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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

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2018 -- Saturday's card at The Meadows, which featured the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $121,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, also offered four additional Grand Circuit stakes. Here are the highlights of those Arden Downs events: $57,914 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Scirocco Rob got some help when 3-5 favorite Joey broke stride at the start. But the Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties gelding might not have needed the assistance, as he rolled to his third straight victory, in 1:56, for Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen and owners Lewis Whitaker and Kathleen Whitaker. Keystone Apache rallied for second, 2 lengths back, with Garnet third. "When that other horse ran behind the gate, he was the only horse that I was worried about," Callahan said. "So I was able to just kind of mosey around there. When you can go somewhat of a training mile, it's a lot easier than having to stretch him out." Scirocco Bob now boasts $199,603 in career earnings. In the other division, Im Your Captain also caught a break when the leader, Quality Kemp, jumped it off near the half. Im Your Captain inherited the front and scored in 1:55.3, 5-3/4 lengths better than the fast-closing What A Hunk. House Hubby completed the ticket. "I kind of had it down to Quality Kemp and my horse, so I didn't want to do anything too goofy," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "I thought he could either cut it or win out of the two hole. It worked out okay." Julie Miller, Marcus' aunt, trains the son of Muscle Hill-Frisky Strike for Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing. When asked what he might recommend to Aunt Julie about the horse's next start, Marcus Miller took a diplomatic approach. "I just plan to tell her thank you," he said. $47,634 Gov. David L. Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Perhaps wiser and more determined after a frustrated first-over bid in his last outing, Volley Ball Beach converted a similar move to victory Saturday, prevailing in 1:52.4 -- his fastest -- for Tony Hall, trainer Norm Parker and owner/breeder Bob Key. Escapetothebeach was second, 1/2 length back, while No Mas Amor earned show. "It was different this week because he got to sit to the half," Parker said of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Alladorable. "We've had some issues with him regarding when to make his move. We changed some equipment this week, and it seemed to help." In the other split, Pyro found late racing room in the center of the track and rallied for Matt Kakaley to score in 1:53, his second win in four career starts. Actor Hanover gave trainer Ron Burke the exacta sweep when he finished second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, with early leader Aflame Hanover third. "I figured I'd be able to shake loose somewhere, but I wasn't going to move him first up," Kakaley said. "It was pretty easy for him today. He was really sharp." Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Pyro, a son of Sweet Lou-Whetstone Hanover. $47,634 Mary Lib Miller - 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Louphoria and Sylph Hanover are both members of the Burke stable (two of the 26 horses he entered on the Adios Day card, and a pair of the 48 he sent post-ward across the U.S. for the day), and both were sent off at 1-1 by The Meadows' punters. Both of them started "against the fence" -- Louphoria from the "inner fence," Sylph Hanover from the outermost post eight. And the pair were at each other during most of the 56.1 last half of their division in the freshman filly pace, Louphoria on the lead and Sylph Hanover attacking first-over. In the stretch it was Sylph Hanover who proved the stronger, powering off by 2¾ lengths late over her stablemate for Kakaley as the end horse of a Burke/Kakaley consecutive triple. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan, owned by Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin, and Joseph Critelli, took a maiden mark of 1:54.1; she had already won in a Philly qualifier just two ticks slower than today's mile. "We were always high on her, but she's been just okay, I guess," Kakaley said. "She wasn't that good on the front at Pocono, so we wanted to change tactics. She was super today." She's Allright remained undefeated after three starts by taking the other division in 1:53.1 and giving Burke his sixth training win of the afternoon, but Darn Tootn Hanover, in only her second lifetime start, made sure the winner knew she was in a tussle. She's Allright, a Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover miss owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek and Collura, was put on the lead by Yannick Gingras, rated the half, then sprinted home in 55.4, but first-over Darn Tootn Hanover gained inch by inch the last half and came up only a head shy. $56,440 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Kenziesky Hanover sure made it interesting as the even-money favorite in the first section of the sophomore filly trot, but she emerged with a 1:57.1 victory for driver Brian Zendt, trainer Bill Zendt, and owners J. Patrick Huber and Glenn Congrove. Brian Zendt got the Cantab Hall filly a perfect two-hole trip, but as the pair awaited the Lightning Lane behind pacesetter Southwind Angelica and first-over Fish Is Fish, Kenziesky Hanover made a break. She was steered into the passing lane and never went inside the pylons while regaining composure; in the meantime Ms American Muscle came through inside the pacesetter and got the lead. But Zendt and his filly got back on stride and finished with a furious last 50 yards to win by 1/2 length after the improbable but impressive comeback. The Zendts completed a sweep of this Grand Circuit event as the Donato Hanover filly Donato's Jewel went coast-to-coast in 1:54.2, a new mark and a stakes record. Donato's Jewel had made miscues in four of her last six starts, but before the hometown crowd she was on her best behavior, setting a quick pace and maintaining her advantage despite the late rush of favored Pat Matters, with 3/4 of a length between the rivals at the finish. Gary Saul owns the winner. by Jerry Connors, for the PHHA  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2018 -- Trainer Tony Alagna has a shot to win his second blanket of Adios orchids in three years -- two shots, actually, as he'll send out both American History and Babes Dig Me in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Alagna captured the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill. His hopefuls for this year's 52nd edition are Adios elimination winner American History -- the 5-2 morning line favorite -- who goes from post 4 with Yannick Gingras up, and Babes Dig Me leaving from post 9 for Jim Pantaleano. The blockbuster Adios Day card features five Grand Circuit stakes in addition to the Adios as well as three rich pool guarantees totaling $35,000. First post is 12 noon, with the Adios set for approximately 4 PM. American History, a son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch, was bred and sold at auction for $150,000 by Brittany Farms, which later bought back an interest in him from Marvin Katz and American History Racing. Among his credentials are a second-place finish in a Meadowlands Pace elimination and a show finish in an elim for the North America Cup. However, the colt has been burned a number of times vying for the front in killer early fractions. In his Adios elimination, Gingras changed tactics, ducking before brushing to the point at the quarter. American History responded eagerly to the trip, opening a daylight lead before Gingras geared him down late. "His best trip, the best trip for most horses, is to leave, sit and come with cover," Alagna says. "He has quick speed and can carry it a long way. As long as he doesn't have to scorch out fractions that are too unkind for him, he can do it from any trip." As one of two elimination winners, Alagna had his choice of post positions for the final -- once the connections of the other elim winner, Hitman Hill, won a draw for first choice and selected post 3. Although post 5 is the "winningest" slot at The Meadows, Alagna opted for post 4 at Gingras' recommendation. "I always defer to the driver," Alagna says. "That's where Yannick wants to be. He feels it gives him the most options." As for Babes Dig Me, who finished fourth in his Adios elim after leaving aggressively from post 8, Alagna is realistic about the chances of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Babe campaigned by Bradley Grant, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and In The Gym Partners. "From that post, it's tough to expect a whole lot," he says. "He can definitely leave for position, but so can a lot of others. It's a matter of, do we really want to be that hard on a horse two weeks in a row?" Here's the field for the Adios in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1-Summer Travel-David Miller-Andrew Harris-20/1 2-Gd Western Joe-Dave Palone-Ron Burke-20/1 3-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-7/2 4-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-5/2 5-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-3/1 6-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-9/2 7-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-15/1 8-Thinkbig Dreambig-Jordan Stratton-Jimmy Takter-9/2 9-Babes Dig Me-Jim Pantaleano-Tony Alagna-20/1 by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                    

Dorsoduro Hanover is looking for his first open harness racing stakes win. Ron Burke and Matt Kakaley are looking for their first Adios win. Together they can achieve those accomplishments Saturday. After finishing second by a nose to Hitman Hill in his elimination, Dorsoduro Hanover will start from post No. 5 in Saturday's $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids for 3-year-olds at The Meadows. Kakaley will drive the pacer for trainer/co-owner Burke, who lives a short distance from the western Pennsylvania oval. Dorsoduro Hanover is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. American History, the other elimination winner, is the 5-2 favorite while Hitman Hill is 7-2. "We've got to get Ronnie one; that's his home track," Kakaley said about a win in the Adios. "Hopefully we both can get our first one Saturday. That would be nice. I know it's a race that Ronnie wants to win for sure. Any time I can win a race like that it's special. It would mean a lot. I'm just excited to have an opportunity with a good colt." First post Saturday is noon, with the Adios going as race 11 at approximately 4 p.m. (EDT). The card includes five Grand Circuit stakes in addition to the Adios. Dorsoduro Hanover has won four of nine races this year and earned $300,359. In his previous stakes final, the Meadowlands Pace on July 14, he nearly overcame post 10 at 57-1 odds, getting the lead in the stretch before finishing second to favorite Courtly Choice. In the Max C. Hempt Memorial final on June 30, Dorsoduro Hanover was a parked-out second in a :26 opening quarter-mile before leading to the half in :53.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.2. He finished fifth, beaten a length. "He was pretty close two weekends ago," Kakaley said about winning a stakes final. "He gave a huge effort, that's for sure. You couldn't ask him to race any better; the 10-hole got us. "He's a good colt. I don't have any doubt he won't get a couple of them. He's really only gone one race this year that he wasn't good, and that was the North America Cup elim. I've thought he's been very, very good every other start this year." Dorsoduro Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Deer Valley Miss, is a half-brother to stakes-winners Doo Wop Hanover and Knock Three Times. He was purchased for $100,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Silva Purnel & Libby, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Wingfield Five. For his career, Dorsoduro Hanover has won six of 23 races and earned $375,603. Kakaley has driven the horse in 20 of his 23 lifetime starts. "He was a big colt last year and I think he had to grow into himself a little bit," Kakaley said. "This year his gait has been super and he's filled out. I liked him all along and he's turned into the horse I thought he was. He's been racing better each time, too. He's versatile and can get himself in a pretty decent spot." Dorsoduro Hanover will start the Adios from the most favorable post at The Meadows, with a nearly 20-percent win rate. Hitman Hill will start from post three and American History from post four. The connections of the elimination winners selected their starting spots. "There are a couple good colts inside of me," Kakaley said. "They were both really good last week. (Thinkbig Dreambig) was really good too. He's kind of snuck under the radar. He drew a terrible spot (post eight) but he was pacing hard on the end of it last week. It's a good field of colts. I'm happy with the spot I'm in." This year's Adios includes three trainers with previous wins in the event: Brian Brown in 2017 with Fear The Dragon, Tony Alagna with Racing Hill in 2016, and Jimmy Takter with Sunfire Blue Chip in 2013. While Burke is looking for his first win, his father Mickey won the event with May June Character in 2007. In addition to Dorsoduro Hanover, Burke sends out Gd Western Joe in Saturday's final. David Miller leads all drivers in the race with three previous wins in the Adios. Other prior winners are Corey Callahan, Yannick Gingras, Brett Miller, and Dave Palone. Following is the field for the Adios. For the day's complete entries, click here. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Summer Travel - Western Ideal - David Miller -Andrew Harris - 20/1 2-Gd Western Joe - Real Desire - Dave Palone - Ron Burke - 20/1 3-Hitman Hill - American Ideal - Brett Miller - Chris Oakes - 7/2 4-American History American Ideal - Yannick Gingras - Tony Alagna - 5/2 5-Dorsoduro Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 3/1 6-Done Well - Well Said - Tim Tetrick - Brian Brown - 9/2 7-Wes Delight - Bettor's Delight - Corey Callahan - Mark Harder - 15/1 8-Thinkbig Dreambig - Bettor's Delight - Jordan Stratton - Jimmy Takter - 9/2 9-Babes Dig Me - Somebeachsomewhere - Jim Pantaleano - Tony Alagna - 20/1 by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

This Week: Delvin Miller Adios final, Adioo Volo and Arden Downs, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Hambletonian Oaks and Jim Doherty Memorial eliminations and Reynolds Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off this Friday (July 27) at The Meadows as the track will feature three divisions in the $60,800 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly trotters and two divisions in the $40,400 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Saturday (July 28) card at The Meadows features the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios final for 3-year-old colt pacers, three divisions in the $121,000 Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, two divisions in the $56,440 Arden Downs for 3-year-old filly trotters, two divisions in the $51,914 Arden Downs for 3-year-old colt trotters, two divisions in the $47,634 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly pacers and two divisions in the $47,634 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt pacers. Meadowlands Racetrack will offer two sets of elimination races this week, with both finals slated for the Hambletonian card of Saturday (Aug. 4). On Friday, the Meadowlands will host two $20,000 eliminations in the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday the program will feature two $50,000 eliminations in the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters as well as two $46,600 W.N. Reynolds Memorial divisions for 3-year-old male trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Heading into Saturday night (July 21), in two of the previous five installments of the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel, the track record has been set. A standard was not established in this edition, but Evenin Of Pleasure did pace the third fastest time (1:49.2) in track history. The winner of the 2017 Gerrity, Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton), was back to defend his crown and was a 2-1 co-second choice in the wagering on a beautiful night for racing in the Spa City. Bit Of A Legend N sat the pocket behind the favored Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras), who was hounded while on the engine, having to endure first half fractions of :26.2 and :53.4 before seeing rival Evenin Of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) fly past him heading towards three-quarters. Evenin Of Pleasure took over and took off, pacing away from his rivals before stopping the timer in 1:49.2, the third fastest time for any horse in track history. Evenin Of Pleasure's romp came by a margin of 5-1/2 lengths. Bit Of A Legend N now has a win and two seconds in the Gerrity as he was the runner-up while Rockin Ron earned the show spot. With the win, the 8-year-old Evenin Of Pleasure went over the $1 million mark in career earnings. A force at Yonkers this spring and summer, Evenin Of Pleasure is trained by Jenn Bongiorno for owner Gestion J Y Blais Inc. of Montreal. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 507; 2. Yannick Gingras - 468.5; 3. Jordan Stratton - 268; 4. David Miller - 237.5; 5. Scott Zeron - 195. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 438.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 319; 3. Tony Alagna - 196; 4. Jim King Jr. - 171; 5. Peter Tritton - 132. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 117; 2t. Burke Racing Stable - 102.8; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 102.8; 4. Crawford Farms Racing - 85; 5. Marvin Katz - 77.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack. The track will host ten Grand Circuit events, led by the $1 million Hambletonian, the first leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, and the $300,000 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2018 - Hitman Hill will leave from post 3 and American History from post 4 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. As winners of Adios eliminations, the connections of that pair earned the right to select their post positions for the final, with Hitman Hill choosing first after winning a draw. All other post positions in the 9-horse field were chosen by random draw Tuesday. Hitman Hill roared off the cones late for Brett Miller to nip Dorsoduro Hanover at the wire. Miller will be back in the sulky behind the American Ideal-Fox Vally Shaker gelding for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Tom Hill and Northfork Racing Stable. American History made a strong quarter-pole move to the front and opened a daylight lead before Yannick Gingras geared him down late. Tony Alagna conditions the son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. First post Saturday is 12 noon, with the Adios to go as race 11 at approximately 4 PM. The blockbuster card features five Grand Circuit stakes in addition to the Adios. The line-up, with estimated purses, includes: $125,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers; $45,000 James Manderino for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters; $58,000 Ned McCarr for 3-year-old filly trotters; $58,000 Gov. David Lawrence for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers; $48,000 Mary Lib Miller for freshman filly pacers. Here's the Adios field in post position order with trainers and drivers: 1. Summer Travel Andrew Harris David Miller 2. GD Western Joe Ron Burke Dave Palone  3. Hitman Hill Chris Oakes Brett Miller 4. American History Tony Alagna Yannick Gingras 5. Dorsoduro Hanover Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 6. Done Well Brian Brown Tim Tetrick 7. Wes Delight Mark Harder Corey Callahan 8. Thinkbig Dreambig Jimmy Takter Jordan Stratton 9. Babes Dig Me Tony Alagna David Miller by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2018 - Hitman Hill and American History each scored in Saturday's eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows and will lead the harness racing field into next Saturday's $400,000 final.   Also making the nine-horse final field are Done Well, Wes Delight, Summer Travel, Dorsoduro Hanover, Thinkgbig Dreambig, and Babes Dig Me as well as GD Western Joe, who earned a berth as the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings.   The connections of Hitman Hill and American History will choose their post positions, with the selection order determined by draw, with the other post positions determined by open draw. That draw is set for 12:30 PM Tuesday and can be seen on Meadows Live!   Hitman Hill was on top past the quarter when his driver, Brett Miller, opted to release the favorite, Dorsuduro Hanover, who had been outside every step.   "Dorsoduro went some kind of mile in his last start in the Meadowlands Pace," Miller said. "I was happy to follow him."   At the top of the stretch, Miller, still in the pocket, had another choice to make: outside or Lightning Lane. "I could have gone either way, but my colt was running out," he said. "That's why I chose to go outside. Dorsoduro fought me all the way to the wire. I wasn't even sure if we got up. I've been high on my colt since Day 1. I think he's as good as any 3-year-old out there."   Hitman Hill edged Dorsoduro Hanover by a nose in1:50, with the fast-closing Thinkbig Dreambig third. Chris Oakes trains the American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker gelding for Tom Hill and Northfork Racing Stable.   American History had been racing hell bent for the front, a strategy that put him on the board in North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace eliminations but got him cooked in the finals of those events. His regular pilot, Yannick Gingras, indicated before Saturday's race that he might try a more reserved approach.   But when an opportunity to quarter-pole to the lead arose, American History and Gingras took it. The son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch opened a 3-1/2-length lead into the final turn and ultimately downed Done Well by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51, with early leader Wes Delight third.   "That definitely wasn't the plan today, but sometimes you have to play the cards the way they're dealt," Gingras said. "That's the way the race unfolded today--a big difference in fractions from last week. I'm sure that's part of the reason he held on today."   Tony Alagna, who conditions American History for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing, agreed with Gingras' decision.   "Sometimes you have to call an audible," Alagna said. "Yannick thought more horses would leave than actually did. He was planning on tripping out, but when he saw the fractions, he decided to take a shot and move to the front."   by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2018 -- When Larry Karr met Larry Karr, the earth moved. Reunited now after several years apart, the pair will try to recapture the magic when Larry Karr, the human, sends Larry Karr, the 3-year-old colt he co-owns, after Adios orchids. The 52nd edition of the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with a pair of eliminations that go as races 12 and 13. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the July 28 final. Larry Karr leaves from post 2 in race 13 with Yannick Gingras at the helm. The eliminations card also includes a pair of stakes for freshman pacing colts as well as a number of "big score" wagering opportunities: a $7,500-guaranteed Pick 4 (races 4-7), a $5,000-guaranteed Pick 5 (races 11-15) and a $2,748.90 jackpot in the Super High 5 (race 15). First post for the eliminations card is 1:05 PM. A New Jersey resident, Karr is well known in the business world as the associate general counsel for the North American operations of Ingredion Incorporated, a manufacturer of food ingredients. But he's just as prominent in harness racing, particularly as a partner in many horses trained by Ron Burke. Karr's father owned Standardbreds and took young Larry with him when he raced at Monticello, the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Roosevelt. "I sometimes say that my legal job gets in the way of my horse racing activities," Karr jokes. In 2015, Karr was reviewing weanlings at Diamond Creek Farm's annual open house when Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek called one of the youngsters to his attention. "He mentioned that the dam of this colt was Emily Car, same last name as mine but spelled differently. He was a good-looking colt. About eight months later, Adam asked me if he could name the colt Larry Karr. I was happy to consent." Karr and his partners tried to buy Larry Karr at his subsequent yearling auction and set a ceiling of $30,000. When another bidder hammered him down for $35,000, that seemed to be that. But storybook romances don't end that way. "He showed ability at 2 but got sick later in the year," Karr says. "We heard he was available and began pursuing him on and off about a month ago. His prior owners are very decent folks. I'm not sure if our interest in this horse is due to his performance or to his connection with me. I hope it's a little bit of both." That's how C. Kevin Thomas and the estate of James Thompson sold Larry Karr to Larry Karr and his partners -- Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Frank Baldachino. As Adios contenders go, the credentials of the equine Larry Karr are a little light. The A Rocknroll Dance gelding has banked just less than $20,000 in his career, and although he's entering the Adios off three straight wins at Hoosier Park, those victories have been in overnights rather than stakes. "It's undoubtedly a major step up," Karr says, "but he's pretty well staked. If we can get him to step up even a little bit, he'll be well worth what we paid for him." Karr may not know exactly what to expect of his namesake come Saturday, but he considers one outcome unacceptable. "We've been joking that if the horse doesn't do well, my co-owners will say, 'Larry Karr stinks.' I never want to hear that." Here are the Adios eliminations fields in post position order with trainers, drivers and morning line odds: Elimination 1, Race 12 1. Summer Travel Andrew Harris/David Miller 10-1 2. No Easy Day Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley 8-1 3. American History Tony Alagna/Yannick Gingras 7-2 4. Shadow Cat John Butenschoen/Brett Miller 6-1 5. Bambino Joe Greg Wright, Jr./Aaron Merriman 10-1 6. GD Western Joe Burke/Dave Palone 8-1 7. Done Well Brian Brown/Tim Tetrick 5-2 8. Wes Delight Mark Harder/Corey Callahan 9-2 Elimination 2, Race 13 1. Springsteen Rene Allard/Simon Allard 6-1 2. Larry Karr Burke/Gingras 4-1 3. Dorsoduro Hanover Burke/Kakaley 2-1 4. Hitman Hill Chris Oakes/Brett Miller 10-1 5. Thinkbig Dreambig Jimmy Takter/Jordan Stratton 9-2 6. Odds On Lauderdale Alagna/Andrew McCarthy 8-1 7. Western Beachboy Christen Pantaleano/Jim Pantaleano 10-1 8. Babes Dig Me Alagna/David Miller 8-1 by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Brian Brown is ready to get a renewed look at a refreshed Done Well, who returns to harness racing action for the first time in three weeks as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's first of two eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Done Well, who was second to Lather Up in mid-June's North America Cup, got time off following a fourth-place finish in the consolation division of the Max C. Hempt Memorial on June 30. The colt led midway through the race, but had been wide around the first turn from post eight in a :25.3 opening quarter and reached the half in :53.2. He nearly held for second place, missing by only one-quarter length. A week earlier in his Hempt elimination, Done Well raced uncovered on the outside in a :53.1 closing half-mile, challenging eventual winner Lather Up for the lead before missing a spot in the final by a neck. In his remaining seven career starts, Done Well has five wins and two seconds. "He's really only had one bad race, and he kind of had a reason," Brown said. "He just needed a break after that last race. We just gave him a little rest, tried to freshen him back up, and we'll give it a try again Saturday. "I haven't lost confidence in him, but he's got to come back again and show that he can go with those. We trained him today (Wednesday) and he trained good. He had a week off after the Hempt consolation and this is his third training back. I didn't over-train him, just trained him enough. I hope he's tight. If he makes the final he should be even tighter." Brown won last year's Adios with Fear The Dragon and is trying to become the first trainer since Brett Pelling in 2004 (Timesareachanging) and 2005 (Village Jolt) to win the event for 3-year-old pacers in consecutive years. Brown trains Done Well for owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith. Done Well, who won a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at The Meadows on the day of last year's eliminations for the Adios, will start his elim Saturday from post seven with driver Tim Tetrick. The eight-horse field also includes American History, the 7-2 second choice from post three, and Wes Delight, the 9-2 third choice from post eight. In the second elimination, Meadowlands Pace runner-up Dorsoduro Hanover is the 2-1 favorite. The first four finishers in each $25,000 elimination and the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings return for the final. The connections of elimination winners will select their post positions for the final, with the selection order determined by draw. All other post positions will be determined by a draw on Tuesday (July 24). "It's not where I'd want to be," Brown said about Done Well's elimination post. "I'd like to be the four or five, but at The Meadows I'm not sure the seven isn't better than the rail. It's a slanted gate so it's a little easier to get out of there. That's Timmy's decision on what happens there." Done Well is a son of Well Said out of Dagnabit Hanover and was purchased for $45,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale. He was undefeated in four races at age 2, but saw his season cut short by injury. In the spring he was slowed by a lung abscess, which delayed his start to this year's campaign. "I would have liked to race more last year to get him more seasoned and we would have found out more about him, but I don't think it's a big detour this year," Brown said. "The bigger problem was the abscess. He knew how to be a racehorse when he came back this year; the abscess is what set us back and hurt us the most (coming into this season)." Racing at The Meadows on Saturday begins at 1:05 p.m. (EDT). The Adios eliminations are races 12 and 13. Following are the fields. Race 12/Elimination 1 Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Summer Travel-David Miller-Andrew Harris-10/1 2-No Easy Day-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8/1 3-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-7/2 4-Shadow Cat-Brett Miller-John Butenschoen-6/1 5-Bambino Joe-Aaron Merriman-Greg Wright Jr.-10/1 6-Gd Western Joe-Dave Palone-Ron Burke-8/1 7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-5/2 8-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-9/2 Race 13/Elimination 2 Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Springsteen-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-6/1 2-Larry Karr-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4/1 3-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-2/1 4-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-10/1 5-Thinkbig Dreambig-Jordan Stratton-Jimmy Takter-9/2 6-Odds On Lauderdale-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna-8/1 7-Western Beachboy-Jim Pantaleano-Christen Pantaleano-10/1 8-Babes Dig Me-David Miller-Tony Alagna-8/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2018 -- Done Well and Dorsoduro Hanover have been installed as the 5-2 and 2-1 morning line favorites, respectively, in Saturday's eliminations for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Done Well was second in the final of the North America Cup but followed that up with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Max Hempt. He'll go from post 7 in the first elimination for Tim Tetrick and trainer Brian Brown. Dorsoduro Hanover turned in a huge performance from post 10 to grab second in the Meadowlands Pace final in his most recent outing. The Ron Burke trainee leaves from post 3 in the second elimination with Matt Kakaley piloting. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the final. Elimination winners will choose their post positions for the final -- their selection order will be determined by draw -- with all other post positions determined by random draw on Tuesday, July 24. The Adios final headlines a blockbuster Saturday, June 28 card that also features five other Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios Day program begins at noon. The eliminations go as races 12 and 13. Here are the fields in post position order with trainers, drivers and morning line odds: Elimination 1, Race 12 1. Summer Travel Andrew Harris/David Miller 10-1 2. No Easy Day Burke/Kakaley 8-1 3. American History Tony Alagna/Yannick Gingras 7-2 4. Shadow Cat John Butenschoen/Brett Miller 6-1 5. Bambino Joe Greg Wright, Jr./Aaron Merriman 10-1 6. GD Western Joe Burke/Dave Palone 8-1 7. Done Well Brown/Tetrick 5-2 8. Wes Delight Mark Harder/Corey Callahan 9-2 Elimination 2, Race 13 1. Springsteen Rene Allard/Simon Allard 6-1 2. Larry Karr Burke/Gingras 4-1 3. Dorsoduro Hanover Burke/Kakaley 2-1 4. Hitman Hill Chris Oakes/Brett Miller 10-1 5. Thinkbig Dreambig Jimmy Takter/Jordan Stratton 9-2 6. Odds On Lauderdale Alagna/Andrew McCarthy 8-1 7. Western Beachboy Christen Pantaleano/Jim Pantaleano 10-1 8. Babes Dig Me Alagna/David Miller 8-1 by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

This Week: Joe Gerrity Memorial, Saratoga Casino Hotel, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Delvin Miller Adios eliminations, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Tompkins-Geers and Kindergarten Series, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will be held this weekend at three different racetracks. Action begins on Friday (July 20) at Meadowlands Racetrack with the second leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. There will be three $10,000 divisions of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old trotting fillies, two $10,000 divisions of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old pacing colts and trotting colts and a single $10,000 division of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old pacing fillies. On Saturday (July 21), the Meadowlands card will offer the $68,600 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old trotting fillies and the $61,900 Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old trotting colts. Also on Saturday, Saratoga will host their marquee event, the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial for older pacers. Finally, The Meadows on Saturday will offer a pair of $25,000 eliminations for the Devlin Miller Adios for 3-year-old colt pacers. The $400,000 (est.) Adios final the following Saturday afternoon anchors a blockbuster card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: David Miller flashed a wide smile as he guided Courtly Choice to the winner's circle after winning the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. The monkey was off the Hall of Famer's back. After 18 failed efforts, Miller finally owned a victory in the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event for 3-year-olds. Courtly Choice rallied to win the Pace by 1-1/4 lengths on Saturday night (July 14). "That was sweet," Miller said. "Really sweet." The Pace was an obvious omission on Miller's glittering resume. "The Buckeye" is second on the sport's all-time money list with $222 million in the bank. His best previous Pace finish was a second with Always B Miki in 2014. The sweetness of the moment spread in many directions, including trainer Blake MacIntosh, who also savored the victory in his Pace debut. "I believed in this horse," said MacIntosh, the former assistant to Casie Coleman. "He just had some back luck earlier in the year." And it was a winning gamble for the ownership group that ponied up $61,690 to enter the eliminations. The faith of Hutt Racing Stable, Mac And Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms was rewarded with the $333,370 first-place check. Most importantly, it was a moment of redemption for Courtly Choice, who failed to make the finals in the North America Cup and the Max Hempt Memorial. The colt served notice his moment was at hand with a sharp first-up victory in his Pace elimination. And then he finally put it all together for the richest victory of his career. The race seemed primed for a 57-1 upset when a dead-game Dorsoduro Hanover, handled by Matt Kakaley, battled his way to the front at the top of the lane. But Courtly Choice was tracking his every move and angled wide under Miller's urging to score the victory. "The trip worked out good," Miller said. "The couple of horses I thought would leave from the outside left. I was able to get Matt in front of me and nobody else moved. On the last turn, I was real happy with my spot." The time was 1:47.1 on the warm evening. Courtly Choice paid $4.40 as the 6-5 favorite. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 452; 2. Yannick Gingras - 430; 3. Jordan Stratton - 256; 4. David Miller - 226.5; 5. Scott Zeron - 178. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 428.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 280; 3. Jim King Jr. - 171; 4. Tony Alagna - 142; 5. Peter Tritton - 122. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 107; 2t. Burke Racing Stable - 100.2; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 100.2; 4. Crawford Farms Racing - 80; 5. Fashion Farms - 72. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at The Meadows and Meadowlands Racetrack. The Meadows will host eight Grand Circuit events, led by the final of the Delvin Miller Adios for 3-year-old pacing colts. Meadowlands Racetrack will host eliminations for three lucrative stakes, led by the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, as well as the Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2018 - Hempt winner Springsteen, North America Cup runner-up Done Well and Meadowlands Pace runner-up Dorsuduro Hanover lead a field of 16 into the 52nd edition of the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Eliminations are set for Saturday, July 21 first post 1:05 PM, while the final headlines a blockbuster Saturday, July 28 card that also features five other Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios Day program begins at noon. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the final. Elimination winners will choose their post positions for the final - their selection order will be determined by draw - with all other post positions determined by random draw on Tuesday, July 24. Springsteen, who hasn't had a pari-mutuel start since winning the $500,000 Hempt final on June 30, turned in a sharp July 11 qualifier, winning in 1:52 with a 26.1 final panel. Simon Allard is scheduled to drive the son of Rock N Roll Heaven-American Charm for trainer Rene Allard and owners Allard Racing Inc., Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Kapildeo Singh. He'll leave from the rail in the second elimination. Done Well followed up his sharp performance in the North America Cup with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Hempt. Trainer Brian Brown has given the son of Well Said-Dagnabit Hanover a breather since then. James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman and Alan Keith campaign Done Well, who'll have the services of Tim Tetrick when he leaves from post 7 in the first elimination. Dorsoduro Hanover had a monstrous Meadowlands Pace final, overcoming post 10 and closing in 26.4 - despite his 57-1 odds - and was beaten only 1-1/4 lengths by Courtly Choice. The Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding has drawn post 3 in the second elimination for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Wingfield Five. Matt Kakaley is listed to drive. Burke with four and Tony Alagna with three are the only trainers with multiple entrants. The eliminations will go as races 12 and 13. Here are the fields in post position order with trainers and tentative driving assignments: Elimination 1, Race 12 1. Summer Travel Andrew Harris/David Miller 2. No Easy Day Burke/Kakaley 3. American History Alagna/Yannick Gingras 4. Shadow Cat John Butenschoen/Corey Callahan 5. Bambino Joe Greg Wright, Jr./Aaron Merriman 6. GD Western Joe Burke/Gingras 7. Done Well Brown/Tetrick 8. Wes Delight Mark Harder/Callahan   Elimination 2, Race 13 1. Springsteen Allard/Allard 2. Larry Karr Burke/Gingras 3. Dorsoduro Hanover Burke/Kakaley 4. Hitman Hill Chris Oakes/Brett Miller 5. Thinkbig Dreambig Jimmy Takter/Jordan Stratton 6. Odds On Lauderdale Alagna/Scott Zeron 7. Western Beachboy Christen Pantaleano/Jim Pantaleano 8. Babes Dig Me Alagna/Brett Miller   by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2018 -- Adios Week, the annual extravaganza at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino that features Grand Circuit harness racing, giveaways, gastronomic delights and other fan-centric activities, kicks off Saturday, July 21 with eliminations for the 52nd edition of the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Adios Week culminates with the July 28 final of the Adios, one of harness racing's marquee events for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Post time for Adios day, which includes five Grand Circuit stakes in addition to the Adios, is 12 noon. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present Adios Week activities both traditional and new. Here's the schedule: Saturday, July 21 -- Adios eliminations highlight a card that also includes a $165,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 (est) PA Stallion Series event -- both for freshman pacing colts and geldings. The Meadows will give away Adios travel mugs and offer a BBQ Pit and a bar on the apron. After the races, the "Rockin' On The Rail" series of live Saturday concerts continues with a performance by Bon Journey on the apron. First post is 1:05 PM. Tuesday, July 24 -- The draw for Adios post positions takes place at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live! Festivities include Harness Racing Bingo, with a $50 wagering voucher up for grabs. The live card follows at 1:05 PM. Wednesday, July 25 -- During the live card (first post 1:05 PM), mycash members can compete for mycash bonus points in handicapping contests at the track and its Harmar facility. Friday, July 27 -- Live racing begins at 5:30 PM, headlined by two $50,000 (est) Grand Circuit stakes: the Ed Ryan for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and the Judge Joe McGraw for freshman filly trotters. Fans can observe the assembly in the Racebook of the blanket of orchids bestowed on the Adios champion, and they can enjoy the BBQ Pit and outside bar, food trucks and live music from DJ AJ. The MSOA will stage a "Family Fun Night" including a petting zoo and a bounce house. Saturday, July 28 -- The Pace for the Orchids is set for approximately 4 PM while the five supporting Grand Circuit stakes are headed by the $125,000 (est) Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers. Exciting wagering opportunities include three with pool guarantees: $15,000 for the Adios Pick 4 (races 9-12), $10,000 for the Early Pick 4 (races 4-7) and $10,000 for the Pick 5 (final five races). The MSOA will continue its family-friendly activities, and fans may enjoy food trucks and a VIP Trackside Tent. (Visit www.meadowsgaming for details.) DJ AJ will spin records, and the featured "Rockin' On The Rail" band is NOMAD. The draw for Adios eliminations post positions takes place Tuesday, July 17. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind owners and trainers that entries for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids are due by Tuesday, July 17, 9 AM. Adios eliminations are set for Saturday, July 21, first post 1:05 PM, while the Adios final the following Saturday (24 hour detention for Adios final horses) anchors a powerhouse card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios Day program begins at noon. Please call The Meadows Race Office, 724.225.9897, with any questions or for more information. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 11, 2017 — The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live harness racing race cards in 2018 — matching the total for 2017 — highlighted by the 52nd edition of the $500,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on Saturday, July 28. The Meadows generally will offer live racing each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, with first post usually at 1:05 PM. The season kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 2 and continues throughout the year with brief breaks in April/May, July/August and September. Adios Week begins Saturday, July 21, with eliminations for the Pace for the Orchids and includes a week of Grand Circuit harness racing action plus a variety of special events. The Adios Day card is set for 12 PM. Other highlights of the 2018 schedule: Each card will feature a $5,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Introduced in 2015, Pick 4 guarantees have proved extremely popular with players. The Meadows will offer live cards to complement each leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown. These events begin at 11:25 AM and will include such festivities as the annual Kentucky Derby Hat contest. The schedule includes nine Friday “twilight” programs beginning at 5:30 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

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