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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 23, 2015 -- Stuck outside for most of the mile but following live cover, Camille zipped through the slop in the stretch and collected an impressive harness racing victory in Friday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The race figured to be a challenge for Camille, as she had been off a month and was assigned post 9. But Dave Palone positioned her behind R Marie Hanover, who was parked out but advancing. Camille made the decisive, three-wide move at the three-quarters, gobbling up the leaders and scoring in 1:53.2. Novascotia Hanover rallied for second, 4-3/4 lengths back, while R Marie Hanover persevered for show. Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2015 -- The beaten harness racing favorite in five of his six most recent starts, Visible Gold was determined not to let another opportunity slip away, digging in late to capture Thursday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold was leading throughout the mile but was challenged in mid-stretch by the pocket-sitting Dew N Doughnuts. The 7-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding held off his challenger by a nose to score for Dave Palone in 1:53.4 over a sloppy surface. Solar Surprise rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who extended his career bankroll to $383,944, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. It was one of four wins on the 14-race card for Palone. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 6, 2015 -- Whata Donato surged late in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Whata Donato surrendered the early lead to Express Justice and, even in mid-stretch, appeared destined for second best. But she responded to the urging of trainer/driver Doug Snyder and outkicked Express Justice, prevailing by a neck in 1:57.1 on a "good" surface. The first-over E R Ellie was third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who extended her career bankroll to $187,391. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card, with Dave Palone aboard for three of those victories. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 5, 2015 — Making his second start in the powerful Ron Burke stable, Count Me In collected a comfortable victory in Monday’s opening-day feature, an $18,000 Winners Over Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, at The Meadows. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek purchased Count Me In last month, and he returned immediate dividends with a place finish in an Open Handicap at Northfield. On Monday, he was pocketed early by TSM Photo Bugger, retook for Dave Palone and cruised home in 1:54.3. Classicality rallied for second, 2 lengths back, with the first-over Andoversure third. A 6-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding, Count Me In now boasts $365,469 in career earnings. Palone piloted five winners on the 15-race card while Tony Hall and Mike Wilder each enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The year 2014, just like every season in the history of harness racing, was jammed packed with special events, major stakes races and other points of interest that made the year super exciting and quite a bit controversial. We have highlighted the “Year In Review” as best possible with the top events and races that took place each month. We apology for any news items that were missed. 2014 got off to a terrible start when on January 10 the starting gate at Freehold Raceway went into a spin after the start of a race and came down upon the field and took out most everyone in the race. While all horses miraculously escaped without major injuries, five drivers, Catello Manzi, Debra Rucker, Vincent Ginsburg, Chris Scicluna and Jim Pantaleano were taken to the hospital to be checked out. The worst injured were Manzi and Rucker. The new Miami Valley Racetrack in Lebanon, Ohio tried opening up for live racing on Friday, February 9 but the lights failed to work and thus had to wait until the next night to officially get underway. Sydney Weaver was the at the epicenter of the most potent demonstration of social media as a positive force in harness racing in early February  when her beloved mare Sydney Seelster was taken from her in a claiming race at Flamboro Downs. Trainer Guy Gagnon was pilloried on Facebook and Twitter for making the claim and soon cried uncle, agreeing to allow Sydney to claim her mare back. On March 28, two harness racing horses died on impact at Flamboro Downs after they collided head on in a tragic accident. The incident resulted in all tracks in Ontario having to install a siren alarm system by Jan. 1, 2015. April saw horseman Jack Darling take command when he heard that there was no funding to promote some of the sport’s biggest races on television and within a short time and through his own blog, helped raise over $100,000 and thus the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug were able to be televised. In June a major tiff between harness driver Brian Sears and Meadowlands, Tioga, Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural ended up with Sears being barred from competing in qualifying and overnight race events. After less than a week, Gural rescinded the ban. On June 28, harness racing fans saw the fastest trotting mile ever in history as the amazing European star, Sebastian K, win at Pocono Downs in 1:49, shattering the former record that was set on a larger track. With trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, Sebastian K took harness racing in North America by storm with his amazing speed and racing barefoot with no horse shoes. On July 13, He’s Watching tied the world record on a mile track in winning the Meadowlands Pace in an amazing clocking of 1:46.4. With Father Patrick making a costly break at the start of the race, stable mate Trixton and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter grabbed all the glory in winning the early August Hambletonian Trot. At the Little Brown Jug it was Limelight Beach in straight heats and the same for Color’s A Virgin in the Jugette. Wild Honey became the fastest two-year-old trotter ever on a half mile track with a 1:55.2 triumph. The Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, revived the great Prix D’Ete stakes race with a purse of $200,000 and saw Sunfire Blue Chip and driver Yannick Gingras lower the all-age track record by two seconds with a 1:50.3. October started off with a bang as Mission Brief became the fastest two-year-old trotter in history with her 1:50.3 clocking at the Red Mile for driver Yannick Gingras. On October 4, Dayton Raceway in Dayton, Ohio opened its doors for harness racing with a full house as thousands came out to check the new racetrack. Nuncio and driver John Campbell captured a one-heat $435,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.3, beating stable mate Father Patrick and then went to Yonkers Raceway to take the Yonkers Trot, winning two of the three Triple Crown of Trotting races. Natural Herbie, at odds of 9-1, posted his fourth straight win with a world record performance at Yonkers Raceway Saturday, Oct. 25 in beating many of the best trotters in the world in the $250,000 International Preview. On Halloween, October 31, harness racing’s great second trainer, Quebec’s Ami Choquette, who worked for Delvin Miller for over 50 years, turned 100 years old. Maven brought $750,000 at the Harrisburg sale and became the highest priced racehorse trotting mare sold at public auction in November. She was purchased by Herb Liverman. Yonkers Raceway and the SOANY broke the simulcasting barrier overseas and began simulcasting five races to France/Europe early Sunday mornings with great success and millions wagered on the USA product. The simulcasts will continue in 2015. Harness driver Dave Palone did the unthinkable years ago and caught Germany’s Heinz Wewering to become the sports winningest driver ever as he recorded his 16,754th career victory. This took place at his home track, The Meadows, on Friday, November 14. Palone has now increased his lead, has no plans of an early retirement and his lead may never be bettered. The Breeders Crown helped seal up a number of Dan Patch divisional awards in late November but perhaps the most impressive was that of world champion Commander Crowe coming over to the USA and stealing the limelight with his stakes record 1:51 triumph. He surpassed the $5 million mark in career earnings at age 11 and gave North American fans a thrill to see this world class performer in action. In late November, early December, just one week after Harnesslink exposed to the harness racing social media fans about the abuse that trainer Monica Thors was inflicting on horses in her stable, all seven horses and one goat was taken away by the NJ SPCA. More than 14,000 people “liked” the Stop Monica Thors” page on Facebook and were relentless in going after state officials to do something. They are also raised money and services to care for the horses once they were taken away. In December Hall of Fame driver David Miller paid a $750 fine for dropping his foot and allowed McWicked to hit it numerous times around the final turn of the $301,000 Progress Pace final at Dover Downs. When asked about the penalty, Miller said he would do it again in trying to win the race. His comments set up major controversy in the harness racing social media venues and prompted Jeff Gural to issue a “no tolerance” rule at the Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs against any driver who drops their foot other than to pop ear plugs. When Appomattox crossed the wire first in the Free For All Handicap Trot on December 12 at the Meadowlands, harness horse trainer Ron Burke's season earnings moved to $28,118,465, surpassing the mark set by Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher seven years ago. By the end of the year, JK She’salady was sensational with her undefeated season and capped it becoming the first two-year-old pacing filly to ever be name Harness Horse of the Year. But her triumph was unique as top older pacer Sweet Lou was voted the Pacer of the Year by one vote over JK She’salady, but the tables were turned in the final voting for Harness Horse of the Year as the filly beat out Sweet Lou by five votes! Both occurrences have never happened in the history of voting. The year sorta ended on a sour note as Balmoral Racing Club, Inc. and Maywood Park Trotting Association, Inc., two of the oldest horse racing venues in the country and the only harness racing tracks in Illinois, announced Christmas Eve that each has voluntarily commenced Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization cases in Chicago. Let’s hope for a bigger and better racing season in 2015. Happy New Year to everyone! By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2014 -- Camille, who had been battling some of the top mares in harness racing without recent success, found a spot to her liking Tuesday when she rolled to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in the track's final live card of 2014. Camille finished seventh to Rocklamation in the Artiscape and sixth to Shelliscape in the Breeders Crown. But the 6-year-old millionaire is not a mare to be trifled with, as she demonstrated Tuesday when she powered to the lead after a first-quarter duel and scored handily for Dave Palone in 1:51.2 over a "good" surface. The pocket-sitting R Marie Hanover was second, 2 lengths back, with Novascotia Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Camille, a daughter of Camluck-Art of Design who now boasts $1,188,232 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall and Aaron Merriman each piloted four winners on the 16-race card while Palone enjoyed a triple. The 2015 live racing season at The Meadows kicks off Monday, January 5, first post 12:55 PM. The track will continue to offer $5,000-guaranteed total pools for Monday and Tuesday Pick 4 wagers in 2015. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 19, 2014 -- Kandian Klub worked out the perfect pocket trip, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Hustled from the gate by Dave Palone, Kandian Klub settled into the pocket behind Whata Donato, who carried her to the stretch. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-KT Dee Dee was the stronger mare late, downing Whata Donato by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Long shot Express Justice rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Kandian Klub, who now boasts $182,751 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 16-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of total pool guarantees -- $5,000 for the Pick 4 and $7,500 for the Pick 5. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 17, 2014 -- Dave Palone, the world's "winningest" harness racing driver, padded his total considerably Wednesday at The Meadows when he collected seven victories on the 15-race card, including a sweep of races 10 through 14. Palone scored twice for his brother, trainer Mike Palone; otherwise, he spread the wealth around, providing a win each for trainers Ron Burke, Scot Davidson, Kris Hite, Tye Loy and Marcus Marashian. Five of Palone's winners were odds-on while the longest-priced was Stronski at 4-1. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday. Following live programs on Monday, Dec. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 23, the track will break for the holidays. Post time for each of the remaining 2014 cards is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 16, 2014 -- Certified Ideal outdueled Macharoundtheclock for the early lead, then held her off in the lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. It was one of five winners on the card for driver Tony Hall. Certified Ideal withstood a strong first-over challenge from Novascotia Hanover that might have weakened her. But when Tony Hall asked her for late pace, the 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last found enough to down Macharoundtheclock by a neck in 1:54.1 over a "good" surface. Do Me Honor was third. Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who has won 11 races this year and $278,467 in her career, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. Hall piloted five winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000-guaranteed total pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $4,148.67. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 15, 2014 -- Easy Again held off the late charge of his stablemate, Visible Gold, to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 1-2, Easy Again was pocketed by Dew N Doughnuts early before retaking at the three-eighths. Urged on by Dave Palone, Easy Again found more in mid-stretch and defeated the rallying Visible Gold by 1/2 length in 1:52.2. The first-over Nitro Seelster was third. Ron Burke trains Easy Again, a 5-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling who now boasts $735,381 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. It was one of three wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 1, 2014 -- Rebounding from a tough outing, Easy Again seized the early lead and rolled through the slop to capture Monday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. In his most recent start, Easy Again was parked early and eventually broke stride. The 5-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling had no such misfortune Monday when he made the front from post 8 for Dave Palone and coasted in 1:53.1. The pocket-sitting Dew N Doughnuts was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Classic Rock Nroll third. Ron Burke trains Easy Again, who now boasts $726,381 in career earnings, fur Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. Mike Wilder piloted five winners and Jim Pantaleano four on the 15-race card while Paul Corey fashioned a training triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall proved once again that she currently has no peer among The Meadows' trotting elite as she ripped off her fifth straight victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap. Although Cowgirl Hall had to endure a demanding, parked-out first quarter in 27.2, she and Dave Palone were in control every step, scoring in 1:53.2. Martz Time was a ground-saving second, 3/4 lengths back, with Count Me In third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who extended her career bankroll to $646,303, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three victories on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall took the field through wicked fractions but had plenty of pop late, scoring in a track-record 1:52.3 in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. On a day not suited for track records -- temperature less than 20 degrees, wind chill even colder -- Cowgirl Hall was impervious to the weather. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall rolled through fractions of 26.4/55.2/1:23.1/1:52.3 for Dave Palone, defeating the pocket-sitting Count Me In by 2-3/4 lengths, with Mistress Valentine third. The time knocked a tick from the previous track record for older trotting mares that Cowgirl Hall held jointly with Daylon Miracle. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who has won 15 races this year and $637,303 in her career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted five winners on the 15-race card. With his Tuesday haul, Palone pushed his career victory total to 16,762, solidifying his position as the world's "winningest" harness racing driver. The driver Palone passed, Germany's Heinz Wewering, has 16,754 victories but isn't scheduled to drive until Sunday, with six assignments at Hamburg-Behrenfeld. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance.  Subscribe using the below form and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. Each issue includes an in-depth Stallion review not available anywhere else. All previous reviews can now be viewed at www.stallionsphere.com Name Email Subscribe This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Heinz Wewering & Dave Palone; two class acts - When harness driver Dave Palone scored his 16,754th career victory on Friday and surpassed Germany’s Heinz Wewering as the winningest driver in the history of the sport, it also brought to light two great people in our sport. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown! - Whomever coined the phrase, “It all comes down to the Breeders Crown” never said it any better. The year-end major stakes weekend takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Meadowlands and once again many “yearend awards” in North America will be decided by the outcome of these races. AU: Incident at Melton - Harness Racing Victoria stewards have concluded their case into a post-race incident at Melton recently.  NZ: Trackside Coverage - One of the real bugbears in watching harness racing in New Zealand is the coverage provided by Trackside. Most of the coverage is world class from pre-race interviews through to having knowledgeable commentators fronting each race meeting. NZ: The "Met Multiplier" - A lot of industry participants are only to keen to criticize the major clubs and their management over how they program and run their meetings but praise is a lot harder to find. Stallion Review – ART OFFICIAL - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Art Official p,1:47m ($2,085,185). Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 17, 2014 -- With three wins Monday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Dave Palone opened a lead over the idle Heinz Wewering of Germany in their duel to become the world's "winningest" harness racing driver -- and to maintain that crown. Palone forged ahead Friday with career win 16,754, but Wewering climbed back to tie with a victory Sunday. Palone's lead likely will widen appreciably as Wewering these days drives a limited schedule. Palone has 26 scheduled assignments Tuesday and Wednesday at The Meadows while Wewering has no scheduled drives through Thursday. Moreover, Wewering lost seven drives, unless he finds other spots for his horses, when Berlin-Mariendorf canceled its Sunday, Nov. 23 card due to a shortage of entries. In Monday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Macharoundtheclock deployed her characteristic rallying style to erase a 9-1/2-length deficit and edge Tremor Hanover by a head in 1:55 in the slop. Thunder Chaser was third. Eric Ledford drove for trainer Tim Twaddle and owner Birnam Wood Farms. The 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul has won 11 times this year and $372,987 in her career. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

On Friday afternoon harness racing driver Dave Palone set the industry world ablaze by surpassing Germany's Heinz Wewering by one win, 16,754 to 16,753 as the sports winningest driver in the world. With his main track, The Meadows, outside Pittsburgh, PA, closed for live racing on both Saturday and Sunday, Palone was able to relax and maybe bask in the limelight of his major accomplishment. Well Mr. Palone, Heinz Wewering says you better get back to work, as Wewering, with seven drives Sunday afternoon at Berlin-Mariendorf in Germany, came away with 1 win and 3 third place finishes. So now the two world champion drivers are tied for the lead at 16,754 career wins, at least until Monday. That's when Dave Palone has 14 drives at the Meadows and four of them are the betting favorites.  It is inevitable that Palone will surpass Wewering this week and build an insurmountable lead over time that no one may ever be able to come close too. Also noteworthy is that as a trainer, Heinz Wewering had another victory Sunday and now his world title as the winningest trainer ever in harness racing stands pact at 19,300 victories from his stable. Both Heinz Wewering and Dave Palone were unavailable for comment as of the writing of this story. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com  

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