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

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

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

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

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

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Back on Thursday, July 5, 2012, Hall of Fame harness racing driver Dave Palone made North American history by surpassing another Hall of Famer, the great Herve Filion, as the winningest driver in the sport. At the time Palone, age 50, scored his 15,181st career victory to surpass Filion’s record. Now, just over two years later, Palone is on the verge of becoming the world’s winning driver. He has 16,746 wins as of Monday, November 10 and is closing the gap daily on veteran driver/trainer Heinz Wewering of Germany, who has 16,753 career wins. Palone drives nearly daily at the Meadows in Washington, Pennsylvania. Heinz Wewering drives maybe two days a week in Germany. Thus Palone, who averages nearly three wins a day at the Meadows, will catch Wewering, more than likely in a couple of days. "The most special thing about setting this record,” Palone said. “Just like when I passed the great Herve Filion two years ago, is that I am going to do it here at the Meadows, my home track. I want to do it where all the owners and trainers are that have supported me throughout my entire career. There hasn't been an owner or a trainer I haven't driven for here. They're all a part of this. The Waynesburg, Pa., native began driving in 1982 and earned his first victory in 1983. He's become a dominant force in the sport over the last three decades, capturing nearly 40 percent of the races he drives in while becoming just the second driver in history to surpass 16,000 wins. "When I first started in harness racing,” Palone said, “I would drive anything with four legs and a tail. I just wanted to be in a race." He credits his success to his physical fitness, though that hasn't kept him protected from a number of major injuries, none more painful than a broken femur he got in a 2007 accident. Palone thinks he has had too many fractures but has never thought of retiring. "What else would I do?" Palone laughed. “I still love this sport and there are a few races out there, like the Hambletonian that I am hoping to win one of these days.” He has no thoughts of slowing down now with his sights set on Heinz Wewering’s record. Palone, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010, has been the leading driver at the Meadows for 24 straight years and has won at least 532 races a year over the last two decades. Palone plans on celebrating the milestone achievement quietly with his wife Bethann and their three daughters, just like he did when he surpassed Herve Filion’s record over two years ago. Is there anything special he would like to do after setting the record? “What I’d really like is to one day meet Heinz Wewering of Germany and shake his hand,” Palone explained, “because I know how hard he’s worked. Most people in racing don’t know it, but Heinz Wewering is also the winningest trainer in all of harness racing. This guy not only has driven nearly 17,000 race winners, but he has trained over 19,000 winners too. That number alone is unbelievable. It would be a real pleasure to meet him. He is truly the greatest trainer-driver harness racing has ever seen." For the record, Heinz Wewering currently has 19,299 training wins.  “Forget about him being a trainer/driver,” Palone said, “His work ethics floor me. I usually don’t have to get to the racetrack until around noon to begin my day. Heinz has had to get up and be at his stable at 5:00 am every day for the last 30 plus years. Work his stable, and I have heard at one point he had 300 horses, then go to the races and drive. He’s my harness racing hero for sure.  “I’ve said this in the past,” Palone added, “Ultimately, my goal was to catch Heinz Wewering, and now I am right on the verge of doing it. It is such a great accomplishment that I never dreamed I could ever achieve in my lifetime when I first started driving. “Now it is going to happen, Palone explained, “and I am almost at a loss for words. Usually I can talk candidly about most everything and usually do, but this time I am pretty humble, this is really something special to me.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, PA is now five wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won three races on Wednesday and has 16,749 wins at the end of racing on November 12. The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs four to tie him and five to surpass him and take the record. Wewering has seven drives scheduled on Sunday, November 16 at this writing. Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. Palone has 12 races on Friday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come on Friday. The Meadows does not race on Thursdays. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2014 -- Count Me In moved easily first over and went on to score in 1:53.2, matching his career best, in Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away third for Wilbur Yoder, Count Me In pursued the leader, Southwind Pepino, down the backside and had little trouble putting him away. The 5-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding held off the rallying Mistress Valentine by a length, with Classicality third. Marty Wollam trains Count Me In, who now boasts $339,059 in lifetime earnings, and owns with Acadia Farms. Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, Pa., is now eight wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won once on Tuesday and has 16,746 wins at the end of racing on Nov. 11. The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs seven to tie him and eight to surpass him and take the record. Wewering, who picked up two wins last weekend, has no additional drives scheduled at this writing.  Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. Palone, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010, has nine races on Wednesday and 12 on Friday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come in the next few days. The Meadows does not race on Thursdays.  by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, PA is now nine wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won twice on Monday and has 16,745 wins at the end of racing on November 10. The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs eight to tie him and nine to surpass him and take the record. Wewering had been at 16,751 as of Sunday, November 9, but two recent wins were recorded Monday morning, moving him to 16,753. Wewering has no more drives until at least Friday of this week. Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. Palone has 12 more drives on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come in the next few days. While Wewering continues to compete, the rate of his wins is declining substantially, while Palone's have remained consistent, making it unlikely the record will change hands between those two. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, Pa., is nine wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He has 16,743 wins as of Monday morning, Nov. 10. Palone has 11 drives on Monday, 12 on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come in the next few days. He needs eight more to tie the mark and nine to break it. The current record of 16,751 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany. Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. While Wewering continues to compete, the rate of his wins is declining substantially, while Palone's have remained consistent, making it unlikely the record will change hands between those two. Palone, 52, is a native of Waynesburg, Pa. and a resident of Washington, Pa. He is the rare harness horseman who did not learn the sport at the feet of family members. While he rode horses and participated in 4-H equine activities, Palone learned, together with his family, as a teenager when his late father Marion "Butch" Palone bought Standardbreds. His brother Mike Palone is now a trainer. Since his first win in 1983, Palone has 16,743 wins through Nov. 9. Horses he's driven have won $122,371,896. The vast majority of those wins have come at his home track, The Meadows, though he has driven in major stakes races across North America. He has been leading driver at The Meadows for 25 consecutive years and is the current leading driver there. Palone was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010 and in 2012 he became the all-time leading driver in North America, passing Herve Filion's previous mark to reach 15,181 on July 5. Palone is seven-time Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year, in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009 (tie) and 2013. On four occasions, he has been the leading race-winning driver in North America: 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2012. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 5 -- Cowgirl Hall extended her winning streak to three but had to dig in late to do it when she captured Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Cowgirl Hall grabbed the early lead and easily shrugged off the first-over challenge of Call To Post, the dangerous Count Me In was lurking In The Pocket and preparing for a Lightning Lane charge. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall responded to Dave Palone's urging and defeated Count Me In by a nose in 1:53.1, with Classicality third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who has won 14 races this year and $628,303 in her career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 2, 2014 -- Rock The Nite completed his sweep of a late-closing series for freshman pacing colts and geldings Saturday at The Meadows when he captured the $25,750 championship with a front-end victory. The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 2-year-olds Saturday, with Sixteen Encores, Momas Got A Gun and She Glides taking the other championships. Owner Bob Key enjoyed a double with Rock The Nite and Sixteen Encores. Rock The Nite may have been the most impressive of the champions, leading at every call in his three series victories. Winning driver Dave Palone indicated the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Of The Ball, who's trained by Norm Parker, performs better on the point. "He likes to fight them off, but he kind of loses track of things when he gets in a hole," Palone said. "He loves to control a race. He's a big, gorgeous colt, good gaited. I think he'll make a good 3-year-old, once he gets it figured out." Conversation Boy, who raced well first over finished second, a neck back, while Jed Kidd Squaking earned show. Time for the mile was 1:56.4 In the other championships: $30,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Trotters Sixteen Encores took time out from the series to finish second in the Simpson at Vernon Downs. That, coupled with his series performance, has his connections thinking about grander conquests. "He had a few little issues early on, and Mr. Key agreed with me to give him some time," said Rich Gillock, who trains the son of Encore Encore-Sweetsixteenkarets. "Sure enough, he's come to be a nice colt. We missed most of the stake season, but he's eligible to the Matron and the Breeders Crown. We'll probably wait and see how he came out of the race." In the series final, Sixteen Encores quarter-poled to the lead for Tony Hall and sailed home in 1:59.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Red Maple Lane, with Cue Hall third. $24,500 Championship, Pacing Fillies A full brother of 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, Momas Got A Gun moved confidently first over for Mike Wilder and triumphed in 1:56.3. Cantuhearmeknockn was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Lady's Critic completed the ticket. "She's really progressed every start," Wilder said. "I really didn't like her on the front end her last start. She loves a target, so I just sat as long as they let me sit. When I came with her, she responded and raced very well." Virgil Morgan, Jr. conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear for Geoffrey Martin. $31,500 Championship, Trotting Fillies She Glides, who had been fast early in miles but weary late, reversed that scenario Saturday when she launched a relentless uncovered bid that carried her to victory in 1:59.3, 1/2 length ahead of Best Glider. Soaring Flight rallied for show. "She's a 2-year-old, and she's maturing," said winning trainer/driver Del S. Miller. "Once you let her get started up, you're in trouble. But if you can keep her halfway in control going into the first turn, you're a lot better off. The last thing I wanted to be was first up, but it worked out that way." William Donovan campaigns the daughter of Glidemaster-Some Like It Lindy, who is ticketed for the Harrisburg sale. Pink Out Night survives long inquirery When 10 female drivers went head to head Saturday in The Meadows’ annual “Pink Out” to benefit breast cancer awareness, supporting an important cause was the major objective. But it still was a horse race, with $6,100 up for grabs, and all the rules applied. So it was appropriate when the judges flashed the “Inquiry” light and reviewed possible interference down the backside. But the order wasn’t disturbed, and Terry Millhoan, piloting Woodruff, was certified as the winner. Completing the ticket were Tabatha Canarr (Gambler Springs) and Rachel Kaneoka (Fortissimo), who saw her two-race winning streak in the event snapped. Also competing in the Pink Out, which was coordinated by the Meadows Standardbred Ownership Association, were Janet Irvine, Danita Harvey, Kathryn Hawk, Sabrina Clevenger, Sharon Donella. Joelene Christman and Leslie Zendt. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 2, 2014 -- Rock The Nite completed his sweep of a late-closing series for freshman pacing colts and geldings Saturday at The Meadows when he captured the $25,750 championship with a front-end victory. The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 2-year-olds Saturday, with Sixteen Encores, Momas Got A Gun and She Glides taking the other championships. Owner Bob Key enjoyed a double with Rock The Nite and Sixteen Encores. Rock The Nite may have been the most impressive of the champions, leading at every call in his three series victories. Winning driver Dave Palone indicated the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Of The Ball, who's trained by Norm Parker, performs better on the point. "He likes to fight them off, but he kind of loses track of things when he gets in a hole," Palone said. "He loves to control a race. He's a big, gorgeous colt, good gaited. I think he'll make a good 3-year-old, once he gets it figured out." Conversation Boy, who raced well first over finished second, a neck back, while Jed Kidd Squaking earned show. Time for the mile was 1:56.4 In the other championships: $30,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Trotters Sixteen Encores took time out from the series to finish second in the Simpson at Vernon Downs. That, coupled with his series performance, has his connections thinking about grander conquests. "He had a few little issues early on, and Mr. Key agreed with me to give him some time," said Rich Gillock, who trains the son of Encore Encore-Sweetsixteenkarets. "Sure enough, he's come to be a nice colt. We missed most of the stake season, but he's eligible to the Matron and the Breeders Crown. We'll probably wait and see how he came out of the race." In the series final, Sixteen Encores quarter-poled to the lead for Tony Hall and sailed home in 1:59.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Red Maple Lane, with Cue Hall third. $24,500 Championship, Pacing Fillies A full brother of 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, Momas Got A Gun moved confidently first over for Mike Wilder and triumphed in 1:56.3. Cantuhearmeknockn was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Lady's Critic completed the ticket. "She's really progressed every start," Wilder said. "I really didn't like her on the front end her last start. She loves a target, so I just sat as long as they let me sit. When I came with her, she responded and raced very well." Virgil Morgan, Jr. conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear for Geoffrey Martin. $31,500 Championship, Trotting Fillies She Glides, who had been fast early in miles but weary late, reversed that scenario Saturday when she launched a relentless uncovered bid that carried her to victory in 1:59.3, 1/2 length ahead of Best Glider. Soaring Flight rallied for show. "She's a 2-year-old, and she's maturing," said winning trainer/driver Del S. Miller. "Once you let her get started up, you're in trouble. But if you can keep her halfway in control going into the first turn, you're a lot better off. The last thing I wanted to be was first up, but it worked out that way." William Donovan campaigns the daughter of Glidemaster-Some Like It Lindy, who is ticketed for the Harrisburg sale. Pink Out Night race survives inquiry When 10 female drivers went head to head Saturday in The Meadows’ annual “Pink Out” to benefit breast cancer awareness, supporting an important cause was the major objective. But it still was a horse race, with $6,100 up for grabs, and all the rules applied. So it was appropriate when the judges flashed the “Inquiry” light and reviewed possible interference down the backside. But the order wasn’t disturbed, and Terry Millhoan, piloting Woodruff, was certified as the winner. Completing the ticket were Tabatha Canarr (Gambler Springs) and Rachel Kaneoka (Fortissimo), who saw her two-race winning streak in the event snapped. Also competing in the Pink Out, which was coordinated by the Meadows Standardbred Ownership Association, were Janet Irvine, Danita Harvey, Kathryn Hawk, Sabrina Clevenger, Sharon Donella. Joelene Christman and Leslie Zendt. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2014 -- Lady's Dude, Ohio's champion 3-year-old trotter, showed Wednesday at The Meadows that he doesn't need to take his state with him. He set a track record 1:53.2 while capturing a $12,200 conditioned event for his fourth consecutive victory. The time, a career best, knocked a tick from the previous mark for sophomore gelding trotters jointly held by Rembrandt Spur and Rose Run Mac. Lady's Dude was sitting third for Dave Palone when he launched an overpowering first-over move and rolled home, defeating TSM Photo Bugger by 7-1/4 lengths. Bound For Fame earned show. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, a son of Victory Sam-Lady's Star who was unraced at 2 but has banked $162,736 this year, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Palone drove four winners and Jim Pantaleano three on the 14-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 28, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall endured a brutal first quarter and went on to capture her second straight -- and 13th this year -- in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cowgirl Hall dueled with Classicality through a wicked 26.4 opening panel before yielding to the pocket. But when Dave Palone sent her out again past the quarter, the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, responded willingly. She found the wire in time, holding off the rallying Call To Post by 3/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Better Caviar was third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who now boasts $619,303 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Tony Hall and Palone each piloted four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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