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WILKES-BARRE  PA - Though there were only five starters in the $11,200 claiming handicap distaff harness racing pacing feature on Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, there was plenty of speed and contentiousness before the Jereme's Jet mare Rose Run Toni claimed victory late in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Driver Marcus Miller pointed Rose Run Toni frontward at the start, but was forced to accept the early pocket as Dancing Lisa put her in behind before a :26.2 opener. Favored Ambro Courage N was on the move as the field went by the stands, getting the lead and passing the half in a quick :54.2 before Rose Run Toni mounted a second move down the backstretch, going head-to-head with the pacesetter to a 1:23 three-quarters.   These two continued their battle through the stretch, with Dancing Lisa joining them from the inside. Despite the rough journey Rose Run Toni was able to keep going strongly for a 1½ length victory over Ambro Courage N, who photoed out Dancing Lisa for second. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trains the 31% career winner (29 for 90) for owner/son Gilbert Garcia-Owen. The Napolitano brothers, Anthony and George Jr., accounted for half of Monday's fourteen races, with Anthony in front four times and George in three. George and Anthony are 1-2 in the current drivers dashwinning standings at The Downs. Racing at Pocono resumes Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., with a $213,734.08 carryover for the Rainbow Pick 5 bet (have a unique ticket with the winners of the last five races). From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 21, 2020 -- Windsong Leo reeled off the back half in a swift 54.4, quashing any hopes of those chasing him, en route to a dominating harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Windsong Leo's opening half was no slouch either -- 55.2 from post 8 in sub-freezing temperatures -- and when he quickened thereafter, there was little doubt who was best. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding scored for Dave Palone in 1:50.1, 2 lengths better than Dancin Dragon, with Macadoodledoo third.   Windsong Leo won for the fifth time in seven starts this year and pushed his career bankroll to $651,505 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Trainer Dirk Simpson enjoyed a four-bagger on the 13-race card while Aaron Merriman, Burke and Palone each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $6,020.53 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

LEBANON, OH. - Following an outstanding 2019 harness racing season in Pennsylvania and along the East Coast, Windsong Leo crossed the border into Ohio on Saturday night (Jan. 18) to take on the Midwest's best pacers in Miami Valley's $25,000 Open I Pace. The result was another win, the 8-year-old's fourth straight and 17th in his last 31 starts. Driver Chris Page was aboard the even money favorite, who was assigned an outside post off three straight stellar triumphs in the top class at The Meadows. Unhurried early in the mile, Windsong Leo steadily advanced throughout the 1:53.2 score by collaring pacesetting Lifewithjohn (Ricky Macomber Jr.) around the final bend and comfortably holding off the late rushes of Granite (Jeremy Smith) and Beyond Delight (Trace Tetrick) through the stretch. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura own the winner, a son of Jereme's Jet who lifetime bankroll has swelled to $608,960. The feature race win was one of five on the program for Page. A $20,000 Open II Pace was captured by Shagnwiththedragon (John DeLong) over Gerardo (Kayne Kauffman) and I'm A Big Deal (Josh Sutton), also clocked in 1:53.2. J.D. Perrin trains the 6-year-old Dragon Again gelding who is owned by his wife Tessa Perrin and Eim Racing. He paid $17.20 to his backers. Three divisions of the second leg of the Claim To Fame series for $20,000 male pacers also went postward, each for a purse of $22,500. Winners were Pet Shark (Trevor Smith, 1:55.4, $5.60), Hereittiz (Trace Tetrick, 1:55, $9.20) and Ponderingjacksfame (Chris Page, 1:55, $3.00). The three winners will be joined by the next six highest money winners in next Saturday's $32,500 championship leg of the series. Those remaining finalists are Winna Winna, Persistent Threat A, Monte Cristo, Ram N Desire, Cool Like That and JD's Macca Lodge. From Miami Valley Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 10, 2020 -- Windsong Leo endured a demanding 26.3 opening quarter in the slop and still had plenty in the tank to notch his third straight harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.1 second-panel breather, the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding threw down a 27.3 third quarter that put the field away. He sprinted off late to score in 1:51, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Bettor Than Spring, with Do Work Son third.   Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, a 15-time winner in 2019 who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $596,460, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Dave Palone collected six wins, including three for Burke, on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 30, 2019 -- What a way to go! The Meadows brought down the harness racing curtain Monday on its 2019 live racing season with an action-packed card that featured the championships of five Holiday Claiming Series and wagering fireworks in the Super Hi-5. The Super Hi-5 jackpot stood at $105,000.96 following Saturday's carryover. Fueled by frenzied Monday wagering, however, the jackpot swelled to $323,614, by far a record for the Super Hi-5 at The Meadows. Ordinarily, the jackpot is paid only if there is a single correct ticket. But because the pool could not be carried over to next year and had to be paid out, the jackpot was shared by all holders of correct tickets, who each received $366.78 On the racing front Big Dutch and Cherry Peep each pulled off a mild upset in a series final. In a $24,000 championship for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers, Big Dutch was forced to a 26.4 opening panel to reach the lead but picked up cover thereafter. He had enough left to edge Enoch by a head in 1:53 for Tony Hall, trainer Mike Palone and owners Charles Haley and Mitchell Fini. BB's Harley completed the ticket.   A 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Big Duchess gelding, Big Dutch now boasts lifetime earnings of $144,773. Cherry Peep prevailed in the $24,500 championship for $20,000 claiming trotters, holding off the determined challenge of her stablemate, Mac Deeno, and downing him by 1/2 length in 1:56. Aaron Merriman piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Conway Hall-Jenny On The Block, who extended her career earnings to $153,848. Andy Rickert trains and owns Cherry Peep with Corey Hendricks and Nichole Stahl.   In the other championships: $18,600 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Trotters Mr Quaker completed a series sweep when he quarter-poled to the point for Dave Palone and held off the late rally of Just Jewel to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.2 Parnell completed the ticket. Mike Palone conditions Mr Quaker, a 4-year-old Pilgirms Chuckie-Julia Jet gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $139,874, for J.R. Ryan and Collin Ryan. $18,400 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Horse & Gelding Pacers Here Comes Stubbie took advantage of a hot pace to register his first win of the year in 15 tries. He moved three wide with cover down the backside for Aaron Merriman and triumphed in 1:55, a length better than Nobetterplacetobe. Innocent Victim shot the Lightning Lane for show. Jack Smith trains the 5-year-old Pine Valley-Maggie Hanover gelding, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, and owns with Bob Adamo. $17,400 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Filly & Mare Pacers The Spinster N made a power move down the backside and romped to victory for Merriman, trainer Justin Pirillo and owners Vince Aiello and Scott Aiello. The 7-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Millwood Bella scored in 1:55.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than 60-1 long shot Unbeamlievable, with Strong Coffee third. The Spinster N pushed her career bankroll to $148,925. Mike Wilder, Palone and Merriman each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. The 2020 season at The Meadows kicks off Monday, Jan. 6, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 27, 2019 -- When Windsong Leo and Southwind Amazon lined up for Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows, they brought some gaudy harness racing statistics to the fray -- 32 combined wins this year and more than $403,000 in combined seasonal earnings. Something had to give . . . and it wasn't Windsong Leo. The 1-2 favorite pulled the pocket for driver Dave Palone into the final turn, blew by Southwind Amazon and scored in 1:50.4. The 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding downed the rallying K Ryan Bluechip by 1-3/4 lengths. Bettor Than Spring finished third while Southwind Amazon, tiring on the sloppy surface, faded to fourth. Windsong Leo collected his 15th victory this year for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura and extended his career bankroll to $586,460. In Friday's companion feature, the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot, Perlucky made it four straight wins, moving three wide past the half to edge the front-ending Icanflylakeanangel by a neck in 1:54.4. The 4-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding lifted his lifetime earnings to $350,909 and provided a sweep of the day's features for Palone, Burke and the Burke Racing-Weaver Bruscemi-Collura ownership team. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Jason Robinson, while Palone enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday, the 2019 "Day of Champions," when The track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) reveal and crown their Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year. As part of the festivities, the MSOA will give away hats commemorating Palone's 19,000th career victory; the first 100 patrons are eligible. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 18, 2019 -- Mac Deeno opened an insurmountable lead into the final turn and cruised to his second straight harness racing win in Wednesday's Holiday Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Mac Deeno was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall sent him on his way. The 6-year-old son of Broadway Hall-Macdeena forged ahead by 4 lengths at the top of the lane and won geared down by 7-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1. Jailhouse Buckaroo was third-placed-second while Chuckie Me finished second but was placed back to third for a pylon violation. Tyler Stillings trains Mac Deeno, who now boasts $251,877 in career earnings, for Rags To Riches Of PA. Wednesday's program also featured the second leg of a Holiday Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mr Quaker taking his second consecutive series win for Hall and owner/trainer Sarah Andrews. The championships of both series are set for Monday, Dec. 30. Elsewhere on Wednesday's card, Windsong Leo plowed through his opponents -- and a sudden snow squall -- to collect his 14th win this year, a 1-length score in 1:51.3, in the $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. Bettor Than Spring and Do Work Son completed the ticket. Dave Palone drove the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, who pushed his career bankroll to $577,560, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Hall, who notched career win 6,000 Tuesday, finished with four victories on the 13-race card. Following a holiday break, live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Thursday program on Dec. 26 that will feature a $105,000.96 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak,  for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 14, 2019 -- Windsong Leo pounced on the tiring leaders and blazed home in 1:48.2, fastest ever by an older harness racing pacing gelding at The Meadows, in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. Tony Hall piloted six winners, including a pair for trainer Scott Betts, on the 13-race card. While Carolina Beach and Summer Travel threw down suicidal fractions of 25.2/53.3 swapping the early lead, Dave Palone had Windsong Leo neatly tucked away behind them in third. When the 7-year-old son of Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie attacked first over, the leaders were powerless to resist. Windsong Leo defeated Carolina Beach -- who held the previous mark of 1:49.1 along with Atta Boy Dan, Escape The News and Reggiano -- by 4 lengths, with the rallying R J P third. Ron Burke conditions Windsong Leo, who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four victories on the program for Palone, including two for Burke. Following a break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, Sept. 21, when The Meadows kicks off five straight programs featuring Keystone Classic stakes. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak. for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 3, 2019 -- Windsong Leo had to battle for the lead through a demanding 26.2 opening panel, but he faced nary a serious challenge thereafter, rolling home in a career-best 1:49.3 in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After Windsong Leo wrested early supremacy from Carolina Beach, Dave Palone gave him a 29 second-quarter breather. That was all the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding needed, as he downed Carolina Beach by 1-3/4 lengths, with Summer Travel third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who lifted his career bankroll to $486,500, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Burke collected four wins on the 13-race program while Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $792.70 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

LEBANON, OH. - The richest race of the season thus far at Miami Valley Raceway, the $37,500 championship of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 claimers, produced unexpected results when three longshots with outside post positions completed the trifecta and lit up the toteboard. J M Jet Set (Dan Noble) went gate-to-wire in 1:51.4 at 22-1 odds followed at the finish by 20-1 Swapportunity (Mike Oosting) and 38-1 IYQ YQR (Chris Page). The win mutuel was $46.80, the $2 exacta paid $917.60 and the 50-cent trifecta returned a whopping $3,964.30. Despite drawing the 7-hole, Noble was intent of controlling the championship tilt-zooming off the gate and crossing over to the pylons early in the mile. Following a :26.2 opening panel, J M Jet Set was throttled back to a :55 halfway clocking before tripping the third beam in 1:23. The 9-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding coasted home an open lengths winner for his 35th career triumph, missing his lifetime best time by just two-fifths of a second. Noble also trains J M Jet Set for owners Rodney Lorenzo and Brian Running. A pair of Open trots were co-featured on the Sunday (Feb. 10) matinee. In the $24,000 Open I Monopoly Blue Chip (Kayne Kauffman) scored a thrilling upset victory in a race where all eight stellar trotters were within three lengths at the wire. The no-nonsense closer, who is owned by Shayne May and trained by Jeff Olsen, won the cavalry charge to the finish line over All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) and Another Breath (Noble) in 1:55.1. Although the winning son of Donato Hanover has been highly competitive in the top trotting class over the past four months, he was sent off at 15-1 by the public. The $20,000 Open II was captured by Hominy Hill, trained by Sandy Tetrick and driven by her husband Trace. The 7-year-old black gelding bested Classic Venture (Noble) and Impressive Chief (Brett Miller). From the Miami Valley Media Department

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 1, 2018 -- Windsong Leo knifed through the slop to collect his 19th win this season -- and third straight -- in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon is the "winningest" horse in harness racing this year with 20 victories while Windsong Leo is part of a four-way tie for second. Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.4 second-quarter breather, which helped him shrug off the first-over challenge of Phoenix Warrior N. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding downed his stablemate, the pocket-sitting Hawk's Red Chief, by 2 lengths in 1:51.4, with Phoenix Warrior A third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who now boasts career earnings of $397,650, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone piloted six winners on the 13-race card. Also enjoying big days were Burke, with four victories, and Aaron Merriman, who fashioned a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 24, 2018 -- Windsong Leo collected his 18th win this season when he shot the harness racing lightning lane and scored in 1:52.4 in the slop in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Always A Prince, Southwind Amazon and Spicey Victor are the seasonal leaders with 19 victories apiece. Windsong Leo released the parked-out Phoenix Warrior N past the quarter but was the stronger horse in the lane, downing his rival by 1/2 length for Dave Palone. The first-over Anythingforlove A finished third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, a 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding who now boasts $388,650 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Burke enjoyed a five-bagger on the 13-race card while Aaron Merriman, Mike Wilder and Palone each fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 27, 2018 -- Windsong Leo seized the early lead and steadily drew away from the field, cruising to a 6-1/2-length romp in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. With Windsong Leo's archrival, Phoenix Warrior N, stuck outside and unable to clear, Dave Palone gunned the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding to a 55 back half in the slop, discouraging all challenges. He triumphed in 1:50.3, with Anythingforlove A and the game Phoenix Warrior N completing the ticket. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who won for the 16th time this year and pushed his career bankroll to $367,250, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phil Collura. Palone and Burke teamed for three wins on the 13-race card while Jim Pantaleano and Dan Rawlings also fashioned triples. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows -

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 20, 2018 -- Phoenix Warrior N dueled with Windsong Leo through a 26.4 third quarter before edging away late to capture Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Phoenix Warrior N and Jim Pantaleano were stalking Windsong Leo and Dave Palone from the pocket when, after a sluggish 29.3 second panel, they decided to duke it out right there. The rivals raced as a team until the stretch, where the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding was the stronger, downing Windsong Leo by a neck in 1:51.4 over a "good" surface. Dapper Dude finished third. Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, who won for the 12th time this year and lifted his career bankroll to $345,973, for Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. Palone collected four wins -- including a pair for trainer Trent Stohler -- while Tony Hall and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2018 -- Looped from the gate, Phoenix Warrior N nevertheless overpowered a distinguished field en route to his second straight victory -- and 11th this year -- in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A 27.1 opening panel in the slop tested him, but Phoenix Warrior N opened a daylight lead for Jim Pantaleano and prevailed in 1:51.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Windsong Leo, who rallied from an early break to earn place. The pocket-sitting Vague Traces was third. Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, an 8-year-old Jereme's Jet Never Walk Alone gelding who now boasts $324,823 in career earnings, for Timothy Betts, Nick Catalano and Stephen Moss. Aaron Merriman had eight drives on Saturday's program and made the most of them, collecting five wins, a second and a pair of fourths. Two of those victories were for trainer Bill Rhoades and owner Leah Rhoades. Dave Palone, Pantaleano and trainer Marcus Marashian each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $92,499 stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and an $82,700 event for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Windsong Leo paced home for his seventh straight win Monday (August 20) in Northfield Park's eighth race, the $19,000 Open Pace. The six year-old gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. He is trained by Ron Burke. Chris Page was aboard for the winning drive. Windsong Leo started from post eight. He sat back and let his rivals post sizzling fractions of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:22.3. Page moved Windsong Leo on the backstretch, and prevailing by a nose in a stretch duel, stopping the timer at 1:51.1. Monday's triumph increased Windson Leo's (Jereme's Jet-Goldie-Jenna's Beach Boy) lifetime earnings to $334,250. He returned $15.00 to win. The impressive seven consecutive victories started in New York at Yonkers Raceway, posting wins on June 9, June 17 and June 30. Windsong Leo then scored on July 14 and July 23 at The Meadows before his August 6 and August 20 triumphs at Northfield Park. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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