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STONEBORO PA - The 2016 Pennsylvania fair harness racing circuit started the last leg of its "western campaign" for the summer on Thursday in this town in the northwest portion of the state, and the theme of the day, devoted to two-year-old racing, was "sweeping," less in the sense of "cleaning" than of "cleaning up" the purses for a few stables, and one filly in particular.   The Dragon Again filly Camera Lady showed he's not superstitious as she paced to victory in 2:04, last quarter 30, to keep her undefeated in 13 starts across the state at its fairgrounds. The victory was her 14th overall in 15 career starts, as she took her mark of 1:58.1 (in her second start) in an overnight at The Meadows, the track at which she had her only loss, trying the "big big girls" in the state Sire Stakes, and race-timed in 1:56.3, in her fourth career trip to the gate.   After that, she's posted 11 consecutive victories along the fair circuit, setting a track record at Hughesville and establishing herself as the PA fairs' "season leader" with a 2:00.3 at Bedford. This 14th victory puts her only one win off the lead out of the entirety of North American harness horses, with two veterans at 15: pacing mare Velocity Vespa and the trotting gelding Mama Made Me Blue. And for being a "fair horse" with less than three months of racing under her girth, she's already bankrolled $32,143 for her owners, Mitchell York and trainer/driver "Smilin'" Dave Brickell.   Brickell and co-owner York had even more reason to smile when Camera Lady's compatriot Cajun Moonlite took the other division of the freshman filly pace for a stable "sweep." This victory was only the second for the daughter of Moon Beam (also sire of PA fair 3PF sensation Unbeamlieveable), but she's hit the board 11 times in 16 starts, with 15 checkgetting efforts totaling $14,685, and it was her second win in three starts, suggesting her stock is on the rise.   The "King Of The Pennsylvania Fairs," trainer/driver Roger Hammer, had a sweep - of sorts - of the two Sire Stake events for pacing colts. His Real Artist gelding Artists Ruffles, still the fastest horse of the Keystone fair season with his 1:57 win at Bedford, took his ninth win of his initial campaign with a 2:04.4 triumph in one division for owners Hammer and Vicki Fair; they are also the owners of the Delmarvalous gelding Marvalous Artist, who dead-heated for win in 2:06 in the other division with the Yankee Cruiser colt Air Quotes Hanover, owned/ trained, and driven by Aaron Johnston.   Hammer also won with his Broadway Hall gelding Toolbox Tuesday, he of the three track record performances on the fair circuit, to post a training/driving triple, tops for the day in the former category and tying in the latter stats with circuit leader Chris Shaw, who drove one winner for his brother Jason and two more for the McMullen stable.   The second day of the two-card stand at Stoneboro will take place Monday, with an informally agreed-upon edict of "no yawning" despite that card's 8:30 a.m. start. Helping that restriction will be the eagerly-awaited showdown in the three-year-old pacing colt ranks, with Star Of Terror and Dragon Strikes both putting six-race winning streaks on the line in the second event of the morning after being rained out at Wattsburg on Wednesday. After that card, the circuit swings east for its final three stops at York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg, leading up to the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night at The Meadows on Saturday, October 8.   Publicity Office, Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2016 -- Fear The Dragon captured his second straight Pennsylvania Sires Stake win Wednesday at The Meadows when he scorched a mile in 1:50.3, matching the track record for harness racing freshman pacing colts. The $190,272 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Albatross, was contested over four divisions with Western Joe, Downbytheseaside and Normandy Beach taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras won a pair of divisions with Western Joe and Normandy Beach while David Miller and trainer Brian Brown teamed to take the other two splits. Fear The Dragon dropped into the pocket from the gate, but Miller had him out and moving before the half. Emerald Highlands Farm's son of Dragon Again-Armbro Cinnamon had little trouble defeating the rallying Boogie Shuffle by 2 lengths, with RJP third. "I could have sat in the two hole," Miller said, "but he was the heavy favorite, and I thought I'd go ahead and move him back to the front in case somebody came at us real hard. He gets over the ground real easy." The time matched I'm Some Graduate's track record established last year and shattered the stake mark of 1:51.1 set last year by Manhattan Beach. It's the fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old colt pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Miller and Brown were at it again with Downbytheseaside, who zipped to the lead from post 6 and triumphed in 1:51, 1-1/2 lengths better than Huntsville. Bettor's Pick completed the ticket. "He was a little keyed up behind the gate," Miller reported. "He was hitting the bike a little bit behind the gate; that made it worse. He relaxed once he got to the lead." Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo campaign Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover. Western Joe quarter-poled to the top and drew off to prevail by 4 lengths in 1:53 for trainer Christopher Choate and owner Anthony Ruggeri. Emptythetill was second while Southwind Jenson earned show. "I wanted to control it with easy fractions," Gingras said of the son of Western Ideal-Ante Fay. "I figured I'd take my chances from there. He was really strong finishing. In the last eighth, he really exploded home." In the $20,000 Winners Over 10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton parried the first-over bid of his stablemate, See The Wind, and defeated him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53.1. Tamarind was third. Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. The 10-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding pushed his career bankroll to $757,541. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2016 -- Donttellmeagain zipped to the lead and rolled home in 1:52.1 -- fastest mile this year by a freshman harness racing pacing gelding on a five-eighths-mile track -- in Tuesday's $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over seven divisions, with Beach Boogie, Maconupwithedragon, Mac's Jackpot, Ponderingjacksfame, Bettor's Western, and Jo Pa's Somebeach also taking $20,000 splits. Tim Tetrick won three divisions, including a pair (Mac's Jackpot, Jo Pa's Somebeach) for trainer Jim Campbell. Marcus Miller piloted five winners on the 14-race card, including two stake splits (Beach Boogie, Maconupwithedragon) for his dad, trainer Erv Miller, and one (Ponderingjacksfame) for trainer Les Givens. There was little question that Donttellmeagain was best in his division, as he crushed Bettor's Outlaw by 9-1/2 lengths, with Dances Cruiser third. Jim King, Jr., whose wife, Jo Ann Looney-King, trains the son of Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo for Paton Racing Stables, said he wasn't shocked by the youngster's speed. "It doesn't come as a real big surprise," King said. "I thought he could win, but I didn't know he would be quite that impressive. He's awfully small, but he has real high speed." Beach Boogie made little impression in his last outing, a PA Sires Stake division, but he was easily the best in his stallion series split, quarter-poling to the front and scoring in 1:52.2. No Talking was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Armed Robbery earned show. "I'm very pleased -- not surprised but pleased," Marcus Miller said. "He has a big motor. He's a pretty big horse, so he's figuring out where his legs are. If he figures it all out, he probably can go into sires stakes later in the year." Ronald Michelon, David J. Miller and Lawrence Means campaign Beach Boogie, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Dance Until Dawn. Bettor's Western was hammered down to 1-9 and performed like a heavy, confident favorite, prevailing on the front end in 1:53.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Chris Oakes and owner Synerco Ventures. Southwind Yukon was second, 3-1/2 lengths in arrears, with On Cruise Control third. "I thought if I kept him out of trouble, he was much the best," Palone said. "I think he'll make a sires stakes colt -- just needs a little education. He's real smart." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl worked hard to find the pocket, then converted her journey to victory in 1:54.3, 1/2 length better than Bessie. Princess Pablano finished third. Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $284,556 in career earnings. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Albatross, a $190,272 PASS for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 9, 2016 -- Glassine Hanover powered to the lead at the quarter and continued to pour it on, winning her division of a $190,036 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows in a stake-record 1:52. Saturday's event for freshman pacing fillies, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over four divisions, with Idyllic Beach, Watch What You Say and Keystone Rampage also taking $47,509 splits. Although Glassine Hanover launched her career with a 1:52.4 score on the bigger track at Hoosier Park, she had little trouble adjusting to The Meadows' five-eighths-mile oval. Once Trace Tetrick sent her to the front, she brooked no serious challenge, downing Bettor's Up by 3/4 lengths. Caviart Ally earned show. The time knocked a tick from the previous stake mark held jointly by Podges Lady and Call Me Queen Be. It also is the fastest this year by a freshman filly pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Tetrick indicated that at this point in her career, Glassine Hanover is more advanced than any other freshman filly he's driven. "She's got the right tools," he said. "She's very willing and wants to do it. It's just about management now." Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Dragon Again-Gifted Yankee, a $27,000 yearling acquisition, for Trent Stohler Stable, Benjamin Graber, Tim Graber and Dolne Farm Services. Idyllic Beach vacated the pocket before the quarter, made an easy lead and cruised home for Yannick Gingras in 1:53, remaining undefeated in her two-race career. The first-over Agent Q was 3 lengths back in second in her career debut while Inverse Hanover recovered from an early break to complete the ticket. "There's a bunch of good 2-year-olds out there, but she's definitely one of them," Gingras said. "She did it really easy today, all on her own. I would have been happy to follow cover if it worked out that way. She's all-around nice." Jimmy Takter conditions Idyllic Beach, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Idyllic, for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical and Marvin Katz. Coming off a maiden-breaking score in a PA All Stars division, Watch What You Say got just the trip winning driver Brett Miller didn't want for her: out most of the opening quarter, chasing the leader, Someomensomewhere, first up. But the daughter of Well Said-Bettor Beware overcame the arduous journey, holding off Someomensomewhere by 3/4 lengths in 1:54. Sapphire Breeze Finished third. "If she'd lost today, it would have been my fault, and I almost got her beat," Miller said. "That was definitely not the trip I was looking to give her. She actually wasn't getting over the track that good. Right past the half I almost lost here. She almost made a break at the top of the backstretch. From then on, I never could turn her loose. Good thing she's a really good filly." Michael Hall trains Watch What You Say for CTC Stable, Bradley Grant and Howard Taylor. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the card features six divisions of a $120,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1 PM. by Even Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 2, 2016 -- Last by 4-1/2 lengths into the final turn and finding no seam available, Easy Again swung wide and roared through the lane to score his second straight win in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Unlocked, the even-money favorite, appeared comfortable on the lead and headed to victory when Dave Palone opened the throttle on Easy Again. The 7-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie gelding triumphed in 1:51.3, downing Unlocked by a head, with Techtor Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Easy Again, who now boasts career earnings of $873,018, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special July 4 card, first post 5 PM. Highlighting the program are a pair of total-pool guarantees -- $15,000 for the Pick 5, $5,000 for the Pick 4. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 25, 2016 -- Easy Again quarter-poled to the front and jogged to a persuasive harness racing victory in 1:50.3 in Saturday's $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. With Dave Palone at the helm, Easy Again discouraged any challengers by reeling off four sub-28 quarters. The 7-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie ridgling defeated the pocket-sitting Techtor Hanover by 2-1/4 lengths while Brooklyn Flight rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Easy Again, who extended his career bankroll to $864,018, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. Elsewhere on Saturday's card, America's Fleet broke his maiden at first asking in 1:56, fastest this year by a 2-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Tony Hall drove for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the son of American Ideal-Wishfora Fullhouse with Tom Pollack and Reed Broadway. Hall, Bendis and Palone each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Evenin Of Pleasure was sent off at odds of 35 to 1 in tonight’s harness racing $150,000 Molson Pace, the signature race of The Raceway at Western Fair District. Luckily the horse didn’t read the tote board. As the race got underway Mark MacDonald and Sunfire Blue Chip and Evenin Of Pleasure with Sylvain Filion up both vied for the early lead. Filion quickly decided to tuck in behind in second which proved the winning move. Sunfire Blue Chip, looking to give MacDonald his first Molson Pace win in 10 tries, rattled off fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23 but was caught in the stretch by the garden spot sitting Evenin Of Pleasure who hit the wire first in 1:50.3. The time established a new track record, shaving a tick off the previous mark set by MacDonald and Tigerama in 2008. Sunfire Blue Chip held for second after the impressive performance. McWicked claimed the show spot while All Bets Off and P H Supercam took the final two cheques. State Treasurer, vying for his fourth straight Molson title, hit some traffic trouble as the field paced through the backstretch the second time and finished sixth. “When I was able to get the two hole, I was hoping Mark would keep on going, which he did,” explained Filion minutes after the winner’s circle presentation. “My horse felt super good, around the last turn I knew he had a good shot and he gave all he could, he raced really well.  “Last time he raced (a sixth place finish in the Preferred at Mohawk on May 14) he came up real flat, they scoped him after the race and he wasn’t 100 per cent. You have to give credit to Richard (trainer Richard Moreau) he did some work and my God he was good tonight.” When asked if he was worried about race favourites, All Bets Off and State Treasurer, Filion responded: “I was just looking ahead of me and hoping I wouldn’t see them. I really don’t know what happened, all I know is we’re in the winner’s circle right now. It’s nice to see the crowd like this, it’s a great ambiance and I’m looking forward to coming back.” It was the first win in 2016 for Evenin Of Pleasure, a six-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion JY Blais Inc., of Montreal, Quebec.  Tonight’s effort put his lifetime earnings over the $600,000 mark. He paid $74.30 to win. Molson Pace Undercard Molson Pace night kicked off with four City of London Series finals starting with the $36,200 test for male trotters which saw On The Ridge wear down pacesetter Muscle Bound to win in 2:01.  Muscle Bound held for second while The Big Muscle took third. Trainer Garrett Rooney, who co-owns the three-year-old son of Kadabra with Angela Carroll of Iona, Ontario, also guided the horse to victory. Unraced last year at two, On The Ridge now has six wins in 13 outings this year for $49,000 earned. The $39,000 City Of London final for male pacers saw heavy favourite Irvine James leave hard from post seven for driver Mark Williams and they were in charge well before the opening quarter of :28.4 and never looked back to win in 1:58.1 over Mid Town Mickey and Sly Baran. It was the second straight win for the four-year-old gelding by Mach Three owned, trained and bred by William Kirkpatrick of Amherstburg, Ontario.   The girls were next in the spotlight with the trotting mares’ final worth $37,400 going to Shes All Muscle and The Raceway’s leading driver Alfie Carroll who led at every station and hit the wire first in 2:02.  Angel Assault closed well to take second while Burning Memories was third. Jamie Wilson trains the winner, a three-year-old filly by Muscle Mass for owner Chris Wilson of Dashwood, Ontario. The $40,600 Final for pacing mares saw a great battle between two three-year-old daughters of Mach Three, You Mach Me Crazy and Machioda with the former prevailing in the fastest of the City Of London tests, 1:56.3. Machioda held for second while Stonebridge Medusa took third. Trevor Henry, the leading driver at The Raceway for many years, and now the leading driver on the WEG circuit, orchestrated the win for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock of Wallenstein, Ontario. The jam packed race card also featured the two finals of the Alliance Claiming Series. In the first, for pacing horses, Red Leaf Morgan and Jody Jamieson scored in 1:57.1 over Lis Deo and Howdy Partner. James Watt trains the victor, a 12 year-old son of Artist Stena for owner Rebecca Williamson of Blyth, Ontario. The $13,500 Alliance final for mares was taken by Passion Quizrace and James MacDonald who went gate to wire in 1:56.1 to defeat a fast closing Andro Madi. Carsons Cashin was third. It was the fourth win this year for the 10 year-old Blissfull Hall daughter owned by Auciello Stables of Stouffville, Ontario and trained by Carmen Auciello. Tonight also kicked of the 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes season with three $70,000 Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing colts won by Magnum J, Print Media and Sintra. Greg Blanchard

He has conditioned the likes of North America Cup Consolation victor Western Cyclone and two fillies that brought home the Jugette hardware in Just Wait Kate and Eternity's Delight, but Travis Alexander has always wanted to put the progeny of Dragon Again through their paces. He finally possesses that opportunity with the undefeated Candy Corn Hanover and like everything else he has undertaken in life, he plans on making the absolute most of it. "I have always wanted a Dragon Again," said the 37-year-old Lansing, Mich., native. "It has just not ever worked out. Something has come up or the circumstances did not go my way, but we had a credit from Hanover (Shoe Farms) who bred her and she was circled in my book before I ever saw her. When I did, she was so impressive, not only because of her pedigree, but she was so athletic and racy looking. "We got another filly, Raver Hanover, who is from Captaintreacherous' family, from that same sale and although she hasn't made it to the races yet, I am very, very pleased with them both." Candy Corn Hanover, a daughter of the Artsplace mare Clouding Over, is owned by Fiddler's Creek Stables. After only three career trips to the post, all of which are triumphs, she will illustrate what forms her constitution when she takes on the likes of last year's divisional champion Pure Country (2-1), the extremely talented Darlinonthebeach (5-2), the Three Diamonds winner Yankee Moonshine (7-2), the Matron winner Newborn Sassy (5-1) and the promising Kiss Me Onthebeach (6-1) on Saturday (April 30) in a $20,000 elimination for the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Although many individuals viewing the program might feel the 3-year-old filly is in far, far over her head with only three lifetime tallies, all this season in Weiss Series competition, and with a mere $22,500 in the bank, Alexander is pleased with how the draw came out and believes Candy Corn Hanover, the longest shot on the morning line at 10-1, can definitely keep pace with her more accomplished and distinguished rivals. "I hemmed and hawed with Anthony (Napolitano, her regular pilot) over whether we should go for the big money or keep her in the Weiss Series final," he said. "Obviously I did not think we would get in the elimination where the four best fillies in the country would all be, but I'm happy it happened that way. I wouldn't trade this spot with my filly with anyone in the world. "She's a stone cold closer and Anthony even said when he has gotten her to the front she stops because she doesn't know what she is supposed do. Also, I'm being told these Dragons see all kinds of stuff like ghosts in all types of shadows. With those fillies in there she will never be on the lead early and it sets up for her to come home strongly, which I know she will. After this race we will know exactly what we have on our hands and she will come out of it with learning something." Candy Corn Hanover did not debut as a freshman because Alexander wanted to exercise patience with her. He realized she had ability, but also acknowledged she needed more time to grow into both her body and mind. "I am so glad we waited with her," he said. "When we brought her in this year she was leaps and bounds ahead of what she was the year before. Taking our time with her is going to pay off and it already has. We just have to make sure we manage her correctly throughout the year and have a nice horse for next year as well. Besides, the Dragons only improve with age so this is a filly with tremendous potential which is something I really like. All she has is upside and when her career is over, she will join the broodmare band Fiddler's Creek is putting together." There is another reason, in addition to Alexander's own penchant to overcome long odds, such as when he defeated cancer at age 18, that he is of the opinion Candy Corn Hanover belongs with the elite within her age, gait and gender. "I have been very fortunate to be around some really nice pacing mares during my career," he said. "When I worked for Joe Holloway I was around (Dan Patch Award winner) Lady McBeach and when I was the head trainer for that short time at Fashion Farms, as well as when I worked with Jim Campbell, there was Eternity's Delight. This filly reminds me such much of her. "She is just so willing, is two fingers to drive and has an incredible amount of desire. She will go in 2:40 but if you ask her to jump into a nice fast half from that she is right on it. I think this filly is as good as Eternity's Delight and I really believe in her because she reminds me so much of that mare." Despite what transpires this weekend, Candy Corn Hanover already has an agenda meticulously planned for her sophomore campaign. "She is eligible to everything here in Pennsylvania," Alexander said. "We also staked her to the Shady Daisy, but that is it. There will be no Jugette for this filly. It's really expensive to stake horses, but when you have one that did not race at two it is difficult to put out that kind of money when you don't know what is in your barn. "I think she still needs time to mature throughout the year and I also want to keep her on a larger track until she is more experienced. She is intelligent and will do anything to please you, but I don't think the half(-mile track) is for her because she crossfires a bit. It's not serious and something I think will rectify itself the more she races. I just don't want to take any chances with her. "I do have to be honest though, she is a real pleasure. We always knew she had talent, but you can never tell what kind of desire they have. This filly has so much of that and it is something you cannot give them, train into them or even be assured of because of their pedigree. I had no real expectations with her in that regard and she has amazed me how much she wants to race and win. "She has been a special surprise and in this business when you have something like that happen it is a very, very great thing." by Kim French/USTA Internet News Editor

Our Dragon King (Josh Sutton) lowered his own one week old harness racing all-age track record on Saturday (April 23) at Miami Valley Raceway, speeding to a 1:49.3 triumph. Sutton, celebrating his 34th birthday, settled the track record holder in third through a quick :26.1 opening panel, then moved the 6-year-old son of Dragon Again to the front prior to the :54.1 halfway station. The even money favorite tacked on a back half in :55.2 to complete the fastest mile ever at Miami Valley. A pair of other recent open class winners, Fancy Creek Elusiv (Chris Page) and Astreo's Love (Peter Wrenn) gave chase, but ended up almost two lengths behind at the wire. With the record-setting win in the $20,000 Craig Colston Memorial Open I Pace, Our Dragon King now has six wins in 13 2016 tries. The half-million dollar winner, owned by Majs NY, Inc., has a lifetime record of 149.1 taken at Balmoral Park as a 4-year-old. Ohio-sired 3-year-old colts and geldings went postward in a pair of $10,000 elimination heats for the $35,000 James K. Hackett Memorial pace to be staged next Saturday (April 30). The first split was captured by Winna Winna (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:53.3, upsetting other championship qualifiers Crosswinds Dodger (Chris Page), World Of Gaming (Dan Noble) and Myell's Rockstar (Jeremy Smith). The altered son of Feelin Friskie, trained by Bill Dailey, returned $25.60 for a $2 win ticket. The Kauffman-Dailey combination prevailed in the second division as well, when Gotmoneyinmypocket came within two-fifths of a second of the divisional track record with a 1:52.2 triumph. Also a son of Feelin Friskie, Gotmoneyinmypocket topped Whataboy (Chris Page), Friskie Cruiser (Ryan Stahl), Au Naturel (Josh Sutton) and Docdor Friskie (Peter Wrenn), who qualified for the final as the fastest fifth-place finisher (clocked in 1:53.2). Gregg Keidel

More Dragon survived a demanding first quarter and rolled on to a convincing victory in Saturday's $32,500 championship of the Atta Boy Dan Pace for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. More Dragon was parked throughout a 27.2 opening panel before clearing to the lead. Winning driver Dave Palone said he wasn't overly concerned about the potential impact of that swift quarter. "We were just looking for everybody to get settled," Palone said. "It was just a matter of everybody finding a spot and then moving him to the front. He responded really strong through the wire." Once on top, More Dragon easily parried the first-over thrust of Trelane to score in 1:54.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Arthur Pendragon. Rip This Joint was third. Palone indicated More Dragon, who's fresh enough with only three starts this year, may turn out to be a top performer. "I think he's a pretty good colt," Palone said. "I know they'll be out there in 1:49 miles, but he's been well within himself. I've seen these kinds of horses move to other tracks and shade 1:50. He has a terrific attitude. The only knock on him is he's a little fella, but he takes great big steps, and he has a good way of doing it." Ron Burke trains More Dragon, a Dragon Again-Liscaramore gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services and David Wills. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Dew N Doughnuts was able to slip by three horses in an early jackpot and prevail in 1:52.2. The trouble began when both Seventh Secret and Unlocked broke stride while trying for the lead, placing Sam Hill in a precarious position behind them. Aaron Merriman kept Sam Hill clear of the rest of the field, enabling Dew N Doughnuts and Tony Hall to ease through safely along the pylons. The 6-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration defeated the rallying Easy Again by a length, with the first-over Cammikey third. Norm Parker conditions Dew N Doughnuts, who now boasts $314,274 in lifetime earnings, for Tom Klosky, Jr. Palone piloted five winners and Mike Wilder four on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pompano Beach, FL.Sunday, April 17.The "stars" were shining brightly Sunday night on Pompano Park-both from up above and on the track as Dedi's Dragon took top honors in Pompano Park's $9,500 featured Open 2 Handicap pace and amateur driver Steve Oldford swept the pair of Billings events as that Amateur Series began its 2016 season at Pompano Park. Dedi's Dragon, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., fought hard with Alexa's Jackpot during a :26.4 opener before assuming control and ripping off subsequent panels of :55.2 and 1:23.4 in route to a 1:51.3 one length win over the late charging St Lads Lotto, driven by Aaron Byron. Alexa's Jackpot, teamed up with John MacDonald, did hold on for third while Energy Shakes finished fourth. Northern Companion picked up the minor award in the sextet. In a post-race interview, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. said, "he (Dedi's Dragon) has been racing competitively against the top pacers on the grounds and, with a couple of those absent this week, it seemed like a good spot to go out and try for the lead and control the situation. "He was very strong coming home in what I expected to be a good performance by him. He didn't disappoint." Trained by Paul Holzman for John McGill, Brian Carsey and the J L Benson Stables, Dedi's Dragon, a six year-old son of Dragon Again, evened up his 2016 scorecard at 3-3-3 in 14 starts, good for $34,487. He's banked $779,871 career-wise in 106 lifetime starts. Off at 1 to 5 on the tote-board, Dedi's Dragon paid $2.60 to his multitude of backers. The C. K. G. Billings Amateur Competition, honoring the memory of the great sportsman who owned our sport's first 2:00 trotter (Lou Dillon-1903), visited Pompano Park on Sunday night and driver Steve Oldford swept both of the Billings events, scoring in Billings pace with Ruths Shadylady and the companion trot with his own Insider Access. Handling the seven year-old mare Ruths Shadylady, Oldford smarty stayed off the early pace before following live cover and collaring Internal Check, driven by Peter Gerry, to score by a neck in 1:58.4. Val's Way, with Ned Hodkinson in the bike, finished third while Southwind Vixen (Matt Zuccarello) paced the fastest final panel in the event to finish fourth. Flashy (Billy Muggleston) picked up the nickel after forging to the lead half way through the mile. Trained by Fred Cohen for owner Brian Calvert, Ruths Shadylady won for the second time this year and now has 20 career victories and $71,721 in career bounty. As second choice in the betting at 2 to 1, Ruths Shadylady paid $6.40 to win. Insider Access, trained by Oldford for his own Oldford Racing stable, drew off in the lane to score a 3½ length win in 1:58.4 over PC's Wildcard, driven by Peter Gerry. The early leader, Out Of The Hat, with Joe Pennacchio in the sulky, finished third while Highland Yankee (Bob Davis) finished fourth. M C Felix (Ted Bowman) picked up the nickel in the field of 10. Insider Access was fourth in the early going as Out Of The Hat led through hot early panels of :28.2 and :57. On the backside, Insider Access surged first up, taking the lead around the final turn (1:28) and drawing off in the lane. An altered six year-old son of Conway Hall, Insider Access earned his initial win of the year in 12 starts and eighth lifetime victory, sending his career bounty to $133,527. The pair of wins for Oldford sent his career total to 114, four of which have been accomplished this semester. Oldford's "double-dip" was the third of his driving career, the first accomplished at Charlottetown in 2006 and the second at Delaware, Ohio during Jug Week in 2014. Following the Billings competition, the Florida Amateur Driving Club took the spotlight with Lexis Amigo surviving an inquiry to earn his first win of the year. Trained by Paul Messina for Vallelunga Z (Zara) L (Luca), Lexis Amigo driven by Fred Cohen, left with alacrity from Pompano Park's coveted five post and then let Lady Deda D, handled by Jamie Marra, cut panels of :28.3, :58 and 1:28.2 before leaving the coziness of the pocket at attacking the leader. Taking command with authority turning for home and opening up a long lead in the lane, Lexis Amigo jumped up in the air in mid-stretch but driver Cohen was able to settle the 10 year-old down and regain his composure, trotting under the wire 1½ lengths to the good of Chaplin Hall, driven by Gary Barbere with Zeitgeist third for Dein Spriggs. C R Amigo finished fourth while What About Brian earned the final ward in the field of nine. Lexis Amigo now has 20 lifetime wins in a lightly raced career of 98 starts, good for $257,335. As the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Lexis Amigo returned $2.60 to win. Also of note, the 11 year-old warrior Rick's Sign, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., won his fifth race in a row, showing his heels to his younger foes in 1:52.1. Trained by Paul Holzman for Mary Holzman, Rick's Sign, an altered son of Life Sign, won for the 65th time in a career spanning 275 starts to send his lifetime earnings to $420,589--$22,368 this year on the strength of a 6-2-1 scorecard in a dozen starts. Off as the 3 to 2 favorite, Rick's Sign rewarded his faithful with a $5.00 mutuel. Pompano Park's pentafecta fourth went untouched on Sunday night with a $2,503 carryover resulting in a $15,000 guaranteed pool for Monday night's fourth race pentafecta. Post time for the Monday program is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

WASHINGTON, PA, April 16, 2016 -- Harness driver and Hall of Famer DavePalone collected seven wins on the Saturday race program at The Meadows -- four for trainer Ron Burke -- while Mike Wilder enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card. Arthur Pendragon captured his second straight series win in Saturday's second leg of the Atta Boy Dan Pace, scoring in a career-best 1:52.4. More Dragon took the other $17,500 second-leg split in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings, prevailing in 1:52.1 for Dave Palone. The two will square off in the $32,500 (est) series championship next Saturday. Arthur Pendragon was away fourth before Mike Wilder sent him after the lead at the quarter. The homebred Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding jogged home from there, downing the first-over Trelane by 2-1/2 lengths. The pocket-sitting Stone Fire Hanover finished third. Dan Altmeyer trains Arthur Pendragon and owns with Richard Kelson. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Unlocked rolled to a front-end victory in a swift 1:49.4 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Norm Parker and owner Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Easy Again rode the pocket to a second-place finish, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Sam Hill was third. With the win, the 5-year-old son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Dovuto Hanover charged home in midstretch to nail McArdles Lightning on the wire to take the featured $25,000 open handicap pace by a head Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Bushwacker was third. Yonkers shipper Always At My Place displayed good early speed and led through fractions of :27.1, :54.3, and 1:22.1. As McArdles Lightning came alongside the leader at the head of the stretch, driver Scott Zeron put Dovuto Hanover in striking position just behind the dueling leaders. McArdles Lightning got past Always At My Place in deep stretch only to get caught at the finish by Dovuto Hanover, who paid $17.80 to win in taking his second straight. The winning time was 1:50.3 for the 6-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again, who crept closer to the half-million dollar lifetime earnings plateau, his bank account now at just over $480,000 for trainer Richard Norman and owner Martin Scharf. The race marked the seasonal debut for $2 million earner - and 2014 North America Cup winner - JK Endofanera, who looked like a horse who needed a race. As the even-money favorite, he finished last in the field of seven. All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $2,728,678, representing an increase of $118,607 over the corresponding program from a year ago, which had 13 races. The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five was not hit, upping the carryover to $174,174.88. Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday, first race post time is 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2016 -- Dismissed at 8-1, Arthur Pendragon dug in late in the slop to prevail in Saturday's opening-leg of the Atta Boy Dan Pace at The Meadows. Keystone Dylan captured the other $17,500 split, giving Mike Wilder an opening-leg sweep in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The series honors Atta Boy Dan, a fast-class pacer for the Ron Burke stable who shares the track record of 1:49.1 for older geldings. Arthur Pendragon zipped to the lead from post 8 and took the field through a leisurely 1:28.1 three-quarters. But the 4-5 favorite, More Dragon, charged at the leader in the lane, forcing the Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding to find more. He did just that, downing More Dragon by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.3, with the pocket-sitting Cheapskate Hanover third. Dan Altmeyer trains the homebred Arthur Pendragon and owns with Richard Kelson. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace, 10-year-old Sam Hill rolled to a front-end 1:53 victory -- the 40th of his career but first this year -- for Wilder, trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. The pocket-sitting Visible Gold was second, a length back, with Full Code third. The Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding extended his career bankroll to $437,067. Wilder piloted five winners and Dave Palone four on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

In a classic battle to the wire, Dedi's Dragon, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., pushed his nose in front a few strides from the wire and upset Panocchio, with harness racing driver Wally Hennessey in the bike, in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (April 3). The official margin was a neck at the line with Steelhead Hanover, teamed up with Joe Pavia, Jr., third, 3¾ lengths away. Rock On Moe finished fourth while Northern Companion was fifth in the talented sextet featuring four sub-1:50 performers and the winners of $2,617,467 coming in to the event. At the outset, Steelhead Hanover, Dedi's Dragon and Panocchio all were on the bullet train with Dedi's Dragon assuming control a few strides before the opening panel clocked in :27. Shortly thereafter, Panocchio muscled his way to the front and reached the half in :55. The top three positions remained unchanged on the backside with Panocchio still in command past the third station in 1:23.4 with Dedi's Dragon and Steelhead Hanover next in line. Turning for home, Panocchio was trying desperately to protect his lead with Dedi's Dragon gnawing into the diminishing margin with every stride and finally eking by just a few strides from the wire. In a post-race interview, driver Ricky Macomber, Jr. related, "First, Paul (trainer Holzman) has this horse very sharp. He raced great the last couple of times I sat behind him and was close in each. "I left with him because I couldn't afford to spot Panocchio that many lengths at the start. I figured that if I could work out a trip behind him, I would have a chance. "Both horses raced gamely tonight and I think the trip was the deciding factor." Trained by Paul Holzman for John McGill, Brian Carsey and the J L Benson Stables, Dedi's Dragon, a six year-old son of Dragon Again, won for the second time in 12 starts this year. It was his 20th win lifetime sending his career bankroll to $773,801--$28,417 this semester. As the 7 to 5 second choice, Dedi's Dragon paid $4.80 to win. The Open 2 Pace went to Buddha Blue Chip, deftly handled by Mike Micallef, pinning a photo finish decision on Four Socks, driven by John Cummings, Jr., with Bunkerhill Bill third for Kevin Wallis, a length away in a mile clocked in 1:52.2. Mister Virgin finished fourth while Thebestofjoel, seventh and last with three-eighths remaining, rallying to pick up the nickel. As the Hummer closed its wings, Four Socks left with alacrity along with Buddha Blue Chip, protecting his rail post position, and Mister Virgin, surging up from the outside post with Four Socks gaining the advantage around the first turn. Just prior to the :27 opener, Mister Virgin wended his way into second with Buddha Blue Chip next but on the move and surging to the front under the line the first time. With the half in a well rated :56.2, Micallef had to quicken the pace a bit as Mister Virgin began a first over backside bid and, when the third station was reached in 1:24.3, Mister Virgin was but a length away from Four Socks as Buddha Blue Chip looked for a seam. In the lane, Buddha Blue Chip drifted out a lane allowing Four Socks a clear path but the latter ran out of racetrack as Buddha Blue Chip, on the strength of a :27.4 finale, held off the challenger by a neck. After the event, driver Micallef said, "when the dust settled early, I decided to send 'Buddha' thinking that the leader might just be looking for a breather during the (2nd) quarter. "It worked out well with the half in a reasonable clip and he still had enough steam left in the lane." Owned by the Baron Racing Stable, the five year-old altered son of Art Major earned his third win of the year in 13 starts to send his 2016 bankroll to $25,885. He's won $153,734 lifetime to go along with his 1:49.1 Pocono mark. As the 8 to 5 second choice, Buddha Blue Chip paid $5.20 to win. Racing continues on Monday night at Pompano Park with post time set at 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park.

Dovuto Hanover sprinted home in 26 seconds flat after a rated middle half on the way to an impressive 1-length harness racing victory in 1:50.1 in the featured $15,000 conditioned pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Big M leading driver Scott Zeron urged the son of Dragon Again to the top in :27.1. Unpressured from there, Zeron guided the 6-year-old to the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Flexing his considerable back-class muscles after that tepid :57 middle half, Dovuto Hanover then exploded home in the stretch to keep the fast-closing Pansformative and Ashley's Husband at bay to record his first win of the year in five starts for owner Martin Scharf and trainer Nifty Norman. Dovuto Hanover, who returned $4.20 as the even-money public choice, has won 17 of 59 lifetime outings for earnings of just over $468,000. McArdles Lightning ($11.40) extended his win streak to three in the secondary feature, a $13,000 conditioned pace, by moving past 4/5 favorite Real Nice at the three-eighth-mile marker and never looked back on the way to a dominant 3 1/4-length score in a lifetime-best 1:49.2. Odds On Equuleus outkicked Real Nice for second. All-source wagering on the card was $3,050,070, which represents an increase of $408,844 over the corresponding program from a year ago. The 12th race Jackpot Super High Five was again not hit, upping the carryover to $164,848.59. Live racing returns to the Big M Friday, with a first race post time of 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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