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WASHINGTON, PA, July 8, 2017 -- Dapper Dude zipped to the lead from post 8 before releasing Lincolnjames, then blew by him in the lane to capture Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. That early battle for the front went in a demanding 26.2, but Dapper Dude had enough left for Dick Stillings to edge the rallying Knocking Around by a nose in 1:51.3, with Rip This Joint third. Bill Bercury trains the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest, who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $1,115,480, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each collected a pair of wins on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly trotters as well as a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Sophia Stillings, granddaughter of Harness Racing Hall of Famer Dick Stillings, has been named the unanimous World Champion of the Western Pleasure class, junior exhibitor, at the 2016 Morgan Grand Nationals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.   Sophia, 14, is following in the equine footsteps of the Stillings family, longtime staples in the Standardbred industry.   "She's been out there for the last several years, and it's been amazing to watch her, said Dick, who continues to race daily at The Meadows in Washington County. "You know our harness racing business, it's pressure all the time. What she does is also a lot of pressure, but it doesn't even seem to bother her."   The daughter of Rick and Kirsten Stillings of Ohio, Sophia has now won 7 World Championships at the Morgan Grand Nationals, all of which have come with her horse Artful Image, better known to the family as "Rose."   "For me, the most important thing is just the fact that they're willing to put in the work," says Kirsten Stillings. "Sophia is very quiet, very humble. As a team, she and Rose have learned together. Both are young, Rose is only 10, and they quietly do their job. This year, it all came together for them again. It's just so nice to see the effort they put in together."   To win the title as a unanimous choice by the judges is highly uncommon, and her grandfather knows that more success is in Sophia's future. "What a nice kid she is," said her proud grandfather, Dick. "Right now her college of choice is Stanford, and I know she'll achieve whatever she wants to in life. I'm proud to be her grandfather."   Dick Stillings, a harness racing world champion in his own right, knows all about success. He has set numerous world records and is a member of the sport's Hall of Fame. Sophia Stillings with Artful Image win WC Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor 13 & Under Class 139 by the Meadows Standarbred Owners Association  

Monte Cristo Spur collected his third win in the last four starts — a 10-1 upset, no less — when he roared through the lane and captured Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.   With Major Athens fronting the field through a swift 1:23.4 three quarters, trainer/driver Dick Stillings was content to keep Monte Cristo Spur in fourth along the pylons. Stillings showed him racetrack around the final turn, and the 4-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella found another gear and rolled home in 1:53.4, a head better than the rallying Hot Type. Tall Cotton earned show. Richard Davis campaigns Monte Cristo Spur, who extended his career bankroll to $175,516.   Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 15, 2015 -- Dough Dough made the front with a quarter-pole move and held firm from there as she captured Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life trot. Dough Dough was away third when Dick Stillings sent her to the lead. The 5-year-old daughter of CR Excalibur-Rising Dough easily thwarted the first-over bid of Broadway Socks and rolled home in 1:54.4, 1-1/4 lengths better than Kandian Club. The pocket-sitting Whata Donato earned show. J.W. Miller trains Dough Dough, who collected her third win in her last four starts and extended her career bankroll to $117,115, for owner/breeder En Mar Stable. Dave Palone piloted four winners and Aaron Merriman three on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the $170,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. Among the competitors are Bettor Be Steppin, who took the $350,000 Valley Forge, and Safe From Terror, 45-1 upset winner of the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship. The Nadia Lobell goes as race six, with first post at 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2015 -- The Aug. 1 Adios Day harness racing card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature a special race to honor the memory of Roy D. Davis, longtime Meadows-based horse owner and founder of "Team Spur," who died June 16. The Roy D. Davis Invitational for 4-year-old pacers will offer a $50,000 purse. Davis and Hall of Fame trainer/driver Dick Stillings were the principals of Team Spur, which enjoyed uncommon success, including victories in the Little Brown Jug, the Adios, the Breeders Crown, the Cane Pace and the Yonkers Trot. Davis also was a successful travel industry entrepreneur; his Royal Travel Corp. was headquartered on property adjacent to The Meadows. For the Adios, The Meadows has chosen Junior Achievement as its charity partner. JA will offer autographs from sports stars at its trackside Legends Tent and will stage a raffle and a Chinese auction. First post Adios Day is 12:20 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

When it comes to horses, it's all about family bloodlines. Champions breed champions. The same can often be said when it comes to the people involved with horses. Dick Stillings is known throughout the world of harness racing as a Hall of Famer, thanks to decades of success as a driver and trainer. Recently, however, a new Stillings has been making a name for herself in another branch of the equine community. Sophia Stillings, 12, is the granddaughter of Dick Stillings, and has become quite a powerhouse at the Morgan Grand National and World Championships. This past weekend, the Spring Valley, Ohio native won her fourth consecutive World Championship in the Pleasure division, and her second straight world title in Equitation in competition held at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Sophia, the daughter of Ricky and Kirsten Stillings, started riding at age five. "She has always been around horses," said Kirsten, a former mutuel teller at Scioto, of her daughter. "We took her to a horse camp one summer and she fell in love with it. She wanted to take lessons and committed herself to it." After leasing a horse for two years, the Stillings family knew it was time to make a purchase and bought Sophia her own horse, Artful Image. Better known as Rose, the mare has been with Sophia ever since. The pair has worked together at Cape Cod Equestrian Center in Spring Valley with trainers Reese and Erin Richey. This year, despite her success in the past, Sophia wasn't sure her streak would continue. "There were some others that came into the ring for the pleasure championship that were very nice horses," she said. "One was a four-time world champion in another division." She faced a similar challenge in equitation. "Equitation isn't my best suit, so it's something I had to work hard at and that was probably my biggest goal for the year." In the end, Sophia and Rose had won two more World Championships. Sophia, her parents, and her 7-year-old sister Ella did not make the trip alone this year, as they had backing from the most well-known member of the family, grandfather Dick. "It was pretty exciting," said Sophia. "I didn't expect him to come and it was a lot of fun to have him there." The harness racing Hall of Famer took a break from his racing schedule at The Meadows to make the trek to Oklahoma to support his granddaughter. "She's amazing," said Dick. "I went to a lot of her shows in Ohio, but this is the first time I went to Oklahoma to see her. It was great. I had tears in my eyes. When you do something like that achievement wise, for herself and the horse, you feel great for them." Dick Stillings was also grateful to get the opportunity to spend time with his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. "Her mom, Kirsten, is a big influence on her and so is Ricky, her dad. They have two daughters and whatever either wants to do, they try to help them do it. You couldn't find better parents. For me, I hadn't been anywhere in a while, and it was great to get to be there and be part of it." Dick Stillings has been part of many success stories in the world of harness racing, including two Breeders Crown wins (with Esquire Spur and Kentucky Spur) and a pair of Little Brown Jug victories (with Barberry Spur and Jaguar Spur). But this achievement by his granddaughter ranks right near the top of his list of equine memories. "All I can say is that it's one of those situations where you are happy for them and you're happy for yourself that you could be there to see it." by Jeff Zidek, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2014 -- Hammered down to 1-5 off his surprising fourth in the Hambletonian, Il Sogno Dream lived up to expectations Friday at The Meadows when he dominated his Currier & Ives division and scored in a stake-record 1:53.2. Wheelsandthelegman took the other split in the $120,000 stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Il Sogno Dream caught the public's attention with his Hambletonian rally at 90-1, and they deemed him much the best. So did winning driver David Miller, who moved the son of Cantab Hall-Le Reve to the front at the quarter. He jogged from there, lowering the previous Currier & Ives record of 1:54.1 established by Vivid Photo in 2005. "I was very impressed with him," Miller said. "He was very easy to get along with and just raced super. He felt strong in the stretch. He felt like he had enough to finish it off." Chris Beaver trains Il Sogno Dream, who vaulted over $300,000 in career earnings, for Bill Manes, Dan Manes. Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. Wheelsandthelegman had to work much harder for his victory, first repelling Amped Up Hanover and forcing him back to the pylons past the quarter, then thwarting him again when he challenged anew near the three-quarters. The Donato Hanover-Carmita gelding triumphed for Dick Stillings in 1:55.1, a neck better than the game Amped Up Hanover, with Frost Free Hanover third. It was the seventh win for Wheelsandthelegman in nine career outings. "He's a real tough guy, but there's something not quite right about him," said Walt Carroll, who trains Wheelsandthelegman for Beth Carroll. "He got bit by a spider or something after he raced here Adios Day. There's just something missing. But he's a real competitor. I thought he was beat a couple times today, and he hung in there and did what he had to do." He attributed much of the youngster's success to trainer/driver Jim Raymer, who helped develop him. Carroll said Wheelsandthelegman likely will remain in Pennsylvania stakes for the balance of the season. $231,260 PA Sires Stake, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Yankee Bounty stretched his career unbeaten streak to five with his most impressive performance yet, a 1:50.4 mile that erased the stake record of Johns Polyview and is the fastest mile this year by a freshman pacing gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Lyons Again was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Lost For Words earned show. Blood Brother and Tomy Terror captured the other splits in the event known as the Tyler B. Yannick Gingras enjoyed a PASS double behind Yankee Bounty and Blood Brother. Making his initial start in the Ron Burke stable, Yankee Bounty was under wraps late, making Gingras wonder how fast the son of Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee ultimately can go. "He can go faster than 1:50.4, that's for sure. He had plenty left," Gingras said. "He certainly is impressive. He's the best 2-year-old I've driven so far this year, probably the best 2-year-old in the country." Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick campaign Yankee Bounty, who soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. A three-race maiden entering the race, Blood Brother was dismissed at 18-1 but found the Lightning Lane in time to score in 1:51.3. Wakizashi Hanover, the 3-5 favorite, was second by a nose, while Dragon Eddy completed the ticket. "He always could go, but he shakes his head the whole race," Gingras said. "He has the ability, but he just doesn't pay attention. Today he was a little bit better as far as that goes, and he got a good trip and got it done. We're working with different bits, and hopefully someday we'll find one he likes." Jimmy Takter trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Blood Diamond for Diamond Creek Racing and J&T Silva Stables. Tomy Terror snapped his bridesmaid streak of three consecutive seconds by shooting the Lightning Lane to down Cooperstown by 1/2 length in 1:52.2, with Badiou Hanover third. Mike Simons drove the Western Terror-Mib Hanover gelding for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, Eugene Schick and VIP Internet Stable. "He's been on the front the last two times and just got caught, but we always thought he would be better off a helmet," said assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen. "He got the cover he needed and exploded through there real good." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Louisville, KY --- Even before they purchased him for $13,000 at this past January's Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale, the 3-year-old trotting gelding Wheelsandthelegman had made quite an impression on Beth and Walter Carroll. Unraced at 2, Wheelesandthelegman jumped it off at the top of the stretch in his first qualifier as a 3-year-old on Jan. 10 at the Meadowlands, but still managed to come home third ahead of trainer Walter Carroll’s horse Spectator K. Carroll took note of that performance and although Wheelsandthelegman broke behind the gate in his second qualifier the following week, he and his wife, Beth, still thought enough of the gelding to purchase him at the Sale last January. “Walter had his eye on him ever since he qualified and when we saw him at the sale, we both liked him,” Beth Carroll said. “We didn’t know why he had not raced last year but he had absolutely no issues.” The Carrolls did not have super high expectations for the son of Donato Hanoverand the Malabar Man mare Carmita, but after two qualifying contents at Spring Garden Ranch in March and April, they brought him back to Pennsylvania to get his career started. That was when the couple began to realize their horse possessed some serious ability. “The winter was horrible here (in New Holland, Pa.) so we missed a lot of time with him,” Carroll said. “So we sent him down to our good friend Jim Raymer at Spring Garden Ranch for five weeks. Then when he won his first race we started to get really excited about him.” With Raymer in the irons, Wheelsandthelegman, named after the alter ego crime fighting duo from American Dad, captured his first three races, all non-winners events, before triumphing in a $74,900 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes contest at Harrah’s Philadelphia on May 15. His next engagement, a third to Hambletonian second place finisher Nuncio in another Pennsylvania Sire Stakes race on May 30, would be his first time tasting defeat. After a little time off, Wheelsandthelegman got back to the winners’ circle on July 17 in a $13,000 non-winners race at Harrah’s Philadelphia prior to another victory in a $32,855 division of the Arden Downs stake at The Meadows on July 26, where he defeated Il Sogno Dream, the fourth place finisher in the Hambletonian, in 1.54.1. Although he did not compete in the Hambletonian, the gelding did make an appearance on that day in a $50,000 Townsend Ackerman division where he finished off the board for the only time in his short career. Wheelsandthelegman was sixth but placed 11th after leaving from the nine hole and he seemingly was not particularly fond of the Meadowlands oval. “It was a tough trip for him against some really nice horses and that fast first quarter (:27.1) certainly did not help him, but he does have really good gate speed,” Carroll said. “He also didn’t seem to be getting over the track very well and he had been sick the week before. He got stung by something and we don’t know how or by what, but he was all swollen. That might have still been affecting him a little bit.” The gelding, however, will attempt to return to his winning ways when he leaves from post position two in a $60,000 division of the Currier and Ives Stake on Friday (Aug. 8) at the Meadows. Dick Stillings will be holding the lines rather than Raymer for the card’s eighth race. Wheelsandthelegman is the 3-1 morning line second choice. His lifetime mark of 1:53.4 and bankroll of just over $88,000 is tops in the field of six. “We are very good friends with Jim Raymer,” Carroll said. “He and his wife Terry are wonderful people and we are very grateful every time Jim drives him for us. We also feel lucky for all they have done for us. Jim really likes this horse and I think he likes driving him more than some of his own horses.” Named for a television character, Wheelsandthelegman definitely has some personality to him. “He’s bossy,” Carroll said. “But he’s not mean at all. He’s really just a very busy horse and is always in motion. He’s always doing something and is never still for a second.” After the Currier & Ives is in the books, the Carrolls will keep Wheelsandthelegman in Pennsylvania for the remainder of the year and then shut him down in the fall. “He has the PA Sire Stakes and hopefully he makes the final,” Carroll said. “Then he has the Keystone Classic. After that we are just going to give him a nice, long break over the winter and take it from there. “We were really surprised by him and are just thrilled. Although we didn’t name him, it is something to have a horse that even has his own ringtone.” Below are the fields for Friday's Currier & Ives divisions. $60,000 Currier & Ives First Division Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Amped Up Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5-2  2-Wheelsandthelegman-Richard Stillings-Walter Carroll-3-1  3-Jett Star-Dan Rawlings-Steve Owens-5-1  4-Choco Sun-David Miller-Orjan Torstensson-6-1  5-Frost Free Hanover-Brian Zendt-Leslie Zendt-7-2  6-Axios-Dave Palone-Rich Gillock-4-1 $60,000 Currier & Ives Second Division Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Tea Party Politics-Brian Zendt-William Zendt-5-1  2-Skates N Plates-Yannick Gingras-Trond Smedshammer-4-1  3-Sarcastic Man-Tony Hall-Rich Gillock-8-1  4-Il Sogno Dream-David Miller-Christopher Beaver-2-1  5-Southwind Spirit-Dave Palone-Ron Burke-7-2  6-Andover The Gold-Brett Miller-J C Miller Jr.-10-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

$75,000 Gov. David L. Lawrence, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Yankee Bounty stayed undefeated in his four-race career with a victory in 1:51.3, a stake record. Although parked from post 8 for about one-half mile, Yankee Bounty thoroughly dominated his split, drawing off to win by 7-1/4 lengths. Cooperstown and Lone Survivor completed the ticket. Kevin Lare trains the Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding for Frank Chick. Too Darn Hot, who had been toughened in New Jersey Sires Stakes competition, trailed the loose leader, UF Larry Alltheway, by 4-1/2 lengths at the three-quarters before his greater experience kicked in. He tracked the leader down and edged him by a neck at the wire in 1:53.3 for Yannick Gingras, with Hall of Terror third. "I figured the leader would come back to me at some point," Gingras said. "At that point, my hands were tied. If I chased him into a big quarter, that wouldn't do my colt any good. I trained him once -- he's a big colt, and I thought he would be a top colt. It's taken him a little longer." Ron Burke trains Too Darn Hot, a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Kiss Me Kate, for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. Rich Wisdom moved from sixth for cover and drew off to break his maiden in 1:53.1 for Matt Kakaley and give Burke a Gov. Lawrence double. My Hero Ron was second, 3 lengths back, while Denslow Hanover earned show. "He's gotten better every start," Burke said of his $25,000 yearling purchase. "I think he's a good colt, not a great colt, so probably this is where he fits. He has a lot of stakes this year. He might be the kind who does good at Lexington; he seems to be long winded." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura campaign Rich Wisdom. $55,352 Ned McCarr, 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters   Donatella Hanover didn't move crisply first over when initially asked, but she found her best stride late and scored in 1:56.1 for Brett Miller, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Christinatakterandthekids. The rallying Dancing Dynamite fell a neck short, with Jessie's Song third.   "She was really locked on the left line today, and I was having a hard time keeping her along the pylons," Miller said of the daughter of Cantab Hall-On The Glide. "The last half of the mile when we really started going fast, she straightened out. This filly is game. She kept fighting and didn't give up." Broadway Socks had little trouble wiring her field for her ninth victory in 17 lifetime starts, although winning driver Dan Rawlings indicated she might not have been at her best. "I didn't like the way she scored down, and I was actually planning on being a little bit conservative with her," Rawlings said. "But nobody came, and she's just a gutsy filly. I didn't have to work her that hard anywhere in the mile." She scored in 1:56.2, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Global Magic. Travelin Dream earned show. David Wade trains the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin and owns with Gerald Brittingham and William F. Peel III. $65,310 James Manderino, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Skates N Plates, clearing to the lead by the quarter despite the outside 8-hole, was allowed to skate to the half in 58.3 during his division of the $65,310 Arden Downs 3-year-old colt & gelding trot, then scooted home in 57.1 to hold off Lightning Lane shooter Frost Free Hanover at the end of his 1:55.4 mile. Dave Palone handled the Revenue S colt for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owner/breeder Bob Key. Wheelsandthelegman, driven by Dick Stillings, set the pace, then rebuffed the last-quarter challenge of 1-5 favorite Il Sogno Dream to equal the 1:54.1 stake record of SJ's Caviar in the other division. The Donato Hanover gelding was unraced at 2, but he's making up for lost time in 2014, as he is now 6 for 7 for trainer Walter Carroll and owner Beth Carroll. $75,000 Mary Lib Miller, 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Angel Or Terror is now two-for-three lifetime, and three-for-three in good performances, after winning the first of two divisions of the $75,000 Arden Downs 2-year-old filly pace. Driver Jason Brewer never looked back with the Jim Dailey-trained daughter of Western Terror, getting a cheap half and then sprinting home in 56.4-28 to complete the 1:55.2 win. Angel Or Terror adds this triumph to the 1:55.4 maiden victory and the hard-luck third after going first-over on her brief resume for the ownership combine of Dailey, Carlo and Down The Lane Stables. "She hadn't been on the front before," Dailey said of his $5,200 yearling acquisition. "If she didn't get lost, I felt pretty confident. I only plan to race her six or seven times. She's growing pretty good, and she'll make a nice 3-year-old if I don't beat her up." Hot Chica Boomba rewarded Daddy Dewdrop fans with a closing victory in 1:54.4 in the other freshman filly pace cut. The daughter of The Panderosa broke her maiden by following favored Melanies Sharkette, going past her in mid-stretch, then holding off Half Past Seven for driver Aaron Merriman, trainer Jim Arledge Jr. and owner Winchester Baye Acres Inc. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Goshen Historic Track in New York will feature a power-packed field of drivers in the annual $10,000 Mr. & Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Sr. Memorial Trot, July 6. Post time is 1 p.m. for the card. The race brings together a "Who's Who" of harness racing talent, with seven members of the Hall of Fame and 2014 inductee David Miller participating in the event. Expected to drive in the race are John Campbell, Wally Hennessey, Mike Lachance, Miller, Bill O'Donnell, Ron Pierce, Dick Stillings, and Jimmy Takter. Collectively, they have won 20 Little Brown Jugs and 16 Hambletonians, along with nearly 64,000 races and $1.14 billion in purses. Miller will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday night in a ceremony at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, located adjacent to Historic Track. The race honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry; their sons Elbridge and Peter will be on hand to present the trophy. After the race, the drivers will be on hand to meet fans and autograph photos. Goshen Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen; admission is $5 for adults (includes program) and children are free. For more information, go to www.goshenhistorictrack.com or call 845-294-6330. by Ellen Harvery, for Harness Racing Communications  

Richard Dick Stillings, who has driven 5,751 career winners with over $41.7 million in purse earnings, is the newest member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the Ohio chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Stillings was inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame in 2013. Stillings, a native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, drove or trained some of the best Grand Circuit horses in the 1980s -- Barberry Spur (p.3, T1:50.2 - $1,634,017), Jaguar Spur (p,4, T1:49.2 - $1,806,473) Kentucky Spur (p,3, 1:52 - $1,341,340), Pegasus Spur (1:54 - $1,296,683), Esquir Spur (1:56f - $336,250) and Gunslinger Spur (1:58f - $317,562). Stillings began his career as a groom for Hall of Fame trainer Dick Buxton. After a three year stint in the U. S. Army, he took a jobs with Jimmy Cruise, Sr. and Howard Beissinger. In 1968, Stillings moved to The Meadows in western Pennsylvania and soon established himself as a top trainer-driver. Stillings and his brother Charles Buddy soon joined up with owner Roy Davis and formed a tremendous partnership sending out a string of successful horses, all with the Spur surname to honor the Tottenham Hotspur soccer club. Team Spur teamed up to win back-to-back Little Brown Jug titles in 1986 and 1987 with Barberry Spur and Jaguar Spur. They captured a pair of Breeders Crown finals (Esquire Spur 3CT 1989 and Kentucky Spur 2CP in 1988). Stillings, 69, remains quite an active trainer/driver. In 2013, Stilling sat behind 1,215 starters and collected 108 wins. Stillings will be honored at the Ohio Harness Horsemens Association banquet in Columbus on Sunday, January 26.   by Jay Wolf for Ohio Chapter USHWA

Washington, PA --- In a sharp tune-up for Saturday’s Breeders Crown Mare Trot Elimination, Win Missy B matched The Meadows track record of 1:53.2 in capturing Wednesday’s $18,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred, but she had to work hard late to do it. Following a sizzling :26.4 first quarter, Win Missy B opened a daylight lead before the pocket-sitting Victory Is Coming rallied in the lane. Win Missy B responded to Dick Stillings’ urging and downed Victory Is Coming by a nose, with Trotslikethewind third. The time matched the mark for 4-year-old mares established last year by Firstclassprincess. A career earner of nearly $1.6 million, Win Missy B struggled for most of 2013 but has put together three straight victories. Rich Gillock trains the daughter of Conway Hall--Winning Missbrenda for owner/breeder Bob Key. When she wheels back in three days, Win Missy B will leave from post five in the second division of the Mare Trot Eliminations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Brett Miller drove four winners on the 15-race card while Stillings and Gillock each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 6, 2013 — Have More Wine charged through the Lightning Lane to capture Saturday’s Pennsylvania Fairs Championship for sophomore filly pacers in a stake-record 1:53.1 . . . a feat that became even more impressive when post-race scoping revealed that she bled during the race. On a night when The Meadows hosted all eight divisions of the $200,100 PA Fairs finals and the Meadows Standardbred owners Association staged a variety of family-oriented activities, “doubles” was the word of the day in the championships. Drivers Aaron Merriman, Chris Shaw and Brian Zendt; trainers Walter “Boots” Dunn and Steve Schoeffel, and owners Dunn Stable, Kathy Schoeffel and Virginia Schoeffel each notched a pair of championships. Sitting third in the stretch, Have More Wine poured through the Lightning Lane for Merriman and Schoeffel to defeat In A Better Place by a neck. Early leader She’salilfireball was third. “They put the brakes on at the quarter, and she really didn’t want to sit in,” Merriman said. “I drove her last year, but she never got home like that for me before. She really raced super.”  With three wins on the 13-race card, Merriman pushed his career victory total to 5,997. Virginia Schoeffel, James Reuther and James Nelson own Have More Wine, a daughter of Western Terror-Your So Silly. In the other $25,000 championships: $25,100 Championship, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Mister Chaos took the evening’s most circuitous route to victory, as he was pinned in around the far turn but found room outside, scoring for Shaw in a career-best 1:56.4. He also survived an inquiry and an objection regarding his conduct as he sought that late racing room. Spy The Lie was second, 1/2 length back, while Bosh Hanover earned show. “I didn’t know if I had enough racetrack, but that horse just keeps digging, so I gave him a shot at it,” Shaw said. Robert Rougeaux III trains the Art Official-Because I Said So gelding for D&P Racing. $25,000 Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Schoeffel, the leading trainer and driver on the 2013 fair circuit, got a win in each category when he piloted Jungle Of Terror to a first-over victory in 1:54.3, a lifetime mark. Dinger Two rallied for second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while Dinger One completed the ticket. “He raced really well the week before, but I ran him off his feet in the stretch,” Schoeffel said of the Western Terror-Jungle Print gelding. “I made sure I didn’t do it tonight. Stephen Lander, Kathy Schoeffel and Virginia Schoeffel own Jungle Of Terror, who was acquired for $5,000 via an on-line yearling sale. $25,000 Championship, 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Ruddy Rusty made it look easy on the front end, but don’t tell that to Zendt, who had to work hard to control the strong-willed chestnut. “He was being a hothead going to the gate,” Zendt said. “I wasn’t sure how good he’d be because he raced Tuesday, and he was pretty sick. They got him fixed up.” The SJ’s Caviar-Chaka Khan gelding triumphed in 1:57.1 for Dunn and Dunn Stable. The pocket-sitting Markup Hanover was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Southwind Glider third. $25,000 Championship, 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Zendt, Dunn and Dunn Stable teamed again to score with Glide By Shooting, who converted a pocket trip to victory in a stake-mark 1:59.1. Bella Palazzo, the divisional points leader, was a neck back in second, while She Nuit got show. “She’s kind of a hothead Glidemaster,” Zendt said. “She gets away from you when she’s on the lead. I didn’t expect to land in the two hole off the rail, but that worked out well. She’ll be a real nice 3-year-old.” $25,000 Championship, 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Homepage outkicked Monroe County and defeated her by a neck in a stake-mark 1:56.4 for Merriman and trainer/lessee Syl King, Jr. SJ’s Hottie Won finished third. “I drover hear as a 2-year-old,” Merriman said. “I remember she got off the gate for me real well but didn’t want to go in the passing lane. Tonight, she was as sharp as a horse could be for racing a long year at the fairs.” $25,000 Championship, 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers La Fiesta got her third straight victory by shooting the Lightning Lane for Shaw and downing Bellas Quik by 3 lengths in 1:56. TSM Maija Star grabbed show. “We skipped a couple fairs with her and just raced her where we had a chance,” Shaw said. “We kept her fresh. She’s not real big, but she’s strong.” The win was a family affair as Chris’ brother, Jason Shaw, trains the winner, and Jason’s son, Mason Shaw, owns the daughter of Western Terror-Jocelyn Joy. $25,000 Championship, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Fly Past Hanover and Dick Stillings worked out comfortable fractions on the front and rolled on to a 4-1/4-length victory in 2:01.2. Andover The Gold and divisional points leader Mr Weaver rounded out the ticket. William Daugherty, Jr. who conditions the Cantab Hall-Flexible Spending gelding for Susan Daugherty, gave $17,000 for him as a yearling — an unusually high price for a Daugherty purchase. “I had a good year last year, and I always wanted a Cantab Hall,” he explained. “All winter I thought I gave too much. I brought him along kind of slowly, but he got better and better. I didn’t realize quite what I had until mid-season. He’s paid for himself.” Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2013 — Win Missy B, a winner of more than $1.5 million who struggled for most of 2013, took another large step forward Wednesday at The Meadows when she destroyed a fine field in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Win Missy B won 16 of her first 33 races, most against top divisional competition, but faltered this year at 4. The daughter of Conway Hall-Winning Missbrenda managed only five starts through mid-August and finished out of the money in each. She took a conditioned trot last week and was just as sharp Wednesday, quarter-poling to the front for Dick Stillings and scoring in a swift 1:53.4. Early leader Chilitodayhotamale was second, 4 lengths back, while Trotslikethewind rallied for show. Rich Gillock trains Win Missy B for owner/breeder Bob Key. Dave Palone drove four winners and Aaron Merriman three on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 27, 2013 — Amped Up Hanover rushed to the early lead and never faced a serious challenge en route to a facile victory in Friday’s Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Monte Cristo Spur fashioned a similarly easy win in the other division of the $101,000 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Amped Up Hanover endured several narrow losses in tough recent stakes, but he was very much the boss Friday, putting away the field in 1:56.3. Upfront Billy Boy was 3-1/4 lengths back in second, with Explosive Cash third. “He pushed the gate away like an older horse,” said winning driver Mike Wilder. “He has great manners. I never pulled out his earplugs. He really acts like he’s a classy colt.” John Butenschoen trains the Explosive Matter-Armbro Amadeus gelding, whose win pushed his bankroll north of $100,000, for Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, Robert Bove, VIP Internet Stable and Tangie Massey. Monte Cristo Spur pulled the pocket for trainer/driver Dick Stillings at the three-quarters and jogged to victory in a career-best 1:57.1, 4-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Master Bedroom. Uriel closed well for show. “I thought my horse was probably the best,” Stillings said. “He got a little warm his last race, so I had to make a couple changes. I went to a different bit and put his earplugs back in. That’s it for him this year. He isn’t very big, so we decided not to stake him very much. We kept him in some big races next year.” Richard Davis owns the son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella, who completed his freshman campaign by vaulting over $100,000 in earnings. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Darena Hanover stalked from the pocket for Wilder, then poured through the Lightning Lane to erase a 3-1/2-length deficit and triumph in a sharp 1:51.4. The first-over Do Me Honor was second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, while early leader Betterluvnexttime saved show. Ron Burke trains Darena Hanover, a 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Dashaway Hanover who now boasts $643,947 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable. Stillings and Wilder each drove three winners on the 15-race card. Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Monday with a pair of Keystone Classics — a $90,000 event for 3-year-old filly trotters and an $81,600 stake for sophomore filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2013 — Uva Hanover sailed to a daylight lead early but was forced to dig in late to preserve his victory in a stakes-fastest 1:57 in Wednesday’s $260,444 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Florida Pro, was contested over four divisions, with Monte Cristo Spur, Keystone Wasabi and Exodus Hanover taking the other splits. With Uva Hanover ahead by 4 at the quarter and three horses in the field of six already off stride, it looked like a jiggy-jog for the Cantab Hall-Up Front Laura gelding. But Don Dorado moved relentlessly first over to engage the leader before falling by a neck. Paparazzi snapped up show. “I was a little bit concerned,” said winning driver David Miller. “My horse hadn’t raced for three weeks. I guess he got sick after his last race, so I wasn’t sure how strong he’d be finishing. I chased him, but my horse raced game. He’s a very handy horse, and that’s a big edge at 2.” Linda Toscano trains Uva Hanover for Stake Your Claim Stable and Martin Sternberg. In only his second career start, Monte Cristo Spur blew away the field by 9-1/4 lengths in 1:58 for trainer/driver Dick Stillings and owner Richard Davis. Auspicious Hanover and Another Transcript completed the ticket. Stillings rigged the son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella before the colt’s pari-mutuel debut, a change he doesn’t expect to be permanent. “I trained him down all year and qualified him without the hopples,” Stillings said. “Then he got nervous and wanted to go too quick. His mind wasn’t set on it. I don’t think he’s a horse who’ll have to wear them all his life. Once he gets a little bit mature, he’ll be all right. He’s a pleasure to be around.” Keystone Wasabi brushed to the lead before the quarter and was a handy winner in 2:00 for Brett Miller. Epic Ranger rallied for place, a length back, with Whitey Lauxmont third. “He does just enough to get the job done,” said Janice Connor, who conditions the son of Cantab Hall-Womanly Image for Peter Gerry’s Kitefield Stable. “He’s on the lazy side, but we figure he’ll last a long time that way.” It was the second consecutive PASS victory for Keystone Wasabi. Dave Palone drove four winners and Miller three on the 15-race card. Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak EDITORS: Attached is a finish-line jpg of Uva Hanover winning his PASS division Wednesday at The Meadows.  

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