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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 26, 2021 -- Friday at The Meadows turned up dreary with temperatures in the low 40s, hardly the ideal climate for harness racing track records. But Jeffery P apparently forgot to watch The Weather Channel. The 6-year-old Full Count-Betty Jean gelding scorched the mile in the 8th race Open Handicap Trot in 1:51.3, matching the all-age track record shared by Lifetime Pursuit and Tall Cotton, who each achieved it in 2014. Jeffery P was away second for Dave Palone before a quick quarter-pole burst gave him the lead. He widened at the three-quarters and accelerated from there, defeating the pocket-sitting Icanflylikeanangel by 3-3/4 lengths, with Lady's Dude third. The winner clicked off fractions of 26.4/55.1/1:23.1/1:51.3. Ron Burke trains Jeffery P, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $215,098, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.   Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card, giving him nine over the past two programs. The Super Hi-5, with its jackpot pool fueled by a number of carryovers, was hit, returning $25,959.82. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 25, 2021 -- Windsong Leo worked out a cozy pocket trip, then roared through the Lightning Lane to capture Thursday's $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Wild Wild Western made the point with a quarter-pole move and withstood the first-over challenge of Carolina Beach. But the danger was lurking on his bumper, where Windsong Leo and harness racing driver Dave Palone were waiting. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding scored in 1:51.4, 3/4 lengths better than Rock Candy, also in the Lightning Lane. Wild Wild Western saved show. The winner survived an inquiry regarding a possible pylon violation. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who won for the 59th time in his career and pushed his earnings to $694,907, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.   Palone collected six wins and Burke five on the 13-race card. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. also enjoyed a big Thursday with three victories. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $22,855.98 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 24, 2021 -- Amelia's Courage A stretched out the challenging All Day Sunshine to the quarter, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Amelias Courage A made the point from post 6 for Dan Rawlings and kept the 9-5 favorite outside her before releasing to the pocket. That strategy proved decisive, as Amelias Courage A was the stronger mare late, defeating All Day Sunshine by 1/2 length in 1:55.1. Dorothy's Legacy, three wide from the five-eighths, was a game third. Richard Perfido trains the winner, a 7-year-old daughter of Courage Under Fire-American Dreamer who extended her career bankroll to $184,347, for Win Rhythm Stables.   Tony Hall, Dave Palone and trainer Brandon Presto each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $20,152.05 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 19, 2021 -- Pressured throughout the back half by the 2-5 harness racing favorite, a determined Bank Box Treasure turned him back and sprang the 11-1 upset in Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Conditioned Trot. When On Higher Ground moved first over to challenge Bank Box Treasure, it appeared only a matter of time before the heavy favorite cruised by. But Bank Box Treasure had other ideas, putting On Higher Ground away and holding off the late rally of Outburst to edge him by a nose in 1:58 over a sloppy surface. On Higher Ground saved show. Tony Hall piloted the 5-year-old son of Break The Bank K-Treasure Box K for trainer Rich Gillock and the estate of Bob Key.   Hall collected four wins and Dan Rawlings three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a pair of rich wagering opportunities -- an $18,538.18 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                                  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2021 -- Rock Candy sat cozy in the pocket, then roared past Macadoodledoo in the lane to capture Thursday's $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Macadoodledoo was four wide to reach the early lead in a demanding 26.2 over a "good" surface. That left him vulnerable to Rock Candy, who swung wide through the stretch for harness racing driver Brady Brown to score in 1:52.2, 3/4 lengths better than Carolina Beach. Windsong Leo was a ground-saving third.   Paul Corey trains Rock Candy, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $451,042, for Kenneth Ashba. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed an outstanding Thursday with five victories, including three for trainer Ron Burke. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $15,771 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 as well as a $1,255.97 carryover in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 17, 2021 -- Challenged inside and out, Hereslooknatyou N dug in late and scored a narrow harness racing victory in Wednesday's co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Hereslooknatyou N made an opportunistic quarter-pole move to the front when the break of All Day Sunshine opened a path. But her work wasn't finished, as Amelia's Courage A shot the Lightning Lane and Circle The Page loomed large outside off the final turn. The 5-year-old daughter of He's Watching-May Fly found more for Jim Pantaleano and edged Amelia's Courage A by a head over a sloppy surface. Circle The Page was a close-up third.   Jason Robinson trains the winner for Kimberly Zabielski. In Monday's co-feature, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot, Mary Mag Delene made a successful local debut, rolling to a facile 1:56.4 victory, just a tick off her lifetime best. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Dejarmbro-Marigot Express for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Pantaleano and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $12,229.75 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA                                                    

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 12, 2021 -- Tricky Nick, who upset last week at 15-1, delivered again at a price -- this time 8-1 -- in Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,000 Conditioned Trot. Tricky Nick was fourth near the three-quarters when he launched the decisive, uncovered move for Jim Pantaleano, gobbling up the leader, Rainbowinthewest, and prevailing in 1:55.1 over a "good" surface. Rainbowinthewest gamely held place, beaten 3-3/4 lengths, with Tequila Talkin third.   Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, a 9-year-old Bands Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $361,188, for Win Rhythm Stables. Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and trainer Jason Shaw each enjoyed a three-bagger on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $10,406.52 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 11, 2021 -- Harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano notched career win 8,000 Thursday at The Meadows when he drove Caviart Rockland to victory in the sixth race. A total of 8,000 victories would be impressive for any driver, but it's especially remarkable for Pantaleano, whose driving career began in the most unconventional of ways. The Cleveland native, who grew up in the shadow of Northfield Park, was working as a busboy at Northfield's clubhouse, watching races through the window, and thought he'd like to try that. "I love competing, whether it's playing a board game with family or wrestling in high school," Pantaleano says. "Imagining a career where I got to compete every day was my dream."   Even when he studied for two years at Muskingum College, the dream wouldn't die. "I never even declared a major. I just wasn't finding my way." Instead of returning to school, he went from barn to barn at Northfield, soliciting drives. It was, to say the least, an uncertain path to success, but it worked. Pantaleano drove his first winner in 1985 and enjoyed perhaps his finest season in 2010 when he logged 436 wins, more than $5.4 million in purses and a UDR of .296. Overall, his horses have earned over $58.5 million. Those who've become Pantaleano fans only in recent years may not be aware that he's an accomplished trainer as well, with 1,543 wins and earnings of nearly $6.2 million since 1991 when the USTA began tracking trainer statistics. But he hasn't sent out a horse since 2009. "When I went to the East Coast to drive," he recalls, "I found that catch driving there was a full-time job. You can't really train a stable and catch drive there. You can't be in five places at once." These days, Pantaleano leaves the training to his wife Christen. "She lets me help her, mostly with the grunt work," he jokes. For the future, Pantaleano indicated he doesn't plan any major changes. "My goals are to stay healthy and keep winning races. As long as I'm able to compete at a high level, I'll just keep doing it. I'd rather race for a $4,000 purse with a horse that's competitive than drive in a $400,000 race with an also-ran." Macadoodledoo stung The Wall to the quarter, then powered by him in the Lightning Lane to capture Thursday’s $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The Wall was forced to a 26.4 opening panel over a sloppy surface before Macadoodledoo released him to the pocket. That was just the edge the 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Pirouette Hanover gelding needed, as he brushed for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and defeated The Wall by 1/2 length in 1:52. Rock Candy found late room for third. Ron Burke trains Macadoodledoo, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $221,425, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card while Wrenn and Burke teamed for three victories. Dave Palone also enjoyed a productive Thursday with three wins. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 10, 2021 -- Camera Lady powered to he top at the three-eighths and drew off from there to score a comfortable harness racing win in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Once Camera Lady reached the point for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., the race for win was effectively over, as the 7-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Gogh widened her lead through the back half. The 4-5 favorite triumphed in 1:54.2 over a "good" surface, 3 lengths better than Circle The Page. All Day Sunshine saw her four-race winning streak snapped, finishing third from post 9.   Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who lifted her career earnings to $530,627, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted four winners on the 13-race card; Pantaleano's haul lifted his career total to 7,999. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $6,127.17 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full results, click here.  by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 5, 2021 -- Tricky Nick followed the live cover of Tamar through the final turn, then peeled off and charged through the lane to spring a 15-1 upset in Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Conditioned Trot. Tamar's extended first-over move looked like it might get her home. But when driver Dan Rawlings worked Tricky Nick off the cones to pick up that late cover, he had the stronger horse late. Tricky Nick downed Tamar by a neck in 1:57.2 over a "good" surface, with early leader Star Caviar third. Tony Hall collected four wins and Rawlings three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features a $4,590.13 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 4, 2021 -- It took him two moves to do it, but All About Heaven pulled off a 9-1 upset in Thursday's harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,800 Claiming Handicap Pace. All About Heaven left from post 9 and was able to find a seat fifth. But the 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-Ain't That Funny was out before the half for driver Jim Pantaleano with an extended uncovered move that carried him to the top. He thwarted the late charge of Winning Is Sweet to down him by a head in 1:51.4, matching his career best. Whos Better completed the ticket.   Neil Balcerak trains the winner for Matthew Morrison, who realized immediate dividends after claiming the horse for $15,000 last week. In Thursday's co-feature, a $9,800 Conditioned Pace, East Beach rallied from well back to score for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Aaron Merriman collected four wins and Burke three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a $2,767.09 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 3, 2021 -- He was in tougher, but that didn't stop Consus Victory from collecting his third straight harness racing win -- albeit a hard-earned one -- in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,000 Conditioned Trot. Up in class after those two earlier wins, Consus Victory rolled to the point from the rail and appeared to be in complete control. But when challenged late by Mystical Peter, the 5-year-old Cantab Hall-OK To Play gelding had to dig in for Dave Palone to edge Mystical Peter by a neck in 1:56 over a “good” surface. Rising MVP finished third.   Randy Bendis trains Consus Victory, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, and owns with Reed Broadway. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 13-race card while 13 trainers each scored a victory. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $1,050.59 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak for, the MSOA  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 2, 2021 -- The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will honor and remember the late Bob Key, longtime harness racing breeder/owner who died Jan. 27 at the age of 87, with a winners' circle ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 12:15 PM. As part of the ceremony, a driverless horse from the Key stable will be walked from the paddock to the winners' circle. In keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, the number of participants there will be limited to six; among them will be Rich Gillock and Kim Hankins, MSOA president and executive director, respectively. Track announcer Jeff Zidek will recall some of Key's many achievements. Key was a successful industrialist who founded and operated Key Bellevilles, Inc. in Leechburg, PA, about 60 miles northeast of The Meadows. However, his presence in racing was just as significant. He may best be known for winning the 1993 Hambletonian with the homebred American Winner and for breeding and campaigning the millionaire half- siblings Winning Mister and Win Missy B, both out of American Winner's daughter Winning Missbrenda. But with his stable of racehorses and breeding stock, which may have numbered several hundred at peak, his impact on day-to-day racing -- particularly at The Meadows -- was profound. In recent years, he generously spread his horses around, providing work for a dozen or more trainers simultaneously. His results as an owner may be unmatched in the sport. He finished in the Top 10 in owner earnings for the last 13 years consecutively, in the Top 4 in each of the last 11 years. Consider the Bob Key line since the USTA began compiling and archiving owner statistics in 1992: Starts -- 26,886 Wins -- 2,868 Earnings -- $44,190,235 And those results include only horses solely owned by Key; if horses he owned in partnership were added, the statistics would be even more staggering. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 29, 2021 — Jeffery P overwhelmed a distinguished harness racing field Friday at The Meadows, cruising to a career-best 1:52.1 victory in the $16,200 Open Handicap Trot. Jeffery P quarter-poled to the top for Dave Palone and began drawing off past the half.  From there, the only question was how much his winning margin would be. The answer — 5-1/4 lengths ahead of early leader Icanflylikeanangel, with Lady’s Dude third. Ron Burke trains Jeffery P, a 6-year-old Full Count-Betty Jean gelding who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card — including a pair for trainer Scott Betts — raising his total to nine for the three-day race week. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 28, 2021 — The Wall shot the Lightning Lane and had just enough to capture Thursday’s $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Customarily a closer, the Wall flashed early speed for Jim Pantaleano, enabling him to work out a pocket trip behind the hard-used leader, Wild Wild Western. The 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-New Album harness racing gelding surged late to hold off the wide rally of Macadoodledoo by a head in 1:51, with Rock Candy third. Neil Balcerak trains The Wall, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $551,641, and owns with Matthew Morrison. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Friday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers: $1,570.38 in the Pick 5 (race 8), $1,331.72 in the final-race Super Hi-5. The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association is offering free past performances for Friday’s card; they’re available at pennhorseracing.com. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 28, 2021 -- Lordofwinterfell is now 8 with more than $241,000 in his bank account and a mark of 1:51.2. You might figure that this accomplished harness racing pacer would relish retirement and a respected spot as elder statesman in the Norm Parker stable. Not this guy. In fact, he's begun 2021 with a new vocation. He's a trotter now, and he'll make his second start on his new gait Friday at The Meadows. The Western Ideal-Caila Fra gelding leaves from post 6, race 2, with Jim Pantaleano driving. Dual-gaited performers are rare in harness racing. Indeed, Parker, who trains Lordofwinterfell for Jeff Weaver's Jacobs Creek Racing, had no intention of starting him on the trot until the horse told him that's what he wanted. "He trots all the time while jogging, but a lot of horses do that, so you don't think much about it," Parker said. "Then one day he wouldn't turn on the pace without hopples, so I trained him on the trot." Parker was amazed and impressed when Lordofwinterfell lowered his time in his morning works on the trot from 2:27 to 2:03, back half in a minute. That's when the idea to campaign him on the trot took hold. "As a pacer, at this point in his career, it would be tough for him to make the same kind of money he did a few years ago," Parker said. "I thought, if he can rise through the ranks and trot in 1:55, he has a chance to make a lot more money than if he paces in 1:52 or 1:53. "It's something different. Jeff is excited about it. Most people I talk to are excited about it. He trots happily, and he still wants to beat horses." Lordofwinterfell's brief career on the trot has had mixed results so far. He won his lone qualifier handily in 1:59.1, but in his Jan. 9 pari-mutuel debut at MGM Northfield Park, he caught what Parker calls a soft spot on the track and broke stride, finishing ninth. Northfield's players, who sent him off at 1-9 for that race, learned the hard way the reason we toss out all a horse's records when he switches gaits: success on one gait doesn't guarantee it on the other. It certainly did for the Argentine-bred Chucaro Ahijuna who, according to USTA, is the fastest dual-gaited Standardbred ever. He paced in 1:51.4 and wrapped up his title in 2005 with a 1:53.3 win on the trot. That gave him a combined mark of 3:45.2. To reach that, Lordofwinterfell would have to trot in 1:54. At this point, though, Parker is reluctant to talk of world records. "I hope this is a nice, easy race for him and he shows some ability. Let's just say the experiment continues." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

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