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Whata Donato stalked the leader from the pocket, then blazed through the stretch to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Trainer/driver Doug Snyder hustled Whata Donato to the lead but willingly accepted the cover of Cowgirl Hall. In the lane, Whata Donato swung wide to overtake the leader and held off the lightning lane charge of Boo's Party Girl to down her by a nose in 1:54.3. Anaffairtoremember rallied for show. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, a 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $252,396. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak - The Meadows Racetrack & Casino    

Showing she's all the way back from a freakish injury, Manhattan Miss blazed home in a stake-record 1:54.4 in Friday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event for 3-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows The stake was conducted over five divisions, with Lilu Hanover, Shewontkissandtell, Love Me Madly and Speak To Me taking the other splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a pair of stake victories with Lilu Hanover and Speak To Me. Co-owners Acadia Farms and trainer Marty Wollam consigned Manhattan Miss to the Delaware sale as a yearling but withdrew her when a nasty scar from a leg gash suffered as a weanling appeared to diminish her sale value. The daughter of Broadway Hall-Sneaky Speed raced for the partners at 2, showing talent but breaking problems. They soon discovered the cause of the breaks. Late in her sophomore campaign, her leg disgorged a sizable wood chip left over from the earlier injury. "It took that long for the wood to work itself out," Wollam said. "Since then, she's been good." On Friday, she quarter-poled to the lead for Mike Wilder and downed Alpha Alpha by 3-3/4 lengths, with Murderers Row third. Her time erased the mark of 1:55.2 set last year by Broadway Socks. "We'll race next here in an overnight. Then we may try her in a sires stake," Wollam said. "I wanted to, but my partner didn't. He was right. It worked out well." Lilu Hanover withstood a serious backside challenge from Big Barb and scored in 1:55.4, 1-1/2 lengths better than Global Ice. Big Barb saved show. "She actually welcomed the horse when the horse came to her," Palone said. "She picked me up. I drove her last year and liked her, and she's only become bigger and stronger. She should have a great season." Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld campaign the daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover, who pushed her career bankroll to $133,455. Shewontkissandtell produced the stake's tote board fireworks when, trailing by 4-1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch and seemingly blocked by a pair of horses, she poured through a gift opening in the Lightning Lane and prevailed in 1:59.2, at 14-1, for Brian Zendt. KB's Big Gainer was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Sand C-Four earned show. "Someone ran in the last turn, and I thought I would get some room," Zendt said. "Then two horses moved outside, and I thought I was better off just staying left. Man, I didn't have to worry about her having enough trot. A little luck helps." Lisa Dunn-Adams conditions the homebred daughter of Glidemaster-Caviar And Kisses for Dunn Stable. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, the always-tough Do Me Honor was at it again, coming first over to triumph for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury in 1:52.4. Bad Glamour Girl split horses late for second, 1/2 length behind, while Miss Pinky Pie completed the ticket. The 7-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $584.198. Saturday's special Preakness Day card at The Meadows features four divisions of The Stenographer, a $193,264 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 11:25 AM. Evan Pattak    

Sam Hill stalked the leader, Dew N Doughnuts, from the pocket, then nailed him in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Greg Wright, Jr. hustled Sam Hill to the pocket, where the 9-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding was content to let Dew N Doughnuts do the heavy lifting. Sam Hill had just enough to get by the leader in deep stretch, downing him by a nose in 1:51.3. I'm The Pied Piper finished third. John Sullivan trains Sam Hill, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $342,332, for Don Tiger. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each piloted four winners on the 13-race card. Palone, who notched career win 17,000 in the first race, ended the day with 17,003 career victories. Evan Pattak    

Cowgirl Hall ended an uncharacteristically long drought when she captured Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Cowgirl Hall won 16 times in 2014, but she’d been without a victory in five starts since March 17, a stretch that included top fields in The Meadows Maturity and the Miami Valley Distaff.   But she was sharp Monday, quarter-poling to the lead for Dave Palone and scoring in 1:54.3.   Whata Donato was a length back in second, with the first-over Kandian Klub third.   Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who now boasts $688,868 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal.   Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card, lifting his career total to 16,999.   He has11 scheduled assignments Wednesday, when the program begins at 12:55 PM.   Evan Pattak

In his second start of the year, Trustworthy Kid exploded to the lead and rolled home in a sharp 1:53.1 to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Trustworthy Kid earned over $100,000 last year, and his performance Monday for Brian Zendt suggests he'll continue to pad his career bank account of $262,666. He defeated TSM Photo Bugger by 1-1/4 lengths, with Mike The Trader third. Walter "Boots' Dunn trains the homebred 6-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding for the Dunn Stable. Zendt piloted three winners on the 13-race card. With his one victory, Dave Palone extended his career win total to 16,996. Evan Pattak        

WASHINGTON, PA, March 24, 2015 -- Friday's inaugural staging of the $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for older distaff trotters has attracted two of harness racing's superstars -- 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and 2014 Mare Trotter of the Year Classic Martine. But locally based horsemen aren't backing off. Instead, they're sending out The Meadows' female trotting elite -- Daylon Miracle, Anaffairtoremember, Cowgirl Hall and Whata Donato -- to challenge the glamor girls. Bill Bercury, who owns and trains Daylon Miracle and Anaffairtoremember, insists he's racing for more than a check and a moral victory. "I'm in it to win it," he said. "A win and a second would be perfect." Bercury, a retired auto dealer who still operates a home construction business, has the track record to lend credibility to his remarks. While some horsemen concentrate on stakes candidates and others play the claiming game, Bercury has a different approach. He locates proven, quality performers, pays market rates for them and hopes to recoup his investment and then some. Usually, he does. "There's a lot of money in harness racing now," he said. "Investing $100,000 in a horse is really not a gamble, whereas five or 10 years ago, if you invested $100,000 in a yearling, that was a gamble. I'm buying proven animals; we're asking them to do what they did before. If we can improve them just a bit, we'll do very, very well with them." Both Daylon Marvel and Anaffairtoremember fit the Bercury profile. He paid $150,000 for Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel -- after she had amassed a considerable bank account in Canada. She earned more than $165,000 for Bercury last year alone and routinely faces, and defeats, male rivals. "Did I overpay for her? Maybe a little bit. Will I make money on her? Absolutely. I'd rather overpay for a really nice horse than get a good deal on a horse that won't be competitive." The acquisition price for Anaffairtoremember was slightly more modest -- $90,000 -- but she, too has panned out. The 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman has won three races and $41,625 already this season. "She likes to follow a helmet, and after she follows it, she sprints pretty hard," Bercury said. "I don't know if she's a top horse, but she loves her work, and she's easy to work with." Bercury said his reputation for purchasing quality and paying fair prices generates many queries from prospective sellers, so many that he doesn't need an intermediary to scout talent for him. "When people realize that you're a player and you don't jerk them around, they call you," he said. And he indicated his many years buying and selling cars have helped him in his pursuit of equine stars. "Something well bought is half sold," he said. The Maturity goes as race 9 on Friday's card, and it will follow the $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for sophomore fillies. (Do Me Honor, by the way, is yet another current standout Bercury acquired using his tried-and-true methodology.) First post is 6:55 PM. Here is The Meadows Maturity field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Sweetie Hearts, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 20-1 2. Cowgirl Hall, Eric Goodell, Ron Burke, 8-1 3. Anaffairtoremember, Mike Wilder, William Bercury, 10-1 4. Daylon Miracle, Aaron Merriman, William Bercury, 5-1 5. Rockin With Dewey, Eric Ledford, Benoit Baillargeon, 12-1 6. Handover Belle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1 7. Shake It Cerry, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, 7-5 8. Whata Donato, Doug Snyder, Doug Snyder, 20-1 9. Classic Martine, Dan Rawlings, Chris Oakes, 4-1 Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, April 23, 2015 -- Shake It Cerry, 2014 Trotter of the Year, and Classic Martine, 2014 Mare Trotter of the Year, headline a field of nine top older harness racing mare trotters who will contest Friday's inaugural $51,100 The Meadows Maturity at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. The event goes as race 9, with first post at 6:55 PM. The Meadows created The Meadows Maturity, as well as a companion event for colts and geldings that's set for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Day card, as a rich earnings opportunity for the sport's trotting stars that could keep them from retiring early to the breeding ranks. That's a mission throughout harness racing, and in the case of The Meadows Maturity events, the effort appears to be a success. The distaff version attracted two Dan Patch Award winners in Shake It Cerry and Classic Martine as well as The Meadows' elite female trotters, including Daylon Miracle, Anaffairtoremember, Cowgirl Hall and Whata Donato. Shake It Cerry, who was won more than $2 million in her career, kicks off her 4-year-old campaign in The Meadows Maturity following a winning qualifier in 1:55 -- last quarter in 27.1 -- at the Meadowlands. Trainer Jimmy Takter was in the sulky that day and was pleased with her performance. "I was very impressed with how she felt," Takter reports. "I'm very happy with the way she's training." When Takter turns the reins over to Dave Palone, he won't be advising the Hall of Fame driver to take it easy on the champ her first time out." "She likes to be in charge," Takter said. "When she gets behind the gate, she wants to be part of the action." Takter indicated he and Shake It Cerry's owners, Solveig's Racing Partners, have mapped out an ambitious schedule for the champion that likely won't include any races against males. "It's possible she could race against boys if it's for 4-year-olds only, but we wouldn't race her against boys in anything that's 4 and up," Takter said. He said he does not expect this to be the final season on the track for Shake It Cerry. "At 5, I think she'll be a candidate to ship to Europe to race," Takter said. Classic Martine also is launching her 4-year-old campaign and must do so from post 9 for driver Dan Rawlings, trainer Chris Oakes and owners Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold. But The Meadows Maturity brings her back to the scene of a particularly memorable finish. That occurred in the championship of the 2013 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for sophomore fillies, when Classic Martine and Frau Blucher crossed the wire together in 1:53.2. It was the fastest trotting dead heat in North American harness racing history, a mark that still stands. If she wins Friday, the daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days becomes a millionaire. Friday's program also features the $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Here is The Meadows Maturity field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Sweetie Hearts, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 20-1 2. Cowgirl Hall, Eric Goodell, Ron Burke, 8-1 3. Anaffairtoremember, Mike Wilder, William Bercury, 10-1 4. Daylon Miracle, Aaron Merriman, William Bercury, 5-1 5. Rockin With Dewey, Eric Ledford, Benoit Baillargeon, 12-1 6. Handover Belle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1 7. Shake It Cerry, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, 7-5 8. Whata Donato, Doug Snyder, Doug Snyder, 20-1 9. Classic Martine, Dan Rawlings, Chris Oakes, 4-1 Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, April 10, 2015 -- One Over Par rallied through the lane for what appeared to be a good second-place finish, only to be placed the winner through disqualification in Friday's opening leg of the Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows. The series for 3-year-old fillies is named for Do Me Honor, a top performer in the Bill Bercury stable who raced later on Friday's card. The first leg was conducted as a single division. Although Dobre Povedane crossed the wire first after brushing through the Lightning Lane, she was placed back to second due to a late break. Meanwhile, One Over Par, upset winner of the recent Donna Dunn Memorial Pace championship, had extricated herself from a traffic jam and closed to within a nose of Dobre Povedane, where she was well positioned to benefit from the leader's error. PC's Vixen, rough gaited for much of the mile, finished third. The time over a "good" surface was 1:56.1 Aaron Merriman drove One Over Par, a daughter of Dragon Again-Susie Girl, for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and owners Mark Maynard, KO Racing Stables Inc. and Tangie Massey. It was one of five wins on the 13-race card for Merriman. The track condition was upgraded to "fast" before the $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, but the way Macharoundtheclock performed, the only track condition that would have stopped her was "closed." She blazed to the top from post 9 and collected her second straight victory in 1:53.4, holding off Sand Tilly Lace by a neck. Do Me Honor didn't win on the day "her" series began, but she was a strong third despite being parked the entire mile. Eric Ledford piloted Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who now boasts $448,903 in career earnings, for conditioner Tim Twaddle and Birnam Wood Farms. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2015 -- On Friday, April 10, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000 total-pool guarantee for its harness racing Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantee after Wednesday's Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,131.37. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Friday's program is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 30, 2015 -- Crazolo quarter-poled to the lead and had no serious challenges thereafter in capturing his second straight harness racing victory in Monday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Crazolo dropped into an optional claiming handicap to get last week's win and was so impressive that he was sent off the 9-5 favorite despite the jump in class. Away third, Crazolo brushed to the lead for Jim Pantaleano and easily held off the first-over Tamarind by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4. Call To Post rallied from last for show. Paul Corey conditions Crazolo, a 4-year-old Crazed-Stroke Play gelding who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Michelle Yanek. Dave Palone, Mile Wilder and Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. THE MEADOWS TUESDAY CARD: $20,000 PICK 5 GUARANTEE, $5,000 PICK 4 GUARANTEE On Tuesday, March 31, the live card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two total pool guarantees — a $20,000 guarantee for the Pick 5 and a $5,000 guarantee for the Pick 4. Both are offered as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” Pick 5 guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $5,148.04, while the $5,000 Pick 4 guarantee is a regular feature each Monday and Tuesday. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 10-14) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA. (March 25, 2015) - The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announced today it has invested an additional $4 million to the backstretch operations of the facility's racetrack. Investments in the improvements to the barns, infrastructure and environment have exceeded $10 million to date. The Meadows replaced many of the older barns which house the 825 horse population. Other improvements include new stalls, gates, matting, ventilation systems, windows, paving around the barns. The environment also came out a winner with The Meadows' improvements to alleviate storm water and wastewater run-off. The Meadows is also in the process of installing a state-of-the-art security system to enhance safety throughout the entire racing complex. "These investments confirm our commitment to providing high quality harness racing for years to come," said Kevin Decker, director of racetrack operations for The Meadows. "While not seen by the public, these improvements will have a lasting impact on the drivers, trainers, staff, along with the health of the horses." In June 2012, The Meadows celebrated the completion of the six new barns and a 10-race paddock including paved aisles and HVAC, among other improvements. While there are currently less barns, each one includes more stalls and features the latest technology in airflow management. The initial $6.25 million investment began the replacement process for the original barns built when the track opened for business in 1963. The improvements were privately funded by The Meadows' parent company Cannery Casino Resorts, fulfilling a requirement of Pennsylvania Act 71 (Pennsylvania Slots Bill). The Act, signed into law in 2004, directed the slots licensee to spend a total of $6.25 Million of private equity on backside improvements over a 10-year period. The Meadows has worked collaboratively with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and the Meadows Horsemen's' Group. The Meadows backside consist of 70 acres with 22 barns housing approximately 840 stalls, three blacksmith shops, two tack shops, offices for the Pennsylvania Harness Commission and the MSOA, along with a 10-race paddock and a track chapel. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2015 -- After Wednesday's harness racing program at The Meadows, it's hard to say which of the trotters Lou Goans owns and trains, Laurie Lin and Linborghini, he prefers. In a rarity, the full sisters -- daughters of Linbo - Bacon Hill Bonnie -- each won a $12,000 opening-round division of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Perhaps most gratifying for Goans -- the siblings were a combined 0-33 entering the series. The 3-year-old Laurie Lin got the family off to a good start when she crossed the wire second but was placed the winner when Watch Her Dangle was disqualified for a lapped-on break. Talking Scandal finished third. Laurie Lin scored in 2:03.2 over a sloppy surface for Tony Hall. Later in the card, the 4-year-old Linborghini followed cover nicely, then brushed wide through the lane to triumph in 2:04.3 for Brian Zendt. Miss E Claire was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Icy Sprite earned show. Andrew Markano bred both Laurie Lin and Linborghini. Wu Long took the other series split for Dave Palone, one of his four wins on the 14-race card. The series honors the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of The Meadows' 2:00 Club. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Dew N Doughnuts avoided the breaking leader, snaked between horses late and prevailed for Mike Wilder in 1:54.1, a neck better than Royal Heart. I'm Banksy rallied for show. Norm Parker conditions Dew N Doughnuts, a 5-year-old son of Real Desire - Artbitration who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Tom Klosky, Jr. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 18, 2015 — Whata Donato blew by the leader, Mistress Valentine, in the lightning lane to capture Wednesday’s harness racing $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Whata Donato hustled to the front from post 8 but yielded to the pocket behind Mistress Valentine. When trainer/driver Doug Snyder asked Whata Donato for trot in the lane, the 5-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Donven Promise kicked into gear and scored in 1:58.1 on a “good” surface, 3/4 lengths better than Mistress Valentine. Anaffairtoremember, parked every step in her seasonal debut, was a game third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns Whata Donato, who won for the fourth time in her last seven starts and lifted her career bankroll to $214,266. In Wednesday’s companion feature, the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger also used the Lightning Lane to register his first victory in five starts this year. The 8-year-old SJ’s Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding triumphed in 1:57.2 for Tony Hall and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. The first-over Classicality was a neck back in second while Daylon Miracle earned show. TSM Photo Bugger now boasts $467,151 in lifetime earnings. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 30, 2015 -- In her characteristic Silky Sullivan fashion, Macharoundtheclock rallied from sixth to capture Friday's $15,000 harness racing Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Macharoundtheclock followed the live cover of Novascotia Hanover into the final turn, then swung wide for Eric Ledford for the drive. She defeated 51-1 long shot Nutmegs Yankee by a neck in 1:55.1, with Doubelieveinmagic third. Tim Twaddle trains Macharoundtheclock, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul who now boasts $395,577 in career earnings, for Birnam Wood Farms. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 28, 2015 -- Dave Palone and Ron Burke are two of harness racing's grandest champions, and on Friday, Jan. 30, fans will have an opportunity to meet them and take home Palone- and Burke-themed premiums. The occasion is the annual "Night of Champions Celebration" presented by The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA). Beginning at 6 PM, fans may meet Palone and Burke and receive posters autographed by the two champions and mugs honoring their achievements (while supplies last). Also participating will be noted equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly, whose painting of Palone getting career win 16,754 -- the victory that made him the world's "winningest" harness racing driver -- will be featured. Palone was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010. For his part, Burke has been North America's leading trainer for six consecutive years and, in 2014, smashed his own record with more than $28.3 million in earnings. Both Palone and Burke are based at The Meadows. Other activities include: A "Spin to Win" wheel offering prizes of $2 wagering vouchers and other items; A handicapping contest for Racing Player Rewards members, with the winner earning 20,000 bonus points; Presentation of awards to The Meadows' 2014 equine champions, as voted by MSOA members. The connections of Cammikey will receive his award as The Meadows 2014 Horse of the Year. Friday's live card begins at 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2015 -- The beaten harness racing favorite in five of his six most recent starts, Visible Gold was determined not to let another opportunity slip away, digging in late to capture Thursday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Visible Gold was leading throughout the mile but was challenged in mid-stretch by the pocket-sitting Dew N Doughnuts. The 7-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding held off his challenger by a nose to score for Dave Palone in 1:53.4 over a sloppy surface. Solar Surprise rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Visible Gold, who extended his career bankroll to $383,944, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. It was one of four wins on the 14-race card for Palone. Evan Pattak

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