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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

Chef Lee whipped up a new "Specialty of the House" Wednesday at The Meadows -- a 59-1 upset harness racing victory in the $16,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot. Mike Wilder hustled Chef Lee from post 9 to the front, where he released the lead to I Know My Chip. The 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding stalked I Know My Chip from the pocket and edged him by a neck in the Lightning Lane in a career-best 1:53.3. TSM Photo Bugger finished third. Norm Parker trains and owns Chef Lee, who now boasts $216,914 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features two stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters: a $167,303 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, April 16, 2016 -- Harness driver and Hall of Famer DavePalone collected seven wins on the Saturday race program at The Meadows -- four for trainer Ron Burke -- while Mike Wilder enjoyed a four-bagger on the 15-race card. Arthur Pendragon captured his second straight series win in Saturday's second leg of the Atta Boy Dan Pace, scoring in a career-best 1:52.4. More Dragon took the other $17,500 second-leg split in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings, prevailing in 1:52.1 for Dave Palone. The two will square off in the $32,500 (est) series championship next Saturday. Arthur Pendragon was away fourth before Mike Wilder sent him after the lead at the quarter. The homebred Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding jogged home from there, downing the first-over Trelane by 2-1/2 lengths. The pocket-sitting Stone Fire Hanover finished third. Dan Altmeyer trains Arthur Pendragon and owns with Richard Kelson. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Unlocked rolled to a front-end victory in a swift 1:49.4 for Jim Pantaleano, trainer Norm Parker and owner Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Easy Again rode the pocket to a second-place finish, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Sam Hill was third. With the win, the 5-year-old son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 13, 2016 -- Goodtogo Hanover rolled to her fifth consecutive victory -- including two straight in the Whata Donato Trot -- in Wednesday's second leg of the series for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. Regal Woman captured the other $17,500 second-leg split. Hammered down to 1-9. Goodtogo Hanover zipped to the lead for Brian Zendt and drew off to score in 1:57, 4-1/4 lengths better than My Pink Bike. A Little Laid Back was third. Bill Zendt trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall, who figures to be a short-priced favorite in next Wednesday's championship leg, and owns with Gary Saul. Regal Woman used a quick backside burst to get the jump on the favorite, Waterview Hanover, and held on to defeat her by 1/2 length for Mike Wilder in 1:58. I'm Justa Lil Lady earned show. Gary Johnston conditions Regal Woman, a daughter of SJ's Caviar-Broadway Woman, for owner/breeder William Solomon. Palone piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Wilder and trainer Tim Twaddle each enjoyed a triple. For more information, please see: by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows              

WASHINGTON, PA, April 12, 2016 -- Breedlove found late racing room and powered to his second straight series win in Tuesday's second leg of the Classicality Trot at The Meadows. Chip's Halloffame collected a Lightning Lane win in the other $17,500 split in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The championship leg of the Classicality is set for Tuesday, April 19. Breedlove stayed along the cones down the backside while his chief rival, Meadowbranch Memo, pulled the pocket and appeared to get a decisive jump. But Mike Wilder angled Breedlove off the pylons around the final turn, and the son of Cantab Hall-Siren Hall nailed Meadowbranch Memo by a neck in 1:59. Early leader Kash's Explosion earned show. Norm Parker trains Breedlove for Shaleni Farm LLC. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl overcame a parked-out first quarter to score in 1:55.3 -- her third straight victory -- for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. The first-over Anaffairtoremember was 3/4 lengths back in second, with Bessie third. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie extended her career bankroll to $244,756. Wilder piloted four winners on the 15-race card while Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman and Burke each enjoyed a triple by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows    

WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2016 -- Dismissed at 8-1, Arthur Pendragon dug in late in the slop to prevail in Saturday's opening-leg of the Atta Boy Dan Pace at The Meadows. Keystone Dylan captured the other $17,500 split, giving Mike Wilder an opening-leg sweep in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The series honors Atta Boy Dan, a fast-class pacer for the Ron Burke stable who shares the track record of 1:49.1 for older geldings. Arthur Pendragon zipped to the lead from post 8 and took the field through a leisurely 1:28.1 three-quarters. But the 4-5 favorite, More Dragon, charged at the leader in the lane, forcing the Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding to find more. He did just that, downing More Dragon by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.3, with the pocket-sitting Cheapskate Hanover third. Dan Altmeyer trains the homebred Arthur Pendragon and owns with Richard Kelson. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace, 10-year-old Sam Hill rolled to a front-end 1:53 victory -- the 40th of his career but first this year -- for Wilder, trainer John Sullivan and owner Don Tiger. The pocket-sitting Visible Gold was second, a length back, with Full Code third. The Artsplace-Apple Of My Eye gelding extended his career bankroll to $437,067. Wilder piloted five winners and Dave Palone four on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

Dismissed at 19-1, Breedlove launched an explosive uncovered move that gobbled up the field and carried him to a 19-1 upset victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Classicality Trot at The Meadows. The event for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters honors Classicality, a fast-class trotter currently performing at The Meadows for Dunn Stable. Breedlove, with only a maiden victory to his credit, got away third from post 8 and moved willingly first over for Mike Wilder down the backside, He drew off to score in 1:58.1, 5-1/4 lengths better that early leader Chip's Halloffame, with Treasure Quest K third. Norm Parker trains the son of Cantab Hall-Siren Hall for Shaleni Farm LLC. The other $17,500 Classicality division was an odd-looking affair that began innocently enough when Moneycounts De Vie left for Dan Rawlings from post 8 and appeared to be settling in the pocket. But the leader, Judge Russell, broke stride, left the course and continued to race inside the pylons. In all the confusion, Moneycounts De Vie found himself shuffled, without apparent racing room. But Rawlings angled him off the cones, and the Andover Hall-Nordicdish gelding powered home to triumph in 1:57.3. The first-over Meadowbranch Memo was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Edinburgh earned show. Dirk Simpson conditions Moneycounts Di Vie for James Bafia and Dirk Simpson Stable. Wilder piloted five winners on the 15-race card while trainer Mark Goldberg enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Pouncing on a mistake by the 1-9 favorite, Keystone Dylan opened a daylight light and dug in late to pull off a 27-1 shocker in Saturday's third leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace. Cheapskate Hanover took the other $15,000 third-leg split in the series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. The championships of four current series at The Meadows, including the Walter Russell, are set for Saturday, March 26. Connecting Flight was sent off at 1-9 on the strength of his two previous series victories and was enjoying the lead, with Keystone Dylan and Mike Wilder chasing uncovered near the three-quarters. When Connecting Flight jumped it off, Keystone Dylan got safely around him and sprinted away from the field, which was scrambling to avoid the breaker. He had enough left to hold off Stone Fire Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.4 over a sloppy surface. Official Stripes rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Keystone Dylan, a 3-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Keystone Dawn gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino. Larry Karr and Michelle Yanek. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap, Rockin Ron showed again that he's the "Prince of Pace" at The Meadows when he overcame post 9 to capture his fifth straight race. The pocket-sitting Unlocked was second, 1/2 length back, with Doctor RJ third. Dave Palone piloted the 4-year-old Real Desire-Im All A Roan gelding, who now boasts $179,918 in career earnings, for Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Tony Hall and Burke each won five times on the 15-race card while Palone fashioned a four-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Driver Mike Wilder and trainer Spencer Kahrig took time out of their hectic schedules on Thursday morning (March 3), volunteering their time to read to a classroom of kids at Trinity North elementary school in Washington, Pa.   Wilder and Kahrig shared duties reading "Stable Girl," a kids book written by Patricia Harrison Easton that features a day in the life of a young girl at the Snyder Stable at The Meadows.   "It couldn't have gone better," said Wilder.   "I was really impressed with the kids and the questions they asked."   "It was a group of fourth and fifth graders and they had done their homework before our visit."   "They asked a lot of excellent questions about harness racing to both of us."   The children were given goodie bags courtesy of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, including T-shirts, hats and schedules for the 2016 racing season at The Meadows.    Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, 

My Buddy Liz opened a daylight lead at the three-quarters but had to hang tough late to capture the fastest division in Monday's opening leg of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows for harness racing 3 and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Tricky Girl and Call Me Little Terror, each piloted by Mike Wilder, took the other $12,000 opening-leg splits. The series honors the memory of the late Donna Dunn, a longtime Standardbred owner and wife of the late Walter "Boots" Dunn, the accomplished trainer, driver, breeder and United States Trotting Association director. Away third for Aaron Merriman, My Buddy Liz made the lead easily with a first-over burst and drew off by 6 lengths. But she had to find more to hold off the rallying Shark Gal by a nose in 1:56.3, a lifetime mark. Wasaga Beach earned show. Dave Zito owns and trains My Buddy Liz, a 4-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Taylorlane Action. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Spreester kept to her task when her cover broke in front of her and went on to score for Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury in1:52.3, matching her career best. Set Me Up shot the Lightning Lane for second, 3/4 lengths back, with Champagne Shower third. With the victory -- her second straight -- the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree vaulted over $400,000 in lifetime earnings. Tony Hall, Merriman and Wilder each collected a triple on the 15-race card. Register now for The Meadows Live Bankroll Handicapping Contest set for Saturday, March 5, with a guaranteed $5,000 prize pool. Cost is $100, with $50 allocated to the prize pool and $50 to each player's bankroll. Registered players can enjoy the free lunch buffet in the Triple Crown Banquet Room and will receive a free March 5 Meadows race program. Winner gets 50 percent of the prize pool, with 25 percent for second place, 12 percent for third place, 8 percent for fourth place and 5 percent for fifth place. To register now, call 724.503.1509 or visit the Retail Center in the Racebook. Event-day registration begins at 11:30 AM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

TSM Photo Bugger followed live cover and roared through the lane to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was fourth down the backside when Mike Wilder tipped him off the cones to follow the first-over I Know My Chip, who grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch. TSM Photo Bugger zipped by him and held off the late charge of Trustworthy Kid to down him by a neck in 1:54. I Know My Chip saved show. Jan Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, a 9-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding who now boasts $572,436 in career earnings, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Eric Goodell, Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone, Jim Pantaleano and Wilder each notched a pair of victories on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino      

Off the board in both preliminary legs, Upfront Charlieboy saved his best for last, brushing wide through the lane to pull off a 16-1 harness racing shocker in Tuesday's $32,700 championship of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Skyway Cruiser scored narrowly in the $21,250 final of the Winter Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters. A confirmed closer, Upfront Charlieboy's late kick in the preliminary legs netted him only a fourth and a seventh. In the championship, he was still 3-1/2 lengths behind at the top of the stretch when he found another gear for Dan Rawlings. The 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Southern Puff gelding nailed Pembroke Castaway at the wire and downed him by 1/2 length in 1:56. Pittstop Kip earned show. Bill Fahy trains Upfront Charlieboy, who extended his career bankroll to $241,473 for Moira Fahy. Skyway Cruiser, who won the only preliminary division in which he competed, challenged the leadet, Mateo M, at the half. The two dueled the rest of the way, with Skyway Cruiser a nose ahead at the wire in 1:56.2. Crazy Eyes finished third. Mike Wilder piloted Skway Cruiser, a 9-year-old Keep It A Secret-Chartley gelding who now boasts $434,866 in lifetime earnings, for trainer Jimmy Salerno and owner Harry Travis, Jr. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Cowgirl Hall blazed the fastest trotting mile of the year at The Meadows when she rolled to a front end victory for Dave Palone in 1:52.4. The pocket-sitting Boo's Party Girl was second, 3 lengths back, while Homepage rallied for show. Ron Burke conditions Cowgirl Hall, a 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall who vaulted over $800,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Aaron Merriman collected four wins on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak  

TSM Photo Bugger grabbed the lead with a determined first-over bid, then dug in late to capture Wednesday's $22,500 harness racing Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was fourth down the backside when Mike Wilder sent him after the leader, I Know My Chip. The 9-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding wore down I Know My Chip but was all out to hold off the wide rally of Trustworthy Kid, who fell a nose short. Rompaway Galaxy earned dhow. Winning time was 1:56.1. Jan Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts $561,186 in career earnings, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. It was one of five wins on the 15-race card for Wilder. Evan Pattak

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