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WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2017 -- Dismissed at 56-1, Ella Christina poured through the Lightning Lane to pull off a harness racing shocker in Saturday's $125,950 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows. Blazin Britches captured the other division of the Adioo Volo, a Grand Circuit stake for 3-year-old filly pacers that was part of the Adios Card. Ella Christina hadn't won a stake this year, and driver Jim Pantaleano had little chance to get her into the cover flow. "Going down the backstretch, I thought I might follow one of the favorites, but that spot disappeared and kind of made my decision for me," he said. "They weren't going much on the lead, so I figured they'd be getting home pretty good. I was surprised my filly had as much pace as she did. They were honking home pretty good." The daughter of Western Ideal-Arthroscopic was fourth and apparently going nowhere when the horse immediately in front of her, Glassine Hanover, tipped off the cones for the drive. That was the opportunity Ella Christina needed, and she took full advantage of it, downing Colorful Jasmine by 1/2 length in 1:52.2, matching her career best. Rosemary Rose was third. Nick Surick trains Ella Christina for Nick Surick Stable, J.L. Benson Stables, William Daggett, Jr. and Lawrence Vukovic. Ella Christina The freshman campaign of Blazin Britches was aborted after a single race due to soreness, but she won six of her first seven starts this year, racing primarily at Hoosier Park. Then, trainer Brian Brown thought he noticed something amiss in her recent outings. "We figure she bled her last three starts; luckily, we found it in time," Brown said. "She looked like she would win in 1:50, and she got halfway up the stretch and started to let up. As you saw today, she didn't give up." With the addition of Lasix for the Adioo Volo, Blazin Britches gobbled up the leader, Bettor's Up, with a backside burst and went on to defeat her by 2 lengths in 1:50.1, a career best. Brazuca earned show. Emerald Highlands Farm bred and owns Blazin Britches, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Soggy Britches who is eligible for most of the rich year-end stakes. Blazin Britches Other races on Adios day at the Meadows; Whatstroublnurocky by A Rocknroll Dance - Arden Downs 2yo C&G Pacers Broadway Concert by Broadway Hall - Arden Downs 3yo Filly Trotters Disorder by Somebeachsomewhere - Arden Downs 2yo C&G Pacers Snowstorm Hanover by Muscle Massive - Arden Downs 3yo C&G Trotters Reign On Me by Well Said - Arden Downs 2yo Filly Pacers Cult Icon by Bettor's Delight - Arden Downs 2yo Filly Pacers Crann Tara by Donato Hanover - Arden Downs 3yo Filly Trotters Dapper Dude by Ponder - The Meadows Preferred Hcp Pace The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 6, 2017 -- Dont Rush, who hadn't made the lead at any point in his last four starts, gunned to the front from post 4, held off the menacing move of Classicality and scored the 16-1 harness racing upset in Thursday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a track record 1:52.1. Dont Rush faced no challenges until Classicality attacked from fourth near the three-quarters. When Jim Pantaleano asked him for more, the 5-year-old son of Infinitif-Color Me Pretty found it and downed Classicality by 1/2 length, with Boy Meets Girl K third. The mile was the fastest ever by an older stallion at The Meadows, erasing the mark of 1:52.2 held jointly by Sharp Edge and Tamarind. Richard Perfido trains Dont Rush, who pushed his career bankroll to $611,585, for Thomas Mattingly. Aaron Merriman, bidding to become harness racing's leading dash driver for the third consecutive year, took a step in that direction when he piloted six winners -- including a pair for trainer Bill Daugherty, Jr. -- on the 13-race card. Elsewhere on the Thursday program, Venier Hanover, already this season's fastest freshman gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile track with a 1:54 clocking, lowered his own mark when he triumphed in 1:53.3 for trainer/driver David Brickell, who owns the son of Well Said-Valmctorian with Mitchell York. Dont Rush The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2017 -- Goodtogo Hanover zipped to the lead from post 8 and turned back a pair of serious challengers en route to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Homepage was the first to take on the leader when she moved first over down the backside. Goodtogo Hanover thwarted that thrust, then had to deal with the late charge of Dirty Secret. The 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall found more for Jim Pantaleano and downed Dirty Secret by a neck in 1:55.2, with Bags For All third. Phillip Zendt trains Goodtogo Hanover, who extended her career bankroll to $194,427, for Gary Saul. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes June 1 with a special Thursday card, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2017 -- Show Runner pounced on the weary leader past the three-quarters and went on to capture Tuesday's $18,000 harness racing filly & mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The 4-5 favorite, Show Runner was third when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Rockin Rum Springa, who had taken the field through demanding fractions of 26/54/1:21.4. The 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner had little trouble putting away Rockin Rum Springa but had to dig deep to hold off the Lightning Lane charge of Spreester and down her by a neck in 1:51.3. Hurricane Calleigh rallied for show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, who now boasts $470,791 in career earnings, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 19, 2017 -- Tricky Nick pocketed Barn Girl early, then held her off late to capture Wednesday's $18,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tricky Nick worked hard to get the lead for Jim Pantaleano but eventually was able to put Barn Girl, seeking her fourth consecutive win, on his bumper. The 5-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding downed Barn Girl by a length in a career-best 1:54.2 while TSM Photo Bugger raced well first over for show. Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $183,254, for Thomas Mattingly. Dave Palone piloted five winners, including three for trainer Ron Burke, on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, the final day of the current meeting. Because pools can't be carried over to the next meeting beginning May 6, Saturday's Pick 4, Pick 5 and final superfecta of the card are all "must pay." Saturday's program features the championship legs of four series for 3-year-olds, which will offer total purses of $107,000. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 17, 2017 -- Besieged by nearly the entire field in the lane, Show Runner dug deep and collected her third straight harness racing victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Show Runner took the field through a 1:24 three-quarters but appeared vulnerable out of the final turn with four mares in hot pursuit. Jim Pantaleano asked her for more, and the 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner responded by holding off the first-over Spreester by a head in 1:52.3. Dime A Dance rallied for show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, who has won seven of 13 starts this year and $459,291 lifetime, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Aaron Merriman piloted five winners, including a pair for trainer Sal Digati, while Dave Palone enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 27, 2017 -- Lincolnjames gobbled up the leader with a powerful first-over move, then drew off late to capture Monday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Lincolnjames was fourth when Dave Palone sent him after Dapper Dude, who was rendered vulnerable by a 26.3 opening panel. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding had little trouble clearing and opening a daylight lead. He triumphed in 1:51.1, 3-1/4 lengths better than 23-1 long shot Gallant Seelster, with Purdy Sam third. Ron Burke trains Lincolnjames, who won for the third time in his last four starts and extended his career bankroll to $180,987, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected four wins on the 13-race card while Dan Rawlings enjoyed a triple, including a pair of victories for trainer Dirk Simpson. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 22, 2017 -- Pressured every step, Tricky Nick held firm under fire and captured Wednesday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After laboring on the outside to get the lead before the quarter, Tricky Nick faced an immediate challenge from the parked-out Fashion Chocolate. He shrugged that one off but faced a more serious threat from Angels Ransom, who was three wide and gaining into the final turn. Under Jim Pantaleano's urging, Tricky Nick held off Angels Ransom by a head in 1:55, with Cantab Lindy third. Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, a 5-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding who extended his career bankroll to $164,754, for Thomas Mattingly. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 13, 2017 -- Terrortina spotted the leader 4 lengths down the backside, then gobbled her up in the lane to capture her second straight Donna Dunn Memorial Pace split at The Meadows. Flight On Board, a 25-1 long shot, took the other $12,500 division in Monday's second leg of the series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Terrortina was fourth when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Handover The Art. She moved into second and settled back to the pylons for a quick breather before polishing off Handover The Art and prevailing in 1:56.3. Kaks Dragon Attack rallied for second, 1/2 length back, in her first start of the year while Ashlees Cocktail was fourth-placed-third. Norm Parker trains Terrortina, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Alladorable, for owner/breeder Bob Key. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner blew by Lakeisha Hall in the Lightning Lane to down her by a neck in 1:53.4 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Christen Pantaleano and owner A Piece Of The Action LLC. Spreester earned show. The 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner now boasts a career bankroll of $429,691. Mike Wilder and trainer Paul Corey teamed for a pair of winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 7, 2017 -- Joyful exploded past the leader with an uncovered backside brush and went on to capture his division in Tuesday's opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. DD's Comet, a harness racing seven-race maiden entering the day, took the other $12,500 division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The event honors the memory of the late Ken Weaver, a trainer/driver who was a fixture at The Meadows and on the Pennsylvania Fairs circuit. Joyful was third when Naquel Harvey sent him after Bourdain on the front. He cleared easily and drew off to prevail in 1:59.3 over a sloppy surface. Bourdain saved place, 2-1/2 lengths back, while Claire And Kenny rallied for show. Doug Hamilton trains and owns the 4-year-old Conway Hall-Joy To The World gelding. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Bessie made it three straight when she survived a demanding opening quarter and poured it on late to score in 1:56.3, 3/4 lengths better than Barn Girl. Classic Belisima earned show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $289,360, for trainer Rick Clapper and owners Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 1, 2017 -- Not many busboys in the clubhouse dining room will go on to win 7,000 harness races, yet that's just the unique career path Jim Pantaleano has taken. He got harness racing  career win 7,000 Wednesday at The Meadows when he piloted PL Intimidator to victory in the eighth race. "I just go to work -- I enjoy it quite a bit -- and don't think about the numbers that much," said Pantaleano, whose mounts have earned more than $48.4 million. "It just kind of sneaks up on you." Pantaleano was a student at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, when he began working in the clubhouse at nearby Northfield Park and determined that he would become a driver. "It looked very interesting," he said, "and I thought I would give it a try. A lot of people go to the races and think driving would be neat, so I'm probably not much different in that regard. But I actually ended up doing it" After a fling at Muskingum College (now Muskingum University) -- "I took two years off from life, you might say" -- Pantaleano visited Northfield's barn area and made the rounds of stables, looking for any work he could find. A sympathetic trainer, Mel Turcotte, hired him as a groom, but that didn't help him get drives. "I got some catch drives," he recalls, "on horses that usually were unruly." With seed money to which his father and a family friend contributed, Pantaleano claimed for $3,000 a horse that became the foundation for his own stable. He enjoyed success in Ohio, abandoned training when he relocated to Freehold and Yonkers in 2004 and settled at The Meadows a few years ago. These days, many of Pantaleano's assignments come from his wife, trainer Christen Pantaleano, whom her husband describes as "a brilliant woman." "She wasn't involved with horses but took a liking to them," he said. "She taught herself everything she needed to know." Driving for your spouse, he said, is both "good and bad." "When her horse races good, she's happy, so then I'm really happy. When her horse doesn't perform well, she very rarely blames the driver, but she's passionate about her work, and she'll get very upset when her horses don't perform the way she would like." For the future, Pantaleano doesn't plan any major changes. "I really got lucky landing at The Meadows at this stage of my career," he said. "I enjoy afternoon racing. I enjoy helping my wife with her stable. My goals really are to stay healthy and earn enough money to take care of my family and do the things we enjoy doing together." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 6, 2017 -- Show Runner made it two straight at The Meadows when she stalked Spreester from the pocket, then inched by her late for harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano to capture Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Spreester, who rolled through three-quarters in 1:24.1 without an effective challenger, had plenty left for the drive. But Show Runner was the stronger mare in the lane, downing Spreester by a neck in 1:52.2. Medusa rallied from last for show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, a 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner who now boasts $416,931 in career earnings, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. It was one of four wins on the 12-race card for Jim Pantaleano. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 31, 2017 -- Show Runner stalked Skippin By from the pocket, then overtook her in the lane to capture Tuesday's harness racing $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By worked out a seemingly comfortable 58.2 half, but she was vulnerable on the sloppy surface. The conditions suited Show Runner just fine, as she pulled the pocket for Jim Pantaleano at the top of the lane and prevailed in 1:55.1. Medusa rallied for second, a neck back, while Skippin By saved show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, a 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner who vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Aaron Merriman collected three wins on the 12-race card. THE MEADOWS ADDS $25,000 GUARANTEE FOR WEDNESDAY PICK 5 WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 31, 2017 -- On Wednesday, Feb. 1, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $25,000 total-pool guarantee for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the "instant" guarantee after Tuesday's Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $8,134.72. In addition, Wednesday's card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 -- a regular feature of each program at The Meadows -- as well as a $2,918.19 carryover for the day's first superfecta. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) and Pick 5 (races 9-13) 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. First post for Wednesday's program is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2017 -- First over forever, a game Show Runner somehow found enough late to get by the leader and capture Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing filly & mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Show Runner was fourth past the three-eighths when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Medusa, who appeared to have the race under control following a 30 second-quarter breather. But the 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner kept advancing on the "good" surface and scored in 1:53.3. Spreester shot the Lightning Lane for second, a head back, while Medusa saved show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $394,431, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Jim Pantaleano and Dave Palone each piloted four winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2017 -- Believeinthespirit followed live cover, then brushed wide through the lane to pull off a 28-1 harness racing shocker in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Believeinthespirit was sixth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano swung him into the cover flow behind the first-over Gokudo Hanover. The 6-year-old Art Major-Spirit Of The West gelding roared past Gokudo Hanover in mid-stretch and held off the rallying Kingofthejungle to prevail by a neck in 1:52.2. Easy Again closed well for show. Mike Dowdall trains Believeinthespirit, who extended his career bankroll to $190,367, for Keith Pippi. Dave Palone piloted five winners, including three for trainer Ron Burke, while Aaron Merriman enjoyed a triple on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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