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WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2019 -- Classic Banker stalked Classicality from the pocket, then knifed through the slop in the lane to pull off the 24-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Classic Banker won last week's featured trot at 22-1, he was given even less respect at the windows Monday. But Brady Brown gave the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding the perfect trip, as the pair downed the rallying Barn Girl by a length in 1:54.1. Classicality saved show. Joe Urban owns and trains Classic Banker, who extended his career bankroll to $273,615. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the program features a $4,755.48 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. In addition, the draw for post positions for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids will take place Tuesday. The draw begins at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live!   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi, Prince Of Tides and Captain Victorious each won an elimination of the harness racing Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Saturday at The Meadows and will advance to the July 27 $400,000 Adios final. They'll be joined by six others who qualified for the final: Branquinho, Wild Wild Western,Reigning Deo, Quatrain Blue Chip, Escapetothebeach and Stag Party.   The elimination winners will choose their post positions, with their order of selection determined by lot. The other post positions will be determined by random draw set for 12:30 PM Tuesday. The Adios Day card begins at 11:25 AM, with the Adios set for race 15 on the 16-race program, a blockbuster card that includes five other Grand Circuit stakes as well as the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace.   Southwind Ozzi had the fastest and toughest mile, as he found a seat fifth from post 9 and had to move first over for Brian Sears. He wore down he leader, Stag Party, and triumphed in 1:49.3. Early leader Escapetothebeach was second while Stag Party saved show.   "I was tickled to death when he dropped in because I knew he would get a good trip from there," said Bruce Baker, second trainer for winning conditioner William MacKenzie. "First over doesn't bother him; he likes it. He's an amazing horse. He's got speed, he can leave, he can come home."   The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara pushed his career earnings to $126,249 for owners Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice.   Prince Of Tides had a less stressful journey, as he retook near the quarter for Dave Palone and opened a daylight lead that triggered a mad scramble for the remaining two qualifying positions. Those went to Reigning Deo in second and Quatrain Blue Chip in third. The winning time was 1:49.4.   ""He's a versatile horse, but I'd rather be against the cones in the last turn," Palone said. "He's a big horse. I had to go to a bigger bike on him to make sure he didn't hit it. But he's beautiful to drive."   Ross Croghan trains Prince of Tides, a Somebeachsomewhere-Tug River Princee gelding who won his fifth straight race and lifted his career bankroll to $115,170, for owners Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Howard Taylor.     Prince Of Tides   Captain Victorious was in firm control after his quarter-pole move to the point, although winning driver Yannick Gingras indicated he kept after the son of Captaintreacherous-Belclare.   "I had to keep him to his task in the stretch," Gingras said. "He definitely is a lazy horse, and he goes what you ask him to go. If you really get after him, he'll take off in another gear, but we didn't need to do that."   Ron Burke trans Captain Victorious, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $252,771, for The Captain V Stable. This elimination's morning line favorite, Workin Ona Mystery, was scratched sick.     Captain Victorious   By Evan Pattak for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 -- Lyons Sentinel battled the 1-5 harness racing favorite, Rocknificent, through a protracted duel and edged her by a nose in Saturday's $187,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over three divisions, with Shouldabeenatd and Sweet Ace taking the other splits. Rocknificent is a Captaintreacherous daughter out of Rocklamation, a Dan Patch Award winner as an older mare. On the strength of that impeccable pedigree and a win in her career debut, Rocknificent was bet down to 1-5. When she set sail after Lyons Sentinel from fourth, it looked as if she had the leader dead to rights. But Lyons Sentinel dug in for Brian Sears and downed Rocknificent by a nose, breaking her maiden in 1:53., with Lainie Hanover third. "She was real green on the front, didn't want to go much, got real relaxed," Sears said. "But when I asked her, she responded." Jim King, Jr. trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tulu Hanover for Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Parked the opening quarter in 27.2 before yielding to the pocket, Shouldabeenatd had plenty in the tank late, defeating Speak To Siri by a head for Yannick Gingras in a stake-fastest 1:52.2. Dance Club earned show. "I was just taking my time getting there that first quarter," Gingras said. "I wanted to cut it, but I took the two hole, and it worked out." Ron Burke conditions the homebred daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. $80,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Also part of the Adios eliminations card was an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers, with the splits going to The Party's Rockin, Shotgun Persuasion, Aplomp Hanover and Lyons Sweetjen. Tim Tetrick piloted a pair of those winners -- Shotgun Persuasion and Lyons Sweetjen -- for King, giving the trainer three stakes victories on the day. The Party's Rockin trailed by 6-1/2 lengths at the half and was well wide in the stretch. But she roared home for Tyler Buter in 1:53.1, matching he stake record of Cult Icon. Mark Harder trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo for Matthew Dugan. The Party’s Rockin "I had a lot of horse coming off the last turn, and I was pretty confident," Buter said. "I knew as soon as she hit the straightaway she'd switch gears and give me a little more." Shotgun Persuasion saved ground for most of the mile and found late racing room to prevail in 1:55.2. Speaking Of Coffee finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while MBT completed the ticket. "She's not very big, but she likes her work," Tetrick said. "She's really smart, and she doesn't need that kind of trip. That's just the way it worked out." Jo Ann Looney-King campaigns the daughter of Western Ideal-Merculese. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $4,390.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-Five. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 — While most of the attention Saturday at The Meadows will be focused on three eliminations for the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, the harness racing card also features regally bred freshman filly pacers. They'll battle in the Sand Tart, a $187,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, which goes as races 6, 9 and 11. The card begins at 1:05 PM. Among the youngsters with scintillating pedigrees: ·      Rodeo Beach (race 6, post 9, Tyler Buter), a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show who’s a full sister to Huntsville, the Dan Patch Award winner at 2 and still The Meadows track record holder (1:50) for freshmen. Rodeo Beach won her debut in a Landmark stake at Goshen before an off-the-board finish in a PA All-Stars split at Pocono. Oddly enough, another full brother, Branquinho, will perform one race later in the first Adios elim. Ray Schnittker has bred (or co-bred) and owned (or co-owned) all the siblings. ·      Beyond Ecstasy (race 11, post 3, Brian Sears), a full sister to 2117 Little Brown Jug winner Filibuster Hanover, who has banked more than $1.5 million. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fashion Ecstasy captured her career debut at Harrah’s Philadelphia. She races for trainer Jim Campbell and owners Jeffrey Snyder, Michael Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable. ·      Baby Your The Best (race 11, post 7, David Miller), a $225,000 yearling purchase by Richard Young and Joanne Young. Recent Hall of Fame inductee Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Dolphins Can Talk, who’ll be making her career bow. ·      Rocknificent (race 9, post 1, Tim Tetrick). This daughter of Captaintreacherous is the first foal of Rocklamation, who earned more than $2.27 million and was co-winner (with Androvette) of the 2014 Dan Patch Award for older mare pacers. She won her career opener in a Kindergarten split at the Meadowlands. Toscano trains for Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. ·      Shouldabeenatd (race 6, post 7, Yannick Gingras), a homebred Sweet Lou daughter of $603,382 earner Breakheart Pass. A winner of a July 13 PA All-Stars division, she goes for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The $25,000 Adios eliminations are scheduled as races 7, 8, and 10, with the top three finishers in each elim returning for the final. As part of the program, The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is conducting a giveaway; the first 100 fans to visit the MSOA table in the Racebook receive free T-shirts. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2019 -- With its rich purse and tradition, the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows usually attracts a mix of top national performers and emerging local harness racing hopefuls. Such is the case with the 53rd edition of the Adios this year. The 26-horse field loaded with prominent talent includes two locally connected contenders, Wild Wild Western and Volley Ball Beach, each trained by The Meadows-based Norm Parker. "I've been pretty lucky over the years to come up with horses for the Adios," Parker says. "We're here, it's our home track, and it's nice to take the shot." The $475,000 Adios kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with three $25,000 eliminations (races 7, 8, 10); the top three finishers in each elim return for the final. The card, which begins at 1:05 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. Locally based horses long have made noise in the Adios, but it wasn't until 1986 that one of them, Barberry Spur, captured the orchids. Team Spur -- including owner Roy Davis and trainer/driver Dick Stillings -- campaigned Barberry Spur. The late Davis' business, Royal Travel, was headquartered just off the main entrance to The Meadows, so Barberry Spur couldn't have been much more local. When Pine Valley won the 2001 Adios for The Meadows-based trainer David Knight, his ownership group included western Pennsylvanians Daniel Miller and Charles Gajda. And the Burkes of nearby Fredericktown have won a pair of Adios titles -- in 2007 with May June Character when family patriarch Mickey Burke headed the operation, and last year's event, won by Dorsoduro Hanover for Mickey's son Ron, harness racing's perennial leading conditioner. Parker has started four horses in the Adios before this year, with mixed success. In 2013, Mattamerican failed to reach the final but took the consolation; he continues to perform in fast classes today. In 2015, Angelo J. Fra reached the final but broke stride there and finished ninth. On paper, the Adios elims look wide open, and Parker considers his horses live. "There are a lot of competitive colts in here -- that's why we got 26 of them," Parker says. "I know neither one of my horses is the best, but they're competitive with the others. They could make it interesting." Unraced at 2, Wild Wild Western (race 7, post 6, Mike Wilder) has earned more than $112,000 this year, third best in his elimination. Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters purchased the son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra for $55,000 as a yearling. Deters, by the way, is no stranger to big races. He was part of the ownership group for Numeric Hanover when she won the 2003 Jugette. Wild Wild Western winning a March 15 late closer series leg at The Meadows Wild Wild Western took a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg this year; in another, he was second to the speedy Southwind Ozzi, the morning line favorite in the third Adios elim. "He has good gate speed, but gate speed is relevant to who else is in the race," Parker says. "He's calm and well mannered. I'm looking forward to racing him for years to come. You know how hard nice horses are to come by." Bred and owned by Bob Key, Volley Ball Beach (race 8, post 8, Tony Hall), has blistering speed, which Parker calls "the best and worst attribute at the same time" for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Alladorable (a full sister to Mattamerican). "When you move with him," Parker says, "he wants to go 1,000 miles per hour the rest of the way -- even if a horse is covering him up. We've made a lot of equipment changes to try to get him to respect the way we want him to race. Our job is to get him to use his speed at the right time." While Parker is confident his colts can go with their opponents, he's more worried about a more traditional foe -- the weather. With forecasts calling for a 100+ heat index for the next few days, Parker has trained his horses earlier in the morning, reduced their workload and increased their fluid intake. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2019 -- Entering five horses in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids isn't a record, but it's a heckuva lot better than average. Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, who has accomplished that feat for the 53rd edition of the Adios, feels blessed to have such a large contingent of Adios-worthy sophomore pacing colts. It's nice to bring that many," he says. "We've had a good go at The Meadows, so we're happy to come." The $475,000 Adios kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with three $25,000 eliminations (races 7, 8, 10); the top three finishers in each elim return for the final. The card, which begins at 1:05 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.5 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. Trainer Ron Burke is believed to hold the record for most Adios entrants when he dropped six in the box in 2017, but Alagna knows his way to the orchids. He won the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill and finished second last year with American History. Here's how Alagna handicaps his quintet: Odds On Boca Raton (race 7, post 1, Dexter Dunn), who was second in the Hempt Consolation and won his last tune-up in 1:51.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "We've been picking and choosing our spots for him, but he's been racing phenomenal. He draws a good spot but in the toughest division. He'll have to go forward off the gate for sure." The son of Captaintreacherous-Captiva Island campaigns for Odds On Racing. Captain Trevor (race 7, post 9, David Miller), a son of Captaintreacherous-It Was Fascination owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Bradley Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. He won the Hempt Consolation in 1:50.1. "He just continues to get bad post positions. He had a ton of pace in the Meadowlands Pace final. He's very versatile, but he'll have to go forward off the gate to make anything happen." U S Captain (race 8, post 5, Dunn), third in a Meadowlands Pace elim. "He was parked out the whole way and behind dull cover in that race. With a smoother trip, he can do a lot more damage." Brittany Farms, Grant, Joseph Barbera and U S Captain Racing own the son of Captaintreacherous-American Jewel. Escapetothebeach (race 10, post 6, Tim Tetrick), whose dam, Shelliscape, banked more than $1.15 million. "He's definitely going in the right direction. He was good off the pace in the Meadowlands Pace final." The son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Alagna and Inthegym, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and William Donovan. Captain Cash (race 10, post 7, Andrew McCarthy), who hasn't faced stakes company this year. "He was lightly raced last year, so we've been racing him in non-winners events. We think it's a good time to see if he fits with the better colts." The son of Captaintreacherous-Authorize races for Brittany Farms, Grant, Vincent Barbera and Riverview Racing. It's no surprise that four of the colts are sons of Captaintreacherous, as Alagna trained that two-time Pacer of the Year. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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          

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