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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2014 -- Idling in eighth by 9 lengths at the half, Beach Memories launched an amazing bid that carried him to victory by a widening 5-1/4 lengths in Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. In his most recent starts, Beach Memories had taken on some of the best in the sport -- including Bettor's Edge, Sweet Lou, Clear Vision and Foiled Again -- so Mike Wilder knew the Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir gelding would have plenty of pace when asked. He blew by his stablemate, Santa Fe Beachboy, to score in 1:51. When Santa Fe Beachboy kept his nose ahead of Major Belle for show, it gave trainer Brian Brown an exacta sweep. Strollin Stable, AWS Stables, King McNamara and Country Club Acres campaign Beach Memories, who now boasts $493,804 in career earnings. Wilder drove six winners on the 15-race card while trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a triple. With his four wins on the program, Dave Palone pushed his career victory total to 16,743, eight short of the 16,751 compiled by the world's "winningest" driver, Heinz Wewering. Because Wewering remains active in Germany and has been averaging about one victory per week, Palone's target may change slightly. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 24 -- Murderers Row mowed 'em down again Friday at The Meadows, capturing her second straight in a late-closing series for freshman filly trotters. Best Glider recovered from an early break to gain her second series victory while Phabaj Hanover and RV Janet also took $12,500 splits. The championships of all four current series for 2-year-olds at The Meadows are set for Saturday, Nov. 1. As she did in her initial series win, Murderers Row fired from the gate for Dave Palone and was ahead at every call, scoring comfortably in 1:59.4. The pocket-sitting She Glides was second, 3-1/2 lengths back. Red's Winner rallied for show. Ron Burke trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Housethatruthbuilt for the Chuck Sylvester stable and owners Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey and Ted Gewertz. In the two companion features on Friday's card, one of the track's top performers extended his winning streak while another saw her victory skein end with a tough beat. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, Visible Gold found the Lightning Lane just in time to prevail in 1:52 for Palone, Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Odin Blue Chip was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Artist Night third. It was the fourth straight for the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight-Gabrielle gelding, who now has banked $351,444. However, in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Anaffairtoremember, who had won both starts since shipping to The Meadows, fell a neck short and settled for place when Crazy Grigio angled off the cones in the stretch and found racing room wide to score in 1:55 for Eric Goodell. Kandian Klub earned show. Burke conditions Crazy Grigio, a 4-year-old daughter of Crazed-Musetta Hanover who pushed her career earnings to $134,498, for Albert Crawford and Michelle Crawford. Burke and Mike Wilder each enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card while Palone fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows 

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2014 -- She wasn't wearing pinstripes, but Murderers Row knocked one out of the park Friday at The Meadows when she blew away the field in 1:59, fastest of four divisions in the opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman filly trotters. Soaring Flight, Best Glider and Sand C-Four took the other $12,500 splits, with Tony Hall and trainer Tye Loy teaming for a pair of victories (Soaring Flight, Sand C-Four). The powerful New York Yankees line-up of the Babe Ruth era was nicknamed Murderers' Row; the equine Murderers Row comes by her version of the moniker naturally, since the Donato Hanover filly is out of Housethatruthbuilt. Hammered down to 1-9 Friday, she zipped to the lead for Dave Palone and drew off late to down the pocket-sitting She Glides by 5-1/2 lengths. Jessie Rae rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Murders Row for the Chuck Sylvester stable and owners Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey and Ted Gewertz. In Friday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace, Santa Fe Beachboy took advantage of hot early fractions to notch a second-over victory in 1:51.2 for Mike Wilder, trainer Brian Brown and owner Santa Fe Stable. Big Risk was second, 2-1/2 lengths back, while early leader Windsong Jack saved show. The 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Santa Fe Yankee pushed his career bankroll to $113,093. Wilder drove four winners on the 14-race card while Hall and Palone each enjoyed a triple. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA,  -- Allthatjazz De Vie continued to look like a serious youngster when she captured her fourth straight race in Tuesday's opening leg of a late-closing series for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. Momas Got A Gun took the other $12,500 opening-leg split. Allthatjazz De Vie opened her career with an out-of-the money finish at Running Aces but is undefeated since then, with a mark of 1:53.2. In the series, the daughter of American Ideal-Todalu easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Doll Fins for Dave Palone and defeated her by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Lady's Critic was third. Ron Burke conditions Allthatjazz De Vie for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. A full sister to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Benear), Momas Got A Gun vaulted from the pocket around the far turn and sailed past Cantuhearmeknockn, downing her by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:56.4. Presentina completed the ticket. Mike Wilder drove for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Geoffrey Martin. Elsewhere on the card, Better Caviar moved powerfully first over for Dan Rawlings to win the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot in a sharp 1:52.4, 3/4 lengths better than Daylon Miracle. Cowgirl Hall earned show. David Wade trains Better Caviar, a 6-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Better Credit who now has banked $138,085, and owns with Gerald Brittingham, Kelley Rogers and William F. Peel III. Palone and Rawlings each drove three winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 8, 2014 -- A winner in her debut at The Meadows, Anaffairtoremember was even more impressive next time out when she overcame post 8 to capture Wednesday's $16,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot. When new owner/trainer Bill Bercury introduced Anaffairtoremember to The Meadows, she rewarded him Oct. 1 with a tough first-over victory. On Wednesday, she found a seat fifth for Aaron Merriman, followed the live cover of Mistress Valentine and rolled home in 1:53.3, 2-1/4 lengths better than early leader Kandian Club. Mistress Valentine was a clear third. The 4-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman now boasts career earnings of $261,982. Tony Hall, Mike Wilder and Merriman each drove three winners on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features a $50,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 5, races 11-15. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 24, 2014 -- Ralph R moved confidently first over as the 1-5 favorite and rolled to an easy victory in Wednesday's $117,200 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Wimborne Hanover took advantage of breaks by four of his six rivals to capture the other division in the stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Although he had just one victory on his card, Ralph R appeared to be the best following a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship. The son of Muscle Massive-Aiken For Clay proved it was more than a paper advantage when he brushed from third for Mike Wilder and scored in a career-best 1:56, 4-1/2 lengths better than Red Maple Lane. Sixteen Encores was third. "He scored down fantastic," Wilder said. "Not knowing the horse, I just got him away safe. But there was really nothing to know. I never moved -- plugs in, and I never laid the whip on him. He was push button." Robin Cruise trains Ralph R, who has banked $133,374 this year, for Ervin Miller Stable Inc. and Paymaq Racing. Wimborne Hanover boasted nine wins entering the stake; most, however, were at PA Fairs, and, at 8-1, he figured to have his work cut out for him. But he watched Don't Mind Me break at the start. He saw Hurrikane Jonny K, the 3-5 favorite, jump it off while moving first over. He noticed the pocket-sitting Cue Hall run around the final turn. Finally, when the leader, Longcat Hanover, broke stride in the stretch, Wimborne Hanover had seen enough. He dug in for Eric Ledford and triumphed in 1:57.3. Longcat Hanover survived an inquiry and held second, 4 lengths back, while Massive Storm earned show. With all the dancing during the race, Bill Daugherty, Jr., who trains the Muscle Massive-Wherley gelding for Susan Daugherty, feared his youngster -- who broke stride in his last start -- would join the conga line. "I thought about that a little bit because, being 2-year-olds, they'll do that," he said. "I was hoping to get a decent check today, not really win it, but we'll take it. He ran down a little bit behind in his last start, so I put a longer shoe on the back, and that seemed to make a difference." Wimborne Hanover will wrap up his fine freshman campaign in the Pa Fairs championships Oct. 4 at The Meadows. In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Daylon Miracle had little trouble capturing her 13th victory this year with a 1:53.1 tally for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The pocket-sitting Kandian Club was second, 3-1/2 lengths in arrears, while ER Ellie completed the ticket. A 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel, Daylon Miracle extended her career bankroll to $398,987. Tony Hall, Wilbur Yoder and Wilder each piloted three winners on the 16-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the card features a $91,998 Keystone Classic for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 17, 2014 -- Daylon Miracle moved first over at her leisure and rolled to an easy victory -- her 12th this year -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Daylon Miracle was fourth down the backside when Mike Wilder called on her for trot. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel quickly gobbled up the leaders and scored in 1:55.1, 4-1/2 lengths better than Dizzy Rizzy. Easy Strength rallied for show. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who extended her career bankroll to $389,987. Wilder piloted five winners on the 15-race card while Dave Palone fashioned a four bagger. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 15, 2014 -- Converted claimer Your Beautiful moved powerfully first over and rolled to a narrow victory in Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Your Beautiful won three straight in optional claimers before advancing to the Not Listed Preferred Pace last week. Although she finished third then, she was even stronger Monday for Mike Wilder when she kicked by the leader, Certified Ideal, and held off Rescue Team by a nose in 1:52. Metro Ville rallied for show. Mike Palone trains Your Beautiful, a 5-year-old daughter of Your Nemesis-Beautiful Girl who now has banked $292,678 in her career, for Tom Mucci. Dave Palone drove five winners and Mike Wilder three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2014 -- Day Lily generously rewarded her backers Monday at The Meadows, capturing the $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship for 2-year-old filly trotters at a lusty 32-1. The Meadows also hosted the three other PA Stallion Series $40,000 championships for freshmen, which were taken by UF Larry Alltheway (colt and gelding pacers), KY Lucky (colt and gelding trotters) and Half Past Seven (filly trotters). A quartet of $40,000 PA Stallion Series finals for 3-year-olds highlights Tuesday's program at The Meadows. Day Lily finished off the board in her final two stallion series preliminary legs, when she left for early position but lacked a finishing kick, and it appeared she would follow the same script in the championship. But when Mike Wilder squeezed her off the cones at the top of the stretch, she responded with fire and scored in a career-best 1:57.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than the favorite, Fly Angel Fly. Alpha Alpha rallied for show. "I didn't get shuffled too bad, but I got kind of stopped," Wilder said. "I really got lucky to squeeze out, but when I did, she was full of trot. She was sick her last two starts, but her trainer said she was over that and just put her in position. When I got out, she fired." Chris Oakes trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Filly At Bigs for Hauser Brothers Racing and Conrad Zurich. In the other finals: $40,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Pacers UF Larry Alltheway won his Third Straight race by quarter-poling to the front for Dave Palone and prevailing in a swift 1:51.4. Hall Of Terror was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while My Hero Ron earned show. The Dragon Again-Varbo gelding, a $50,000 yearling acquisition, continues to be a pleasant surprise for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and owner Up Front Racing, as he showed little early promise. "Training him down, he was probably the worst one I had all winter," O'Donnell said. "He'd pull up, wouldn't want to go. Once we got him behind the gate a couple times and baby-raced him, he's been a totally different colt He throws last quarters in 27 like nothing. You wouldn't have expected it training him down." He said UF Larry Alltheway will be pointed to the Standardbred at Delaware and the Keystone Classic at The Meadows. $40,000 Championship, Colt & Gelding Trotters When the leader, Longcat Hanover, broke stride in the stretch, KY Lucky took advantage of the opportunity, driving through the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:59, 1/2 length ahead of Wimborne Hanover, with Explosiveday third. "I was pretty impressed because we got slowed almost to a stop before we got to the Lightning Lane," said winning driver Marcus Miller. "He actually came back and trotted home pretty good. I thought we were second, but we got a little lucky." Tim Twaddle trains KY Lucky, a Malabar Millennium-Rosalita gelding who has finished in the money in all six career starts, for Craig Grummel, Curt Grummel and Chili Day Stables. $40,000 Championship, Filly Pacers Half Past Seven moved first over, gobbled up the leader, Angel Or Terror, and rolled to a comfortable victory in 1:54.1 for Tony Hall, trainer Mike Palone and owner Lone Wolf Stable. Icapella Hanover finished second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Angel Or Terror completed the ticket. "She's really had to race pretty aggressive," Hall said of the daughter of Western Terror-She's Eligible. "With a trip, she'll definitely get better and go some big miles here next year. The stallion series is a good fit for her." Elsewhere on Monday's card, Continual Velocity matched the track record of 1:50.2 for older mares when she cruised on the front end in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace. Novascotia Hanover was second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Scandalous Hanover third. Dave Palone piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Extreme Velocity, who now boasts $497,025 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone drove five winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 16-race card. Tuesday’s (Sept. 9) card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will feature two guaranteed pools: a $7,500-guaranteed pool for the Pick 5 and a $5,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 4. Both are part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While the Pick 4 guarantee is a regular feature of Monday and Tuesday programs, the track added the “instant” Pick 5 guarantee when no one correctly picked Monday’s Pick 5, resulting in a carryover of $1,830.96. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 12-16) 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. Tuesday’s card also features a quartet of $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships for 3-year-olds. First post Tuesday is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 5, 2014 -- Trailing by 4 lengths at the top of the stretch. Windsong Jack blazed through a wide-open Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southern Allie opened a daylight lead with an uncovered backside burst but weakened late, leaving him vulnerable to Windsong Jack's rally. The 4-year-old Santana Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile gelding triumphed at 7-1 in a career-best 1:49.2 for Mike Wilder, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Stable 45. Carol's Comet closed well for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Southern Allie saved show. Windsong Jack now boasts lifetime earnings of $534,948. Three drivers -- Tony Hall (five), Wilder (four) and Dave Palone (three) -- accounted for 12 wins on the 15-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a quartet of $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships for 2-year-olds. First post is 12:55. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2014 -- The Lunch Pail powered to the front and rolled to a comfortable victory in a career-best 1:51.1, fastest in Wednesday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Sean Liam Q and Brioni also taking $20,000 splits. Eric Ledford enjoyed a stake double behind The Lunch Pail and Sean Liam Q. The Meadows will host the championships for all eight stallion series divisions Sept. 8-9. The Lunch Pail dueled with Avalanche Hanover before grabbing the lead and allowing his rival to stalk from the pocket. But Avalanche Hanover couldn't cut into the margin late and settled for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Hemingway third. "I wanted to cut it with him," Ledford said. "Last time he was out here he raced really well on the front end. We got away with a pretty nice second quarter, so things worked out pretty good." Joe Holloway trains The Lunch Pail, a Yankee Cruiser-Noble Marty gelding, for Michael Ouriel. Looped while vying for the early lead, Sean Liam Q persevered and prevailed handily in 1:51.2, 2-1/2 lengths better than the rallying Stone Cold Shark. Jins Shark earned show. "We got strung out in a 26.3 quarter -- that wasn't my objective," Ledford said of the son of McArdle-Taylor Lou Q. "We were committed to the front after that. But he was pretty strong, considering the fractions." Ross Croghan conditions Sean Liam Q for Steve Stewart, Bourbon Creek Stable, Donald Robinson and Michael Robinson. Brioni competed in the Adios at The Meadows, and while he couldn't go with that crowd, he favorably impressed Mike Wilder. "Obviously, he was up against some of the toughest horses in the country, and he wasn't humiliated in any way," Wilder said. "When you get a horse like that in the stallion series, you're pretty confident you have a pretty good shot. He was push button." Buoyed by that observation, Wilder sent Brioni on a quarter-pole move that carried him to victory in 1:52.2, 1-1/4 lengths ahead of Bristol Bay. Well Said Stride completed the ticket. Robin Cruise trains the son of Four Starzzz Shark-Armbro Bahama for owner/breeder Ronald Michelon. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall matched her own track record for older mares -- a mark she shares with Daylon Miracle -- when she scored a front-end victory in 1:52.4. ER Ellie was 8 lengths back in second, with True Day Dream third. Dave Palone drove the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable. Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Cowgirl Hall extended her career bankroll to $579,463. Dan Rawlings drove five winners on the 16-race card while Palone and Wilder each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features the Tarport Effrat, a $199,980 PA Sires Stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers with a field headlined by Adios winner McWicked. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 20, 2014 -- A five-race maiden entering the race, Lilu Hanover overpowered her field in Wednesday's $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows, winning by 9-3/4 lengths in the stake-record time of 1:55.2. The event for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over eight divisions, with Bright Baby Blues, Sarcy, Aarena Hanover, Fly Angel Fly, Focus On Me, Global Ice and Flirting Filly also taking $20,000 splits. Dave Palone and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed to win four divisions (Lilu Hanover, Sarcy, Fly Angel Fly, Flirting Filly) while trainer Nifty Norman fashioned a stake double (Bright Baby Blues, Aarena Hanover). Lilu Hanover, who had been taking on top youngsters in such stakes as the Merrie Annabelle, devoured her stallion series competition, moving first over easily to gobble up the leader, Devoted, and draw off. Devoted held place, with Cantabulous Julie third. The time erased Nitro Nittany's stake mark of 1:56.1. "She shows that she made a couple mistakes, so we just wanted to keep her clear of trouble," Palone said of the daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover. "She's definitely a Grand Circuit filly. It will be interesting when she goes to Lexington and faces the top ones. I don't think she'll take a back seat to too many." Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld campaign Lilu Hanover. Bright Baby Blues also dropped down a bit from PA Sires Stakes and enjoyed much the same result -- a maiden-breaking score in 1:57 when the track still was rated "good" before its upgrade later in the card. Wouldn't Itbesweet was 3 lengths back in second, with Party Right Now third. Bright Baby Blues finished with a tire that leaked most of its air during the race. "She had to come first up and do the dirty work, but I never pulled the plugs," said winning driver Mike Wilder. "What a nice filly -- straight as a string and perfect." Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee own Bright Baby Blues, a daughter of Andover Hall-Bar Slide. Aarena Hanover hadn't been on the lead at any point in the four previous starts of her career, but Scott Zeron quickly changed that when he gunned her to the front. She prevailed without a challenge in 1:57.4, 2-3/4 lengths better than Donato Babe. Red's Winner earned show. "Nifty's style is, for a main portion of the beginning of the year, to make sure they don't get rowdy and warm, so he likes to race them off the pace," Zeron said. "His assistant trainer today told me: 'This horse is smart now; do whatever you want out there.' I pulled her plugs just to get her attention down the lane, but she was real strong going across the wire." J&T Silva Stables and John Fielding own the daughter of Donato Hanover-Angel Pie. Elsewhere on the card, Ma Chere Hall moved first over in a $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot to score in 1:53.1, fastest ever by a 4-year-old mare at The Meadows. Prismatica was second, 4-1/4 lengths in arrears, with Dizzy Rizzy third. Zeron, who drove three winners on the 16-race card, piloted for trainer Jonas Czernyson and owners Walnut Hall Limited, Aldebaran Park Inc. and Joe Sbrocco, It was the first victory in nine tries this year for the 4-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Margarita Hall, who banked $506,869 at 3. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, when the card features the Delmonica Hanover, a $234,584 PA Sires Stake for freshman filly trotters. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2014 -- Momas Got A Gun grabbed the lead with a backside burst and found the wire just in time to score in 1:55, fastest division in Wednesday's $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. The event was contested over six divisions, with Dobre Povedane, Cover Model, Half Past Seven, Hillary's Style and Hot Chica Boomba also taking $20,000 splits. Tony Hall (Half Past Seven, Hillary's Style) and Aaron Merriman (Dobre Povedane, Hot Chica Boomba) each fashioned a stake double. Momas Got A Gun hadn't been on the front in either of her two previous starts, but she moved quickly to the top for Jason Brewer and opened a daylight lead. While that margin diminished rapidly as she tired, she held off Alexa Said, who rallied from last, by a nose. Chaxiraxi Hanover was third. "I was hoping the wire was coming pretty soon," Brewer said. "She was getting tired -- we went a big third quarter. Her last line at Pocono looked pretty good, so I figured to try and give her a chance." Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear for Geoffrey Martin. Hillary's Style overcame a brutal trip -- parked out the first quarter, first over from fourth -- to down Mayela Hanover by a neck in 1:55.3, with Dew It Again third. Did winning trainer Danny Collins think the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Style could prevail after such a rugged journey? "No. She was all over the racetrack and sideways here and there," Collins said. "She showed a little bit of guts in the lane. I've been babying her a little bit. I considered putting her in the sires stakes but decided we needed to make sure we were in the final of the stallion series." Lisa Ezzo campaigns Hillary's Style, a $35,000 yearling purchase who captured her Third Straight in the stallion series. Although it wasn't necessarily his game plan, Merriman gunned Dobre Povedane to the lead from the rail, where she was good enough to hold off the pocket-sitting Terror Ain't A Fool by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.2. Terracotta Hanover earned show. "No one really left," Merriman said. "The only horse I wanted to follow was Terror Ain't A Fool. If someone else made the front, I would've made a quarter-pole move. She waited on them a little bit, and I was a little concerned because she made a break on the front last week. I got her attention, and she won easily." Casie Coleman conditions the daughter of Well Said-Vysoke Tatry for West Wins Stable and Adriano Sorella. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Daylon Miracle was dismissed at 8-1 as one of only two mares in the field, but she moved smartly first over for Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury and scored in 1:53.2 over Major Athens and Cowgirl Hall. The 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel extended her career bankroll to $374,227. Merriman drove five winners on the 16-race card while Mike Wilder and Hall each enjoyed a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features the Meadow Cheer, a $223,960 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 4, 2014 -- Don't Mind Me thwarted the same rival twice en route to victory in 1:57.1, fastest split in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. KY Lucky, Master The Past and Plump Jack took the other divisions in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Don't Mind Me and trainer/driver Jim Raymer had the lead at the quarter when Longcat Hanover and Dan Rawlings ranged up on the outside. When Don't Mind Me refused to release him, Longcat Hanover retreated to the pocket, only to try again near the three-quarters. The result was the same, as Don't Mind Me defeated his persistent challenger by a length, with Up Front Murray third. The time was a tick off the stake record. "He's a lazy sort of thing -- he hasn't even learned to be a racehorse," Raymer said of the son of Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind, a $50,000 yearling acquisition for Harbor Racing Stable. "If I let Danny go, chances are my horse would've just backed up and not had any interest in racing at all. So I took a shot. "Physically, he's ready; mentally, he's not. He's like a 5-year-old. He loves to be out there, his manners are super. It's just that I want him to be a little bit of a racehorse." A three-race maiden entering the stake, Master The Past erased a 4-1/2-length deficit with an uncovered backside burst that carried him to victory in 1:58.4 for Mike Wilder. Wimborne Hanover, who was on the lead when Master The Past blew by, was second, 4-3/4 lengths back, with Marion Coca a rallying third. "I totally was expecting (a big race from him)," said Clinton Guitard, who conditions the Glidemaster-So Fine Kash gelding, a $15,000 yearling purchase, for Michael Guitard. "He looked like he would win his last race, but he got a little tired. I figured he could go in the stallion series." KY Lucky made it two wins in three career starts when he quarter-poled to the lead for Eric Ledford and comfortably held off Cue Hall by a length to score in 1:59. Craig Grummel, Curt Grummel and Chili Day Stables campaign the Illinois-based youngster and sent him to The Meadows to trainer Tim Twaddle. Although he's had the Malabar Millennium-Rosalita gelding for only a week, Twaddle likes what he sees. "He's a great little guy -- I can't say anything bad about him," Twaddle said. "He's honest and game." In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, early leader Do Me Honor was shuffled to fourth but shot the Lightning Lane to notch her second straight victory for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury The time of 1:51.2 matched the career best for the 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right, who pushed her lifetime bankroll to $487,858. Rescue Team was a head back in second while Novascotia Hanover earned show. Merriman won five races and Wilder three on the 15-race card. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, 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 Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $2,985.10. In addition, The Meadows will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 4, a regular feature of the track’s Monday and Tuesday cards. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 12-16) 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 for Tuesday’s program, which features a $233,008 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2014 -- Billy Flynn bore out in the stretch but still had enough forward momentum to equal the stake record in Friday's $80,000 Arden Downs at The Meadows. The Grand Circuit event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Edward M. Ryan, was contested over four divisions, with Explosive Drama, Shoot The Thrill, Billy Flynn and Canappealformore taking the other splits. Grand Circuit racing at The Meadows continues Saturday with the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented By Coors Light, which goes as race 12 with an approximate post time of 4 PM. Billy Flynn quarter-poled to the front for Brett Miller and appeared to have the race well in hand when he drifted wide in the lane. That presented an opportunity to Tick Tok Tag, who made up some ground but fell 3/4 lengths short, with Ralph R third. The winning time of 1:56.2 matched the mark set by Federalreservenote in 2009. "He'll do that (bear out) a little bit every time," said Staffan Lind, who trains the son of Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones for Bender Sweden, Inc. "We've looked at it a number of times. As long as he's in control in the turns, I'm not too worried. We had the head pole pretty tight here, but if I race him on a big track, I'll take off the head pole, and he won't bear out at all." The victory kept Billy Flynn undefeated in his three-race career. Explosive Drama kept his wits about him for Mike Simons when the leader, Ice O Late, broke stride in front of him, and he went on to score in 1:57.3, 2 lengths better than Bighandsbiggloves. Chef Lee completed the ticket. "Mike wanted to give him a little bit of a trip, and things worked out," said Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen. "He was real sharp here tonight. I didn't know what to expect with the step up in class. But he's always had it in him. It's nice to see him put it all together." Give It A Shot Stable and VIP Internet stable campaign the Explosive Matter-Phillycityhall gelding. $60,000 Arden Downs, 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters The Judge Joe McGraw was the Grand Circuit co-feature on Friday's card, with divisions going to Smokinmombo, Matter Hatter and Osteo Blast -- each a daughter of Explosive Matter. Mike Wilder enjoyed a stake double behind Matter Hatter and Osteo Blast. Smokinmombo used a quick backside burst to put away the field and triumph in 1:56.2, a tick off the stake record, for Aaron Merriman. Blessings Counted was second, a length back, while Kirsi Hanover completed the ticket. "She doesn't seem awesome when she's on the front, but when you pull her off another horse, she can really go," said Chris Beaver, who trains Smokinmombo, a $15,000 yearling acquisition, and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. "She has a nice body to her. She's not very big, but she's built nice." Beaver said he'll give the filly some time off before her next engagement, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake. Hammered down to 1-5 in the wagering, Matter Hatter performed like the prohibitive choice, moving to the front at the quarter and dominating the field in 1:58.2. Classical Annie was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, with Sand C-Four third. "She's a dream to drive," Wilder said. "Anything you ask her to do, she does it, and she's very slick gaited. You can wind her right up and in the next step ask her to stop, and she does." Jeff Cox conditions Matter Hatter for Pius Soehnlen. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, July 16, 2014 -- Seeking Nirvana, who had lost her previous two career outings by a combined 18-1/4 lengths, grew up quick Wednesday at The Meadows when she went first over to score in a $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. The event was contested over six divisions, with Apricot Sour, Filly Buster, Showtime Terror, Hashtag Quick and Hillary's Style also taking $20,000 splits. Aaron Merriman fashioned a stake triple (Apricot Sour, Showtime Terror, Hashtag Quick) among his four wins on the 16-race card. Seeking Nirvana last raced against some of Pennsylvania's best in a PA Sires Stake, and she seemed to relish the change in company. She moved from third for Mike Wilder and scored in 1:54.4, 1-3/4 lengths better than Half Past Seven, with Hot Chica Boomba third. "She didn't get the easiest trip in the world, but she did the work great," Wilder said. "When I called on her and asked her for pace, she dug in very nicely for a green filly. When I pulled the plugs at the top of the lane, she paced away. I couldn't have asked her to do it better." Andrew McCarthy trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Endless Delight for Patricia Stable and Barbara Matthews. Filly Buster grabbed her second straight in the stallion series and remained undefeated with a front-end victory in 1:55.2 for Eric Ledford, trainer Ross Croghan and owners Let It Ride Stables, RBH Ventures and Howard Taylor. The pocket-sitting Angel Plus was second, 1/2 length back, while Angel Or Terror earned show. "She's a beautifully bred filly," Croghan said of the daughter of Well Said-Loyal Opposition, the 2005 Breeders Crown winner for pacing mares. "I don't think she's as good as her mom, but she's decent. She has some conformation flaws, but she's been perfectly sound so far -- hasn't missed a beat. We'll leave her in the stallion series; it's getting more competitive with each round. I don't think she'll go undefeated this year, but she'll have a little fun." After launching her career by breaking stride in a stallion series split, Apricot Sour looked quite professional Wednesday, making a power move to the front past the quarter and downing Dobre Povedane by a length in 1:55.3. Safe From Terror completed the ticket. "We know she's fast enough, but she's very green," said Anna Lorentzon, assistant to winning trainer Anette Lorentzon. "We don't know why she broke last week. She put in some bad steps, but we don't know why. She'll be in the next stallion series stake." Ted Gewertz owns and co-bred the daughter of Well Said-Artcotic, a Breeders Crown winner at 3. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features the Sand Tart, a $227,160, Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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