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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall proved once again that she currently has no peer among The Meadows' trotting elite as she ripped off her fifth straight victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap. Although Cowgirl Hall had to endure a demanding, parked-out first quarter in 27.2, she and Dave Palone were in control every step, scoring in 1:53.2. Martz Time was a ground-saving second, 3/4 lengths back, with Count Me In third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who extended her career bankroll to $646,303, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of three victories on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25, 2014 -- Trailing by 8 lengths at the half, Do Me Honor took advantage of live cover to get into position, then brushed through the lane to capture Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Do Me Honor was sixth down the backside when Aaron Merriman moved her third over in the cover flow. She needed to go wide to do it, but the 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right overtook the leaders with authority, scoring in 1:54. Rescue Team was second, 1/2 length back, with Miss Kilo third. Bill Bercury trains and owns Do Me Honor, who extended her career bankroll to $526,177. Eric Goodell and Eric Ledford each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2014 -- Shooter's Dream moved relentlessly first over to wear down the leader, Visible Gold, and capture Friday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A newcomer who had been racing at Hoosier Park, Shooter's Dream was sitting last when Tony Hall sent him on his uncovered journey. He pulled even with Visible Gold into the final turn and defeated him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.4. Dew N Doughnuts rallied for show. Randy Bendis trains Shooter's Dream, a 4-year-old Sand Shooter-With A Dream gelding who now has banked $113,915, and owns with Tom Pollack and David Linker. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Dave Palone and Hall each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall took the field through wicked fractions but had plenty of pop late, scoring in a track-record 1:52.3 in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. On a day not suited for track records -- temperature less than 20 degrees, wind chill even colder -- Cowgirl Hall was impervious to the weather. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall rolled through fractions of 26.4/55.2/1:23.1/1:52.3 for Dave Palone, defeating the pocket-sitting Count Me In by 2-3/4 lengths, with Mistress Valentine third. The time knocked a tick from the previous track record for older trotting mares that Cowgirl Hall held jointly with Daylon Miracle. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who has won 15 races this year and $637,303 in her career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted five winners on the 15-race card. With his Tuesday haul, Palone pushed his career victory total to 16,762, solidifying his position as the world's "winningest" harness racing driver. The driver Palone passed, Germany's Heinz Wewering, has 16,754 victories but isn't scheduled to drive until Sunday, with six assignments at Hamburg-Behrenfeld. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 17, 2014 -- With three wins Monday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Dave Palone opened a lead over the idle Heinz Wewering of Germany in their duel to become the world's "winningest" harness racing driver -- and to maintain that crown. Palone forged ahead Friday with career win 16,754, but Wewering climbed back to tie with a victory Sunday. Palone's lead likely will widen appreciably as Wewering these days drives a limited schedule. Palone has 26 scheduled assignments Tuesday and Wednesday at The Meadows while Wewering has no scheduled drives through Thursday. Moreover, Wewering lost seven drives, unless he finds other spots for his horses, when Berlin-Mariendorf canceled its Sunday, Nov. 23 card due to a shortage of entries. In Monday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Macharoundtheclock deployed her characteristic rallying style to erase a 9-1/2-length deficit and edge Tremor Hanover by a head in 1:55 in the slop. Thunder Chaser was third. Eric Ledford drove for trainer Tim Twaddle and owner Birnam Wood Farms. The 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul has won 11 times this year and $372,987 in her career. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 11, 2014 -- Count Me In moved easily first over and went on to score in 1:53.2, matching his career best, in Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away third for Wilbur Yoder, Count Me In pursued the leader, Southwind Pepino, down the backside and had little trouble putting him away. The 5-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding held off the rallying Mistress Valentine by a length, with Classicality third. Marty Wollam trains Count Me In, who now boasts $339,059 in lifetime earnings, and owns with Acadia Farms. Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, Pa., is now eight wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won once on Tuesday and has 16,746 wins at the end of racing on Nov. 11. The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs seven to tie him and eight to surpass him and take the record. Wewering, who picked up two wins last weekend, has no additional drives scheduled at this writing.  Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. Palone, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010, has nine races on Wednesday and 12 on Friday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come in the next few days. The Meadows does not race on Thursdays.  by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 10, 2014 -- Last into the final turn, Doubelieveinmagic roared through the stretch to capture Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Although trailing late, Doubelieveinmagic was following the live cover of Macharoundtheclock, who had won four straight in characteristic "Silky Sullivan" style. Indeed, Macharoundtheclock fired again, but the wider Doubelieveinmagic edged her by a head in 1:53.1 for Tony Hall. Rescue Team shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Doubelieveinmagic, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Hawaiian Beachlady who extended her career bankroll to $121,819, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Eric Goodell, Mike Wilder, Hall and Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 15-race card. With his two victories, Dave Palone pushed his career total to 15,745, leaving him eight short of the world record held by Germany's Heinz Wewering. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2014 -- Idling in eighth by 9 lengths at the half, Beach Memories launched an amazing bid that carried him to victory by a widening 5-1/4 lengths in Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. In his most recent starts, Beach Memories had taken on some of the best in the sport -- including Bettor's Edge, Sweet Lou, Clear Vision and Foiled Again -- so Mike Wilder knew the Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir gelding would have plenty of pace when asked. He blew by his stablemate, Santa Fe Beachboy, to score in 1:51. When Santa Fe Beachboy kept his nose ahead of Major Belle for show, it gave trainer Brian Brown an exacta sweep. Strollin Stable, AWS Stables, King McNamara and Country Club Acres campaign Beach Memories, who now boasts $493,804 in career earnings. Wilder drove six winners on the 15-race card while trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a triple. With his four wins on the program, Dave Palone pushed his career victory total to 16,743, eight short of the 16,751 compiled by the world's "winningest" driver, Heinz Wewering. Because Wewering remains active in Germany and has been averaging about one victory per week, Palone's target may change slightly. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 5 -- Cowgirl Hall extended her winning streak to three but had to dig in late to do it when she captured Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Cowgirl Hall grabbed the early lead and easily shrugged off the first-over challenge of Call To Post, the dangerous Count Me In was lurking In The Pocket and preparing for a Lightning Lane charge. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall responded to Dave Palone's urging and defeated Count Me In by a nose in 1:53.1, with Classicality third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who has won 14 races this year and $628,303 in her career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 3, 2014 -- Calling on her customary late kick, Macharoundtheclock rallied from well back to capture her fourth straight victory in Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Macharoundtheclock was seventh by 8 lengths when Eric Ledford asked her for pace. She picked up the live cover of Novascotia Hanover and roared through the stretch to score in 1:53.2, 3/4 lengths better than early leader Rescue Team. Doubelieveinmagic closed well for show. Tim Twaddle trains the 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul, who extended her career bankroll to $356,087, for Birnam Wood Farms. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 2, 2014 -- Rock The Nite completed his sweep of a late-closing series for freshman pacing colts and geldings Saturday at The Meadows when he captured the $25,750 championship with a front-end victory. The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 2-year-olds Saturday, with Sixteen Encores, Momas Got A Gun and She Glides taking the other championships. Owner Bob Key enjoyed a double with Rock The Nite and Sixteen Encores. Rock The Nite may have been the most impressive of the champions, leading at every call in his three series victories. Winning driver Dave Palone indicated the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Of The Ball, who's trained by Norm Parker, performs better on the point. "He likes to fight them off, but he kind of loses track of things when he gets in a hole," Palone said. "He loves to control a race. He's a big, gorgeous colt, good gaited. I think he'll make a good 3-year-old, once he gets it figured out." Conversation Boy, who raced well first over finished second, a neck back, while Jed Kidd Squaking earned show. Time for the mile was 1:56.4 In the other championships: $30,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Trotters Sixteen Encores took time out from the series to finish second in the Simpson at Vernon Downs. That, coupled with his series performance, has his connections thinking about grander conquests. "He had a few little issues early on, and Mr. Key agreed with me to give him some time," said Rich Gillock, who trains the son of Encore Encore-Sweetsixteenkarets. "Sure enough, he's come to be a nice colt. We missed most of the stake season, but he's eligible to the Matron and the Breeders Crown. We'll probably wait and see how he came out of the race." In the series final, Sixteen Encores quarter-poled to the lead for Tony Hall and sailed home in 1:59.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Red Maple Lane, with Cue Hall third. $24,500 Championship, Pacing Fillies A full brother of 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, Momas Got A Gun moved confidently first over for Mike Wilder and triumphed in 1:56.3. Cantuhearmeknockn was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Lady's Critic completed the ticket. "She's really progressed every start," Wilder said. "I really didn't like her on the front end her last start. She loves a target, so I just sat as long as they let me sit. When I came with her, she responded and raced very well." Virgil Morgan, Jr. conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear for Geoffrey Martin. $31,500 Championship, Trotting Fillies She Glides, who had been fast early in miles but weary late, reversed that scenario Saturday when she launched a relentless uncovered bid that carried her to victory in 1:59.3, 1/2 length ahead of Best Glider. Soaring Flight rallied for show. "She's a 2-year-old, and she's maturing," said winning trainer/driver Del S. Miller. "Once you let her get started up, you're in trouble. But if you can keep her halfway in control going into the first turn, you're a lot better off. The last thing I wanted to be was first up, but it worked out that way." William Donovan campaigns the daughter of Glidemaster-Some Like It Lindy, who is ticketed for the Harrisburg sale. Pink Out Night survives long inquirery When 10 female drivers went head to head Saturday in The Meadows’ annual “Pink Out” to benefit breast cancer awareness, supporting an important cause was the major objective. But it still was a horse race, with $6,100 up for grabs, and all the rules applied. So it was appropriate when the judges flashed the “Inquiry” light and reviewed possible interference down the backside. But the order wasn’t disturbed, and Terry Millhoan, piloting Woodruff, was certified as the winner. Completing the ticket were Tabatha Canarr (Gambler Springs) and Rachel Kaneoka (Fortissimo), who saw her two-race winning streak in the event snapped. Also competing in the Pink Out, which was coordinated by the Meadows Standardbred Ownership Association, were Janet Irvine, Danita Harvey, Kathryn Hawk, Sabrina Clevenger, Sharon Donella. Joelene Christman and Leslie Zendt. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 2, 2014 -- Rock The Nite completed his sweep of a late-closing series for freshman pacing colts and geldings Saturday at The Meadows when he captured the $25,750 championship with a front-end victory. The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 2-year-olds Saturday, with Sixteen Encores, Momas Got A Gun and She Glides taking the other championships. Owner Bob Key enjoyed a double with Rock The Nite and Sixteen Encores. Rock The Nite may have been the most impressive of the champions, leading at every call in his three series victories. Winning driver Dave Palone indicated the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Of The Ball, who's trained by Norm Parker, performs better on the point. "He likes to fight them off, but he kind of loses track of things when he gets in a hole," Palone said. "He loves to control a race. He's a big, gorgeous colt, good gaited. I think he'll make a good 3-year-old, once he gets it figured out." Conversation Boy, who raced well first over finished second, a neck back, while Jed Kidd Squaking earned show. Time for the mile was 1:56.4 In the other championships: $30,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Trotters Sixteen Encores took time out from the series to finish second in the Simpson at Vernon Downs. That, coupled with his series performance, has his connections thinking about grander conquests. "He had a few little issues early on, and Mr. Key agreed with me to give him some time," said Rich Gillock, who trains the son of Encore Encore-Sweetsixteenkarets. "Sure enough, he's come to be a nice colt. We missed most of the stake season, but he's eligible to the Matron and the Breeders Crown. We'll probably wait and see how he came out of the race." In the series final, Sixteen Encores quarter-poled to the lead for Tony Hall and sailed home in 1:59.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Red Maple Lane, with Cue Hall third. $24,500 Championship, Pacing Fillies A full brother of 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, Momas Got A Gun moved confidently first over for Mike Wilder and triumphed in 1:56.3. Cantuhearmeknockn was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Lady's Critic completed the ticket. "She's really progressed every start," Wilder said. "I really didn't like her on the front end her last start. She loves a target, so I just sat as long as they let me sit. When I came with her, she responded and raced very well." Virgil Morgan, Jr. conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear for Geoffrey Martin. $31,500 Championship, Trotting Fillies She Glides, who had been fast early in miles but weary late, reversed that scenario Saturday when she launched a relentless uncovered bid that carried her to victory in 1:59.3, 1/2 length ahead of Best Glider. Soaring Flight rallied for show. "She's a 2-year-old, and she's maturing," said winning trainer/driver Del S. Miller. "Once you let her get started up, you're in trouble. But if you can keep her halfway in control going into the first turn, you're a lot better off. The last thing I wanted to be was first up, but it worked out that way." William Donovan campaigns the daughter of Glidemaster-Some Like It Lindy, who is ticketed for the Harrisburg sale. Pink Out Night race survives inquiry When 10 female drivers went head to head Saturday in The Meadows’ annual “Pink Out” to benefit breast cancer awareness, supporting an important cause was the major objective. But it still was a horse race, with $6,100 up for grabs, and all the rules applied. So it was appropriate when the judges flashed the “Inquiry” light and reviewed possible interference down the backside. But the order wasn’t disturbed, and Terry Millhoan, piloting Woodruff, was certified as the winner. Completing the ticket were Tabatha Canarr (Gambler Springs) and Rachel Kaneoka (Fortissimo), who saw her two-race winning streak in the event snapped. Also competing in the Pink Out, which was coordinated by the Meadows Standardbred Ownership Association, were Janet Irvine, Danita Harvey, Kathryn Hawk, Sabrina Clevenger, Sharon Donella. Joelene Christman and Leslie Zendt. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 31, 2014 -- Santa Fe Beachboy quarter-poled to the lead and held off the determined bid of Visible Gold to capture Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. In his last outing, Santa Fe Beachboy took on some of the sport's best in the $150,000 Dayton Derby and was no match for the likes of Clear Vision and Foiled Again. But he was plenty tough Friday, snapping Visible Gold's four-race winning streak by downing him by 1/2 length in 1:51. Brooklyn Flight shot the Lightning Lane show. Jim Pantaleano drove the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Santa Fe Yankee, who extended his career bankroll to $122,093, for trainer Brian Brown and owner Santa Fe Stable. In Friday's companion feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Kandian Klub moved powerfully first over for Dave Palone to score in 1:55, 1-3/4 lengths better than Mistress Valentine. Victory Is Coming earned show. Ron Burke conditions Kandian Klub, a 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-KT Dee Dee who now boasts lifetime earnings of $172,851, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone drove five winners -- four for Burke -- on the 15-race card while Tony Hall enjoyed a four-bagger. Pantaleano and trainer Mike Palone each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday with s special card that features the championships of four late-closing series. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2014 -- Lady's Dude, Ohio's champion 3-year-old trotter, showed Wednesday at The Meadows that he doesn't need to take his state with him. He set a track record 1:53.2 while capturing a $12,200 conditioned event for his fourth consecutive victory. The time, a career best, knocked a tick from the previous mark for sophomore gelding trotters jointly held by Rembrandt Spur and Rose Run Mac. Lady's Dude was sitting third for Dave Palone when he launched an overpowering first-over move and rolled home, defeating TSM Photo Bugger by 7-1/4 lengths. Bound For Fame earned show. Ron Burke trains Lady's Dude, a son of Victory Sam-Lady's Star who was unraced at 2 but has banked $162,736 this year, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Johnny Yoder. Palone drove four winners and Jim Pantaleano three on the 14-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 28, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall endured a brutal first quarter and went on to capture her second straight -- and 13th this year -- in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cowgirl Hall dueled with Classicality through a wicked 26.4 opening panel before yielding to the pocket. But when Dave Palone sent her out again past the quarter, the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, responded willingly. She found the wire in time, holding off the rallying Call To Post by 3/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Better Caviar was third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who now boasts $619,303 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Tony Hall and Palone each piloted four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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