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WASHINGTON, PA, May 2, 2014 -- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania probably won't rename the PA Stallion Series to honor Mike Wilder, but the state might want to consider it after the driver's performance Friday at The Meadows. Wilder swept all four divisions of an $80,000 Stallion Series Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers, winning behind Eiffel Tower, Marathon Day, Eloquent Velocity and McVita Bella. "I've never swept a whole stake like that," said Wilder, who also captured an overnight event. "I liked three of the four for sure. I didn't know about winning, but I was really confident in them. Everything just fell into place. I was in the right place at the right time." Fastest winner in the stake was Eiffel Tower, who moved first over to the lead and held off the late charge of Real Drama to defeat her by a head in 1:53.2. Americangirlfriend was third. "I was driving her and having no luck at all," said Dean Collins, who trains the homebred daughter of The Panderosa-C'est Tout for Glenda Collins and Janine Zito. "Mike gets along with her really well. He drove her last year and did really well. She's always showed that she has some ability. She showed it today, and I was tickled to death." Fresh off her maiden-breaker, Marathon Day overtook the 2-5 favorite, Stucklikeglue, in the stretch and scored in a career-best 1:54. Stucklikeglue saved place, 3/4 lengths back, with Dragtontina third. "The trip was perfect for us." Wilder said. "She's a nice-sized, strong filly. She has a great attitude. She really picked the bit up. When it came time to fight, she was ready." ifty Norman conditions Marathon Day, a daughter of Well Said-Sandlark Hanover, for Paul Marino. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Windsong Jack coasted to a front-end victory in 1:52 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Stable 45. I'm Feelin Good was a ground-saving second, 1-3/4 lengths in arrears, with Dedi's Dragon third. The 4-year-old Santanna Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile gelding extended his career bankroll to $470,278. Palone and Brian Zendt each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Saturday's Kentucky Derby Day program at The Meadows features a $210,746 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore pacing fillies headlined by Uffizi Hanover, the 2013 Breeders Crown juvenile champion. A packed roster of Derby Day activities includes Miss Adios Swimsuit USA preliminary competition. First post is 11:25 AM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                        

Last season's dominant Ohio freshman trotting filly In The Grippers gets her 2014 campaign underway at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night as the 2014 Ohio Sires Stakes season begins with five divisions of 3-year-old fillies. All Ohio Sires Stakes races will carry a $40,000 purse. In The Grippers is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth race and will have Chris Page in the bike for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. Last year she won $157,494 while winning six of her eight starts. She took her 1:58f mark winning the Ohio Sires Stakes championship at Scioto in September. She is coming off three qualifying races at Miami Valley Raceway, including a recent 1:58.3 clocking. Second choice in this OSS split is Anniesbluejeanbaby who was timed in 1:57.4 in her first start at Northfield Park. Driver Page and trainer Morgan will have another strong contender in race six on Friday for 3-year-old pacing fillies in Fayco Filly, a top star in OSS action last season. She drew the inside post position while her chief rival Rosy Fire will start from post eight. Fayco Filly was parked through a brutal opening half-mile in the James K. Hackett Memorial at Miami Valley and should get an easier trip starting from the inside. Rosy Fire was an impressive 1:57f winner in a recent qualifier at Miami Valley. Turbochargedroxie will be trotting up a storm for trainer Danny Collins in race eight and Dan Noble is slated to be in the bike. In her only start of the season, she rallied from far from the pace to finish second, timed in 2:00.2, at Miami Valley. A great duel between Crown Time Keeper and Paydaze On The Way shapes up in race 10 as the two pacing soph lasses are off to a great start this season. They finished 1-2 in the Hackett Memorial with Crown Time Keeper getting the edge. Paydaze On The Way is from the powerful Ron Burke Stable and Kayne Kauffman is slated to drive while Chris Page will handle the lines on Crown Time Keeper, who is unbeaten in a pair of starts this season for trainer Steve Carter. Rose Run Princess, a game and talented trotting filly, looms the favorite in the 12th race of the evening and final OSS event. She will be steered by Mike Wilder for trainer Devan Miller. Last year Rose Run Princess earned $116,722 with four wins and four seconds in nine starts. Ohio Sires Stakes action continues at Miami Valley on Saturday night when the sophomore colts and geldings do battle. by Dean Hoffman, for the Ohio Racing Commission

WASHINGTON, PA, April 29, 2014 -- Count Me In worked out a perfect pocket trip, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. In only his second start of the year, Count Me In got just the journey he needed on a "good" surface, following a strong Holy Halibut before accelerating in the stretch to down him by two lengths in 1:56 for Mike Wilder. Kirty Dream raced well first over for third. Marty Wollam trains Count Me In, a 5-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding who now boasts $265,791 in career earnings, and owns with Acadia Farms. Aaron Merriman and Wilbur Yoder each drove three winners on the 14-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                        

Fiyonce and driver Josh Sutton pulled off a huge upset at odds of 23-1 in capturing the $110,000 Courageous Lady Pace for three-year-old fillies Friday at Northfield Park. It was the first harness racing Grand Circuit event of the year for fillies. The race favorite at 3-5, Kayla Grace,  undefeated and going for her 16th straight career win and had her owners pay $10,000 to supplement her to the race, finished dead last. It was Kayla Grace and driver Brad Kramer leaving from post three and taking early command from Shell Bell (Aaron Merriman) as the field raced to the opening quarter mile in :27. As they raced into the second turn, Sister Stroll and driver Ryan Stahl came first-over and that gave cover on the outside to A La Notte Hanover (Chris Page) as they raced to the half mile in :56.1. Entering the backstretch the second time, Sister Stroll started to gain ground on Kayla Grace as Brad Kramer pulled the ear plugs and had to urge his filly on to maintain the lead to the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Also on the move at that time was Mike Wilder, who took That Woman Hanover three-wide in an attempt to loop the field. And all the while there was Fiyonce and Josh Sutton keeping close to the action in last place. As they started down the stretch the final time, Kayla Grace began to tire as Sister Stroll collared her and started to pass her by. Then That Woman Hanover came charging by in mid stretch along with the late flying Fiyonce the fastest off all to score the victory by a head in 1:55.1. That Woman Hanover was second in the photo with Sister Stroll third. “For sure it feels good,” said Josh Sutton after the victory. “My horse was running out pretty good. I really couldn’t get her in gear at first. Mike (Wilder) got in front of me and then they all sorta pulled out and everything worked out great.” It was the second start this year and only second career win for Fiyonce. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from the Pandersoa mare, Fionavar Hanover, paid $48.60 to win for trainer Ron Burke and the Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, Pa. and co-owners Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, Pa. The victory was one of four wins on the night for Josh Sutton, who had never driven the filly before. “Just absolutely thrilled,” said Mickey Burke “Josh did a great job with her and the mare responded well to him. I liked that she was able to track some good horses down. We are really happy with her. She is New Jersey sired so I think she will ship back East for their Sire Stakes.” By Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The $110,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive field of six and goes postward this Friday evening, April 25 as Northfield Park's eleventh race. Approximate post time for this Grant Circuit event is 10:40 p.m. The race is an open contest for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2013. Undefeated Kayla Grace has paid $10,000 to supplement to the race and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite. She will face five rivals, including two fillies trained by North American leading trainer, Ron Burke. Burke is no stranger to winning major stake events over Northfield Park's Flying Turns. The 2014 $110,000 Courageous Lady Field: #1 - Shell Bell prepared for this race by qualifying twice and racing once at Hoosier Park. She won her second qualifier in 1:56.2 and was beaten just two lengths in her sophomore debut, pacing in 1:55.1. She is a daughter of Always A Virgin and was a winner in three of sixteen starts last year, taking a mark of 1:56.2 at Hoosier Park and earning $47,254. Shell Bell is Buckeye-owned by Dean Davis of Wooster and is trained by Steve Carter. She was assigned a morning line of 6-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of the leading reinsman in North America, Aaron Merriman. #2 - Sister Stroll is a daughter of Art Official and won five of eleven races last year, taking a 1:54.1 mark at Harrah's Philadelphia. She is the richest filly in the race, bankrolling $102,617. She is owned by the partnership of Jennifer Brown, Strollin Stable, both of Ohio, and King McNamara of Florida. She is trained at the Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. Sister Stroll shows two qualifiers this season at The Meadows, pacing in 1:58.3 and 1:54.3 respectively. She carries a 9-2 morning line. Ryan Stahl has been named to drive. #3 - Kayla Grace is undefeated and paid the $10,000 supplement to compete in this event. Owned by ECS Racing and Kevin St. Charles and trained by Marie St. Charles, Kayla Grace has been campaigned solely in Michigan. This daughter of He's All That has a fifteen for fifteen unblemished record and has garnered $69,227. Her 1:55.1 career best was paced at Hazel Park. Despite this being the first time she crosses the Michigan state line and faces open competition, she was named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Brad Kramer will be in her sulky. #4 - A La Notte Hanover, owned by Burke racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and Lawrence Karr, is one of two fillies in this race trained by Ron Burke. She has one start this year, finishing second and pacing in 1:52.2 at Meadowlands Racetrack. This daughter of Art Major has earnings of $76,584 and has won one of eight career starts, a 1:56.1 victory at Saratoga Raceway. Chris Page picks up the driving assignment aboard this 7-2 second favorite. #5 - Fiyonce is the other Burke-trained filly in this year's field and is owned by Burke Racing LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She made her only start of 2014 at The Meadows, pacing in 1:53.4. Her two-year-old season consisted of nine starts, of which she won one and finished on the board five times. This daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has earnings of $61,549 and boasts the fastest lifetime mark in the field, a 1:52.4 record at Meadowlands Racetrack. Northfield Park leading driver, Josh Sutton, is listed to drive this 10-1 morning line starter. #6 - That Woman Hanover was a five-time winner last year in ten starts. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has qualified twice at The Meadows in preparation for this race, most recently winning in 1:54.2. She took her lifetime mark at Pocono Downs in 1:54 and has earned $56,719. She is trained by Daniel Altmeyer, who also co-owns with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II and Jeffrey Altmeyer. Pennsylvania regular, Mike Wilder, has been named to drive this filly, who carries a 4-1 morning line. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $7,500 Pick-5 total pool guarantee to Friday’s (April 25) program. Beginning in Race 3, the $7,500 Pick-5 guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $2,016.72. Northfield’s Pick 5, Pick 4 and the Pick 3’s offer a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Grand Circuit racing makes its 2014 debut at The Meadowlands with Saturday night's $49,000 W. N. Reynolds Memorial stake for sophomore pacing colts. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship winner Allstar Partner makes his seasonal bow in the race for trainer John Butenschoen and owners VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. The son of Four Starzzz Shark gelding won seven of ten and over $280,000 in his freshman campaign, primarily in PASS competition and took his 1:51.4 mark at The Meadows. Corey Callahan was aboard for the PA Championship win at Harrah's Philly and made Allstar Partner his choice of four he was listed to drive in the field on Saturday. That left the drive on Always B Miki open for the meet's leading driver Yannick Gingras to pick up for trainer Joe Holloway. Always B Miki was a presence in the Indiana program last season and looked formidable in his first foray as a soph roaring home in 26 seconds flat on the end of a 1:51 mile here but a fortnight ago. He races for the interests of the Bluewood Stable, Val D'Or Farms and Roll The Dice Stable. Callahan will also take part in the $30,000 Final of the "Legends vs Phenoms" drivers' competition. Covering a six week period beginning on March 22, the competition offered a $2,000 top prize to the top point earner for both the "Legends" and "Phenoms" in each of the five legs. The format resulted in a cash bonanza for Meadowlands newcomer Scott Zeron who swept all five preliminary legs on the "Phenom" side and collected a cool $10,000 for his efforts. Saturday's competition includes the aforementioned drivers along with Joe Bongiorno, John Campbell, Vincent Ginsburg, Jimmy Marohn, Jr, Dave Miller, Jim Morrill, Jr, Steve Smith and Mike Wilder. The contest covers five races and offers a top prize of $15,000 to the driver amassing the highest point total with $5,000 to the second place finisher and $3,000 for the show with the other drivers awarded $1,000 for their participation in the event. The Meadowlands races live on Friday and Saturday evening with first post set for 7:15pm. Other pertinent information is available by visiting the track's website. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

After watching That Woman Hanover recover from a mid-season slump and finish 2013 with three consecutive wins, trainer Dan Altmeyer is looking forward to the filly's 3-year-old campaign. That campaign begins Friday when That Woman Hanover faces five foes in the $110,000 Courageous Lady Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Northfield Park in Ohio. That Woman Hanover, driven by Altmeyer's son-in-law, Mike Wilder, drew post No. 6 and is 4-1 on the morning line. Kayla Grace, a filly from Michigan who has won all 15 of her lifetime starts, supplemented to the Courageous Lady for $10,000 and is the 3-1 favorite from post three. Last year, That Woman Hanover won her first two races, including a $30,000 division of the Pennsylvania All Stars, before hitting a five-race skid during which she finished no better than fifth. Altmeyer said the slump was the result of equipment issues, not any physical ailments, and That Woman Hanover rebounded to win her final three starts. She capped the season with a victory in a $30,200 division of the Keystone Classic. "She started out great and then she hit some bumps in the road and it took us a while to get it figured out," said Altmeyer, who owns That Woman Hanover with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II, and Jeffrey Altmeyer. "It was frustrating, but as long as we don't hit those bumps again, we'll be OK. "I was kind of excited to train her back this year and so far so good. She trained great in Florida (at Reveille Farms) before coming north. Mike thinks she's the real deal. We'll see if she can step up." That Woman Hanover prepped for the Courageous Lady with two qualifiers, winning the second in 1:54.2 at The Meadows. Courageous Lady contender Sister Stroll, from the stable of trainer Brian Brown, was second in the qualifier and stakes-winner Allstar Rating finished third. "It was her second go-round and we wanted to test her a little bit and make sure she was tight for the Courageous Lady," Altmeyer said. "It would have been nice to draw inside on the half-mile track (at Northfield). This is her first time on a half, but she's handled all the tracks so far and the turns where we train in Florida are a little tight, so I don't think she will have a problem." That Woman Hanover, purchased for $40,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Sub Rosa Hanover. Altmeyer trained Sub Rosa Hanover, who won divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at ages 2 and 3 and was a two-time runner-up in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships. The family also includes stakes-winners Historic, Digger Almahurst, Tyler's Mark, and Texas Shootout. That Woman Hanover's stakes schedule this year includes the James Lynch Memorial, the Adioo Volo, and a number of events for Pennsylvania-bred fillies. "Her mother was a very good racehorse and I think this one has a little more talent," Altmeyer said. "She's a great horse to be around. I've had several Somebeachsomewhere (offspring) and they all have had great attitudes. She does also." Courageous Lady favorite Kayla Grace was 12-for-12 last season, with wins that included the Michigan Sire Stakes and Great Lakes championships for 2-year-old filly pacers. A La Notte Hanover, who is 7-2 on the morning line and one of two horses from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, won a division of the New York Sire Stakes last season. Sister Stroll, trained by Brian Brown, was a multiple stakes winner last year and is 9-2 on the Courageous Lady morning line. The field for the Courageous Lady, with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Shell Bell, Aaron Merriman, Steve Carter, 6-1; 2. Sister Stroll, Ryan Stahl, Brian Brown, 9-2; 3. Kayla Grace, Brad Kramer, Marie St. Charles, 3-1; 4. A La Notte Hanover, Chris Page, Ron Burke, 7-2; 5. Fiyonce, Josh Sutton, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. That Woman Hanover, Mike Wilder, Dan Altmeyer, 4-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The $110,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Friday evening, April 25. The race is an open event for North America's top three-year-old-filly pacers and is the first national stake of 2014. Kayla Grace is a late supplement to the field and has been named the 3-1 morning line favorite by Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. She enters this event with an unblemished 15 for 15 record, a mark of 1:55.1 at Hazel Park and earnings of $69,227. However, all 15 of Kayla Grace's races have been raced in the state of Michigan. This will be the first time she crosses state lines to compete on the national stage. "It is really hard to say how she will do," said her trainer, Marie St. Charles. "Michigan is not a real strong state and she has never been tested. All I know is that she knows how to race and she obviously knows how to win." St. Charles was reluctant to supplement to this race because of the rich $10,000 buy-in. "That is a lot of money to put up to be able to race. We have been considering this move for quite some time, then I just had a horse claimed off me for $10,000 and felt is was a sign that we should do it." Kayla Grace is far from St Charles' only good horse that she has conditioned. She had a lot of success in Michigan, having trained 13 Michigan Sire Stake Champions. "My horses have won big races at Woodbine and Hawthorne, too," added St. Charles. "But we are definitely excited, because this race is a big step for us." Some of the fillies staked and expected to race in this year's Courageous Lady did not enter, according to Dave Bianconi. "Two or three of the anticipated fillies came up sick. I wish the field size was seven or eight, but what we lack in quantity, we have made up in quality," said Bianconi. "The undefeated filly coming down from Michigan definitely makes for an intriguing story." The Complete 2014 $110,000 Courageous Lady Field: PP HORSE TRAINER DRIVER M/L 1 Shell Bell Steve Carter Aaron Merriman 6-1 2 Sister Stroll Brian Brown Ryan Stahl 9-2 3 Kayla Grace Marie St. Charles Brad Kramer 3-1 4 A La Notte Hanover Ron Burke Chris Page 7-2 5 Fiyonce Ron Burke Josh Sutton 10-1 6 That Woman Hanover Dan Altmeyer Mike Wilder 4-1 by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Saturday night at The Meadowlands was pleasant weather-wise with temperatures in the 50's and little to no wind while the action on the harness racetrack was hot right from the start. The sixth race was the $63,000 What Baron final, remembering one of the great pacers of the early years at The Meadowlands and it turned out to be a slugfest. Captive Audience and Wake Up Peter were both in line for a sweep and Dave Miller made a bold early statement, flaunting the impressive early speed of Captive Audience through the 26.3 opening quarter while Scott Zeron and Wake Up Peter could not find position from his outside post and were forced to press on for the lead. The pair met at the half in a demanding 53.3 and went toe to toe from that point forward. At the wire, it was Captive Audience prevailing in a close photo while Wake Up Peter had to settle for the place after an absolutely paint peeling effort. The time of 1:48.3 was a new career best for the winner, trained by Corey Johnson for Debbie Element and Mac Nichol of Ontario. The $55,800 Artistic Vision final (race 11) pitted favored American In Paris, questing for a series sweep, against JK Letitgo who had her own reign of terror interrupted by a pair of losses to her rival in the series legs. Jim Morrill, Jr was intent on the lead with American In Paris and set honest fractions as JK Letitgo made a bid around the final bend, taking a bravening tuck passing the 1:21.4 three panels. In the stretch, JK Letitigo emerged from the pocket and wore down the favorite to win in 1:50-. Driver Jonathan Roberts had this in the post-race interview, "I wanted to be close up, the fractions were fast enough that I thought she had enough to win. She actually was good enough last week but had no room in the stretch". The winner is trained by Joshua Parker, he is a partner in the filly with Nanticoke Racing, Barry Spedden and Kevin Evans. On the pari-mutuel front, Saturday's first race offered a Pick 5 carryover of $30,782 which attracted $140,596 in new money and those first few winners were not easy to have. Pierce came into the opener, a $30,000 instant series for Non Winners of 2 races with a perfect record, he had never won in 18 previous races. Tonight would be a different story as driver Scott Zeron, who had spoken to this particular horse's penchant for keeping himself classified in a Friday paddock interview, pressed to the lead passing the three eighths and held on in a photo for the 1:51.2 maiden breaker at odds of 8-1. The second race was the fast class A-2/B-1 pacers going for $22,500 and it was bombs away here when Rockin Wizard scored from off the pace for Mike Wilder in a new personal best of 1:49- returning $75.40 for a $2 win bet. The suspense continued to build when Jamaican Cowboy and Vinny Ginsburg won the fourth race from the clouds at 19-1. The will pays leading into the fifth and final leg of the bet revealed one uncovered combination and every held combination returning either $120,000 or $60,000 on the wager. In the end it was 5-1 shot Moonliteonthebeach scoring in a new record of 1:51 for Jonathan Roberts resulting in a published payoff of $60,140 for each fifty cent wager with the correct combination. The fifth and final preliminary leg of the Legends vs. Phenoms Driver Challenge was contested Saturday night as well. For the Phenoms, it was the same story as Scott Zeron swept each of the five preliminary legs, doing so this time with 79 points. On the Legends side, it came down to the final race as Dave Miller and Corey Callahan were tied after 12 races. Miller won the finale with OK Fame and took the $2,000 prize with 94 points. The 10 drivers qualifying for the Championship Round on Saturday April 26th, which will offer a $15,000 first place grand prize are Dave Miller, Corey Callahan, John Campbell, Jim Morrill Jr., Scott Zeron, Joe Bongiorno, Vincent Ginsburg, Jim Marohn Jr., Steve Smith and Mike Wilder. The championship round will be contested over a limited number of races and all ten drivers will have the same number of drives, giving them all an equal opportunity to take home the grand prize. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2014 -- Steppin Out stepped lively during a determined uncovered bid and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's opening leg of the Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Donato's Peach and Silent Opera K also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old filly trotters named for Unefoisdansmavie, a fast-class trotter currently competing at The Meadows for the Ron Burke stable. Steppin Out took a mark of 1:57.2 as a freshman but had been hampered by recent gaiting problems. Trainer Chas Norris equipped her with hopples Wednesday, and she flashed her old form, scoring in 1:58.2 for Dan Rawlings. Exclusive Photo was second, 1/2 length back, with Glide By Shooting third. Glat Kosher Racing campaigns Steppin Out, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Quantum Darling. In something of an oddity, Unefoisdansmavie raced in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap on the same card that featured the series named for her. Poetic as a win might have been for her, it was not to be, as she encountered a buzz saw named Daylon Miracle, who captured her sixth victory in her last seven starts. Aaron Merriman moved Daylon Miracle twice -- once for position from post 8, once on a relentless first-over mission that carried her past the leader, Magic Wheel. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel triumphed in 1:54.1, 1/2 length better than the rallying Mistress Valentine. Magic Wheel saved show while the pocket-sitting Unefoisdansmavie had to settle for fourth. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who now boasts $320,003 in career earnings. Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while Mike Wilder and Brian Zendt each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows            

WASHINGTON, PA, April 1, 2014 -- Holy Halibut easily overcame post 8 in Tuesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, rolling to his third straight victory in 1:54.3. Holy Halibut zipped to the lead for Dave Palone and had little trouble repelling the first-over thrust of Tamarind. The 6-year-old Holy Guacamolie-CR Gone Fishin gelding defeated the pocket-sitting Trustworthy Kid by 1/2 length while Call To Post found late racing room for show. Ron Burke trains Holy Halibut, who extended his career bankroll to $235,145, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek. Mike Wilder drove five winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 24, 2014 -- Tremor Hanover powered to the lead at the quarter pole and never was in serious jeopardy thereafter as she captured Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Tremor Hanover hustled to the lead from post 4 for Brian Zendt only to be pocketed by Angelic Star. The 8-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Terrie Letsgo quickly retook and rolled to victory in 1:54.1. Phone Terror rallied for second, 1/2 length back, while the first-over Ladystar raced well for show. Shawn Johnston trains Tremor Hanover, who boosted her career bankroll to $460,836, and owns with Charles Moses. Eric Ledford, Dave Palone, Mike Wilder, Wilbur Yoder and Zendt each drove two winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows      

WASHINGTON, PA, March 19, 2014 -- G Momma rolled to her third straight victory in Wednesday's Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot Series at The Meadows while Mystical Melody captured her second consecutive win in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. The pair will square off in the series championship, which, along with the final legs of three other current Meadows series, is set for Friday, March 28. First post that day is 6:55 PM. G Momma was sitting third when Mike Wilder moved her uncovered before the half. The 1-2 favorite scored in 1:57.4, a length better than Hierarchy. Boo's Party Girl closed for third. Paul Corey trains G Momma, a 4-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar-Strike Ten, for Howard Kaufman, Joshua Kaufman and William Eltzroth. Mystical Melody made a similar first-over move for Dave Palone with similar results, as she drew away to prevail by 5-3/4 lengths in 1:58.2. Mina rallied from last for second while Regal Dynamite completed the ticket. Clay Faurot, Jr. conditions Mystical Melody, a 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Winning Tribute who was bothered and broke stride in the opening Wohlmuth leg, for Chelsey Wibert. It was one of three wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, March 14, 2014 -- Small Town Charmer overwhelmed the field once again, notching her second straight series victory in Friday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Black Silk Jammys and Radar Lover took the other $15,000, second leg splits in the event for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Dave Palone enjoyed a series double with Small Town Charmer and Black Silk Jammys. Palone allowed the dust to settle before moving Small Town Charmer, the 1-9 favorite, to the front before the quarter. The 3-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Brava Hanover sailed home in a career-best 1:53.2, 3-3/4 lengths better than Thunder Chaser. Eiffel Tower finished third. Ron Burke trains Small Town Charmer for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Elsewhere on the card, two of The Meadows' hottest performers entered their respective races with impressive winning streaks, but only one emerged with the streak intact. That was Daylon Miracle, who was first over forever in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot but still downed 28-1 long shot Chilitodayhotamale by 3/4 lengths in 1:56 to collect her fourth straight win. Victory Is Coming shot the Lightning Lane for show. Aaron Merriman piloted Daylon Miracle, a 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $385,317, for owner/trainer Bill Bercury. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Automatic Slims saw his winning streak snapped at five when he got away poorly and could manage only fourth with a late rally. Visible Gold, who dead-heated with Automatic Slims in their last race, was sharp once again, moving first over for Mike Wilder to triumph in 1:52.3. Ballistic Tip was second at 26-1, 1-1/4 lengths back, with the pocket-sitting Pop Cop third. Burke conditions Visible Gold, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding who now boasts $244,784 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Palone, Merriman and Wilder each drove three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, March 12, 2014 -- Despite leaving from post 7, G Momma rolled to her second straight victory in Wednesday's Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot at The Meadows and stamped herself as the horse to beat in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Mystical Melody and Baby K, each piloted by Aaron Merriman, took the other $15,000, second-leg splits. G Momma roared to the front for Mike Wilder and widened her lead on the sloppy surface, scoring in 2:00.1. Donato's Peach was 4-1/4 lengths back in second, with Treasure Coins third. Paul Corey trains G Momma, a 4-year-old daughter of SJ's Caviar-Strike Ten, for Howard Kaufman, Joshua Kaufman and William Eltzroth. A seven-race maiden who broke stride in her series debut, Mystical Melody seemed an unlikely candidate for victory and was dismissed at 10-1. But she followed cover beautifully and moved confidently through the stretch to score in 2:02.1, a length better than Hierarchy. Early leader Fashion Glide finished third. Clay Faurot, Jr. conditions Mystical Melody, a 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Winning Tribute, for Chelsey Wibert. Brett Miller and Wilder each drove four winners on the 15-race card while Merriman fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                

WASHINGTON, PA, March 7, 2014 -- Stirling Bella powered to the lead from fifth and rolled to a convincing victory in Friday's opening leg of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Small Town Charmer took the other $15,000 split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers. The series honors the memory of the late Donna Dunn, longtime Standardbred owner at The Meadows and the wife of trainer and USTA Director Walter "Boots" Dunn. Leaving from the second tier, Stirling Bella was away in mid-pack before Aaron Merriman gunned her to the front just past the quarter. She sailed to victory in 1:55, 1-1/4 lengths better than Black Silk Jammys, with Radar Lover third. Dave Zito trains the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fast Princess for Mervin Wengerd. Small Town Charmer fashioned a similar journey -- left from the second tier, got away fifth, zipped to the lead past the quarter -- for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory in 1:55.3 for the 3-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Brava Hanover was especially impressive, since she hadn't raced since Sept. 29. Baby Cat finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Sandy Hook Hanover earned show. Mike Wilder drove four winners on the 15-race card while Palone, Burke and Brett Miller each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

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