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WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2020 -- Metro Boomin swooped the field with a brilliant backside burst and went on to score in 1:56.2 in the slop, the fastest division of Tuesday's opening leg of the Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Danny's Boy and La Dolfina took the other $12,500 splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt, stallion and gelding harness racing trotters. Tony Hall and trainer Scott Betts teamed for a pair of series wins with Metro Boomin and La Dolfina. The series honors the memory of the late McConnell, longtime trainer/driver at The Meadows who was so successful with diagonal-gaiters that he was nicknamed "Mr. Trot." The series is one of four late-closing events kicking off this week at The Meadows, with the championship leg of each set for Friday, March 20. In only his second start since an Ohio Fairs outing on Aug. 26, Metro Boomin was sixth past the half when Hall sent him after the leader, The Muscle Dog. The 4-year-old Wishing Stone-Vapor Rises gelding was on top in a heartbeat and rolled to a 2-1/4-length victory. Feel The Muscle and Spring Roll completed the ticket. Tim Betts and Nicholas Catalano campaign Metro Boomin.   Brady Brown piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a carryover of $14,485.92 in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, March 2, 2020 -- Ideal Bubby scored an impressive front-end harness racing victory in Monday's opening leg of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Rusty Décor and Vibrent Kally captured the other $12,500 splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Ideal Bubby won only two of her first 38 starts but has come to hand for trainer Bill Kreutzer, who owns the 4-year-old mare with Denton Barrett, winning her last two. She captured Monday's division for Aaron Merriman in a series-fastest 1:54.2, by far the swiftest mark of her career and 3/4 lengths better than Windsun Juno. Jackpot Jessie completed the ticket.   The Donna Dunn Memorial, which honors the memory of the longtime Meadows horsewoman, is one of four late-closing series kicking off this week. The championship leg of each is set for Friday, March 20. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $12,651.31 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, Feb. 28, 2020 -- Dancin Dragon roared from the pocket into the final turn, blitzed by the leader and had just enough late pace to capture Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $15,000 Conditioned Pace. In only his second start this year, Dancin Dragon took full advantage of his pocket trip, putting away Do Work Son with ease. But he needed to dig deep for driver Tony Hall to thwart the late bid of K Ryan Bluechip and down him by a neck in 1:51.2. Humboldt completed the ticket.   Randy Bendis trains Dancin Dragon, a 5-year-old Dragon Again-McDance Desire gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $239,540, and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. Hall piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including three for Bendis and a pair for trainer Jack Smith, while Dave Palone fashioned a four-bagger, including two wins for trainer Mike Palone. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $12,651.31 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 26, 2020 -- Blue Ivy ended her outstanding sophomore harness racing season with five straight wins. But how would the daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue perform in her 4-year-old debut following a layoff of nearly 10 weeks? The answer: just fine, thank you, as Blue Ivy shot the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Lakeisha Hall did the heavy lifting on the front end, with Blue Ivy stalking from the pocket. Once Aaron Merriman pointed Blue Ivy inside, she blew by Lakeisha Hall and downed her by 2 lengths in 1:53.2 over a "good" surface. Brown Brinny was a ground-saving third.   Bill Bercury trains Blue Ivy, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Mike Wilder enjoyed a huge Wednesday, piloting six winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features an $11,205.58 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, Feb. 25, 2020 -- Hammered down to 3-5 in the wagering, Cherry Peep looked every bit the best as she powered to victory in Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Cherry Peep was away second for Aaron Merriman but took the point with a quarter-pole move. She held off the determined uncovered bid of Sophia Lia and defeated her by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.3 over a "good" surface. Casey T earned show. Andy Rickert trains Cherry Peep, a 5-year-old daughter of Conway Hall-Jenny On The Block who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $169,873, and owns with Corey Hendricks and Nichole Stahl.   The race also marked a milestone for Bessie who, with her fifth-place check, soared over $500,000 in career earnings. The durable 9-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine has 49 wins in 223 lifetime starts and his hit the board on 66 other occasions. She's won $500,316 for trainer Rick Clapper and owners Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $9,316.93 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, Feb. 24, 2020 -- Icanflylikeanangel outdueled Perlucky for the early lead, then blunted his harness racing rival's late charge to capture Monday's $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The pocket-sitting Perlucky moved wide for the stretch drive and appeared well positioned to brush past Icanflylikeanangel. But the 6-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding would have none of it, digging deep to hold off Perlucky by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.3 for Mike Wilder. Final Breath earned show. Randy Bendis trains Icanflylikeanangel, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $337,736, and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 13-race card while Dave Palone and Wilder each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $7,797.41 carryover in the final-race Super Hi 5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $953.03 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 21, 2020 -- Windsong Leo reeled off the back half in a swift 54.4, quashing any hopes of those chasing him, en route to a dominating harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Windsong Leo's opening half was no slouch either -- 55.2 from post 8 in sub-freezing temperatures -- and when he quickened thereafter, there was little doubt who was best. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding scored for Dave Palone in 1:50.1, 2 lengths better than Dancin Dragon, with Macadoodledoo third.   Windsong Leo won for the fifth time in seven starts this year and pushed his career bankroll to $651,505 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Trainer Dirk Simpson enjoyed a four-bagger on the 13-race card while Aaron Merriman, Burke and Palone each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $6,020.53 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 19, 2020 -- Tamar belatedly found the wide-open Lightning Lane, barreled through and captured Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. When driver Jim Pantaleano and Tamar found themselves blocked behind dueling leaders out of the final turn, they initially abandoned the cones to look for a seam. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, the duo gladly accepted the offer and scored in 1:56.2, 1/2 length better than Bessie. Long shot Cincinnati Miss completed the ticket.   Carl Cocciolone train Tamar, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-High Gear Sahbra who boosted her career bankroll to $115,309, and owns with Mark Sosovicka. Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $6,020.53 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, Feb. 17, 2020 -- Final Breath wrested the early lead from Perlucky and kept him at bay late to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Monday's $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Final Breath was forced to a demanding 27.3 opening panel, Tony Hall was able to give him a 29.3 second-quarter breather. With that, the 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding held off the pocket-sitting Perlucky by a length to score in 1:53.4, with Icanflylikeanangel third.   Norm Parker trains Final Breath, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $615,058, for Duane Lowe. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $2,059.32 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, Feb. 14, 2020 -- Mister Spot A threw down a final quarter of 27.2, a sizzling brush that carried him to victory -- his second straight and fourth harness racing win in his last five starts -- in Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace. Mister Spot A was chasing the leader, Do Work Son, when he uncorked that quick panel for driver Tony Hall. The 6-year-old Village Jolt-Eerie Iris gelding defeated Do Work Son by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.2, with A Real Miracle third.   Scott Betts trains Mister Spot A, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $121,012, for Tim Betts, Nicholas Catalano, Stephen Moss and Keith Pippi. It was one of three training victories for Betts on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6), a $1,225.29 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), an $895.50 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, Feb. 12, 2020 -- Lakeisha Hall pounced on the harness racing leaders with a quick backside burst and went on to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Lakeisha Hall zipped to the front for Dave Palone and stretched out her early challengers, Touchamatic and McDazzle, to the three-eighths before yielding. Thus, when Lakeisha Hall attacked, that early duo was vulnerable. Lakeisha Hall downed McDazzle -- her stablemate -- by 1/2 length in 1:52.4 over a "good" surface while Dark Force rallied for show.   Ron Burke trains Lakeisha Hall, a 7-year-old daughter of Third Straight-Lantana Hall who now boasts $757,989 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Scott Betts. After multiple carryovers, Wednesday's Super Hi-5 was hit, returning $17,889.08. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 11, 2020 -- Art Of Norma charged three wide through the final turn and had just enough racetrack to overtake the leader, Strawb's Chippie N, and capture Tuesday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Art Of Norma moved second over and had plenty of pace when Brady Brown sent her wide for the drive. But could she rally over the sloppy surface and catch the leader? The 5-year-old daughter of Art Official-Up Front Norma did just that, defeating Strawb's Chippie N by a length in 1:54.2, with Pappy Rocks third.   Paul Kennedy trains Art Of Norma, who lifted her career bankroll to $138,826, and owns with Keith Pippi. In Tuesday's companion feature, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, Broadway Kabam outkicked Sophia Lia to score for Shawn Johnston, trainer Fred Uber, Jr. and owners Jodi Martin, Kaylee Martin and Nicole Uber. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $15,927.66 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, Feb. 10, 2020 -- Explosive Magic let Cherry Peep do the heavy lifting, then roared passed her in the lane to capture Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Cherry Peep cut three-quarters in 1:58, a moderate tempo under ordinary circumstances but one that left her vulnerable on the sloppy surface. The pocket-sitting Explosive Magic and Dave Palone took full advantage, pouncing on Cherry Peep and downing her by 1/2 length in 1:57.2. Tequila Talkin rallied for show.   Ron Burke trains Explosive Magic, a 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Magical Paige gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $106,974, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman and Palone each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $13,851.10 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,783.16 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 7, 2020 -- Mister Spot A dogged the leader, Yankee Roller A, for more than one-half mile, put him away in the lane and went on to capture Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $16,500 Conditioned Pace. Yankee Roller A looked sharp early in his domestic debut but could not endure the relentless pressure of Mister Spot A, who scored in 1:54.1 in the slop. Do Work Son was second, a length back, while Lord Of Winterfell rallied for show.   Tony Hall piloted the winner, a 6-year-old Village Jolt-Eerie Iris gelding who triumphed for the third time in five starts this year and lifted his career bankroll to $114,262, for trainer Scott Betts and owner Arrhythmic LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins and Hall three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features an $11,705.26 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 6, 2020 -- The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) has introduced a live video harness racing feature to help fans get up close and personal with horsemen and horsewomen at The Meadows. Called Straight from the Gate, the 10-minute interview show airs on Facebook Live each Friday at 12:15 PM. Dawnelle Mock, MSOA marketing director, conducts the interviews while track photographer Chris Gooden provides the video. Guests so far have included drivers Brady Brown, Tony Hall and Mike Wilder, trainers Jason Robinson and John Zawistowski, parade marshal/outrider Missy Rothfuss and Starting Judge Joe Denman. The guest for Friday, Feb. 7 is trainer Dirk Simpson. The starting gate serves as the backdrop for the interviews, so the show is sponsored, appropriately enough, by Woebkenberg Starting Gates, which has teamed with the MSOA for a giveaway. Each Thursday, when the next day's guest is posted on Facebook, all those who like or share the post or tag a friend are entered in a drawing for a free Woebkenberg sweatshirt or t-shirt. Gooden sometimes enriches the prize pool by contributing a photograph. To access Straight from the Gate, visit https://m.facebook.com/MeadowsStandardbredOwnersAssociation/?ref=bookmarks By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 5, 2020 -- Officially My Way had it her way on the front end, scoring her second straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Officially My Way was pressed early in a three-ply battle for the lead, but driver Mike Wilder threw on the brakes once on top, giving the 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Eagle Way comfortable internal panels of 58.3. Officially My Way had plenty in reserve, defeating Play To The Crowd by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:54.2, with Lady Grande third.   Tom O'Donnell owns and trains the winner, who boosted her career bankroll to $133,084. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Mike Palone, while Wilder also fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $9,788.34 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $1,691.27 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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