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The Burke brigade has finished first and second in harness racing many times, but few of those times have resulted in a $433 Exacta. However, that was the result of Saturday's $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park when Rosemary Rose and Pittstop Danika crossed the line first and second. Rosemary Rose was driven by Mike Wilder and sat sixth through the opening lap with fractions of :26.4 and :55. She pulled third over and found herself three wide the final 3/8 of the mile. She struck the lead approaching the top of the stretch and bested her competition by 1¾-legths in 1:53. "I love this filly," admitted Wilder. "She might have been a longshot on the board, but I always thought she had a big chance." Ron Burke, harness racing's leading trainer, conditions Rosemary Rose for owners Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The victory is Burke's fourth win of this event in the last five years, scoring with Charisma Hanover in 2013, Fiyonce in 2014 and Sassa Hanover in 2015. "I knew she would be ready, Ronnie (Burke) has them ready for every dance," said Wilder. Completing the field were Pittstop Danika, Bettor's Up, Terrortina, Bourbon And Barley, Ella Christina and Big City Betty. Al-Mar-Got A Fever was scratched sick. Rosemary Rose (Foreclosure N-Pantathion-The Panderosa) now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $231,292. She returned $20.60 to win. Ayers Ratliff  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 5, 2017 -- Hawk's Red Chief followed the live cover of Knocking Around, then kicked by him in deep stretch to capture Saturday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Hawk's Red Chief was last in the field of seven when Mike Wilder tipped him off the cones to follow the first-over Knocking Around. The 6-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble gelding went wide in the lane to down the game Knocking Around by a neck in 1:51.3, with early leader Dapper Dude third. Ron Burke trains Hawk's Red Chief, who extended his career bankroll to $220,777, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek. Dave Palone and Wilder each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Elsewhere on the program, Gallery Opening snapped a two-season losing streak of 37 races when he found late room and scored at 115-1 for Brady Brown and trainer Gary Johnston. The upset triggered a carryover and a $12,500 pool guarantee for Monday's Pick 4. That card features a $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM.    THE MEADOWS INCREASES MONDAY PICK 4 GUARANTEE TO $12,500 The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Monday, Aug. 7 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 4 guarantees are regular features of each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Saturday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $2,486.86. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. Monday’s program features a $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 1, 2017 -- Rip This Joint attacked the leader, Deseronto, first over, then overtook him in deep stretch to capture Saturday's harness racing feature, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace, at The Meadows. Even with his strong uncovered bid from third, Rip This Joint trailed by 2-1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch. The 4-year-old Western Terror-Cheryl Hanover gelding responded to Mike Wilder's urging and downed Deseronto by 1/2 length, with Royaltyhasarrived third. Mike Palone trains Rip This Joint, who extended his career bankroll to $148,546, for Lone Wolf Stable. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 13, 2017 -- Dirty Secret won her second straight in characteristic rallying fashion, capturing Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a career-fastest 1:54.2. Dirty Secret was sixth by 7-1/2 lengths when Mike Wilder sent her after the leader, Goodtogo Hanover. The 5-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Classic Flight picked up live cover from Wendy's Girl, raced wide through the stretch and edged Goodtogo Hanover by a nose. She Nuit finished third. David McNeight, Jr. trains Dirty Secret, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $141,880, for Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 17, 2017 -- TSM Photo Bugger overwhelmed the leader with a backside burst and rolled to a 9-3/4-length harness racing victory in Wednesday's $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Classic Banker, who had been hard used to get to the top. The 10-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding grabbed the point in a heartbeat and jogged home for Mike Wilder in 1:53.1. Ulf Hanover rallied for second while Classic Banker saved show. The hard-hitting veteran has won 43 of 215 career starts and hit the board on 74 other occasions. Karen Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who extended his career bankroll to $661,338, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. It was one of three victories on the 12-race card for Wilder. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the Preakness Day card features three divisions of a $146,628 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Special post time is 11:25 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

LEBANON, OH. – Rosemary Rose kept her harness racing undefeated streak alive Friday night (April 21) at Miami Valley Raceway capturing the 46th edition of the James K. Hackett Memorial for 3-year-old Ohio-sired fillies in 1:53.1.  Driver Mike Wilder took no prisoners with the odds-on favorite in the $40,000 championship race, springing from the gate and heading the classy final field through fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.3, widening her lead around the final turn, and then holding fast-closing runnerup Full Body Shot (Mike Micallef) at bay by 1-3/4 lengths at the finish.  Won For Gigi (Peter Wrenn) got the show dough by finishing three lengths behind the winner. Ron Burke trains the sophomore daughter of Foreclosure N for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  Rosemary Rose is now five-for-five in 2017 after a freshman season when she was two-for-two.  Her half of the $40,000 purse bumped her earnings to $83,050.  With the Hackett championship, Rosemary Rose was automatically issued the first invitation to compete in one of the four new $50,000 Scarlet and Grey Invitationals on Miami Valley’s closing program on Monday, May 8.  She will likely see her next action, however, on Monday, May 1 as a prohibitive favorite in a $40,000 division of the first leg of the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes program. Rosemary Rose While the Hackett Filly Championship was won by the public choice, a huge longshot found the winner’s circle following the $22,000 Mares Open Pace on Friday.  A Little Starstruk, with North America’s dash leader Aaron Merriman in the sulky, upset a full field of the best mares in the Midwest at 29-1 odds.  The 6-year-old daughter of Well Said was plucked from a $15,000 claimer just over a month ago by owner-trainer Chris McGuire.  After winning a $20,000 claimer two weeks ago, she was entered in open company but drew an outside post last week and finished sixth, although she paced her mile in 1:52.4.  This week she drew inside, raced in sixth along the pylons as her adversaries did fierce combat through fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:23, and then slid up the inside before finding a seam and angling out to edge fellow longshot Art I Sweet (Ken Holliday) in deep stretch.  Safe From Terror (Dan Noble) closed fastest of all to garner show laurels. A Little Starstruk now boasts 22 lifetime wins and $218,537 in earnings. A Little Starstruk Racing resumes Saturday night (April 22) at Miami Valley when the features will be the $40,000 Hackett Memorial championship for pacing colts and a $20,000 Open Pace. Gregg Keidel

WASHINGTON, PA, April 3, 2017 -- Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke teamed up to sweep Monday's opening-leg divisions of the Medusa Pace at The Meadows, with Make Mine Mocha and Emily R Hanover each taking a $15,000 split. The series for harness racing 3-year-old fillies honors Medusa, a fast-class mare who most recently performed for owners Randy Bendis and Tom Pollack in the Bluechip Matchmaker series at Yonkers. Make Mine Mocha dueled with the even-money favorite, Terrortina for the early lead before sliding into the pocket. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Mocha was stronger late, though, as she shot the Lightning Lane to down Terrortina by a neck in 1:54, matching her career best. Bella Ragaza came from well back for show. Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC campaign Make Mine Mocha. Off since Oct. 15, Emily R Hanover powered to the front past the half and steadily drew off to triumph in 1:55. Flyme To The Moon was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Imperial Delight third. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Donovan and Yanek own the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-EZ Rock. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Show Runner overcame a parked-out 27.3 opening panel to score for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Christen Pantaleano and owner A Piece Of The Action LLC. Rockin Rum Springa rallied from last for second, beaten a neck, while Shesasmokinlady completed the ticket. The 7-year-old daughter of Little Steven-Peace Runner extended her lifetime bankroll to $441,291. It was one of three winning drives for Pantaleano on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 30, 2017 -- Mykindachip worked out a comfortable first half on the lead, then dug in to hold off the late challenge of Kingofthejungle and capture Monday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone gave Mykindachip a 29.4 second-quarter breather, enabling him to easily thwart the first-over thrust of Dapper Dude. The bigger menace was the pocket-sitting Kingofthejungle, who shot the Lightning Lane and drew even. But Mykindachip was up to the challenge, defeating Kingofthejungle by a head in 1:52.4, with Gokudo Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Mykindachip, an 8-year-old Art's Chip-Figmental gelding who extended his career bankroll to $664,552, for Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Norm Parker, while Tony Hall enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 2, 2017 -- D Gs Justlikethat, who was riding a four-race winning streak -- all compiled in the claiming ranks -- extended his streak and graduated to the elite level when he captured Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, the 2017 opening-day feature at The Meadows. D Gs Justlikethat followed the live cover of the first-over Kingofthejungle, swung wide out of the final turn for Mike Wilder and used every inch of the sloppy stretch to edge the early leader, Latest Desire, by a nose in 1:52.4. Atta Boy Dan shot the Lightning Lane for show. Mark Goldberg trains D Gs Justlikethat, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Rags To Riches Of PA, which claimed the 6-year-old Major In Art-Majo Elika gelding after the third win in his current streak. Dave Palone, who in 2016 topped The Meadows drivers for the 26th straight year, got his quest for No. 27 off to a strong start when he piloted four winners, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke. by Evan Pattack, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 28, 2016 -- Dismissed at 14-1, Classic Carpet found late racing room outside, overpowered the leader and scored the harness racing upset in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Classic Carpet was fourth and seemingly blocked into the final turn. But when Mike Wilder angled her off the cones to the middle of the track, the 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Red Carpet Ride brushed past Skippin By to down her by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.2. The first-over Medusa finished third. Peter Stratton trains Classic Carpet, who won for the fourth time in her last six starts and extended her lifetime bankroll to $157,192, for John Leggio. Dan Rawlings and Wilder each collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 26, 2016 -- Atta Boy Dan moved powerfully first over to wear down his stablemate, Mykindachip, and capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Pace at The Meadows. With Mykindachip on a seemingly comfortable lead, Mike Wilder moved Atta Boy Dan from fourth. The 7-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikesithot gelding overtook Mykindachip in mid-stretch and scored in 1:52. Latest Desire rallied for second, a neck back, while Dapper Dude shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who now boasts $651,942 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Wilder, who collected seven wins on Wednesday's card, notched five more on Saturday's 13-race program while Burke enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 23, 2016 -- Mike Wilder rolled up seven wins on Wednesday's 13-race harness racing card at The Meadows, including five straight victories that spanned the $20,000 Preferred Trot. A winner of more than 7,000 races in his career, Wilder collected two victories each for trainers Mark Goldberg and Tyler Stillings as well as singletons for conditioners Paul Corey, Jeff Hochstetler and Ray Simms. In the Preferred Trot, Wilder hustled Fashion Chocolate to the pocket from post 7, then sent him after the leader, See The Wind, at the three-quarters. The 4-year-old Chocolatier-Fun And Strokes gelding wore down See The Wind and downed him by a neck in1:54.1, with long shot Wilberforce third. Trained by Hochstetler for owner Philip Hochstetler, Fashion Chocolate was unraced at 2 and 3 but has captured 15 of 32 starts this year and banked $124,386. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Atta Boy Dan and harness racing driver Mike Wilder used a first over trip and edged Night Pro (Peter Wrenn) by three quarters of a length to win the $35,000 Gene Riegle Memorial at the Darke County Fair in Greenville, Ohio. Defending champion Mykindachip (Dan Noble) overcame post #8 and took control of the field of seven in the opening quarter of :27 2/5. Wilder sent the eventual winner off the rail and pressured Mykindachip past the half in :55 4/5 and the three-quarters in 1:24. Atta Boy Dan took the lead in the stretch and held off a closing Night Pro in 1:52 to establish a new track and stakes record. Pacesetting Mykindachip faded to third. The seven-year-old gelded son of Western Terror is conditioned by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. A new trotting track record was established in the $15,000 Arnie Almahurst Trot when Allgrooveallthetime (Peter Wrenn) cruised to a 7¼ length victory over Barn Girl (Mike Wilder) in 1:55 2/5. The four-year-old Swan For All gelding is owned by Alvin Miller. Jay Wolf  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 5, 2016 -- Refreshed by a 30.1 second-quarter breather, Unefoisdansmavie easily thwarted a pair of challengers and scored a front-end victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie took the first shot at Unefoisdansmavie, a first-over bid that stalled near the three-quarters. Princess Pablano unleashed a more serious threat when she moved three wide down the backside and loomed large in the lane. But Unefoisdansmavie responded to Dave Palone's urging and held off Princess Pablano by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.4 on a sloppy surface, with Whata Donato third. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, a 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World who soared over $600,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Rose Run Slider broke his maiden in 1:57, fastest mile this year by a freshman colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Brian Zendt piloted for trainer Bill Zendt, who owns the son of Western Ideal-Alcyon Semalu with Shanamphilaniklou, Inc. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 28, 2016 -- Let go at 10-1, Princess Pablano followed live cover and scored in 1:54.1, a career best, in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. When Whata Donato moved first over to challenge the leader, She Nuit, Princess Pablano and Mike Wilder alertly followed in her wake. Princess Pablano was faster in the lane, downing Whata Donato by 2 lengths, with Unefoisdansmavie a rallying third. Tyler Stillings trains the 6-year-old daughter of Holy Guacamolie-CR Princess Pride, who pushed her lifetime bankroll to $272,518, for Rags To Riches of PA. It was one of three wins for Wilder on the 14-race card. In Tuesday's companion feature, the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Spreester was hard used to make the front from post 8 but held on for a gritty victory in 1:52.2, a length better than the first-over Southwind Roulette. Set Me Up finished third. Aaron Merriman piloted the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree, who now boasts $490,856 in career earnings, for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 21, 2016 -- Harness racing driver Mike Wilder collected career win 7,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted 13-1 long shot Step Closer to victory in the 13th race. "This means a lot to me," Wilder said. "There are a lot of guys with more wins, but 7,000 is a good number. The way I look at it, it represents a lot of hard work and dedication. I'm very thankful and blessed to have people give me great horses to drive. I get a lot of work and a lot of chances, so I'm very fortunate." A native of Springfield, Ohio, Wilder began jogging horses when he was 8 under the tutelage of his stepfather, David Ritter, who trained Standardbreds at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Wilder was a phenomenon at Lebanon Raceway, where he won 13 driving titles, and he captured two driving championships at Scioto Downs before moving his tack to The Meadows in 2001. He's never worked anywhere but the racetrack -- except for a brief stint as an electrician. "My biological father is an electrician, so I tried that out for about three months," he recalls. "I never got shocked, and I never set anything on fire, so I must have done a good job. It didn't take me long to see that harness racing was what I wanted to do." For Wilder, harness racing is a family affair. He works with, and drives all the horses for, his father-in-law, veteran trainer Dan Altmeyer. Wilder's wife, Heather, handles marketing and public relations for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and received the 2013 Dan Patch "Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award." Their children, Scarlett, 14, and Lauren, 13, often can be found in the paddock; Scarlett coordinates jog cart rides for patrons during MSOA "Family Fun Nights." Wilder regards that family involvement as a considerable asset. "There are a lot of positive vibes," he said. "Our hearts are all in this sport. They're in different parts of this sport, but it's all for harness racing. It's quite an honor to go to the barn and sit with Dan every day. He's a great trainer -- look at the great horses he's developed." At 44, Wilder intends to keep driving but can see a day when he might shift to another role. "You'd love to do this forever," he said. "Obviously, you're dreaming if you think you can. You can't put a number on it, but I would love to drive until I'm 50. When I see the time has come to slow it down, I'll try to be a trainer. Dan said anytime I would want to pursue that, he would help me get started. "Who wouldn't want to follow in Dan's footsteps? My kids will be in college, so I can do the Florida thing in the winter and get away from the snow. If I'm financially able to do that, it would be a great lifestyle." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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