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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

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2019 -- Real Cool Sam won the battle of unbeaten young trotters Tuesday at The Meadows when he overpowered Can't Say No down the backside and kept him at bay late in a $188,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman harness racing colts and geldings. His time of 1:55.2 matched the stake record established by What's The Word in 2017. In the other divisions of the event known as the Hickory Pride, Ake Svanstedt scored a training/driving double with Gangster Hanover and King Alphonso. Both Real Cool Sam and Can't Say No entered the Hickory Pride off two straight wins to begin their careers and sharp wins in PA All-Stars splits at Pocono. Can't Say No had a post position edge -- 3 to 9. But Real Cool Sam, a Fashion Farms homebred Muscle Hill-Cooler Schooner gelding, got away in mid-pack for David Miller and launched a powerful uncovered bid that carried him past Can't Say No in a heartbeat. Can't Say No rallied in the stretch, but Real Cool Sam stayed 2-1/2 lengths ahead, with El Ideal third. "He's pretty gifted," said winning trainer Jim Campbell. "He can turn it on pretty quick anytime you want him to. I don't think Dave was really asking him; he still had the earplugs in. He got a little too 'studdy'; that's why we had to geld him. But training-wise, he's showed a lot from the word go. If he comes out of this okay, we'll take him to the Meadowlands for the Peter Haughton." Svanstedt, who entered six in the stake, said Gangster Hanover appeared to be the best of his young trotters training down. "He got sore and struggled a little bit," he said of the son of Father Patrick-Global Desire. "He's on his way back again, and he raced very good today." In the Hickory Pride, Gangster Hanover had little trouble fashioning a front-end victory in 1:55.3 in his career debut. S Class was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Patriarch Hanover third. Svanstedt owns Gangster Hanover with SRF Stable and Brittany Farms. Gangster Hanover Svansted gave King Alphonso a 30.3 second-quarter breather, and the son of Muscle Hill-Amour Heiress needed every bit of it in his pari-mutuel bow, holding off Dublin by a nose in 1:57.1. Hell Patrol completed the ticket. "He's a strong horse, but he felt alone and tried to get out a little," Svanstedt said. "But he's a strong and fast horse." King Alphonso races for Svanstedt, Bender Sweden, Little E LLC and Douglas Sipple. "Downtown" Brady Brown piloted three winners -- including a pair at 22-1 and 21-1 -- on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, when the card features a pair of carryovers -- $1,982.95 in the Pick 4 (races 3-6), $3,549.40 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 16, 2019 -- A field of 26 top harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, the largest and deepest in many years, will contest the 53rd edition of the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Three $25,000 eliminations are set for Saturday, July 20, first post 1:05 PM, while the $400,000 final goes the following Saturday, when the program begins at 11:35 AM. The final, race 15 on the 16-race card, anchors a blockbuster program that includes five other Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace.   Among the headliners in the Adios field are Working Ona Mystery, who finished third in the finals of both the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and the North America Cup, beaten by a combined margin of less than 2 lengths; Brassy Hanover, who overcame 45-1 odds to earn second in the $600,000 Hempt Final, and Captain Victorious, third-place finisher in the Hempt final despite a brutal trip from post 8.   Tony Alagna leads all trainers with five Adios entrants while Ron Burke and Ray Schnittker will be represented by three apiece. Other trainers with multiple contenders are Brett Pelling and Norm Parker, each with two.   The first three finishers in each elimination return --and get to choose their post positions -- for the final. The other post positions will be determined by random draw.   Here are the fields for the eliminations, in post position order with drivers and tentative driver assignments:   Elimination #1, Race 7   1. Odds On Boca Raton - Captaintreacherous - Dexter Dunn - Tony Alagna 2. Workin Ona Mystery - Captaintreacherous - Tim Tetrick - Brian Brown 3. Captain Victorious - Captaintreacherous - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 4. Mangogh - Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Bruce Saunders 5. Love Me Some Lou - Sweet Lou - David Miller - Tom Cancelliere 6. Wild Wild Western - Western Ideal - Mike Wilder - Norm Parker 7. Branquinho - Somebeachsomewhere - Tyler Buter - Ray Schnittker 8. Covered Bridge - American Ideal - David Miller - Jessica Okusko 9. Captain Trevor - Captaintreacherous - David Miller - Tony Alagna     Elimination #2, Race 8   1. Prince Of Tides - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone - Ross Croghan 2. Quatrain Blue Chip - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone -Chris Oakes 3. Reigning Deo - Rock N Roll Heaven - Andrew McCarthy - Brett Pelling 4. Latissimus Hanover - Captaintreacherous - Tyler Buter - Ray Schnittker 5. US Captain - Captaintreacherous - Dexter Dunn - Tony Alagna 6. Marco Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Dexter Dunn - Travis Alexander 7. De Los Cielos Deo - Captaintreacherous - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 8. Volley Ball Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Tony Hall - Norm Parker   Elimination #3, Race 10   1. Can't Beach That - Somebeachsomewhere - Andrew McCarthy - Brett Pelling 2. Highlandbeachlover - Somebeachsomewhere - Aaron Merriman - Kelly O'Donnell 3. Stag Party - Bettor's Delight - Brian Sears - Casie Coleman 4. Brassy Hanover - Well Said - Corey Callahan - Eddie Dennis 5. Semi Tough - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 6. Escapetothebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - Corey Callahan - Tony Alagna 7. Captain Cash - Captaintreacherous - Andrew McCarthy - Tony Alagna 8. Captain Malicious - Captaintreacherous - Tyler Buter - Ray Schnittker 9. Southwind Ozzi - Somebeachsomewhere - Brian Sears - Bill MacKenzie   By Evan Pattak For The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association        

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2019 -- Savini grabbed the lead before the quarter and kept right on rolling, scoring his maiden harness racing victory in a stake-record 156.4 in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over four divisions, with Town Victor, Bargain Bob and Libero Hanover taking the other splits. Once Savini hit the point for Dave Palone, he encountered no serious challenges in his third career start, downing Will Power Fashion by 3 lengths, with Drop The Pilot third. The time knocked a tick from the previous stake mark set by Cufflink Hanover in 2015. "I just let him skip along where he was comfortable, and he was well within himself," Palone said. "We weren't shooting for any records, just a good experience. He's super-intelligent." Donna Marshall trains Savini, an Explosive Matter-Ivory Lindy gelding, for Robert McNerney. A growthy Winning Mister-P Town Girl gelding, Town Victor inherited the point following the leader's early break and made the most of it, cruising to his second straight victory for Wilbur Yoder in a career-best 1:58. Vulcan Hanover, who made that early miscue but recovered nicely, was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Shell Shock earned show. "He trained down in Florida, and when we got him up here, we just finished him off," said winning trainer Rich Gillock, who owns the homebred Town Victor with Barbara Richardson. "As the year progresses, with his size, we'll maybe try the bigger boys later on. For right now, we're content to do what we're doing. The Arden Downs is next for him." Bargain Bob was coming off a fourth-place finish in a Pennsylvania All-Stars split at Pocono, a performance that persuaded Mike Wilder to send the youngster to the top at the quarter. "He showed some pretty good lines, and he felt good," Wilder said. "A couple of horses I thought I might have to beat were behind me, so I thought I'd take my shot. He was professional and never missed a beat." The strategy worked beautifully, as Bargain Bob defeated the first-over Matter Of Focus by a length in 1:58.3 for his maiden-breaker. Scirocco Patrick completed the ticket. Homer Hochstetler trains the son of Donato Hanover-Frau Blucher for Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig and Allen Schwartz. Palone collected three wins on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a $188,016 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters as well as a $3,137.76 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. In addition, post positions for Saturday's eliminations for the $400,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids will be announced at mid-day. First post Tuesday is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2019 — Adios Week, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino’s annual celebration of world-class harness racing, giveaways, contests, food-and-beverage delights and family-oriented activities, kicks off Saturday, July 20, with eliminations for the $400,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, first post 1:05 PM. The Adios final is set for Saturday, July 27, with the blockbuster card featuring six Grand Circuit stakes underway at the special post time of 11:25 AM. It’s the 53rd edition of the track’s signature event, a prestigious test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers won last year by Dorsoduro Hanover. Over Adios Week’s eight action-packed days, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer a dazzling variety of events for fans of all ages. The schedule includes: Saturday, July 20. In addition to Adios elims, the card features a $165,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 (est) Pennsylvania Stallion Series event, both for freshman filly pacers. The first 100 fans to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook receive free T-shirts. Monday, July 22. Harness Racing Bingo is the order of the day. mychoice cardholders may compete for a $25 voucher. Live racing gets underway at 1:05 PM. Tuesday, July 23. The live card begins at 1:05 PM. Each Meadows Tuesday race program includes a “Trifecta Challenge” game card, with $50 vouchers as the top prizes. Wednesday, July 24. In addition to live racing beginning at 1:05 PM, mychoice members may try their luck in a free handicapping contest on Meadows races. The winner gets $25 in mycash. Friday, July 26. Live racing begins at the special time of 5:30 PM and features a pair of Arden Downs Grand Circuit stakes for 2-year-olds, with combined purses expected to exceed $100,000. Food trucks will patrol the apron while disc jockey A.J. Fresh spins platters from 6 PM – 8 PM and the MSOA stages a “Family Fun Night.” Activities include a bounce house, a balloon artist, a face painter, a stilt walker, paddock tours and starting gate rides. Saturday, July 27. The Adios Day card is wall-to-wall with Grand Circuit action headlined by the Adios final and the $121,000 (est) Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for sophomore filly pacers. The other four Grand Circuit stakes will offer combined purses projected to top $200,000. In addition, the program will include a $50,000 Invitational Pace and three guaranteed pools: $20,000 for the Adios Pick 4 (races 12-15), $10,000 for the Adios Pick 5 (races 11-15), $7,500 for the Early Pick 5 (races 2-6). 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. The Adios goes as race 15 on the 16-race program. Adios Box Closes Tuesday, July 16 Washington, PA. A reminder to all horsemen the box closes for the Adios Stakes on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 9 AM. Elimination races if needed will be conducted on Saturday, July 20, with a first post of 1:05. The Adios Final will be Saturday, July 27, with a special 11:25 AM first race post time. Adios Day will also feature the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace, The Adioo Volo for 3 year old pacing fillies, as well as the Arden Downs Stakes for 3 year old trotters and 2 year old pacers. All inquiries regarding any of the races should be made to the Meadows Race Office at 724-225-9897. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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

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