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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 28, 2019 -- Dismissed at 9-1, Gingras Beach used a confident first-over move to notch his initial harness racing stakes victory in Saturday's $70,900 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Starship captured the other division in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Gingras Beach had only three overnight races on his card and was third down the backside behind 3-5 favorite Patriot Nation. But Tony Hall didn't hesitate to send the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ginger Shark after Patriot Nation without cover. "I had confidence in this colt," Hall said. "He felt great, and it looked like the leader was starting to press into the last turn. So I figured I would get him out and get him in motion. He was strong the whole back half." Gingras Beach roared past Patriot Nation and scored in 1:53.2, 2 lengths better than All Hands On Deck. Complete Kaos completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Gingras Beach for Burke Racing Stable, Yannick Gingras, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four wins for Hall on the 14-race program. Starship took advantage of an early break by chief rival Tru Lou to back down the second quarter to 29.2. The son of Captaintreacherous-Lifetime Star was unchallenged from there, scoring in 1:53.2 for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. Warrawee Veloce was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Lyons Music third. "Kevin called me a couple hours ago and told me the horse's tendencies," said winning driver Dan Rawlings. "He said, 'he's not the greatest-gaited horse, but don't think something's wrong with him; go forward and you'll be happy with him.' He was right." $92,499 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Speaking of first stakes victories, Drama Act and Ginger Tree Carey collected theirs in Saturday's co-feature. The other division went to Ashtini. Injury and illness had limited Drama Act to a pair of overnight events -- both victories. "She had an abscess in her foot that caused some time off," said Krista Harmon, who conditions the homebred daughter of Well Said-Lounge Act for The OK Corral. "Then, when she was ready to qualify, she got sick a couple times. What's her upside? I'm not sure we've hit bottom with her yet." The team's patience paid off Saturday, as Drama Act overcame a parked-out 26.4 opening panel and triumphed for Jason Merriman in 1:52.2, 3-3/4 lengths better than Alexa Skye. Dance Club earned show. Trainer Sam Beegle has selected Ginger Tree Carey's stakes engagements judiciously because of her diminutive stature. "She's only the size of a deer, and she's a June foal," Beegle said. "She had a little issue back in May, and we didn't rush her. She's done everything we asked her to do. She still has the Simpson and the Liberty Bell, and she has everything next year." The daughter of Sweet Lou-Ideal Weather showed a big heart in overtaking the leader, The Party's Rockin, late and defeating her by 1/2 length in 1:53.1 Speaking Of Coffee finished third. Ginger Tree Ventures, Henlopen Stable, Neil Chesen and Beegle campaign Ginger Tree Carey. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the card features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 2-6); a $1,065.24 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-7), and a $1,477.49 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. For full results and entries click here. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 26, 2019 -- Keystone Eureka, a winner of a division of The Standardbred stakes at the Delaware County Fair on Jugette Day, will try to build on that achievement in Saturday's $92,499 Keystone Classic for freshman harness racing filly pacers at The Meadows. She'll leave from post 7 in race 9 with Tony Hall driving for trainer Ryan Miller and owner Miller Racing Stable. Saturday's card also features a $70,900 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. Miller, 31, may not be a household name yet, but he's been immersed in the sport since he was a child learning the ropes at the small breeding operation of his grandparents, Doc and Dorothy Miller. Doc, by the way, is not a doctor; he's perhaps best known for his ownership of the champion mare Eternal Camnation, who banked nearly $3.75 million. "They let me bring in the mares in foal, and I just fell in love with horses," Ryan Miller recalls. "The funny thing is, no other grandchildren, nieces or nephews in the family likes horses, but from the moment I saw them, that's all I wanted to do." Miller, who is based in Greenville, Ohio, got serious about his future profession early, participating in a Harness Horse Youth Foundation camp and matriculating at SUNY Morrisville, from which he was graduated with a business management degree in the equine program. He apprenticed with Ray Schnittker for about six years and has operated his own stable since then. Despite his youth, Miller has enjoyed considerable success with his stable of about 16 head. He trained the trotter Magic Vacation, who went in 1:55.3 to set the track record for freshman geldings at Scioto Downs. Among his older campaigners, the pacer he named for his grandparents, Docdor Friskie, is the most prominent and still adding to his $265,454 bankroll. Miller gave $60,000 for Keystone Eureka, a daughter of Somebeachsomwhere-Sir Erika Z Tam, and is pleased with her performance -- first or second in seven of her eight starts. "The draw shouldn't affect her," he says. "She has an extremely quick switch. If Tony wants her on top, she'll get there for him. She's probably the most versatile filly I've ever sat behind." Yet Miller deliberately has kept his youngster away from the more heralded stars of her division. "I'm kind of a realist," he says. "We kept her in the (PA) stallion series because we hoped to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond. Will she be a Breeders Crown filly next year? She's probably not of that stature. Maybe she'll become a good Open mare, something I can breed myself. I'd be interested in that." On the wagering front, Saturday's program offers two carryovers -- $2,046.92 in the Pick 4 (races 3-6), $966.51 in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2019 -- Askmelater Hanover rolled to the front and easily turned back the late challenge of Saxon to score in 1:55.2, the fastest harness racing division in Wednesday's $90,299 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Stickler Hanover and Patriarch Hanover taking the other splits. Saxon stalked Askmelater Hanover from the pocket and moved wide for the stretch drive. But the Explosive Matter-A Youre Adorable gelding had plenty in the tank and downed Saxon by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:55.2, with Rock Party third. "He had the horse he needed to beat on his back," Palone said, "so I just wanted to stay on the gas around the last turn a little bit and not turn it into a complete sprint. He picked me up like a horse is supposed to. When I kicked the plugs out, he trotted back off." Julie Miller trains Askmelater Hanover for Scott Woogen and Brenda Messenger. A son of Explosive Matter-Secret Credit, Stickler Hanover scored on the front end in 1:57.1, quickest of his career. Brady Brown had been racing the youngster primarily from behind but changed his strategy for the Keystone Classic. "The way the race looked, I figured if I could get to the front and control everything, I didn't think they'd beat him," Brown said. "At the three-quarter pole, I kicked out the ear plugs and chirped at him once, and he kept right on trotting." Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, Daniel Goehle and Michael Munn own Stickler Hanover. Jim Pantaleano and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed four wins on the 14-race card while Dave Palone fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $92,499 stake for 2-year-old filly pacers and a $70,900 event for freshman colt and gelding pacers. On the wagering front, the program offers two carryovers -- $2,046.92 in the Pick 4 (races 3-6), $966.51 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. 24, 2019 -- Next Level Stuff and Perth Angel De Vie each jogged to convincing victories -- and life marks -- in Tuesday's $85,900 Keystone Classic for 2-year=old filly trotters at The Meadows. Dave Palone sent Next Level Stuff forward with a quarter-pole move, only to encounter stiff resistance from the leader, Rebecca. "I didn't expect to have to work that hard to make it back to the front, but I did," Palone said, "She did the rest on her own. I think she'll be a sires stake filly next year." Once she crossed over, the daughter of Sebastian K S-Nantab took complete control, drawing off late to down Miss Kendra D by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:55.2, a career best. The stubborn Rebecca finished third. Jim Campbell trains the homebred Next Level Stuff for Runthetable Stables. Perth Angel De Vie hadn't seen the front in her last six outings, but in the Keystone Classic, she reached the point early with a bonus -- the half in a slowish 59 worked out by driver Bryce Brocklehurst. "A cheap half like that definitely helped," he said. "I felt pretty good about things then. As long as she felt good on the gate, I wanted her to be up close. I think that's probably it for her this year." The daughter of Explosive Matter-Dream Angel prevailed in 1:56.4, a life mark, 3-1/2 lengths better than Cocktails N Dreams. Just For Me Nu completed the ticket. Harold Brocklehurst conditions the winner for Double R Farms, David Obley and Richard Williams. Live racing continues Wednesday at The Meadows, when the card features a $90,299 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2019 -- Trillions Hanover continued her red-hot ways Monday at The Meadows, capturing her third straight -- all stakes -- in a division of the $59,300 Keystone Classic. Sweet Cherry took the other split in the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Trillions Hanover entered the Keystone Classic off impressive victories in the Lady Maud and a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg but appeared to be idling outside after leaving from post 7. According to winning driver David Miller, that was all according to plan. "I was waiting until the dust settled," Miller said. "When she got half in 56, I was pretty confident she could get home from there. She's always been pretty good. She's tried racing against the 'Group 1' fillies. She could compete with them, but she never could beat them. But she's been pretty steady all year." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Tulu Hanover reached the point near the three-eighths and easily thwarted the Lightning Lane challenge of the pocket-sitting Rockn Philly, downing her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.3. Alii Nui finished third. Tom Fanning trains Trillions Hanover, who now boasts $231,805 in career earnings, for VIP Internet Stable, Falcon Racing and Paul Lang. Sweet Cherry achieved the lead with a quick first-over blitz, then dug in late to hold off Skater Chick by a length in a career-best 1:51.1, with Philly Hanover third. Tim Tetrick, who drove and co-owns the daughter of Sweet Lou-Cherry Tree Coco with Jo Ann Looney- King, noted that she's changed her style recently -- with positive results. "I thought after the third quarter when I had to use her so hard she'd fold up, but she held them off," Tetrick said. "She never used to like the front end. We protected her and protected her. The last few times I've just been racing her and trying to wear them out. It's been working for her." Jim King, Jr. conditions Sweet Cherry. $65,500 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters American Kronos and Magical Beliefs each won a split in Monday's co-feature. American Kronos prepped for the Keystone Classic with a pair of tests against tough mares at Pocono. She captured both, and winning driver Troy Beyer indicated that experience helped sharpen her. "I tripped her out last week and kind of gave her an easy race coming into this," Beyer said. "She was ready to go today, and I thought the front was the best place to be. Her win at Pocono last Sunday helped her confidence a little bit. She felt real brave on the front." In the Keystone Classic, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Glide About quarter-poled to the top and had little trouble defeating Firedbylindie by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.4, with Hanovers Best third. Julie Miller trains American Kronos for Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and David Goodrow. With their checks, American Kronos and Firedbylindie each became a $100,000 performer. Magical Beliefs powered off the cones in the stretch for Miller and roared past Jezzys Legacy to down her by 1/2 length in 1:55.2, matching her life mark. Fade Into You completed the ticket. "With the passing lane, I wasn't worried about finding room," Miller said. "So I took my chances and sat in with her. She likes it like that, too." Linda Toscano conditions the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic, who now has banked $284,457 for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-And-I Farms. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features an $85,500 Keystone Classic for freshman filly trotters. On the wagering front, the card offers a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $1,095.59 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                              

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 21, 2019 -- Goes Down Smooth drew away from the harness racing field late with a powerful finishing kick that carried him to victory in a track-record 1:52.3 in Saturday's $75,299 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. The mile lowered the mark set by Explosivebreakaway in another Keystone Classic division only about 30 minutes earlier. The event was contested over three divisions, with Lindy's Crazy Hall taking the other split. Goes Down Smooth battled three wide for the early lead, but after Matt Kakaley gave him a 29 second-quarter breather, the Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding made a shambles of the race, defeating Nextroundsonme by a widening 9-1/2 lengths. Darty finished third. " I let him trot out a little bit, but he did it real easy today," Kakaley said. "He's been good for quite a while now." Ron Burke trains the winner, who vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The time also is a stake record and the fastest this year by a sophomore gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. While Explosivebreakaway's 1:52.4 performance will go down as one of the most fleeting track records in The Meadows history, he had plenty to celebrate. He found the pocket for Tom Jackson in a blistering 26 opening panel. The Explosive Matter-Phaeton gelding brushed outside through the lane and downed Kate's Massive by 3-1/4 lengths, with Stonebridge Symba third. "I wasn't worried about my horse finishing; I was worried about the horse in front of me carrying me far enough," Jackson said. "He took me plenty far enough. We changed his shoes after his last race here, and he's been a different horse ever since." Fred Grant trains Explosivebreakaway, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $131,925, and owns with Janice Rubin, Steven Katz and Murray Brown. $75,300 Keystone Classic -- 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pacers Pyro and Highlandbeachlover captured the divisions in Saturday's other Keystone Classic. Kakaley hustled Pyro to the point from the rail and eschewed the opportunity to release a pair of early challengers and take a covered trip. " I wanted to line them up and have my colt in front, give him a shot on the lead," he said. "I thought he was the best. He dug in, and he was good." Kakaley knew his horse, as Pyro prevailed in 1:50.3, 1/2 length better than Waterway. Lyons Night Hawk completed the ticket. Pyro, a Sweet Lou-Whetstone Hanover gelding, now boasts $170,266 in earnings for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Highlandbeachlover scored impressively in 1:51.1 after a desultory first quarter that frustrated Aaron Merriman, who couldn't put the Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland gelding where he wanted to. "This horse isn't the easiest horse to drive, so I really didn't have a plan, to be honest with you," Merriman said. "This horse has some go, but there's nothing real easy about him. He was very resilient today. He's usually not a front-end horse, but I thought I better put him in the best stop to win," Aflame Hanover was second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, with He's Packin third. The judges reviewed the actions of three horses, including the winner, before declaring the race official with the order of finish unchanged. Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Races Horses and William Beck campaign Highlandbeachlover. Winning trainer Kelly O'Donnell indicated the horse is eligible for stakes at the Red Mile but that his schedule has not been determined. In the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo made it three straight with a two-move victory in 1:49.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Collura. The 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding extended his lifetime earnings to $517,900. Burke fashioned a four-bagger while Tony Hall, Kakaley and Palone each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a pair of Keystone Classics for 3-year-old fillies -- a $65,500 trot and a $59,300 pace. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 29, 2018 -- Dan Rawlings enjoyed the most productive day of his career Saturday at The Meadows, winning seven of the day's 13 races, including a Keystone Classic division with Scuola Hanover. E Dee's Well Said took the other split of that $61,500 stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. Rawlings, a 37-year-old Maine native who's been based at The Meadows since 2009, swept the early Daily Double and was on his way. He won at odds ranging from 3-5 to 14-1 and brought three home for trainer John Sullivan. "When I looked at the program," he said, "I thought I could win two races. I had horses that were competitive in competitive classes. Everything just worked out real well. Once the favorite ran. Once I got a good second-over trip. Another time, a horse that could have beaten me got buried. I made some good decisions and had a little luck. It happens." Rawlings had extra incentive, as his son David was in the paddock, celebrating his sixth birthday. In the Keystone Classic, Rawlings sent Scuola Hanover to the front at the quarter, and the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance-So Artsi turned back the determined uncovered bid of Cult Icon and downed her by a length in a career-best 1:52. Dreams On Me was a close-up third in the Lightning Lane. "I didn't pop the earplugs when she was challenged," Rawlings said. "She heard the horse, pinned her ears and wanted to go on. I just let her do it." Andrew Stafford trains Scuola Hanover, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $192,531, and owns with Art Stafford and Thomas Ireland. E Dee's Well said entered the Keystone Classic off a stunner -- a second-place finish in the Jugette at 62-1. She showed that was no fluke when she launched a first-over move that erased a 5-1/2-length deficit and carried her to victory for Jim Pantaleano in 1:53, also a life mark. Ana Hanover was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Aldine Hanover third. "I haven't changed anything on her," said winning trainer Christen Pantaleano. "She's had so many bad posts, and she's been chasing horses for so long. I think the Jugette pushed her confidence over the edge." She said the daughter of Well Said-Eternity's Delight, who lifted her career earnings to $146,702 for C Jimmy D's Racing, would be pointed to the Simpson. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Vague Traces sprang an 11-1 upset despite racing outside most of the back half. The 6-year-old Always A Virgin-Village Junior gelding triumphed in 1:50.1 for Tony Hall and trainer Sarah Andrews and now has banked $328,416 for owner Michael Jurczykowski. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $12,500 for the Pick 5, $7,500 for the Pick 4 -- as well as the Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows          

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 27, 2018 -- When Christen Pantaleano dropped E Dee's Well Said into last week's Jugette, some observers might have concluded the trainer had "Jugette Fever" and was racing just to say she did. Her filly's credentials -- success in late closers at The Meadows, second in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake consolation -- didn't seem to justify a battle with the finest harness racing 3-year-old fillies in the sport. But if Pantaleano suffered from that disease, she was cured by watching E Dee's Well Said finish second, beaten a diminishing length by Alexa's Power, at an astronomical 62-1. The daughter of Well Said-Eternity's Delight earned more than $57,000, the biggest payday of her career. "If the race had been a few steps longer," she says, "we would have won it all. It was by far the greatest thrill of my life." On Saturday at The Meadows, E Dee's Well Said will try to maintain her momentum in the $61,500 Keystone Classic. She'll go from post 7 in race 4 with regular pilot (and Christen's husband) Jim Pantaleano, who guided her in the Jugette. First post is 1:05 PM. E Dee's Well said was purchased for $35,000 as a 2-year-old for C Jimmy D's Racing LLC, an investors' group that Christen Pantaleano manages. "She was very scrappy," the trainer recalls. "We took a chance on her, and as soon as we got her to the barn, she was game for everything. I always thought that she would be great on a half-mile track, and Jimmy always has been a great half-mile-track driver. From the time we bought her I told Jimmy, 'She's going to the Jugette.' "When I staked her to the Jugette, I thought they would go heats, which didn't happen. I thought she would be amazing in heats because absolutely nothing affects her." E Dee's Well Said has the Simpson and the Pegasus remaining this year. Prompted by her filly's stunning debut on a half-mile oval, Christen Pantaleano already is working on a plan for her 4-year-old campaign. "I would love to take her to Yonkers and see what she can do. She has so much potential, and she has an amazing attitude." Saturday's card includes a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4, $5,000 for the Pick 5 -- as well as a $957.10 jackpot for the Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 25, 2018 -- Trailing by 10 lengths at the half, Worldly Hanover unleashed a powerful three-wide move into the final turn that carried her to a 10-1 upset victory in Tuesday's $75,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Megadolce took the other division in the stake for 3-year-old harness racing filly trotters. Worldly Hanover was racing for the third time in eight days, including two Pennsylvania Fair stakes with her trainer, Harold Brocklehurst, in the sulky. But winning driver Bryce Brocklehurst, Harold's son, indicated the daughter of Donato Hanover-Wherley responded well to the heavy schedule -- and the sloppy surface -- to prevail in 1:57.1. "She had a pretty good hold of me the whole mile, and they were going pretty good fractions up front, so I felt pretty good about it," he said. "My dad kind of raced her easy at Bloomsburg because he knew we had this race coming up. It was a tightener for her, really." Super Trump used the Lightning Lane for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Donato's Jewel third. Double R Farms, David Obley and Richard Williams campaign Worldly Hanover, who will appear next on Saturday, Oct. 6, when The Meadows hosts all eight PA Fairs championships. Megadolce grabbed the early lead but was shuffled mildly to third before Tony Hall steered her to the Lightning Lane. The daughter of Cantab Hall-Bella Dolce had just enough racetrack to down Bandol Rose by a nose in 1:56.4. The first-over Lima Charisma completed the ticket. "She felt great. I just had to wait for the passing lane to open up," Hall said. "The leader looked pretty strong, so I was pretty confident we would have a shot." Megadolce now has earned $138,124 for trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee. Dave Palone piloted four winners -- including three for trainer Ron Burke -- on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $10,000 for the Pick 5, $7,500 for the Pick 4 -- as well as a $694.60 jackpot in the Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM.  

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 24, 2018 -- Im Your Captain converted a lengthy quarter-pole move to victory in 1:53.4, fastest in Monday's $78,698 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double taking the other divisions. Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller made it a double, indeed, with Im Your Captain and Make It A Double. Im Your Captain entered the Keystone Classic off a victory in the Old Oaken Bucket at Delaware, and Miller drove him as if he were the best, launching that quarter-pole move from fourth. "I thought he was as good as anything in there," Miller said, "and I just didn't want to rush him out of the gate and make a mistake. So I just moved him up the front side, and he did the rest. He finished with his earplugs in and kind of coasted. I just kept him to his task." The son of Muscle Hill-Frisky Strike drew off late to down Jackie's Jim by 3-3/4 lengths, with Meadowbranch Ricky third. Andy Miller Stable and Black Horse Racing campaign Im Your Captain, who boosted his career bankroll to $128,373. Mississippi Storm also entered the Keystone Classic off a strong performance -- a victory in a Liberty Bell split -- and he had little trouble muscling to the early lead and scoring in 1:54.2, a life mark. The pocket-sitting Mr Contestant was second, 2 lengths back, while Rich And Miserable rallied for show. "I'd never driven him before, so I didn't know what to expect," said winning driver Jim Pantaleano. "He was very handy. I kicked out the plugs at the head of the stretch, and he still had plenty left. I was happily surprised." Ton Fanning conditions the Cantab Hall-Mississippi Beauty gelding, who now has banked $153,908 for Joseph Smith. Make It A Double stretched out 3-5 favorite Scirocco Rob before yielding to the pocket. That might have been the decisive move, as the Donato Hanover-Dodger Blues gelding overtook Scirocco Rob near the wire and defeated him by a length in 1:54.3. Stonebridge Gamble completed the ticket. "I was stuck between horses, and I wanted a two-hole trip, so I kept going," Miller said. "I had to use my horse and make the favorite work a little to get where I wanted to be. The horse trotted good late." Make It A Double lifted his lifetime earnings to $94,011 for Andy Miller Stable, Jason Allen and Douglas Allen. Miller indicated Im Your Captain and Make It A Double would be pointed to the Simpson for their final starts this year. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Classicality zipped to the front from post 8 and collected a comfortable 2-1/2-length victory in 1:55.1 for Brian Zendt and owner/trainer Lisa Dunn. The 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding won for the 50th time in his career and extended his career bankroll to $647,812. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the card features a $75,700 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 22, 2018 -- Pocketed by Winston early, Wheels On Fire got his revenge late when he blew by Winston to score in L51, fastest division in Saturday's $75,000 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three splits, with No Easy Day and Shadow Cat taking the other divisions. Trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a Keystone Classic double with Wheels On Fire and No Easy Day. Wheels On Fire dueled with Winston from the gate but retreated to the two hole for Mike Wilder. "He's a big horse, and he's pretty aggressive," Wilder said. "But once I got him settled down in the hole, he was great. In the last turn, I thought he couldn't lose. When I pulled him, he just exploded. He's very athletic for the size of him." In the lane, the Somebeachsomewhere-Ab Fab gelding roared by outside to down Winston by a length, with another Burke trainee, Aleppo Hanover, third. Bill Donovan campaigns Wheels On Fire, who won for the eighth time in 18 career starts. No Easy Day worked out a similar pocket trip before out-kicking his stablemate, Go West Go Fast. In the stretch and defeating him by 2 lengths in 1:51.2. Yupper completed the ticket. Before getting his picture taken, No Easy Day had to survive an inquiry for a possible pylon violation. "He won from last on Adios Day in 1:50, so the option to take back was there if it looked a little crazy getting away," said winning driver Tony Hall. "But there was kind of an even flow, so it looked like I could get away quickly. He had a lot of go." Thomas Dillon owns No Easy Day, a Somebeachsomewhere-Wish All You Want gelding. Shadow Cat was unhurried early, but when he tipped off the live cover of Kwik Talkin for Aaron Merriman, he was much the best, prevailing by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:52.1. Daddyofemall rallied for second while Kwik Talkin was third. "He's big and gangly and doesn't steer the best," Merriman said. "He got a little bit green when he got by his cover. He doesn't have that knockout punch yet, but he has a lot of ability." John Butenschoen conditions the Somebeachsomewhere-Shady Past gelding, who completed the Keystone Classic sweep for his daddy and extended his career bankroll to $123,574 for William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Windsong Leo notched a facile 1:50.4 victory -- his 15th this year -- for Dave Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phil Collura. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding now boasts career earnings of $350,350. Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $78,698 Keystone Classic for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2018 -- Pennsylvania champion Windy Corner showed no signs of resting on her laurels in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows, rolling to her third straight victory. The $97,699 stake for freshman filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Sonnet Grace and Magical Beliefs taking the other divisions. Windy Corner sprang a 12-1 upset in the Sept. 1 PA Sires Stakes final, but Mike Wilder steered the 3-5 favorite more aggressively Tuesday, sending her to the front at the quarter. She downed Navarone Hanover -- the PA Stallion Series champ -- by a length in 1:57.4, with Wizard Hawk third. "She heard them coming and picked up the bit," Wilder said. "I drove her a couple times this year and had her in bad spots. I didn't want that to happen today. She really raced well." Erv Miller trains the daughter of Yankee Glide-Wind Stroll, who now boasts $192,805 in career earnings, for Tony Holmes and Walter Zent. Sonnet Grace had a disastrous PASS championship when she tried to run through the draw gate from post 9 and ultimately broke stride. She rebounded nicely for trainer/driver Rod Allen and Rod Allen Inc. in the Keystone Classic, reaching the point at her leisure and scoring in a stake-fastest and career-best 1:56.1. Fast Reaction was second, 3-1/4 lengths back while early leader Keystone Abbey earned show. "She didn't give me any warning -- just two steps and she tried to duck right out, and when I tried to steer her back, she ran," Allen said of the PASS misadventure of the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe, who soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. "But she's pretty fresh. She was a little grabby today, wanted to go, wanted to do it. She'll go to the Liberty Bell, and then we'll decide about the Breeders Crown." After her tough beat in the PASS final -- she lost to Windy Corner by a nose -- Magical Beliefs looked the best on paper. Indeed, the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic was unhurried until Tim Tetrick moved her from third down the backside. She blew past the leader, Rush Lane, and prevailed in 1:57.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than Fate Smiled. Explosive Mel completed the ticket. "She's a sweetheart; she makes my job really easy," Tetrick said. "A lot of times I've had to put her on the front, but today, they were going enough, and she'll always pass horses. So I was pretty confident. I never pulled her plugs." Linda Toscano conditions Magical Beliefs, a career winner of $151,686 who has finished first or second in all seven career starts, for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-And-I Farms. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2018 -- PA Stallion Series champ Kate's Massive rolled through the slop to his fifth straight victory in Monday's $92,499 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Prospect Hill and Ginger Tree Skyr taking the other splits. Kate's Massive hasn't lost since a fourth-place finish in a July 16 stallion series leg, and he showed that his form remains strong despite Monday's trying conditions. He vaulted to the front for trainer/driver Ray Paver and held off the pocket-sitting Ravel by a length in 1:58.2, with the first-over Innisfallen third. "He's pretty lazy on the front," said Paver of Harry and Iris Horowitz' homebred son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate. "I kept yelling at him, but he didn't really seem to care. Paver indicated Kate's Massive will carry his winning streak over to next year as he has no more races scheduled this season. "If he's good enough, there's plenty of money next year," Paver said. Prospect Hill swept all four preliminary PA Sires Stakes legs and, as part of an entry, was the even-money favorite in the $253,000 final. But he made a rare break and had to settle for fifth. He made amends Monday when he notched a facile front-end victory for Andy Miller in a stake-fastest 1:57. Andovers Asset was 5-1/2 lengths back in second while Crossfit completed the ticket. "He just kind of lost his focus a little bit in the final, but he was fine afterwards," Miller said. "It was an uncharacteristic thing last week. He picked a bad time to do it. The track's pretty tiring today, and he was a little tired. I just kept him to his task." He indicated Prospect Hill would be pointed to the Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair or the Grand Circuit meeting at the Red Mile. Julie Miller conditions the son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, who lifted his career bankroll to $158,233, for Stroy Inc. Ginger Tree Skyr left alertly to stalk Klutzy from the pocket, then blew by in the lane for Tim Tetrick to defeat Klutzy by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:58. Nextroundsonme earned show. "He trotted well on the off track, and he got by a decent horse in the lane," Tetrick said. "He trots, he's willing -- those are always good things. Hopefully he gets a little stronger and a little more speed." Sam Beegle, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-Up Front Annika for Ginger Tree Ventures and Donald Marean, said the colt is eligible for the Simpson, the Liberty Bell and the Breeders Crown. $92,700 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and trainer Ron Burke teamed for three wins on the 13-race card, including a sweep of this stake with She's Allright and Sweet Chrome, the latter scoring at a juicy 22-1. She's Allright raced well in sires states but was bothered by intermittent breaks. She put it all together in the Keystone Classic, overpowering Rockn Philly with a first-over move and defeating her by 2-3/4 lengths in a sharp 1:52.4, with Pretty N Fast third. "Last week she was so full of pace she ran over top of them (and broke)," Burke said. "I knew she'd be good today. She'll be a real good filly by next year, a top filly. She's eligible to everything this year except the She's A Great Lady." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Phil Collura campaign the daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings. Sweet Chrome trailed by 3 lengths at the top of the stretch but found another gear, roaring by Darn Tootn Hanover to down her by a head in 1:55.1. Pace Baby Pace, also trained by Burke, finished third. "She got home really well," Wrenn said. "Ron said to just trip her out, and she paced home a thousand." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III own the daughter of Sweet Lou-Camille. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, PL Jerico found late racing room and surged at the wire to prevail in 1:55.2 for Wrenn, Burke, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. The 5-year-old Manofmanymissions-Corinas Mission gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $217.080. Stake racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows, when the program features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $97,699 stake for freshman filly trotters and an $88,100 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2017 -- Headed in mid-stretch, Bettor's Up dug in gamely and put her nose in front at the wire in Saturday's $68,300 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Terrortina pulled off a 6-1 upset of Freakonomics in the other division of the event for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers. Bettor's Up entered the Keystone Classic off an impressive win in the Simcoe that persuaded punters to hammer her down to 1-9. But she needed every ounce of her grit and speed to reclaim the lead late from the first-over Sweetest Emotion and edge her in 1:52.2 for Brian Zendt. Pittstop Danika rallied for show. "She's little but she's tough, and Brian gave her the perfect drive for what we wanted," said Stacey Currie, caretaker for the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fresh Idea. "She just wants to fight them off every race. If they come at her, she just digs right in. She doesn't want to give up." Better's Up, who is ticketed for the Courageous Lady at Northfield, now has earned $552,129 for trainer Scott McEneny and owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. Freakonomics carried a five-race winning streak -- her cumulative victory margin over that stretch was 19-1/2 lengths -- into the Keystone Classic. But she was facing an improving filly in Terrortina, who was a respectable fifth in last week's Jugette final. "At Delaware, she had a lot of pace and nowhere to go -- we thought she could have been third," said winning trainer Norm Parker. "She came out of it good. It looks like she liked the two heats." Tony Hall sent Terrortina after Freakonomics first up from fourth, and the daughter of Western Terror-Alladorable wore down the 1-5 favorite by 1/2 length in a career-best 1:53. Perplexed earned show. Bob Key bred and owns Terrortina, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $131,904. Parker indicated Terrortina is eligible to a number of late-season stakes but that her immediate schedule is undetermined. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice overcame post 8 to score in 1:54.4 for Dan Rawlings, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mike's Mazurka now boasts $418,167 in career earnings. Elsewhere on the card, Dapper Dude was sharp off a six-week layoff, moving three-wide down the backside to prevail in 1:51.1 in the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Pace and pad his bulging bankroll to $1,136,880. Dick Stillings piloted the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 27, 2017 -- While one occasionally sees a Standardbred race without shoes, the barefoot look may become a harness racing trend following the success of Temple Ruins and Sianna Hanover in Wednesday's $93,298 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Trainer Ron Burke removed their shoes for the stake, and each of the 3-year-old filly trotters responded with a victory for Dave Palone. In fact, Temple Ruins blazed home in 1:53.3 to equal Classic Martine's stake record. In the third division, Cantabmymoney blew up the tote board when she upset at 30-1. Temple Ruins, who had never raced sans shoes before, quarter-poled to the front and jogged home, downing the first-over Mimosa Hanover by 7-1/4 lengths, with Kannections Honey third. "I didn't have to pull the earplugs -- she was great today," Palone said. "Ronnie made a great move pulling her shoes -- she loved the racetrack. It's very forgiving and a little deep today. Just when you think Ronnie's out of moves, he comes up with another one." Burke Racing Stable, Michelle Yanek, Paul Treiber and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign the daughter of Donato Hanover-Temple Of Heaven, who extended her career bankroll to $273,561. Unlike her stablemate, Sianna Hanover had competed without shoes, most recently at the Meadowlands in August. Burke indicated he had been waiting for the right opportunity to try her shoeless again. "The weather's better now. The tracks are deeper. They have more cushion, so her feet will hold up better," Burke said. "When she races barefoot, she's a different-gaited horse. Her gait drops lower, she doesn't interfere, and she trots better. I think I'll race her right back at Lexington on Sunday. She can race barefoot there for sure, and I think she'll really pick up on that track." In the Keystone Classic, Sianna Hanover enjoyed a pocket trip, then shot the Lightning Lane to down Rosesareexplosive by 3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55.1. Early leader Broadway Concert completed the ticket. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Simplicity now has banked $183,038 for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Seventh by 8 lengths at the three-quarters, Cantabmymoney swung wide through the stretch for Tony Hall and defeated Vodka N Lindy by a neck in 1:55.3, with Dressed To Impress third. Bob Key bred and owns the daughter of Cantab Hall-Missy Money Bags, who was fourth in last week's Buckette at Delaware. "It was the same kind of trip she had at Delaware, but they were sprinting there so it didn't look as good," winning trainer Norm Parker said. "This was a very tough filly to get to the races, but Mr. Key was patient with her. The speed is there, but she's a temperamental filly who might make a break at any time." Mike Wilder piloted five winners -- he swept races 5-8 and got a dead-heat victory in race 9 -- while Palone enjoyed a four-bagger on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features the season's final Keystone Classic, a $68,300 event for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 26, 2017 -- Two AM pulled the pocket out of the final turn and blew past President Lindy to capture a division of Tuesday's $71,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Andy M took the other split in the event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Although President Lindy waltzed through leisurely opening fractions of 28.1/57.2, winning driver Tyler Buter indicated he was confident Two AM would kick by. "I always have confidence in this horse," Buter said. "He was a little flat last week, and he got jammed up. But we had a clear run this week, and we made it count. He has some races left in Indiana, so he'll have a busy October." Two AM downed President Lindy by 3/4 lengths in 1:53.3, with Lars Perry third. Lynette Buter trains the Muscle Massive-Slightly Tipsy gelding, who won for the 11th time in 17 lifetime starts and soared over $200,000 in career earnings, and owns with Gene Oldford Farms, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs. Using Lasix for the second time, Andy M enjoyed a pocket trip behind Aplomb Hanover, then roared through the stretch to score in 1:54.1 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Chris Beaver and owners Mark Moger and Albert Delia, Jr. Perseverance rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Media Buzz completed the ticket. "I like him off a helmet better, so I'm glad he got covered up," Merriman said. "The addition of Lasix definitely helped; he had some inconsistent last quarters before. He's probably not as fast as some of the others, but he always wants to go forward." The homebred son of Andover Hall-All In The Muscles extended his lifetime bankroll to $221,202. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Homepage used a relentless first-over move for Merriman to pull off a 27-1 shocker. She triumphed in 1:55, 3/4 lengths better than Jewels In Hock, while Classical Annie recovered from an early break to earn show. Andy Rickert conditions the 7-year-old daughter of Tom Ridge-Inside Edition, who now boasts $327,607 in career earnings, for Murdock Racing Stable. Mike Wilder and Merriman each collected three wins on the 13-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $93,298 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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