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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 26, 2016 -- Scented Roses captured her fourth straight victory Tuesday at The Meadows when she scored easily in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Scented Roses retook the lead for Dave Palone past the quarter and widened her margin late, prevailing by 1-1/4 lengths over Whata Donato in 1:56.2 on a "good" surface. Boo's Party Girl rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Scented Roses, a 4-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Scent Of A Woman who extended her career bankroll to $139,014, for Burke Racing Stable. It was one of six wins on the 15-race card for Palone. Burke, harness racing's leading trainer for many years, enjoyed a rare win in the sulky -- in only his second drive of the year at The Meadows -- when he steered first-time starter Rugged Wear to victory. Burke and his mother, Sylvia, bred and own the 4-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Hip Huggers. Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests each features a Kentucky Derby prep. Featured race Saturday, Jan. 30, is the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 19, 2016 -- Boo's Party Girl had plenty to celebrate Tuesday at The Meadows as she pulled off a 23-1 harness racing shocker in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. The longest shot on the board, Boo's Party Girl had been racing exclusively in conditioned races until her promotion to the top trot last week. On Tuesday, she was third over and seemingly no threat when trainer/driver Brian Zendt moved her wide for the drive. The 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda roared past the field and triumphed in 1:56 over a "good" surface, matching her career best. Bessie shot the Lightning Lane for second, 3/4 lengths back, with Anaffairtoremember third. Dunn Stable bred and owns Boo's Party Girl, who now boasts $172,764 in lifetime earnings. Dave Palone drove five winners on the 15-race card while trainer Dane Snyder fashioned a three-bagger. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2016 -- Moving three wide through the final turn, Doctor RJ zipped through the sloppy stretch and scored an 8-1 harness racing upset victory in Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. As is his custom, Doctor RJ got away near the back of the pack.. But when Eric Goodell showed him racetrack, the 7-year-old Real Artist-Informant gelding nailed the leader, Unlocked, in the final strides and defeated him by a nose in 1:53.4. Achilles Blue Chip rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains Doctor RJ, who extended his career bankroll to $215,710, for Keith Pippi and Robyn Kennedy. Tony Hall, Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 24, 2015 -- Bessie powered up first over, wore down the leader and rolled to victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Barn Girl, who had enjoyed a comfortable 58 opening half. The 4-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine put away Barn Girl and held off the late bid of Mistress Valentine to down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.3. Whata Donato finished third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who extended her career bankroll to $147,679, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                          

Beaten 26 lengths in her lone qualifier, TSM Money Dragon didn't generate a lot of wagering attention for her debut Monday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. But she blew up the tote board when she saved ground and scored at 127-1, returning $315.80 for $2 across the board. Dan Rawlings drove the daughter of Dragon Again-Tsmshowmethemonet for trainer Bob Krenitsky, Jr. and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. The big upset helped assure that the Pick 5 would go uncovered. Indeed, Tuesday's Pick 5 at The Meadows features a carryover of $1,908.23. Elsewhere on the card, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace also featured an upset when Hidden Land, the longest shot in the field at 11-1, moved three wide into the final turn and brushed wide through the stretch for Tony Hall to triumph in 1:52.3. Coffee Addict was second, 1/2 length back, with Ubettorbeturlife third. Brad Irvine conditions Hidden Land, a 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Armbro Ocasey who boosted her career bankroll to $122,707, for William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Dave Palone and Hall each piloted three winners on the 15-race program. Evan Pattak                              

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 20, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan continued his outstanding 2015 season Friday at The Meadows, capturing the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace for his 17th victory in 31 starts this year. Atta Boy Dan was pushed by the parked-out Cammikey to a demanding 26.2 opening panel. But when Dave Palone gave the 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding a 29 second-quarter breather, he had plenty left to discourage challengers. Atta Boy Dan scored in 1:50.2, 2-1/4 lengths better than the first-over Unlocked, with Dew N Doughnuts a rallying third. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who now boasts $447,592 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins and Eric Goodell three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2015 -- Lady's Dude took the field through a swift three-quarters but had enough left to thwart challengers inside and outside as he captured Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in 1:53.2, matching his career best. Lady's Dude zipped to the lead from post 7 and rolled through snappy fractions of 27.1/56.3/1:24.2 but then had to deal with Classicality on the outside and Tall Cotton shooting the Lightning Lane. Under Dave Palone's urging, the 4-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding found another gear and held off Classicality by 1/2 length, with Tall Cotton third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who won for the fifth time in his last seven starts and extended his career bankroll to $264,962, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Jim Pantaleano and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 16, 2015 -- Do Me Honor stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hidden Land rolled through a swift 1:23.3 three-quarters but was unable to separate from the field. Do Me Honor, who was making her second start off a six-week freshening, found the Lightning Lane in time for Aaron Merriman and downed the rallying Macharoundtheclock by a nose in 1:52.1. Mamas Fallen Angel saved ground and earned show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Do Me Honor, a 7-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right who now boasts $655,064 in career earnings. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Pick 4 increase guarantee to $12,500 Tuesday The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, Nov. 17 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, The Meadows sweetened the pot after Monday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,349.48. 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. Tuesday’s program also features a $1,028.40 carryover in the Pick 5, Races 11-15. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattack, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2015 -- Allbeef N Nobull waited patiently for the Lightning Lane, then poured through for Dave Palone to capture Friday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. While Sam Hill and the first-over Southern Allie battled for the lead from the three-quarters on, Allbeef N Nobull saved ground and energy in the pocket. The son of McArdle-She Likes It All, the lone 3-year-old in the field of accomplished veterans, found the Lightning Lane in time to nip Sam Hill by a nose in 1:52.3, with Southern Allie third. Ron Burke trains Allbeef N Nobull, who extended his career bankroll to $197,507, for Burke Racing Stable, Donald Emond, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder collected four victories on the 15-race card while Tony Hall and trainers Randy Bendis and Norm Parker each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2015 -- Lady's Dude quarter-poled to the front for Dave Palone and had just enough late lick to hold off the hard-charging Rompaway Galaxy and capture Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady's Dude thwarted the first-over challenge of Monte Cristo Spur as well as the Lightning Lane bid of Classicality. The 4-year-old Victory Sam-Lady's Star gelding found the wire just in time to edge Rompaway Galaxy by a nose in 1:54.3 over a "good" surface. Classicality was a close-up third. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, who now boasts $254,962 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Jim Pantaleano and Palone each enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2015 -- Dismissed at a juicy 16-1, Unefoisdansmavie followed live cover into the final turn, then zipped through the sloppy stretch to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie trailed her stablemate, Barn Girl, by 2-1/2 lengths at the top of the lane, but the 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World responded to Eric Goodell's urging and nailed Barn Girl by a head in 1:56. The first-over Mistress Valentine raced well for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who extended her career bankroll to $539,687, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall notched three winners on the 15-race card.    by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2015 -- Cammikey quarter-poled to the lead and held off the late charge of Sam Hill to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. In last week's feature, Cammikey stayed inside, never found racing room and had to swallow a sixth-place pill. Brian Zendt assured that wouldn't happen Friday, moving early from third with the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam and relegating Sam Hill to the pocket. Cammikey downed Sam Hill by 1/2 length in 1:51.3 over a "good" surface. Full Code earned show despite being parked the mile. Bill Zendt trains Cammikey, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings, for owner/breeder Cam Land LLC. Tony Hall and Aaron Merriman each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 4, 2015 -- Outside and uncovered the entire back half, Classicality relentlessly wore down the leader to capture Wednesday's $22,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Classicality was fourth into the clubhouse turn when Brian Zendt sent him after Lady's Dude, who'd enjoyed a leisurely second quarter in 30. The 5-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding put Lady's Dude away in the stretch and held off the rallying Neely's Messenger by a neck in 1:54. Better Caviar was third. Lisa Dunn trains the homebred Classicality, who extended his career bankroll to $290,637, for Dunn Stable. Eric Ledford and Zendt each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

Wakizashi Hanover turned in a sharp tune-up for the Breeders Crown when he won effortlessly in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Yankee Bounty took the other division of the $69,750 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Wakizashi Hanover ranks third among all North American Standardbreds in seasonal earnings, and he's seventh in the current Hambletonian/Breeders Crown poll. While he's used to racing for richer purses, trainer Joann Looney-King said the owners of the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding -- the principals of Tri County Stable -- deliberately picked the Keystone Classic for his final Breeders Crown prep. "This was what we did instead of qualifying -- $34,000 is better than nothing," she said. "The owners stuck with their schedule. He's done enough traveling. He's still 3, and we want him to last a while longer." In the Keystone Classic, Wakizashi Hanover controlled the mile for Tim Tetrick and scored in 1:51.1, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of My Hero Ron. Allbeef N Nobull earned show. With the victory, Wakizashi Hanover soared over $1.2 million in career earnings. "He looked good -- never popped the plugs," Looney-King said. "He's been putting in steps lately, but today he looked on his game. So we're ready." Yankee Bounty also prevailed on the front end, but he needed a late wake-up call from Yannick Gingras to complete the job. "It wasn't so much that he was tired, but he got a little lonely on the front," Gingras said. "He was by himself a long way and wanted some company." The pocket-sitting Badiou Hanover was second, beaten a head, while Cooperstown rallied for show. The Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick, is having an unusual year, with $282,140 in earnings but only two victories. Gingras, for one, isn't disappointed. "He's raced good against a good crop of 3-year-olds," Gingras said. "He's been there all along. Not many wins, but the bottom line is the last column. That's what matters."   $89,800 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Chef Lee and Colbert each captured a division of Tuesday's companion feature, an $89,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. Chef Lee inherited the front when the leader, Mesmerized, broke stride near the quarter pole, and he made the most of it, digging in late to score in 1:54.4 -- matching his lifetime best -- for Mike Wilder and owner/trainer Norm Parker. Don't Mind Me was second, a head back, with Suit And Tie third. "The lead was where I wanted to be, although Mike always likes to take it easy on the horse," Parker said. "I know he fights hard on the front end." The late Rex Parker, longtime Standardbred owner, bequeathed Chef Lee to his nephew Norm, and the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding has been the gift that keeps on giving, pushing his career bankroll to $192,614 . Parker said his final start this year will be in the Circle City at Hoosier Park. Colbert had little trouble disposing of his competition, grabbing the lead early for Tetrick and rolling to victory in 1:54.4, fastest of his career. The first-over New Castle was second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Boots N Chains completed the ticket. "I drove him for the first time his last race, and he got locked in and pretty grabby," Tetrick said. "I was hoping I could race him again and draw a spot where I could cut it. I thought he'd go a pretty big mile, and he did." Ake Svanstedt conditions Colbert, a son of Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting. In the $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Barn Girl -- recently acquired privately for Burke by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura -- returned instant dividends when she shot the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone to defeat Unefoisdansmavie by 3 lengths in 1:54.1, with Whata Donato third. The 3-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $199,716 in career earnings. Palone and Burke each fashioned a four-bagger on the 15-race card while Wilder enjoyed a triple. Evan Pattak

Hot Type spotted Tamarind 6-1/2 lengths, then wore him down in the lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Hot Type was sitting fourth when Mike Wilder sent him first over after Tamarind. The 4-year-old Chocolatier-Lithograph gelding closed in relentlessly despite the sloppy going and defeated Tamarind by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Trustworthy Kid recovered from an early break to earn show. Ron Burke trains Hot Type, who extended his career bankroll to $180,926, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Evan Pattak        

Monte Cristo Spur collected his third win in the last four starts — a 10-1 upset, no less — when he roared through the lane and captured Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.   With Major Athens fronting the field through a swift 1:23.4 three quarters, trainer/driver Dick Stillings was content to keep Monte Cristo Spur in fourth along the pylons. Stillings showed him racetrack around the final turn, and the 4-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Sweet Gabriella found another gear and rolled home in 1:53.4, a head better than the rallying Hot Type. Tall Cotton earned show. Richard Davis campaigns Monte Cristo Spur, who extended his career bankroll to $175,516.   Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

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