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Allowed a leisurely 58.2 first half, Tall Cotton poured it on during the back half for Dave Palone and scored in 1:54.2 — his second straight victory — in Monday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Tall Cotton was parked by Mike The Trader the first quarter, but that panel went in 29, leaving Tall Cotton plenty in the tank to repel the protracted first-over bid of Trustworthy Kid, who finished a length back in second. Sixteen Mikes rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, a 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding who extended his career bankroll to $681,471, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Palone piloted seven winners — three for Burke — on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak        

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2015 -- Promising 2-year-olds competed for more than $151,000 in a pair of Arden Downs stakes Saturday as part of the Adios Day card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Here are the highlights: $71,170 Governor Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Ideal Jimmy, bet down to 3-5 despite making breaks in his previous two starts, stormed home in 54.3 from second over to catch Big Top Hanover and Whata Twist in 1:53.2 in the first division. The altered son of Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine, who had recovered with sub-28 quarters after his recent pair of errors, continued that streak of late speed with a 27.4 kicker in winning for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Robin Cruise, and owner D. R. Van Witzenberger. "They've been working hard on him -- I think he had a little soundness thing," Miller said. "It got in his head, where he would look for a way out. He still threw in a couple steps, but he worked through it. I was happy to make it through the first turn." Second-over tactics also proved successful for the Somebeachsomewhere-Mouse Hanover colt Mr Right Hanover, who scored his first victory in 1:54 after circling to the lead approaching the head of the stretch. Tim Tetrick handled sulky duties for trainer Brian Brown and owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Alan Keith and Milton Leeman. 1:53.3 may be only an "average" time for these baby colts, but 1:24/55.4/27.4 back numbers are impressive, and that's what the quarter-moving Check Six stormed home in to take his third win in five starts. Another Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Southwind Vanna, Check Six followed up two straight sire stakes wins with this Grand Circuit triumph for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke yet again, and Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. $80,000 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Yankee Moonshine inherited the lead when early leader Graceful Vision made a miscue, then threw back fractions of 55 - 27.2 in defeating Corona Again to take the first division in 1:53.4, a personal best. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee, bred by Hall of Fame nominee Charles Keller III, broke her maiden in style for Gingras, Burke and owners Burke Racing, JT45, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr. Another getting her first victory was the McArdle-Smokin Pistol filly Shesasmokinlady, who set the pace, then withstood a stern Lightning Lane challenge by Hug A Dragoness to earn a 1:53 triumph by a head. Tony Hall kept the baby game nearing the wire to bring success to trainer Kelly Paver and owner Iris Horowitz. And as if Ron Burke weren't winning enough races, he almost found a way to get two wins in one race; his fillies Danika P and Eloquent Grace were separated by inches at the end of another division, with the Yankee Cruiser-Danika Hanover miss Danika P getting the nod in 1:56.1. The winner stepped home in 27.2 for driver Matt Kakaley and the Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi / M1 Stables combine. Blue Moon Stride was in full stride during 55.3 - 27.2 back fractions in catching Lyons River Pride to capture the final Mary Lib division while taking a mark of 1:53. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Classic Star showed an impressive turn of late foot in running her record to 3 for 4 for driver Andy McCarthy, trainer Mark Harder and owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2015 -- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke swept both divisions of Saturday's $125,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers with Storm Point and Sassa Hanover. The Grand Circuit stake was part of the Adios Day card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Black Horse Racing's Storm Point launched a relentless first-over move from fourth for Dave Palone. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Limestone Cowgirl wore down the leader, Bettor Be Steppin, and defeated her by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:50.2, a national season's mark. Bedroomconfessions rallied for show. Sassa Hanover made the lead with a quarter-pole move and held off Better Said, downing her by a length in 1:50.4. Southwind Roulette, also from the Burke stable, earned show. "When she's good, she's good from anywhere," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "She hasn't been on her game for a little while. Her blood wasn't right -- everything was messed up. But it seemed like she was back today. She can race any which way when she's good." Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr campaign Sassa Hanover, who soared over $600,000 in lifetime earnings. In other Adios Day Grand Circuit action: $65,142 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trotters Jacksons Minion, a Hambletonian eligible, made it three straight wins in grand style, rolling to a front-end win in 1:53.1. That knocked a tick from Lady's Dude's track record for sophomore geldings and erased the stake mark of 1:54.1 jointly held by SJ's Caviar and Wheelsandthelegman. Chef Lee was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Shoot The Thrill third. "I didn't know he'd go in 1:53, but I thought he could go 1:54 plus anyway," said trainer/driver Tom Jackson, who owns the son of Explosive Matter-Armbro Espionage with Howard Taylor and Judith Taylor. "That's about all he had at the wire, but I didn't give him his head until halfway through the last turn." In the other Manderino split, Suit And Tie looked much the best on paper -- he was hammered down to 1-9 -- and he looked just as sharp on the track, notching a front-end victory in 1:56. Only The Brave closed well for second, a length in arrears, while the pocket-sitting Simeon earned show. Corey Callahan piloted the son of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp -- a Hambletonian eligible -- for owners William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. "He wasn't quite himself when he raced here last week," said Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen. "He had a good week training, and he raced like he was supposed to. We added some cups, and we went to aluminum shoes up front. He's eligible to the Townsend Ackerman as well as the Hambletonian, so it's the owners' call." $65,000 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Sky Hanover meandered to the front from the gate, but she was strong enough on the lead to hold off Meadowbanch Wendy by a nose in 1:56.2. Pad Princess completed the ticket. "I took my time getting there, made sure she behaved herself," said winning driver Andy Miller. "After that, it was a matter of keeping her attention. She's made breaks of and on, but she's been pretty honest lately." Julie Miller trains Sky Hanover for Little E LLC, Westminster Road LLC and Banyan Farms. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, August 1, 2015 — He was forced into a first-over challenge and skipped shadows for much of the mile, but when all was said and done, Dude’s The Man captured Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows in 1:48.4, fourth-fastest in the 49-year history of the event. Yankee Bounty rallied for second, 2 lengths back, while Lost For Words, who threatened briefly in the lane, was third. Winning trainer Jessica Okusko won the Adios orchids in her first try while winning driver Corey Callahan, who had 13 previous Adios starts including eliminations, took his first Adios title. M&L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson own Dude’s The Man, a son of American Ideal-Art’s Risk who finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace final but has been hampered at times by lack of early speed. Callahan said he wanted to get the colt into the race early from post 2. “On these speed-favoring tracks, you can’t circle them from last,” Callahan said. “You can’t get away seventh, be third over and have a shot. I wanted to get away as close as possible, and fourth is where I ended up.” Although Dude’s The Man was first up from fourth, he had little trouble clearing My Hero Ron, winner of an Adios elimination last week. “I thought My Hero Ron was just okay last week,” Callahan said. “I came at him last week with Yankee Bounty and almost got him, so I was pretty confident being first up with that horse on the lead.” Of greater concern was the winner’s persistent battle with shadows. Okusko said she added a Daisy roll and a Pelling pacifier during the week to keep the colt more focused, but their impact was limited. “I was trying to talk him over the shadows and hold onto him,” Callahan said. “Around the last turn, clouds came over. Someone was looking out for me in the last turn. The clouds covered the sun, and he paced right home.” Another potential problem for Dude’s The Man vanished in the lane when Lost For Words, right on the winner’s bumper, didn’t finish strongly. “At the top of the stretch I thought I had a shot,” said Brian Brown, who trains Lost For Words. “He scoped with blood, so he may need more Lasix. Any time a horse bleeds, he’s in trouble.” Okusko said Dude’s The Man may be pointed to the Cane Pace and also remains eligible to the Battle of the Brandywine, the Little Brown Jug and several stakes at the Red Mile. “He’s from a great family, and he has great conformation,” she said. “He’s really come into himself. This was the first time he raced on a five-eighths, and he got around it great.” ADIOS NOTES. Elimination winners National Seelster, Cooperstown and My Hero Ron finished 8th, 4th and 5th, respectively . . . Rock N’ Roll World took the $50,000 Adios Consolation for David Miller, trainer Kelly Stackowicz and owners Jeffrey Snyder and Three Decades Racing . . . Lyonssomewhere collected a front-end victory in 1:49.2 in the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Memorial Pace. Andy Miller drove for trainer Julie Miller and owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound . . . Last Saturday, the Ron Burke stable set a PR with 24 horses entered (22 actually raced), most ever for a single program at a single track. The stable shattered that mark Saturday when they raced 29. Although Burke had to settle for second and fourth in the Adios, he notched seven wins on the 17-race program. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2015 -- Love Matters remained undefeated in three career starts when she captured a division of Friday's Edward M. Ryan, a $60,000 Arden Downs stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, at The Meadows. The harness racing stake was contested over three divisions, with Major Matter and Truemass Volo taking the other splits. Love Matters was looped while working for the early lead, but winning driver Marcus Miller indicated that was part of the plan. "Unless somebody was really honking, I was planning on cutting it," Miller said. "I planned to take my time getting to the front if I had to. If he just goes a little bit faster, he's the best 2-year-old I've sat behind. He does it so easily. He seems like a superstar." Once on the point, Love Matters drew off to prevail by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:57.2, matching his career best. Raisethejollyroger and Breedlove completed the ticket. Robin Cruise trains the son of Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love for Ervin Miller Stable, Paymaq Racing and Harvey Eisman. Major Matter, who prepped for the stake with a victory on the PA Fairs circuit, made it look easy on the front end, scoring in 1:57.2 for trainer/driver Rick Beinhauer. Treasure Keys K was 1-3/4 lengths back in second, with Meadowbranch Memo third. "He's getting better and better," said Beinhauer, who bred and owns the Explosive Matter-Tahiti Springs gelding with Regina Beinhauer. "He has a really big heart, and he's good gaited and quick as a cat. He didn't have a race, and I had to train him, so I figured, might as well go to the fairs." A winner in a PA Sites Stake last time out, Truemass Volo was too much for his rivals, hustling to the early lead from post 7 for Eric Goodell and rolling home in 1:58.3, 1-1/2 lengths better than Hillman. Moneycounts De Vie earned show. Doug Hamilton conditions the son of Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo for John Erdner and Martin Garey. "(Doug told me) he's a little touchy with a real quick response, so kind of go slow with him," Goodell said. "I know I got to the front from the 7 hole, but I eased him out there. I went on his terms." $60,000 Arden Downs Stake - 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters Friday's card also featured the $60,000 Judge Joe McGraw, an Arden Downs stake for freshman filly trotters, with I Luv Blackhawkred, Maker A Yankee and Side Bet Hanover capturing the divisions. I Luv Blackhawkred provided the evening's tote board fireworks when she zipped to the lead from post 9 for Dan Rawlings, settled into the pocket and shot the Lightning Lane to upset at 20-1. The daughter of Yankee Glide-Sarafina Hall triumphed in 1:59.1, 1-3/4 lengths ahead of Lookin Sharp, with Sand Grenade third. "I knew we had some gate speed, but from post 9, I thought we could use that speed to get a check," said Dirk Simpson, who conditions the $17,000 yearling acquisition for James Bafia and Amy Quint. "I never dreamed we'd land in the two hole -- gutsy move on Dan's part. We have some points in the stallion series, so we'll probably shoot for that this year. Hammered down to 1-5, Side Bet Hanover justified the bettors' confidence when she retook the lead at the three-eighths and blew them away, breaking her maiden by 7 lengths for Dave Palone in 1:56.3. Lady Athens was second, while My Pink Bike rallied for show. "She's a beautiful filly to drive," Palone said. "She has a big future. I believe that by season's end, she'll be one of the top fillies in PA." Jonas Czernyson trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Sea Level Hanover for SRF Stable. Maker A Yankee tracked down the first-over Moots in the stretch and downed her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:58 for Miller. Ballerina Volo earned show. "After we qualified her a couple times, she got a little nervous," Miller said. "So we're trying to get her over that. She was making breaks. But if she stays calm, she's as good gaited as any horse." Cruise conditions the daughter of Yankee Glide-Maker A Laker, who enjoyed her first career victory, for Ervin Miller Stable, Paymaq Racing and Andy Miller Stable. Saturday is Adios Day at The Meadows, highlighted by the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light. The power-packed card also features five other Grand Circuit stakes, the $50,000 Adios Consolation, the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Invitational and four multirace wagers with a combined $45,000 in total-pool guarantees. First post is 12:20, with the Adios set for approximately 4 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 31, 2015 -- Forget the driver. Don't care about the harness racing trainer. As he prepares for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, all Lost For Words wants is his masseuse. Although Lost For Words has banked $330,642 in his career and is undefeated in this year's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, massage isn't a fun reward. Rather, it's therapy, part of a series of treatments -- including chiropractic -- designed to ease the horse's sore back. Trainer Brian Brown changed shoes on the son of Well Said-Thou Shalt Not prior to the July 4 final of the Max Hempt. He slowed late in the mile and didn't bounce right back. "When you're racing horses like Wiggle It JiggleIt and In The Arsenal, you look for advantages to make your horse better," Brown said. "So we went to a glue-on shoe, and he didn't take to it well. He was getting thinner on us. His blood came back good, he scoped good, so I'm pretty sure it was because his feet were hurting, and I'm pretty sure that affected his back." In last week's Adios elimination, Brown switched Lost For Words back to shoes with pads, and the colt responded, losing by only a neck to 37-1 long shot Cooperstown. Lost For Words has enjoyed four massage/chiropractic treatments over the past two weeks, and Brown says he has noticed a difference. "I can't tell you he's 100 percent sound," the trainer said, "but Bill Irvine, who helps me with the horse, said he trained a great trip Thursday." Brown has mapped out an ambitious campaign for Lost For Words, keeping him eligible to a slew of stakes, including the Little Brown Jug, the Breeders Crown, the Battle of the Brandywine, the Carl Milstein, the Windy City Pace and a pair of events at The Red Mile. In the Adios, Lost For Words may have an edge -- Brown's gaudy .559 UTR at The Meadows this season. Brown attributes his success to his decision to train his horses in Florida over the winter. "We were ahead of most because of the harsh winter everyone had up here. When my 3-year-olds came out of Florida, they were really ready." Brown's percentage will be tested Saturday when he races 11 horses, including three fillies in the $125,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo. Lost For Words and David Miller leave from post 6 in The Adios. In addition to the Adios, the powerhouse card features five other Grand Circuit stakes, the $50,000 Adios Consolation (Brown sends out Rise Up Now), the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Invitational for 4-year-olds and four multirace wagers with a combined $45,000 in total-pool guarantees. First post is 12:20 PM, with the Adios set for approximately 4 PM. The Adios field, in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning-line odds: 1 .Yankee Bounty by Yankee Cruiser --Brett Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 2. Dude's The Man by American Ideal --Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 5-2 3. Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere --Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 10-1 4. Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark --Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Dreams Beachboy by Somebeachsomewhere --Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 6. Lost For Words by Well Said --David Miller, Brian Brown, 5-1 7. My Hero Ron by Well Said --Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 8. Angelo J Fra by The Panderosa -Tony Hall, Norm Parker, 15-1 9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight --Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 8-1 Saturday's Adios Day card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer four multirace wagers with a combined $45,000 in total-pool guarantees. They include: Early Pick 4 (races 4-7) -- $7,500 guarantee Adios Pick 4 (races 9-12) -- $20,000 guarantee Adios Pick 3 (races 12-14) -- $7,500 guarantee Pick 5 (races 13-17) -- $10,000 guarantee In addition to the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light, the powerful program includes five other Grand Circuit stakes, the $50,000 Adios Consolation and the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Invitational for 4-year-old pacers. First post is 12:20 PM, with the Adios final set for approximately 4 PM. During the card, Junior Achievement, The Meadows' charity partner for Adios Week, will offer autographs from sports stars at its trackside Legends Tent and will stage a raffle and a Chinese auction. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Cowgirl Hall overcame post 9 by rolling to the front and thwarting her only serious challenger as she captured Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Wide throughout a swift 27.1 opening panel, Cowgirl Hall then had to deal with the menacing first-over bid of Kandian Klub. But the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall was up to the task, prevailing in 1:53.1 for Dave Palone. The pocket-sitting Whata Donato was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Bessie rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who now boasts $745,428 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder piloted four winners and Tony Hall three on the 14-race card.   Evan Pattak    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 28, 2015 -- Dude's The Man, who finished a fast-closing third in his elimination, has been installed as the 5-2 early favorite and will leave from post 2 with harness racing driver Corey Callahan in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids presented by Coors Light at The Meadows. The elimination winners--Cooperstown, My Hero Ron and National Seelster--drew posts 4, 7 and 9, respectively. First post Adios Day is 12:20 PM, with the Adios set for approximately 4 PM. The powerhouse card also features five other Grand Circuit stakes, the $50,000 Adios Consolation, and the $50,000 Roy D. Davis Memorial for 4-year-old pacers. Ron Burke will send out three Adios finalists--My Hero Ron, Yankee Bounty (post 1) and Cooperstown, a 37-1 bomb in his elimination. Although Burke is North America's perennial leading conditioner, he has not captured an Adios title as head trainer. (He was assistant to his father Mickey when the stable's May June Character won in 2007.) "Overall, I'm happy with it," Burke said of the draw "I'll basically have one on the front, one in the middle and one from the back. One of those three should work out a trip and give me a chance." My Hero Ron was perhaps the most impressive of the elimination winners, powering to the lead early and controlling the mile without a serious challenge. The son of Well Said-Erma La Em also is fresh, with only seven starts this year. Although he's won all three of his races since Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, others acquired him from the Erv Miller stable, Burke said he made no significant equipment changes. "He was on his way for the former owners, and they just decided to take a profit," Burke said. "This will be the first time he's raced two weeks in a row for us. Yannick (Gingras) fits him. In the Adios, you need to be ultra-aggressive, and there's nobody more aggressive than Yannick. I think that puts us in a good spot." The Adios field, in post position order with driver, trainer and early odds: 1 .Yankee Bounty by Yankee Cruiser --Brett Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 2. Dude's The Man by American Ideal --Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 5-2 3. Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere --Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 10-1 4. Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark --Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Dreams Beachboy by Somebeachsomewhere --Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 6. Lost For Words by Well Said --David Miller, Brian Brown, 5-1 7. My Hero Ron by Well Said --Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 8. Angelo J Fra by The Panderosa -Tony Hall, Norm Parker, 15-1 9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight --Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 8-1 Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Trustworthy Kid followed the cover of Lady's Dude, then blew by in the lane to capture Monday's $16,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Trainer Walter "Boots" Dunn equipped Trustworthy Kid with blinkers for the race, and Dunn Stable's homebred had little trouble with focus. He scored in 1:53.3 for Brian Zendt, 2-1/4 lengths better than 37-1 long shot Cantab Lindy, while Lady's Dude saved show. The 6-year-old SJs Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding extended his career bankroll to $290,136. Mike Wilder and Zendt each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Tuesday's live program at The Meadows, which begins at 12:55 PM, will be preceded at 12:30 PM by the draw for post positions for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light. The draw can be seen on Meadows Live! Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2015 -- The Aug. 1 Adios Day harness racing card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature a special race to honor the memory of Roy D. Davis, longtime Meadows-based horse owner and founder of "Team Spur," who died June 16. The Roy D. Davis Invitational for 4-year-old pacers will offer a $50,000 purse. Davis and Hall of Fame trainer/driver Dick Stillings were the principals of Team Spur, which enjoyed uncommon success, including victories in the Little Brown Jug, the Adios, the Breeders Crown, the Cane Pace and the Yonkers Trot. Davis also was a successful travel industry entrepreneur; his Royal Travel Corp. was headquartered on property adjacent to The Meadows. For the Adios, The Meadows has chosen Junior Achievement as its charity partner. JA will offer autographs from sports stars at its trackside Legends Tent and will stage a raffle and a Chinese auction. First post Adios Day is 12:20 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2015 -- Saturday's Adios eliminations card at The Meadows was supported by three other compelling stakes that, along with the elims, comprised 13 of the 15 races. Yannick Gingras and harness racing trainer Ron Burke each scored five times in those stakes while Tim Tetrick enjoyed a stake four-bagger. Highlights from Saturday's stakes: The Albatross, $217,340 PASS - 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pacers Manhattan Beach zipped to the lead for Tetrick and rolled home in a stake-record 1:51.1, bettering the mark of 1:52 held jointly by Limelight Beach and Seventh Secret. Sossy's King Kong was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with McPhil third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers campaign the Somebeachsomewhere-Benear gelding, a full brother to the former record-holder, Limelight Beach, winner of the 2014 Little Brown Jug. Check Six powered to the point with a quarter-pole move for Gingras and held off the late thrust of McDave to down him by a neck in 1:52.3, with Mr Right Hanover third. Burke trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. "That was a horse race down the stretch -- he wouldn't let them go by him," Gingras said. "He has all kinds of potential, He has the size, a nice gait, speed and guts. He has the package. Pacing colts are a little fickle at this stage. In another month, they'll separate the men from the boys." Do Over Hanover pulled the pocket down the backside to avoid the faltering leader, Genovese, and held off Another Daily Copy by a neck to triumph in 1:52.4. Allie's Cruiser earned show. "He's very versatile and good mannered," said Jim Campbell, who trains the son of Western Ideal-Driven To Sin -- a $25,000 yearling acquisition -- for Jeffrey Snyder, Michael Snyder and Robert Unice. "I'll give him a week or two off because he's gone hard the last three weeks. We'll probably get him ready for the next sires stake leg." Spider Man Hanover and The Catamount Kid took the other Albatross divisions. The Romola Hanover, $182,016 PASS, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Doctor Terror unleashed a huge uncovered bid from sixth that carried her to victory in 1:50.4 for Corey Callahan and trainer Blake MacIntosh, who owns the daughter of Western Terror-Doctor Seth with Stuart McIntosh. Imagine Dragon was second by a head, with Momas Got A Gun third. With the victory, Doctor Terror soared over $200,000 in career earnings. The other Romola Hanover split also went to a daughter of Western Terror, as Safe From Terror and Gingras edged her stablemate, Storm Point, by a neck to win in 1:51.1. Macarena Mama completed the ticket. Burke conditions Safe From Terror for Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J&T Silva Stables. $60,000 PA Stallion Series - 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Off a layoff of more than two months, Dobre Povedane matched Icommandmyspirit's stake record of 1:51.3 when she followed cover and brushed home to defeat Lean On Yourself by 1-3/4 lengths, with Angel Or Terror third. Callahan drove for trainer John Butenschoen and owners David Prushnok and John Prushnok. "We thought she could use a little time," said Tyler Butenschoen, the winner's assistant trainer. "She raced good her last race but maybe seemed a little sore afterward. Nothing major, but we gave her a little time, and she trained back great. I expected her to race good, but a 1:51.3 mile was an eye-opener." Mezzanine Fashion and Repeat Please captured the other stallion series splits. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Dismissed at 35-1, Cooperstown rallied wide and strong in the lane and became the most improbable of the trio of winners in Saturday's eliminations in the $525,000 Delvin Miller Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.  National Seelster and My Hero Ron, both favorites, captured the other eliminations. They'll be joined in next Saturday's final by Angelo J Fra, Dreams Beachboy, Lost For Words, Dude's The Man, Yankee Bounty and Trading Up. Ron Burke trained two elimination winners--Cooperstown and My Hero Ron, each piloted to victory by Yannick Gingras--and also will be represented by Yankee Bounty. Tony Alagna (Dreams Beachboy, Trading Up) will send a pair to the final. An open draw for Adios final post positions is set for Tuesday, 12:30 PM, and can be seen on Meadows Live! Cooperstown, whose most recent victory came in a non-winners of 3, appeared to be in an unenviable position--third over and chasing a leader, Tomy Terror, who'd enjoyed a 29.2 second-quarter breather. Gingras, however, didn't see it that way. "Actually, I liked my spot," he said. "I didn't think the leaders were the horses to beat, and I knew my cover would take me a long way." "I wasn't thinking about winning--he was 35-1 for a reason." "But around the last turn, I knew I'd made the final, anyway." Cooperstown blazed the back half in 54.1 and scored in 1:49.4, defeating Lost For Words by a neck. Dude's The Man rallied from last for show. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Keith Pippi and Michelle Yanek campaign Cooperstown, a son of Four Starzzz Shark-American Charm. National Seelster, who is 4 for 4 in New York Sires Stake action this year, got away in third. Tim Tetrick moved him to the front at the quarter, a decision Tetrick said he nearly came to regret. "My horse was kind of falling asleep on the front," Tetrick said. "He's only cut it a few times, and he didn't know what to do up there." "When he saw that Yannick couldn't get around him, he got brave." "He swelled up enough to get to the wire." "I think he needs a helmet to follow for quite a while." "He can rough it some, but on the front, he's too lazy." "I won't do that again with him." The son of Bettor's Delight-No Strikes Against woke up in enough time to repel the stern first-over challenge of Rufo and triumph in 1:51.1, 3/4 lengths better than long shot Angelo J Fra. Dreams Beachboy completed the ticket. Chris Ryder conditions National Seelster for Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm. My Hero Ron took command early, put away his well-intended stablemate, Yankee Bounty, and downed him by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.3, with Trading Up third. It was the third straight win for the Well Said-Emma La Em gelding since his private acquisition by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino. "He's a little bit lazy, but he's the kind of horse who will step up when they get to him," Gingras said. "Those were pretty soft fractions for this bunch, so I knew he'd have plenty left." ADIOS ELIMS NOTES: The Burke stable set two PRs on the evening. One, of course, was winning two Adios elims. The second may be even more impressive--the stable entered 24 horses, most ever for Burke on a single program at a single track. Ultimately, two were scratched. Nevertheless, Farm Manager Michelle Hill spent a good chunk of the preceding week preparing index cards for each horse with staff assignments. Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 25, 2015 -- Parked the first quarter, Western Redhot still had enough oomph to pour through the harness racing "Lightning Lane" and capture the fastest division of Friday's $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over seven divisions, with Owen Hanover, Luke's Rocketman, Doubleshottahott, Art's Dragon, Autocorrect Hanover and Nimble And Quick taking the other splits. Dan Rawlings enjoyed a stake triple (Western Redhot, Owen Hanover, Art's Dragon) while Jim Morand (Autocorrect Hanover, Nimble And Quick) and trainer Peter Foley (Luke's Rocketman, Art's Dragon) each fashioned a stake double. After surrendering the early lead, Western Redhot kicked through inside to score in 1:53.4, 1/2 length better than Overtime Hanover, with Viceroy Hanover third. It was the maiden-breaker for the Western Ideal-Redhot Pepperpot gelding, who finished the race with a flat tire. "He's a big ol' lazy colt," said Dirk Simpson, who trains Western Redhot -- a $4,500 acquisition -- for Desyllas Racing, William Beck and Carol Rieken. "He doesn't even know he's working yet. He's lazy and doesn't know how fast he can go yet. He comes from a great Illinois family that's been solid for 20 years." Rawlings elected to stay inside with Owen Hanover, and the decision paid off when the son of Cam's Card Shark-On Her Way found late racing room outside to score his initial career victory in 1:54.2. Inforce finished second, 1/2 length back, while early leader Somkinda Hanover earned show. "The half was too weak -- that's the only reason I didn't pull," Rawlings said. "If I'd come first up, it would have taken all the air out of him." Doug Lewis conditions Owen Hanover for Jerry Clark and Tammy Crescenze. Luke's Rocketman was making only his second lifetime start, but he closed like a seasoned pro for Mike Wilder, rallying from last to triumph in 1:54.3. Yolo Hanover was a neck back in second while On The Gogh completed the ticket. "He came one heckuva half," Wilder said. "I just tried to keep him covered up. I was in no position to move him off those fractions, so I put him in the flow down the backside. I had a handful of horse. He's a very nice colt with a great attitude." Shirley LeVin owns Luke's Rocketman, a son of Well Said-Smart Card. In the $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Do Me Honor rebounded from two subpar performances to triumph in a sharp 1:51.4 for Wilder and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Stuck Like Glue and Certified Ideal rounded out the ticket. The 7-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right extended her career bankroll to $612,898. It was one of five wins for Wilder on the 14-race program. $10,000 C.K.G. Billings West Regional Final Friday's card also featured the $10,000 West Regional Final of the C.K.G. Billings series for amateur drivers, and Bob "The Lumber Man" Troyer made kindling of the field, moving three-wide down the backside with Marty Wollam's Heza Rube to score in 1:57.3. Hannah Miller (Casanova Lindy) was 2 lengths back in second, with Stephen Oldford (Bold Strike) third. "I didn't want to get too far behind, so I thought, we'll keep him covered up," Troyer said of the 5-year-old Master Levec-Rubicella gelding. "He likes to go with cover. I just didn't want to get trapped. It worked out." Troyer was aided by his familiarity with Heza Rube. He not only bred and raced the winner's mother, but he also bred and, for a time, owned and campaigned Heza Rube. "I bought his mother in Germany and raced her here," Troyer said. "This is her first foal." Saturday's program at The Meadows feature three eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite. The elims go as races 4-6 and are part of a Pick 4 with a $7,500 total-pool guarantee. In addition, the card features three other stakes: $200,000 PASS (est) for 3-year-old filly pacers; $60,000 PA Stallion Series for 3-year-old filly pacers; $200,000 (est) PASS for freshman colt and gelding pacers. Of the 15 races on Saturday's program, 13 are stakes. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2015 -- Is National Seelster, a star of New York Sires Stakes, a single-circuit specialist, or is he ready to step up to bigger harness racing tracks and bigger game? The son of Bettor's Delight-No Strikes Against may answer that question in Saturday's eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows. The three eliminations go as races 4-6, with first post at 6:55 PM. National Seelster has dominated NYSS action, with four wins in as many legs. But two of those victories came on half-mile ovals at Monticello and Yonkers. Chris Ryder, who trains National Seelster for Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm, thinks his star will have little trouble handling The Meadows' five-eighths-mile track since he's already won at several bigger tracks. "It's turning out he does excel on a half, but it remains to be seen how he'll do on bigger tracks," Ryder said. "I don't think a bigger track will be a problem, but he certainly does like the half." National Seelster finished second to division leader Wiggle It JiggleIt in a Hempt elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs -- also a five-eights-mile track -- but drew post 9 in the final and couldn't get involved. Unraced at 2, he has won seven of 13 starts and $137,402 this year, with a mark of 1:50.2 -- on the seven-eighths-mile track at Vernon Downs The colt's performance has caught the attention of horsemen in an acquisition mode. In fact, Ryder indicated that following his most recent victory, the owners received an overture from a "serious" potential buyer. "My owners aren't looking to sell, so they weren't major talks," Ryder said. Ryder said he's used his customary training regimen to prepare National Seelster for the Adios, and that the colt has responded well. "I tried backing off with him in the spring, but he didn't like it," Ryder says. "I've gone back to the usual methods." National Seelster leaves him post 3 in race 4 as the 5-2 second choice and will have the services of Tim Tetrick. Ryder, who has been known to drive some of his own stakes horses at The Meadows, said he never entertained the notion of putting down his own name. "I like driving my own horses once in a while when we get stuck for a driver, but I wouldn't want to embarrass myself," he said. "I like the big boys with broad shoulders to take the responsibility. I need someone to blame." Below are the Adios eliminations fields, in post order with the sire, drivers, trainers and morning line. Post positions for the final will be determined by an open draw. Race 4 1. Chaching Hanover by Yankee Cruiser, Dick Stillings, Jan Fread, 5-1 2. Angelo J Fra by The Panderosa, Tony Hall, Norm Parker, 12-1 3. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 5-2 4. Dreams Beachboy by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna, 3-1 5. Rufo by Dragon Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 10-1 6. Dragon Eddy by Dragon Again, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 8-5 Race 5 1. Lost For Words by Well Said, David Miller, Brian Brown, 5-1 2. Badiou Hanover by Well Said, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 8-1 3. Tomy Terror by Western Terror, Mike Wilder, John Butenschoen, 4-1 4. Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Kelly Stackowicz, 7-2 5. Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 10-1 6. Dude's The Man by American Ideal, Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 2-1 Race 6 1. Berkley by Art Major, David Miller, Randy Bendis, 4-1 2. Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke, 6-1 3. Utah Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Andy Miller, Tim Twaddle, 8-1 4. Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna, 7-2 5. Jo Pa's Well Said by Well Said, Marcus Miller, Jim Campbell, 8-1 6. My Hero Ron by Well Said, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-2 7. Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere, Tim Tetrick, Brian Brown, 5-1 THE MEADOWS OFFERS $7,500 GUARANTEE ON SATURDAY'S 'ADIOS ELIMINATIONS PICK 4' WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2015 -- On Saturday, July 25, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 4, which will include the eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light. The guarantee is part of the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. 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. Saturday's card, which kicks off at 6:55 PM, features three stakes in addition to Adios elims: $200,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old pacing fillies; $60,000 (est) Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies; $200,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23 -- The 49th edition of the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite includes a larger-than-usual contingent of locally owned or based horses reaching for the orchids in the signature harness racing event of their hometown track The Meadows. Three Adios eliminations are set for Saturday evening, with the top three in each division returning for the final on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 1. Among the local contingent are: Chaching Hanover, owned by Karen Fread, Michael Toth and Michelle Linnert and trained by Jan Fread; Utah Beach, conditioned by Tim Twaddle, who owns with Don Tiger, Deborah Long and Michael Pribozie; Berkley, trained by Randy Bendis and owned by Bendis, Reed Broadway and Tom Pollack, and Angelo J Fra for trainer Norm Parker and co-owners Parker and Megan Rogers Racing Stables. The quartet has been successful in overnight races but is short on stake experience and success. Nevertheless, the trainers are taking their shot. Parker has been in the hunt before, winning last year's Adios Consolation with Bob Key's Mattamerican. Angelo J Fra, a son of The Panderosa-Caila Fra, enters the Adios off a victory in a non-winners of 7 event at The Meadows. "The Adios probably is a stretch for him," Parker concedes. "If the race weren't here at The Meadows, I wouldn't be shipping him to it. But he went his best race last week, so if ever you're going to do it, you do it off your best race." He said the wide-open feel of the race helped persuade him that his colt would fit. "There's no Sweet Lou or McWicked in this bunch, but you never know. Somebody could jump up," he said. "He'll need to go faster, but I feel like it's there. He's getting better. Obviously, he'll need a good trip, but we think he's capable." Twaddle said he studied the eligibles list before deciding to hit the beach with Utah Beach, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Pears N Amoretto. "It's a big reach, but when we were doing our homework, we knew the race would come up without a lot of the big, big names," Twaddle said. "He raced a real strong race in Chicago last time out and earned a $5,400 check. That got us thinking, there's his starting fee for the Adios. "For my partners, it will be like racing in the Kentucky Derby. It will be a fun week and a great experience for us all. We're probably dreaming that he'll be a factor. On the other hand, this is home, and this is the kind of stuff dreams are made of. If you don't have a dream, you never have a dream come true." Bendis, who has enjoyed considerable success at The Meadows for several decades, had a taste of Adios glory when his fine colt Georgia Pacific finished second to Timesareachanging in the 2004 Adios final. "I looked at the eligibles list, and I knew a lot of the 3-year-olds have been racing hard for the last two months," Bendis said. "I thought that might work in our favor. But it's a representative field. Hopefully, we can make the final and make some noise." Berkley (Art Major-Monterey) earned more than $118,000 at 2, but Bendis knows the Adios is a stretch for the colt. "To be honest with you, he has to step up," Bendis said. "His race three weeks ago at Vernon probably is the biggest reason we dropped him in. He finished third for Yannick Gingras, who said he would have won with a better trip. "He's always had what I would consider top-level talent but maybe not the best work ethic. We've had to use various drivers for him, and he's one of those horses that would be better if you could get a driver to stick with him." Nevertheless, it's the Adios, the race Bendis most wants to win. "You'd love to win the Breeders Crown, you'd love to win the Meadowlands Pace, you'd love to win the Hambletonian. But when you've been at The Meadows as long as I have, the Adios is at the top." Post time on Adios eliminations night is 6:55 PM, with the elims set for races 4-6. For the Adios, The Meadows has chosen Junior Achievement as its charity partner. JA will offer autographs from sports stars at its trackside Legends Tent and will stage a raffle and a Chinese auction. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Dismissed at 23-1, Cue Hall ran the rack when he powered through the Lightning Lane to capture a division of Wednesday's Hickory Smoke, a $189,616 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Wicker Hanover took the other split. Cue Hall, Bob Key's homebred son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue, hit the ticket in several prior PASS legs, but he's endured his share of misfortune. "I thought he was competitive with this group," said winning trainer Rich Gillock of his Hambletonian eligible. "We've had nothing but bad luck. He trotted in 1:54 in January. We quit with him, hoping he'd come back strong. Today's the first time things ended up working out for us." In the Hickory Smoke, Cue Hall benefited from a ground-saving trip from Tony Hall and was able to defeat Chef Lee by a head in a career-best 1:54.2. Honor And Serve rallied for show. With the victory, Cue Hall soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. Wicker Hanover swept to the lead from post 7 for Andrew McCarthy and withstood the stern challenge of Walter White to defeat him by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54. Shoot The Thrill completed the ticket. "After I asked my horse, I kind of dropped my concern," McCarthy said. "He picked the bit right back up and went on with it." Noel Daley trains Wicker Hanover, a son of Explosive Matter-Won An Done who pushed his lifetime bankroll past $200,000, for Christer Haggstrom Racing Stable.   $80,000 PA Stallion Series - 3-Year-old Colt & Gelding Trotters Co-featured on Wednesday's card was an $80,000 stake for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, with Jacksons Minion, Flying Muscles, Ralph R and Mesmerized capturing the divisions. Mike Wilder fashioned a stake double behind Flying Muscles and Ralph R. The career of Jacksons Minion began under a dark cloud when his name was misspelled on his registration papers, and bad luck continued to dog him. But trainer/driver Tom Jackson began involving him earlier in races, and the Explosive Matter-Armbro Espionage gelding liked his new vantage point. He rolled home on the front in a stake- and career-best 1:56, 8 lengths better than Midniteroketlunchr. Only The Brave earned show. "He's had lots of little problems most of the year, and he's finally getting good -- hopefully at the right time," Jackson said of his $17,000 yearling acquisition. "He tends to be hot, so I've always raced him from behind, and he really didn't know how to leave." "The last couple starts I let him go forward, and it worked out perfect today." About that registration error. When Jackson and Howard Taylor, who co-owns with Jackson and Judith Miller, decided they would partner on a yearling, it was about the same time as the death of Howard Taylor's father. Jackson attended the service and became part of the minyan -- a quorum of at least 10 adult males that some branches of Judaism require to begin certain services and rites and make them official. Jackson and Howard Taylor decided they would name any colt they purchased Jackson's Minyan. "Not knowing the word, I spelled minyan wrong," Jackson said. If the horse keeps winning, chances are he'll have his minions. Flying Muscles rallied from well back to blow away the field late, triumphing in a career-best 1:56.2. Stowaway Steve finished second, 4 lengths in arrears, with Special Action third. "He's a good closer when he's right, and he was right today," said winning trainer Todd Rooney of the Muscle Massive-Maker A Laker gelding. "We struggled in a couple of the legs, but he's coming around. He has the Arden Downs next week, and we may take a shot at that." Rooney owns Flying Muscles with David Lee and Eldon Thompson. Friday's card at The Meadows features a $140,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

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