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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

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2016 -- Widest and fastest in the lane, Latest Desire captured his second straight harness racing victory -- and fifth in the last seven -- in Friday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Latest Desire was third over down the backside when Jim Pantaleano decided the 6-year-old Real Desire-Latest Design gelding needed to see racetrack. It was the winning move as Latest Desire found a new gear, tracked down the leader, Atta Boy Dan, and edged him by a nose in 1:52.2. The first-over Dapper Dude was third. Dirk Simpson trains Latest Desire, who now boasts $363,936 in career earnings, for Steven Newcom and Larry Taylor. Aaron Merriman piloted five winners and Pantaleano three on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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

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