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WASHINGTON, PA, April 15, 2017 -- Beach House looked vulnerable late after fronting the mile, but he held on gamely to notch his second straight series victory in Saturday's Unlocked Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Yukon took the other $15,000 division in the event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, giving Dave Palone a sweep of the second leg. On Saturday, April 22, The Meadows will host the championships of the Unlocked Pace and three other current series for sophomores. Beach House endured a parked-out 27.4 opening panel and faced a swarm of challengers late. But the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sara Sue had enough left to throw down a 28.3 final quarter and score in 1:53.4 for trainer Rich Gillock and owner Harry Locke. Showing My Hand, a 21-1 outsider, finished second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Dragon Striker earned show. Hammered down to 1-5, Southwind Yukon never gave chalk players an anxious moment as he rolled to a front-end victory in 1:53, a life mark. Subliminal was second, 2 lengths in arrears, with Aplin Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Southwind Yukon, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara, for Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Richard Suda and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Dapper Dude powered to a front-end victory in 1:51, 3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Lincolnjames. Knocking Around rallied for show. Aaron Merriman piloted the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest, who now boasts $1,075,620 in career earnings, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Dapper Dude Merriman and Palone each finished the 12-race card with four wins. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 10, 2017 -- It isn't often that players get to reap double-digit rewards when Dave Palone drives for trainer Ron Burke, but it happened twice Monday at The Meadows when the harness racing  duo teamed to sweep both $15,000 second-leg divisions of the Medusa Pace for 3-year-old fillies with Sapphire Breeze (14-1) and Beach Club (12-1). Sapphire Breeze atoned for her break in the series opener when she moved powerfully first over from fourth and had little trouble holding off Terrortina by 1-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:54.1. Emily R Hanover finished third. Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC own the daughter of Well Said-Roller Cam. Beach Club, who hadn't made the lead at any point in her last three starts, popped right to the front and defeated her stablemate, Make Mine Mocha by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.1, a life mark. When Flyme To The Moon finished third. It gave Burke a 1-2-3 sweep of the split. Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Beach Club, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sand Speed. Overall, Palone and Burke teamed for five victories on the 13-race card. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a three-bagger, including a win with Show Runner in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 1, 2017 -- Lincolnjames made it four wins in his last five starts when he quarter-poled to the top and held off Dapper Dude late to capture Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After a 27 opening panel, Dave Palone slammed on the brakes and gave Lincolnjames a relaxing 29 second quarter. That breather enabled the 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding to withstand the late charge of the pocket-sitting Dapper Dude and down him by a neck in 1:51.3 over a "good" surface. Knocking Around rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Lincolnjames, who won his 16th race over the last two seasons and extended his career bankroll to $189,987, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone piloted four winners on the 12-race card while Burke fashioned a triple. Lincolnjames The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2017 -- Call For Justice made it four straight when he overpowered the field with a first-over blitz and rolled home in a harness racing  career-best 1:52.4 in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Call For Justice was fourth down the backside when Dave Palone sent him after the leader, Fashion Chocolate. The 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka overwhelmed Fashion Chocolate and drew off to defeat Tricky Nick by 3-3/4 lengths. Fashion Chocolate saved show. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who extended lifetime earnings to $318,797, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the co-feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl was hammered down to 2-5 in the five-horse field and performed like the heavy favorite, collecting a facile front-end victory in 1:55 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The pocket-sitting Goodtogo Hanover, opening her 4-year-old campaign, was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Bags For All rallied for show. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts a career bankroll of $423,696. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 27, 2017 -- Lincolnjames gobbled up the leader with a powerful first-over move, then drew off late to capture Monday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Lincolnjames was fourth when Dave Palone sent him after Dapper Dude, who was rendered vulnerable by a 26.3 opening panel. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding had little trouble clearing and opening a daylight lead. He triumphed in 1:51.1, 3-1/4 lengths better than 23-1 long shot Gallant Seelster, with Purdy Sam third. Ron Burke trains Lincolnjames, who won for the third time in his last four starts and extended his career bankroll to $180,987, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins on the 13-race card while Dan Rawlings enjoyed a triple, including a pair of victories for trainer Dirk Simpson. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 18, 2017 -- Art N Music exploded from the pocket in the lane and captured his second straight in Saturday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Town Speaker took the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The Walter Russell championship, as well as the finals of three other current series at The Meadows, is set for Saturday, March 25. Art N Music stalked Dragon Striker for most of the mile before making the winning move for Dave Palone. He prevailed in a career-best 1:55.3 over a sloppy surface, 2-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Sin City Boogie, while Dragon Striker saved show. Ron Burke trains the 4-year-old Art Colony-Keystone Musical gelding for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Town Speaker, who finished third in his series opener, quarter-poled to the front for Dan Rawlings and held off the first-over Gossip Boy to score by a neck in 1:56.3, with Subliminal third. Dirk Simpson conditions the 3-year-old Well Said-Town Feather gelding for James Reynolds and Marsha Combs-Skinner. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card, with Palone piloting three of the victors. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 27, 2017 -- An unruly Rockin Rum Springa was wide in the turns -- and not much more manageable in the straighaways -- but still was much the best in Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Rockin Rum Springa nearly blew the first turn while trying for the lead before Dave Palone was able to wrestle her back to the cones. The 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Deferred Comp finally settled down at the three-quarters and scored in 1:54 over a "good" surface. Classic Carpet was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Seeyouatthefinish third. Ron Burke trains Rockin Rum Springa, who notched her second straight victory and extended her career bankroll to $176.611, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 12-race card, lifting his career total to 6,995. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 22, 2017 -- Racing off a 13-week layoff, Call For Justice found an escape route late and went on to capture Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Call For Justice zipped to the early lead for Dave Palone but was shuffled to fourth into the final turn. Palone was able to angle Call For Justice to the outside, and the 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka took off when he saw racetrack, scoring in 1:54.2. Barn Girl, parked most of the mile, was a game second, 3/4 lengths back, with Chef Lee third. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who now boasts career earnings of $288,797, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race card while Aaron Merriman collected three wins. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 8, 2017 -- Trustworthy Kid continued to dominate The Meadows' trotting elite Wednesday when he scored a facile victory in the $18,000 Preferred Handicap. In five starts this year following a four-month layoff, the 8-year-old harness racing SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding has rolled up three wins and two place finishes. On Wednesday, he quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone and prevailed by a measured length in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface. The pocket-sitting TSM Photo Bugger was second, with Chef Lee a ground-saving third in his seasonal debut. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, who extended his career bankroll to $466,697. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and Palone each enjoyed a double on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 4, 2017 -- Trustworthy Kid used a quick backside burst to get by the leader, Barn Girl, then held her off in the lane to capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid was third when, under Dave Palone's urging, he brushed past Barn Girl into the final turn. Although Barn Girl persevered, she fell a length short, with Nothinbutanallstar third. The winning time was 1:55. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, an 8-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $457,697 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 12-race card while Palone enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 30, 2017 -- Mykindachip worked out a comfortable first half on the lead, then dug in to hold off the late challenge of Kingofthejungle and capture Monday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone gave Mykindachip a 29.4 second-quarter breather, enabling him to easily thwart the first-over thrust of Dapper Dude. The bigger menace was the pocket-sitting Kingofthejungle, who shot the Lightning Lane and drew even. But Mykindachip was up to the challenge, defeating Kingofthejungle by a head in 1:52.4, with Gokudo Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Mykindachip, an 8-year-old Art's Chip-Figmental gelding who extended his career bankroll to $664,552, for Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Norm Parker, while Tony Hall enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 23, 2017 -- Pressured for much of the mile, Atta Boy Dan dug in late and scored a hard-earned harness racing victory in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Atta Boy Dan fronted the half for Dave Palone in 28/56.4 -- responsible fractions for the sloppy conditions -- before picking up a determined challenge from Believeinthespirit. Although Believeinthespirit poked his head in front, Atta Boy Dan reasserted in the lane and prevailed in 1:52.3. Hawk's Red Chief shot the Lightning Lane for place, a head back, giving trainer Ron Burke the exacta sweep, while Dapper Dude rallied for show. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Atta Boy Dan, an 8-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding who now boasts $676,742 in career earnings. Palone collected five wins -- including four for Burke -- on the 12-race card while Tony Hall fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 21, 2017 -- Refreshed by a 31 second-quarter breather, Trustworthy Kid easily repelled his outside harness racing challengers and captured Saturday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid had to work hard for the lead, but when Dave Palone threw on the brakes in the second panel, the 8-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding got the break he needed. He shrugged off the first-over challenge of Sixteen Mikes and scored in 1:56 over a "good" surface, 3/4 lengths better than Valley Of Sin. TSM Photo Bugger was a ground-saving third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Trustworthy Kid, who now boasts $442,697 in career earnings. Palone collected five wins on the 12-race card while trainer Paul Corey enjoyed a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 11, 2017 -- Medusa stalked Skippin By from the pocket, then edged by her late to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By took the field through leisurely fractions of 27.4/57.4, but when she sprinted home, she could not shake Medusa. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical took the outside route for Tony Hall and nipped Skippin By by a head in1:54.3 over a "good" surface. Spreester finished third. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Dave Palone and Hall each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2017 -- Harness racing drivers Dave Palone and Dan Charlino sparkled Monday at The Meadows, though they shined in slightly different ways. Palone rolled up seven wins on the 12-race card, including four for trainer Ron Burke. Charlino rolled up one win, but it was big. Not only did it occur in the day's feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace captured by Hawk's Red Chief, but it also was Charlino's first victory at The Meadows since he returned from leg injuries that sidelined him more than five months. When Charlino and Hawk's Red Chief got away sixth, it looked like an unenviable spot, as the field raced double tiered for most of the mile, giving Hawk's Red Chief no way off the pylons. But as they turned for home, the Lightning Lane beckoned, and the 6-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble shot through to edge Atta Boy Dan by a nose in 1:52.3. Gokudo Hanover rallied for show. Hawk's Red Chief extended his career bankroll to $165,207 for Burke, who ended the day with a five-bagger, and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 4, 2017 -- Barn Girl continued to dominate The Meadows' distaff trotting elite, defeating them for the fifth time in her last six starts by capturing Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Aaron Merriman hustled Barn Girl from post 8 to the lead, where she faced a menacing backside challenge from Wendy's Girl. But the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie refused to yield, reasserting in the lane and scoring in 1:56.3. Unefoisdansmavie rallied from last for second, 1-1/4 lengths lengths back, while Wendy's Girl saved show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, who pushed her career bankroll to $367,796, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone continued his strong start to the 2017 season, piloting five winners that pushed his total to 15 for the year's first three programs. Dan Rawlings enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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