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WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2019 -- Tall Drink Hanover exploited her post position advantage to nip harness racing world champion Warrawee Ubeaut in Saturday's $120,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows. Stonebridge Soul captured her third straight stake in the other division of the event for 3-year-old filly pacers Warrawee Ubeaut won her divisional Dan Patch Award last year, but in the Adioo Volo, she was stuck with post 9. She rocketed to the top, but Tall Drink Hanover leaving from post 6 for Andrew McCarthy slid into the pocket behind her. McCarthy guided Tall Drink Hanover outside in the lane, and the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Take Into Accounted edged Warrawee Ubeaut by a nose in 1:50.2. Rockn Philly was a ground-saving third. "She's been terrific for what we paid for her -- $35,000," said winning trainer Tony Alagna. "She's been a real sweetheart. She goes next to the Shady Daisy on Hambletonian Day, and she's eligible to everything late." Tall Drink Hanover now has banked $469,422 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing. Stonebridge Soul entered the Adioo Volo off wins in a pair of prestigious stakes -- the Lynch and the Mistletoe Shalee -- and she kept the ball rolling with a front-end score in 1:51.1 for Tim Tetrick, trainer Chris Ryder and owners Henderson Farms and Robert Mondillo. Sweet Heaven finished second, 1/2 length back, with Odds On St Lucie third.. "She's definitely on her game right now, and she's feeling her oats," Tetrick said. "She can leave hard and still go the half in a minute. As soon as you talk to her, she picks it back up and races whoever comes at her." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Rock N Soul now boasts $473,846 in career earnings. $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace Also featured on the Adios Day card was this event named for Foiled Again, who retired as the richest pacer all-time with more than $7.6 million in earnings. The gallant old gent took a star turn by leading the post parade. Tetrick and trainer Ron Burke collaborated on a win by the Shadow Play-Backstreet Sweetie four-year-old gelding Backstreet Shadow, who altered a line in The Meadows' record books by lowering that division standard to 1:48.4. The pocket-sitting Scott Rocks was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Alluneedisfaith N completed the ticket. Backstreet Shadow A simple quarter-move from third was the path to success for Backstreet Shadow, who came home in :53.4 after winning in 1:47.4 last week at the Meadowlands. He raised his lifetime earnings to $334,646 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. That group acquired Backstreet Shadow privately shortly after he was clocked in 1:46.2 while finishing third in the $250,000 Graduate final. "When he became available, we were very surprised because young horses like that with that kind of upside don't usually become available," Burke said. "He's a big horse, and he probably has another bump coming. He's a big, long-striding horse, and he may find another gear." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2019 -- Five weeks after undergoing emergency surgery for hernia repair, Southwind Ozzi blazed to victory for harness racing driver Brian Sears in 1:48 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. It was the second-fastest mile in the 53-year history of the Adios, missing Bolt The Duer's 1:47.4 record (2012) by a tick.   It was the third Adios title for Sears, who triumphed previously with Pine Valley (2001) and Delmarvalous (2010). Bill MacKenzie, who trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara for Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice, became an Adios victor in his first appearance in the stake.   Southwind Ozzi came through his surgery well, though surgeons had to remove a testicle during the procedure. Thus, Southwind Ozzi goes into history as the first ridgling to win the Pace for the Orchids.   'Ozzi' and Sears got away fourth, watching as Prince Of Tides and Dave Palone threw down sizzling fractions of 25.3/53.3. When he saw that, Sears said, he was comfortable sending 'Ozzi" first over.   "I liked the way things were setting up," he said. "They were going so fast that they couldn't really shut it down that much.I had sent him first up before, and he didn't seem to mind it. He's a pleasure to drive. He makes my job easy."   'Ozzi' overwhelmed Prince Of Tides and drew off to score by 7 lengths while Prince Of Tides gamely held off Stag Party for place. Informed that he had narrowly missed the Adios record, Sears replied:   "I'm not one who goes after records. I like to win."   Southwind Ozzi and all the happy connections  - Chris Gooden Photo   MacKenzie indicated he was not surprised that 'Ozzi' rebounded so well from surgery or that he tossed off a near-record performance.   "That's what great horses to, and after the way he raced today, I'm beginning to think he's a great horse," he said. "He's never raced badly for us. I told Brian that if he had to come first over, I didn't think it would matter."   He said 'Ozzi' won't race next week, although he'll still work on MacKenzie's Cranbury, NJ training track.   "After that," he said, "we'll consider the options."   ADIOS NOTES. Ron Burke, who Friday became the first trainer with 10,000 victories, padded that total with four wins on the 16-race card, a number matched by Tim Tetrick . . . In a $30,000 3-Year-Old Open that pitted seven Adios contestants who didn't make the final, Highlandbeachlover sprang a 16-1 upset for Aaron Merriman and trainer Kelly O'Donnell.   To see the full results of today's meeting click here.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2019 -- Sister Sledge and Caviart Guilia each extended her career unbeaten streak to four with harness racing driver Dave Palone piloting -- and Sister Sledge matched the stake record to boot -- in Friday's $60,000 Arden Downs Grand Circuit event for freshman filly trotters at The Meadows. Sorella took the third division of the stake known as the Judge Joe McGraw. Sister Sledge, who went in 1:53.4 in a PA All-Stars split at Pocono, didn't have to go quite that fast Friday, as she took the lead at her leisure and drew off thereafter. But her performance impressed Palone. When do I ever come to you and just have 'wow' to say?" Palone said. "I actually started shutting her down in the middle of the last turn, 28 flat, ear plugs in. They'll have a lot of fun with her; she's a special filly." The daughter of Father Patrick-Behindcloseddoors scored in 1:55.1, equaling the stake record Dangle Then Deke established in 2016. Perth Angel De Vie was 5-3/4 lengths back in second, with The Next One third. Ron Burke trains Sister Sledge for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Sister Sledge Caviart Guilia took a different path, getting away sixth for trainer Brian Brown before launching an effortless first-over move that carried her to victory in 1:57.1, 2 lengths better than Miss Wilia. Aqua Lillies completed the ticket. " I touched base with Brian today," Palone said. "He told me from the rail, she has plenty of go. Don't get in a hurry with her and she'll give you a good try." Caviart Farms campaigns the daughter of Explosive Matter Gossip Hanover. $60,000 Arden Downs Stake - 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Friday's card also featured the $60,000 Edward M. Ryan, a Grand Circuit event, with the splits going to Stickler Hanover, Town Victor and Penance. Brady Brown gave Stickler Hanover a ground-saving trip before the duo poured through the Lightning Lane to prevail in a career-best 1:57.2. I Have A Dream finished second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, while Bold Moves earned show. "I didn't give him a very good trip in the stallion series and wanted to do better with him today," Brown said. "Up the backside I knew I had plenty of horse. When the horse on the front broke, I decided to stay in. This horse has some potential." Brown has won many PA Fairs stakes, but this was his initial stakes victory at The Meadows. The 4-5 favorite, Town Victor was away third but cleared to the front for Wilbur Yoder and triumphed handily in 1:58, matching his life mark. Werner Hanover was second, 4-1/4 lengths in arrears, with Hennessy AM S third. It was the third consecutive victory for the homebred Winning Mister-P Town Girl gelding. "I'm kicking around the idea of putting in the next sires stake (at Harrah's Philadelphia) because a lot of the good ones will be at the Peter Haughton," said winning trainer Rich Gillock, who owns Town Victor with Barbara Richardson. "But he's a big colt, and I'd rather not overdo it with him this year so he can come back a good colt at 3." Saturday's card at The Meadows features the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as five other Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. In addition, the program will offer three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500 and a $5,841.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi.5. Special post time is 11;25 AM, with the Adios (race 15) projected for 4:30 PM.  By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi is the 2-1 morning line favorite to win Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Saturday at The Meadows, but both he and his harness racing trainer, Bill MacKenzie, have endured stormy weather -- literally and figuratively -- to get there. For McKenzie, the storms were real and dangerous. As they ripped through MacKenzie's Cranbury, NJ farm early this week and threatened his 20 horses, they tore up several hundred feet of fencing, assorted trees and the solar panels on the domicile's roof. "People and horses are fine," MacKenzie said on the phone as he waited for the new most important man in his life -- the insurance adjustor. "It is what it is. The weather the rest of the week is supposed to be beautiful." For Soouthwind Ozzi, the peril was even more severe. "We had supplemented him to the Hempt, and he exercised absolutely perfectly for it," MacKenzie explained. "Then he started sweating, just not acting right. One hour later, they were operating on him." The diagnosis was a hernia. 'Ozzi' came through the ordeal well but surgeons were forced to remove a testicle in the process; that's why you'll see him listed in the program as a ridgling. His activity was limited in the wake of surgery. "He had 10 days of stall rest and hand walking, then he went back to work," MacKenzie reports. "That's why I think he'll be a little better this week. He's a little sharper." It would be hard to imagine a better performance than 'Ozzi" delivered in his Adios elimination when the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara found a seat fifth from post 9 for Brian Sears, moved with cover down the backside and went wider still into the final turn when his cover faltered. He scored in 1:49.3, fastest of the three elims. Sears will be aboard again, but they'll leave from post 4 -- the slot MacKenzie selected as an elimination winner -- in the final. Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice purchased 'Ozzi' for $85,000 as a yearling, attracted by his pedigree. ""We thought the 'Somebeachsomewheres' might be undervalued with all the 'Captains' and 'Sweet Lous' coming out, and we might get one at a halfway decent number," MacKenzie said. "Everything about him looked good, and the price was right. "He got sick before the Kindergarten final last year and finished last as the favorite, and he wasn't healthy enough to send to the Governor's Cup. But in the Liberty Bell, he paced the back half in :54 despite being interfered with. He showed us he could be a big colt." The Adios anchors an action-packed card that includes six Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. In addition, the card features three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500. The Adios goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:30 PM. The 16-race card kicks off at 11:25 AM. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) have planned a number of appealing Adios Day fan activities. North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) will perform on the apron from 6 PM - 8 PM while the Miller Lite Brewhouse and the BBQ Tent will be open throughout the races. The MSOA will sponsor a T-shirt toss, and an Apple IPad will be raffled courtesy the Standardbred Breeders Association of PA. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2019 -- It was in 1999 that Dave Palone brought Washington VC from well back to pass a tiring Blissfull Hall and win the final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Twenty years later, Palone still is seeking his second blanket of orchids in the signature event of his home track. He'll have perhaps his best chance in years in Saturday's $400,000 Adios final at The Meadows when he steers Prince Of Tides, one of three Adios elimination winners, from the rail. The Adios anchors an action-packed card that includes six Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. In addition, the card features three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500. The Adios goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:30 PM. The 16-race card kicks off at 11:25 AM. It isn't that Palone hasn't done well in the Adios; by many measures, he's been terrific. Counting finals, elims and consolations, he's won eight times and collected nearly $1.2 million in purses, behind only John Campbell and Ron Pierce in Adios earnings. "I've been fortunate enough to take a lot of money out of the Adios," Palone says. "I think I have a good history in the race, and I'm always super-comfortable on Adios Day." Yet it's nearly inconceivable that Palone, the "winningest" driver on the planet with 18,880 career victories, should have only one Adios title. There is, however, a solid reason for it. The trainers of top 3-year-old colts often prefer to get season-long commitments from drivers to travel the Grand Circuit with their horses. That usually excludes Palone, who a number of years ago decided to limit his travel to spend more time with his family. "That was the greatest decision in the world," he says. "I was so fortunate to be able to spend my whole career right here, get home at five o'clock every day and watch my girls' softball games or go to their horse shows. I may have missed opportunities out of town, but I don't second-guess anything that I've done." Thus, while he's picked up plenty of Adios catch drives, they've usually been long shots. Things may be different this year. Not only does he have a hot horse -- Prince Of Tides has won five straight and dominated his Adios elim -- but the rules of the stake also favor Palone again. In 1999, finalists were chosen by open draw; when Blissful Hall drew post 8, he had to endure a demanding journey to the top over a track left sticky by rain. That enabled Palone to duck from post 3, rally late and defeat Blissfull Hall, who would go on to win pacing's Triple Crown. "I figured I could take advantage of the one thing I knew -- the racetrack," Palone recalls. "It was tiring, so I took my horse back and 'one-run' him. That's how we got it done." This year, elimination winners earned the right to pick their posts in the final. Even though Ross Croghan, who conditions Prince Of Tides for Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Howard Taylor, chose third among elimination winners, he indicates his first preference always was the rail. "He has a big gait and can change gears real quick," Croghan says. "If anything leaves against him, they're in big trouble. He has the post advantage, and they'll have to beat him." A son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the champion mare Tug River Princess, Prince Of Tides was a growthy youngster who suffered colt soreness and was turned out after only four starts last year. Not knowing how good he might be, his connections sustained him to very few stakes; the Adios will be his richest engagement of the year. "He's a big, heavy horse, and we decided to shut him down early and let him finish growing," Croghan says. "He has a tough job on Saturday, but he will race good." Palone hopes Prince Of Tides will bring him that elusive second Adios title, but he's not obsessed with the quest. "With my family here, it would be special to me," he says. "But is it something I'm choked up about? Not at all. I love the situation I'm in." The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) have planned a number of appealing Adios Day fan activities. North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) will perform on the apron from 6 PM - 8 PM while the Miller Lite Brewhouse and the BBQ Tent will be open throughout the races. The MSOA will sponsor a T-shirt toss, and an Apple IPad will be raffled courtesy the Standardbred Breeders Association of PA. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2019 — Dismissed at 10-1, EZ Passer used the Lightning Lane to perfection to pull off the upset in Wednesday’s harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Northern Lightning led the field through a 1:25.1 three-quarters, But Chris Shaw and EZ Passer lurked in the pocket, waiting to flash some lightning off their own. The 5-year-old daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad easily overtook Northern Lightning and scored in 1:54.4, a length better than Joplin. Golden Muscle completed the ticket. Bill Zendt trains EZ Passer, who won her second straight and lifted her lifetime bankroll to $228,772, for Shanamphilankilou, Inc. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special Adios Week program that features a pair of $30,000 Grand Circuit stakes for freshman trotters as well as a $5,370.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 5:30 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2019 -- Sansovina Hanover stalked Caviart Scarlett from the pocket, then edged by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Caviart Scarlett won the early battle for the lead, accelerating through a 26.4 opening quarter that forced Sansovina Hanover and Jim Pantaleano to the pocket. But the 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Shacked Up was the stronger mare late, downing Caviart Scarlett by a head in 1:52, matching her career fastest. Our GG rallied for show. Doug Snyder trains Sansovina Hanover, who lifted her career bankroll to $264,469, for Frank Poerio, Jr. It was one of six wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Scott Betts and one each for Corey Kreiser, Christen Pantaleano Bill Popio and Snyder Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $5,370.08 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, July 23, 2019 -- Elimination winner Southwind Ozzi has been installed as the 2-1 morning line harness racing favorite and will leave from post 4 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   The other elimination winners, Captain Victorious (3-1) and Prince Of Tides (4-1), will start from posts 3 and 1, respectively.   Elimination winners chose their post positions, with their order of selection determined by lot. The connections of Southwind Ozzi chose first, followed by the teams of Captain Victorious and Prince Of Tides. The remaining post positions were determined by random draw.   The 53rd edition of the Adios anchors a blockbuster card that features six Grand Circuit stakes as well as the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. The program also includes three total-pool guarantees with a combined value of $37,500.   The Adios Day card begins at 11:25 AM, with the Adios slated as race 15 on the 16-race program.   The field for the Adios, with sires, drivers, trainers and morning line odds:   1. Prince Of Tides - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone - Ross Croghan 4-1 2. Stag Party - Bettor's Delight - Dexter Dunn - Casie Coleman 6-1 3. Captain Victorious - Captaintreacherous - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 3-1 4. Southwind Ozzi - Somebeachsomewhere - Brian Sears - Bill MacKenzie 2-1 5. Wild Wild Western - Western Ideal - Mike Wilder - Norm Parker 20-1 6. Escapetothebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 10-1 7. Reigning Deo - Rock N Roll Heaven - Andrew McCarthy - Brett Pelling 12-1 8. Branquinho - Somebeachsomewhere - Tyler Buter - Ray Schnittker 12-1 9.Quatrain Blue Chip - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone -Chris Oakes 20-1   By Evan Pattak for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2019 -- Classic Banker stalked Classicality from the pocket, then knifed through the slop in the lane to pull off the 24-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Classic Banker won last week's featured trot at 22-1, he was given even less respect at the windows Monday. But Brady Brown gave the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding the perfect trip, as the pair downed the rallying Barn Girl by a length in 1:54.1. Classicality saved show. Joe Urban owns and trains Classic Banker, who extended his career bankroll to $273,615. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the program features a $4,755.48 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. In addition, the draw for post positions for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids will take place Tuesday. The draw begins at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live!   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi, Prince Of Tides and Captain Victorious each won an elimination of the harness racing Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Saturday at The Meadows and will advance to the July 27 $400,000 Adios final. They'll be joined by six others who qualified for the final: Branquinho, Wild Wild Western,Reigning Deo, Quatrain Blue Chip, Escapetothebeach and Stag Party.   The elimination winners will choose their post positions, with their order of selection determined by lot. The other post positions will be determined by random draw set for 12:30 PM Tuesday. The Adios Day card begins at 11:25 AM, with the Adios set for race 15 on the 16-race program, a blockbuster card that includes five other Grand Circuit stakes as well as the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace.   Southwind Ozzi had the fastest and toughest mile, as he found a seat fifth from post 9 and had to move first over for Brian Sears. He wore down he leader, Stag Party, and triumphed in 1:49.3. Early leader Escapetothebeach was second while Stag Party saved show.   "I was tickled to death when he dropped in because I knew he would get a good trip from there," said Bruce Baker, second trainer for winning conditioner William MacKenzie. "First over doesn't bother him; he likes it. He's an amazing horse. He's got speed, he can leave, he can come home."   The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara pushed his career earnings to $126,249 for owners Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice.   Prince Of Tides had a less stressful journey, as he retook near the quarter for Dave Palone and opened a daylight lead that triggered a mad scramble for the remaining two qualifying positions. Those went to Reigning Deo in second and Quatrain Blue Chip in third. The winning time was 1:49.4.   ""He's a versatile horse, but I'd rather be against the cones in the last turn," Palone said. "He's a big horse. I had to go to a bigger bike on him to make sure he didn't hit it. But he's beautiful to drive."   Ross Croghan trains Prince of Tides, a Somebeachsomewhere-Tug River Princee gelding who won his fifth straight race and lifted his career bankroll to $115,170, for owners Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Howard Taylor.     Prince Of Tides   Captain Victorious was in firm control after his quarter-pole move to the point, although winning driver Yannick Gingras indicated he kept after the son of Captaintreacherous-Belclare.   "I had to keep him to his task in the stretch," Gingras said. "He definitely is a lazy horse, and he goes what you ask him to go. If you really get after him, he'll take off in another gear, but we didn't need to do that."   Ron Burke trans Captain Victorious, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $252,771, for The Captain V Stable. This elimination's morning line favorite, Workin Ona Mystery, was scratched sick.     Captain Victorious   By Evan Pattak for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 -- Lyons Sentinel battled the 1-5 harness racing favorite, Rocknificent, through a protracted duel and edged her by a nose in Saturday's $187,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over three divisions, with Shouldabeenatd and Sweet Ace taking the other splits. Rocknificent is a Captaintreacherous daughter out of Rocklamation, a Dan Patch Award winner as an older mare. On the strength of that impeccable pedigree and a win in her career debut, Rocknificent was bet down to 1-5. When she set sail after Lyons Sentinel from fourth, it looked as if she had the leader dead to rights. But Lyons Sentinel dug in for Brian Sears and downed Rocknificent by a nose, breaking her maiden in 1:53., with Lainie Hanover third. "She was real green on the front, didn't want to go much, got real relaxed," Sears said. "But when I asked her, she responded." Jim King, Jr. trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tulu Hanover for Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Parked the opening quarter in 27.2 before yielding to the pocket, Shouldabeenatd had plenty in the tank late, defeating Speak To Siri by a head for Yannick Gingras in a stake-fastest 1:52.2. Dance Club earned show. "I was just taking my time getting there that first quarter," Gingras said. "I wanted to cut it, but I took the two hole, and it worked out." Ron Burke conditions the homebred daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. $80,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Also part of the Adios eliminations card was an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers, with the splits going to The Party's Rockin, Shotgun Persuasion, Aplomp Hanover and Lyons Sweetjen. Tim Tetrick piloted a pair of those winners -- Shotgun Persuasion and Lyons Sweetjen -- for King, giving the trainer three stakes victories on the day. The Party's Rockin trailed by 6-1/2 lengths at the half and was well wide in the stretch. But she roared home for Tyler Buter in 1:53.1, matching he stake record of Cult Icon. Mark Harder trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo for Matthew Dugan. The Party’s Rockin "I had a lot of horse coming off the last turn, and I was pretty confident," Buter said. "I knew as soon as she hit the straightaway she'd switch gears and give me a little more." Shotgun Persuasion saved ground for most of the mile and found late racing room to prevail in 1:55.2. Speaking Of Coffee finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while MBT completed the ticket. "She's not very big, but she likes her work," Tetrick said. "She's really smart, and she doesn't need that kind of trip. That's just the way it worked out." Jo Ann Looney-King campaigns the daughter of Western Ideal-Merculese. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $4,390.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-Five. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 — While most of the attention Saturday at The Meadows will be focused on three eliminations for the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, the harness racing card also features regally bred freshman filly pacers. They'll battle in the Sand Tart, a $187,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, which goes as races 6, 9 and 11. The card begins at 1:05 PM. Among the youngsters with scintillating pedigrees: ·      Rodeo Beach (race 6, post 9, Tyler Buter), a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show who’s a full sister to Huntsville, the Dan Patch Award winner at 2 and still The Meadows track record holder (1:50) for freshmen. Rodeo Beach won her debut in a Landmark stake at Goshen before an off-the-board finish in a PA All-Stars split at Pocono. Oddly enough, another full brother, Branquinho, will perform one race later in the first Adios elim. Ray Schnittker has bred (or co-bred) and owned (or co-owned) all the siblings. ·      Beyond Ecstasy (race 11, post 3, Brian Sears), a full sister to 2117 Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover, who has banked more than $1.5 million. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fashion Ecstasy captured her career debut at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She races for trainer Jim Campbell and owners Jeffrey Snyder, Michael Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable. ·      Baby Your The Best (race 11, post 7, David Miller), a $225,000 yearling purchase by Richard Young and Joanne Young. Recent Hall of Fame inductee Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Dolphins Can Talk, who’ll be making her career bow. ·      Rocknificent (race 9, post 1, Tim Tetrick). This daughter of Captaintreacherous is the first foal of Rocklamation, who earned more than $2.27 million and was co-winner (with Androvette) of the 2014 Dan Patch Award for older mare pacers. She won her career opener in a Kindergarten split at the Meadowlands. Toscano trains for Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. ·      Shouldabeenatd (race 6, post 7, Yannick Gingras), a homebred Sweet Lou daughter of $603,382 earner Breakheart Pass. A winner of a July 13 PA All-Stars division, she goes for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The $25,000 Adios eliminations are scheduled as races 7, 8, and 10, with the top three finishers in each elim returning for the final. As part of the program, The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is conducting a giveaway; the first 100 fans to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook receive free T-shirts. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2019 -- With its rich purse and tradition, the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows usually attracts a mix of top national performers and emerging local harness racing hopefuls. Such is the case with the 53rd edition of the Adios this year. The 26-horse field loaded with prominent talent includes two locally connected contenders, Wild Wild Western and Volley Ball Beach, each trained by The Meadows-based Norm Parker. "I've been pretty lucky over the years to come up with horses for the Adios," Parker says. "We're here, it's our home track, and it's nice to take the shot." The $475,000 Adios kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with three $25,000 eliminations (races 7, 8, 10); the top three finishers in each elim return for the final. The card, which begins at 1:05 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. Locally based horses long have made noise in the Adios, but it wasn't until 1986 that one of them, Barberry Spur, captured the orchids. Team Spur -- including owner Roy Davis and trainer/driver Dick Stillings -- campaigned Barberry Spur. The late Davis' business, Royal Travel, was headquartered just off the main entrance to The Meadows, so Barberry Spur couldn't have been much more local. When Pine Valley won the 2001 Adios for The Meadows-based trainer David Knight, his ownership group included western Pennsylvanians Daniel Miller and Charles Gajda. And the Burkes of nearby Fredericktown have won a pair of Adios titles -- in 2007 with May June Character when family patriarch Mickey Burke headed the operation, and last year's event, won by Dorsoduro Hanover for Mickey's son Ron, harness racing's perennial leading conditioner. Parker has started four horses in the Adios before this year, with mixed success. In 2013, Mattamerican failed to reach the final but took the consolation; he continues to perform in fast classes today. In 2015, Angelo J. Fra reached the final but broke stride there and finished ninth. On paper, the Adios elims look wide open, and Parker considers his horses live. "There are a lot of competitive colts in here -- that's why we got 26 of them," Parker says. "I know neither one of my horses is the best, but they're competitive with the others. They could make it interesting." Unraced at 2, Wild Wild Western (race 7, post 6, Mike Wilder) has earned more than $112,000 this year, third best in his elimination. Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters purchased the son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra for $55,000 as a yearling. Deters, by the way, is no stranger to big races. He was part of the ownership group for Numeric Hanover when she won the 2003 Jugette. Wild Wild Western winning a March 15 late closer series leg at The Meadows Wild Wild Western took a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg this year; in another, he was second to the speedy Southwind Ozzi, the morning line favorite in the third Adios elim. "He has good gate speed, but gate speed is relevant to who else is in the race," Parker says. "He's calm and well mannered. I'm looking forward to racing him for years to come. You know how hard nice horses are to come by." Bred and owned by Bob Key, Volley Ball Beach (race 8, post 8, Tony Hall), has blistering speed, which Parker calls "the best and worst attribute at the same time" for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Alladorable (a full sister to Mattamerican). "When you move with him," Parker says, "he wants to go 1,000 miles per hour the rest of the way -- even if a horse is covering him up. We've made a lot of equipment changes to try to get him to respect the way we want him to race. Our job is to get him to use his speed at the right time." While Parker is confident his colts can go with their opponents, he's more worried about a more traditional foe -- the weather. With forecasts calling for a 100+ heat index for the next few days, Parker has trained his horses earlier in the morning, reduced their workload and increased their fluid intake. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2019 -- Entering five horses in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids isn't a record, but it's a heckuva lot better than average. Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, who has accomplished that feat for the 53rd edition of the Adios, feels blessed to have such a large contingent of Adios-worthy sophomore pacing colts. It's nice to bring that many," he says. "We've had a good go at The Meadows, so we're happy to come." The $475,000 Adios kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with three $25,000 eliminations (races 7, 8, 10); the top three finishers in each elim return for the final. The card, which begins at 1:05 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.5 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. Trainer Ron Burke is believed to hold the record for most Adios entrants when he dropped six in the box in 2017, but Alagna knows his way to the orchids. He won the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill and finished second last year with American History. Here's how Alagna handicaps his quintet: Odds On Boca Raton (race 7, post 1, Dexter Dunn), who was second in the Hempt Consolation and won his last tune-up in 1:51.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "We've been picking and choosing our spots for him, but he's been racing phenomenal. He draws a good spot but in the toughest division. He'll have to go forward off the gate for sure." The son of Captaintreacherous-Captiva Island campaigns for Odds On Racing. Captain Trevor (race 7, post 9, David Miller), a son of Captaintreacherous-It Was Fascination owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Bradley Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. He won the Hempt Consolation in 1:50.1. "He just continues to get bad post positions. He had a ton of pace in the Meadowlands Pace final. He's very versatile, but he'll have to go forward off the gate to make anything happen." U S Captain (race 8, post 5, Dunn), third in a Meadowlands Pace elim. "He was parked out the whole way and behind dull cover in that race. With a smoother trip, he can do a lot more damage." Brittany Farms, Grant, Joseph Barbera and U S Captain Racing own the son of Captaintreacherous-American Jewel. Escapetothebeach (race 10, post 6, Tim Tetrick), whose dam, Shelliscape, banked more than $1.15 million. "He's definitely going in the right direction. He was good off the pace in the Meadowlands Pace final." The son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Alagna and Inthegym, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and William Donovan. Captain Cash (race 10, post 7, Andrew McCarthy), who hasn't faced stakes company this year. "He was lightly raced last year, so we've been racing him in non-winners events. We think it's a good time to see if he fits with the better colts." The son of Captaintreacherous-Authorize races for Brittany Farms, Grant, Vincent Barbera and Riverview Racing. It's no surprise that four of the colts are sons of Captaintreacherous, as Alagna trained that two-time Pacer of the Year. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2019 -- Rosemary Rose let Touchamatic do the heavy lifting in the slop, then roared by her in the lane to score a decisive harness racing victory -- her fifth in her last seven starts -- in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. Rosemary Rose yielded the early lead to Touchamatic, who had to go a 26.2 opening panel to make the front. When Dave Palone moved Rosemary Rose outside in the stretch, she was by far the stronger mare, defeating Touchamatic by 1-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:50.3. Keystone Riptide finished third. Ron Burke trains the 5-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N-Pantathlon, who now boasts $496,867 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features three eliminations of the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as a pair of stakes for freshman filly pacers and a $4,051.60 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. EDITORS: Attached is a finish-line jpg of Rosemary Rose winning Wednesday's feature at The Meadows.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2019 — Working Ona Mystery (2-1), De Los Cielos Deo (5-2) and Southwind Ozzi (5-2) have been installed as morning line favorites for Saturday’s eliminations for the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. The card begins at 1:05 PM, with the eliminations scheduled as races 7, 8 and 10. The top three finishers in each elimination return for the $400,000 final on July 27, with elimination winners choosing their post positions for the final. The other post positions will be determined by random draw. The Adios Day card, which includes six Grant Circuit stakes and a $50,000 Invitational, kicks off at 11:25 AM, with the Adios going as race 15. Adios Day also will feature a guest appearance by one of harness racing’s most revered celebrities — Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred ever with earnings exceeding $7.5 million. Foiled Again will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. Here are the eliminations fields with drivers (now final), trainers and morning line odds:               Elimination #1, Race 7 1. Odds On Boca Raton-Dexter Dunn-Tony Alagna-4-1 2. Workin Ona Mystery-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-2-1 3. Captain Victorious-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1 4. Mangogh-Brian Sears-Bruce Saunders-20-1 5. Love Me Some Lou-Andrew McCarthy-Tom Cancelliere-12-1 6. Wild Wild Western-Mike Wilder-Norm Parker-10-1 7. Branquinho-Tyler Buter-Ray Schnittker-12-1 8. Covered Bridge-Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko-20-1 9. Captain Trevor-David Miller-Tony Alagna-6-1   Elimination #2, Race 8 1. Prince Of Tides-Dave Palone-Ross Croghan-7-2 2. Quatrain Blue Chip-David Miller-Chris Oakes-8-1 3. Reigning Deo-Andrew McCarthy-Brett Pelling-6-1 4. Latissimus Hanover-Tyler Buter-Ray Schnittker-10-1 5. U S Captain-Dexter Dunn-Tony Alagna-9-2 6. Marco Beach-Matt Kakaley-Travis Alexander-8-1 7. De Los Cielos Deo-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5-2 8. Volley Ball Beach-Tony Hall-Norm Parker-10-1   Elimination #3, Race 10 1. Can’t Beach That-David Miller-Brett Pelling-12-1 2. Highlandbeachlover-Aaron Merriman-Kelly O’Donnell-15-1 3. Stag Party-Dexter Dunn-Casie Coleman-5-1 4. Brassy Hanover-Corey Callahan-Eddie Dennis-6-1 5. Semi Tough-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8-1 6. Escapetothebeach-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-3-1 7. Captain Cash-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-6-1 8. Captain Malicious-Tyler Buter-Ray Schnittker-15-1 9. Southwind Ozzi-Brian Sears-Bill MacKenzie-5-2   Evan Pattak

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