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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 29, 2014 -- Weeper, Pennsylvania's champion 3-year-old filly pacer, performed like a champion Monday at The Meadows when she rolled to a stake record 1:51 in a division of a $90,000 Keystone Classic. Katie Said and Do Your Job took the event's other divisions, each in 1:51.4 -- the stake record until Weeper smashed it. Weeper was let go at 11-1 in the PA Sires Stake final, but the public displayed no ambivalence about her chances Monday, hammering her down to 1-5. The daughter of Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad, who extended her career bankroll to $392,888, charged to the front for Dave Palone and defeated Stucklikeglue by 1-1/4 lengths geared down. Fancy Desire was third. Because Weeper is still relatively fresh -- only 11 starts this year -- winning trainer Kelly O'Donnell said her owner, Joe Thomson's Bay Pond Racing Stable, may consider supplementing her to this weekend's Glen Garnsey at The Red Mile. "She's only raced twice in the last 13 weeks," O'Donnell said. "We hit a couple of bumps in the road, and we had to give her a little time. She's not a horse you can race every week, but she doesn't take a whole lot of work either. We'll have to see how she comes out of this." Although Katie Said has won nine of 16 outings this year, she hadn't been in front at the quarter in any of her last six races. She extended that streak Monday, moving to the lead past the quarter for Marcus Miller and downing Lasting Appeal by 2-1/2 lengths. Someislandsomwhere earned show.   "Earlier in the year, she had breaking problems," Marcus Miller said. "Everybody knew it, and she wasn't a pretty breaker, so they were often trying to leave around her. So it just worked out she learned how to race from behind. She absolutely will run down good mares." Julie Miller trains the daughter of Well Said-Katies Lucky Lady, who now has banked $192,926, for Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. Do Your Job hadn't raced since Aug. 29, but Brian Zendt gave her a ground-saving trip, and she found the Lightning Lane in time to upset 3-5 favorite Also Encouraging by a nose. Early leader Cinamony completed the ticket. Tom Fanning conditions the daughter of Western Terror-Tootsie J for Fly By Night Stables and David Van Wart. "I was a little worried when I saw she'd been off for awhile," said Zendt, who drove three winners on the 16-race card. "Tom called me and said she was ready, give her a shot, so we did. She's a pleasure to drive. She did it easily." $71,200 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-old Filly Trotters The program also featured a $71,200 Keystone Classic for sophomore filly trotters, with Donatella Hanover and Cantabs Fortune capturing the splits. Donatella Hanover was in her customary spot -- fifth down the backside -- when she moved with authority for Brett Miller, gobbling up the leaders and triumphing in 1:55.3, 3/4 lengths better than the fast-closing Steppin Out. Broadway Socks, who lacked late racing room, finished third. "I think she's better from off the pace; that's why I choose to race her that way," Brett Miller said. "I put her on the front once, and I didn't like her there. She waited on them. She's so well mannered that she never looks like she has a whole lot of trot, but when you pull her, she goes." The daughter of Cantab Hall-On the Glide has earned $143,146 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Christinatakterandthekids. Cantabs Fortune, a smallish filly, raced big after quarter-poling to the front for David Miller, trainer Rick Zeron and owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion and Ferme Rico Limitee. She prevailed in a career-best 1:54.2, 4-1/2 lengths better than Outsourced Hanover, with Travelin Dream third. "She's real handy, trots all the time," David Miller said. "And she can go some. I figured I could get back to the lead pretty easy. Everything went smooth." Tuesday's card at The Meadows features a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old colts and geldings -- an $83,400 pace and an $81,200 trot. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Columbus, OH --- Bigtown Hero knocked off several of the sport's top older harness racing pacers to win the $200,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Pace on Saturday night (Sept. 27) at Scioto Downs. Bolt The Duer, with Mike Wilder in the bike, jumped right onto the lead after leaving the gate for the Ewart Memorial Pace, but swiftly yielded that position to Night Pro and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. around the first turn. Night Pro rattled off the first quarter in a torrid :25.3 and half in a swift :53.1 while being pressed by a first over Foiled Again with Matt Kakaley holding the lines. Those two went to the three-quarter pole in 1:20.4 with Kanaris and Bolt The Duer sitting right behind with Sweet Lou and Ron Pierce making their move on the far outside, shortly before going into the final turn for home. Dave Palone and Bigtown Hero were trailing Sweet Lou. The 6-year-old gelding, who just defeated Dancin Yankee on Sept. 20 in a $25,000 Preferred contest at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, rallied on the outside in the stretch run to hit the wire in 1:48.2, equaling the Scioto Downs track record. Kanaris (Aaron Merriman) paced a huge mile to finish second at 25-1 odds, with Night Pro gamely holding on for third at 11-1. Both Sweet Lou and Foiled Again faded in the stretch drive, with Sweet Lou finishing fifth, 3-1/2 lengths behind the winner, and Foiled Again fading to eighth and last. Conditioned by Ron Steck for Allard Racing and Yves Sarrazin, the son ofAmerican Ideal out of the Artsplace mare Art Account, was sent off in this event, the 13th race on the card, at odds of 6-1 with Sweet Lou and Foiled Again going off at 3-5 and 5-2, respectively. Purchased on August 4 from Trevor Stafford, Bigtown Hero has compiled a record of 6-4-1-0 since the barn switch and has now earned more than $200,000 this season when he previously banked roughly $50,000 from 46 starts in his three-year career. His resume now stands at 74-25-7-4 with this paycheck being by far the largest he has ever collected and it appeared he was prepared to pace another mile on his way to the winner’s circle. Although Dave Palone had not previously steered Bigtown Hero, he said he knew when he was around the final turn that the result of the race was never in doubt. “I only decided a few minutes before the race what I was going to do,” the sport's all-time winningest driver said. “I thought I would just follow Sweet Lou because he would be sure to put me in the position that I wanted to be in. So that’s what we did nearly all around the track and then when I pulled the plugs on him and saw Sweet Lou fading, I knew that was it. We had the race won.” by Kimberly French, for the USTA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2014 -- Pecking for late racing room outside and inside, Cover Model finally found a seam and poured through to score in Tuesday's $88,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Alexa Said took the other harness racing division of the stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. Cover Model was sixth near the three-quarters when Dan Rawlings slipped her off the cones into the outside flow. When cover took him nowhere, Rawlings guided Cover Model back inside and hunted room, finding it between horses. The daughter of Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal rolled home to triumph in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Special Package. Momas Got A Gun, a full sister to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, was third. "I came out because I thought the outside flow was good, but it wasn't going anywhere," Rawlings said. "I basically took a shot (inside), and a seam opened up. I wasn't planning on being buried like I was, but everything worked out." Douglas Lewis trains Cover Model for Frederick W. Hertrich III and CTC stable. Alexa Said roared three wide through the lane to prevail for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion Half Past Seven was second by a length while early leader Mistup Magic earned show. It was the first stakes victory for Alexa Said although Tye Loy, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Niki Blue Chip and owns with Michael Lowe, said she easily could have several more. "She's had bad luck and bad trips," said Loy of his $18,000 yearling acquisition. "When you warm her up, you wouldn't think she could go in 2:30 the way she's lollygagging around. When she hits the gate, it's all business; she puts her game face on." In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall thwarted the challenge of Better Caviar and downed him by a length in 1:53.2. Major Athens saved show. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold hall extended her career bankroll to $598,903. On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed 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 carryover of $1,239.74. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 12-16) 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, which features a $117,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 22, 2014 -- Staring at a 4-1/2-length deficit behind the loose leader, Kelsey's Keepsake launched a determined first-over move that carried her to the upset victory in the fastest division of Monday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The $118,200 stake for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Blessings Counted and Wouldn't Itbesweet also capturing splits. Winning driver Marcus Miller thought he had a shot to catch the 1-5 favorite, Jersey Strong, when his filly got away flat. "The one thing I was worried about -- my filly doesn't get off the car very well from the rail," Miller said. "I was worried first about her trotting, and she took care of the rest. She was very good today, very solid, the best she's been for me." Sent off at 5-1, the daughter of Yankee Glide-Distaff relentlessly tracked Jersey Strong and defeated her by a neck in 1:57.3, with Product Placement third. Julie Miller trains Kelsey's Keepsake for Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Peggy Hood. In the final start of her freshman campaign, Blessings Counted was determined to take the lead, and winning driver Dan Rawlings didn't think it wise to dissuade her. "She's been getting pretty grabby, so she was going to the front today," Rawlings said. "I thought I was the best in here, so I wanted to dictate fractions. She has a lot of potential, but they'll have their work cut out for them this winter trying to keep her manners under control. If they do that, she'll come back as a nice filly. She's going away sound and healthy." Even under Rawlings' restraint, Blessings Counted won handily in 1:58, 1-3/4 lengths better than Matter Hatter. The first-over Sweet Shurga completed the ticket. Rick Beinhauer trains the homebred daughter of Muscle Massive-Winner Springs and owns with Regina Beinhauer. Wouldn't Itbesweet also prevailed easily on the front end, although winning trainer/driver Jim Raymer wasn't completely satisfied with the way she finished. "She's so quick off the gate -- that first eighth, she can beat anybody -- that I can get her in a bad spot," Raymer said of the $30,000 yearling purchase. "She's a little filly, and I think she's telling me she's had enough. For the fractions she had, I thought she'd be a little better on the end of it." Nevertheless, she downed Cantabulous Julie by 2-1/2 lengths in 2:00.2. Trustworthy Gal earned show. Harbor Racing Stable campaigns the daughter of Cantab Hall-US Victory, who is eligible for the Circle City at Hoosier Park. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Rescue Team turned back several challenges and scored in 1:52.4 on the front end for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Metro Ville was second, 1-3/4 lengths in arrears, with Do Me Honor third. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Tended Rose extended her career bankroll to $136,175. Palone, Burke and Eric Ledford each fashioned a three-bagger on the 16-race card. The Keystone Classics continue Tuesday at The Meadows with an $88,600 stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 19, 2014 -- Visible Gold strolled through a leisurely front half on the lead, then blitzed the back half in 54.2 to capture Friday's harness racing $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. When Dave Palone was able to give Visible Gold fractions of 28/58, the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight -Gabrielle gelding had plenty in the tank to roll home in 1:52.2, 3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Exactly Black. Major Belle raced well first over for show. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who has won 10 races this year and $323,444 in his career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Palone drove six winners -- three for Burke -- on the 15-race card while Aaron Merriman enjoyed a four-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 17, 2014 -- Daylon Miracle moved first over at her leisure and rolled to an easy victory -- her 12th this year -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Daylon Miracle was fourth down the backside when Mike Wilder called on her for trot. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel quickly gobbled up the leaders and scored in 1:55.1, 4-1/2 lengths better than Dizzy Rizzy. Easy Strength rallied for show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who extended her career bankroll to $389,987. Wilder piloted five winners on the 15-race card while Dave Palone fashioned a four bagger. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2014 -- Classicality quarter-poled to the lead, then gamely fought off Better Caviar in a stretch-long duel to notch his third straight victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Classicality had taken his last two starts from well back, Brian Zendt changed tactics Tuesday and sent the 4-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding after the leader, Waiting On A Woman, early. That set up the exciting finish, with Classicality downing Better Caviar by a head in 1:53, matching the lifetime mark he established last week. Waiting On A Woman saved show. Lisa Dunn-Adams trains the homebred Classicality, who has won 20 times in 2013-2014, for Dunn Stable. Tony Hall drove four winners on the 15-race card while Eric Ledford and Dave Palone each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 15, 2014 -- Converted claimer Your Beautiful moved powerfully first over and rolled to a narrow victory in Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Your Beautiful won three straight in optional claimers before advancing to the Not Listed Preferred Pace last week. Although she finished third then, she was even stronger Monday for Mike Wilder when she kicked by the leader, Certified Ideal, and held off Rescue Team by a nose in 1:52. Metro Ville rallied for show. Mike Palone trains Your Beautiful, a 5-year-old daughter of Your Nemesis-Beautiful Girl who now has banked $292,678 in her career, for Tom Mucci. Dave Palone drove five winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 12, 2014 -- Camcruiser Hanover stalked patiently from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to complete an 11-1 upset in Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Major Belle wrested the early lead from Camcruiser Hanover but had to step a lively 26.4 opening quarter to do it. In the stretch, Camcruiser Hanover was the fresher horse. The 5-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Cami Whitestocking gelding roared through the Lightning Lane for Jim Pantaleano to triumph in 1:51.1, 1/2 length better than the rallying Southern Allie. Major Belle saved show. Paul Corey trains Camcruiser Hanover, who extended his career bankroll to $138,796, for Edgar Hunt and Robert Gritzer. Dave Palone drove six winners and Tony Hall three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 9, 2014 -- Stevensville, who has chased the elite of his division for most of the year, reveled in their absence Tuesday at The Meadows when he captured the $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers in a nifty 1:50.4. The Meadows also hosted the three other $40,000 finals for sophomores, with Broadway Socks (filly trotters), Lucy's Pearl (filly pacers) and Frost Free Hanover (colt and gelding trotters) taking the other events. All four winners were odds on. While he hadn't been embarrassed in such top events as the Adios, the Cane Pace and the Carl Milstein, Stevensville tended to be racing for minor awards against the division's bearcats. In Tuesday's championship, he was the marquee player and raced like it, making the front for Tim Tetrick after being looped from the gate and barreling to a 3-length victory over Avalanche Hanover. Sean Liam Q earned show. "He's been racing in some tough company, some really top 3-year-olds like McWicked and He's Watching," Tetrick said. "He can get checks with those; he just hasn't been able to beat them. Today, he did the work and got the job done." Ray Schnittker trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show, who extended his career bankroll to $253,079, and owns with Paul Bordogna and Ryan Miller. In the other championships: Filly Trotters -- Broadway Socks Broadway Socks made the lead from post 7 for Dan Rawlings and never let the pocket-sitting Outsourced Hanover cut significantly into her margin, downing her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.4, with Mariah De Vie third. "She's an overachiever," said David Wade, who conditions the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin and owns with Gerald Brittingham and William F. Peel III. "She doesn't finish quite like I think she ought to, but I'm not complaining. I'm tickled to death. She's a sweetheart." Wade, who indicated he's leaning toward racing Broadway Socks at 4, said she'll be pointed to the Buckette at Delaware and the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The win left Broadway Socks just shy of $200,000 in lifetime earnings. Filly Pacers -- Lucy's Pearl It took Lucy's Pearl more than a quarter to make the front, but she was far the best once she got there, scoring in 1:51.2 for Dave Palone and trainer Ron Gurfein, who owns the daughter of Well Said-Remember When with Elizabeth Novak. Real Drama was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Beach Body completed the ticket. "Gurf let her race against aged mares, which toughened her up," Palone said. "That's by far the best she's ever been for me. She may be small but she's blessed with such speed. She'll give you that eighth in 13 anytime you need it." Lucy's Pearl now boasts a career bankroll of $166,100. Colt & Gelding Trotters -- Frost Free Hanover Frost Free Hanover vaulted to the early lead for Brian Zendt and notched a convincing victory in 1:55.2, 2-1/4 lengths better than Revrac Harbour, who raced well first over. It Really Matters finished third. "I think bringing him along slowly was important (in developing consistency)," said winning trainer Leslie Zendt. "We taught him how to race his first couple starts, never raced him on the front end. He just learned how to be a racehorse." Leslie Zendt, who campaigns the Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding with Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne, said the $15,000 yearling acquisition will compete in several more stakes this year before being sold at Harrisburg. Palone drove six winners and Aaron Merriman four on the 16-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2014 -- Day Lily generously rewarded her backers Monday at The Meadows, capturing the $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship for 2-year-old filly trotters at a lusty 32-1. The Meadows also hosted the three other PA Stallion Series $40,000 championships for freshmen, which were taken by UF Larry Alltheway (colt and gelding pacers), KY Lucky (colt and gelding trotters) and Half Past Seven (filly trotters). A quartet of $40,000 PA Stallion Series finals for 3-year-olds highlights Tuesday's program at The Meadows. Day Lily finished off the board in her final two stallion series preliminary legs, when she left for early position but lacked a finishing kick, and it appeared she would follow the same script in the championship. But when Mike Wilder squeezed her off the cones at the top of the stretch, she responded with fire and scored in a career-best 1:57.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than the favorite, Fly Angel Fly. Alpha Alpha rallied for show. "I didn't get shuffled too bad, but I got kind of stopped," Wilder said. "I really got lucky to squeeze out, but when I did, she was full of trot. She was sick her last two starts, but her trainer said she was over that and just put her in position. When I got out, she fired." Chris Oakes trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs for Hauser Brothers Racing and Conrad Zurich. In the other finals: $40,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Pacers UF Larry Alltheway won his Third Straight race by quarter-poling to the front for Dave Palone and prevailing in a swift 1:51.4. Hall Of Terror was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while My Hero Ron earned show. The Dragon Again-Varbo gelding, a $50,000 yearling acquisition, continues to be a pleasant surprise for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and owner Up Front Racing, as he showed little early promise. "Training him down, he was probably the worst one I had all winter," O'Donnell said. "He'd pull up, wouldn't want to go. Once we got him behind the gate a couple times and baby-raced him, he's been a totally different colt He throws last quarters in 27 like nothing. You wouldn't have expected it training him down." He said UF Larry Alltheway will be pointed to the Standardbred at Delaware and the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. $40,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Trotters When the leader, Longcat Hanover, broke stride in the stretch, KY Lucky took advantage of the opportunity, driving through the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:59, 1/2 length ahead of Wimborne Hanover, with Explosiveday third. "I was pretty impressed because we got slowed almost to a stop before we got to the Lightning Lane," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "He actually came back and trotted home pretty good. I thought we were second, but we got a little lucky." Tim Twaddle trains KY Lucky, a Malabar Millennium-Rosalita gelding who has finished in the money in all six career starts, for Craig Grummel, Curt Grummel and Chili Day Stables. $40,000 Championship, Filly Pacers Half Past Seven moved first over, gobbled up the leader, Angel Or Terror, and rolled to a comfortable victory in 1:54.1 for Tony Hall, trainer Mike Palone and owner Lone Wolf Stable. Icapella Hanover finished second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Angel Or Terror completed the ticket. "She's really had to race pretty aggressive," Hall said of the daughter of Western Terror-She's Eligible. "With a trip, she'll definitely get better and go some big miles here next year. The stallion series is a good fit for her." Elsewhere on Monday's card, Continual Velocity matched the track record of 1:50.2 for older mares when she cruised on the front end in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace. Novascotia Hanover was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Scandalous Hanover third. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Extreme Velocity, who now boasts $497,025 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone drove five winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 16-race card. Tuesday’s (Sept. 9) card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two guaranteed pools: a $7,500-guaranteed pool for the Pick 5 and a $5,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 4. Both are part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While the Pick 4 guarantee is a regular feature of Monday and Tuesday programs, the track added the “instant” Pick 5 guarantee when no one correctly picked Monday’s Pick 5, resulting in a carryover of $1,830.96. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 12-16) 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. Tuesday’s card also features a quartet of $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships for 3-year-olds. First post Tuesday is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Harrah’s Philadelphia harness racing track in Chester, PA was the scene of the $1.2 million Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship finals for three-year-old trotters and pacers Sunday. Four $260,000 finals plus four $50,000 consolation races were featured on the race program. McWicked may have established himself as the early race favorite for Little Brown Jug as he once again defeated a stellar field of three-year-old colt pacers in winning his PASS final. Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) was the first on the lead with McWicked and driver David Miller securing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in a quick :26.4. Miller then immediately moved McWicked to the outside and took command. They went untested past the half mile marker in :54.2. It was then that driver Brett Miller came first-over with Somewhere In L A but they were unable to look McWicked in the eye by the three-quarters in 1:22. With the remainder of the stretch to go, Miller kept McWicked in gear and they were able to go on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:48.4. Limelight Beach came on for second place with Somewhere In L A third. Sired by McArdle, it was the ninth win in thirteen starts for McWicked, who is trained by Casie Coleman and owned by the S S G Stables of North Boston, NY. McWicked paid $2.80 to win as the 2/5 wagering favorite. With the winner's share of the purse at $130,000, McWicked became harness racing's newest million career winner. Lifetime Pursuit continued her winning ways since capturing the Hambletonian Oaks with her fifth straight win, capturing the $260,000 PASS Championship final for three-year-old trotting fillies in a track record clocking of 1:53.2. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Lifetime Pursuit floated out of the starting gate as Take The Money (Dave Palone) went to the early lead with Cantabs Fortune (Scott Zeron) grabbing the two-hold spot. By the opening quarter mile in :28.4, Gingras moved Lifetime Pursuit to the lead for good. They led to the half in :56.3 as Designed To Be and driver Brian Sears came first-over to challenge but through the backstretch to the three-quarters in 1:25, they were unable to collar Lifetime Pursuit. Then as they straighten out in the stretch, Lifetime Pursuit kicked in another gear and pulled away for a three and one-quarter length triumph. Designed To Be held for second place with Struck By Lindy (David Miller) third. Trained by Jimmy Takter and breeder/owner Brittany Farms, it was the seventh win this year for Lifetime Pursuit, a daughter of Cantab Hall. She paid $2.80 to win. Only two races later did trainer Jimmy Takter get to come back to the winner’s circle again, this time to celebrate as his Father Patrick won the PASS final for three-year-old trotting colts. It was stable mate Nuncio and driver John Campbell the first out of the gate, taking the lead from Don Dorado (Tim Tetrick) as Father Patrick floated on the outside for driver Yannick Gingras. But after the opening quarter in :27, Gingras urged Father Patrick on and they took command of the race for good. Past the half in :55.1 and then the three-quarters in 1:24.3 with just a minor challenge from Wheelsandthelegman (David Miller) who trained a first-over effort in vain. Then in the stretch, Campbell ducked to the inside with Nuncio to try a challenge but they could not gain any ground as Father Patrick and Gingras breezed to a one length triumph in 1:52.4. Nuncio was second with Don Dorado third. Sired by Cantab Hall, it was the eighth win in ten starts this year for Father Patrick. He is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ and paid $2.40 to win. Sandbetweenurtoes saw her eight race unbeaten streak come to an end in the three-year-old filly pace final as she was unable to lead the entire mile, folding up as they came down the stretch and finished seventh. The race was won by 11-1 Weeper and driver Dave Palone, who were able to follow the outside flow third over behind Southwind Silence (Matt Kakaley) who was following first-over Beach Gal (Tim Tetrick) from the half mile marker. Weeper tipped out four-wide on the final turn and was able to gun down the field to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:51.1. Also Encouraging (David Miller) was second with Beach Gal third. Sired by Allamerican Native and trained by Kelly O’Donnell, it was the fifth win in ten starts this year for Weeper. She is locally owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable of Paoli, PA and paid $25.40 to win. In the four $50,000 PASS consolation divisions, one for each class, saw the following winners. Somestartsomewhere (Yannick Gingras) won the three-year-old pacing colt consolation for trainer Ron Burke by a head over Kingofthejungle (Tony Morgan) in 1:50.4 and paid $32.20 to win. Ake Svanstedt’s Highest Peak won the filly trot consolation, wiring the field with ease by four open lengths in 1:56.1 for driver Tim Tetrick, paying $5.40 to win. The Linda Toscano trained Uva Hanover captured the trotting colt consolation race with a neck triumph for driver Tim Tetrick over Amped Up Hanover (Yannick Gingras) in 1:54. Katie Said and driver Marcus Miller won the filly pace consolation with game first-over move en route to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:51. Trained by Julie Miller, Katie Said paid $5.00 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 5, 2014 -- Trailing by 4 lengths at the top of the stretch. Windsong Jack blazed through a wide-open Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southern Allie opened a daylight lead with an uncovered backside burst but weakened late, leaving him vulnerable to Windsong Jack's rally. The 4-year-old Santana Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile gelding triumphed at 7-1 in a career-best 1:49.2 for Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Stable 45. Carol's Comet closed well for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Southern Allie saved show. Windsong Jack now boasts lifetime earnings of $534,948. Three drivers -- Tony Hall (five), Wilder (four) and Dave Palone (three) -- accounted for 12 wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a quartet of $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships for 2-year-olds. First post is 12:55. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

With Jimmy Marohn, Jr. sidelined by a racing accident at Tioga Downs last weekend, Monticello Raceway based trainer Danny Gill, who uses Marohn almost exclusively, had to scramble to fill the gap behind his pupils this week. However, on Thursday (Sept. 4), when Gill had six horses in to go, he split the driving chores between three talented chauffeurs; Bruce Aldrich, Jr. Larry Stalbaum, and Johnny Desimone. And Gill finished with a good day with two wins and two seconds from the six starters. Most productive was Desimone who won two races for Gill, both trotting events. First, and foremost, Johnny D scored a 1:57.1 victory with Rose Run Nash ($5.30) which was the 6 year old Trainforthefuture gelding's 17th victory and is tops by a trotter on the continent this year. Now, Rose Run Nash is just one victory away from tying pacers Diamond Tiara and Shortest Distance, who co-lead North America with 18 wins. And strangely, all three horses are Mighty M regulars. Desimone also reined Gill's other trotter, Sir Siro ($9.50), to a gate to wire to victory in a time of 2:00. "Desimone is good with trotters that's why I used him today, "Gill offered. "He used to work with (Gary) Messenger who always has a lot of good trotters." Gill is also in a fight for leading trainer honors with Messenger and Bob Lounsbury. "We each won two races yesterday," Gill added. "But Messenger is still the leader." Messenger's 102 winners is currently tops while Lounsbury and Gill are in hot pursuit; Lounsbury with 95 wins and Gill with 94. On the driving side Bruce Aldrich Jr. continues to lead the local colony. On Thursday he added three more victories to his seasonal totals and currently leads runner-up Jimmy Devaux by 34 wins; 224 to 190. However, Aldrich is again among the leaders in North America in races won. Driving basically at two tracks, Monticello and Saratoga, many days simultaneously, his 393 winners ranks him sixth at this time. Last year Aldrich's 645 victories tied him for second place nationally with Dave Palone. Ronnie Wren Jr. copped the title last year with 714 wins. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 4, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall collected her fifth victory in the last eight starts when she shot the Lightning Lane to capture Thursday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cowgirl Hall zipped to the lead from post 7 but willingly accepted the pocket when a parked-out Victory Is Coming finally made the front. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall knifed into the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone and scored in 1:53.1, a half length better than her stablemate, Waiting On A Woman. Trustworthy Kid rallied wide for show. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $588,463, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of seven victories for Palone, including three for Burke, on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 3, 2014 -- Idling in seventh by 6 lengths at the half, Classicality brushed wide through the lane and scored a 10-1 upset in Wednesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Classicality's position -- third over and chasing Run And Tell Pap, who enjoyed a leisurely 58.1 half on the lead -- appeared unenviable. But his cover was live enough to carry him to the stretch, and the 4-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding did the rest, roaring home for Brian Zendt in 1.54.3. Major Athens was second, 1/2 length back, while Run And Tell Pap garnered a third-place check that lifted him over $500,000 in career earnings. Lisa Dunn-Adams trains the homebred Classicality, who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $134,427, for Dunn Stable. Six drivers -- Eric Ledford, Jim Pantaleano, Dave Palone, Dick Stillings, Wilbur Yoder and Zendt -- each drove a pair of winners on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues with a special Thursday card, first post 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

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