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WASHINGTON, PA, May 26, 2015 -- TSM Photo Bugger stalked the dueling leaders from the pocket, then zipped through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a harness racing career-best 1:53. While Tamarind and Classicality battled throughout the final quarter, TSM Photo Bugger awaited his chance in the Lightning Lane. The 8-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding had just enough to edge Tamarind by a nose, with Classicality a close-up third. Jan Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts $514,241 in lifetime earnings, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder each enjoyed a triple.. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2015 -- Livininthefastlane beat the field -- and a raging thunderstorm -- Saturday at The Meadows when she scored in a stake-record 1:53 in a $193,364 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing 3-year-old filly trotters. The event, known as the Stenographer, was contested over four divisions, with Wild Honey, Sarcy and Magic Marker taking the other splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake victories with Wild Honey and Sarcy. Livininthefastlane's victory was hard earned. She was looped from the gate and had to step lively for Andy Miller to make the front in 27.2, then hold off the strong late challenge of Smexi to down her by a neck. Matter Hatter finished third. The time erased the old Stenographer mark of 1:53.4 established by Maven in 2012. "I didn't want to use her quite that much early, but she responded. She's a good filly," Miller said. "She's grown up, and she's a lot easier to handle than she was last year. If she has a little luck, she could have a very big year." Julie Miller trains Livininthefastlane, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Andy Miller said Livininthefastlane likely will take several weeks off before her next engagement. Shortly after Livininthefastlane triumphed, a gully gusher inundated the track, forcing a brief delay in the program and costing Wild Honey any shot at breaking the new stake record. Wild Honey, who won 10 of 12 starts and $439,703 at 2, was sharp nevertheless, quarter-poling to the lead and winning geared down in 1:55.1. Sweet Thing was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Smokinmombo earned show. "She's awesome," Palone said. "I'm just trying to get it done as cheap as I can this early in the season. She finished well within herself -- just a beautiful filly to drive. She's not a real big, stout filly, but she's as quick as a cat and so versatile." Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding campaign Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy. Sarcy also quarter-poled to the front for Palone and needed all her determination to thwart the first-over bid of Sky Hanover, who fell a head short. Gatka Hanover completed the ticket. A daughter of Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire, Sarcy triumphed in 1:54.4 for owners Christina Takter, Oakwood Farms, John Fielding and Jim Fielding. "I had to use her twice," Palone said, "but I really felt the whole way through the stretch my filly would fight (Sky Hanover) off. I was happy with her. That's a good mile in these conditions." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Showing she's all the way back from a freakish injury, Manhattan Miss blazed home in a stake-record 1:54.4 in Friday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event for 3-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows The stake was conducted over five divisions, with Lilu Hanover, Shewontkissandtell, Love Me Madly and Speak To Me taking the other splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake victories with Lilu Hanover and Speak To Me. Co-owners Acadia Farms and trainer Marty Wollam consigned Manhattan Miss to the Delaware sale as a yearling but withdrew her when a nasty scar from a leg gash suffered as a weanling appeared to diminish her sale value. The daughter of Broadway Hall-Sneaky Speed raced for the partners at 2, showing talent but breaking problems. They soon discovered the cause of the breaks. Late in her sophomore campaign, her leg disgorged a sizable wood chip left over from the earlier injury. "It took that long for the wood to work itself out," Wollam said. "Since then, she's been good." On Friday, she quarter-poled to the lead for Mike Wilder and downed Alpha Alpha by 3-3/4 lengths, with Murderers Row third. Her time erased the mark of 1:55.2 set last year by Broadway Socks. "We'll race next here in an overnight. Then we may try her in a sires stake," Wollam said. "I wanted to, but my partner didn't. He was right. It worked out well." Lilu Hanover withstood a serious backside challenge from Big Barb and scored in 1:55.4, 1-1/2 lengths better than Global Ice. Big Barb saved show. "She actually welcomed the horse when the horse came to her," Palone said. "She picked me up. I drove her last year and liked her, and she's only become bigger and stronger. She should have a great season." Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld campaign the daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover, who pushed her career bankroll to $133,455. Shewontkissandtell produced the stake's tote board fireworks when, trailing by 4-1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch and seemingly blocked by a pair of horses, she poured through a gift opening in the Lightning Lane and prevailed in 1:59.2, at 14-1, for Brian Zendt. KB's Big Gainer was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Sand C-Four earned show. "Someone ran in the last turn, and I thought I would get some room," Zendt said. "Then two horses moved outside, and I thought I was better off just staying left. Man, I didn't have to worry about her having enough trot. A little luck helps." Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions the homebred daughter of Glidemaster-Caviar And Kisses for Dunn Stable. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, the always-tough Do Me Honor was at it again, coming first over to triumph for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury in 1:52.4. Bad Glamour Girl split horses late for second, 1/2 length behind, while Miss Pinky Pie completed the ticket. The 7-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $584.198. Saturday's special Preakness Day card at The Meadows features four divisions of The Stenographer, a $193,264 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 11:25 AM. Evan Pattak    

WASHINGTON, PA, May 13, 2015 -- Already harness racing's "winningest" driver, Dave Palone reached higher into rare air Wednesday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino when he recorded career win 17,000. The landmark win came with Upfront Dean in the first race. "It's a nice number," Palone said. "and you have to wonder if anybody else will be able to get there. I know I won't see it." The past five years have been a whirlwind of milestones for Palone, including: On July 4, 2010, he was inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame. On March 27, 2012, he drove career winner 15,000, becoming only the second driver in North America, and the third internationally, to achieve that level. On July 5, 2012, he notched career win 15,181 to surpass Herve Filion, who was trackside for the event, as the all-time North American wins leader. On Sept. 24, 2013, he collected career win 16,000. On Nov. 14, 2014, he recorded career win 16,764 to move past Germany's Heinz Wewering as the world's winningest driver -- and he received a video tribute from the gracious Wewering. Those highlights notwithstanding, Palone said he has no specific professional targets for the near term. "I wish I could give you something more goal oriented," he said, "but I plan to continue showing up every day to try to win races. "I've been so lucky. Over the last 30 years, I've seen so many drivers come and go. To think I can still be doing what I love at 53 is great. It should be an incentive for young drivers -- what a long and fulfilling career you can have if you just keep your nose to the grindstone." He indicated he expects a moderate Grand Circuit workload this season, which will leave him plenty of time for other loves -- family, golf and the Pittsburgh Pirates. "The last couple of years, I just winged it (the Grand Circuit): whatever I picked up, I picked up. The top guys travel with their horses, so it's easier for them to get in their plane and go to a spot. I'm pretty content with racing top horses when they come to town here and traveling when somebody gives me a call. "I wouldn't trade my situation with anybody in the sport. Would I like to be in all the good races? Sure. But there's a lot to be said for doing exactly what you want to do when you wake up each morning." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Cowgirl Hall ended an uncharacteristically long drought when she captured Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Cowgirl Hall won 16 times in 2014, but she’d been without a victory in five starts since March 17, a stretch that included top fields in The Meadows Maturity and the Miami Valley Distaff.   But she was sharp Monday, quarter-poling to the lead for Dave Palone and scoring in 1:54.3.   Whata Donato was a length back in second, with the first-over Kandian Klub third.   Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who now boasts $688,868 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal.   Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card, lifting his career total to 16,999.   He has11 scheduled assignments Wednesday, when the program begins at 12:55 PM.   Evan Pattak

In his second start of the year, Trustworthy Kid exploded to the lead and rolled home in a sharp 1:53.1 to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid earned over $100,000 last year, and his performance Monday for Brian Zendt suggests he'll continue to pad his career bank account of $262,666. He defeated TSM Photo Bugger by 1-1/4 lengths, with Mike The Trader third. Walter "Boots' Dunn trains the homebred 6-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding for the Dunn Stable. Zendt piloted three winners on the 13-race card. With his one victory, Dave Palone extended his career win total to 16,996. Evan Pattak        

WASHINGTON, PA, May 5, 2015 -- Unefoisdansmavie had to battle for the early lead, but she was strong once on top, capturing her second straight  harness racing victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Boo's Party Girl stung Unefoisdansmavie in a 28 opening panel and stalked her from the pocket. But the 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World responded to Dave Palone's urging in the lane, downing Boo's Party Girl by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.1. Catching Katie rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who extended her career bankroll to $512,962, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 4, 2015 -- Tall Cotton lulled the field with a sleepy second quarter, then scorched the back half in 56 to capture Monday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tall Cotton, who shares The Meadows' all-age trotting record of 1:51.3, made an easy lead and enjoyed comfortable fractions of 28/57.4. Dave Palone turned him loose down the backside, and the 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding blew the race open, scoring by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.4. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for second while the first-over Trustworthy Kid earned show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, who now boasts $637,131 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Elsewhere on the card, Roger Hammer collected career driving victory 3,999 with Camturo Beach, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Camturo gelding he owns and trains. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 14-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 23, 2015 -- Shake It Cerry, 2014 Trotter of the Year, and Classic Martine, 2014 Mare Trotter of the Year, headline a field of nine top older harness racing mare trotters who will contest Friday's inaugural $51,100 The Meadows Maturity at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. The event goes as race 9, with first post at 6:55 PM. The Meadows created The Meadows Maturity, as well as a companion event for colts and geldings that's set for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Day card, as a rich earnings opportunity for the sport's trotting stars that could keep them from retiring early to the breeding ranks. That's a mission throughout harness racing, and in the case of The Meadows Maturity events, the effort appears to be a success. The distaff version attracted two Dan Patch Award winners in Shake It Cerry and Classic Martine as well as The Meadows' elite female trotters, including Daylon Miracle, Anaffairtoremember, Cowgirl Hall and Whata Donato. Shake It Cerry, who was won more than $2 million in her career, kicks off her 4-year-old campaign in The Meadows Maturity following a winning qualifier in 1:55 -- last quarter in 27.1 -- at the Meadowlands. Trainer Jimmy Takter was in the sulky that day and was pleased with her performance. "I was very impressed with how she felt," Takter reports. "I'm very happy with the way she's training." When Takter turns the reins over to Dave Palone, he won't be advising the Hall of Fame driver to take it easy on the champ her first time out." "She likes to be in charge," Takter said. "When she gets behind the gate, she wants to be part of the action." Takter indicated he and Shake It Cerry's owners, Solveig's Racing Partners, have mapped out an ambitious schedule for the champion that likely won't include any races against males. "It's possible she could race against boys if it's for 4-year-olds only, but we wouldn't race her against boys in anything that's 4 and up," Takter said. He said he does not expect this to be the final season on the track for Shake It Cerry. "At 5, I think she'll be a candidate to ship to Europe to race," Takter said. Classic Martine also is launching her 4-year-old campaign and must do so from post 9 for driver Dan Rawlings, trainer Chris Oakes and owners Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold. But The Meadows Maturity brings her back to the scene of a particularly memorable finish. That occurred in the championship of the 2013 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for sophomore fillies, when Classic Martine and Frau Blucher crossed the wire together in 1:53.2. It was the fastest trotting dead heat in North American harness racing history, a mark that still stands. If she wins Friday, the daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days becomes a millionaire. Friday's program also features the $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Here is The Meadows Maturity field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Sweetie Hearts, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 20-1 2. Cowgirl Hall, Eric Goodell, Ron Burke, 8-1 3. Anaffairtoremember, Mike Wilder, William Bercury, 10-1 4. Daylon Miracle, Aaron Merriman, William Bercury, 5-1 5. Rockin With Dewey, Eric Ledford, Benoit Baillargeon, 12-1 6. Handover Belle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1 7. Shake It Cerry, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, 7-5 8. Whata Donato, Doug Snyder, Doug Snyder, 20-1 9. Classic Martine, Dan Rawlings, Chris Oakes, 4-1 Evan Pattak

Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Dan Patch Award Trotter of the Year, is ready to shake off the rust and begin a new harness racing campaign. The 4-year-old female trotter, who closed out last season by winning her final nine races, will kick off this year in Friday's inaugural $51,100 Meadows Maturity for older female trotters at The Meadows Racetrack in western Pennsylvania. Shake It Cerry drew post No. 7 in the nine-horse field and is the 7-5 morning line favorite. Meadows leading driver Dave Palone will sit behind Shake It Cerry for trainer Jimmy Takter. Classic Martine, who received the 2014 Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter, drew post No. 9 and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. Dan Rawlings will drive for trainer Chris Oakes. Shake It Cerry won 15 of 17 races last year and earned $1.23 million for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group. In addition to being named Trotter of the Year, she was voted harness racing's best 3-year-old female trotter. She also was the 2-year-old Dan Patch Award winner in 2013. She prepped for Friday's Maturity with a 1:55 win in a qualifier on April 18 at the Meadowlands. "It's her first start and she had a soft qualifier, but she felt great," said Takter, who drove the mare in her qualifier. "She felt super. I was very happy." Shake It Cerry will try to become the first trotter since Moni Maker to win consecutive Trotter of the Year awards. Moni Maker, a mare who also was trained by Takter, captured three Trotter of the Year honors from 1998-2000. The only other horses in the last 45 years to earn back-to-back Trotter of the Year accolades were Pine Chip (1993-94) and Mack Lobell (1987-88). Of course, it will not be an easy task. Shake It Cerry will see tough competition in the older female trotting division alone, with the likes of 2013 Horse of the Year winner Bee A Magician also in its ranks. The trotting mares as a group in 2014 posted eight of the 12 fastest times in their division's history, with Classic Martine responsible for three of the efforts and Bee A Magician one. "It's no walk in the park there," Takter said. "By the same token, everybody knows (Shake It Cerry) is not just an average horse either. I'm sure she can go with them. Of course, sometimes those mares are a little tougher. They've been through a little bit more. "But she's a fighter. I'm excited to see her race. I'm sure she's not going to be as dominant as when she was as a 3-year-old. We have to pick our spots, but she's going to win one or two of those big ones this year." Last year, Shake It Cerry finished her season by winning the Breeders Crown in a stakes-record 1:52.2. She also won the Matron Stakes in a stakes- and track-record 1:52.4 over a "good" surface at Dover Downs, the American-National in a stakes-record 1:52.2 and equaled the stakes record of 1:52.1 in capturing the Elegantimage. Shake It Cerry is named in honor of one of Takter's sisters. The horse's dam, Solveig, was named in honor of Takter's mother. The horse's sire is Donato Hanover, who was Horse of the Year at age 3 in 2007. Solveig was voted best 2-year-old female trotter in 2004. Classic Martine won nine of 18 races last year and hit the board a total of 16 times to lead all older female trotters in purses with $438,912. Her victories included the Armbro Flight Stakes, Miss Versatility Series championship and the Ima Lula Series final in a then-world-record-equaling performance. She is owned by Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, and Edwin Gold. Here is the Meadows Maturity field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Sweetie Hearts, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 20-1 2. Cowgirl Hall, Eric Goodell, Ron Burke, 8-1 3. Anaffairtoremember, Mike Wilder, William Bercury, 10-1 4. Daylon Miracle, Aaron Merriman, William Bercury, 5-1 5. Rockin With Dewey, Eric Ledford, Benoit Baillargeon, 12-1 6. Handover Belle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1 7. Shake It Cerry, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, 7-5 8. Whata Donato, Doug Snyder, Doug Snyder, 20-1 9. Classic Martine, Dan Rawlings, Chris Oakes, 4-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 14, 2015 -- Techtor Hanover exploded to the early lead for Dave Palone and drew away late to capture a division of Tuesday's Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Well Bred took the other $17,500 split of the series for 3-year-old colt and geldings, giving Palone a sweep of the second leg. In all, Palone piloted six winners -- three for trainer Ron Burke -- on the 14-race harness racing card. The championship leg of the Visible Gold is set for Tuesday, April 21. Techtor Hanover missed the series' opening leg, but he made up for lost time by seizing the lead from post 3 and widening through the stretch to prevail in 1:54. The first-over Hickory Terrific was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Kwik Mac third. Mike Palone trains Techtor Hanover, a Well Said-Tempest Blue Chip gelding, for Tommy Mucci. Well Bred sat in the pocket while RN Nate and Somekindaparty dueled down the backside. In the stretch, Palone eschewed the Lightning Lane and swung Well Bred wide after RN Nate. The Well Said-Rocknroll Cameo gelding scored in a career-best 1:54.4, a neck better than the rallying Angelo J Fra. RN Nate saved show. Burke conditions Well Bred for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Joseph DiScala, Jr. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 6, 2015 -- Flying Muscles and Chef Lee, the 1-9 and 1-5 favorites, respectively, justified harness racing bettors' faith in them Monday at The Meadows, as each captured a $17,500 opening-leg division of the Tamarind Trot. The series for 3-year-old colts and geldings honors Tamarind, one of the track's top active trotters, who is owned and trained by Bill Bercury. Flying Muscles acquitted himself well in the recent Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-olds, finishing second in the championship. Without older competitors to face, he was even more impressive, claiming the lead for Dave Palone past the quarter and prevailing geared down in 1:58.4. Early leader Only The Brave was 2 lengths back in second, with Knucklebiter third. Todd Rooney trains the Muscle Massive-Maker A Laker gelding and owns with David Lee and Eldon Thompson. Chef Lee, who broke his maiden last time out in his 11th try, trotted like a polished pro for Mike Wilder, moving to the front at the quarter pole and scoring in 2:00.1, 4 lengths better than Bettin Bruce. Stage Hand K completed the ticket. Norm Parker owns and trains the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Daylon Miracle did what she does best -- show up the boys. The lone mare in the field triumphed on the front end for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bercury in 1:54.1. The pocket-sitting Tall Cotton saved place, 2 lengths in arrears, while Big And Little earned show. Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who now boasts $444,357 in career earnings, has faced colts, stallions and geldings in five of her last six outings, collecting three wins and two thirds. Merriman piloted five winners on the 14-race card while Palone and Wilder each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 25, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan was indomitable on the front end, thwarting a strong challenge from Hillbilly Hanover to capture Wednesday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Atta Boy Dan covered the front half in a reasonable 56 before confronting the first-over Hillbilly Hanover. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding found another gear for Dave Palone, downing his rival by a length in 1:51.3 on a "good" surface. Dew N Doughnuts rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who won for the fourth time in his last six starts and lifted his career bankroll to $260,385, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Tony Hall and Palone each drove three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Tony Morgan's drive to keep working hard has resulted in a whole lot of winning drives. Harness racing driver Morgan entered Wednesday on the verge of joining Dave Palone and Herve Filion as the only drivers in North American harness racing history with at least 15,000 career victories. The 56-year-old Morgan came into the day needing three wins to reach the milestone and has eight drives this evening at Dover Downs. "It's nice to be recognized by your peers, but it probably means more to my family than to me," Morgan said about his approaching 15,000 wins. "I get my kicks out of just working every day. I like that. I like the daily grind. I like the competition and keeping busy. "It's another feather in my cap, I guess, so it's nice. And it gives my family something to talk about. That's nice too." Morgan, who was born in Ohio, rose to prominence in Chicago and now calls the Delaware circuit home. The son of driver/trainer Eddie Morgan Jr., himself the winner of 4,724 races, Morgan got his first win one month shy of turning 15 in 1973. In 1995, Morgan led all drivers in North America in wins, and captured the title again in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2008. From 1995 through 2009, he was never out of the top 10 and racked up 10,695 wins during that span. Morgan was Harness Tracks of America's Driver of the Year in 2006, 2002, 1997 and 1996. He is one of only three drivers to win more than 1,000 races in a year, totaling 1,004 in 2006. Horses driven by Morgan have earned $117 million in purses, good for 13th place on the all-time list. So far this year, Morgan has won 54 races and is fifth in the driver standings at Dover Downs. For the past three seasons, he has averaged 323 wins and nearly $3 million in purses. "I always have done quite a bit better when I'm busy than when I'm not, so I try to stay busy," Morgan said. "I've got a pretty strong work ethic. I figure that if I can outwork everybody I'll do alright." Palone leads all harness racing drivers in the world in wins, entering Wednesday with 16,934. Germany's Heinz Wewering is second on the worldwide list, with more than 16,760, followed by Filion and Morgan. Morgan could pass Filion's total of 15,183 wins sometime this summer. The two competed against each other in the mid-2000s, following Morgan's move to Delaware from Chicago, and Morgan said following in Filion's footsteps was special. "Of course, he's been almost every driver's idol forever," Morgan said. "He was a great guy and a great driver and he outworked everybody for years and years. I guess that's kind of the model I've always followed. I've tried to stay as busy as I can, and the more practice you get, the better you get at it. "He was a very sharp guy. I spent a little bit of time with him when I first got to Delaware. He was a really nice guy. He was really good to the young guys and that's kind of a novelty, in my experience anyway. I think that people when they get older they tend to be kind of short with the young guys. I don't think that's the way to be." Morgan has tried to follow Filion's example in dealing with younger drivers today. "I like to think that the young guys can learn something and it's nice to be able to help some of them along," Morgan said. "They teach me something every night too." And no doubt help fuel the drive. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 23, 2015 -- Forced to the lead when Daylon Miracle shut him out of an early hole, Run And Tell Pap got the last laugh when he thwarted Daylon Miracle's first-over bid and captured Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Run And Tell Pap and Dave Palone appeared to be looking for a seat from the gate, but Daylon Miracle and Aaron Merriman had inside position and got there first. Run And Tell Pap turned the tables when he reeled off a 27.3 third quarter to keep Daylon Miracle at bay. He scored in 1:54.4, a head better than the rallying Classicality, while Daylon Miracle saved show. Ron Burke trains Run And Tell Pap, an 8-year-old High Falls-Adele's Jade gelding who extended his career bankroll to $531,306, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 18, 2015 -- Wu Long continued her march through the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows, winning her third straight with a powerful first-over explosion and stamping herself as the clear harness racing  favorite for the final. Main Gate Tam and Byfleet Hanover took the other $12,000 divisions in Wednesday's third leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The championship legs of the Mary Wohlmuth and three other current series at The Meadows are set for Friday, March 27, first post 6:55 PM. Wu Long was fourth down the backside when Dave Palone asked her for trot. She inhaled the leader, Mercer County, and drew off to triumph by 5-1/4 lengths in a career-best 1:58.1. Miss E Claire rallied for place while Mercer County saved show. Rob Harmon trains the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Strong Tea, who has won her three series splits by a combined 14-1/4 lengths, for Harmon Racing Stable and Knightstalker Stable. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Sweet Talkin Satin pounced on the dueling leaders at the three-quarters and held off newcomer Hillbilly Hanover by 1-3/4 lengths to score in 1:50.3, fastest mile this year at The Meadows. Atta Boy Dan, hung every step from post 9, was a game third. Eric Ledford piloted the 5-year-old Always A Virgin-Silky Satin gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $367,489, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables and Phillip Collura. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Jim Pantaleano, Dan Rawlings, Ledford and Palone each enjoyed a double on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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