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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 25, 2016 -- Shoved four wide through the final turn, Tipitina blazed through the stretch to pull off the 8-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Tipitina was third over down the backside and appeared to have excess cover. But when Eric Goodell showed her racetrack, she brushed past the field and nipped Spreester by a nose in 1:54.1. Early leader Set Me Up saved show. Mark Goldberg trains Tipitina, a 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Hi Ho Molly who captured her second straight race and pushed her career bankroll to $212,969, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Jim Pantaleano collected six wins -- including four legs of the Pick 5 -- while Aaron Merriman fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. Fueled by a four-day carryover and a $25,000 guarantee, the Pick 5 returned $25,990.75 for a single winning 50-cent ticket. * * * * * Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2016 -- Moving three wide through the final turn, Doctor RJ zipped through the sloppy stretch and scored an 8-1 harness racing upset victory in Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. As is his custom, Doctor RJ got away near the back of the pack.. But when Eric Goodell showed him racetrack, the 7-year-old Real Artist-Informant gelding nailed the leader, Unlocked, in the final strides and defeated him by a nose in 1:53.4. Achilles Blue Chip rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains Doctor RJ, who extended his career bankroll to $215,710, for Keith Pippi and Robyn Kennedy. Tony Hall, Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2016 -- Out at the three-eighths, Bestinthebusiness rolled relentlessly first over to capture Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Away fifth for Eric Goodell, Bestinthebusiness set sail after the leader, Capital Account, who enjoyed a relatively comfortable 56.2 opening half over a "good" surface. But he was no match for Bestinthebusiness, who dug deep in the stretch to down Capital Account by 3/4 lengths in 1:52. Beach Boy Brody rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains Bestinthebusiness, an 8-year-old Another Mile-Tendin To Business gelding who now boasts $311,416 in career earnings, for Brett Boyd Racing. Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone and Goodell each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. * * * * * Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests, each featuring a Kentucky Derby prep, are set for Saturdays. Featured race Jan. 16 is the California Derby at Golden Gate. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 22, 2015 -- Hidden Land shed cover around the final turn and nailed the game leader, Set Me Up, at the wire to capture Tuesday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away fifth for Eric Goodell, Hidden Land followed the live cover of Spreester before taking aim at Set Me Up, who had been stung by a 26.2 opening quarter on a "good" surface. Hidden Land got her nose past Set Me Up to score in 1:52.2 The pocket-sitting Coffee Addict finished third. Brad Irvine trains Hidden Land, a 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey who now boasts $147,257 in career earnings, for William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Tony Hall piloted five winners, Goodell four and Jim Pantaleano three on the 16-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2015 -- Some Kinda Beach made it three straight harness racing victories when he endured a demanding first quarter and triumphed convincingly in Monday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Assigned post 8, Some Kinda Beach dueled with Stonebridge Adam through a 26.3 opening panel before grabbing the lead. Eric Goodell gave Some Kinda Beach a 29.3 second-quarter breather, and the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy was plenty strong in the stretch, downing the first-over Dew N Doughnuts by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Stonebridge Adam saved show. Paul Kennedy trains Some Kinda Beach, who extended his career bankroll to $256,782, for Keith Pippi. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 16-race card while Jim Pantaleano and trainer Randy Bendis each fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2015 -- When stablemates Some Kinda Beach and Bestinthebusiness squared off in the stretch one week ago, Some Kinda Beach prevailed by a nose to earn bragging rights in harness racing trainer Paul Kennedy's barn at The Meadows. On Monday, the racing conditions were different -- the pair battled in the slop -- but the results were the same, as Some Kinda Beach again outdueled Bestinthebusiness in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. After considerable early skirmishing, Bestinthebusiness brushed to the front before the half, giving Some Kinda Beach and Eric Goodell the pocket. Freshened by that breather, Some Kinda Beach powered past in the lane to score in 1:51.2, 2 lengths better than his stablemate. Early leader Stonebridge Adam saved show. Keith Pippi campaigns the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy, who now boasts $246,782 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 7, 2015 -- Let go at a generous 10-1, Some Kinda Beach overpowered the leader with a first-over move, then dug in late to preserve his victory in Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Some Kinda Beach was third when Eric Goodell sent him after the leader, Unlocked. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy easily dispatched Unlocked but was all out to hold off the rallying Bestinthebusiness. Some Kinda Beach edged his stablemate by a nose in a career-best 1:49.4, with Doctor Carter third. Paul Kennedy trains Some Kinda Beach, who now boasts $236,782 in career earnings, for Keith Pippi. It was one of Goodell's five wins --three for Kennedy -- on the 15-race card. Dave Palone also fashioned a five-bagger, including four for trainer Ron Burke. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2015 -- Dismissed at 37-1, Toddler Tantrum blew up the tote board Friday at The Meadows when he roared by the favorite in the lane to capture a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows. The $108,000 stake for harness racing 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Fernando Hanover and Allie's Cruiser taking the other splits. Toddler Tantrum saved ground for most of the mile and trailed the 1-5 favorite, Ideal Jimmy, by 4 lengths turning for home. But the son of Western Terror-Ubetterthink Think brushed wide through the lane for Eric Goodell and scored in 1:53.2. Bank Shot Hanover rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Ideal Jimmy, weary from an extended first-over move, saved show. "I really thought he had a chance," said Tim Twaddle, who trains Toddler Tantrum for Don Tiger and Birnam Wood Farms. "This was the toughest division on paper, and I thought he'd need some luck to win. But he was outstanding. He'll go to the Simpson at Vernon Downs, and that will be it for him this year." Sent off at 8-1, Fernando Hanover got the jump on favorite Sam McSmith when he pulled the pocket down the backside for Mike Wilder and defeated his rival by 6-1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:52, fastest of the stake. Early leader Blake North finished third. "He felt very nice in the two hole; I was hoping he wasn't playing possum with me," Wilder said. "With the conditions today, windy and cool, I thought that was a heckuva mile." Ron Burke conditions the Dragon Again-Fashion Ecstasy gelding, who collected his first stake victory, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and JJK Stables. Burke notched another Keystone Classic victory when the pocket-sitting Allie's Cruiser kicked by the favorite, McDave, in the stretch to down him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:54. Safensound Hanover earned show. "He's a little more aggressive than he was early in the season, but I've loved this colt," said winning driver Dave Palone. "I think he'll make a top 3-year-old. He has a great attitude, and he's great gaited." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Larry Karr campaign the son of Yankee Cruiser-Santastic's Filly. $122,800 Keystone Classic, 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Southern Cross, Major Matter, Iron Mine Bucky and Treasure Keys K each took a division of Friday's co-feature, a $122,800 Keystone Classic for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Southern Cross hadn't been on the lead at any point in his three-race career, but he blasted to the top for Aaron Merriman and broke his maiden handily in a stake-fastest 1:56.4. Nathaniel was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Mr Right third. "They told me he might be a little grabby in the post parade; he was pretty grabby all the way around," Merriman said. "But his gait is flawless. He dragged me right out of there, and I let him do his thing." Ake Svanstedt trains Southern Cross, a Donato Hanover-Temple Of Heaven gelding, for Vanersol Inc. Iron Mine Bucky converted a pocket trip to victory in 1:57.1 for George Dennis, and he also may have punched his ticket to a pair of rich late-season stakes. "He's come a long way," said Greg Haverstick, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream for Iron Mine Branch. "He's getting better, faster, stronger. He has the Breeders Crown and the Matron, and if George says he's good enough to go, we'll go." Cufflink Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Can We Have Fun completed the ticket. When Alexander Hanover drifted off the pylons down the backstretch, Major Matter shot through the opening -- a bold yet risky move that paid off when Major Matter defeated Alexander Hanover by a length in 1:57.2. Roccos Tacos was third. "If a man moves over, I'll certainly try to take advantage of it," said winning trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer, who bred and owns the Explosive Matter Tahiti Springs gelding with Regina Beinhauer. "You could have got two horses up inside. I'll take my chances when I get them." Goodell and Burke each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card. Monday's program at The Meadows feature a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old fillies -- a $91,800 trot and a $69,000 pace. The card also offers a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Despite an off track, Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art each scored in1:53.4 to match Palm Beach's stake record in Tuesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Hailey Hanover, Albany Girl and Healthy Gain taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double, behind Tipton Teeez and Albany Girl, among his three wins overall. Although intermittent rain rendered the track sloppy for the early part of the program, the surface was upgraded to "good" for the splits of Tipton Teeez and Valuable Art, setting the stage for their record-matchers. Palone let the dust settle before moving Tipton Teeez to the front at the quarter pole. The daughter of Western Terror-Finest Arts drew off thereafter and defeated Gingertreescarlett by 7 lengths, with Q T Pie Hanover third. Brian Brown trains Tipton Teeez for Jennifer Brown and Richard Lombardo. "She's a typical Brian Brown horse -- well rigged, well mannered," Palone said. "She was the easiest kind of winner." "She won on cruise control." "She made my job easy." Valuable Art appeared buried along the cones when a seam unexpectedly opened. Eric Goodell urged her through, and the daughter of Art-Official-Race Me Valerie ended up winning comfortably. Terror At Night was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while early leader East Side Hanover earned show. "We got lucky," said Nick Callahan, the father of winning trainer Shaun Callahan as well as the co-breeder of Valuable Art. "The horse in front of us moved over, and we got through." "Without that, we're not getting much." She's had some minor issues, and we changed her rigging to help her." "I think she'll learn how to be a nice horse." Breakaway Racing campaigns Valuable Art. A five-race maiden entering the stake, Hailey Hanover slingshot to the lead down the backside -- despite being three wide -- and rolled home in 1:56.4 in the slop, 4 lengths better than Terror Grin, with Saucy Wench third. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee. "Her last start, she closed well but ran into a wall of horses and couldn't get through." "She might have been the best that day," Wilder said of the daughter Well Said-Hattie. "When I moved her today, she was serious." "She was the real deal today." It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the Meadow Cheer, a $212,776 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

Parked the first quarter, Classic Belisima was unassailable once on top, rolling to a comfortable victory in Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Classic Belisima wrested the early lead from Kandian Klub and had only to thwart the first-over challenge of Mistress Valentine -- which she did -- to score for Eric Goodell in 1:54.3. Kandian Klub finished second, a length back, while Mistress Valentine saved show. John Cabot trains Classic Belisima, a 4-year-old daughter of Crazed-Classic Yankee who notched her 11th victory this year and boosted her seasonal earnings over $100,000, for William Cantrell. Goodell piloted four winners on the 14-race card, including a pair each for Cabot and trainer Paul Kennedy. Evan Pattak          

WASHINGTON, PA, April 29, 2015 -- Royal Heart gobbled up the leader with a first-over burst and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Royal Heart was third down the backside when Eric Goodell tipped him off the cones. He swept by the leader, Atta Boy Dan, in a heartbeat and scored easily in a career-best 1:51.1. Atta Boy Dan regained his momentum and finished second but was placed back to sixth for both interference and pylon violations. Mattamerican and Dew N Doughnuts were promoted to second and third, respectively. Paul Kennedy trains Royal Heart, a 4-year-old Royal Art-BJ's Sunrise gelding who won for the sixth time in 13 starts this year, for Denise Dennis and Dolne Farm Services. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 13-race card. The Pennsylvania Sires Stakes season kicks off Friday at The Meadows with a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 17, 2015 -- PC's Vixen followed live cover and used it effectively to capture Friday's $17,500 second leg of the Do Me Honor Pace for harness racing 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. The second leg was contested in a single division, with all eight participants eligible for the championship on Friday, April 24. First post that day is 6:55 PM. PC's Vixen endured a nightmarish trip in the opening leg, when she was parked the entire mile and intermittently rough gaited. But she moved confidently from fifth down the backside for Eric Goodell to pick up the cover of Somewhere Fameous. The daughter of Art Official-R Burning Desire had plenty left in the lane, scoring in a career-best 1:55.2. Opening-leg winner One Over Par was second, a neck back, while Dobre Povedane rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains the homebred PC's Vixen for Paint Creek Farms. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 1, 2015 -- Royal Heart moved powerfully first over to wear down the leader, Easy Again, and capture Wednesday's harness racing $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Easy Again enjoyed a comfortable 57.1 first half on the front, but he was no match for Royal Heart, who was sitting fourth when Eric Goodell unleashed him down the backside. The 4-year-old Royal Art - BJ's Sunrise gelding scored in 1:52.1, a nose better than Hillbilly Hanover, who used the Lightning Lane effectively. Easy Again saved show. Paul Kennedy trains Royal Heart, who has won half his 10 starts this year, for Denise Dennis and Dolne Farm Services. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners -- including a pair for trainer Paul Corey -- on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 31, 2015 -- After more than holding her own against the track's top male trotters, Daylon Miracle relished her return to the harness racing distaff ranks, easily capturing Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Daylon Miracle faced all comers in her four most recent outings, collecting two wins and a pair of show finishes. In Tuesday's event, however, she was dominant, quarter-poling to the front for Aaron Merriman and scoring in 1:54.1. Early leader Whata Donato was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Unefoisdansmavie a rallying third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur - Daylon Marvel who boosted her career bankroll to $434,357. Eric Goodell, who recently collected career victory 5,000, drove six winners on the 14-race card, including a pair for trainer Paul Kennedy. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 17, 2015 -- Harness racing driver Eric Goodell notched career win 5,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted PL Eureka to victory in the 10th race. In the very next race, Goodell took a step toward his next milestone when he triumphed with Seafood Money. Goodell, 41, grew up in Holly, MI, not far from the recently closed Sports Creek Raceway. He learned the sport working summers at Keith Crawford's farm and decided in high school to become a driver. "I bought a horse instead of going to college and was driving not too long after graduation," he said. "Once you do it, it's hard not to keep doing it. You have to know that you're good enough, that you think right and use your head. It isn't something I'd be doing if I didn't consider myself good enough." Goodell drove at Sports Creek and Saginaw Harness Raceway before hitting his stride at Hazel Park, where he was the leading driver multiple times. When Michigan racing collapsed, he moved east and competed for awhile on the whirlwind Meadowlands-Yonkers-Pocono-Harrah's Philadelphia circuit, then relocated to The Meadows, where he drives first call for trainer Paul Kennedy, a fellow Michigander. "Paul understands horses," Goodell said. "He makes things easy and simple." He said his most memorable races are those he's won with long shots, especially a 2008 Hambletonian elimination with 22-1 Atomic Hall. "We didn't do any good in the final," he said, "but that whole experience was really cool." Goodell said he hopes win number 5,000 will be the impetus for even greater things in the future. "It's kind of like I tell my friends -- 5,000 is a big number, but if I win two races in one day, I feel I should have won 4. I should be around 7,000 by this time, but I slacked off the last few years. Maybe this will jump start me." On Wednesday, Feb. 18, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $20,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantee after Tuesday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $4,671.96. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (races 10-14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Wednesday's program is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 4, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan worked out a cozy pocket trip, then brushed by his stablemate, Visible Gold, in the lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold cut out a seemingly comfortable 59 half, but the sloppy surface and a stern first-over challenge from Desperation left the leader vulnerable. Atta Boy Dan and Eric Goodell had little trouble overtaking Visible Gold, prevailing by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Exactly Black was a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, a 6-year-old Western Terror - Dropitlikeitshot gelding who extended his career bankroll to $225,560, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone, Burke and Goodell all fashioned three-baggers on the 14-race card. Goodell's haul lifted his career victory total to 4,994. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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