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WASHINGTON, PA, May 25, 2019 --Kate's Massive powered to the lead past the quarter and made the rest of it look easy, scoring a convincing harness racing victory in Friday's $99,430 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters at The Meadows. Last year's Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion, Kate's Massive opened his sophomore campaign with a stallion series victory, so the Currier & Ives represented a step up for him. Nevertheless, Dave Palone steered the son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate aggressively, protecting the rail starting position and getting away second. Once Kate's Massive reached the point, he had little trouble holding off the first-over challenge of Shake N Bake. The 6-5 favorite needed only a single tap from Palone's whip in the stretch to defeat Shake N Bake by 2 lengths in 1:54.1, lowering his life mark 1.2 seconds. Long shot Stinglike A B K finished third. Kelly Paver trains the winner, who lifted his career bankroll to $136,267, for owner and co-breeder Harry Horowitz. It was one of five victories on the 12-race card for Palone, who triumphed for the 18th time (including Open Division wins in final heats and preliminary splits) in the illustrious history of the Currier & Ives, which was launched at The Meadows in 1975. The "winningest" driver in harness racing history, Palone collected his first Currier & Ives victory with Dontellmenomore in 1991. Also enjoying big nights were Jim Pantaleano and trainer Scott Betts, with four and three wins, respectively. Following a brief holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, first post 1:05 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 23, 2019 — In Friday’s $99,430 Currier & Ives at The Meadows, the “Skyr’s” the limit. Ginger Tree Skyr, that is, who may limit any of the other fine 3-year-old trotters from winning if he can perform back to his May 11 26-1 upset in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split at The Meadows. First post for Friday’s special twilight harness racing card is 5:30 PM, with the Currier & Ives as race 9. Ginger Tree Skyr leaves from post 3 for Dan Rawlings, trainer Sam Beegle and owners Ginger Tree Ventures and Donald Marean. The program also features an appealing line-up of fan-centered activities, including wiener dog races and fireworks. Ginger Tree Skyr has the credentials to be a top sophomore. He’s a son of Explosive Matter out of Up Front Annika, who won the Goldsmith Maid as a freshman.  At 2, Ginger Tree Skyr banked nearly $93,000 while capturing Arden Downs and Keystone Classic divisions — both at The Meadows. Moreover, in the PASS championship, he was a respectable fourth to Osterc, beaten less than 5 lengths. In that May 11 PASS triumph, which was his seasonal debut, he was particularly impressive, advancing without cover for most of the back half before drawing off to score in a career-best 1:55 — with a 28.4 final panel. But the Currier & Ives field is rich with contenders, including Forecast (post 6, Mike Wilder), Kentucky’s sires stake champion, and Kate’s Massive (post 1, Dave Palone), who last year won the PA Stallion Series title. When he sold for $32,000 at Harrisburg as a yearling, Ginger Tree Skyr was known as Udell Hanover before his name was changed to Skyr, which is a yogurt-like treat popular in Iceland. Some who try skyr find it a little sour, but if Ginger Tree Skyr takes another step forward, the taste he leaves will be sweet, indeed. Activities for Friday’s Memorial Day Weekend program, presented by The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), include:   ·      The wiener dog races, which pit 24 pups over two preliminary divisions. Top four in each split return for the final;   ·      A food truck festival;   ·      “Family Fun Night” complete with a bounce house, a balloon artist, a face painter and a stilts walker;   ·      Fireworks at the conclusion of racing.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, May 22, 2019 -- Foolish Terror extended her streak of 1-2 finishes to six when she quarter-poled to the front and prevailed easily in Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Foolish Terror got away third, but after Dan Rawlings moved her to the point, she had little trouble holding off the pocket-sitting Strawb's Chippie N by a length in 1:52.1. E Dee's Well Said earned show. Justin Pirillo trains and owns the 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Aint A Fool Ok, who lifted her career bankroll to $108,670. Mike Wilder garnered three wins on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special twilight card highlighted by the $99,430 Currier & Ives trot for 3-year-olds. Friday's program also features an appealing line-up of fan-centered activities, including wiener dog races and fireworks. First post is 5:30 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, May 21, 2019 -- Out well before the half, Bessie was relentless first over, wearing down the leader to capture Tuesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. While Missions Delight refused to go down easily on the front, Bessie persevered for Tony Hall and scored in 1:55.4. The rallying Firm To Stay was second, 3/4 lengths back, while. EZ Passer shot the Lightning Lane for show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, an 8-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $459,345, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 13-race card.   By Evan Pattak for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, May 20, 2019 -- Tony Hall collected six wins on the 13-race card while Party At The Banks captured the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot against the boys in Monday's harness racing action at The Meadows. Hall's victories came for six different trainers: Randy Bendis, William Daugherty, Jr., Rich Gillock, Cory Kreiser, Marcus Marashian and Dirk Simpson. Party At The Banks endured a rough start, as she was parked the opening three-eighths before reaching the point. But the 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As made it look easy from there, downing the pocket-sitting Classic Banker by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:54 for Dave Palone. Final Breath finished third. Ron Burke trains Party At The Banks, who lifted her career bankroll to $180,423, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was her second straight win and fifth in the last seven starts.   By Evan Pattak for the MSOA

WASHINGTON, PA, April 6, 2019 -- Real Peace overcame post 9 and notched his second straight victory in Saturday's harness racing  feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Although parked the opening quarter, the 4-year-old Real Desire-Peace gelding cruised home for Aaron Merriman in 1:53.1, 1-3/4 lengths better than Toureg Seelster. A boxed-in Lord Of Winterfell found late racing room for show. Ron Burke trains Real Peace, a career earner of 106,641, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race program. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows. Another Blowout for Party At The Banks Party At The Banks rolled to her third consecutive blowout -- her combined victory margin in those wins was 10-1/2 lengths -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Dave Palone hustled the 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As to the point, where the 1-9 favorite had little trouble putting away the first-over CR Blazin Beauty. She triumphed in 1:55.1, 2-3/4 lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Dirty Secret, with You're Majestic third. Burke conditions Party At The Banks, whose lifetime bankroll stands at $155,923, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Millionaire Dayson Goes First Over for 3rd Straight Forced to an uncharacteristic first-over move, millionaire Dayson was nonetheless much the best, powering to his third straight victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Palone sent Dayson for the lead, but when Wilberforce was unexpectedly aggressive on top, Dayson and Palone found a seat fourth. When Dayson attacked down the backside, he blew by Wilberforce and scored in 1:54.3. Bluebird Jesse was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Classic Banker completed the ticket. Burke trains Dayson, a 6-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding who now boasts $1,020,712 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. It was one of three wins for Palone, including a pair for trainer Cory Kreiser, on the 13-race program. David McNeight III lit up the tote board when he brought Lady Eagle home at 68-1 in a Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   Rentier, Quality Kemp Win Monday Co-features Rentier powered to the point past the quarter and jogged to an easy victory in Monday's co-feature, an $11,500 Conditioned Trot. Rentier was away fourth, but when trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder asked him for trot, the 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Race Judicata gelding reached the top easily and extended his lead thereafter. He scored in 1:56.1, 3-1/2 lengths better than the rallying Maximum Credit, with Jeffery P third. Austin Brubacker campaigns Rentier. Rentier                      -Chris Gooden photo Quality Kemp captured the co-feature, also a Conditioned Trot, when he followed live cover before brushing home in 1:56.3 for Eric Goodell, trainer Andy Rickert and owner Murdock Racing Stable. The 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Impressive Kemp extended his lifetime bankroll to $108,488. Tony Hall garnered three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, March 29, 2019 -- Millionaire Dancin Yankee fired out for the lead and had little trouble with the field or the sloppy surface, cruising to victory in a sharp 1:53 in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The win gave Dave Palone and harness racing trainer Ron Burke a sweep of the track's four Preferred events for the week. The pocket-sitting Dapper Dude finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with the first-over Arthur Pendragon completing the ticket. Burke Racing Stable campaigns Dancin Yankee, an 11-year-old Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest gelding who boosted his career bankroll to $1,879,907. Palone and Burke each collected four victories on the 12-race card, and each tallied 13 wins for the week. In other highlights of the week: Party At The Banks Repeats in $20K F&M Trot Looped from the gate, Party At The Banks made the lead at her leisure and powered off to her second straight victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. The 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As triumphed in 1:54.2, 3-1/2 lengths better than You're Majestic, with CR Blazin Beauty third. Palone steered Party At The Banks, who lifted her lifetime earnings to $145,923, for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke fashioned a four-bagger on the 12-race program while Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted three winners. Chris Shaw provided the day's tote board pyrotechnics when he guided Woman Possessed home at a lush 55-1.   Windsun Glory Again in Top Distaff Pace Windsun Glory made it two straight to start her 6-year-old campaign with a front-end win in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. The daughter of Mach Three-Windsun Princess repelled a serious first-over challenge from Bontz N to score in 1:52.2 for Palone. The pocket-sitting Touchamatic was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Bontz N saved show. Burke conditions Windsun Glory, who extended her career bankroll to $390,368, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables and Larry Karr. Wilder garnered four wins on the 13-race program while Brady Brown, Jim Pantaleano and Burke each enjoyed a triple.   Millionaire Dayson Scores in Season's Debut Dayson, whose most recent victory made him a millionaire, kicked off his 2019 campaign in similar fashion with an easy win in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Although Dayson hadn't raced since the day after Christmas, Palone steered him aggressively with a quarter-pole move in the slop. The 6-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding prevailed in 1:56, 1-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Bluebird Jesse, with Chef Lee third. Dayson      - Chris Gooden photo Burke trains Dayson, who now has banked $1,011,712, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby. Tony Hall and Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $512.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, March 15, 2019 -- Dew A Little Dance and Wild Wild Western each captured his second straight $12,500 split in Friday's second leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings at The Meadows. A 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance-Artbitration gelding, Dew A Little Dance has been ahead at every call in the series for Tony Hall, trainer Norm Parker and owner Tom Klosky, Jr. He prevailed in 1:52.4, 2-3/4 lengths better than Delray Dude, with Stonelake third. Parker earned a Walter Russell training sweep when Wild Wild Western, a sophomore son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra making only his third career start, rallied for Mike Wilder to score in 1:54.2. Touch Of The West was second, beaten 2-3/4 lengths, while Big Pocket Teen completed the ticket. Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters campaign Wild Wild Western Hall, Parker and Wilder each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card while the broodmare Artbitration enjoyed a rare double as another of her sons, Klosky-owned Dew N Doughnuts, won a conditioned pace. Dew A Little Dance         - Chris Gooden photo The Meadows currently is hosting four series for 3- and 4-year-olds, with all championships set for Friday, March 22, first post 1:05 PM. In other second-leg action this week: Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot -- Fillies & Mares Sweet Madam opened a big lead early and held off a pair of challengers late to triumph in 1:57, fastest this year for a sophomore filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Galary Girl was second, a neck back, while Famous Dilemma completed the ticket. Hall piloted the daughter of Winning Mister-Sweet Mademoiselle for trainer Parker and owner/breeder Bob Key. Jim Pantaleano took the other $12,500 divisions with Revival and Moshannon Magic. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Party At The Banks blew away the field with a 27.4 third quarter for Dave Palone and scored in 1:54.2. Ron Burke conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach Party As, whose career earnings now stand at $135,923, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Wilder and Pantaleano each garnered three wins on the 13-race program.   Ken Weaver Memorial Trot -- Colts, Stallions & Geldings Looped from the gate, Explosive Magic continued to the front and scored a decisive 1:56.4 victory in Tuesday's fastest division. Smokee Mirrors and Bellsandwhistles took the other $12,500 splits. Brian Zendt tallied a Ken Weaver double -- among his three wins on the 13-race card -- behind Explosive Magic and Smokee Mirrors. Explosive Magic, who suffered a neck defeat in the opening leg, made amends with his powerful front-end victory for trainer Dirk Simpson and owners Dirk Simpson Stable and Lawrence Barnett. The 3-year-old Explosive Matter-Magical Paige gelding downed Cash Hit by 2 lengths, with Explosive Form third. Elsewhere on the card, Windsun Glory made a successful return from a three-month layoff with a 1:53 win from post 9 in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Palone was aboard for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva Stables and Larry Karr. The 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Windsun Princess now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $380,368.   Donna Dunn Memorial Pace -- Fillies & Mares Walk On Air followed the live cover of her stablemate, Hip To My Lou, then blitzed by her in the lane to capture her division. The other $12,500 split went to She Dragons. Walk On Air, a 3-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou-Into Thin Air, took a mark last year of 1:56.4 but hadn't raced since Sept. 25. Nevertheless, she had enough pop for Dan Charlino to out-finish Hip To My Lou by 2 lengths in 1:55.2, with Flipping Fun third. Burke conditions Walk On Air for Burke Racing Stable, Adriano Sorella and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Mac Deeno sprang a 17-1 upset in 1:56.3 over a "good" surface for Pantaleano, trainer J.L. Adams and owner Mike Foote. The 6-year-old son of Broadway Hall-Macdeena vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, March 1, 2019 -- Continuing his impressive roll, Dapper Dude rode a pocket trip to victory in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows, giving the 10-year-old millionaire four wins and three seconds in his last seven starts. The front-ending Stride Of Pride didn't go down easily, clicking off the last quarter in 27.2. But under the encouragement of Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., Dapper Dude went a tick faster, downing Stride Of Pride by a neck in 1:52.1 over a "good" surface. The first-over New Evidence completed the ticket. Tim Twaddle trains the son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest, whose career earnings now total $1,333,270, for Micki Rae Stables. Aaron Merriman, trainer Ron Burke and Wrenn each fashioned a triple on the 13-raee card. Hall Sweeps Wednesday Features with Maewegonow, Medusa Seizing the opportunity when the heavy favorite broke near the quarter, Maewegonow powered to the lead from third and pulled off the 8-1 upset in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Once 1-2 favorite Misslarose jumped it off and cleared to the outside, Tony Hall had Maewegonow on the move. The 5-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo triumphed in 1:55.4, 1-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Cherry Pie, with the pocket-sitting Dirty Secret third. Richard Perfido conditions Maewegonow, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $294,051, for Thomas Mattingly. In Wednesday's companion feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Medusa overwhelmed Camera Lady with a quick backside burst and went on to a convincing victory in 1:55.4. Keystone Riptide was second, beaten 1-3/4 lengths, with Circle The Page third. Camera Lady finished last in the field of four and saw her three-race winning streak snapped. Hall steered Medusa for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 8-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical with Pollack Racing LLC. Medusa now boasts $881,743 in career earnings. Merriman and Hall each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 13-race card.   Ellasen Rebounds, Takes Tuesday Feature Rebounding from an uncharacteristically dull performance, Ellasen stalked Touchamatic from the pocket, then brushed by her late to capture Tuesday's feature, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Ellasen finished eighth in her most recent start and never left the cones. But she was sharp Tuesday for Dave Palone, downing Touchamatic by 1/2 length in 1:52.4, with Ubettorbeturlife third. Dirk Simpson trains the 5-year-old daughter of Big Bad John-So Very Nice, who kicked her career earnings up to $177,998, for Peter Karras and William Tortoriello. Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Call For Justice Wins in the Wind; Palone Gets 5-Bagger Call For Justice had to work hard for the lead, and he drifted out in the lane, but he was strong enough to secure the victory in Sunday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. On a day when horses battled wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour, Call For Justice put the field away with a 27.1 third quarter for Palone en route to a 1:58 mile over a "good" surface. The first-over Northern Skyway was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while early leader Media Buzz earned show. Burke trains Call For Justice, a 7-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka who pushed his career bankroll to $557,757, for Burke Racing Stable. Palone garnered five wins and Mike Wilder three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Sunday, when the program features a $2,798.30 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 22, 2019 — Venerable Dapper Dude earned his 50th career harness racing victory in Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows, and he did it in characteristic fashion — turning back challengers inside and out when it appeared he would be engulfed. Dapper Dude led out of the final turn when New Evidence loomed up outside while Stride Of Pride headed for the Lightning Lane. But the 10-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest found more for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and edged Stride Of Pride by a neck in 1:51.1, with New Evidence a close-up third. Tim Twaddle trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $1,324,270, for Micki Rae Stables. Tony Hall fashioned a four-bagger on the 13-race program. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows: Misslarose Hangs Tough in Meadows Debut; Wilder Wins 5 Newcomer Misslarose showed grit in her Meadows debut, as she parried the determined bid of Dirty Secret and triumphed in Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. It took the entire opening panel for Misslarose to reach the point for Aaron Merriman, but the 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata still had enough to put away Dirty Secret and hold off I Want Kandy by a head in 1:58.1 in the slop. Maewegonow rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Misslarose, who extended her career earnings to $140,500, for Renee Bercury. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card, giving him nine victories over the last two programs, while Hall enjoyed a triple. Misslarose winning this week at The Meadows     - Chris Gooden photo Camera Lady Notches 3rd Straight in $18,000 F&M Pace Camera Lady notched her third straight victory when she pocketed Medusa early and thwarted her Lightning Lane bid late to prevail in Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Once Dave Palone gave Camera Lady a 30 second-quarter breather, the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go had enough in the tank to hold off Medusa by a neck in 1:53.3. Keystone Riptide completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, a career winner of $310,458, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone and Burke teamed for four wins on the 13-race card. Wind Of The North Draws Inside, Jogs in $20,000 Trot Wind Of The North enjoyed his best post position in weeks and made the most of it, notching an in-hand victory in Sunday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. For seven straight races, Wind Of The North drew or was assigned post 7 or deeper yet still won three of those contests. With the open draw for Sunday’s event, he and Merriman were able to leave from the rail. The 9-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding quarter-poled to the top and scored easily in 1:56.1 over a “good” surface. Explosive Leggs finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Media Buzz third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Wind Of The North, who extended his impressive bankroll to $1,075,908. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins and Palone three on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Sunday, when the program features a $1,000.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.   by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2019 -- Early in the morning, Dave Kuzara teaches his pupils not to jump. Later in the day, he wants his students to jump as high as they can. Strange? Not really, because Kuzara has chosen a career combination that may be unique. He's a part-time harness racing trainer at The Meadows and full-time assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh women's gymnastics team. Currently, Kuzara has only one active horse, Black Ruby, who's in to go Tuesday. She leaves from post 7, race 4 for Tony Hall. The card begins at 1:05 PM. Growing up near Detroit, Kuzara was a budding gymnast but got the coaching bug while pursuing his undergraduate degree. A youngish 59, Kuzara has been coaching gymnastics for 40 years with stops at the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Massachusetts and West Virginia University. Oddly enough, it was his grandmother who introduced him to harness racing. "She loved bingo and racing, so one day I took her to Detroit Race Course," he recalls. "There were more than 10,000 people there, and it was the most exciting thing I'd ever seen. I knew then that at some point, I would work with horses." In the 1980s, he bought his first horse, a quarter claimer named Pumpernickel who won twice for Kuzara but didn't earn much bread. He was much more successful with Peaches, a daughter of Water Tower who banked $161,482 for her career. "She ended up winning everywhere, including the Meadowlands. She had the track record at Plainridge Park before Bunny Lake broke it. It was amazing what she accomplished. She was just so tough." When UMASS eliminated a number of sports, including gymnastics, Kuzara was left jobless and thought he would try harness racing full time. "I had an eight-horse stable at Saratoga; that was my occupation for a year," he says. "I decided that coaching gymnastics was way easier. The horse business is tough." Kuzara's typical day is virtually endless. At 5 AM or soon after, he's at the Washington County Fairgrounds to work and feed his horses. Then he travels 30 miles or so on I-79 and I-376 to reach Pitt and his gymnastics charges. Finally, he's back at the fairgrounds late in the afternoon. "I've been fortunate in that my commute happens in non-peak-rush-hour times," he says. As you might expect, his coaching responsibilities require semi-regular travel. During those periods when he can't handle the day-to-day care of his horses, Kuzara relies on the assistance of fellow horsemen. "I've been fortunate to be associated with people like Joe Casagranda in Michigan, Don Guidette, Jr. at Plainridge and Bob Barnard and his family at The Meadows," he says. "They've helped me and taught me." For all the apparent differences in his two sports, Kuzara sees key similarities. "Both are anaerobic," he says. "In both, having a training schedule and sticking with it is important. And in each case, you have to pay attention to your students. I can watch a gymnast limp and know that I have to back off with her. I can watch my horse move and know that she's feeling good. Doing both endeavors has made me a lot more alert to the condition of the athlete." In gymnastics, though, his goals transcend winning. "I'm not really coaching gymnasts," he says. "We're in the business of developing strong women with a voice. That's what we should be doing." by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 15, 2019 -- Arthur Pendragon moved steadily first over and wore down the harness racing leader, Dapper Dude, to take Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Arthur Pendragon was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Dapper Dude, a millionaire who seldom gives up the lead late. But the determined Arthur Pendragon edged him by a head in 1:53, with New Evidence a close-up third. Ron Burke conditions the 6-year-old Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding, who now boasts $268,745 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura and Jack Piatt III. Wilder bagged four winners on the 12-race card while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed a triple.. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows: Converted Claimer I Want Kandy Captures $20,000 F&M Trot When I Want Kandy took a Jan. 21 $8,000 claiming race, it didn't seem especially noteworthy. Yet it launched a three-race winning streak that carried her to Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Did she belong with the track's elite distaff trotters? Did she ever. The 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Celebrity Kandy moved first over for Jim Pantaleano and triumphed in 1:59 over a sloppy, tiring track to extend her streak to four. You're Majestic finished second, 2 lengths back, with Goodtogo Hanover third. Scott Betts trains I Want Kandy, who pushed her lifetime earnings to $160,388, for Tim Betts. It was one of three victories on the 13-race program for Pantaleano. Camera Lady Wins Top Distaff Pace, Soars Over $300,000 Camera Lady controlled the mile after a quarter-pole move for Dave Palone and scored for the 46th time in 87 career starts in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Burke conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, who soared over $300,000 in lifetime earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Graceful Vision was second, beaten 2-1/4 lengths, while Medusa rallied from last to third in her seasonal debut. Winning time in the slop was 1:54.4. Tony Hall collected four victories on the 13-race card while Wilbur Yoder fashioned a training/driving double. Uncle Leroy Upsets At 14-1 In $20K Trot Dismissed at 14-1, Uncle Leroy moved confidently to the lead past the quarter and notched a comfortable victory in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. The 6-year-old Neely Dunn-Plumao gelding drifted out in the sloppy stretch but held off Northern Skyway by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:56.3. Full Surge shot the Lightning Lane for show. Charles Vigneron trains Uncle Leroy, who extended his career bankroll to $163,181, for Richard McCormick. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Sunday at 1:05 PM, the first of four consecutive Sunday cards. There will be no live racing on the Mondays following those special Sunday programs. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 8, 2019 -- A front-end type for most of his distinguished career, Dapper Dude moved smartly first over and held off Arthur Pendragon in the lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Once Dapper Dude reached the leader, New Evidence, that frustrated rival broke stride, scattering horses behind him. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Dapper Dude had little trouble clearing the breaker and downing Arthur Pendragon by a neck in 1:53.1. Stride Of Pride, who was bothered by the breaker, recovered to finish third. Tim Twaddle trains Dapper Dude, a 10-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who won for the 49th time in his career and lifted his bankroll to $1,310,770, for Micki Rae Stables. Jim Pantaleano was a three-time winner on the 13-race program. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows: Camera Lady Gets Picture Taken In $18,000 F&M Trot Trapped in last week until the issue had been decided, Camera Lady took matters into her own hands in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace, zipping to the front for Dave Palone and scoring under wraps. Aided by a 29.3 second-quarter breather, Camera Lady easily held off the pocket-sitting Bontz N by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:52.4 -- a tick off her career best -- over a "good" surface. Graceful Vision completed the ticket. Ron Burke conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $291,458, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. TSM Photo Bugger Finds Late Room, Wins Top Trot At 7-1 Veteran TSM Photo Bugger angled off the cones for late racing room, edged past the upstart Uncle Leroy and sprang the 7-1 upset in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. At 20-1, Uncle Leroy put away the leader, Parkhill Lancelot, but couldn't hold off TSM Photo Bugger, who took off when Chris Shaw showed him racetrack. The 12-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding scored in 1:55.3, 1-1/2 lengths better than Uncle Leroy, with early leader Wind Of The North third. Karen Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts career earnings of $766,198, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM, when the program features a wealth of big-score wagering opportunities, including: $6,996.33 carryover in the day's first Superfecta, currently race 2; $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7; $5,650.06 carryover in the Pick 5, races 9-13; $1,295.40 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 1, 2019 -- New Evidence stalked Stride Of Pride from the pocket before using the Lightning Lane to perfection to complete the 6-1 upset in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Stride Of Pride had plenty of pace left turning for home but couldn't match the 27.3 final panel of New Evidence, who prevailed in 1:52.2 over a "good" surface for Aaron Merriman. Dapper Dude also shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Stride Of Pride saved show. Herman Hagerman trains the 6-year-old Western Terror-Bouncing Hanover gelding, who lifted his career earnings to $122,630, for Northwind Farm. With his place check, the 10-year-old Dapper Dude vaulted over $1.3 million in lifetime purses. Dave Palone, Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. In other highlights of the racing week at The Meadows: Wind Of The North Survives Late Scare In $20,000 Trot Wind Of The North had things his way on the point but had to hold off a late charge from the pocket-sitting TSM Photo Bugger to capture Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. As TSM Photo Bugger closed in, Merriman asked the millionaire for more. The 9-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding responded, downing the challenger by a neck in 1:56.1 over a "good" surface, with Explosive Leggs third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $1,063,508. Jim Pantaleano and Wilder each collected three wins on the 13-race card. White Metro Pulls Off 16-1 Shocker In Top Distaff Pace Dismissed at 16-1, White Metro followed the live cover of Bontz N, then roared past her in the lane to score in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Pace for Mike Wilder, trainer Randy Bendis and owner Tom Pollack. The 7-year-old daughter of Metropolitan-Bye Bye Peachy Pie triumphed in 1:54.3 over a "good" surface, 1-1/2 lengths better than Bontz N, who was returning from a 4-1/2-month layoff and suffered her first U.S. defeat in four domestic starts. A trapped-in Camera Lady shook loose late to claim show. White Metro has banked $347,716 in her career. Palone fashioned a triple on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 29, 2019 -- Due to frigid conditions, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has canceled its live harness racing program for Wednesday, Jan. 30 and qualifying races for Thursday, Jan. 31. The Meadows and its Harmar facility will remain open both days for simulcast viewing and wagering. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, Feb. 1, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 1, 2019 -- One of the most spectacular, improbable, inspirational equine careers in harness racing history ended New Year's Eve at The Meadows with the final race of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever. Although his fifth-place finish disappointed the expectant crowd, his $650 check sent his career earnings to $7,635,588, a mark that likely won't be eclipsed anytime soon. The race, the 331stfor the Dragon Again-In A Safe Place gelding, also capped a hugely successful "Farewell Tour" in which Foiled Again's owners -- Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables -- campaigned him at 18 tracks across the continent. The tour was an athletic and an artistic success; not only did Foiled Again win 11 of those races, swelling his career total to 109, but he also was the centerpiece of special events that created handle and buzz for the venues he visited. In fact, the tour did so much for the sport that the United States Harness Writers Association voted Foiled Again the winner of the 2018 Stan Bergstein/Proximity Award, one of harness racing's most prestigious and coveted accolades. Foiled again and Yannick Gingras  post parade for the last time. (Raymond Lance Photo) The chances for victory in his final race took a hit when "Foiled Again's Last Call," as the event was styled, came up so tough that his trainer, Ron Burke, called it a "mini-open." All-day rain made for a sloppy, tiring surface, while his draw, post 8, certainly didn't help. As if all that weren't enough, one of Foiled Again's rivals, Knocking Around, a tough-as-nails, off-the-pace type, was piloted by David McNeight III seeking a milestone of his own -- career victory 1,000. It was a less-than-ideal spot, but the gallant gelding gave it his all, shooting to the top for Yannick Gingras and holding it through fractions of 28.4/57.4. When McNeight challenged first up with Knocking Around, a weary Foiled Again eventually yielded, defeated 3-1/2 lengths but missing show by only 1/4 length. Foiled Again leads the field Going to the ½...(Raymond Lance Photo) The scenario set off celebrations that The Meadows winners' circle seldom has seen. First was the mob that greeted McNeight and Knocking Around, still so full of himself that he would barely settle for the picture. Then the even more boisterous greeting for Foiled Again, who was calm and gentlemanly throughout. Burke Brigade and Foiled Again heading to Winners circle  for the retirement ceremony. (Raymond Lance Photo) Among those speaking in the winners' circle: Gingras, probably Foiled Again' most frequent driver, who cited the horse's victory in the 2013 Breeders Crown as his most memorable trip aboard Foiled Again. (Matt Kakaley, who also has driven Foiled Again, didn't speak but slipped quietly into the celebration.); Burke, who conceived and led the execution of the Farewell Tour. He also cited Foiled Again's Breeders Crown win as his most memorable; Mickey Burke, patriarch of the Burke clan, who decades ago left the auto sales industry to take a fling at harness racing . . . and launched a harness racing dynasty. An emotional Burke insisted that son Ron stand beside him while he made his remarks. Sylvia Burke, partners with son Ron in Burke Racing Stable, who expressed gratitude to the horse's legion of fans; Tessie Irey, Foiled Again's caretaker at The Meadows; Mike Tanner, executive vice president of the United States Trotting Association, who presented the owners with a handsome Foiled Again collage on behalf of USTA and the Harness Racing Fan Zone. USTA Executive Vice President & CEO Mike Tanner presents Ron Burke with Foiled Again Photo Collage. (Raymond Lance Photo) His ownership group purchased Foiled Again privately midway through his 4-year-old campaign, figuring they'd acquired a nice horse who fit their program. But as he developed his potential under Ron Burke's tutelage, he dominated older-horse company and was nigh well unbeatable on smaller tracks. When he captured that 2013 Breeders Crown at age 9, he became the oldest horse ever to win a Breeders Crown event. He won the Dan Patch Award for older males three consecutive times, a feat matched only by the legendary Rambling Willie. Indeed, Foiled Again became a phenomenon unseen since Rambling Willy; his middle-aged and Golden-Years exploits inspired fans -- particularly those with a few miles under their belts. But that phase of his life ended about three hours before his mandatory retirement at the age of 15. Burke indicated he would halt the gelding's training schedule immediately rather than cut back gradually, as Foiled Again always has responded well to being turned out. Burke said he would quarter skittish horses with the old boy so he could teach his nervous buddies to relax, and that Foiled Again would be available for promotional appearances. Now, as his front shoes were pulled for the final time, he turned to face the appreciative crowd, which serenaded him with "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." Then Foiled Again jogged into retirement. Into immortality. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

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