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WASHINGTON, PA, June 24, 2014 -- Dismissed at 16-1 because of his poor post position, Tamarind circled the field early and held on late to score the upset in Tuesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Tamarind has been perhaps the most consistent of The Meadows' elite trotters in 2014 -- he already had won seven times this year -- his chances looked dim from post 9 and appeared to get even bleaker when he was parked well past the quarter. But under Aaron Merriman's urging, he thwarted the first-over challenge of Big And Little and outlasted the Lightning Lane charge of Drift Away to down him by a neck in 1:53.2, matching his career best. Trustworthy Kid rallied from last for show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, a 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos who now boasts $569,939 in lifetime earnings. Mike Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card. On Wednesday the Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a $1,530.71 carryover. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 20, 2014 -- Dew N Doughnuts followed live cover down the backside, then blew by in the lane to capture Friday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. The 6-5 favorite, Dew N Doughnuts was away fifth for Mike Wilder before riding the bumper of Uncle Goodfellow, a Meadows newcomer. Uncle Goodfellow cleared to the lead in the final turn, but Dew N Doughnuts was stronger in the stretch, downing Uncle Goodfellow by 2-1/4 lengths, with Odin Blue Chip third. Dew N Doughnuts clicked off the final quarter in 27.3 en route to his victory in 1:51.2, matching his lifetime mark. Norm Parker trains Dew N Doughnuts, a 4-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration who extended his career bankroll to $117,525, for Thomas Klosky, Jr. Tony Hall drove four winners on the 14-race card while Brian Zendt and Wilder each enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 7, 2014 -- Overcoming a misstep at the gate that cost him key early position, Cammikey made up 5-1/2 lengths with a Lightning Lane charge that carried him to victory in Saturday's $199,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows in a career-best 1:49.4. Seventh Secret rallied wide to take the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers known as the Bye Bye Byrd. Cammikey, ordinarily a well-mannered colt, took exception to the starting gate and got fumbly gaited. By the time Brian Zendt could steady him, Cammikey was away fifth. "He's always been a great leaver," Brian Zendt said. "Today, he wanted to go over top of the gate and just got a little rumbly leaving. The only good thing -- that probably saved me from getting in the middle of a speed battle." Rather than swing the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam wide, Zendt hugged the cones with him and poured through a beckoning Lightning Lane. Cammikey defeated Some Playa by a length, with At Press Time third. Cammikey now has won seven of 11 career starts and $117,538. "You couldn't drive him any worse than that," Brian Zendt said, "but I had all kinds of luck, and when I needed him late, he was there. He just blew by them. It didn't work out like I planned at all, but I guess that's why it's horse racing." Bill Zendt, who conditions Cammikey for owner/breeder Can Land LLC and has been spacing the colt's starts generously, indicated he'll continue to do so, pointing him to the June 21 Max Hempt Memorial eliminations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. "He hadn't raced in three weeks before today, and I trained him once in 2:04," Bill Zendt said. "He doesn't take a lot of work. We don't want to over-race him. He goes like heck and tries like heck, but he's not very big." Seventh Secret also found himself in a precarious position -- sixth with excess cover in front of him. But when Mike Wilder sent him six wide in the stretch, the son of Allamerican Native-Secret Song found another gear and roared home to defeat Kingofthejungle by a nose in 1:50.2. Early leader Bondi Hanover saved show. "I loved the fractions, and my horse loves a target. He gets to the house so well," Wilder said. "But I was definitely worried about how far I was back with the cover flow. To come that wide and pick them all up like that -- it was all him. I just pointed him, and he took off." Dan Altmeyer trains the homebred Seventh Secret, who extended his career bankroll to $166,261, for Ruth Altmeyer. Aaron Merriman drove three winners on the 13-race Belmont Day card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Trainer Jimmy Takter sent just two horses to compete in the Currier & Ives Grand Circuit harness races for three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday afternoon at The Meadows racetrack in Washington, PA. It was no surprise to the betting public that both fillies won since they are two of the top rated fillies in the world, Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit. Shake It Cerry, the 2013 Dan Patch award winning two-year-old trotting filly of the year, continued her unbeaten streak in 2014 to three straight as she overpowered the field in the first race $31,120 division. The daughter of Donato Hanover left from post six for driver Ron Piece, went right to the lead, held the field at bay and won by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:55.2, the last quarter mile over the fast track in :27.4. Take The Money (Dave Palone) was second with Jessie’s Song (Brian Zendt) was third. Owned and bred by Solveig’s Racing Partners of East Winsor, NJ, Shake It Cerry paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming favorite. Takter made a return trip to the winner’s circle in the eighth race third division when Lifetime Pursuit, also driven by Ron Pierce, also led the field from start to finish, winning in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Passing Jetta (Mike Wilder) was second with Wesfiftyfirst (Tony Hall) third. It was the first win in three starts this year for Lifetime Pursuit. Sired by Cantab Hall, Lifetime Pursuit also paid just $2.20 to win as the wagering favorite for owner/breeders Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. The second division, fourth race, saw David Wade’s top filly, Broadway Socks, leave quickly from post seven for driver Dan Rawlings and they also never looked back, winning by three open lengths in 1:56. Global Magic (Ron Pierce) was second with Glisten Hanover (Marty Wollam) third. Sired by Broadway Hall and co-owned by David Wade with Gerald Brittingham, William Peel, III and Polly Hilliard (who bred the filly), it was the third straight win and fourth victory in five starts this year for Broadway Socks. She paid $3.40 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Father Patrick showed the harness racing world that they better tie a rope to his race bike in order to keep up with him as the three-year-old colt romped by 19 and three-quarter lengths in winning his $70,300 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Friday at the Meadows. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Father Patrick started from post four in the first race on the program and by the opening quarter mile in :28.2 he was was in fourth place as JJ Alex (Francisco Del Cid) was leading the field with Journey (Dave Palone) moving on the outside into second place. By the half mile marker in :56.1, Amped Up Hanover and driver Mike Wilder came first-over to take command and that was went Gingras started up on the outside with Father Patrick, who was the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite in the race. Once they reached the three-quarter mile pole in 1:24.3 Father Patrick was surging to the lead and after clearing to the front the duo just pulled away from the rest of the field by 15 lengths at the top of the stretched and poured it on coming home with a :28.3 final quarter mile to stop the teletimer in 1:53.1. Scirocco Jakob (Charlie Norris) was second with Jett Star (Eric Ledford) third. Trained by Jimmy Takter, it was the second straight win for Father Patrick, who is sired by Cantab Hall and is owned by the Father Patrick Stable of NJ. He paid just $2.10 to win and has now won 11 of his 12 lifetime starts. The Takter Stable were back in the winner’s circle after the fourth race as Nuncio won his $70,700 PASS division for driver John Campbell with a 1:53.2 triumph. Nuncio got away in fifth place as Wheelsandthelegman (Jim Raymer) led the field to the opening quarter mile in :27.2, the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. It was in the backstretch that Campbell made his move with Nuncio and they cleared to the lead on the final turn and won with ease by two open lengths. Madewell Hanover (Chris Ryder) was second with Wheelsandthelegman third. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Nuncio is sired by Andover Hall and is owned by Stall TZ, Inc. of Florida. He paid $2.20 to win. It was his second start this year. Datsyuk, who is named after the captain of the Detroit Red Wings, and trainer/driver Charlie Norris were able to lead from start to finish in capturing the $70,700 third division of the PASS in a lifetime best clocking of 1:54.1. Leaving from post two, Norris sent Datsyik right to the lead and never looked back. With John Campbell and Uva Hanover right on their backs, Datsyik cut fractions of :28.3 to the opening quarter and :57.2 to the half mile. Then Dave Palone made a valiant first-over move with DD’s Hitman at the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and nearly collard Datsyuk on the final turn but briefly went off-stride. As they started down the stretch, Campbell tried in vain to come after Datsyuk with Uva Hanover but could gain no ground as Norris has his trotter in full control, winning by one and one-quarter lengths. Uva Hanover was second and DD’s Hitman rebounded to finish third. Undefeated in three start this year, Datsyuk is a gelded son of Explosive Matter and is co-owned by Leonard Buckner with Charlie Norris. He paid $3.40 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

WASHINGTON, PA, May 27, 2014 -- Foxy Lady stalked patiently from the pocket, then exploded in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Foxy Lady got away first for Dave Palone but yielded the lead to Certified Ideal, who was trying to overcome post 8 and a sloppy surface. When Palone asked Foxy Lady for late pace, the 6-year-old daughter of Real Desire-Judy Is A Fox responded with a 28.1 final quarter and a victory in 1:53.1. The first-over Do Me Honor was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Certified Ideal saved show. Ron Burke trains Foxy Lady, who now boasts $731,372 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura. Tony Hall and Mike Wilder each drove three winners on the 15-race card. On Wednesday, May 28, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Tuesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a $1,806.07 carryover. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                        

JK Endofanera and Seventh Secret impressively captured divisions of the Pocono Cup in the Historic Series on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Grand Circuit races were for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. In the $36,162 first division, JK Endofanera (Art Major-Presidential Lady), moved to two-for-two on the season with a victory on the front end by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:49:4, which matched his career-best. Andrew McCarthy did the driving aboard the 1-2 favorite for trainer Ron Burke. Allstar Partner finished second while Best Said picked up the show. In the $36,912 second division, Seventh Secret (Allamerican Native-Secret Song) staged a furious rally to come up for the win by a head in 1:50:3. Pierce finished second while Stratos Hanover came in a close third. Mike Wilder drove Seventh Secret, a 5-1 second choice, for trainer Dan Altmeyer. Jim Beviglia

Wilkes-Barre, PA – There were two $34,712 divisions of the Historic Series for three-year-old pacing fillies at Pocono Downs Tuesday evening and when they were over, Fancy Desire became the fastest filly currently in North America. The daughter of Real Desire was able to leave well for driver George Napolitano, Jr., then make the most of perfect cover from race favorite Weeper (Dave Palone) before ducking inside the passing lane in the stretch to win by a half length in a lifetime best 1:49.1. The victory brought an end to Weeper’s seven-race winning streak and Fancy Desire’s speedy time makes her the fastest filly in North American harness racing for 2014 on any size oval. She went off at odds of 13-1 and returned $29.20 to win. The fourth race second division started out with Fancy Desire and Uffizi Hanover (David Miller) both leaving for the early lead with Fancy Desire winning out and parking out Weeper until after the opening quarter in a speedy :26.2. Weeper then took command and led past the half mile marker in :54.4. That was when Uffizi Hanover came out from third place first-over with Cinamony (Corey Callahan) following the outside flow. As they came down the stretch was when Napolitano moved Fancy Desire inside and sealed the victory with a last quarter mile in :26.4. I drove her as a two-year-old,” Napolitano said. “And she went in 1:53 and now she has grown up. I did not know how good a filly she was. 1:49 is pretty scary and I was shocked. I wanted to make Dave’s horse work a little bit and then I followed the best horse in the race and then went up the inside.” It was the fifth start and second win this season for fancy Desire, who is trained by Kevin Carr and owned by Howard Jacobs of West Orange, NJ. “I was surprised tonight,” said trainer Kevin Carr, “I knew she was good. She is staked to everything this season, Breeders Crown, the Jugette, Balmoral and on June 7 we go to Mohawk for the Roses Are Red Series.” In the third race first division of the Historic Series, Katie Said and driver Marcus Miller took the tough route but despite having to race first-over from the backstretch, she was able to wear down pacesetter Table Talk (Corey Callahan) and then hold off That Woman Hanover (Mike Wilder) to win with ease in 1:51.2. That Woman Hanover was the first to leave but quickly gave way to the 4/5 favorite, Table Talk, as she cut fractions of :27.3 and :55.4 to the half. That was when Marcus Miller came first-up with Katie Said and the daughter of Well Said was at ease first-over to the three-quarters in 1:24. Then coming down the stretch, Katie Said put away Table Talk as Wilder came back in the passing lane to try and challenge Katie Said but it was too little too late as Katie Said strolled to a two length triumph. Table Talk was third. “She is very very fast,” said Marcus Miller. “With the breaking problems she has had I drove her like a trotter. I figured I would be first-over despite the short field, but I wanted to keep her out of trouble. She kept on coming and I never pulled the plugs.” It was a lifetime mark for Katie Said, who is trained by Julie Miller and her third win in four starts this year for the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone Township, NJ and Black Horse Racing of Lebanon, NJ. She paid $5.20 to win. By Steve Wolf and Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com

WASHINGTON, PA, May 19, 2014 -- Phone Terror used a determined first-over move to edge by a stubborn Do Me Honor and capture Monday's $18,000 Fillies & Mares Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Phone Terror was fourth down the backside when Mike Wilder sent her on her decisive move. Although she couldn't put Do Me Honor away, she was stronger in the stretch, downing Do Me Honor by 3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:52.3. All Heart Gal used Phone Terror's cover to earn show. Robert Barnard trains Phone Terror, a 5-year-old Western Terror-Miss Lex mare who extended her career bankroll to $279,057, for Lucy Raymond. Wilder drove four winners on the 15-race card, giving him 19 victories over his last four programs at The Meadows. Brian Zendt also fashioned a triple. On Tuesday, May 20, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer two pool guarantees — $20,000 for the Pick 4, $7,500 for the Pick 5 — as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While The Meadows regularly guarantees a $5,000 pool for its Monday and Tuesday Pick 4 wagers, the track enriched the guarantee after no one successfully picked Monday’s Pick 4, resulting in a $4,028.14 carryover. A two-day Pick 5 carryover of $2,034.80 prompted the addition of the “instant” Pick 5 guarantee. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post Tuesday is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 16, 2014 -- Broadway Socks not only routed the field by 8 lengths in her division of Friday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series event at The Meadows, but she also established a stake record of 1:55.2 in the process. The stake for 3-year-old filly trotters was conducted over six divisions, with Explosive Attitude, Passing Jetta, Czech It Out, Indoor Voices and Glisten Hanover also taking $20,000 splits. Dave Palone (Explosive Attitude, Czech It Out) and Mike Wilder (Passing Jetta, Indoor Voices) each enjoyed a stake double. With five wins overall on the 15-race card, Wilder has collected 15 victories over the last three programs. Although Broadway Socks earned $84,260 at 2 and reached the championship of the PA Sires Stakes, trainer David Wade had no reservations about dropping her back to the stallions series this year. "We weren't ready for the sires stakes yet -- too early," he said of his $34,000 yearling acquisition. "We're not ready to go in 1:54. We'll be ready to go faster than that eventually, but we're not there yet. But if I kick her back up (to the sires stakes), I'll miss both finals. But $10,000 here is nice money. There are no guarantees in the sires stakes. She's eligible to other stakes -- a couple of things in the Midwest late in the year." Her time erased the old stake mark of 1:56.3 established by Sephora De Vie in 2011. Dan Rawlings drove the daughter of Broadway Hall-I Gotta Feelin to her front-end romp for owners Gerald Brittingham, William F. Peel III and Wade. Explosive Attitude, whom owner/trainer Arlene Cameron describes as "evil" away from the track, moved smartly first over from fifth and easily captured her second straight stallions series split in 1:57.4, matching her career best. Glams K rallied for second, 3-1/4 lengths back, with Keystone Harper third. "On the track she's perfect; in the barn, it's another story," said Cameron of the diminutive daughter of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream. "Some days it takes a half hour to catch her in the stall. She'll wheel on you, or she'll come at you with her mouth wide open. I just try not to get mad at her and let her do her thing. You can't manhandle her or fight her and think you'll get somewhere with her because you won't. She'll win every time." Passing Jetta had failed in all five of her previous starts, but she brushed confidently from third into the final turn and drew off late, breaking her maiden in 1:58.1. Exclusive Photo came from far back for second, 5 lengths in arrears, while early leader Winky Dink earned show. "They told me she would be a little excited going to the track but not to pay any attention to that," Wilder said. "They were right. First step on the racetrack, she was a class act. She was fantastic to drive, and she's very smart. I couldn't have asked her to do her job any better." Jonas Czernyson conditions the daughter of Lear Jetta-Europass for Team JC Stable, Joanna Callahan, Aldebaran Park and Trish Foulk. In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Sam Hill found late racing room and notched his second consecutive victory in 1:51.4, a nose better than Justified, with Good Day Mate completing the ticket. Greg Wright, Jr. drove for trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. The 8-year-old Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding now boasts career earnings of $264,389. Saturday's Preakness Day card at The Meadows is highlighted by the Stenographer, a $199,400 PA Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters which features the season's debut of Shake It Cerry, the 2013 divisional champion. She goes in the second split, Race 8, from post 7, with Ron Pierce piloting. First post Saturday is 11:25 AM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 14, 2014 -- Foiled in her bid for the early lead, Daylon Miracle unleashed her frustration on the rest of the field, capturing Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap in 1:52.4, fastest ever by an older trotting mare at The Meadows. Daylon Miracle hustled out of post 6 for the lead but was denied by Magic Wheel and had to find a seat fourth. When Aaron Merriman sent her first over down the backside, the 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel quickly disposed of Magic Wheel -- and everyone else. Mistress Valentine was second, a length back, with Vixy third. The time knocked a tick off the old mark of Unefoisdansmavie, who finished 5th to Daylon Miracle in Wednesday's race. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who now boasts career earnings of $336,787. In Wednesday's companion feature, the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Count Me In sat comfortably in the pocket for Mike Wilder, then shot the Lightning Lane to defeat Major Athens by a neck in 1:53.3. Trustworthy Kid earned show. Marty Wollam conditions the 5-year-old Full Count-Howl gelding, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $275,691, and owns with Acadia Farms. Wilder drove five winners on the 14-race card, giving him 10 over the past two programs. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                                  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 13, 2014 -- Big And Little powered to the lead past the quarter but had to dig in late to preserve his harness racing victory in Tuesday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Once he assumed the lead for Wilbur Yoder, Big And Little was strong enough to repel the challengers outside. However, he needed plenty of determination to hold off the late charge of Call To Post, who erased all but a nose of a 4-1/2-length deficit in the Lightning Lane. Therapeutic earned show in Tuesday's feature, which went in 1:54.1. Bill Zendt trains Big And Little, a 6-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Peachi Lane gelding who extended his career bankroll to $275,126, for owner/breeder Gary Saul. Mike Wilder drove five winners on the 14-race card. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, May 7, 2014 -- Mistress Valentine claimed the lead at the half and rolled to an easy victory in Wednesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Mistress Valentine was away second for Mike Wilder before circling the leader, True Day Dream. The 5-year-old daughter of Master Glide-Patsy's Valentine faced no effective challenge thereafter, scoring in 1:54 to match her career best. True Day Dream held place, 3/4 lengths back, while Catching Katie finished third. Tyler Stillings trains Mistress Valentine, who extended her career bankroll to $154,219, and owns with Rags To Riches Of PA. Elsewhere on the 15-race card, Limelight Beach, a top freshman last year for trainer Brian Brown, made his 3-year-old debut with a productive but losing effort. He took the field through three-quarters in 1:54.1 but fell prey to the pocket-sitting Cammikey, who scored in a swift 1:51.1 for Brian Zendt. Limelight Beach was second. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Always Cam who had a single victory in four starts last year for trainer Bill Zendt and owner/breeder Cam Land LLC, Cammikey now has won five straight to begin his sophomore campaign and likely won't be under the radar much longer. Dave Palone drove four winners while Brian Zendt and Wilder each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                        

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                                        

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