years later, Palone still is seeking his second blanket of orchids in the signature event of his home track. He'll have perhaps his best chance in years in Saturday's $400,000 Adios final at The Meadows when he steers Prince Of Tides, one of three Adios elimination winners, from the rail. The Adios anchors an action-packed card that includes six Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. In addition, the card features three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500. The Adios goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:30 PM. The 16-race card kicks off at 11:25 AM. It isn't that Palone hasn't done well in the Adios; by many measures, he's been terrific. Counting finals, elims and consolations, he's won eight times and collected nearly $1.2 million in purses, behind only John Campbell and Ron Pierce in Adios earnings. "I've been fortunate enough to take a lot of money out of the Adios," Palone says. "I think I have a good history in the race, and I'm always super-comfortable on Adios Day." Yet it's nearly inconceivable that Palone, the "winningest" driver on the planet with 18,880 career victories, should have only one Adios title. There is, however, a solid reason for it. The trainers of top 3-year-old colts often prefer to get season-long commitments from drivers to travel the Grand Circuit with their horses. That usually excludes Palone, who a number of years ago decided to limit his travel to spend more time with his family. "That was the greatest decision in the world," he says. "I was so fortunate to be able to spend my whole career right here, get home at five o'clock every day and watch my girls' softball games or go to their horse shows. I may have missed opportunities out of town, but I don't second-guess anything that I've done." Thus, while he's picked up plenty of Adios catch drives, they've usually been long shots. Things may be different this year. Not only does he have a hot horse -- Prince Of Tides has won five straight and dominated his Adios elim -- but the rules of the stake also favor Palone again. In 1999, finalists were chosen by open draw; when Blissful Hall drew post 8, he had to endure a demanding journey to the top over a track left sticky by rain. That enabled Palone to duck from post 3, rally late and defeat Blissfull Hall, who would go on to win pacing's Triple Crown. "I figured I could take advantage of the one thing I knew -- the racetrack," Palone recalls. "It was tiring, so I took my horse back and 'one-run' him. That's how we got it done." This year, elimination winners earned the right to pick their posts in the final. Even though Ross Croghan, who conditions Prince Of Tides for Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Howard Taylor, chose third among elimination winners, he indicates his first preference always was the rail. "He has a big gait and can change gears real quick," Croghan says. "If anything leaves against him, they're in big trouble. He has the post advantage, and they'll have to beat him." A son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the champion mare Tug River Princess, Prince Of Tides was a growthy youngster who suffered colt soreness and was turned out after only four starts last year. Not knowing how good he might be, his connections sustained him to very few stakes; the Adios will be his richest engagement of the year. "He's a big, heavy horse, and we decided to shut him down early and let him finish growing," Croghan says. "He has a tough job on Saturday, but he will race good." Palone hopes Prince Of Tides will bring him that elusive second Adios title, but he's not obsessed with the quest. "With my family here, it would be special to me," he says. "But is it something I'm choked up about? Not at all. I love the situation I'm in." The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) have planned a number of appealing Adios Day fan activities. North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) will perform on the apron from 6 PM - 8 PM while the Miller Lite Brewhouse and the BBQ Tent will be open throughout the races. The MSOA will sponsor a T-shirt toss, and an Apple IPad will be raffled courtesy the Standardbred Breeders Association of PA. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 5, 2019 -- Shuffled to fourth after taking the early lead, Morning Shadow poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Pace for fillies and mares. JK Kissntell took the point from Morning Shadow, thwarting a number of challengers but never enjoying a breather. Morning Shadow and Dave Palone pounced on her in the lane and scored in 1:56.1, a head better than Eleanor Jean. Sewonandsewforth earned show. Chris Oluvic trains Morning Shadow, a 3-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Fan For Life, and owns with Steven Busching. Palone collected two wins Wednesday while 10 other drivers scored single victories on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the Belmont Day program features a $168,074 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers as well as a trio of carryovers -- $4,166.94 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $2,050.65 in the Pick4 (races 3-6) and $491.44 in the final-race Super Hi-5. Special post time is 11:25 AM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, May 25, 2019 --Kate's Massive powered to the lead past the quarter and made the rest of it look easy, scoring a convincing harness racing victory in Friday's $99,430 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters at The Meadows. Last year's Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion, Kate's Massive opened his sophomore campaign with a stallion series victory, so the Currier & Ives represented a step up for him. Nevertheless, Dave Palone steered the son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate aggressively, protecting the rail starting position and getting away second. Once Kate's Massive reached the point, he had little trouble holding off the first-over challenge of Shake N Bake. The 6-5 favorite needed only a single tap from Palone's whip in the stretch to defeat Shake N Bake by 2 lengths in 1:54.1, lowering his life mark 1.2 seconds. Long shot Stinglike A B K finished third. Kelly Paver trains the winner, who lifted his career bankroll to $136,267, for owner and co-breeder Harry Horowitz. It was one of five victories on the 12-race card for Palone, who triumphed for the 18th time (including Open Division wins in final heats and preliminary splits) in the illustrious history of the Currier & Ives, which was launched at The Meadows in 1975. The "winningest" driver in harness racing history, Palone collected his first Currier & Ives victory with Dontellmenomore in 1991. Also enjoying big nights were Jim Pantaleano and trainer Scott Betts, with four and three wins, respectively. Following a brief holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (May 2) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Palone, Rich Mattei, Ashley Eisenbeil, and Garnet Barnsdale Palone joins the Post Time crew to talk about his career in the sport of harness racing and the ride has been at The Meadows. Palone is the winningest driver of all time with over 18,700 career wins. Mattei will be live from historic Churchill Downs to highlight the happenings coming up this weekend at the Kentucky Derby. A yearly tradition on the show, the trio will highlight the race and discuss possible contenders. Eisenbell works with the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association and she joins to talk about the associations purpose and what they do to help the breeds as a whole in the state. The Somebeachsomewhere movie screening will take place on Saturday, May 4 at the Mohawk Inn and Conference Center in Milton, Ontario. USHWA Canada's president Garnet Barnsdale joins to discuss the premier of the movie and when fans may be able to look forward to the release of it. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator U.S. Trotting Association | 6130 S. Sunbury Rd. | Westerville, OH 43081-3909

The Ron Burke Stable won five races on Saturday’s 14 race harness racing card at The Meadows including three of the four Late Closer Finals, and Dave Palone steered home 6 winners on a busy day in Washington, PA. Firedbylindie moved to the front for driver Dave Palone going to the half mile point and never looked back winning the $28,700 Margaret Provost Memorial by 2 ¼ lengths in 1:56.4. The winner trained by Ron Burke now has lifetime earnings of $47,500. Following the winner home were the Wilbur Yoder trained entry of Lindy Missunshine and Giant Possession. Next up for Burke was the pair of three-year-old Sweet Lou fillies, Pretty N Fast and Walk On Air. Using similar tactics as with Firedbylindie, Pretty N Fast moved to the lead approaching the half and went on to victory in the $26,300 Ruby Cook Memorial Pace by 1 ½ lengths over her stablemate in 1:53.1. Crew Sock Hanover grabbed third money for David Brickell. The third late closer winner for the Burke Stable was Capt Chaps Hanover, winning the $31,100 Ben Wood Memorial Trot in 1:56 over 50-1 longshot Explosive Form and Cash Hit. Dave Palone steered Capt Chaps Hanover for his third consecutive win on the card. Sent off at 2-5 Capt Chaps Hanover went gate to wire and paid $2.60 to win. Norm Parker trained, and Mike Wilder driven Wild Wild Western won the Tom Kirwan Memorial late closer final with an impressive wire to wire win from post 9 in a lifetime best 1:52. With a masterful drive by Mike Wilder, Wild Wild Western paced through a pedestrian half of 57.1 before pacing his last half in 54.4 for the win. The Ron Burke trained Yacht Week followed the winner home but was no match. Captain Hill grabbed the show spot. The Winners Over $10,000 life saw a classic three horse stretch duel with Atta Boy Dan and Royaltyhasarrived dead heating for the win in 1:51.1. Nitro Seelster finished a nose back in third. Racing resumes Monday with a 1:05 post. On Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 4, The Meadows will have a special 11:25 post time. Mark J. Loewe

Washington, PA — After a scheduled brief hiatus, harness racing returns to The Meadows on Saturday (April 27) with four Late Closer finals being contested. Trainer Ron Burke is loaded with talent in these races and looks to complete a sweep of the events. The $28,700 Margaret Provost Memorial Trot (race three) for 3-year-old filly trotters is led by the Ron Burke trained Firedbylindie, a daughter of Explosive Matter who was an easy winner in the first two legs of the series, with a career best 1:56 mile in her last start. Starting from post four, the filly will be driven by Dave Palone. Her main competition looks to be coming from the Norm Parker trained Sweet Madam and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. from post eight. The $26,300 Ruby Cook Memorial (race four) for 3-year-old filly pacers looks like a match race between the two Ron Burke trained 3-year-old daughters of Sweet Lou, Pretty N Fast and Walk On Air. Both fillies have won their divisions in the first two legs of the series. Dave Palone has driven both fillies in the previous legs and has elected to go with Pretty N Fast, while Mike Wilder picks up the mount of Walk On Air in the final. The two fillies will start next to each other from posts four and five, respectively. The $31,100 Ben Wood Memorial Trot (race five) for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters is led by another Burke trainee, Capt Chaps Hanover, from post position two. Winless in nine starts as a 2-year-old, the gelded son of Explosive Matter is three-for-four in 2019, winning both of his legs in the series. His main competition looks to be from Cash Hit off the rail for trainer Steven Walters and driver Brady Brown, the Karen Fread trained Papi Hanover, post four, and Dirk Simpson’s Explosive Magic from post nine. The $25,400 Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace (race six) for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers looks to be a wide open affair led by a trio of previous series winners. Doctor Jimmy drew the coveted rail with Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for trainer Brian Brown, Doc’s Hooligan drew post two for trainer Bruce Riegle and driver Tony Hall, and Wild Wild Western drew post nine for Norm Parker and Mike Wilder. Although winless in the first two legs, the Ron Burke trained Yacht Week looks formidable after a third place finish in his only start in the series. Yacht Week starts from post eight and sports a 2-year-old record of 1:51.2 at Lexington’s Red Mile. The Meadows will be rolling out its new starting gate on Saturday, with a reduced slant of seven feet, down from the previous slant of 13 feet. Post time for the 14-race card is 1:05 p.m.   from the Meadows

Dave Palone, right, the world record holder for harness racing wins, was a guest bartender at Parlay Lounge in the Hyatt Place Meadows Casino hotel on Feb. 28. Palone was present to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. His uniform, photo and whip are displayed in the Parlay Lounge (in the background). Pictured with Palone is Fred Branovan, president and COO of FFC Capital. Reprinted with permission of The Observer-Reporter

WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2019 -- Millionaire Dancin Yankee fired out for the lead and had little trouble with the field or the sloppy surface, cruising to victory in a sharp 1:53 in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The win gave Dave Palone and harness racing trainer Ron Burke a sweep of the track's four Preferred events for the week. The pocket-sitting Dapper Dude finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with the first-over Arthur Pendragon completing the ticket. Burke Racing Stable campaigns Dancin Yankee, an 11-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest gelding who boosted his career bankroll to $1,879,907. Palone and Burke each collected four victories on the 12-race card, and each tallied 13 wins for the week. In other highlights of the week: Party At The Banks Repeats in $20K F&M Trot Looped from the gate, Party At The Banks made the lead at her leisure and powered off to her second straight victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. The 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As triumphed in 1:54.2, 3-1/2 lengths better than You're Majestic, with CR Blazin Beauty third. Palone steered Party At The Banks, who lifted her lifetime earnings to $145,923, for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke fashioned a four-bagger on the 12-race program while Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted three winners. Chris Shaw provided the day's tote board pyrotechnics when he guided Woman Possessed home at a lush 55-1.   Windsun Glory Again in Top Distaff Pace Windsun Glory made it two straight to start her 6-year-old campaign with a front-end win in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. The daughter of Mach Three-Windsun Princess repelled a serious first-over challenge from Bontz N to score in 1:52.2 for Palone. The pocket-sitting Touchamatic was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Bontz N saved show. Burke conditions Windsun Glory, who extended her career bankroll to $390,368, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables and Larry Karr. Wilder garnered four wins on the 13-race program while Brady Brown, Jim Pantaleano and Burke each enjoyed a triple.   Millionaire Dayson Scores in Season's Debut Dayson, whose most recent victory made him a millionaire, kicked off his 2019 campaign in similar fashion with an easy win in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Although Dayson hadn't raced since the day after Christmas, Palone steered him aggressively with a quarter-pole move in the slop. The 6-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding prevailed in 1:56, 1-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Bluebird Jesse, with Chef Lee third. Dayson      - Chris Gooden photo Burke trains Dayson, who now has banked $1,011,712, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Tony Hall and Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $512.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 10, 2018 -- Aided by a second-quarter breather, Dayson drew away from the pocket-sitting Wind Of The North in the lane and captured Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dayson was looped from the gate and had to work hard for the lead on a subfreezing day. But the 5-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding was refreshed by the 30.3 second panel Dave Palone gave him and downed Wind Of The North by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:56.3. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Dayson, who lifted his career bankroll to $987,712, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Rossie Smith. Dan Rawlings collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 17, 2018 -- Windsong Leo sprinted to the early lead, then withstood two challenges late to collect his 17th harness racing victory this year -- and help Dave Palone to a six-bagger -- in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Always A Prince and Southwind Amazon are the "winningest" horses in 2018 at the Meadows with 19 victories apiece. Windsong Leo endured a 27 opening quarter, but when Palone gave him a 29.2 second-panel breather, he had enough to hold off the bids of Anythingforlove A in the Lightning Lane and Phoenix Warrior N outside. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding prevailed in 1:51.2, 1/2 length better than Anythingforlove A, with Phoenix Warrior N third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who now boasts $378,650 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Aaron Merriman and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $1,668.32 Pick 5 carryover and a Super Hi-5 jackpot of $260.50. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2018 -- Atta Boy Dan moved relentlessly first over to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Atta Boy Dan was fourth down the backside when Dave Palone sent him after the leader, Nitro Seelster. The two dueled for nearly one-quarter mile before Atta Boy Dan edged away and downed his rival by 3/4 lengths in 1:52, with Gallant Seelster third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 9-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding who won for the 49th time and extended his career bankroll to $720,202, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2018 -- Camera Lady enjoyed a 29.2 second-quarter breather, then sprinted off to her third straight victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap harness racing pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady dueled three-wide through a demanding 27.2 opening quarter, but after Dave Palone stepped on the brakes, the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go repelled the first-over challenge of Caviart Scarlett and scored in 1:54.2. Yankee Moonshine rallied for second, 5-3/4 lengths back, with Keystone Riptide third. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $233,298, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver-Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins, including three for Burke, on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 3, 2018 -- Forced to a demanding 26.4 opening quarter, Phoenix Warrior N found enough late to survive two deep-stretch challenges and capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After dueling for the early lead with Anythingforlove A and Windsong Leo, Phoenix Warrior N had to deal with both those rivals in the lane. Windsong Leo attacked outside while Anythingforlove shot the Lightning Lane, but Phoenix Warrior N kept his nose in front of Anythingforlove A and scored in 1:50.4 for Jim Pantaleano over a "good" surface. Windsong Leo was a close-up third. Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, an 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding who won for the 13th time this year and lifted his career bankroll to $358,373, for Tim Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. Dave Palone collected five wins on the 13-race card, including three for trainer Ron Burke. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows      

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