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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

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 27, 2014 -- Dead last heading into the final turn, Doubelieveinmagic unleashed a wide rally through the lane that carried her to victory in Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Doubelieveinmagic trailed the leader, Novascotia Hanover, by 7 lengths before she got rolling for Dave Palone. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Hawaiian Beachlady scored in a career-best 1:52, one and one-quarter lengths better than the first-over Do Me Honor. Novascotia Hanover was able to finish third. Ron Burke trains Doubelieveinmagic, who extended her career bankroll to $110,419, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone piloted five winners -- three for Burke -- on the 15-race card while Tony Hall and Dan Rawlings each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 24 -- Murderers Row mowed 'em down again Friday at The Meadows, capturing her second straight in a late-closing series for freshman filly trotters. Best Glider recovered from an early break to gain her second series victory while Phabaj Hanover and RV Janet also took $12,500 splits. The championships of all four current series for 2-year-olds at The Meadows are set for Saturday, Nov. 1. As she did in her initial series win, Murderers Row fired from the gate for Dave Palone and was ahead at every call, scoring comfortably in 1:59.4. The pocket-sitting She Glides was second, 3-1/2 lengths back. Red's Winner rallied for show. Ron Burke trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Housethatruthbuilt for the Chuck Sylvester stable and owners Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey and Ted Gewertz. In the two companion features on Friday's card, one of the track's top performers extended his winning streak while another saw her victory skein end with a tough beat. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Visible Gold found the Lightning Lane just in time to prevail in 1:52 for Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Odin Blue Chip was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Artist Night third. It was the fourth straight for the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding, who now has banked $351,444. However, in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Anaffairtoremember, who had won both starts since shipping to The Meadows, fell a neck short and settled for place when Crazy Grigio angled off the cones in the stretch and found racing room wide to score in 1:55 for Eric Goodell. Kandian Klub earned show. Burke conditions Crazy Grigio, a 4-year-old daughter of Crazed-Musetta Hanover who pushed her career earnings to $134,498, for Albert Crawford and Michelle Crawford. Burke and Mike Wilder each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card while Palone fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows 

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2014 -- Red Maple Lane zipped to the lead and jogged off to an easy victory -- his second straight in the series -- In Wednesday's late-closing event for freshman colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Guy Fox took the other $12,500 second-leg split. The series final is set for Saturday, Nov. 1. Once on the lead, Red Maple Lane easily thwarted the tepid first-over challenge of Grana Padanno and scored for Doug Snyder in 1:58.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Massive Storm. Grana Padanno saved show. Lisa Martin trains the SJ's Caviar-Lane Bryant gelding, who was ahead at every call in his two series wins, for Mary Martin, Roger Dirlam and Maple Ridge Stable. Guy Fox pulled the pocket before the three-quarters, put away Bambam Lauxmont and triumphed in 2:00.2 for Ray Paver and trainer Steve Bush, who owns the Glidemaster-Classical Mary gelding with Dennis Fassett and Alvira Fassett. Massive Winner was a ground-saving second, 3/4 lengths back, while Orchids And Ale rallied for show. Dave Palone drove six winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 21, 2014 -- Seizing an opportunity provided by the faltering favorite, Ms Wilma pulled off an 87-1 shocker in Tuesday's late-closing series for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. Doll Fins captured the other $12,500 second-leg split. The championships of all four of the track's current series for 2-year-olds are set for Saturday, Nov. 1. Allthatjazz De Vie had won four straight entering Tuesday's action and was hammered down to 1-9, but she slowed inexplicably down the backside while on the lead. That was the opening Ms Wilma needed as she moved third over for Eric Neal and scored in 1:58.1 over a "good" surface. Fashion Blazer was 1/2 length back in second, with Lady's Critic third. Randy Neal trains the daughter of Quik Pulse Mindale-Wilma Hall for Neal Racing Stable and William Rugh. With no show wagering in the race, Ms Wilma returned $176.20 to win and $353.60 for a $2 win-place ticket. Doll Fins moved first over from third for Brian Zendt and ground out her victory in 1:58, a neck better than Momas Got A Gun. Cantuhearmeknockn completed the ticket. Janet Irvine conditions Doll Fins, a daughter of Sharky Spur-Western Six, for Joyce Wagner. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall blazed to an easy front-end score in 1:52.4, matching the track record for older mares that she already shared with Daylon Miracle. Call To Post was second, 7-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Redder Than Red earned show. Dave Palone piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, who extended her career bankroll to $610,303, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Palone drove five winners -- three for Burke -- on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2014 -- A six-race maiden entering the fray, Massive Storm powered to the lead, re-seated his only challenger and sailed home in 1:58.4, fastest of three $12,500 divisions in Wednesday's opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Red Maple Lane and Sixteen Encores took the other splits. With Massive Storm on the front near the three-eighths, Cue Hall pulled the pocket and attacked the leader. Massive Storm and Dave Palone accelerated, forcing Cue Hall back to the cones. The Muscle Massive-Stormy Valentine gelding went on to down Cue Hall by 2-3/4 lengths, while Grana Padanno rallied from last for show. Jeff Bolyard trains Massive Storm for Donald Bolyard. Looped from the gate, Sixteen Encores still made the lead comfortably and drew off to defeat Guy Fox by 6-3/4 lengths in 1:59.2 for Tony Hall, trainer Rich Gillock and Bob Key, who bred and owns the son of Encore Encore-Sweetsixteenkarets. Mmmmgood completed the ticket. Red Maple Lane had a similar easy time of it on the front end, prevailing in 1:59.4 for Doug Snyder. The pocket-sitting Bambam Lauxmont was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Game Challenge a distant third. Lisa Martin conditions the SJ's Caviar-Lane Bryant gelding for Mary Martin, Roger Dirlam and Maple Ridge Stable of Pennsylvania. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Thursday, first post 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA,  -- Allthatjazz De Vie continued to look like a serious youngster when she captured her fourth straight race in Tuesday's opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. Momas Got A Gun took the other $12,500 opening-leg split. Allthatjazz De Vie opened her career with an out-of-the money finish at Running Aces but is undefeated since then, with a mark of 1:53.2. In the series, the daughter of American Ideal-Todalu easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Doll Fins for Dave Palone and defeated her by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Lady's Critic was third. Ron Burke conditions Allthatjazz De Vie for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. A full sister to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Benear), Momas Got A Gun vaulted from the pocket around the far turn and sailed past Cantuhearmeknockn, downing her by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:56.4. Presentina completed the ticket. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Geoffrey Martin. Elsewhere on the card, Better Caviar moved powerfully first over for Dan Rawlings to win the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot in a sharp 1:52.4, 3/4 lengths better than Daylon Miracle. Cowgirl Hall earned show. David Wade trains Better Caviar, a 6-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Better Credit who now has banked $138,085, and owns with Gerald Brittingham, Kelley Rogers and William F. Peel III. Palone and Rawlings each drove three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 13, 2014 -- Dismissed at 8-1, Rock The Nite confidently passed up an early hole, powered to the lead and cruised to victory in Monday's opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman colt and gelding pacers at The Meadows. Jed Kidd Squaking and Conversation Boy captured the other $12,500 opening-leg splits. The series is one of four for 2-year-olds that kick off this week at The Meadows. Dave Palone had a chance to ease Rock The Nite to the pylons around the first turn but instead urged the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Of The Ball to wrest the lead from Cams Fernando. The stalking Cams Fernando tried again in the stretch, but Rock The Nite held him off by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:55 over a sloppy surface. Firm It Up finished third. Norm Parker trains Rock The Nite for owner/breeder Bob Key. Elsewhere on the card, 17-1 Macharoundtheclock rallied from seventh in the lane to score a nose victory in 1:52.4 in the $16,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace. Stucklikeglue and Your Beautiful completed the ticket. Eric Ledford drove the 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul, who now boasts $334,837 in lifetime earnings, for conditioner Tim Twaddle and owner Birnam Wood Farms. Tony Hall piloted four winners and Aaron Merriman three on the 16-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 7, 2014 -- Parked the opening quarter before making the lead, Better Caviar still was much the best as he rolled to victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Under Dan Rawlings' handling, Better Caviar fought off a determined first-over challenge from Tamarind and scored in 1:54, 2-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Redder Than Red. The game Tamarind earned show. Dave Wade trains the 6-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Better Credit, who extended his career bankroll to $128,085, and owns with Gerald Brittingham, Kelley Rogers and William Peel III. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $20,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $5,476,87. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows                  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 6, 2014 -- Continual Velocity fired through the Lightning Lane to capture her 11th victory this year in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although she grabbed the early lead for Dave Palone, Continual Velocity yielded to Novascotia Hanover and was content to stalk from the pocket. With Do Me Honor looming large on the outside, Continual Velocity found the Lightning Lane just in time and triumphed in 1:53.4 over a sloppy surface. The game Do Me Honor was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Novascotia Hanover saved show. Ron Burke trains Continual Velocity, a 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Extreme Velocity who extended her career bankroll to $515,775, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone drove five winners -- three for Burke -- on the 15-race card. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $7,500-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $1,592.26. In addition, The Meadows will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 4, a regular feature of the track’s Monday and Tuesday cards. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 3, 2014 -- Visible Gold pulled the pocket around the final turn and brushed through the stretch to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10.000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold stalked the leader, Shock It To 'Em, for most of the mile before Dave Palone asked him for pace in the lane. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding responded by opening up and prevailing in 1:51.4 over a sloppy surface. The first-over Bigrisk was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Camcruiser Hanover rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who has won 23 races over the past two seasons and $333,444 in his career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. On the 15-race card, Palone drove six winners, each for a different trainer: Burke, Roy Mac Davis, Chris Oakes, Mike Palone, Jimmie Ritter, Jr., Kent Sherman. Live racing continues Saturday when The Meadows offers a special card featuring eight Pennsylvania Fairs championships, each with a purse of $25,000. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

$200,000 will be on the line on Saturday night at The Meadows, as the 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Finals will be featured as part of a special 13-race evening card. Post time is 6:55PM.   Horses have been traveling the circuit since mid-June earning points in Pennsylvania Sire Stake fair events at 21 venues. The top eight point-earners in each of eight divisions will meet for the annual championship events.   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA)  will also host a Family Fun Night, helping to bring the county fair atmosphere to the track with plenty of activities for kids.   Parade marshal Wendy Ross will have a special tribute to America between races 3 and 4 on the card, and after the 6th race a special Gold Medal Celebrity Match Race will take place, featuring former Pittsburgh Penguin Bob Errey and former basketball star and current University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. Errey earned a gold medal in 1997 as part of Team Canada in the World Hockey Championships, and McConnell-Serio was a member of the 1988 USA Olympic championship winning women's basketball team.   On the track, eight $25,000 PA Fair Finals will be the top attraction, featuring some of the top winning horses in the nation. Freshman pacing filly Tropical Terror, trained by Jason Shaw for owner Mason Shaw, and driven by Chris Shaw will look for win #17 on the season. In 18 starts, the Western Terror filly has 16 wins and 2 second place finishes, and has the rail in race #2.   Sophomore filly trotter Cantabs Lightning, owned, trained and driven by Wayne Long, has won 10 of 16 this season. The Cantab Hall filly has drawn post 4 in the sixth race on the card.   In the 3YO pacing filly ranks, Allstar Morning, owned by Kristen and Ethan Spahn, has won 10 of 26 this year and has post 3 in the 7th race. Dave Palone drives the Four Starzzz Shark filly for trainer Gerald Lee.   Police Navidad, who has the rail in the 8th race 2YO colt trot, has won 11 of 17 this season for owners Lander Stables, Kathy & Virginia Schoeffel and Jim Reuther. The Muscle Massive gelding is trained and driven by Steve Schoeffel.   Another Shaw Stable entrant, Marshmallow Pulse, has the rail in the freshman colt pace. In 16 starts, the Quik Pulse Mindale gelding has 12 wins and has never been worse than third. Tony Hall will drive. The main challenger will be his stablemate, Nippy, with Chris Shaw driving. Nippy, a Nuclear Breeze gelding, has won 14 of 17 with three second place finishes.   Two more double-digit winners will square off in the 3YO colt trot, as Mr Weaver (12 for 23) will face Fly Past Hanover (11 for 22). Mr Weaver has post 1 for owners John and Owen McMullen. John McMullen trains and Wilbur Yoder drives. Fly Past Hanover is owned by Susan Daugherty, trained by Bill Daugherty, and will be driven by Aaron Merriman.   The MSOA is proud to host the event once again this year, and looks forward to a fan-friendly night.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

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

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

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2014 -- Pecking for late racing room outside and inside, Cover Model finally found a seam and poured through to score in Tuesday's $88,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Alexa Said took the other harness racing division of the stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. Cover Model was sixth near the three-quarters when Dan Rawlings slipped her off the cones into the outside flow. When cover took him nowhere, Rawlings guided Cover Model back inside and hunted room, finding it between horses. The daughter of Dragon Again-Fashion Sureal rolled home to triumph in 1:53.4, 2-1/4 lengths better than Special Package. Momas Got A Gun, a full sister to Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, was third. "I came out because I thought the outside flow was good, but it wasn't going anywhere," Rawlings said. "I basically took a shot (inside), and a seam opened up. I wasn't planning on being buried like I was, but everything worked out." Douglas Lewis trains Cover Model for Frederick W. Hertrich III and CTC stable. Alexa Said roared three wide through the lane to prevail for Eric Ledford in a career-best 1:55.3. Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion Half Past Seven was second by a length while early leader Mistup Magic earned show. It was the first stakes victory for Alexa Said although Tye Loy, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Niki Blue Chip and owns with Michael Lowe, said she easily could have several more. "She's had bad luck and bad trips," said Loy of his $18,000 yearling acquisition. "When you warm her up, you wouldn't think she could go in 2:30 the way she's lollygagging around. When she hits the gate, it's all business; she puts her game face on." In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall thwarted the challenge of Better Caviar and downed him by a length in 1:53.2. Major Athens saved show. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold hall extended her career bankroll to $598,903. On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $1,239.74. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday’s program, which features a $117,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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