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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 15, 2016 -- Kestrel, a 3-year-old filly taking on a field of accomplished harness racing mares, socked it to her elders with a powerful uncovered move that carried her to victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Kestrel was fifth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent her after the leader, Cowgirl Hall. The daughter of Triumphant Caviar-Blackrock seized the lead at the three-quarters and scored in a career-best 1:54.3, 3/4 lengths better than Whata Donato. Barn Girl rallied for show. Chris Beaver trains Kestrel, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $350,400, and owns with the filly's breeder, Wilbur Stoll Lang. It was one of three wins for Pantaleano on the 13-race card. Pick 4 triples The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has tripled — to $15,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Wednesday, Nov. 16 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative.  While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows upped the ante when Tuesday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,799.70. 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. First post Wednesday is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 4, 2016 -- Pressured every step of the mile on the lead, Lispatty dug deep late and triumphed in 1:50, establishing a stake record in Tuesday's $71,600 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. I Said Diamonds captured the other division of the event for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers, giving Jim Pantaleano a stake sweep. Lispatty no sooner assumed the lead than she was challenged by I Said Please, forcing her to a demanding three-quarters in 1:21.1. Even more ominous, the favorite, Newborn Sassy, was stalking from the pocket, just waiting for an opening to pounce. But the daughter of McArdle-Lisbella found more, holding off Newborn Sassy by 1/2 length, with Drag N Sand third. The time erased Weeper's previous stake record of 1:51. "I was surprised she had so much left because we took a lot of heat," Pantaleano said, "and (Newborn Sassy) was getting a great trip. She was tired but tried real hard when Newborn Sassy came to her. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera trains Lispatty, who lifted her career bankroll to $178,125, for Gilbert Garcia-Owen. I Said Diamonds is so quick from the gate that she usually zips to the top and makes the field catch her. But in the Keystone Classic -- her first start since being scratched from the Jugette after an unauthorized person was discovered in her stall -- she found herself in the pocket chasing Terror At Night. "The beginning of the race set up a little goofy, so I don't think Jim had any choice but to sit there," said the filly's new trainer, Christen Pantaleano. "I was a little bit nervous that she wasn't on the lead, but it worked out good for her." I Said Diamonds kicked by Terror At Night in the lane and downed her by 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1 while Yankee Moonshine earned show. The daughter of Well Said-SilksnDiamonds now has banked $428,857 for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Christen Pantaleano indicated I Said Diamonds has one stake remaining this year and likely will race at 4. $69,400 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers At 2, Ideal Jimmy was on top of the world, earning $293,185 and Pennsylvania's divisional crown. He came back to earth this year, beginning his sophomore campaign with 12 consecutive losses. Then, he won a Liberty Bell division at Harrah's Philadelphia and followed that up with a good second in a tough Yonkers overnight. In the Keystone Classic, he took another step on the comeback trail, winning on the front end for Marcus Miller in 1:52, a length better than Wagon Master in the Lightning Lane. Arthur Pendragon completed the ticket. "He just wasn't himself early in the year, but it seems like he is coming back," Miller said. "He feels like the old Jimmy that we knew last year. He was a little sick, a little off, just something here and there, but it seems like he's put it together now." Erv Miller conditions the Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine gelding for owner/breeder D.R. VanWitzenburg. In the other split, 13-1 More Dragon went from worst to first with a late rally that carried him to victory in 1:52. Fernando Hanover was second, giving trainer Ron Burke an exacta sweep, while Another Daily Copy completed the ticket. More Dragon had experienced recent breaking problems, and winning driver Aaron Merriman feared he would jump it off again. "He got really, really rough in the last turn," Merriman said. "I thought I had him, and then I had to gather him up again. His talent overrode it. As soon as he got in the straightaway, he probably paced his last eighth in 12 seconds. He's extremely fast." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services and David Wills campaign the Dragon Again-Liscaramore gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $139,122. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Tall Cotton converted a pocket trip to his 40th career victory for Dave Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. The winner's stablemate, I Know My Chip, was second, 1/2 length back, with the favorite, Classicality, third. Tall Cotton now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $798,141. Dan Rawlings collected three wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the program features the $160,000 PA Fairs Championships. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 4, 2016 -- Show Runner provided late-race fireworks when she exploded through the lane to pull off a 7-1 harness racing upset in the Independence Day feature at The Meadows, a $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Show Runner grabbed the early lead for Jim Pantaleano but was shuffled to fifth entering the final turn. Pantaleano guided her off the cones to the center of the track, where she knifed through the slop and triumphed in 1:52. Certified Ideal found a seam between horses to finish second, 2 lengths back, while the first-over Southwind Roulette earned show. Christen Pantaleano trains Show Runner, a 6-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner who extended her career bankroll to $355,866, for A Piece Of The Action LLC. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 31, 2016 - Leaving from an inside post position for the first time in more than a month, Barn Girl followed live cover and turned it on late to score in 1:53.3 -- a harness racing career best -- in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl started from post 8 or 9 in her four most recent races and still managed to hit the board in three of those outings. She left from the rail Tuesday but was sitting seventh when Jim Pantaleano moved her behind the first-over Ras Shakinthtbacon. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie peeled off cover around the final turn and tracked down the leader, Smokinmombo, defeating her by a neck. She Nuit finished third. Ron Burke trains Barn Girl, who extended her career bankroll to $269,156, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Let go at a juicy 25-1, Stirling Euphoria moved powerfully first over to score the upset in Monday's opening leg of the Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows. Lenore Karidian took the other $17,500 opening-leg division in the event for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. The series is named for Do Me Honor, a fast-class pacer who has banked more than $682,000 and is currently racing for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. A lightly raced filly making only her fifth career start, Stirling Euphoria responded like a seasoned veteran when Dave Palone sent her first over -- in the slop -- after the leader, Wasaga Beach. She spurted clear and scored in a career-best 1:56, surviving an inquiry for a possible pylon violation. Terror Grin rallied for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Hooves On First third. Ben Davis trains the daughter of Western Ideal-Chattanooga for Brent Hopper, S&S Racing Stable and Kenneth York. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Spreester moved second over to victory for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The 5-year-old daughter of American ideal-Rodeo Spree, who now boasts $431,271 in career earnings, triumphed in 1:53.3, 1/2 length better than Show Runner. Set Me Up was third. The day's honoree, Do Me Honor, competed in the event and finished fifth. Jim Pantaleano piloted six winners -- including a pair for his wife, trainer Christen Pantaleano -- while Palone fashioned a triple on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Jim Pantaleano collected five wins -- including three for trainer Norm Parker -- on Monday's 15-race harness racing program at The Meadows, perhaps not big news because those guys roll up impressive statistics regularly. Steve Walters won race 11 with Night Music on the Monday card, and that is big news because Walters was making only his fourth start in a purse race since 2008. His last win came in 2007 at The Meadows. Ironically, Walters wasn't originally named on Night Music. But when Tony Hall had to call off his assignments, trainer Jim Rothfuss tabbed Walters to replace him on the 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal, a four-race maiden. The public wasn't deterred by Walters' long absence from the sulky, making Night Music the third choice at 7-2 in the $8,200 Non-Winners of 1 event for fillies and mares. Walters handled her capably and confidently, reaching the lead with a quarter-pole move and rationing her speed. She scored in 1:56.3, a neck ahead of Bettor Than Silk, with Cedar Wapsi Road third. Michael Ouriel and Howard Ouriel campaign Night Moves. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Flowers N Songs remained undefeated in her three-race harness racing career when she overwhelmed the field in Wednesday's opening leg of the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows. UF Lindsay Lou Who and Pink Pistol took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits. The series honors the late Mary Wohlmuth, longtime manager of the track's iconic 2:00 Club. Unraced at 2, Flowers N Songs zipped to the front for Jim Pantaleano and never faced a serious challenge, drawing off to score in 1:58.1, 7 lengths better than Lakeview Tammy. A Toastandcaviar was third. Rich Gillock trains the 3-year-old homebred daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Pleasure's Song for Bob Key. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Trustworthy Kid enjoyed a better early seat than usual and used it to launch a winning second-over bid. He prevailed in 1:54.3 for Brian Zendt, trainer Lisa Dunn and owner/breeder Dunn Stable. The first-over Tamarind was second, 1/2 length back, with Dunn Stable's Redder Than Red third. The 7-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding now boasts $388,052 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted four winners and Eric Goodell three on the 15-race card. * * * * * Register now for The Meadows Live Bankroll Handicapping Contest set for Saturday, March 5, with a guaranteed $5,000 prize pool. Cost is $100, with $50 allocated to the prize pool and $50 to each player's bankroll. Registered players can enjoy the free lunch buffet in the Triple Crown Banquet Room and will receive a free March 5 Meadows race program. Winner gets 50 percent of the prize pool, with 25 percent for second place, 12 percent for third place, 8 percent for fourth place and 5 percent for fifth place. To register now, call 724.503.1509 or visit the Retail Center in the Racebook. Event-day registration begins at 11:30 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Wilberforce blew up the tote board Tuesday at The Meadows when he pulled off a 43-1 shocker in the opening leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. Cantad Kid and Raisethejollyroger took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits. The series honors the memory of the late harness racing trainer Ken Weaver, long a fixture at The Meadows and on the PA Fairs circuit. Off stride in three of his last four starts and coming off an unimpressive qualifier, Wilberforce seemed an unlikely candidate for a win. But when Jim Pantaleano moved him first over from fourth, he performed like a betting favorite, gaining steadily before drawing off to score in a career-best 1:56.1. Early leader Fashion Chocolate saved place, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Marty De Vie third. Kris Rickert trains Wilberforce, a 4-year-old Caviar Crown-Rose Run Imprint gelding, and owns with Dale Wareham. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot, Homepage moved uncovered from sixth before surging three wide into the final turn and jogging off for Tony Hall in 1:54.2, a lifetime mark. Anaffairtoremember was second, 5-1/2 lengths in arrears, while ER Ellie earned show. Andy Rickert conditions the 6-year-old daughter of Tom Ridge-Inside Edition, who now boasts $218,461 in career earnings, for Murdock Racing Stable. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 15-race card. With a pair of victories, Aaron Merriman pushed his career win total to 7,999 before heading off to Northfield to drive the evening card there. * * * * * Register now for The Meadows Live Bankroll Handicapping Contest set for Saturday, March 5, with a guaranteed $5,000 prize pool. Cost is $100, with $50 allocated to the prize pool and $50 to each player's bankroll. Registered players can enjoy the free lunch buffet in the Triple Crown Banquet Room and will receive a free March 5 Meadows race program. Winner gets 50 percent of the prize pool, with 25 percent for second place, 12 percent for third place, 8 percent for fourth place and 5 percent for fifth place. To register now, call 724.503.1509 or visit the Retail Center in the Racebook. Event-day registration begins at 11:30 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Floundering outside for most of the opening quarter, Brenway Dixie found her best stride late and captured her division in Tuesday's second leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 harness racing claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pembroke Castaway took the other $15,000 second-leg split. Jim Pantaleano sent Brenway Dixie, the only mare in the field, for the early lead but had to wrangle her back to fifth when she was parked out. Despite her early frustration, Brenway Dixie followed the live cover of Quillz and brushed through the lane to score in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface. Early leader Pittstop Kip was second, a length back, with Otto third. Jack Smith trains Brenway Dixie, a 6-year-old daughter of Oaklea Julian-Oaklea Penny who extended her career bankroll to $226,851, for Bob Adamo. Pembroke Castaway reached the front with a three-wide quarter-pole move and coasted from there, prevailing in 1:58.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Billie Jo. Dizzy Rizzy earned show. Aaron Merriman piloted the 5-year-old Current Cast-Phoenicia Hanover gelding, who now boasts $181,393 in lifetime earnings, for owner/trainer Randy Bendis. Tuesday's card also featured the second leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Parnell and Bob N Tony each taking an $8,000 split. The championships for both series are set for Tuesday, Feb. 23. Pantaleano collected five wins and Merriman three on the 15-race program. Register now for The Meadows Live Bankroll Handicapping Contest set for Saturday, March 5, with a guaranteed $5,000 prize pool. Cost is $100, with $50 allocated to the prize pool and $50 to each player's bankroll. Registered players can enjoy the free lunch buffet in the Triple Crown Banquet Room and will receive a free March 5 Meadows race program. To register now, call 724.503.1509 or visit the Retail Center in the Racebook. Event-day registration begins at 11:30 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Drift Away moved powerfully first over and went on to a comfortable harness racing victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pittstop Kip shot the Lightning Lane to take the other $15,000 opening-leg split. Drift Away had been hampered by post 8 or 9 for five consecutive starts, when he felt compelled to try for the early lead. On Tuesday, the 9-year-old Trojan Touch-Frances Maxine gelding settled in sixth before getting underway for Tony Hall. He scored in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface, 1-1/4 lengths better than the rallying Queens Lonely Earl, with Pembroke Castaway third. Andy Rickert trains Drift Away, who extended his career bankroll to $316,623, for Mark Jakubik and Tessa Roland. Tuesday's card also featured three opening-leg divisions of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mateo M, Crazy Eyes and Skyway Cruiser each capturing $8,000 splits. Elsewhere on the program, Bessie was ahead at every pole for the second consecutive start as she prevailed handily in 1:55.2 in the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/ Preferred Handicap Trot. The pocket-sitting Cowgirl Hall was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Scented Roses closed well for show. Jim Pantaleano piloted the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantabs Chorine, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for trainer Rick Clapper and owners Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Pantaleano collected five wins and Hall three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 2, 2016 -- Bessie endured a contested first quarter and went on to a comfortable harness racing victory in 1:54 -- matching her career best -- in Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie was stretched by Boo's Party Girl while trying for the early lead and forced to a speedy 27.2 opening panel. But the 5-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine easily thwarted the first-over bid of Whata Donato and defeated her by 3/4 lengths for Jim Pantaleano. Boo's Party Girl saved show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who won for the fourth time in her last seven starts and pushed her lifetime bankroll to $192,964, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each collected three victories on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 1, 2016 -- Coffee Addict outdueled Medusa in the stretch to score a narrow harness racing victory in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hammered down to 1-2, Coffee Addict retook the lead for Jim Pantaleano past the quarter and enjoyed a much-needed 29.1 second-panel breather. That served her well late, when she was able to hold off the first-over Medusa by a nose in 1:52.4. Early leader Tipitina saved show. Norm Parker trains Coffee Addict, a 6-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen who now boasts $452,529 in career earnings, for James Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. Dave Palone piloted four winners and Eric Goodell three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2015 -- When stablemates Some Kinda Beach and Bestinthebusiness squared off in the stretch one week ago, Some Kinda Beach prevailed by a nose to earn bragging rights in harness racing trainer Paul Kennedy's barn at The Meadows. On Monday, the racing conditions were different -- the pair battled in the slop -- but the results were the same, as Some Kinda Beach again outdueled Bestinthebusiness in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. After considerable early skirmishing, Bestinthebusiness brushed to the front before the half, giving Some Kinda Beach and Eric Goodell the pocket. Freshened by that breather, Some Kinda Beach powered past in the lane to score in 1:51.2, 2 lengths better than his stablemate. Early leader Stonebridge Adam saved show. Keith Pippi campaigns the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy, who now boasts $246,782 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 11, 2015 -- Tamarind waited patiently for the harness racing Lightning Lane, then poured through to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind was away second for Aaron Merriman, stalking the leader, Lady's Dude, until mid-stretch. The 7-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos surged inside and downed the rallying Rompaway Galaxy by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Lady's Dude saved show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who now boasts $734,424 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 9, 2015 -- Bessie powered to the lead past the quarter and faced little pressure thereafter as she rolled to a harness racing victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Away third for Jim Pantaleano, Bessie overtook the leader, Barn Girl and enjoyed a comfortable 57.2 front half. Anaffairtoremember avoided a tangle of horses down the backside to emerge a clear second, but she was unable to gain substantially on Bessie. The 4-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine prevailed in 1:54.2, 1-3/4 lengths better than Anaffairtoremember, while Barn Girl saved show. Rick Clapper trains Bessie, who now boasts $158,929 in career earnings, for Paula Clapper, Umholtz Racing Stable and Kennedy Sports Corp. Dave Palone, Wilbur Yoder, Pantaleano and trainers Ron Burke and Marcus Marashian each enjoyed a double on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 4, 2015 -- Stucklikeglue zipped to the front for harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano and, taking advantage of the misfortunes of two top contenders, rolled to victory in Friday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stucklikeglue was battling Certified Ideal for the early lead when Certified Ideal broke stride, taking herself and Do Me Honor out of the race. Stucklikeglue might not have needed the help, but the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ruth Plumsted fully exploited the situation, defeating the first over Jaded Dream by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52. The pocket-sitting Phone Terror finished third. Doug Hinklin trains Stucklikeglue, who extended her career bankroll to $197,745, for Parent Racing Stable. It was one of three wins on the 12-race card for Pantaleano. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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