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WASHINGTON, PA, July 13, 2019 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows featured unofficial auditions for three hopefuls for the $400,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, and the results were mixed. Two likely are in, but the third definitely will miss the prestigious event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. When the entry box is opened Tuesday morning for the July 20 Adios eliminations, one name that won't be drawn is Air Force Hanover. A stakes-proven colt, Air Force Hanover had been scoping poorly of late, and trainer Brown Brown dropped him into an overnight to see how he would perform and exit the race. After a demanding opening quarter, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Cognac led until the top of the lane before tiring and finishing sixth. A post-race scoping showed only minimal mucus, so Brown removed him from Adios consideration. "He had no excuses," Brown said. However, the news was better for Volley Ball Beach and Highlandbeachlover. Volley Ball Beach raced well first up to earn second in his overnight, enough to persuade trainer Norm Parker that Bob Key's homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere-Alladorable is Adios-worthy. "He had better manners today," Parker said. "As long as he comes out of the race okay, I'll recommend to Mr. Key that we put him in." Parker also expects to be represented in the Adios by Wild Wild Western, who performs for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. Highlandbeachlover aced his audition, taking his overnight in 1:51.3. "We've got some rigging changes to make if we do race him in the Adios," reports Kelly O'Donnell, who conditions the Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland gelding, "but the owners are planning on it." Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Race Horses and William Beck campaign Highlandbeachlover. Elsewhere on Saturday's card, Windsong Leo exacted a measure of revenge against Carolina Beach, who had outkicked him in each of their last two meetings, by downing his rival by 1/2 length in 1:50 in the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. Real Peace completed the ticket. Dave Palone piloted the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $465,100, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Mike Wilder collected four victories on the 13-race card while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Burke each enjoyed a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2019 -- Air Force Hanover, a proven harness racing 3-year-old stakes performer with $215,888 in his bank account, will pop up Saturday in an unusual spot -- an $11,200 overnight at The Meadows. But there's method to trainer Brian Brown's seeming madness: If the colt performs well and exits the race well, he'll punch his ticket to the $400,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, which kicks off with Saturday, July 20 eliminations. Air Force Hanover leaves from post 3, race 8, for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. First post is 1:05 PM. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Cognac who races for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and William Donovan, Air Force Hanover won an elimination of the Art Rooney at Yonkers before finishing a strong third in the final. He also was second in a Hempt elimination at Pocono. Despite that success, Brown indicates his colt has been less than a picture of health. "He's been scoping sick lately," Brown says, "and we don't want to put up all that money and be no good on Adios Day. We'll see how well he finishes and how he comes out of it. If he scopes good, we'll enter him." For most of the season, it appeared that Brown would have a three-headed monster in the Adios. Now, Air Force Hanover is on the bubble, although Brown says he's "leaning towards" the Adios with Workin Ona Mystery, who'll compete in Saturday's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final. The news is far worse for Proof, the third member of the troika, who has been diagnosed with a cracked knee and likely will miss the balance of the year. "It's tough to take, but it is what it is," Brown says. "We hope he heals up and comes back as good as he's been for us next year." Also of interest Saturday: Carolina Beach, a recent purchase by owner Renee Bercury and trainer Bill Bercury, seeks his third straight win in the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. He goes from post 7 in race 1 with Aaron Merriman piloting. The Bercurys' program is to acquire proven commodities, improve them if they can and reap the rewards. So far, Carolina Beach, who had been performing at Saratoga, fits the formula. The couple gave $68,000 for the 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding and changed his shoeing and hopples. The results have been little short of spectacular -- consecutive sub-1:50 wins, the first with Merriman, the second for Dan Rawlings. On each occasion, he outkicked the venerable Windsong Leo in the Lightning Lane. "He was pacing in 1:51.1 on the half-mile track, which I think is about the equivalent of what he's doing here on the bigger track," Bill Bercury says. "So I'm not sure there's been much improvement." And how will Carolina Beach fare if he has to rough it, a distinct possibility with Windsong Leo posted inside of him Saturday? "When Dan got off the horse last week, he said, 'If you had let me cut the mile with him, I'd have won in 1:48.' So I'm looking forward to the race very much." Saturday's card offers a pair of carryovers -- $916.43 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $2,345.80 in the final-race Super Hi-5. In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will sponsor a number of fan activities, including paddock tours, starting gate rides and "Spin to Win." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2019 -- Parked three wide through a grueling 27.1 opening quarter, Tee's Sweet Ryde nevertheless was much the best as she jogged to a 1:53.4 harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature -- an $11,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace -- at The Meadows. Making her first start at The Meadows following her recent purchase by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Tee's Sweet Ryde easily withstood the first-over challenge of Sewonandsewforth, defeating her by 3 lengths. McCheetah finished third. Dave Palone piloted the 3-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou-Ryder Blue Chip, who had been campaigning at Hoosier Park, for trainer Ron Burke. Tony Hall collected four wins and Aaron Merriman three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a pair of carryovers -- $916.43 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $2,345.80 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 9, 2019 -- Touchamatic outdueled Camera Lady for the early lead and rolled home without a serious harness racing challenge in a sharp 1:50.2 in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Touchamatic easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Baron Remy and defeated Camera Lady by 2 lengths, with Keystone Riptide a ground-saving third. Aaron Merriman piloted the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch, who won for the 11th time this season and extended her career bankroll to $317,822, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. It was one of five victories for Merriman on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $1,989.60 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 8, 2019 -- Millionaire Dayson pulled the pocket into the final turn, outkicked Classicality in the lane and captured Monday's $20,000 Open 1 harness racing trot at The Meadows. Dayson and Dave Palone were content to release Classicality and Brian Zendt before the quarter, but they were the stronger pair late, clicking off a 27.3 final panel en route to a 2-1/4-length victory over Classicality in 1:52.1. Glidinthruparadise completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Dayson, a 6-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding who now has banked $1,077,712, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby. Palone collected five wins on the 13-race card, including three for Burke. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a $1,520.20 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 6, 2019 -- Father Nuno, a full brother to two-time harness racing Pacer of The Year and top stallion Captaintreacherous, began to pay dividends on his hefty yearling price Saturday at The Meadows when he captured his career debut in a $183,242 Pennsylvania Sires Stake. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Albatross, was contested over three divisions, with Adriano Hanover and Cattlewash also taking splits. Captaintreacherous (Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure) earned $3.14 million on the track and has emerged as one of harness racing's most fashionable young stallions. With those credentials, owner John Cancelliere and trainer Tom Cancelliere had to give $360,000 to purchase Father Nuno, whom they renamed after their family's priest. The youngster looked the part Saturday as he followed cover for David Miller and outkicked the well-meant Rockin The Blaze to defeat him by a head in 1:52.4. Lou's Sweetrevenge earned show. ""He's showed all along that he's got that engine in there," Miller said. "I love where he's at right now. He's got that mental attitude like, he goes, but he's not busting his ass doing it. It's still in there. What kind of upside does he have? All the way to the top.' The Albatross was rich with regally bred youngsters, and Adriano Hanover is no slouch in that department. The Western Ideal colt, owned by Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III, is out of A And G's Confusion, a world champion and Dan Patch Award winner who banked more than $1.47 million. He got a seat from post 9 for Tim Tetrick and overwhelmed the leader, Caliber, in the lane to gain his second straight triumph, this one in 1:53. Catch The Fire rallied for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Caliber saved show. "He didn't surprise me," said winning trainer Jim King, Jr. of his $60,000 yearling acquisition. "Once he put his nose on the gate and took a couple steps, I thought, he has more than a chance today. He's a kind horse to be around, and he always tries to do what you ask of him. As of today, his yearling price was a bargain, but he still owes us a lot of money." Adriano Hanover Cattlewash, with Matt Kakaley, earned stake honors with his 1:52.1 victory which may have been facilitated by his stablemate, The Greek Freak, who backed the half down to 57 but couldn't maintain a steady gait and lost ground while trying to straighten. Territory was second, beaten 5-1/4 lengths, while Moneyman Hill completed the ticket. "Cattlewash is more professional than the other horse (The Greek Freak) right now. Maybe the other horse is faster, but he was a little bit fractious today," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "Cattlewash doesn't seem to get tired easily, so I do think he could be a top colt. He's bred to be a top colt." William Donovan owns the winner, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. Burke collected five wins and Mike Wilder four on the 14-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of carryovers -- $2,190.59 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $1,082.60 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHNGTON, PA, July 5, 2019 -- When Ron Burke, harness racing's perennial leading trainer, says he's sending his best 2-year-olds after you, watch out! Yet that's exactly how Burke regards his contingent of eight youngsters in Saturday's $183,242 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Albatross, will be contested over three divisions -- races 7, 9 and 11. First post is 1:05 PM. Burke conditions about 80 freshmen and so has youngsters eligible in most jurisdictions. Yet he regards his Pennsylvania-bred pacers as the most promising. "The whole group is real nice," he says. "They're big, strong, don't wear boots, steer well. They'll all find their speed and be good horses. These are my best pacing colts." He's particularly high on Cattlewash, a Somebeachsomewhere colt, and the Captaintreacherous freshman The Greek Freak. First-time starters, they've both drawn into race 9, with Matt Kakaley guiding Cattlewash from post 4 and Yannick Gingras piloting The Greek Freak from post 6. Cattlewash          USTA/Ken Weingartner photo. Burke's contingent is even deeper than that. Check out the dazzling dam-side accomplishments of this duo: -- Mac's Big Boy (race 11, post 7, Kakaley), a Somebeachsomewhere colt, which makes him dangerous enough. But consider the exploits of his maternal family. His dam, Michelle's Jackpot, earned $695,439 and is a half to four performers -- Michael's Power, Michelle's Power, Michael's Marvel, Alexa's Jackpot -- who collectively banked more than $4.5 million. Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Wingfield Five campaign Mac's Big Boy. "He's been a little bit steppy here and there," Burke says, "but he learns and has speed. He'll be a good colt down the road." Mac’s Big Boy      USTA/Ken Weingartner photo --Caliber (race 11, post 6, Gingras), Diamond Creek Racing's homebred son of Sweet Lou. His dam, Allstar Rating, at 3 won in 1:49 for Gingras at The Meadows, still the track's fastest mile ever by a filly or mare. Says Burke: "He looks like a million dollars but didn't train down like a very good horse. In the first qualifier, he was way better than we thought. In the second qualifier, he was just vicious. I think the ability's there; it's just getting him to try." The Albatross kicks off Round 2 of the battle for stallion supremacy in the Keystone State among the late Somebeachsomewhere and second-crop sires Sweet Lou and Captain Treacherous. Of the 27 freshmen in the stake, only five are by stallions other than the Big 3. Saturday's card also features a pair of carryovers -- $1,793.10 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $853.24 in the final-race Super Hi-5. In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will offer a number of fan activities, including paddock tours, starting car rides and "Spin to Win."   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Fashion Hill took advantage of an unusual circumstance and it ended up helping her shatter the Buffalo Raceway 2-year-old filly pacing track record with a 1:55.3 victory in the first $54,000 harness racing division of the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (July 3).   She crushed the old standard of 1:56.2 established in 2016 by She's A Billionair.   Winning driver Tyler Buter said of the unique trip with Fashion Hill. "Kevin's (Cummings) horse (Sugaronthebeach) kept hitting her foot on the bike and the noise scared mine that she wanted to go a thousand miles an hour. She (Sugaronthebeach) finally stopped hitting it around the half mile pole and my horse then settled down."   Racing right to the lead, Fashion Hill set the blazing fractions of :29, :57.1 and 1:26.4. It appeared that So Rude (Matt Kakaley) and The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.) were going to take shots at the leader down the stretch but Fashion Hill never looked back in posting the 1-1/4 length victory. So Rude took the place position and The Fun Marshall was third.   "She had a lot left at the end of the race," Buter said of Fashion Hill (American Ideal-Taxi Fare Hanover). "I wasn't worried about a track record, I was concerned in getting her around the track." He added, "I want to thank the connections (trainer Chris Oakes) and the owner (Tom Hill) for the opportunity.   In the NYSS second division, Cummings used the home track advantage to guide Racine Bell ($8.50) to a nose 1:57.1 victory over Galleria Gal (Buter). Rare Jimstone (Morrill Jr.) was third.   "It's a tough track to get around but having the knowledge racing here helps," Cummings said. "It looked like she (Racine Bell) could get around a half-mile track pretty well. After looking at her last race at Monticello, I wanted to get her to the lead."   Scoring from the six post, Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist) got to the top and showed the way with splits of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:29. Galleria Gal made a sustained charge in the lane but came up just a nose short.   "She dug in and showed a lot of guts late," Cummings said of Racine Belle.     Owned by Chris and Dale Lawton and trained by David Dewhurst, it was the second win in three career appearances for Racine Belle. The victory upped her seasonal earnings to $35,125.   In the lone $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Twin B Salsa (Cummings) covered the mile in 1:59 and returned $7.50 to her backers.   There was a $6,300 event in the Excelsior B Series with Twin B Infinity (Kakaley) taking the non-betting affair in 2:03.3. The win gave trainer Blake MacIntosh a sweep of the Excelsior races.   Cummings, Davis Jr. and Morrill Jr. each had driving doubles with Maria Rice and James Clouser Jr. collecting a pair of training wins apiece.   Racing will continue on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled.   For more information including race replays, results, entries, upcoming promotions and simulcast schedule, go to www.buffaloraceway.com     by Brian J. Mazurek for Buffalo Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, July 3, 2019 -- First-time starter Captain Groovy quarter-poled to the front and was unstoppable from there, pacing to victory in a stake-record 1:52 in Wednesday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series harness racing event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman colts and geldings was contested over three divisions, with Ill Play It Alone and Lyons Music taking the other splits. Winning trainer Ray Schnittker said Captain Groovy, a son of Captaintreacherous-Lets Groove Tonite that Schnittker owns with Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor and Mary Kinsey Arnold, saw his development arrested by problems typical of young horses. "He's been a little bit slow coming, but once he figured it out, he's a real nice horse," Schnittker said of his $90,000 yearling acquisition. "We had to take a chip out of his front ankle, but after that, he's had nothing wrong. He's eligible for everything late in the year, so I thought this was a better way to start him off." It appears his problems are behind him, as he drew off late to defeat Diamond Head by 4 lengths for Mark MacDonald, with Paddy All Day third. Captain Groovy matched the stake record established by Jack Attack in 2013 and turned in the fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old colt pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. After Ill Play It Alone broke stride in his pari-mutuel debut, his driver, Anthony MacDonald, led him through some unusual schooling. "He's a timid colt, and he's terrified of pylons," Anthony MacDonald said. "So we removed the shadow role and took him to Woodbine Mohawk, where we walked him over the pylons and jogged him over the shadows for a week. He got a little 'rolly' in the last turn today -- he got to looking at something -- but he was good." The lesson paid off, as the Somebeachsomewhere-Its No Secret gelding held off Deal The Cards by a nose to score in 1:54.4. Boogy Woogy J rallied for show. Tim Twaddle trained the winner for Thestable Illplayit Alone. Lyons Music released Brush Up at the quarter, then outkicked him in the lane to down him by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54.3 for Dave Palone. Tru Lou completed the ticket. "We thought if I could maybe get the best one back around me and follow the favorite, it might would work out," Palone said. "That's exactly what happened. I couldn't have written it up any better. He's a big colt, and I think he'll learn." Gareth Dowse trains Lyons Music, a son of A Rocknroll Dance-McGibson, for Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Brian Zendt and Palone each collected a pair of victories on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a $183,242 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers as well as a pair of carryovers -- $1,793.10 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $853.24 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 2, 2019 -- Sherry Lyns Lady quarter-poled to the front and triumphed easily in 1:56, fastest this year by a freshman filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile harness racing track, in Tuesday's $190,900 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over five divisions, with Sister Sledge, Aldabra Hanover, Shishito and Queen Of The Hill also taking splits. Tim Tetrick (Sherry Lyns Lady, Shishito), Yannick Gingras (Sister Sledge, Queen Of The Hill) and trainer Per Engblom (Shishito, Queen Of The Hill) each enjoyed a PASS double. Sherry Lyns Lady finished second for Tetrick in her pari-mutuel debut, and what he learned in that outing persuaded him to handle the youngster confidently. "She's very professional, and I knew whatever I did wouldn't bother her," Tetrick said. "So I went ahead and made the move and the rest is history. When I asked her at the top of the lane, she just took right off and had plenty left." The daughter of Father Patrick-Demoiselle Hanover, a $200,000 yearling purchase for Coyote Wynd Farms, thwarted the first-over challenge of heavy favorite Knockdown Dragout and had little trouble defeating early leader Miss Kendra D by 1-3/4 lengths, with Becky Lindy third. Jim Campbell trains the winner. Sister Sledge won her three qualifiers with a variety of styles; she unveiled a new wrinkle Tuesday when she retook near the half and captured her career debut handily in 1:56.2. Hannah was second, 2 lengths back, while Solsbury Hill completed the ticket. "She's a top, top horse," said winning trainer Ron Burke of the $35,000 yearling acquisition, a daughter of Father Patrick-Behindclosedoors. "When she trained down to 2:20, she started to separate herself from the other fillies. After we bought her so cheap, we were afraid that we'd messed up. But we looked at her again, and we still liked her." The Sister Sledge "We are Family" of owners includes Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. A $225,000 yearling buy for Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable, Aldabra Hanover begin to pay dividends on that hefty investment when the first-time starter moved from the pocket late for Miller and out-finished Bank Wise As It by a head in 1:58.1. Miss McKee earned show. "She got a little sick on us for a while, so I really didn't know what to expect,' Miller said of the daughter of Muscle Hill-Anonyme Hanover. "So we threw her on the trailer and brought her along to race. She drew a softer division, I think, and she raced good. She fought pretty good in the lane." Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the card features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 1, 2019 -- Unperturbed when her cover broke stride down the backside, first-time starter Caviart Guilia calmly continued her pursuit and captured a harness racing division of Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Path Of Totality and Friday Night Storm taking the other splits.. Caviart Guilia was following the favorite, Rebecca Clark, when that one made an unforced error. The disruption gave winning driver Tony Hall a moment's concern. "I was looking forward to the cover," Hall said, "and when it didn't work out, I was worried about the way she would react. But she's very professional. She took it well. For a green filly, I thought she was great." The daughter of Explosive Matter-Gossip Hanover reacted like a veteran, wearing down the leader, Alittlebitofsugar, and downing her by a head in 1:58.3, with Jean Jeanie third. Brian Brown trains Caviart Guilia for Caviart Farms. Path Of Totality, another first-time starter, also endured a challenging trip, as she was parked out most of the backside before finding the cones for a breather. She rallied again for Anthony MacDonald and scored in 1:58.3, a head better than the fast-closing Saratoga Gia. Moondust earned show. "She's a hard worker," MacDonald said of the $10,000 yearling acquisition. "I was tempted to put her in the sires stake, but mentally, she's not quite there yet. Today was leaps and bounds her best performance." Tim Twaddle conditioned the daughter of Donato Hanover-Headintheclouds for Thestable Pathof Totality. Friday Night Storm trotted patiently in the pocket, then roared through the Lightning Lane to triumph in 2:00.3 for Dan Rawlings, trainer Ray Romanetti and owners Lori Romanetti and Bernadette Luketich-Sikaras. Reining Flowers was second, beaten a neck, while Ms Mischief Maker completed the ticket. "She seems to do all her work and wants to do it," Rawlings said. "That's the biggest thing. You can train all you want, but you can't make heart. That's what she's got. She's a little, tiny thing, but she wants to do her job." In the $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, Barn Girl thwarted the first-over bid of 4-5 favorite Classicality and prevailed in 1:53.2. Aaron Merriman piloted the 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie, who won for the 59th time in her career and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $782,568, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each collected three victories on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the card features a $190,900 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 1, 2019 — Forty-two of the sport’s best-bred, most promising harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters — many making their pari-mutuel debuts — will get their first major test in Tuesday’s $190,900 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Father Patrick is the best-represented stallion in the stake with 10 fillies — his sire, Cantab Hall, contributes another six — with trainer Jim Campbell leading the parade with three Father Patrick youngsters: Sherry Lyns Lady, Madame Sherry, Impressive Fashion. The stake, known as the Meadow Gladys, will be contested over five divisions, which go as races 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8. First post is 1:05 PM. Campbell’s young ladies will be trying to emulate their dad, who was so precocious at 2 that he won the divisional Dan Patch Award in 2013. He followed that up at 3 by capturing the PASS championship at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Campbell is thrilled with his Father Patricks so far. “All three of them have come along exactly the way we wanted them to,” he says. “They’ve all been naturals from the word go. They’re nice, smart, good mannered. There’s nothing not to like about them.” Here’s Campbell’s assessment of his three fillies. ·      Sherry Lyns Lady (race 1, post 1, Tim Tetrick, a $220,000 yearling purchase), a rapidly closing second in 1:57.3 in her first career outing at Harrah’s Philadelphia.  “When Tim got off her after her first race, he said she really likes to race, has a great attitude and gets over the ground nice. With a 2-year-old, the rail is not as good as some people think, but I don’t get too worked up about post positions. It is what it is.” ·      Madame Sherry (race 2, post 2, David Miller, a $100,000 yearling acquisition), making her first purse start after two qualifiers. “She’s smart and perfectly mannered. You can do whatever you want with her. Her professionalism is superb.” Coyote Wynd Farms campaigns Sherry Lyns Lady and Madame Sherry. ·      Impressive Fashion (race 4, post 1, Miller, a $160,000 yearling purchase for Fashion Farms), who won her career bow in 1:58 at Pocono. “She’s big and strong but light on her feet. She has a tough attitude. She likes to go after horses.” Monday’s card at The Meadows, which also begins at 1:05 PM, features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly trotters. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                 P.O . Box 253 • Meadow Lands, PA 15347   724-228-3644 • Fax: 724-228-5047 • msoa@themsoa.com                                                                

WASHINGTON, PA, June 28, 2019 -- Trailing by 4-1/2 lengths and wide at the half, Stephen "You're Never Too" Oldford and Utopia tracked down the leader in the shadow of the wire and captured Friday's $10,000 leg of the harness racing C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows. Alesha "The Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley and Hititoutofthepark vaulted to the front from post 5 and, despite constant pressure, opened a daylight lead turning for home. But Oldford and Utopia gobbled up ground in the lane and downed Binkley by a head in 1:57. Tom "Mayhem" Svrcek (Ubanji) and Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola (Jackie Goldstein) rounded out the superfecta. Terry Deters trains Utopia, an 8-year-old Mutineer-Brontease gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $238,495, for Oldford Racing LLC. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 28, 2019 -- Last week, Carolina Beach poured through the harness racing Lightning Lane to defeat the front-ending Windsong Leo. On Friday at The Meadows, it was deja vu all over again, as Carolina Beach used the same scenario to down Windsong Leo in the $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. Windsong Leo clicked off three-quarters in 1:22.3 and was unchallenged until Carolina Beach knifed inside from the pocket for Dan Rawlings. The 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding scored in 1:49.3 -- his second consecutive sub-2:00 mile -- and downed Windsong Leo by 1/2 length. Statham N finished third. Bill Bercury trains Carolina Beach, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $228,593, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall collected five wins, including a pair for trainer Cory Kreiser, while Dave Palone fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 28, 2019 -- Tony Hall romped in Friday's Driver Charity Challenge at The Meadows, winning three of the five designated harness races and earning $3,000 for his charity partner, Western PA Wounded Warriors. The event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association (PHRA) and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), paired 10 drivers with as many local charities. Hall rolled up 106 points, easily outdistancing Dave Palone, who scored 60 points for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Pittsburgh, and Brady Brown, who tallied 55 points for Washington County Humane Society. Each participating organization received at least $500. Other charities and their driving partners included: --· Bridge to Home Animal Rescue - Jim Pantaleano   --  Harness Horse Youth Foundation - Brian Zendt   --· Pacing for the Cure - Dan Rawlings   --· Washington County Special Olympics - Chris Shaw   --· Arc Human Services of Washington County - Shawn Johnston   --· Washington County Animal Response Team (WaCART) - Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.   --· Harness Racing Museum - Wilbur Yoder   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 26, 2019 -- Dismissed at 15-1, Camera Lady blew by the 3-5 favorite, Touchamatic, down the backside and held on late to pull off the harness racing upset in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady was fifth down the backside when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent her after Touchamatic, who had won eight of her last nine starts. The 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go had little trouble putting away the favorite but was all out to hold off her stablemate, Rosemary Rose, in deep stretch. Camera Lady prevailed by a head in 1:50.3, lowering her life mark by 1.2 seconds, while Touchamatic saved show. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who extended her career bankroll to $369,688, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race program, including a pair for trainer J.L. Adams. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Friday twilight card, first post 5:30 PM, that features a Driver Charity Challenge and Family Fun Night.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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