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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25 -- Seadog Lady, the 1-9 favorite, made a shambles of the harness racing field Wednesday at The Meadows, drawing off as she pleased and capturing the featured $10,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace in a career-fastest 1:51.4 over a "good" surface. Once Seadog Lady turned back the early challenge of Marvalous Song, it was all open racetrack for Dave Palone and the 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fionavar Hanover. She defeated Red River Jane by 6-3/4 lengths, with Dream Dancing third.   Ron Burke trains Seadog Lady, who won for the fifth time in 11 career starts, for Dale Towle. Palone and Burke each fashioned triples on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2020 -- Perlucky exploded to the front from post 5 and never had an anxious moment as he captured Friday's $16,200 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding already was comfortable on the front when he threw down a 28 third panel, effectively sealing the deal. He scored in 1:53.1 for Dave Palone, 3 lengths better than Wind Of The North while White Tiger rallied for show.   Ron Burke trains Perlucky, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $492,339, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Jim Pantaleano piloted five winners and Palone three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features a $2,334.68 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 12, 2020 -- K Ryan Bluechip followed live cover into the final turn, then brushed wide through the lane to capture Thursday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. K Ryan Bluechip was sixth down the backside when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones to follow the first-over Carolina Beach. The 8-year-old Art Major-Fool That I Am gelding had enough late to down the ground-saving Wild Wild Western by 1/2 length in 1:50.3. Carolina Beach saved show.   Mike Palone trains K Ryan Bluechip, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $597,459, and owns with J.R. Ryan, Stephen Ronay and Collin Ryan. Dave Palone collected four wins and Jim Pantaleano three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the program features a $741.64 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2020 -- Western Tyrant followed live cover, then brushed wide through the lane to capture his third straight harness racing victory in Friday's $10,800 co-feature at The Meadows, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace. Western Tyrant was fifth when Dave Palone positioned him behind the first-over Bugger Bruiser. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Fans Bikini gelding moved three wide through the final turn and scored in 1:51.4, matching his lifetime best. Early leader Butter Bay Hanover was second, 3/4 lengths back, with Border Control A third.   Kevin Johnson conditions Western Tyrant, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $196,886, for Richard Briskey. In Friday's co-feature, also a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace, Kingstons Bad Boy was first over forever before prevailing for Aaron Merriman and giving Johnson and Briskey a sweep of the day's top races. Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, while Merriman fashioned a four-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features a $36,480.30 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 22, 2020 -- Globetrotting quarter-poled to the front and jogged off to a convincing victory in 1:54.2, fastest of her harness racing career, in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot. Once Dave Palone sent her to the top, the 3-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions-Celebrity Deville opened a 4-length lead after three-quarters before downing the rallying Tamar by a length. Kellie's MVP shot the Lightning Lane for show.   Tim Twaddle trains Globetrotting, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $205,239, for Thestable Globetrotting. Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the 13-race program features a $31,287.94 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2020 -- Severely shuffled after securing a good early seat, Butter Bay Hanover found late room between horses to capture Friday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace. Although he briefly held the early lead for Aaron Merriman, Butter Bay Hanover found himself fourth at the top of the lane with a wall of horses in front of him. Merriman guided the 4-year-old Captaintreacherous-Better B Lucky gelding through a narrow seam, which he negotiated successfully to edge Border Control A by a head in 1:52.3. Winning Is Sweet was a close-up third.   Bill Rhoades trains Butter Bay Hanover for Tom Mucci. In the other co-feature, also a $20,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap Pace, Western Tyrant made a quarter-pole move stand up, prevailing in 1:52.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. It was the second straight win for the 6-year-old Western Terror-Fans Bikini gelding, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $191,446.   Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Kevin Johnson. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the 13-race program features a pair of Keystone Classics valued at $179,800 for 2-year-olds. On the wagering front, the card offers an $18,626 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 4, 2020 -- Dave Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, padded his margin a bit Friday at The Meadows when he captured seven of the card's 13 races. Three of those victories were for trainer Kevin Johnson. In Friday's feature, a $17,900 Open Handicap Pace, Rock Candy was shuffled to fifth after grabbing the early lead but found wide racing room through the lane to pull off the 8-1 upset. Things appeared hopeless for the locked-in Rock Candy before Brady Brown angled him to the far outside in mid-stretch. The 4-year-old Pet Rock-Cotton Candy gelding surged late to edge Prince Of Tides by 1/2 length in 1:51.1, with Carolina Beach third.   Paul Corey trains Rock Candy, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $399,836, for Kenneth Ashba. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Labor Day card that features eight $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships as well as a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $9,734.02 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $710.01 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2020 -- Arnold N Dicky overcame an awkward first quarter and powered to victory in a stake record 1:54.2 in Wednesday's $204,720 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Fly Light captured the other division, giving Dave Palone a sweep of the stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters known as the Florida Pro. Both splits were conducted as off-the-card, non-wagering events. Arnold N Dicky found himself between horses early and ultimately stranded outside, forcing him to press ahead for the lead. Bu the son of Bar Hopping-Kalibrated, who was named for cousins of his trainer, Chuck Sylvester, swelled up on the front, drawing off to defeat Ethan T Hanover by 5-/2 lengths, with Padre third. The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:54.4 shared by Real Cool Sam and Sutton. "I figured the next time around he'd be in the sires stakes," said Palone, who piloted Arnold N Dicky to a July 20 PA Stallion Series win. "He's just a likeable horse. His little ears were working the whole time he was on the front. There were a couple long shots in there; I wanted to see where they played out. I thought I could let them get around me and work my way back to the front." Sylvester owns the winner with Amy Stoltzfus, Neal Goldman and Gilbert Short. Following a scratch, Fly Light found himself facing only three rivals. Palone said the short field helped dictate his strategy -- get in front, slam on the brakes. "You don't get too many opportunities in a four-horse field," he said. "I thought my best chance to beat the favorite was to walk around there and, soon as I heard him coming, hit the gas. That's what we did. He finished well within himself. He'll make an awfully good colt." In Range, who saw his career unbeaten streak snapped at three, was a length back in second while Tart Tongue completed the ticket. Ake Svansted conditions the son of Father Patrick-Hustle Heart, who broke his maiden in 1:56.3 for Ake Svansted Inc. and Stable Why Not. $100,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Sunny Crockett and Mister Boinga each won his third straight in Wednesday's subfeature while The Irishman, Lindys Booze Cruz and Killer Instinct took the other splits. Tim Tetrick (Mister Boinga, The Irishman) fashioned a stake double. Sunny Crockett was hammered down to 1-5 but had his hands full with the upstart maiden Robert's Hanover. The son of Father Patrick-Moonlight In Miami put his nose in front at the wire to eke out a 1:56 victory, with Father Pats Secret third. "I moved him a little quicker than I should have, and I thought the leader was a little emptier than he was," said Andy Miller, who drove for trainer Julie Miller and owner Willow Oak Ranch. "But my horse dug in. He's been steadily improving." Mister Boinga made the point with a quarter-pole move and scored in a career-best 1:57.1 for trainer Jill Roland and owner Bernard O'Brien. Ginger Tree Knox was 1-3/4 lengths back in second while Massive Matter earned show. "He pretty much did it on his own," Tetrick said. "But he has an ear hood on and a blind bridle so he can't see or hear me, so I just kind of touched him with the whip and moved the lines a little. He got home in 28 -- pretty good for a young trotter." Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the 15-race program features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $186,382 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event -- as well as a $10,874.71 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 8, 2020 -- Carolina Beach stalked millionaire Southwind Amazon from the pocket, then outkicked him in the Lightning Lane to pull off the mild harness racing upset in Saturday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Bet down to 4-5, Southwind Amazon reeled off a swift 1:21.2 three-quarters but couldn't shake Carolina Beach, the 5-2 second choice. The 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbhappy gelding surged by the venerable 10-year-old and downed him by a neck in 1:49.2 Wild Wild Western finished a close-up third.   Bill Bercury trains Carolina Beach, who lifted his career bankroll to $377,008, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone collected six wins on the 15-race card, including a pair each for trainers Ron Burke and Kevin Johnson. Saturday's program was a showcase for the broodmare Caila Fra, who saw three of her sons race. It was a banner day for Mom, as Angelo J Fra won while Wild Wild Western and Lord Of Winterfell each finished third. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the card features a pair of stakes for freshman filly trotters as well as two rich wagering opportunities: a $5,762.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3). First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                          

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 5, 2020 -- Blue Ivy made it two straight harness racing wins when she roared through the Lightning Lane and captured Wednesday's $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Play For Pay led the field through mid-stretch, but when Aaron Merriman angled Blue Ivy inside, the 4-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue was the stronger mare, scoring in 1:50.3 to match her career best. Always Giggling rallied for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Play For Pay saved show.   Bill Bercury trains Blue Ivy, who won for the fifth time in six 2020 starts and boosted her career bankroll to $239,010, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone collected six wins on the 15-race card while Aaron Merriman and trainer Tim Twaddle each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features a $4,135.30 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 14, 2020 -- It was deja vu all over again Tuesday at The Meadows as, for their second straight harness racing encounter, Perlucky outkicked Icanflylikeanangel in the Lightning Lane to capture the $17,900 Open Handicap Trot. As in that earlier meeting, Perlucky stretched out Icanflylikeanangel to a 27 opening panel before releasing him. In the lane, Perlucky brushed by for Dave Palone, downing his rival by 3/4 lengths in 1:53.1. Rainbowinthewest, the lone mare in the field, rallied for show.   Ron Burke trains Perlucky, a 5-year-old Lucky Chucky Paper Girl gelding who now boasts a career bankroll of $448,011, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone, who piloted five winners Monday, matched that total Tuesday. Mike Wilder also enjoyed a fine day with three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 15-race program features a $6,792.07 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Today’s edition of “When Sports Were Played” is the first from harness racing and The Meadows. We go back to July 5, 2012, when Dave Palone, driving Herculotte Hanover to victory, broke the North American wins record held by Herve Filion, who was in attendance. Dave Palone drove into harness racing history Thursday afternoon at The Meadows with a smile on his face, a legend watching his every move, and a horse who had never won before. Perfect. Just like an ultimate race should unfold, Palone, a Rices Landing native, made the move on Herve Filion’s North American career victory record in the eighth of a 16-race card; passed him with a strong performance from Herculotte Hanover, a 2-year-old filly who had never competed in a pari-mutuel race before; and stood in the winner’s circle to accept his hard-earned position as the sport’s most successful driver. It was the 15,181st career win for the 50-year-old Palone in an illustrious career that was punctuated by win No. 1, when he drove Reds Folly in first in 1983. His career has been going strong for nearly 30 years. “It’s such a relief,” said Palone. “It was such an honor to have Herve here. There is no replacing Herve. In soccer, you say Pele. In harness racing, you say Herve.” In a show of respect and admiration, about a dozen drivers ran in from the far-side paddock to congratulate Palone. “That was a surprise and a shock,” he said. “Anyone of those guys could be standing next to Herve today. Not only are they great drivers, but they are great guys, too.” Palone entered the week needing 10 victories to break the record. He got two on Monday and six more Tuesday. “To do this at home means so much to me,” said Palone. “I really wanted to get it done at The Meadows. It is the greatest moment of my career, no question. There are so many people who are a part of this. I look at the crowd and I see so many faces. Everyone had a part in this. I can’t say thank you to all of them now, but I will later.” Filion has been the career victory leader since 1971 at age 31. “I feel good about it,” said Filion. “People told me that the record would never be broken. I knew Dave would get there one day. He always had ambition. He was always there to drive. He’s a good guy and a good driver. He’ll be a good ambassador for harness racing.” Herculotte Hanover was a $40,000 yearling purchase and the foal of Her Culese, who was the 2005 champion in the Kentucky Filly Futurity and World Filly Trotting Derby. She crossed in 2:00.1 for owner Ed Mullinax, who owns a car dealership in Northeast Ohio. The two teamed up when Palone drove P-Forty Seven to a victory in the Little Brown Jug in 2005. “You never know what to expect with a first-time trotter,” said Palone. “There were a thousand things going through my head. I thought, ‘This is actually going to happen.’ This was the last horse on the card that I thought I could count on because he was making his first start.” Palone tied the record in the third race with Well Al B, a 5-year-old pacing gelding from the Burke Stables who crossed in 1:52.2. He would add three more victories on the day and finish with 15,184 career wins. The Meadows delayed the race card in order to have the ceremonies in front of a few hundred people who had gathered at the winner’s circle. Most joined Palone for a group photo at the end. “He was mostly relaxed today,” said Palone’s wife, Bethann. “He just didn’t want to let anyone down. We weren’t sure about the race card, but he got it done. We’ll get away but it’s too hard to do it in the summer. We’ll take the kids to Disney World and that’s how we’ll celebrate.” The Meadows made Thursday July 26 Dave Palone Night at the track. A bronze bust will be presented to him in a ceremony. “I don’t want to think about numbers ever again,” Palone joked. “Someday, my numbers will be beat. That will be great because it means harness racing is doing great.” Reprinted with permission of the Observer-Reporter

WASHINGTON, PA, March 9, 2020 -- Windsun Juno, a lightly raced 4-year-old, enjoyed her first harness racing career victory in Monday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Speak The Peace captured the other $12,500 division in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The Donna Dunn is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is featuring, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Unraced at 2 and 3, Windsun Juno has been competitive from her first outing, finishing second in four of her six previous career starts. Using Lasix for the first time Monday, she quarter-poled to the top for Dave Palone and prevailed by a comfortable 4 lengths in 1:55.1. Loudoo Princess and Acrobatta completed the ticket.   Ron Burke trains Windsun Juno, a daughter of Sunfire Blue Chip-Artistic Melody, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder and Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $20,841.09 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,481.62 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Patta, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 2, 2020...On a historical Sunday evening at Pompano Park, Wally Hennessey captured the "Masters of the Mile" title by besting seven of the greatest drivers in harness racing history.   In the four race competition, with points structured similarly to purse structure payments, Hennessey scored 113 points to edge out Bruce Ranger (79), David Miller (68), Tony Morgan (60), Peter Wrenn (41), Tim Tetrick (26), Dave Palone (22) and Kevin Wallis (19).   Hennessey opened the competition by taking the first half of the early Daily Double, guiding the five year-old Pet Rock horse Oberlin to an 11 to 1 win in 1:54.1.   Starting from the outside eight post, Hennessey found little choice but to take back at the start and was 10 lengths back as Too Much Duncan (Wrenn) took the field to the opener in :27. Shortly thereafter, Dave Miller sent Danze to the top, tripping the timer at the half in :55.3.   On the backside, Dave Palone brushed Hugh Hefner to the front and that one took the field through the third station in 1:24.2 with Hennessey's charge now sixth, fourth lengths off the top. Once they straightened away, Oberlin got in high gear and rolled on by, holding off R Gauwitz Hanover (Tony Morgan) safe by a half length in 1:54.2.   Too Much Duncan was third over Danza and Hug Hefner.   Oberlin, trained by Gaston Lareau for owner Richard Lareau, paid $24.20.   In the second leg, Hennessey scored his second win, guiding Marianne Ayers-McNichol's Rockntouch to a gate-to-wire win breaking the beams in :27, :56 and 1:24.2 before touching the wire in 1:53.1.   This eight year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven repelled serious bids around the final bend and through the lane to score by a half length over Itsnoproblemman (Ranger) with Byby Landon (Tetrick) another neck back in third. Stick With Cramer and Harry Terror were next in the octet.   Off at even money on the tote-board, Rock N Touch paid $4.20 to win and pushed his lifetime bounty over the $280,000 mark with this win--his 38th career-wise.   In the third leg, Bruce Ranger had Always Glorious in high gear from the get-go, clocking sizzlers of :26.2, :53.2 and 1:21.3 while opening up a double-digit lead turning for home before coasting to a 1:52 win over the late charging Keystone Steam (Morgan) and V Power (Wallis) with Classic Gent and Fritzie Pic Up Man rounding out the top five.   Trained by Rick Plano for owners Maryann Plano and Ernest Durse, Always Glorious, a five year-old altered son of Always A Virgin, scored by 8 3/4 lengths and paid $7.20 to win.   Going in to the finale, the competition for the top prize was whittled down to three with only Hennessey, Ranger and Morgan in the hunt for the "Masters of the MIle" title.   In an event that saw several lead changes throughout the mile journey, it was the David Miller driven Outkast Blue Chip who rallied in deep stretch to score the 1 1/2 length win over Rocknbeach (Wrenn) with Hennessey next with Pointsman to seal the crown.   Brigadier Bronski was fourth while Gibbs was next in this classy octet.   Trained by Jake Huff for the Beauty Bridle Racing Stable, Outkast Blue Chip, paid $19.80 as fourth choice to vault over the $250,000 plateau in lifetime bounty.   Though the "Masters of the MIle" had completed, the action was far from over as Ranger hopped on the bike back of the track record holder Panocchio and put on an exceptionally game performance in squeaking by the favored American Hustle (Bruce Fenn) in 1:52.1.   Away third from the rail as American Hustle put up numbers of :27.1 and :56.1, Ranger sent the now 10 year-old Panocchio on a backstretch binge, severely denting an official :27.2 third panel to stick his head in front past that third station in 1:23.4.   It was war all the way home as these two traded punches right to the wire with Panocchio earning the nod by a neck. Caviart Reagan, closing fastest of all, finished third for Dave Ingraham, followed by Neptune and Windsun Gotham.   Trained by Jim Mattison, who co-owns with his wife, Vicki, and Emile Johnson, Panocchio earned his 70th career win to send his lifetime earnings to $638,538. He paid $11.20 to win.   Hennessey then completed his epic night by winning both ends of the late Daily Double, scoring with Rub Of The Green in 1:51.4 and Bass Player in 1:52.3, completing his grand slam.   The Florida Amateur Driving Club hosted their annual Tetrick-Miller Pro-Am competition at Pompano Park on Sunday night with Team Tetrick edging Team Miller benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   Steve Oldford was the star of the evening guiding two winners in the three race competition while Ron Cusimano kept the Miller team in the ballgame with a win, as well.   Oldford's Mego Moss took the opening leg of the competition, giving his 11 year-old gelded son of Amigo Hall a picture perfect drive, zipping his warrior out of the cozy pocket with 5/16s remaining and on to an insurmountable lead before coasting to the wire in 1:57, a seasonal best.   It was the 36th career win for Mego Moss, who has banked $409,482 during his career of 205 starts. UKnow What To Do, with Jmaes Dunn in his sulky, was next, followed by High Blue, driven by Captain David Miller.   Mego Moss paid $17.60 to his faithful.   About 22 minutes later, RonCusimano sent Everyone's Talkin off the wings in a hurry and scored a wire-to-wore win in 1:57.1, carving out panels of :28.1, :58 and 1:27.3 along the way.   Santini (Oldford) was next followed by the Jamie Marra driven Glide in The Wind.   Cusimano co-owns this Jake Huff trainee with the consortium of Angelillo, Tanzer and Sirianos.   The nine year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover won for the 28th time in his career, sending his bounty to $$285,918.   As the even-money chalk, Everyone's Talkin paid $4.20 to his multitude of followers.   With but one point separating the two teams going into the finale, Oldford took care of business, again driving one of his own, Smart Flight, on a wire-to-wire mission landing him a scant head up at the wire in 1:58.1.   War Cry Hall was second for Leon Cable while Skyway Jaguar, driven by Ron Cusimano, was a fasts closing third.   As second choice on the board, Smart Flight paid $8.20 to win.   After the "Official" sign was posted, the festivities continued in the winner's circle as Tetrick and Miller were in the winner's circle to present $4,000 checks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   Said Oldford in the winner's circle, "David and Timmy have been so valuable in making his a yearly tradition and, in doing so, this shows what harness racing can do for the community and far beyond."   MIller explained that the Make-A-Wish Foundation is very close to his heart and said, "it's really wonderful that this wonderful organization can fulfill the dreams of children in need. It's a wonderful feeling that our sport can have such a positive influence in our society today!"   Tetrick, similarly, sung the praises of New Vocations, which as helped thousands of horses find new homes after their racing careers are over. He lamented, "A good example of their wonderful work hits right here as Hurricane Howard and Just Like Lloyd, both that have raced here at Pompano Park, have found new homes after their career in racing."   The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated well over $200,000 to charitable causes since their inception--over $50,000 over the past five years alone.   As Spriggs said, "This is only possible due to the generosity of our members who donated all of their earnings from driving so we can have a positive impact in our society through our grand sport!"   Racing continues on Monday with a fourth race pentafecta carryover of $6,337.60, a Pick-6 carryover of $1,255.56 and a Super Hi-5 jackpot which has ballooned to $44,948.86. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL — Pompano Park will host two major harness racing events on Sunday (March 1) as eight of the greatest names in the sport will compete in a multi-race competition over the famed five-eighths-mile oval. The top billing goes to the “Masters of the Mile Drivers Challenge” featuring eight drivers whose total victory count is more than 100,000 with horse owners benefiting to the tune of almost $1 billion in purse money. Dave Palone, with 19,114 career wins, will be in action on Sunday night, along with Tony Morgan (16,622), David Miller (12,914), Tim Tetrick (11,531), Wally Hennessey (10,461), Kevin Wallis (10,281), Peter Wrenn (10,220), and Bruce Ranger (9,172). For the members of Pompano Park’s “Send It In Army,” these “Masters of the Mile” will be a part of the early daily double, the final leg of the Pick-5, the start of the Pick-4 and an Open 2 pace. In addition, Miller and Tetrick will be hosts of the Pro-Am with both competing as captains in three other events featuring many of the top amateur drivers, which has become an annual tradition here at Pompano Park benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations. Those trio of events encompass the second half of the early daily double, the kick-off of the Pick-6 and the fourth race pentafecta. Post time for the blockbuster card is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 21, 2020 -- Windsong Leo reeled off the back half in a swift 54.4, quashing any hopes of those chasing him, en route to a dominating harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Windsong Leo's opening half was no slouch either -- 55.2 from post 8 in sub-freezing temperatures -- and when he quickened thereafter, there was little doubt who was best. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding scored for Dave Palone in 1:50.1, 2 lengths better than Dancin Dragon, with Macadoodledoo third.   Windsong Leo won for the fifth time in seven starts this year and pushed his career bankroll to $651,505 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Trainer Dirk Simpson enjoyed a four-bagger on the 13-race card while Aaron Merriman, Burke and Palone each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $6,020.53 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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