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Racing at her fourth different track in as many starts, Show Runner had little trouble adjusting to The Meadows as she rolled to an easy front-end victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Show Runner performed recently at Running Aces, the Meadowlands and Harrah's Philadelphia, finishing first or second on each occasion. She extended that streak Wednesday, zipping to the lead for Tony Hall and scoring in 1:51.2. The pocket-sitting Stucklikeglue was 2 lengths back in second, with Macharoundtheclock third. Mike Watson trains Show Runner, a 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner who boosted her career bankroll to $257,850, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Dave Palone collected seven victories, including three for trainer Ron Burke, on the 14-race card -- nothing unusual there for harness racing's "winningest" driver. But the payoffs on those winners were surprising. While Palone's horses usually are heavily supported at the windows, his seven Wednesday winners returned a combined $64.60 to win. That's an average of just less than $9.23 per winner -- the equivalent of 7-2 odds. Friday's program at The Meadows features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $183,616 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 24, 2015 -- Miss Tezsla, who reached the final of the prestigious James Doherty Memorial, showed her class to a Pennsylvania Stallion Series field Monday at The Meadows when she rolled to a harness racing victory in a stake-fastest 1:57.3. The $100,000 event for freshman filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Rose Run Reanna, Goodtogo Hanover, Thislady'sdynamite and Ardwyn Hanover taking the other splits. Blake MacIntosh enjoyed a trainer/owner double with Rose Run Reanna and Thislady'sdynamite. After finishing second in her Doherty elimination, Miss Tezsla broke stride in the $389,450 final and finished ninth. But her placement in the Doherty shows how highly her connections -- trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical and Herb Liverman -- regard her. "She probably could go in the sires stakes, but Jimmy likes to win," said winning driver Dave Palone. "No one evaluates his horses better, and no one places them in spots better than Jimmy. When the connections are confident, I'm confident." On Monday, the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs quarter-poled to the lead and toyed with the field thereafter, downing Twice A Night by 4-1/2 lengths. Ameliosi earned show. Fresh from a third-place finish in the Pure Ivory final at Mohawk, Rose Run Reanna moved determinedly first over for David Miller and, though snaky in the stretch, wore down the leader, Lady Athens, to capture her maiden victory in 1:58.2. Move Over Darling rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Lady Athens saved show. "She has talent, but she's had troubles breaking," said MacIntosh of the daughter of Explosive Matter-Excusez Moi, a bargain yearling acquisition at $9,000. "We made some equipment adjustments on her, and she's reacted well to them. Now, we have to get the steering part down and we should be okay. She has a sore on her mouth, and the bit we have on her is a little severe. Because she gets a little aggressive, we have to leave it on. In a couple weeks when she calms down a bit, we'll switch the bit." Goodtogo Hanover, who had raced at or near the front in her five previous starts, rated kindly -- more or less -- for Brian Zendt and moved first over to victory in 1:58.2, 1/2 length ahead of Turn The Paige. I Luv Blackhawkred completed the ticket. "I had my hands full just to sit where I was at," Zendt said. "She's been used to front-running, and that didn't work the last couple starts. She was getting tired and sour, so I wanted to race her out of a hole. She was good about it. She thought about pulling up down the backside, but when they turned for home, she was game to go after the horse on the lead." Bill Zendt trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall and owns with Gary Saul. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton made it four straight, despite a parked-out opening panel, when he triumphed in 1:53.2 for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Major Athens was second, 2 lengths in arrears, while the first-over Tamarind finished third. With the victory, the 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding soared over $700,000 in career earnings. Palone completed the 15-race card with four wins. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features the Delmonica Hanover, a $205,840 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Despite an off track, Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art each scored in1:53.4 to match Palm Beach's stake record in Tuesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Hailey Hanover, Albany Girl and Healthy Gain taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, behind Tipton Teeez and Albany Girl, among his three wins overall. Although intermittent rain rendered the track sloppy for the early part of the program, the surface was upgraded to "good" for the splits of Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art, setting the stage for their record-matchers. Palone let the dust settle before moving Tipton Teeez to the front at the quarter pole. The daughter of Western Terror-Finest Arts drew off thereafter and defeated Gingertreescarlett by 7 lengths, with Q T Pie Hanover third. Brian Brown trains Tipton Teeez for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo. "She's a typical Brian Brown horse -- well rigged, well mannered," Palone said. "She was the easiest kind of winner." "She won on cruise control." "She made my job easy." Valuable Art appeared buried along the cones when a seam unexpectedly opened. Eric Goodell urged her through, and the daughter of Art-Official-Race Me Valerie ended up winning comfortably. Terror At Night was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while early leader East Side Hanover earned show. "We got lucky," said Nick Callahan, the father of winning trainer Shaun Callahan as well as the co-breeder of Valuable Art. "The horse in front of us moved over, and we got through." "Without that, we're not getting much." She's had some minor issues, and we changed her rigging to help her." "I think she'll learn how to be a nice horse." Breakaway Racing campaigns Valuable Art. A five-race maiden entering the stake, Hailey Hanover slingshot to the lead down the backside -- despite being three wide -- and rolled home in 1:56.4 in the slop, 4 lengths better than Terror Grin, with Saucy Wench third. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee. "Her last start, she closed well but ran into a wall of horses and couldn't get through." "She might have been the best that day," Wilder said of the daughter Well Said-Hattie. "When I moved her today, she was serious." "She was the real deal today." It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $212,776 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

 Trailing by 6 lengths at the half, Count Me In launched a prolonged move that carried him to victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Count Me In picked up live cover from Lady's Dude but remained 3 lengths back at the top of the lane. The 6-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding found another gear for Mike Wilder and zipped by the leader, Tamarind, to triumph in 1:54.1. Classicality rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Tamarind saved show. Ron Burke trains Count Me In, who extended his career bankroll to $439,319, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek. Palone picked up three victories on the 14-race card, but the most noteworthy Palone news came earlier Monday from the nearby Washington County Fair. In a rare fair appearance for the sport's "winningest" driver, Palone piloted Burke's HS Pearl to victory in a Pennsylvania Fairs Sires Stake. According to the United States Trotting Association, it was the first PA Fairs Sires Stake win for the Hall of Famer since 1992 -- when USTA began archiving fairs results -- at the latest. Palone collected several wins in fairs overnight events after 1992. Tuesday's program at The Meadows feature a $100,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Certified Ideal quarter-poled to the lead, withstood a serious challenge from Do Me Honor and captured Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Let go at a healthy 6-1, Certified Ideal had little trouble reaching the front but then was confronted by the menacing uncovered bid of Do Me Honor. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last dug in for Tony Hall and defeated Do Me Honor by a nose in 1:52, with Macharoundtheclock third. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who now boasts $380,033 in career earnings, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 14-race card while Eric Goodell and Hall each enjoyed a three-bagger. Evan Pattak    

The lone 3-year-old in a field of six, Safe From Terror cast a vote for youth when she rolled to an easy victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Fresh off a win in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes leg, Safe From Terror figured to have her work cut out for her against a group of accomplished, experienced mares. But the daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone and never let her elders get close, scoring in 1:51.3. Early leader Do Me Honor was second, 2 lengths back, with Certified Ideal third. Ron Burke trains Safe From Terror, who now boasts $197,344 in career earnings, for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. Palone piloted four winners and Tony Hall three on the 14-race card. Over the past three programs at The Meadows, Palone has collected 21 victories in 32 starts for a winning percentage of 65.6. Evan Pattak  

Hall of Famer Dave Palone enjoyed one of the "winningest" single programs of his career Tuesday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows when he piloted nine winners -- including Cowgirl Hall in the feature. Palone's best single-card haul came April 21, 2008, when he collected 11 victories. He also drove 10 winners at The Meadows on Sept. 11, 1999 and again on July 6, 2002. In Tuesday's feature, an $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall once again was uncatchable on the front end as she sailed to victory -- her second straight and third in the last four starts -- in 1:54.1. Classic Belisima raced well first over for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Kandian Klub third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who now boasts $754,428 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Evan Pattak                                        

Allowed a leisurely 58.2 first half, Tall Cotton poured it on during the back half for Dave Palone and scored in 1:54.2 — his second straight victory — in Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Tall Cotton was parked by Mike The Trader the first quarter, but that panel went in 29, leaving Tall Cotton plenty in the tank to repel the protracted first-over bid of Trustworthy Kid, who finished a length back in second. Sixteen Mikes rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, a 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding who extended his career bankroll to $681,471, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Palone piloted seven winners — three for Burke — on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak        

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2015 -- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke swept both divisions of Saturday's $125,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers with Storm Point and Sassa Hanover. The Grand Circuit stake was part of the Adios Day card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Black Horse Racing's Storm Point launched a relentless first-over move from fourth for Dave Palone. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Limestone Cowgirl wore down the leader, Bettor Be Steppin, and defeated her by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:50.2, a national season's mark. Bedroomconfessions rallied for show. Sassa Hanover made the lead with a quarter-pole move and held off Better Said, downing her by a length in 1:50.4. Southwind Roulette, also from the Burke stable, earned show. "When she's good, she's good from anywhere," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "She hasn't been on her game for a little while. Her blood wasn't right -- everything was messed up. But it seemed like she was back today. She can race any which way when she's good." Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr campaign Sassa Hanover, who soared over $600,000 in lifetime earnings. In other Adios Day Grand Circuit action: $65,142 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trotters Jacksons Minion, a Hambletonian eligible, made it three straight wins in grand style, rolling to a front-end win in 1:53.1. That knocked a tick from Lady's Dude's track record for sophomore geldings and erased the stake mark of 1:54.1 jointly held by SJ's Caviar and Wheelsandthelegman. Chef Lee was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Shoot The Thrill third. "I didn't know he'd go in 1:53, but I thought he could go 1:54 plus anyway," said trainer/driver Tom Jackson, who owns the son of Explosive Matter-Armbro Espionage with Howard Taylor and Judith Taylor. "That's about all he had at the wire, but I didn't give him his head until halfway through the last turn." In the other Manderino split, Suit And Tie looked much the best on paper -- he was hammered down to 1-9 -- and he looked just as sharp on the track, notching a front-end victory in 1:56. Only The Brave closed well for second, a length in arrears, while the pocket-sitting Simeon earned show. Corey Callahan piloted the son of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp -- a Hambletonian eligible -- for owners William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. "He wasn't quite himself when he raced here last week," said Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen. "He had a good week training, and he raced like he was supposed to. We added some cups, and we went to aluminum shoes up front. He's eligible to the Townsend Ackerman as well as the Hambletonian, so it's the owners' call." $65,000 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Sky Hanover meandered to the front from the gate, but she was strong enough on the lead to hold off Meadowbanch Wendy by a nose in 1:56.2. Pad Princess completed the ticket. "I took my time getting there, made sure she behaved herself," said winning driver Andy Miller. "After that, it was a matter of keeping her attention. She's made breaks of and on, but she's been pretty honest lately." Julie Miller trains Sky Hanover for Little E LLC, Westminster Road LLC and Banyan Farms. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Cowgirl Hall overcame post 9 by rolling to the front and thwarting her only serious challenger as she captured Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Wide throughout a swift 27.1 opening panel, Cowgirl Hall then had to deal with the menacing first-over bid of Kandian Klub. But the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall was up to the task, prevailing in 1:53.1 for Dave Palone. The pocket-sitting Whata Donato was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Bessie rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who now boasts $745,428 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder piloted four winners and Tony Hall three on the 14-race card.   Evan Pattak    

Cowgirl Hall pulled the pocket at the three-quarters and exploded to an insurmountable lead en route to victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cowgirl Hall made the early lead but released Majestic Ginger at the quarter pole. When Dave Palone tipped Cowgirl Hall off the cones, the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall ended the suspense early, scoring in 1:53.3. Whata Donato was second, 3 lengths back, with Broadway Socks third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $728,553, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features seven divisions of a $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The father/son team of harness racing driver Marcus Miller and trainer Erv Miller accounted for half of the six divisions of a $180,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired two-year-old pacing colts on the first Friday card of the season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while driver Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke bookended the action for babies.   The fastest of the three wins for Team Miller was the 1:53.3 triumph of He's Marvalous, a son of Delmarvalous (hence the spelling: remember the Del(aware)-Mar(yland)-V(irgini)a peninsula). He's Marvalous made every pole a winning one while closing in 56 - 27.1 for the combine of Badlands Racing LLC and L. A. Express Stable LLC.   Also flying the Miller colors in Victory Lane were the McArdle colt McDave, longest price of the six at 7-1, as he rallied from the pocket into back splits of 55.1 - 27.2 to score in 1:53.4 for owners Ronald Michelon and David & John Prushnok, along with Ideal Jimmy, an altered son of Western Ideal who was a "pocket rocket," gaining into a 27.4 kicker to stop the clock in 1:54 for owner D R Van Witzenburg.   Palone/Burke got the evening's stakes action underway with a victory with the Well Said colt Genovese, who made a backstretch brush of 26.4 in going from fifth to the lead and then on to victory in 1:53.2. Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III, and The Panhellenic Stable Corporation own Genovese; the first two share ownership with the JJK Stables LLC and Lawrence Karr of the other Palone/Burke winner, the Yankee Cruiser colt Allie's Cruiser, who made a quarter-move and then sped home in 27.1 to complete a 1:53 victory,.   The 1:53 time of Allie's Cruiser equaled the fastest clocking of the stakes sextet, which was earlier put up by a colt sired by The Panderosa, Bank Shot Hanover, in familiar style for driver George Napolitano Jr. - on the engine - trainer Daniel Renaud and owner Robert DiNozzi.   Saturday night is of course the $2.2M Sun Stakes Saturday supercard, with the $500,000 Championship of the Ben Franklin FFAP, the Max C. Hempt 3CP, and the Earl Beal Jr. 3CT, along with the $300,000 Championship of the James Lunch 3FP. Also sure to attract a lot of interest is the $75,000 Sun Invitational Trot, marking the Pocono and 2015 return of Sebastian K S, who recorded the fastest trotting mile in history, 1:49, here last year. The first post for Sun Stakes Saturday is set for 6:30 p.m.   PHHA / Pocono

Anaffairtoremember stalked Cowgirl Hall from the pocket, then blew by her inside to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. A storm midway through the card rendered the surface sloppy and forced a delay of approximately 50 minutes. After the interruption, Anaffairtoremember flashed some Lightning Lane magic of her own, blazing through for Aaron Merriman to down the first-over Whata Donato by a length in 1:54.2. Cowgirl Hall saved show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Anaffairtoremember, a 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman who extended her career bankroll to $372,479. Elsewhere on the 14-race program, Kanthaka won at first asking in 1:58, fastest this year by a 2-year-old colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone drove for trainer Chris Beaver, who owns the son of Triumphant Caviar-Elena with Wilbur Lang. It was one of three victories on the card for Palone. Evan Pattak

Atta Boy Dan battled Sam Hill for the early lead but was unassailable once he reached the top, scoring in 1:50 in Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Sam Hill stretched Atta Boy Dan to a demanding 26.3 first quarter. Rather than weakening late, however, the 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding drew off late for Dave Palone, downing the rallying Ideal Magic by 2-1/2 lengths. Sam Hill finished third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who extended his career bankroll to $321,117, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattack  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 9, 2015 -- Cowgirl Hall retook the lead past the quarter and never had an anxious moment thereafter as she captured Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Anaffairtoremember stalked the leader from the pocket, but Cowgirl Hall drew further away in the stretch and scored in 1:54.3 for Dave Palone, downing Anaffairtoremember by 2-1/4 lengths. Whata Donato shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who vaulted over $700,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Elsewhere on the card, Lil Miss Hot Pants snapped one of harness racing's longer futility streaks when she broke her maiden in career start 56. The 5-year-old daughter of Christian Cullen-Bronzer Babe used a strong first-over move to triumph in 1:57.4 for Tony Hall, trainer Aaron Johnston and owners Debbie Schoeffel and Marilyn Belsterling. It was one of four wins on the 14-race program for Hall. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Tall Cotton let Tamarind do the heavy lifting on the lead, then blew by him in the Lightning Lane to score a narrow victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. After enjoying a pocket trip, Tall Cotton had little trouble outkicking Tamarind for Dave Palone. The greater danger, however, was wide, where Trustworthy Kid was unleashing a strong late bid. Tall Cotton kept a nose in front of Trustworthy Kid at the wire, prevailing in 1:53.1, while Tamarind saved show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, a 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding who now boasts $647,811 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. It was one of three wins on the 14-race card for Palone. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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