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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2017 -- Dismissed at 14-1, Photobombr Hanover caught the game but weary leader, Q's Cruise, in deep stretch and pulled off the harness racing upset in Saturday's $86,900 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Normandy Beach took the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Q's Cruise fronted the field through three-quarters in a demanding 1:22.3 after a 54.4 half, fractions that left him vulnerable to the second-over charge of Photobombr Hanover. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Pilgrims Witchie brushed wide through the lane for Jim Pantaleano to down Q's Cruise by a neck in 1:50.2, with the first-over Mac Attack third. "He looks on paper like a very strong horse, and he showed up today," Pantaleano said. "Having live cover was good. A half in 54.4 is a pretty good stinger, even for those good horses." Tom Fanning trains Photobombr Hanover, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $150,597, for Howard Taylor, Susan Kajfasz and Fanning Racing LLC. Normandy Beach enjoyed brief cover down the backside, but when his cover slipped back to the cones, he was left to pursue the leader, Summer Side, on his own. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Symphony In Motion was up to the task as he gobbled up Summer Side and held off the rallying Mac's Jackpot by a head in 1:51.1 for Matt Kakaley. Summer Side saved show. "I've always liked this colt," Kakaley said of Normandy Beach, who earned $160,369 at 2 but just more than half that amount this year. "I guess the 3-year-old season didn't really go as planned, but he still has a chance to make some money with the late races." Ron Burke conditions Normandy Beach for William Donovan. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace, Knocking Around ground out a tough first-over victory in 1:51.1 for Pantaleano, trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owner Courtney McNeight. The 7-year-old Western Terror-So Completely gelding now boasts $364.783 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners and Tony Hall three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 16, 2017 — Like Clockwork accelerated out of the final turn and blazed through the lane to extend his career unbeaten streak to six in Saturday’s $83,300 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Wes Delight captured the other division in the stake for harness racing freshman colt and gelding pacers. Like Clockwork took the Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship on the front end, but winning driver Mike Wilder indicated he was hoping to chase a helmet with the Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding in the Keystone Classic. “I wanted to race him out of a hole,” Wilder said. “I’ve been putting him on the lead because it’s just worked out that way. He stepped up to the plate every time. But he’s tremendous out of a hole. He just loves a target.” Like Clockwork and Wilder dropped in fourth, followed live cover and poured it on late to triumph in a career-best 1:52.2. Early leader Ideal Flip was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Iluvtomakemoney third. Angela Porfilio sent out Like Clockwork for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms. Wilder noted that Like Clockwork has several stakes remaining, including the Breeders Crown. “I’m not saying he’s that kind of horse, but he sure hasn’t shown me he’s not, either,” Wilder said. “It might sound crazy, but if they would go a 1:21 (three-quarters), they would never get away from him. Who knows what he could do? Wes Delight was hammered down to 1-9 off his third-place finish in the PA Sires Stake championship, and, abetted by a 29.3 second-quarter breather, he lived up to the billing, downing Go West Go Fast by a measured length in 1:53.1, with Yupper third. “I hadn’t driven him before, but on paper, he looked the best, so I wanted to be on the front,” said winning driver Tony Hall. “That second quarter definitely helped.” Mark Harder trains the son of Bettor’s Delight-Maid West and owns with Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. Saturday’s card also featured a pair of events for The Meadow’s elite performers. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Fawn De Savage took control with a first-over surge and rolled home in 1:53.1 a life mark, for Dave Palone, trainer Tyler Stillings and owner Fawn De Mon Farms. The 4-year-old daughter of Keystone Savage-Ms Mastercraft now boasts $369,421 in career earnings. Lincolnjames took the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, despite a parked-out 26.3 opening panel, for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding won for the 23rd time over the past two seasons and extended his lifetime bankroll to $289,927. Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Aaron Merriman and Hall each fashioned a three-bagger. The Meadows will take a week’s break from live racing to allow the track to prepare facilities and the racing surface for the fall/winter schedule. Live racing resumes Saturday, Sept. 23, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 13, 2017 -- A combined 0-12 lifetime entering the day, Win Treasures (9-1) and Island Town (8-1) sprang harness racing upsets in Wednesday's $102,700 Keystone Classic for freshman filly trotters at The Meadows. Win Treasures had flashed talent, finishing in the money in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg and a PA All Stars event. But the daughter of Winning Mister-Treasure Forever also made breaks that kept her a maiden. Winning driver Tony Hall said the key Wednesday was keeping her quiet while scoring down. "I have all the confidence in the world in her, but sometimes she can be a little rank," Hall said. "I wanted to keep her calm, keep her nice and relaxed. I went super-conservative with her scoring down, fed her into the gate, and everything worked out perfect. When she gets off on the right foot, I think she's as good as any filly around here." She responded like a polished professional, dropping in third from post 7 and attacking the leader, Bill's Lady, in the lane. She downed that rival by a neck in 1:56.4, with Fish Is Fish third. Norm Parker trains Win Treasures for owner Bob Key. Island Town took home a check in all five PA Stallion Series legs -- including the championship -- but Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen, indicated lack of confidence prevented her from winning. "We started off early with her and just kind of let herself get set," he said. "The more she did and the faster she went, the more confidence she got. It took her a little bit to find herself." In the Keystone Classic, Island Town exploded from the pocket in the lane for Dave Palone and blew by the leader and 2-5 favorite, Front Circle -- who made a frustration break and was disqualified from second -- scoring in 1:56.1. Explosive G and Southwind Angelica were promoted to second and third, respectively. Bay Pond Racing Stable owns the daughter of Yankee Glide-Doin The City. Key, Palone and trainer Marcus Marashian each enjoyed a triple on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features an $83,300 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 12, 2017 -- Ron Burke figured to be a force in Tuesday's $86,498 Keystone Classic at The Meadows -- he trains eight of the 17 freshman filly pacers who dropped in -- but he was even more dominant than that, teaming with harness racing Matt Kakaley to sweep the event with Double A Mint, Strong Opinion and Majorsspeciallady. Double A Mint turned in the most powerful performance, rolling to a facile 5-1/2-length victory over stablemate Danikova in 1:52.4 and lifting her bankroll to $115,499 for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Dandy Farms and Silva, Purnel & Libby. She's In For Life completed the ticket. "She gets better," Burke said of the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Double Creme, who will be pointed to stakes at Hoosier Park and the Red Mile. "She tries harder. She's a typical Bettor's Delight -- they try." Strong Opinion finished a disappointing seventh in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship, but Kakaley Indicated there was a good reason she couldn't get more involved. "She was third over in the last turn, not really in a terrible spot, but a horse broke in front of her and took her out of the race," he said. "I've loved her all along. She's beautiful to drive, and she goes when you ask her to go." In the Keystone Classic, the daughter of Well Said-Rough Sketch made the lead with a quarter-pole move and had little trouble holding off Sarpa Hanover by a length in 1:53.3, with Ana Hanover third. Burke Racing Stable, Jack Piatt II, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Silva, Purnel & Libby campaign Strong Opinion, a $50,000 yearling purchase. The victory by Majorsspeciallady was more tactical than flashy; when Kakaley gave her a soft opening half of 58, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-See Major waltzed home in 1:54.1, a length better than Aims Whisper. The first-over Cult Icon earned show. "She hasn't always been in the right spot, but she's the kind who definitely will get better with age," Burke said. "The thing about her is, when she's in with horses she's supposed to beat, she beats them." He indicated Majorsspeciallady, a $30,000 yearling acquisition, is headed to engagements at Hoosier Park and the Red Mile for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and J&T Silva Stables. North America's perennial leading trainer was a factor elsewhere on Tuesday's card, as his 5-year-old Shadow Play-Titania Seelster mare, Tessa Seelster, captured the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace for Dave Palone in 1:52. Shesasmokinlady was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Yankee Moonshine rallied for show. Tessa Seelster now boasts $490,913 in career earnings for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jonathan Newman. Brian Zendt collected three wins on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a $102,700 Keystone Classic for freshman filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 15, 2016 -- On a brilliant fall Saturday, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino brought down the curtain on its 2016 stake season with four Keystone Classics for harness racing 2-year-olds competing for total purses of $460,796. The freshmen were as brilliant as the weather, as Caviart Wonder, Giveitgasandgo and Caviart Cherie all established stake records. Scott Zeron sparkled as well, piloting five stake winners -- the three record-setters among them. Zeron's cache included three victories for trainer Noel Daley and a pair for Caviart Farms. Highlights of Saturday's Keystone Classics: $111,399 2-Year-Old Filly Pace The record by Caviart Cherie may have been the most unlikely -- she entered the Keystone Classic a six-race maiden. Her trip was improbable as well, as Zeron sent her inside Big City Betty, who was jumping shadows for Aaron Merriman and making Zeron's winning move more perilous than usual. "Aaron took the three-wide path to be safe, and I just kind of squeaked up the middle," Zeron said. "It opened up a doorway for me to take, and my filly responded." The daughter of Well Said-Caviart Sarah scored in 1:51.3, eclipsing Robin Cruiser's previous stake mark of 1:52. Big City Betty settled down to finish second, 3 lengths back, while Terrortina shot the Lightning Lane for show. Daley conditions Caviart Cherie for Caviart Farms. Brazuca and V String captured the other divisions. Although Brazuca upset PA champion Agent Q in a Liberty Bell division, bettors sent Agent Q off the favorite. Just as she did in the Liberty Bell, Brazuca zipped to the front for Dave Palone and held off Agent Q by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:53. Gotthisone Hanover was third. "I don't ever watch the tote board," said Tom Cancelliere, who trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Knock Three Times -- acquired as a yearling for $65,000 -- for John Cancelliere and plans to send her to the Breeders Crown. "I come with my filly prepared to the best of her ability, and we go. And I'm lucky enough to have Dave driving her. He does a great job with her." With four fillies in the hunt late, V String had just enough to hold off Pittstop Danika by 3/4 lengths for Zeron, Daley and owners The OK Corral and Andrew Roberts. "When I was able to get that second-over trip, I was going to take it every day of the week," Zeron said. "The flow was nice and solid, and when I asked her to go three deep, she was great." $103,800 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot There was nothing unlikely about the performance by Giveitgasandgo. It was his seventh straight victory and extended his bankroll to $264,240. He was parked with cover past the quarter but prevailed in a career-best 1:54.4, erasing the old stake record of 1:55.2 held jointly by Keystone Activator and Pilgrim's Taj. The time also equaled Sutton's track record and is the fastest in this division this year on a five-eighths-mile track. Meteoric was second, beaten 1/2 length, with Monsta Hanover third. "We definitely went a lot faster fractions than I wanted to," Zeron said. "But he delivered when it came down to it. I tried to slow him up down the backside to give him a breather at some point in the mile, and I think I almost put him to sleep. He's a great big horse, so it was hard to start him back up again late." John Butenshoen trains the Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover ridgling for Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, David Miller, Lawrence Means and VIP Internet Stable. The other division went to Andy M, who broke his maiden in 1:57 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Chris Beaver and owners Mark Moger and Albert Delia, Jr. Soho Hanover missed by a nose while Equestrianconxtion completed the ticket. "He's high speed, but it's the end of the year, and he's starting to feel it a little bit," Merriman said. "He was a little more bumpy than usual, a little rougher, and I had to help him a little, but he trotted the turns super." $119,399 2-Year-Old Filly Trot When Caviart Wonder blitzed the front half in 27.2/56, even Daley, her trainer, figured she would come back to earth. "Once she did that 27.2, I thought she'd be in a bit of trouble," Daley said. "She's a beautifully gaited little thing, and she's been bomb proof all year. But I didn't think she was that good." Yet Caviart Farms' daughter of Muscle Massive-Won An Done kept right on truckin', prevailing in 1:54.2. She lowered Fashion Athena's stake record of 1:55.1, Frau Blucher's track record of 1:54.4 and trotted the fastest mile in her division this year on a five-eighths mile track. Dangle Then Deke was 5-1/2 lengths back in second, with Miss Da Line third. Daley said Caviart Wonder, a $20,000 yearling purchase, is eligible for the final of the Kindergarten Series. Gin's Tonic and Crann Tara took the other splits. Gin's Tonic had lost all 10 career outings before Mike Simons guided her to a Lightning Lane score in 1:56.3, 2-1/4 lengths better than Trixie Dust. Long Driveway earned show. "We've been taking our time with her, and she she's been in with some really tough horses," said J. Neal Ehrhart, who trains the daughter of Muscle Massive-Don't Say Don't -- an $8,000 yearling acquisition -- for Virginia Ehrhart. "So we didn't abuse her. We raced her where she was comfortable. You've not seen the best of her yet." Crann Tara ground out a first-over victory for Marcus Miller, trainer Linda Toscano and owner William Donovan, putting away EZ Passer by 3/4 lengths. Lexi Marie finished third. "It was a pretty measured move," Miller said of the daughter of Donato Hanover-Shan Riches. "I thought as long as she didn't make a mistake, she was the best one in there, so I was being pretty careful getting her through the turns." $126,198 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace When Dragnet Alert blazed to a world-record 1:49.2 at the Red Mile last week, it was the mark of Sheer Desire and Palone that he wiped out. So there was a poetic touch when Palone swung into the sulky behind him for the Keystone Classic. The Dragon Again-Jettin Jenna gelding responded with a front-end score in 1:52 for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Crawford Farms Racing. Maconupwithedragon was a ground-saving second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Photobombr Hanover third. "I think he'd rather chase than be on the lead," Palone said. "He has a lazy way about him. But as soon as they came to him, he swelled up. I just didn't want to take any chances." In his division, Eddard Hanover matched that time with a front-end score for Mike Wilder, 2-1/2 lengths ahead of the rallying Mike's Z Tam. Northwest Yankee earned show. "I got to drive him on Adios Day, and he really raced huge. He circled the field and got nailed in the lights," Wilder said. "Today, I wanted him on the point if I could get there, and he was great. He grew into a nice colt." Ron Burke trains the Dragon Again-Edra Hanover gelding for Burke Racing Stable, JJK Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Summer Side, the 1-5 favorite, had to fight off a stiff challenge from Point Somewherelse to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:52.4, with early leader Cinnabar Dragon third. Zeron drove the son of Well Said-Beachy Lady for trainer Ray Schnittker, who owns with Howard Taylor. Summer Side now boasts a career bankroll of $161,936. "It became a duel down the lane, and my horse was never on the front before," Zeron reported. "He was a little lazy up there. It was an all-out stretch drive, and it made for a great race." 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, Sept. 30, 2016 -- Following a three-week break, live racing at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino resumes Monday, Oct. 3, with a harness racing card that features a pair of Keystone Classic stakes worth an estimated $181,000. The Meadows will race three days per week -- Monday, Tuesday, Saturday -- in October and will add Wednesday programs for November and December. In addition, the track will offer a special Christmas-week card Thursday, Dec. 22. Each card will include a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 wager, races 4-7. First post for each remaining 2016 program is 1 PM. The October line-up features a rich menu of stake races, with total purses estimated at more than $900,000. In addition to the re-opening day events, the stakes include: Tuesday, Oct. 4 -- $140,000 (est) Keystone Classics; Saturday, Oct. 8 -- $160,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Championships; Saturday, Oct. 15 -- $425,000 (est) Keystone Classics. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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