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WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2019 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows, which featured the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $120,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, was rich with Grand Circuit stakes -- six in all. Here are highlights from the other four Arden Downs stakes. $40,000 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Goes Down Smooth prevailed from post 8 with a two-move victory . . . and may have punched his ticket to the Hambletonian. Said winning driver Matt Kakaley: "I think they want to give him a shot there, although I don't know for sure, but he'll be okay there," Kakaley said. "He'll hold his own. He'll definitely step up on a bigger track." The Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding got away third, quarter-poled to the front and downed Mass Fortune K by 2 lengths in 1:54. The pocket-sitting Kate's Massive earned show. Ron Burke conditions Goes Down Smooth, who lifted his career earnings to $146,053, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin. $53,468 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Nomo Volo eschewed a potential early seat and needed the opening three-eighths to reach the point. Nevertheless, she prevailed in 1:55.2 for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory, defeating Windy Corner by 2-3/4 lengths. Ladylilli was third. " I think the opening was big enough (to duck)," Gregory said. "But I wanted to ease her around the first turn and try and get to the front eventually. Last time I raced her here I left maybe a little too hard with her, and she made a break in the first turn. So I didn't want to take a chance and do that again. She's eligible to both Pennsylvania and Kentucky sires stakes, so we might try to race her in each." Jeff Gregory Inc. and Jesmeral Stable campaign Nomo Volo, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $154,834. The other division went to Magical Beliefs, who quarter-poled to the front for David Miller and triumphed in 1:55.2. Early leader Keystone Abbey was second, a length back, with Southwind Storm third. Linda Toscano trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic, who extended her career earnings to $236,296, for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-and-I Farms. $47,970 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-year-old Filly Pacers The Sweet Lou-One Ace Too Many filly Sweet Ace made her debut on the national scene an explosive one, taking her division in 1:50.4 - the fastest mile of the year by any 2-year-old, anywhere, on any size track, and a track record for her class at The Meadows. Dexter Dunn tucked the filly in fourth early, as Shouldabeenatd and Dance Club took the top two spots in a 27 opener. Silver Tail got restless in the three-hole and came out off the first turn to go to the lead, stringing the field out in hot middle fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.3, with the rest of the field well behind the top quartet. Shouldabeenatd wheeled outside and went right past the pacesetter on the far turn, with the two directly behind her following that move, Sweet Ace swinging three-wide at headstretch. To the wire it was a battle between Shouldabeenatd and Sweet Ace, with the winner drawing clear late to win by 1¾ lengths, with Dance Club third. ""The trip worked out good," Dunn said. "We had a live helmet to follow right into the straight. She has push-button speed, and she showed the speed she's got." Sweet Ace came into the race off a PA Sire Stakes win seven days earlier, and now her future seems even brighter for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Trainer Ron Burke, conditions the 1-2-3 finishers in this race. Sweet Ace The other section of the Mary Lib Miller saw the Artspeak-Apippin Hanover miss Aplomp Hanover lower her mark to 1:53.4, making a quarter-move for driver David Miller and going on to a 1½ length victory over Keystone Eureka, with Sizzling third. Trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick, who are having a terrific year with their freshman pacing fillies, are the connections behind the winner of three straight races. $63,000 Gov. David Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Tim Tetrick, red-hot on the other side of Pennsylvania recently, had four wins on the Adios card, including two in the Gov. Lawrence, with the faster of his winners being the Somebeachsomewhere-Persistent colt Seeyou At Thebeach, who broke his maiden in 1:52.2. The pattern of this race was much like that of the Sweet Ace event, with the front pack of four well separated from the rest, and Seeyou At Thebeach moving out behind cover at the three-quarters to go up after undefeated favorite Cattlewash, who got the top after a :27.4 quarter and recorded mid-splits of :56.4 and 1:24.3. Cattlewash carried his advantage almost to the wire, but Tetrick rallied the victorious Brian Brown trainee to get a head decision on the money for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Chris Page. Tetrick's other victory in the day's baby colt action was with the undefeated Adriano Hanover, who at 1-9 made a quarter-move to command and was never in doubt, winning by 2¾ lengths in 1:53.1, missing his mark by a tick. The son of Western Ideal-A And G'sconfusion added a Grand Circuit triumph to his prior PASS win for trainer Jim King Jr. and owners Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III. "At times, his potential seems unlimited," Jim King said. "So far, he's done everything asked of him -- and with a lot of determination. When he gets in with his own kind and they put up a fight, we'll see how he does than." The third division of the Gov. Lawrence went to the Captaintreacherous-Charisma Hanover colt Hey Run Me Over, who brushed to the backstretch lead and went on to be 3 lengths clear at the finish in 1:52.4 to take a new speed badge. Andrew McCarthy had the sulky assignment for trainer Rollie Mallar, who is also co-owner with Linwood Higgins and Patrick Leavitt.  By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2019 -- Five weeks after undergoing emergency surgery for hernia repair, Southwind Ozzi blazed to victory for harness racing driver Brian Sears in 1:48 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. It was the second-fastest mile in the 53-year history of the Adios, missing Bolt The Duer's 1:47.4 record (2012) by a tick.   It was the third Adios title for Sears, who triumphed previously with Pine Valley (2001) and Delmarvalous (2010). Bill MacKenzie, who trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara for Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice, became an Adios victor in his first appearance in the stake.   Southwind Ozzi came through his surgery well, though surgeons had to remove a testicle during the procedure. Thus, Southwind Ozzi goes into history as the first ridgling to win the Pace for the Orchids.   'Ozzi' and Sears got away fourth, watching as Prince Of Tides and Dave Palone threw down sizzling fractions of 25.3/53.3. When he saw that, Sears said, he was comfortable sending 'Ozzi" first over.   "I liked the way things were setting up," he said. "They were going so fast that they couldn't really shut it down that much.I had sent him first up before, and he didn't seem to mind it. He's a pleasure to drive. He makes my job easy."   'Ozzi' overwhelmed Prince Of Tides and drew off to score by 7 lengths while Prince Of Tides gamely held off Stag Party for place. Informed that he had narrowly missed the Adios record, Sears replied:   "I'm not one who goes after records. I like to win."   Southwind Ozzi and all the happy connections  - Chris Gooden Photo   MacKenzie indicated he was not surprised that 'Ozzi' rebounded so well from surgery or that he tossed off a near-record performance.   "That's what great horses to, and after the way he raced today, I'm beginning to think he's a great horse," he said. "He's never raced badly for us. I told Brian that if he had to come first over, I didn't think it would matter."   He said 'Ozzi' won't race next week, although he'll still work on MacKenzie's Cranbury, NJ training track.   "After that," he said, "we'll consider the options."   ADIOS NOTES. Ron Burke, who Friday became the first trainer with 10,000 victories, padded that total with four wins on the 16-race card, a number matched by Tim Tetrick . . . In a $30,000 3-Year-Old Open that pitted seven Adios contestants who didn't make the final, Highlandbeachlover sprang a 16-1 upset for Aaron Merriman and trainer Kelly O'Donnell.   To see the full results of today's meeting click here.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi is the 2-1 morning line favorite to win Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Saturday at The Meadows, but both he and his harness racing trainer, Bill MacKenzie, have endured stormy weather -- literally and figuratively -- to get there. For McKenzie, the storms were real and dangerous. As they ripped through MacKenzie's Cranbury, NJ farm early this week and threatened his 20 horses, they tore up several hundred feet of fencing, assorted trees and the solar panels on the domicile's roof. "People and horses are fine," MacKenzie said on the phone as he waited for the new most important man in his life -- the insurance adjustor. "It is what it is. The weather the rest of the week is supposed to be beautiful." For Soouthwind Ozzi, the peril was even more severe. "We had supplemented him to the Hempt, and he exercised absolutely perfectly for it," MacKenzie explained. "Then he started sweating, just not acting right. One hour later, they were operating on him." The diagnosis was a hernia. 'Ozzi' came through the ordeal well but surgeons were forced to remove a testicle in the process; that's why you'll see him listed in the program as a ridgling. His activity was limited in the wake of surgery. "He had 10 days of stall rest and hand walking, then he went back to work," MacKenzie reports. "That's why I think he'll be a little better this week. He's a little sharper." It would be hard to imagine a better performance than 'Ozzi" delivered in his Adios elimination when the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara found a seat fifth from post 9 for Brian Sears, moved with cover down the backside and went wider still into the final turn when his cover faltered. He scored in 1:49.3, fastest of the three elims. Sears will be aboard again, but they'll leave from post 4 -- the slot MacKenzie selected as an elimination winner -- in the final. Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice purchased 'Ozzi' for $85,000 as a yearling, attracted by his pedigree. ""We thought the 'Somebeachsomewheres' might be undervalued with all the 'Captains' and 'Sweet Lous' coming out, and we might get one at a halfway decent number," MacKenzie said. "Everything about him looked good, and the price was right. "He got sick before the Kindergarten final last year and finished last as the favorite, and he wasn't healthy enough to send to the Governor's Cup. But in the Liberty Bell, he paced the back half in :54 despite being interfered with. He showed us he could be a big colt." The Adios anchors an action-packed card that includes six Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. In addition, the card features three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500. The Adios goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:30 PM. The 16-race card kicks off at 11:25 AM. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) have planned a number of appealing Adios Day fan activities. North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) will perform on the apron from 6 PM - 8 PM while the Miller Lite Brewhouse and the BBQ Tent will be open throughout the races. The MSOA will sponsor a T-shirt toss, and an Apple IPad will be raffled courtesy the Standardbred Breeders Association of PA. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2019 -- It was in 1999 that Dave Palone brought Washington VC from well back to pass a tiring Blissfull Hall and win the final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Twenty years later, Palone still is seeking his second blanket of orchids in the signature event of his home track. He'll have perhaps his best chance in years in Saturday's $400,000 Adios final at The Meadows when he steers Prince Of Tides, one of three Adios elimination winners, from the rail. The Adios anchors an action-packed card that includes six Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. In addition, the card features three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500. The Adios goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:30 PM. The 16-race card kicks off at 11:25 AM. It isn't that Palone hasn't done well in the Adios; by many measures, he's been terrific. Counting finals, elims and consolations, he's won eight times and collected nearly $1.2 million in purses, behind only John Campbell and Ron Pierce in Adios earnings. "I've been fortunate enough to take a lot of money out of the Adios," Palone says. "I think I have a good history in the race, and I'm always super-comfortable on Adios Day." Yet it's nearly inconceivable that Palone, the "winningest" driver on the planet with 18,880 career victories, should have only one Adios title. There is, however, a solid reason for it. The trainers of top 3-year-old colts often prefer to get season-long commitments from drivers to travel the Grand Circuit with their horses. That usually excludes Palone, who a number of years ago decided to limit his travel to spend more time with his family. "That was the greatest decision in the world," he says. "I was so fortunate to be able to spend my whole career right here, get home at five o'clock every day and watch my girls' softball games or go to their horse shows. I may have missed opportunities out of town, but I don't second-guess anything that I've done." Thus, while he's picked up plenty of Adios catch drives, they've usually been long shots. Things may be different this year. Not only does he have a hot horse -- Prince Of Tides has won five straight and dominated his Adios elim -- but the rules of the stake also favor Palone again. In 1999, finalists were chosen by open draw; when Blissful Hall drew post 8, he had to endure a demanding journey to the top over a track left sticky by rain. That enabled Palone to duck from post 3, rally late and defeat Blissfull Hall, who would go on to win pacing's Triple Crown. "I figured I could take advantage of the one thing I knew -- the racetrack," Palone recalls. "It was tiring, so I took my horse back and 'one-run' him. That's how we got it done." This year, elimination winners earned the right to pick their posts in the final. Even though Ross Croghan, who conditions Prince Of Tides for Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Howard Taylor, chose third among elimination winners, he indicates his first preference always was the rail. "He has a big gait and can change gears real quick," Croghan says. "If anything leaves against him, they're in big trouble. He has the post advantage, and they'll have to beat him." A son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the champion mare Tug River Princess, Prince Of Tides was a growthy youngster who suffered colt soreness and was turned out after only four starts last year. Not knowing how good he might be, his connections sustained him to very few stakes; the Adios will be his richest engagement of the year. "He's a big, heavy horse, and we decided to shut him down early and let him finish growing," Croghan says. "He has a tough job on Saturday, but he will race good." Palone hopes Prince Of Tides will bring him that elusive second Adios title, but he's not obsessed with the quest. "With my family here, it would be special to me," he says. "But is it something I'm choked up about? Not at all. I love the situation I'm in." The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) have planned a number of appealing Adios Day fan activities. North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) will perform on the apron from 6 PM - 8 PM while the Miller Lite Brewhouse and the BBQ Tent will be open throughout the races. The MSOA will sponsor a T-shirt toss, and an Apple IPad will be raffled courtesy the Standardbred Breeders Association of PA. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2019 -- Elimination winner Southwind Ozzi has been installed as the 2-1 morning line harness racing favorite and will leave from post 4 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   The other elimination winners, Captain Victorious (3-1) and Prince Of Tides (4-1), will start from posts 3 and 1, respectively.   Elimination winners chose their post positions, with their order of selection determined by lot. The connections of Southwind Ozzi chose first, followed by the teams of Captain Victorious and Prince Of Tides. The remaining post positions were determined by random draw.   The 53rd edition of the Adios anchors a blockbuster card that features six Grand Circuit stakes as well as the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. The program also includes three total-pool guarantees with a combined value of $37,500.   The Adios Day card begins at 11:25 AM, with the Adios slated as race 15 on the 16-race program.   The field for the Adios, with sires, drivers, trainers and morning line odds:   1. Prince Of Tides - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone - Ross Croghan 4-1 2. Stag Party - Bettor's Delight - Dexter Dunn - Casie Coleman 6-1 3. Captain Victorious - Captaintreacherous - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 3-1 4. Southwind Ozzi - Somebeachsomewhere - Brian Sears - Bill MacKenzie 2-1 5. Wild Wild Western - Western Ideal - Mike Wilder - Norm Parker 20-1 6. Escapetothebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 10-1 7. Reigning Deo - Rock N Roll Heaven - Andrew McCarthy - Brett Pelling 12-1 8. Branquinho - Somebeachsomewhere - Tyler Buter - Ray Schnittker 12-1 9.Quatrain Blue Chip - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone -Chris Oakes 20-1   By Evan Pattak for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi, Prince Of Tides and Captain Victorious each won an elimination of the harness racing Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Saturday at The Meadows and will advance to the July 27 $400,000 Adios final. They'll be joined by six others who qualified for the final: Branquinho, Wild Wild Western,Reigning Deo, Quatrain Blue Chip, Escapetothebeach and Stag Party.   The elimination winners will choose their post positions, with their order of selection determined by lot. The other post positions will be determined by random draw set for 12:30 PM Tuesday. The Adios Day card begins at 11:25 AM, with the Adios set for race 15 on the 16-race program, a blockbuster card that includes five other Grand Circuit stakes as well as the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace.   Southwind Ozzi had the fastest and toughest mile, as he found a seat fifth from post 9 and had to move first over for Brian Sears. He wore down he leader, Stag Party, and triumphed in 1:49.3. Early leader Escapetothebeach was second while Stag Party saved show.   "I was tickled to death when he dropped in because I knew he would get a good trip from there," said Bruce Baker, second trainer for winning conditioner William MacKenzie. "First over doesn't bother him; he likes it. He's an amazing horse. He's got speed, he can leave, he can come home."   The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara pushed his career earnings to $126,249 for owners Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice.   Prince Of Tides had a less stressful journey, as he retook near the quarter for Dave Palone and opened a daylight lead that triggered a mad scramble for the remaining two qualifying positions. Those went to Reigning Deo in second and Quatrain Blue Chip in third. The winning time was 1:49.4.   ""He's a versatile horse, but I'd rather be against the cones in the last turn," Palone said. "He's a big horse. I had to go to a bigger bike on him to make sure he didn't hit it. But he's beautiful to drive."   Ross Croghan trains Prince of Tides, a Somebeachsomewhere-Tug River Princee gelding who won his fifth straight race and lifted his career bankroll to $115,170, for owners Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Howard Taylor.     Prince Of Tides   Captain Victorious was in firm control after his quarter-pole move to the point, although winning driver Yannick Gingras indicated he kept after the son of Captaintreacherous-Belclare.   "I had to keep him to his task in the stretch," Gingras said. "He definitely is a lazy horse, and he goes what you ask him to go. If you really get after him, he'll take off in another gear, but we didn't need to do that."   Ron Burke trans Captain Victorious, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $252,771, for The Captain V Stable. This elimination's morning line favorite, Workin Ona Mystery, was scratched sick.     Captain Victorious   By Evan Pattak for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2019 -- With its rich purse and tradition, the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows usually attracts a mix of top national performers and emerging local harness racing hopefuls. Such is the case with the 53rd edition of the Adios this year. The 26-horse field loaded with prominent talent includes two locally connected contenders, Wild Wild Western and Volley Ball Beach, each trained by The Meadows-based Norm Parker. "I've been pretty lucky over the years to come up with horses for the Adios," Parker says. "We're here, it's our home track, and it's nice to take the shot." The $475,000 Adios kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with three $25,000 eliminations (races 7, 8, 10); the top three finishers in each elim return for the final. The card, which begins at 1:05 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. Locally based horses long have made noise in the Adios, but it wasn't until 1986 that one of them, Barberry Spur, captured the orchids. Team Spur -- including owner Roy Davis and trainer/driver Dick Stillings -- campaigned Barberry Spur. The late Davis' business, Royal Travel, was headquartered just off the main entrance to The Meadows, so Barberry Spur couldn't have been much more local. When Pine Valley won the 2001 Adios for The Meadows-based trainer David Knight, his ownership group included western Pennsylvanians Daniel Miller and Charles Gajda. And the Burkes of nearby Fredericktown have won a pair of Adios titles -- in 2007 with May June Character when family patriarch Mickey Burke headed the operation, and last year's event, won by Dorsoduro Hanover for Mickey's son Ron, harness racing's perennial leading conditioner. Parker has started four horses in the Adios before this year, with mixed success. In 2013, Mattamerican failed to reach the final but took the consolation; he continues to perform in fast classes today. In 2015, Angelo J. Fra reached the final but broke stride there and finished ninth. On paper, the Adios elims look wide open, and Parker considers his horses live. "There are a lot of competitive colts in here -- that's why we got 26 of them," Parker says. "I know neither one of my horses is the best, but they're competitive with the others. They could make it interesting." Unraced at 2, Wild Wild Western (race 7, post 6, Mike Wilder) has earned more than $112,000 this year, third best in his elimination. Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters purchased the son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra for $55,000 as a yearling. Deters, by the way, is no stranger to big races. He was part of the ownership group for Numeric Hanover when she won the 2003 Jugette. Wild Wild Western winning a March 15 late closer series leg at The Meadows Wild Wild Western took a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg this year; in another, he was second to the speedy Southwind Ozzi, the morning line favorite in the third Adios elim. "He has good gate speed, but gate speed is relevant to who else is in the race," Parker says. "He's calm and well mannered. I'm looking forward to racing him for years to come. You know how hard nice horses are to come by." Bred and owned by Bob Key, Volley Ball Beach (race 8, post 8, Tony Hall), has blistering speed, which Parker calls "the best and worst attribute at the same time" for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Alladorable (a full sister to Mattamerican). "When you move with him," Parker says, "he wants to go 1,000 miles per hour the rest of the way -- even if a horse is covering him up. We've made a lot of equipment changes to try to get him to respect the way we want him to race. Our job is to get him to use his speed at the right time." While Parker is confident his colts can go with their opponents, he's more worried about a more traditional foe -- the weather. With forecasts calling for a 100+ heat index for the next few days, Parker has trained his horses earlier in the morning, reduced their workload and increased their fluid intake. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2019 -- Entering five horses in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids isn't a record, but it's a heckuva lot better than average. Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, who has accomplished that feat for the 53rd edition of the Adios, feels blessed to have such a large contingent of Adios-worthy sophomore pacing colts. It's nice to bring that many," he says. "We've had a good go at The Meadows, so we're happy to come." The $475,000 Adios kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with three $25,000 eliminations (races 7, 8, 10); the top three finishers in each elim return for the final. The card, which begins at 1:05 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.5 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. Trainer Ron Burke is believed to hold the record for most Adios entrants when he dropped six in the box in 2017, but Alagna knows his way to the orchids. He won the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill and finished second last year with American History. Here's how Alagna handicaps his quintet: Odds On Boca Raton (race 7, post 1, Dexter Dunn), who was second in the Hempt Consolation and won his last tune-up in 1:51.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "We've been picking and choosing our spots for him, but he's been racing phenomenal. He draws a good spot but in the toughest division. He'll have to go forward off the gate for sure." The son of Captaintreacherous-Captiva Island campaigns for Odds On Racing. Captain Trevor (race 7, post 9, David Miller), a son of Captaintreacherous-It Was Fascination owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Bradley Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. He won the Hempt Consolation in 1:50.1. "He just continues to get bad post positions. He had a ton of pace in the Meadowlands Pace final. He's very versatile, but he'll have to go forward off the gate to make anything happen." U S Captain (race 8, post 5, Dunn), third in a Meadowlands Pace elim. "He was parked out the whole way and behind dull cover in that race. With a smoother trip, he can do a lot more damage." Brittany Farms, Grant, Joseph Barbera and U S Captain Racing own the son of Captaintreacherous-American Jewel. Escapetothebeach (race 10, post 6, Tim Tetrick), whose dam, Shelliscape, banked more than $1.15 million. "He's definitely going in the right direction. He was good off the pace in the Meadowlands Pace final." The son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Alagna and Inthegym, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and William Donovan. Captain Cash (race 10, post 7, Andrew McCarthy), who hasn't faced stakes company this year. "He was lightly raced last year, so we've been racing him in non-winners events. We think it's a good time to see if he fits with the better colts." The son of Captaintreacherous-Authorize races for Brittany Farms, Grant, Vincent Barbera and Riverview Racing. It's no surprise that four of the colts are sons of Captaintreacherous, as Alagna trained that two-time Pacer of the Year. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2019 -- A field of 26 top harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, the largest and deepest in many years, will contest the 53rd edition of the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Three $25,000 eliminations are set for Saturday, July 20, first post 1:05 PM, while the $400,000 final goes the following Saturday, when the program begins at 11:35 AM. The final, race 15 on the 16-race card, anchors a blockbuster program that includes five other Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace.   Among the headliners in the Adios field are Working Ona Mystery, who finished third in the finals of both the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and the North America Cup, beaten by a combined margin of less than 2 lengths; Brassy Hanover, who overcame 45-1 odds to earn second in the $600,000 Hempt Final, and Captain Victorious, third-place finisher in the Hempt final despite a brutal trip from post 8.   Tony Alagna leads all trainers with five Adios entrants while Ron Burke and Ray Schnittker will be represented by three apiece. Other trainers with multiple contenders are Brett Pelling and Norm Parker, each with two.   The first three finishers in each elimination return --and get to choose their post positions -- for the final. The other post positions will be determined by random draw.   Here are the fields for the eliminations, in post position order with drivers and tentative driver assignments:   Elimination #1, Race 7   1. Odds On Boca Raton - Captaintreacherous - Dexter Dunn - Tony Alagna 2. Workin Ona Mystery - Captaintreacherous - Tim Tetrick - Brian Brown 3. Captain Victorious - Captaintreacherous - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 4. Mangogh - Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Bruce Saunders 5. Love Me Some Lou - Sweet Lou - David Miller - Tom Cancelliere 6. Wild Wild Western - Western Ideal - Mike Wilder - Norm Parker 7. Branquinho - Somebeachsomewhere - Tyler Buter - Ray Schnittker 8. Covered Bridge - American Ideal - David Miller - Jessica Okusko 9. Captain Trevor - Captaintreacherous - David Miller - Tony Alagna     Elimination #2, Race 8   1. Prince Of Tides - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone - Ross Croghan 2. Quatrain Blue Chip - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone -Chris Oakes 3. Reigning Deo - Rock N Roll Heaven - Andrew McCarthy - Brett Pelling 4. Latissimus Hanover - Captaintreacherous - Tyler Buter - Ray Schnittker 5. US Captain - Captaintreacherous - Dexter Dunn - Tony Alagna 6. Marco Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Dexter Dunn - Travis Alexander 7. De Los Cielos Deo - Captaintreacherous - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 8. Volley Ball Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Tony Hall - Norm Parker   Elimination #3, Race 10   1. Can't Beach That - Somebeachsomewhere - Andrew McCarthy - Brett Pelling 2. Highlandbeachlover - Somebeachsomewhere - Aaron Merriman - Kelly O'Donnell 3. Stag Party - Bettor's Delight - Brian Sears - Casie Coleman 4. Brassy Hanover - Well Said - Corey Callahan - Eddie Dennis 5. Semi Tough - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 6. Escapetothebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - Corey Callahan - Tony Alagna 7. Captain Cash - Captaintreacherous - Andrew McCarthy - Tony Alagna 8. Captain Malicious - Captaintreacherous - Tyler Buter - Ray Schnittker 9. Southwind Ozzi - Somebeachsomewhere - Brian Sears - Bill MacKenzie   By Evan Pattak For The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association        

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2019 — Adios Week, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino’s annual celebration of world-class harness racing, giveaways, contests, food-and-beverage delights and family-oriented activities, kicks off Saturday, July 20, with eliminations for the $400,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, first post 1:05 PM. The Adios final is set for Saturday, July 27, with the blockbuster card featuring six Grand Circuit stakes underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM. It’s the 53rd edition of the track’s signature event, a prestigious test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers won last year by Dorsoduro Hanover. Over Adios Week’s eight action-packed days, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer a dazzling variety of events for fans of all ages. The schedule includes: Saturday, July 20. In addition to Adios elims, the card features a $165,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 (est) Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, both for freshman filly pacers. The first 100 fans to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook receive free T-shirts. Monday, July 22. Harness Racing Bingo is the order of the day. mychoice cardholders may compete for a $25 voucher. Live racing gets underway at 1:05 PM. Tuesday, July 23. The live card begins at 1:05 PM. Each Meadows Tuesday race program includes a “Trifecta Challenge” game card, with $50 vouchers as the top prizes. Wednesday, July 24. In addition to live racing beginning at 1:05 PM, mychoice members may try their luck in a free handicapping contest on Meadows races. The winner gets $25 in mycash. Friday, July 26. Live racing begins at the special time of 5:30 PM and features a pair of Arden Downs Grand Circuit stakes for 2-year-olds, with combined purses expected to exceed $100,000. Food trucks will patrol the apron while disc jockey A.J. Fresh spins platters from 6 PM – 8 PM and the MSOA stages a “Family Fun Night.” Activities include a bounce house, a balloon artist, a face painter, a stilt walker, paddock tours and starting gate rides. Saturday, July 27. The Adios Day card is wall-to-wall with Grand Circuit action headlined by the Adios final and the $121,000 (est) Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for sophomore filly pacers. The other four Grand Circuit stakes will offer combined purses projected to top $200,000. In addition, the program will include a $50,000 Invitational Pace and three guaranteed pools: $20,000 for the Adios Pick 4 (races 12-15), $10,000 for the Adios Pick 5 (races 11-15), $7,500 for the Early Pick 5 (races 2-6). North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) will perform on the apron from 6 PM – 8 PM while the Miller Lite Brewhouse and the BBQ Tent will be open throughout the races. The MSOA will sponsor a T-shirt toss, and an Apple IPad will be raffled courtesy the Standardbred Breeders Association of PA. The Adios goes as race 15 on the 16-race program. Adios Box Closes Tuesday, July 16 Washington, PA. A reminder to all horsemen the box closes for the Adios Stakes on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9 AM. Elimination races if needed will be conducted on Saturday, July 20, with a first post of 1:05. The Adios Final will be Saturday, July 27, with a special 11:25 AM first race post time. Adios Day will also feature the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace, The Adioo Volo for 3 year old pacing fillies, as well as the Arden Downs Stakes for 3 year old trotters and 2 year old pacers. All inquiries regarding any of the races should be made to the Meadows Race Office at 724-225-9897. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 13, 2019 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows featured unofficial auditions for three hopefuls for the $400,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, and the results were mixed. Two likely are in, but the third definitely will miss the prestigious event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. When the entry box is opened Tuesday morning for the July 20 Adios eliminations, one name that won't be drawn is Air Force Hanover. A stakes-proven colt, Air Force Hanover had been scoping poorly of late, and trainer Brown Brown dropped him into an overnight to see how he would perform and exit the race. After a demanding opening quarter, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Cognac led until the top of the lane before tiring and finishing sixth. A post-race scoping showed only minimal mucus, so Brown removed him from Adios consideration. "He had no excuses," Brown said. However, the news was better for Volley Ball Beach and Highlandbeachlover. Volley Ball Beach raced well first up to earn second in his overnight, enough to persuade trainer Norm Parker that Bob Key's homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere-Alladorable is Adios-worthy. "He had better manners today," Parker said. "As long as he comes out of the race okay, I'll recommend to Mr. Key that we put him in." Parker also expects to be represented in the Adios by Wild Wild Western, who performs for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. Highlandbeachlover aced his audition, taking his overnight in 1:51.3. "We've got some rigging changes to make if we do race him in the Adios," reports Kelly O'Donnell, who conditions the Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland gelding, "but the owners are planning on it." Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Race Horses and William Beck campaign Highlandbeachlover. Elsewhere on Saturday's card, Windsong Leo exacted a measure of revenge against Carolina Beach, who had outkicked him in each of their last two meetings, by downing his rival by 1/2 length in 1:50 in the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. Real Peace completed the ticket. Dave Palone piloted the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $465,100, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Mike Wilder collected four victories on the 13-race card while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Burke each enjoyed a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Washington, PA., The 53rd edition of the Adios Stake is scheduled for Saturday, July 27th at The Meadows with harness racing to start at 11:25. The entry box for eliminations closes Tuesday, July 16 at 9:00 AM. The condition sheet is available online. Other stakes scheduled for Adios Day include the Adioo Volo for 3 year-old pacing fillies, the Arden Downs for 3 year old colt and gelding and filly trotters, and the Arden Downs for 2 year old colt and gelding and filly pacers. Also, for the first time The Meadows will be offering a $50,000 Invitational Pace for Aged Pacers on Adios Day, July 27th. Any trainer interested in entering please contact the Race Office. Inquiries regarding any of the races should be made to the Meadows Race Office at 724-225-9897. Mark J. Loewe

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2019 -- Air Force Hanover, a proven harness racing 3-year-old stakes performer with $215,888 in his bank account, will pop up Saturday in an unusual spot -- an $11,200 overnight at The Meadows. But there's method to trainer Brian Brown's seeming madness: If the colt performs well and exits the race well, he'll punch his ticket to the $400,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, which kicks off with Saturday, July 20 eliminations. Air Force Hanover leaves from post 3, race 8, for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. First post is 1:05 PM. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Cognac who races for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Donovan, Air Force Hanover won an elimination of the Art Rooney at Yonkers before finishing a strong third in the final. He also was second in a Hempt elimination at Pocono. Despite that success, Brown indicates his colt has been less than a picture of health. "He's been scoping sick lately," Brown says, "and we don't want to put up all that money and be no good on Adios Day. We'll see how well he finishes and how he comes out of it. If he scopes good, we'll enter him." For most of the season, it appeared that Brown would have a three-headed monster in the Adios. Now, Air Force Hanover is on the bubble, although Brown says he's "leaning towards" the Adios with Workin Ona Mystery, who'll compete in Saturday's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final. The news is far worse for Proof, the third member of the troika, who has been diagnosed with a cracked knee and likely will miss the balance of the year. "It's tough to take, but it is what it is," Brown says. "We hope he heals up and comes back as good as he's been for us next year." Also of interest Saturday: Carolina Beach, a recent purchase by owner Renee Bercury and trainer Bill Bercury, seeks his third straight win in the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. He goes from post 7 in race 1 with Aaron Merriman piloting. The Bercurys' program is to acquire proven commodities, improve them if they can and reap the rewards. So far, Carolina Beach, who had been performing at Saratoga, fits the formula. The couple gave $68,000 for the 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding and changed his shoeing and hopples. The results have been little short of spectacular -- consecutive sub-1:50 wins, the first with Merriman, the second for Dan Rawlings. On each occasion, he outkicked the venerable Windsong Leo in the Lightning Lane. "He was pacing in 1:51.1 on the half-mile track, which I think is about the equivalent of what he's doing here on the bigger track," Bill Bercury says. "So I'm not sure there's been much improvement." And how will Carolina Beach fare if he has to rough it, a distinct possibility with Windsong Leo posted inside of him Saturday? "When Dan got off the horse last week, he said, 'If you had let me cut the mile with him, I'd have won in 1:48.' So I'm looking forward to the race very much." Saturday's card offers a pair of carryovers -- $916.43 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $2,345.80 in the final-race Super Hi-5. In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will sponsor a number of fan activities, including paddock tours, starting gate rides and "Spin to Win." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

The long anticipated book titled THE VOICE: THE UNPARALLELED LIFE OF ROGER HUSTON has just been released. Written by Victoria M. Howard, the book on Harness Racing's #1 race announcer and Hall of Famer, Roger Huston, is available for purchase now. Huston has called more than 178,000 races, covering at least 144 tracks in nineteen states and eight countries. Known as 'The Voice' because of his booming vocal crescendo, when one hears that sound you instantly know a trotting or pacing race is imminent. THE VOICE: THE UNPARALLELED LIFE OF ROGER HUSTON contains priceless life stories of Huston's 60-year career as a race announcer. There are also 80 original photos of the sport's champion horses and top drivers as it takes you back to each and every Little Brown Jug and Adios. Through these pages you will experience the classic races in Harness Racing's history. Huston will be signing copies of the book Saturday, July 6 at The Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York from 10am -12 noon. BE THERE! For more information, contact: Roger Huston@Roger.Huston@meadowsgaming.com Now available @ at Amazon.com or AuthorHouse.com  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live harness racing programs in 2019 -- same as the 2018 total -- highlighted by the 53rd edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on July 20 and July 27. Generally, the track will race four days each week. Race days January through March will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with Saturday replacing Friday thereafter. Post time most race days will be 1:05 PM. The Adios, one of harness racing's most prestigious events for 3-year-old pacers which typically carries a purse of approximately $500,000, will be contested over two Saturdays. Eliminations are set for July 20, first post 1:05 PM, with the final to go the following Saturday, when the Grand Circuit stakes-rich card begins at noon. Other highlights of the 2019 schedule include: Four consecutive Sunday afternoon cards beginning Feb. 17 -- a departure for the track, which has not raced Sundays for many years. There will be no Monday programs following those Sunday cards. Special live programs to complement each leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown. First post those days -- May 4, May 18, June 8 -- is 11:25 AM. Four spring/summer Friday twilight cards beginning at 5:30 PM. Three weeklong maintenance breaks -- one each in April, September and December. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2018 - Victimized by brutal trips in his last two starts, Dorsoduro Hanover finally got the journey he needed and pounced on the opportunity to win Saturday's $400,000 harness racing final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:50.1 at The Meadows.   American History, who won an elimination of the 52nd edition of the Adios, raced well first over to finish second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Hitman Hill, the other elimination winner, could not improve position in the Lightning Lane and settled for show.   Dorsoduro Hanover gave The Meadows-based trainer Ron Burke, perennially the sport's leading conditioner, his first blanket of Adios orchids as the head of his stable, although he was assistant for his father, Mickey, when their horse, May June Character, won the 2007 Adios.   A Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding who cost $100,000 as a yearling, Dorsoduro Hanover was roughed up from post 10 in the Meadowlands Pace final and again in is Adios elimination but still managed to finish second each time.   It seemed likely that he was only a good trip away from a signature victory . . . and Matt Kakaley provided it for him giving him a 28.3 second-panel refresher after a 26.3 opening-quarter burst to the lead.   "We got a big breather there in the second quarter," Kakaley said. "I knew he would be tough off that . . . if he didn't win with that trip, something was wrong. I'm happy for the horse. He's showing everybody that he's a top colt."   American History took up the chase before the half and pursued the winner gamely but was all out late to preserve his place finish.   "He raced phenomenal. I couldn't be more happy with how he raced," said his trainer, Tony Alagna. "We knew Matt had the fractions his way, but even around the last turn, we had a shot to win the whole thing. He hung tough to be second."   Once Dorsoduro Hanover crossed the wire, a jubilant Burke and members of his staff sprinted from the paddock to the winners' circle, eschewing the golf cart that customarily provides transport. Burke, however, indicated the wins in 2007 and 2018 were equally important to him.   "We have a big crew, and to me, that's what it's about: doing it together," Burke said. "We probably spent about $10 million chasing this, and we finally got one. It's a great feeling to enjoy it with our staff and our core group."   In that core group are the owners of Dorsoduro Hanover, who now has earned $575,803 for them: Burke Racing Stable; Silva, Purnell & Libby; Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Wingfield Five.   Burke said Dorsoduro Hanover will be pointed to the Carl Milstein at Northfield.   ADIOS NOTES: Burke entered 26 horses on the 16-race Adios Day card, not a record for him but still a heckuva lot better than average. Burke ended the day with seven wins — also a heckuva lot better than average — including four by Kakaley, two by Yannick Gingras and one by Dave Palone. . . For the second straight year, James Witherite – who also works as a race analyst, race charter, copy editor and jazz organist – found time to entertain the crowd as Adios Day bugler.   by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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