Day At The Track
Search Results
17 to 32 of 1905

WASHINGTON, PA, June 20, 2020 -- Our Third Rock bore down on Stride Of Pride in the lane, passed him in the shadow of the wire and pulled off the 24-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Pace. While Our Third Rock and Dan Rawlings were 2 lengths in arrears heading for home, they had just enough racetrack to edge Stride Of Pride by a head in 1:52.1, a career best. Long shot Latest Desire earned dhow. Jack Smith conditions Our Third Rock, a 5-year-old Pet Rock-Marymac Is A Whack gelding who now boasts career earnings of $117,423, for Karen Ritter. Jim Pantaleano, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Rawlings each fashioned a double on the 10-race card. After several carryovers, the Super Hi-5 was hit, with the single winning ticket returning $13,391.06. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

WASHINGTON, PA, June 17, 2020 -- Cherry Peep quarter-poled to the top and was untouchable from there, scoring an easy harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot. Mike Wilder swept the front three and finished with five victories, winning a nifty half the 10-race card. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners. Although Cherry Peep hadn't raced since March 11, Aaron Merriman confidently sent her to the point from fourth. The 5-year-old daughter of Conway Hall-Jenny On The Block shrugged off the first-over challenge of Tequila Talkin and triumphed in 1:56. Early leader Cantab Lindy was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Tequila Talkin saved show. Andy Rickert trains Cherry Peep, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $175,948, and owns with Corey Hendricks and Nicole Stahl. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the 10-race program features a $10,911.35 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 16, 2020 -- McDazzle drove relentlessly first over, grinding out a gritty harness racing victory in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. McDazzle got away fourth from post 7 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. before attacking the leader, Touchamatic, with an uncovered bid. The 6-year-old daughter of Art Official-Dream McQueen put away Touchamatic in mid-stretch and triumphed in 1:52. The pocket-sitting Amelia's Courage A shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten a neck, with Hedges Avenue A third. Ron Burke conditions McDazzle, who now has won 30 races and $363,616 lifetime, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. McDazzle Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 10-race card, including a pair for trainer Kevin Johnson, while Burke enjoyed a double. Bryce Brocklehurst collected two victories -- one for his brother, trainer Michael Brocklehurst, one for his dad, trainer Harold Brocklehurst. After a wild day of long shot winners on Monday's reopening day, things settled down Tuesday, with favorites copping seven races. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 10-race program features a $9,928.54 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 15, 2020 -- Final Breath shed faltering cover just in time and powered home to spring an 8-1 upset in the $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows on Monday, the harness racing track's reopening day after a 91-day COVID-19 shutdown. With so many horses racing off stale dates. Monday's card provided a bonanza for long shots -- and long shot players -- as the average win price exceeded $35.00 When Smalltownthrowdown took the field through a hotly contested 54.2 front half, it seemed likely that the closers would pick up the tiring leaders. But when Brady Brown tipped Final Breath off the rail down the backside, the pair found themselves pinned behind the weary Icanflylikeanangel, who had been parked every step. Brown moved wider still, and when he showed Final Breath racetrack, the 10-year-old Victory Sam - First Breath gelding rolled home in 1:52.3, a tick off his career best. What's The Word rallied from far back for second, beaten 3-3/4 lengths, with Classicality third. Norm Parker trains Final Breath, who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $636,518, for Duane Lowe. Mike Wilder collected a pair of victories on the 10-race card. The Meadows is now racing every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday beginning at 12:45 PM each day. Tuesday's 10-race program features a $7.568.72 carryover in the Super Hi-5 (race 10), a $5,974.41 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 6) and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Early Pick 4 (race 2). By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 14, 2020 -- If you've forgotten that the late Pick 5 and the Super Hi-5 were uncovered on the final harness racing card at The Meadows before the COVID-19 shutdown, you're forgiven; that was March 16, 91 days ago. But it means that when live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, June 15, the 10-race program will offer a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $2,026.34 Pick 5 carryover (race 6); a $5,243.61 Super Hi-5 carryover (race 10), and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the early Pick 4 (race 2). The Meadows will offer four live cards each week -- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday -- each beginning at the new post time of 12:45 PM. Monday's card features an ultra-competitive $17,900 Open Handicap Trot; the eight heavyweights in the field boast combined earnings exceeding $4.58 million. Three of the contenders have recent pari-mutuel starts under their belts. Icanflylikeanangel (post 8, Mike Wilder) finished second in a June 6 Open Handicap at Northfield. Perlucky (post 6, Dave Palone) was a hard-used third in a May 26 Open Handicap at Northfield while Final Breath (post 4, Brady Brown) actually has a pair of recent outings. He won that May 26 event at Northfield and finished sixth in a June 5 Open at Scioto Downs. Also formidable is Smalltownthrowdown (post 5, Aaron Merriman), a 7-year-old millionaire making his initial start in the stable of trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Here’s the exotic wagering schedule for Monday’s card: ·      Daily Double — Races 1&2, 9&10; ·      Exacta, Trifecta — Every race; ·      Superfecta — Every race, 10-cent minimum wager; ·      Pick 3 — Races 3&8, 50-cent minimum wager; ·      Pick 4 — Races 2&7, 50-cent minimum wager; ·      Pick 5 — Race 6, 50-cent minimum wager; ·      Super Hi-5 — Race 10, 20-cent minimum wager. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, May 22, 2020 -- Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down harness racing March 16 at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, veteran trainer Randy Bendis had 25 horses in his stable. That's down to 23, as Bendis was forced to sell two mares to raise cash to pay his bills and avoid laying off staff. Now, that number may decline even further as racing venues in states other than Pennsylvania are reopening, forcing Bendis and his owners to consider moving their horses outside the Commonwealth for a chance to earn money. Not only would that reduce income for Pennsylvania horsemen, horsewomen and their supply chains, but a diminished horse population also could make it harder for The Meadows and other Keystone State tracks to assemble full, quality fields when racing does resume. All harness racing in North America shut down in mid-to-late March and has been dark since. But because trainers, grooms, security personnel and track and facilities maintenance staff still report to work each day to feed and exercise horses, the vast majority of people needed to stage live racing already are on the backside and following stringent CDC safety measures. Live racing would require only a few more people, including state judges and a broadcast production crew, action that would have negligible impact on public health. States have begun to realize this and have announced reopening schedules for their racetracks. Ohio venues will resume racing today, while the states of New York, Delaware, Indiana and Minnesota, as well as the Province of Ontario, have announced June reopening dates. (All venues will race without spectators.) If Pennsylvania doesn't take a similar step soon, Bendis, says, he'll be forced to ship some of his horses to jurisdictions where they can earn purses to offset ongoing expenses. "If we don't get any news here, two of my horses will go to Hoosier Park (Indiana), four to Ohio and two more to Yonkers (New York)," says Bendis, who owns a piece of most of the horses in his stable. "My partners have suggested sending their horses to trainers at jurisdictions that are racing, and I really can't argue with them." Bendis indicates he knows of horsemen who have taken part-time work delivering groceries and driving for Uber to keep some cash coming in. Things haven't reached that point yet for trainer Sarah Andrews, but she can see a time when they might. At the start of this week, Andrews' stable at The Meadows had nine horses. That has changed. "I sent one to Indiana on Monday," she says. "My owner has horses in four different states, so there's no reason not to move them to states where they can race. I can't hold my owners hostage." What really hurts: the Indiana-bound horse is Statham N, a fast-class pacer almost certain to turn a healthy profit this year. If Pennsylvania racing doesn't reopen soon, Andrews and her staff may not see any of it. "I'm hoping my owners will send their horses right back here once we start racing," she says. "If they don't, my stable will slowly disappear." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, May 15, 2020 -- After 11 days of silence, PA Gov. Tom Wolf responded to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission (PHRC) on when it could resume harness racing in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for horsemen, his response was not what we wanted to hear: "As part of this reopening effort, we foresee horse racing reopening when counties enter the green phase, like other entertainment (casinos, theaters, etc). I commend the Commission's efforts to implement mitigation efforts for those who are continuing to care for the horses at this time, and forethought in planning for how to address public health and safety as it relates to each phase of reopening." To read Gov. Wolf's full letter to the PHRC, visit www.themsoa.com The Meadows Stadardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has responded to Gov. Wolf with the open letter below: Dear Gov. Wolf: In your letter to PHRC, you lump racing with other large venues, such as casinos and theaters. The reality is that horse racing occurs outdoors and can easily follow CDC guidelines; because our trainer/drivers and caretakers must exercise, feed and care for their horses every day, we're already on the backside, and we're already following CDC safety guidelines. And those guidelines are working. We've had no COVID-19 positives -- not a single one -- in our paddock and backside areas. Moreover, unlike other sports, horse racing can be conducted without spectators. Fans can watch the races and wager from a variety of platforms, including phone and computer. Since racing at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino was shut down on March 16, horsemen and horsewomen have been without income. Yet because horses continue to need food, bedding, exercise and veterinary care, expenses have continued. While other small businesses can cut costs and furlough staff, racing stables cannot do the same. Costs for upkeep of a single Standardbred can reach $2,500 per month -- and there has been no income to offset this. Many of us have applied for unemployment compensation and government loans; some have yet to hear back or receive any funding to help us through this unprecedented time. Consider the plight of D&G Stables, operated by Dean and Glenda Collins at the Meadows. Of the nine horses in its stable, D&G owns seven outright, meaning there are no outside owners to help them meet their significant monthly bills. Right now, this situation is altogether typical. Norm Parker, who trains 30 horses at the Meadows, puts it this way: "If we have a reopening date we could shoot for. our horses will be ready to race and start making money again. We are hoping to reach the 'green' phase and start earning a living again. We'll be able to pay our vendors. pay for hay and feed, and it will make everyone feel a little bit better." Currently, 90 percent of the people needed to resume live racing at The Meadows are already reporting to the backside and working every day. Trainer/drivers are here. Caretakers are here. Track and facilities maintanence staff are here. Security personnel are here. Resumption of racing would require about 20 additional people -- and these would be at scattered sites. State veterinarians and other PHRC personnel would be on the backside, but state judges would be at their office in the main casino building. The TV production crew would be in that bulding or outdoors while pari-mutuel clerks -- to handle phone wagers -- would work in a completely separate facility. Thus, the population on the backside, where stringent CDC measures already are in place, would be increased by only a few people. In light of all this, the MSOA respectfully requests that you reconsider your timeline and authorize immediate resumption of live racing, without spectators, at The Meadows. Indeed, our neighboring state of Ohio has done just that, announcing that live racing in Ohio can resume on May 22. Similarly, Indiana and Ontario have announced that live racing at their tracks will resume in June. If you authorize the reopening of racing at The Meadows now, you will immeasurably aid our horsemen and horsewomen, provide a much-needed form of entertainment for Pennsylvanians and, since the Commonwealth receives a commission on every wager, restore a key revenue stream to the state. And you'll accomplish this without adversely affecting public health and safety. Respectfully, Richard G. Gillock, President Meadows Standardbred Owners Association The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is a nonproft oganization that represents the interests of approximately 700 Standardbred trainers, drivers, caretakers and owners at The Meadows. In addition to providing horses to race at The Meadows, MSOA administers such member-centric services as health insurance and retirement programs for horsemen and horsewomen. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 16, 2020 -- Perlucky shot the harness racing "Lightning Lane" to capture Monday's $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows, a triumph that sent him over $400,000 in career earnings. Perlucky and Dave Palone patiently stalked Icanflylikeanangel from the pocket, then shot by him in mid-stretch. As it turned out, the greater threat was the first-over Wind Of The North, but the 10-year-old millionaire fell 1/2-length short. Icanflylikeanangel saved show in the 1:53.4 mile. Ron Burke trains Perlucky, a 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Perlucky Jim Pantaleano, Palone and Burke each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. The Meadows announced that it is temporarily suspending all operations at the facility, including racing, effective 6:00 AM Tuesday, March 17. The suspension was mandated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as part of community-wide efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Updates will be announced as appropriate. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 13, 2020 -- Zanetti pounced on the game but weary leader, Rock N Teen, in mid-stretch and scored in Friday's Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Smooth Lou took the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. Harness racing drivers Dave Palone and Aaron Merriman each collected five wins on the 13-race card while trainer Andy Rickert enjoyed a triple. The Wilbur Zendt is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is featuring, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Rock N Teen threw down a wicked 1:22.4 three-quarters, leaving him vulnerable to the first-over challenge of Zanetti and Aaron Merriman. The 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance-Ty's Artist gelding rolled past Rock N Teen and downed him by 2-1/4 lengths in a career-best 1:52.1. Jonah earned show.   Rick Magee trains Zanetti for Mikaela Delgiudice. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $3,417.82 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 12, 2020 -- "Wearing o' the green" is a popular St. Patrick's Day tradition, and if you wear green at The Meadows on Tuesday, March 17, you'll be a winner before you ever place a wager. That's because the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present a free race program to all patrons wearing green on St. Patrick's Day. The holiday card will feature other MSOA-sponsored events, including:  A raffle for a free berth in The Meadows Live Bankroll Handicapping Contest on March 20; A drawing for a $50 betting voucher each time a driver with green in his colors wins a race. Among notable Meadows-based drivers wearing green are Mike Wilder, Wilbur Yoder, Kyle Bolon, Aaron Johnston and Shawn Johnston. First post Tuesday is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 11, 2020 -- Vacation Money maintained her poise while her harness racing rivals blew up around her, then shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the 18-1 upset in Wednesday's Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Andover Contessa captured the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The Mary Wohlmuth is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is featuring, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. While four in the field of nine jumped it off, Vacation Money patiently stalked the leader, Tough Tootsie, from the pocket. When Aaron Merriman pointed her inside, the 3-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-American Holiday surged past to score in a career-best 1:59.3. Aunt Bee rallied for second, beaten 1/2 length, while Tough Tootsie saved show.   Norm Parker trains Vacation Money for owner/breeder Bob Key. It was one of four wins for Merriman on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $1,725.40 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 10, 2020 -- Feel The Muscle overcame post 9 by following cover and kicking home strongly to score in Tuesday's Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Enzio sprang a 9-1 upset in the other $12,500 second-leg split in the harness racing series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The Dale McConnell is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is featuring, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Feel The Muscle picked up the live backside cover of Danny's Boy. When Mike Wilder tipped him off that cover through the final turn, the 4-year-old Muscle Hill-Macy Lane gelding roared past Danny's Boy and downed him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.4 -- a life mark despite the sloppy conditions. Long shot Norwegian Dad rallied for show.   Charlie Norris trains Feel The Muscle for Share A Horse Inc. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, Lakeisha Hall rallied wide through the stretch to triumph in 1:53.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II. The 7-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $772,489. Burke collected four wins and Palone three on the 13-race card. After multiple carryovers, the Super Hi-5 was hit, with the sole winning ticket returning $22,913.72 Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 10, 2020 -- The harness racing jackpot for Tuesday's Super Hi-5 at The Meadows has jumped to $20,841.09. The Meadows offers the wager on the final race of each live card. In addition, Tuesday's program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $1,481.62 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post for the 13-race card is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 9, 2020 -- Windsun Juno, a lightly raced 4-year-old, enjoyed her first harness racing career victory in Monday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Speak The Peace captured the other $12,500 division in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The Donna Dunn is one of four late-closing series The Meadows currently is featuring, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Unraced at 2 and 3, Windsun Juno has been competitive from her first outing, finishing second in four of her six previous career starts. Using Lasix for the first time Monday, she quarter-poled to the top for Dave Palone and prevailed by a comfortable 4 lengths in 1:55.1. Loudoo Princess and Acrobatta completed the ticket.   Ron Burke trains Windsun Juno, a daughter of Sunfire Blue Chip-Artistic Melody, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder and Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $20,841.09 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,481.62 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Patta, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 6, 2020 -- Rock N Teen let Zanetti do the heavy lifting on the front end, then blew by him in the lane to score in a career-best 1:53, fastest harness racing division in Friday's Wilbur Zendt Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Gumption and Arrhythmic Storm also captured $12,500 opening-leg splits in the event for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The series honors the memory of Zendt, a trainer, driver and patriarch of one of The Meadows most prominent and successful clans. It's one of four late-closing events that kicked off this week at The Meadows, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. Zanetti reeled off a blistering 1:23.3 three-quarters, making him vulnerable to the pocket-sitting Rock N Teen. Indeed, when Mike Wilder cut him loose, the 3-year-old Rock N Roll Hanover-Dance With Me Tina gelding roared passed and defeated Zanetti by 1-3/4 lengths. Chicken Nugget completed the ticket. Norm Parker trains Rock N Teen for owner/breeder Bob Key.   Tony Hall collected four wins on the 13-race card, including three for trainer Scott Betts, while Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $18,605.15 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA - March 6, 2020 -- Reading, Writing & Harness Racing. That may be a twist on the traditional version of the "Three R's," but it was the order of the day Thursday when The Meadows drivers participated in national Read Across America Week/Dr. Seuss Day activities by reading to students at a local school. Drivers Jason Merriman, Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder visited Trinity North Elementary School near The Meadows and read to children in grades K-4. The horsemen read selections from Dr. Seuss and Bonnie Worth's If I Ran the Horse Show: All About Horses. This marks the fifth consecutive year in which the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and its members have participated in the event. Wilder has been a volunteer reader every year. "When our qualifiers were finished, I got pretty excited about going to the school," Wilder said. "I couldn't wait to get there and see the kids' faces light up." After reading, the drivers took questions -- some about racing, some about their personal lives. "They asked what's your horse's name, so I explained that we drive many horses," Wilder said. "They asked how many wins do you have, have you ever been hurt, how fast do the horses go. For young kids, they asked pretty good questions. "The whole event is a great deal. I love it and would never turn down the opportunity." By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                            

17 to 32 of 1905