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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

WASHINGTON, PA, June 25, 2019 -- Call For Justice launched a relentless uncovered bid down the backside and wore down Chef Lee in deep stretch to capture Tuesday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Conditioned Trot. Call For Justice was fourth when Dave Palone sent him after Chef Lee. The 7-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka gradually eroded the lead and downed Chef Lee by 1/2 length in 1:55.1. Lars Perry followed the winner's cover for show. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who won his second straight and pushed his career bankroll to $581,757, for Burke Racing Stable. In Tuesday's companion feature, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, even-money favorite Sanna Cruza A rolled to a front-end 1:52.3 victory for Tony Hall and trainer Randy Bendis, who owns with Pollack Racing. The 6-year-old daughter of Art Major-Weona Beach Girl extended her lifetime earnings to $130,027. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 24, 2019 -- Despite fronting the first quarter in a contested 26.3, Classicality retook past the quarter and won comfortably in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap harness racing trot at The Meadows. Brian Zendt handled Classicality confidently, and the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding rewarded him by scoring powerfully in 1:53.3, 2 lengths better than Dayson, who rallied from last to grab second. Barn Girl finished third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, who won his second straight and now boasts $674,627 in career earnings. It was one of three wins for Zendt on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the card features a carryover of $1,815.24 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 22, 2019 -- Waiting patiently behind the leaders as they engaged in a suicidal dual, The Meadows newcomer Carolina Beach blazed through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:49.1 -- matching the harness racing track record -- in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. When Southwind Amazon engaged the leader, Windsong Leo, the pair battled throughout a blistering 26 third quarter. Carolina Beach, meanwhile, sat third, waiting for Aaron Merriman to release him. The 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding easily overtook the weary leaders, downing Windsong Leo by 2-3/4 lengths, with Southwind Amazon third. The time equaled the track mark for older gelding pacers held jointly by Atta Boy Dan, Escape The News and Reggiano. The victory capped a dream week for Merriman, owner Renee Bercury and trainer Bill Bercury, who teamed to win three featured races including Monday's with Barn Girl and Tuesday's with Touchamatic. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 20, 2019 -- When Nitro Seelster pulled off a 13-1 upset last week against The Meadows' elite pacers, it may have been his most powerful harness racing performance since arriving here in 2014. His reward? He gets to face an even tougher bunch Saturday to prove his win was no fluke -- and he'll have to do it from post 8. That feature, a $20,000 Open Handicap, goes as race 8, with Tony Hall driving Nitro Seelster for trainer Sarah Andrews and owners Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton. First post is 1:05 PM. A 9-year-old Camluck-No Strikes Against gelding, Nitro Seelster seemed destined for greatness when he brought $150,000 at the Forest City Yearling Sale. He was unraced at 2 and 3, however, and finally began to show his talent at 4 under the tutelage of the late trainer Doug Hamilton. He earned $118,583 that year -- his lifetime bankroll is $324,763 -- and took his 1:49.4 mark at Pocono. He's won 26 races, perhaps none more impressive than his victory last week. Hall moved him behind the first-over cover of Real Peace, only to have Real Peace duck back to an unexpected opening along the cones. That left Nitro Seelster uncovered -- and trying to chase down the formidable Windsong Leo on the lead. He did just that, scoring in 1:50, just a tick off his career best. Andrews says losing his cover that day may have been a blessing. "That was the best-case scenario," she says. "When you pull him, he needs a couple steps to get his feet back straight, so you have to wait a little bit. But when he has a straight shot, he knows what he's supposed to do, and he will try to win. "He's versatile, so you can do pretty much you want with him. He's probably better now than he's been the entire time I've had him." On Saturday, 'Nitro' will have to be explosive, so to speak, to repeat. Not only are Windsong Leo and Real Peace back, but he'll also have to deal with Southwind Amazon (post 7, Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.), who was harness racing's "winningest" horse last year with 22 victories, and Carolina Beach (post 6, Aaron Merriman), a Saratoga invader making his first start in the powerful stable of Renee and Bill Bercury. Carolina Beach is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Andrews also will be represented in the feature by Vague Traces (post 1, Brady Brown) but isn't as high on his chances. "He's coming back from a break and probably will need a couple races to get back to himself," she says. Saturday's card also features a $1,257.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2019 -- Miss Stunner and It's Academic, a pair of Uncle Peter freshman trotters making their career debuts for harness racing trainer Ron Burke Wednesday at The Meadows, not only scored handily but also became the season's fastest 2-year-olds in their respective divisions on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone guided both youngsters to victory. Miss Stunner moved powerfully first over from fourth and drew away from the field, triumphing by 6 lengths in 1:59. Saratoga Gia and Alittlebitofsugar completed the ticket. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby campaign the daughter of Pilgrims Stunner. The journey of It's Academic was nearly a carbon copy, as the son of Annapolis moved first over from fourth and blew away the field by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1. Willing Spirit and Town Victor were second and third, respectively. It's Academic competes for Burke Racing Stable, William Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and Hatfield Stables. It's Academic Palone garnered five wins, Burke four and Jim Pantaleano three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a $1,257.68 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, June 18, 2019 -- Touchamatic proved once again Tuesday she's the dominant pacing mare at The Meadows, cruising to a 1:50.1 harness racing victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap. It was the eighth victory in the last nine starts for the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch. Despite a demanding 26.2 opening panel from post 6, Touchamatic had plenty in the tank for Aaron Merriman, holding off the pocket-sitting Keystone Riptide by 1-1/4 lengths. Medusa finished third. It was one of three wins for Merriman on the 13-race card. Bill Bercury trains Touchamatic, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings, for Renee Bercury. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $969.44 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, June 17, 2019 -- Rebounding from a disastrous trip at Northfield Park, Barn Girl shot to the lead and held off a pair of talented harness racing challengers to capture Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. In that journey at Northfield, Barn Girl was parked most of the way, making the lead briefly but finishing a weary seventh. She had no such difficulties Monday, as she shot to the lead from post 4 for Aaron Merriman, thwarted the extended first-over bid of Bluebird Jesse and scored in 1:53.3. The pocket-sitting Cue Hall was second, a length back, while Bluebird Jesse saved show. Bill Bercury trains Barn Girl, a 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie who now has banked $771,168, for Renee Bercury. Brian Zendt collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows, when the program features a $705.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 15, 2019 -- Stranded in mid-move when his cover ducked back to the cones, Nitro Seelster did the heavy lifting himself and pulled off a 13-1 harness racing upset in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Nitro Seelster was following the first-over cover of Real Peace when that rival dived back to the rail to exploit an opening. But Nitro Seelster and Tony Hall persevered, overtaking 4-5 favorite Windsong Leo in the shadow of the wire and downing him by a neck in 1:50. Real Peace earned show. Sarah Andrews trains Nitro Seelster, a 9-year-old Camluck-Strikes Again gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $324,763, for Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton. Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder and Hall each piloted three winners 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 15, 2019 -- Alesha "The Hoosier Hotshot" Binkley pulled the pocket with Body Of Work midway down the backside and rolled to a 10-1/2-length harness racing rout in Saturday's $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows. Binkley was stalking Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola (Jackie Goldstein) when a pair of circumstances convinced her it was time to move. "The horse behind me was running me over a little bit," Binkley said. "The horse on the lead was slowing down. So I figured I'd rather go to the front and control the race. I didn't pop the earplugs, and he was a lot better." The rest of the field took chase, but the "Hotshot'" was not to be caught, scoring in 1:56.3. "Tiny Tim" Miller (Song In My Heart) rallied for second, while "Fast Greggy" Keidel (Stirling Boudica) and Ruvola completed the superfecta. Trent Stohler trains Body Of Work, a 6-year-old ABC Garland-Battle Axe gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $156,467, for Trent Stohler Stable.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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