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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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