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WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2017 -- A handful for Aaron Merriman for much of the mile, Vivacious Allie got her act together in the Lightning Lane and broke her maiden in a stake-record 1:55 in Tuesday's $167,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over four divisions, with Manchego, Front Circle and Special Hill taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a stake double with Manchego and Special Hill. The four winning fillies provided a sire's sweep for their dad, Muscle Hill. With two victories on the 13-race card, Dave Palone pushed his career win total to 17,999. He has 12 scheduled assignments on Wednesday's program. Merriman indicated Vivacious Allie was a little too vivacious early on. "She did every single thing but run in the first turn," he said. "It was a miracle I even kept her trotting. When she flattened out in the stretch, she showed a lot of heart for being as steppy as she was in the turns. I was very impressed with her resiliency." The daughter of Muscle Hill-KD Girl caught Hey Livvy late and defeated her by a head, with Seviyorum third. The time knocked a tick from the stake mark established last year by Fine Tuned Lady and is the fastest this year by a 2-year-old filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Ake Svanstadt trains Vivacious Allie, a $120,000 yearling acquisition, for Hans Enggren. Manchego launched her career with an eye-popping June 30 Meadowlands win in 1:54.4. While not as fast in the Meadow Gladys, she was just as effective, winning on the front in 1:56.2. Tiffany's Flash was 2-1/2 lengths back in second while Msnaughtyashill completed the ticket. "So far she's one of the better-looking fillies, but there are a lot of good fillies out there, so we'll go from there," Gingras said. "Let her do the talking." Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman campaign Manchego, a $120,000 yearling purchase out of Secret Magic. With her victory, Front Circle, who sold for $110,000 as a yearling, remains undefeated in her two-race career, with both wins from off the trot. That may be unusual for a green trotter, but winning driver Matt Kakaley indicated it's her preferred style. "She's way better with a target -- definitely," Kakaley said. "This one was pretty easy for her -- I didn't even pull the plugs. She won't go much more than she has to; she just gets the job done." Front Circle downed early leader Air Quote Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths, while Olive R Klosov closed well for show. Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Muscle Hill-Sheena Hall for Burke Racing Stable, Silva Purnel & Libby, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the $22,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Jewels In Hock worked hard for the early lead but had little trouble thereafter, prevailing in 1:54.3 for Palone, Burke and owner Crawford Farms Racing. Goodtogo Hanover was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, with Nothing But Nice third. The 5-year-old daughter of Credit Winner-Jewels Galore now boasts $491,193 in career earnings. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $120,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshmen colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, March 20, 2017 -- Dapper Dude stalked Mykindachip from the pocket, then blew by him in the lane to capture Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude chased Mykindachip through a 1:23 three-quarters before Aaron Merriman vacated the pocket and asked the millionaire for pace. The 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest responded by wearing down Mykindachip and downing him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.4. Heavenly Knox shot the Lightning Lane for show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $1,060,520, for Renee Bercury. In Monday's companion feature, the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Rockin Rum Springa cut out a brutal 25.3 opening panel but had enough to hold on and triumph by 1/2 length in 1:52.1 for Eric Goodell, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dime A Dance and Southwind Roulette, a Doug Snyder-trained entry, finished second and third, respectively. A 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Deferred Comp, Rockin Rum Springa now boasts $185,611 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 13-race card while Burke fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 18, 2017 -- Art N Music exploded from the pocket in the lane and captured his second straight in Saturday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Town Speaker took the other $12,500 second-leg split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The Walter Russell championship, as well as the finals of three other current series at The Meadows, is set for Saturday, March 25. Art N Music stalked Dragon Striker for most of the mile before making the winning move for Dave Palone. He prevailed in a career-best 1:55.3 over a sloppy surface, 2-3/4 lengths better than the rallying Sin City Boogie, while Dragon Striker saved show. Ron Burke trains the 4-year-old Art Colony-Keystone Musical gelding for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Town Speaker, who finished third in his series opener, quarter-poled to the front for Dan Rawlings and held off the first-over Gossip Boy to score by a neck in 1:56.3, with Subliminal third. Dirk Simpson conditions the 3-year-old Well Said-Town Feather gelding for James Reynolds and Marsha Combs-Skinner. Burke enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card, with Palone piloting three of the victors. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, March 15, 2017 -- Ms Mullen zipped to the front from post 8 and dug in late to preserve her victory -- her second straight -- in the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Stars N Sparkles rallied from last to take the other $12,500 division in Wednesday's second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. While Ms Mullen had little trouble thwarting the first-over challenge of Eva Ka Jean, she still faced the Lightning Lane threat of the pocket-sitting Silly Silly Girls. The 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Massive-Kentucky Bluebird found more for Tony Hall and held off Silly Silly Girls by a neck in 2:00.3 over a "good" surface. Eva Ka Jean saved show. Dirk Simpson trains and leases Ms Mullen. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice won his third straight -- a front-end jog from post 7 in 1:56 -- for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tricky Nick finished second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Angels Ransom third. The 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka soared over $300,000 in career earnings. Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card while Bob Key enjoyed a four-bagger as an owner. Rich Gillock conditions three of Key's Wednesday victors. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 21, 2017 -- Bessie thwarted two late challengers en route to her second straight victory in Tuesday's $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot at The Meadows. Bessie zipped to the front from post 6 for Jim Pantaleano and led the field into the stretch, where she faced a menacing bid from Princess Pablano, who made an unforced break. But that still left the dangerous Whata Donato, who was charging through the Lightning Lane. Bessie held firm, defeating Whata Donato by a nose in 1:55.2, with She Nuit third. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, a 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine who extended her lifetime bankroll to $280,360, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Tony Hall and Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 12-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 20, 2017 -- After a second-quarter breather, Medusa sprinted home in 55.1 to capture her second straight victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Medusa retook the lead past the quarter, allowing Tony Hall to give her a leisurely 29.3 second panel. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical turned on the gas from there, downing the rallying Lakeisha Hall by 3/4 lengths in 1:52.1. Spreester earned show. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $441,012, and owns with Tom Pollack. Dave Palone piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card.   by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 11, 2017 -- Medusa stalked Skippin By from the pocket, then edged by her late to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By took the field through leisurely fractions of 27.4/57.4, but when she sprinted home, she could not shake Medusa. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Mythical took the outside route for Tony Hall and nipped Skippin By by a head in1:54.3 over a "good" surface. Spreester finished third. Randy Bendis trains Medusa, who vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings, and owns with Tom Pollack. Dave Palone and Hall each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 3, 2017 -- Skippin By overwhelmed the leader with a first-over blitz in the slop and went on to a comfortable victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By was in third place when Dave Palone sent her after Medusa, who was unchallenged on the lead to that point. The 6-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia cleared into the final turn and drew off to score in 1:52.2 geared down. Tipitina found late racing room to finish second, 3/4 lengths back, with Spreester third. Ron Burke trains Skippin By, who now boasts $688,504 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Wall Bros. Stable and Bruce Soulsby. Palone piloted six winners -- giving him 10 over the last two programs -- including three for Burke while Aaron Merriman fashioned a driving quadruple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 24, 2016 -- Donttellmeagain completed his sweep of four Pennsylvania Stallion Series preliminary legs when he rolled home in 1:52 -- a national season's mark -- in Wednesday's harness racing action at The Meadows. The $80,000 event for freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over four divisions, with Dragon Striker, Western Hill and Ozone Blue Chip taking the other $20,000 splits. Aaron Merriman notched a stake double behind Donttellmeagain and Ozone Blue Chip. Jim King, Jr. said he and his wife, trainer Jo Ann Looney-King, knew early on they had a talented horse on their hands but couldn't reach immediate consensus on his stakes schedule with the youngster's owner, Paton Racing Stables. "I suggested putting him in the sires stakes, but the owner wanted to stick with the plan, which was the stallion series," King reported. "I got a horse with a lot of confidence right now -- we haven't taken him apart. I think he was well paid for his efforts. If everything goes fine with the final, that leaves us in a situation where the horse can make any payments that we want instead of expecting the owner to make them." On Wednesday, the Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo gelding moved to the front before the quarter and won as he pleased, downing Somebeach Baron by 3-1/2 lengths, with Mr Today third. Stallion series championships are set for Sept. 11-12 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.. Ponderingjacksfame also was seeking a stallion series sweep, but he was stung to the quarter in 27.2 by 60-1 long shot Aplin Hanover. That left him vulnerable to the improbable first-over charge of Dragon Striker -- improbable because the son of Dragon Again-Lady's Portrait was a five-race maiden entering the event. Nevertheless, he defeated Ponderingjacksfame and Marcus Miller by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:52.3. See You Friday earned show. "The horse sitting second was a long shot, and Marcus' horse definitely was much the best," said winning driver Tony Hall. "I didn't want to get stuck behind the horse in the two hole if he backed me through. So my game plan was to get around him and get back in the two hole. I was stuck out there a lot longer than I assumed I would be. But my horse overcame it and raced a huge mile." Rich Gillock trains Dragon Striker for owner/breeder Bob Key. Western Hill found himself outside and gapping cover in a 26.3 third panel, but he shifted to another gear and prevailed in 1:52.4 for Joe Bongiorno, trainer Tony Alagna and owner/breeder Tom Hill. Early leader Maconupwithedragon was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Papiamento completed the ticket. "I was chasing him a little bit, and he wasn't going on very much, but 26.3 was the reason," Bongiorno said. "When I popped the plugs, he gained so much ground so quick -- I think he came his third quarter in 26.1 -- and he was just gone. That's a serious horse." In the Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton let his stablemate, I Know My Chip, do all the heavy lifting, then kicked past in the lane to score in 1:54.1. Trustworthy Kid shot the Lightning Lane for second, beaten a head, while I Know My Chip saved show. Dave Palone piloted the 10-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $787,541, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features the $140,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers and the Tyler B, a $186,672 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The card begins at the special post time of 11:25 AM to dovetail with the running of the Travers at Saratoga later Saturday. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 — Looped from the gate and forced into brutal fractions of 25.2/52.1—in the slop, no less—Racing Hill showed his talent and heart when he drew away from the field late and captured Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows in a harness racing career-best 1:48.4 The pocket-sitting Check Six could not improve his position in the lane and finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Fernando Hanover was a ground-saving third. Racing Hill entered the 50th edition of the Adios with the flashiest credentials, including his victory in the $500,000 Hempt Memorial final and second-place finishes in the finals of the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace—each a $1 million event. But if his rivals didn’t appear up to the task of beating Racing Hill, it seemed that weather and trip might do him in. Rain punctuated by storms—the skies cleared shortly before the Adios went off—created a surface that proved tiring to some early leaders throughout the card. And Racing Hill, the 2-5 favorite, couldn’t wrest the lead from Check Six until just before the three-eighths. “The race was not going the way I wanted it to go,” said winning driver Brett Miller. “I was expecting a few more people to leave and kind of shooting for the 3 hole. When that didn’t happen, I said to myself, we’re in trouble.” Miller had an even stronger reaction when he realized how fast Racing Hill was going. “When I saw the time flash up,” he said, “I wanted to throw up. I didn’t think there was any way he could keep going. He goes to the half in 52.1 and keeps going. Horses don’t do that.” Once he thwarted the first-over challenge of long shot Another Daily Copy, the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals opened up and had only the timer to beat. The win pushed his career bankroll to $970,028. Tony Alagna, who trains Racing Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill, said he expected a swift opening half if only because his colt was facing five foes from the powerful Ron Burke stable. “I didn’t think they would let us get to the half in 55,” Alagna said. “I knew they would make us earn it. “I’m a big believer in watching drivers’ body language. I was watching Brett in the bike, and he was telling me that he felt he had something left.” Alagna said he plans to give Racing Hill two weeks off before his next engagement, the Battle of the Brandywine. Manhattan Beach took fourth and More Dragon fifth, meaning that Burke, who entered six horses in Adios 50 and saw five advance to the final, finished 2-3-4-5. Did he find that frustrating or satisfying? “Definitely satisfying,” Burke said. “My horses raced well. Racing Hill was unbelievable.” ADIOS NOTES:  Miller entered Adios 50 as the leading money-winner in the history of the event among drivers who had never won an Adios final. With the victory, he vaulted to eighth on the all-time Adios earnings list with $562,286 . . . Although the track was sloppy, Racing Hill matched the time of last year’s winner, Dude’s The Man. They’re tied for the fourth-fastest Adios final . . . James Witherite, race caller at Tioga Downs and an accomplished jazz organist, showed off another dimension of his talent, entertaining fans as the Adios Day bugler. He included some subtle touches, such as playing the old Billy Joel hit “She’s always a Woman” to introduce the Adioo Volo—a stake for 3-year-old fillies. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2016 -- She Wore Red moved three wide into the final turn and rolled home to score in a career-best 1:53.2 -- her second straight harness racing victory -- in Tuesday's $22,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. She Wore Red was fourth when Tony Hall moved her behind the first-over cover of Princess Pablano. When that cover stalled, the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann brushed widest through the lane to defeat the hard-used Smokinmombo by 2 lengths. Whata Donato earned show. John Melsheimer trains She Word Red, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $156,575, for Joyce McClelland. Hall collected five wins -- including a pair for trainer Jimmie Ritter -- on the 14-race card while Aaron Merriman fashioned a triple. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2016 -- Racing Hill, the 1-5 favorite, overpowered the field as he captured his elimination in the 50th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:49.1, while Manhattan Beach found late racing room to take Saturday's other $25,000 harness racing elimination at The Meadows. Those two will be joined in next Saturday afternoon's $400,000 Adios final by Check Six, Lyons Snyder, More Dragon, Fernando Hanover, Another Daily Copy, American Passport and Big Top Hanover. Big Top Hanover earned his berth in the field of nine as the fifth place finisher with higher career earnings. Five of the six entrants trained by Ron Burke made it through to the final. The draw for Adios post positions is set for Tuesday at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live! The connections of Racing Hill and Manhattan Beach will choose their post positions, with the others drawn randomly. Racing Hill boasted the strongest credentials in the field, having won the final of the $500,000 Hempt Memorial and finishing second in the Meadowlands Pace and the final of the North America Cup--each of those a $1 million event. If that grueling schedule of five tough races in little more than six weeks took anything out of him, it wasn't evident in his Adios elimination. The son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals made the front with an extended quarter pole move for Brett Miller and thwarted the first-over challenge of Pick Six to down him by 3/4 lengths. Early leader Lyons Snyder finished third. "He's just ultra-sharp," said Tony Alagna, who trains Racing Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill. "He felt so good coming out of the Meadowlands Pace--he was so fresh and jogged great--that I felt good about bringing him here. "If the final had been an open draw, I probably would have preferred that he sit in so we could make the final. But with the new format this year, it's important that you get to pick your post--especially with a bunch of Burke horses making the final. You don't want to draw the 9 hole against a big entry." The victory pushed Racing Hill's lifetime bankroll over $770,000. Manhattan Beach saved ground for most of the mile before Matt Kakaley sent him through a seam in mid-stretch. He held off the Lightning Lane charge of his stablemate, Fernando Hanover, to defeat him by a neck in 1:50.2, a career best. Another Daily Copy, who fronted the mile, saved show. Kakaley said he wasn't worried about being pinned late. "If I'd had to wait for the passing lane, he'd have got through," he said. "There was no worry there. He raced really good in the Meadowlands Pace, and he raced good today. He was sneaky good a few starts before the North America Cup. Hopefully he brings his 'A' game next week." Burke conditions Manhattan Beach, a Somebeachsomewhere-Benear gelding who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers. As thoughts turned to Tuesday's draw for post positions, both camps seemed to be heading in the same direction. "The inside here is tough to get off," Miller said. "I got away fourth today from the rail, and I was leaving just about as hard as I could. I could live with post 3, but I think I'd rather have post 4, right around there." Kakaley's reasoning was similar. "I don't want the 1 or 2 hole ," he said. "Probably 3 or 4." Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2016—Muscling up for the signature race at his home track, harness racing trainer Ron Burke has entered six horses in the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, where they’ll clash with Racing Hill, runner-up in both the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace. They head a field of 12 for the Adios, which this year marks the 50th edition of the prestigious pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings that Delvin Miller founded and named for his foundation sire. Two eliminations, each with a purse of $25,000, are set for Saturday afternoon, July 23, while the $400,000 final goes Saturday afternoon, July 30. The eliminations are scheduled as races 8 and 9, with an estimated post time of 3 PM for race 8. The most formidable of the Burke six-pack may be Check Six, who finished third in the Meadowlands Pace final and has banked $576,442 in his career. He’ll leave from post 6 in race 8. Burke also sends out Big Top Hanover, Fernando Hanover, Manhattan Beach, More Dragon and Stolen Glimpse. Yannick Gingras is listed as driver for all six Burke horses, so most of those assignments remain to be finalized. Racing Hill was beaten only a nose by Control The Moment in the Meadowlands Pace, timed in 1:48.2. Trained by Tony Alagna, the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals captured the final of the $500,000 Max Hempt and has earned $757,528 lifetime. He goes from the rail in race 8. Alagna, the only trainer besides Burke with multiple Adios entrants, also will be represented by American Passport, who finished second in the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk but has neither won this year nor raced since July 1. He’ll leave from post 5 in race 9 for Scott Zeron. The fields for Saturday’s Adios eliminations, in post position order: Race 8 Racing Hill by Roll With Joe Western Fame by Western Ideal More Dragon by Dragon Again Stolen Glimpse by Art Major Lyons Snyder by Well Said Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere Race 9 Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal Fernando Hanover by Dragon Again Another Daily Copy by Somebeachsomewhere American Passport by American Ideal Rip This Joint by Western Terror Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2016 -- Snowstorm Hanover matched the stake record when he stormed through the slop and scored in 1:56 in Friday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake action at The Meadows. The $192,004 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over six divisions, with Affair Of Honor, Dover Dan, Don Dream, Lucky Matter and Moonshiner Hanover also taking splits. Trainer Chris Beaver (Lucky Matter, Moonshiner Hanover) enjoyed a stake double while Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick (Affair Of Honor, Dover Dan) teamed for a pair of Hickory Pride victories. Snowstorm Hanover had little trouble with the off going, zipping to the front for Dave Palone and defeating Stealth Hanover by 3-1/2 lengths, with Andy M third. The time equaled Stormin Normand's Hickory Pride record established in 2011. Palone, who previously piloted the son of Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover in two qualifying wins, said the big performance was no surprise to him. "He's acted like a really good colt all along," Palone said. "There's no bottom to him. Today over that racetrack, that's an incredible mile." Ron Burke trains Snowstorm Hanover for Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. A full brother to millionaire and top stallion Explosive Matter, Affair Of Honor raced greenly through the stretch but still held off Box Of Luck by a head in 1:58. Muscle Ville earned show. "He kind of ran out a little bit, looked a little bit lost, but he's starting to figure it out," said assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen of the son of Cantab Hall-Fireworks Hanover, a $90,000 yearling acquisition. "He has a bunch of ability and speed, but he might be one who takes a little longer to put everything together." Dover Dan saved ground for most of the mile, then exploded out of the final turn and downed You Can't Habit by 1/2 length in 1:58.3. Muay Hanover completed the ticket. "I had to just get him through the turn at the half," Callahan said. "If I could have been first up, I think he'd have won a lot easier. But I didn't want to move with him in either turn. He's still trying to find his gait." In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Foiled Again, richest horse in harness racing history, showed he still has plenty of pop at age 12 when he cruised to a front-end victory in 1:51.4, 2-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Techtor Hanover. Aimo Hanover earned show. The Dragon Again-In A Safe Place gelding soared over $7.4 million in career earnings for trainer Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 14, 2016 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind trainers and owners that the entry box for eliminations for the $500,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids closes Tuesday, July 19, 9 AM. Adios elims, set for Saturday afternoon, July 23, kick off a week of Grand Circuit racing and family-oriented activities culminating Saturday afternoon, July 30, with the Adios final. For further information, contact the office of the race secretary, 724.225.9897. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 13, 2016 -- Fashion Winner launched his career in fine fashion Wednesday at The Meadows when he rolled to a front-end victory in a stake-fastest 1:58.1 in a $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event. The stake was contested over six divisions, with Common Parlance, Limerence, Almirola Hanover, Simply Volo and Wiagram Hanover also taking splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a pair of stake wins (Fashion Winner, Common Parlance), as did trainer John Butenschoen (Simply Volo, Wiagram Hanover). Fashion Winner prepped for his career debut with a pair of winning qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia. His pari-mutuel bow was no more taxing, as he vaulted to the lead for Palone and never faced a serious challenge. Di Oggi rallied for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Michigan Hanover earned show. "He's a really, really nice horse," said Bennie Magliochetti, who owns and trains the Broadway Hall-Fun And Strokes gelding. "When Anthony Morgan qualified him, he told us how good the horse was. He won well within himself. His leg is a little crooked in front, but he's so nice. He only wears back boots -- that's it. No head poles, no nothin'." Common Parlance briefly was three wide while quarter-poling to the front, but that wasn't even a speed bump en route to his blowout victory in 1:59. Invested In Lindy was 9-3/4 lengths behind in second, with Always a Ladys Man third. "He has a great head on him, an extremely nice mouth," said Joseph Skowyra, who conditions the son of Crazed-Angevine for Wade Wyatt. "He's a gentleman through and through. We wanted to gauge his performance today, then make a decision about where he'll race next. We'd like to keep him in the stallion series, but it's a little enticing to go to the next step." Limerence looked so strong in his 6-1/2-length triumph in 1:59.4 that trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt already was talking about promoting him to tougher competition. "He has a good head -- that's important," he said. "He'll go to the Kindergarten and then the sires stakes." Brand New Key and Keep Truckin On completed the ticket. Svanstedt owns the son of Yankee Glide-Pleasing Lady with Christer Lovgren, Mal Burroughs, Janet Burroughs and Torbjorn Swahn. In the $22,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality pounced on the tiring leaders and pulled off a 19-1 upset for Brian Zendt and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn in 1:53.1. Tall Cotton was second, 3-1/4 lengths in arrears, with See The Wind third. The 6-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding now boasts $319,132 in career earnings. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features the Hickory Pride, a $192,004 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. First post is 5 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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