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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

Megan Rogers has good reason for exuding nervous energy, after all she’s getting married in two weeks, but the feeling of anticipation goes beyond tying the knot. Rogers, a relative newcomer to owning harness racing horses, has a chance to win two of the sport’s premier stakes – the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers and Fan Hanover for 3-year-old female pacers – on June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. First, though, are elimination races Saturday at Mohawk. Mamas Fallen Angel takes the track first in the second of two Fan Hanover divisions, with the top five advancing to the C$400,000 final one week later. Mamas Fallen Angel, with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Norm Parker, is 8-1 on the morning line. In the next race, Unlocked goes behind the gate in the first of three elims for the North America Cup. The top three finishers from each division and one fourth-place finisher chosen by lot advance to the C$1 million final. Unlocked, with Scott Zeron at the lines for trainer Erv Miller, is 10-1 on the morning line. “It’s unbelievable,” said Rogers, a Chicago resident who bought her first horse in January 2012. “It’s almost serendipitous, just being at the right place at the right time. We’re very excited.” Rogers has been interested in horses since childhood. Her friends had horses, which she got to ride, and she also worked at a summer camp mucking stalls just to be near the horses. Her fiancé, Brian Ogan, is a longtime harness racing fan and introduced Rogers to the sport. “I love it,” Rogers said. “We always wanted to own horses and it was just the right time for us. It’s kind of a joint effort. With my love of horses and his love of racing, it was kind of a no-brainer.” Mamas Fallen Angel is a half-sister to stakes-winner Odds On Equuleus. Rogers bought the daughter of Well Said-Latte Lady in an auction last September. She had seen the filly, who was unraced at age 2, while picking up another horse from Odds On Racing a few weeks earlier. “She looked beautiful,” Rogers said. “She didn’t race at 2 because she was green, so Odds On Racing turned her out. But we knew who the brother was and she looked amazing. We thought it was a great opportunity. We made a bid for her and got her.” Mamas Fallen Angel has won four of eight races this year, all at The Meadows, and earned $60,214. She was second in a division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes on May 3, finishing behind Also Encouraging and ahead of recent Lismore Pace winner Tyra. She was put on Lasix following the race and in her most recent start finished second by a nose to 4-year-old Jolt Of Passion in 1:52.3 in a conditioned race. Rogers bought Unlocked privately last June. For the year, the colt won six of 12 starts and finished second on five occasions, including in the season-ending American-National Stakes. This season, the son of Duneside Perch-Miss Major Power has a second-place finish among three starts. He is coming off a fourth-place finish from post seven in the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers on May 31. “He really hasn’t had a chance to prove himself yet,” Rogers said. “We saw him race at Balmoral (Park in Chicago) and thought he was special. There was just something about him that we loved. I think he’s got a lot of potential. He’s got a lot of speed and guts; he’s a fighter. “I do get nervous, but Erv is happy with his progress. I hope he’s got a great shot. I think this is a great opportunity for him.” And a great chance for a new owner to burn off some nervous energy. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

ASHINGTON, PA, April 25, 2014 -- Passed by Seashell Hanover down the backside, Mamas Fallen Angel gamely persevered, overcame her rival in deep stretch and captured Friday's $34,250 championship leg of the Do Me Honor Pace for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows, completing her series sweep. Unraced at 2, Mamas Fallen Angel was acquired by Megan Rogers Racing Stables via an Internet transaction. A half sister to Odds On Equuleus, a highly touted 3-year-old of 2013, she showed both speed and heart in the Do Me Honor final by enduring a 27.3 opening panel from post 9 and coming on again for Tony Hall after being pocketed. She triumphed in 1:55.3 in the slop, 1/2 length better than Seashell Hanover, with Americangirlfriend third. "She's really a classy filly in that she'll relax real easily," said Norm Parker, who trains the daughter of Well Said-Latte Lady. "After using her so hard, I kind of thought Tony might save her. He's always says he likes to race her off a helmet, but we haven't really been able to. I think she has a lot of potential." Parker said the filly will be pointed to next week's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes opener. "We'll let her tell us where we're going from there," he said. "She's staked quite a bit. Hopefully, she'll dance a lot of dances." In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Outrageous Art parlayed a cover trip and a 26.4 final quarter to victory in 1:56 for Dan Charlino. Twilight Bonfire, who lacked racing room, was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Dedi's Dragon earned show. Ron Burke conditions the 7-year-old son of Artsplace-Righteous Renee, who vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Yannick Gingras and Joseph DiScala, Jr. Dave Palone drove four winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 17, 2014 -- Mamas Fallen Angel and Seashell Hanover each captured her second straight split in Friday's Do Me Honor Pace at The Meadows, setting up a showdown in next week's championship leg of the series for 3-year-old fillies. Americangirlfriend took the other $17,500 series division, giving Tony Hall a series double behind Americangirlfriend and Mamas Fallen Angel. Looped from the gate, Mamas Fallen Angel had little trouble disposing of the field, widening her lead around the final turn. She triumphed geared down in 1:54, 4-1/2 lengths better than A And G's Delight, with Bet On Me Hanover third. Norm Parker trains the daughter of Well Said-Latte Lady for Megan Rogers Racing Stables. Seashell Hanover experienced a similar trip, working hard to get the early lead but drawing off late. The 1-5 favorite opened up in the stretch for Dave Palone to score in 1:54.3, 3-3/4 lengths ahead of Eloquent Velocity. Baby Cat earned show. Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Stolly Up Bluechip for William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Twilight Bonfire moved three wide from the three-quarters to nail Windsong Jack at the wire in 1:51 for Hall, trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. Early leader Outrageous Art finished third. The 4-year-old son of The Panderosa-Firelight Dancer extended his career bankroll to $940,840. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, April 8, 2014 -- Cammikey exploded to the front at the quarter and widened his advantage from there, rolling to an easy victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Mattamerican took the other $17,500 division in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, which is named for Visible Gold, a fast-class performer from the Ron Burke stable. Using Lasix for the first time, Cammikey, the 2-5 favorite, zipped to the lead for Brian Zendt after getting away third and jogged in 1:53.4, a lifetime mark. Jackson Brady was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Time Running Out third. Bill Zendt trains Cammikey, a son of Somebeachsomewhere and 2004 Breeders Crown champion Always Cam, for owner/breeder Cam Land LLC. Mattamerican was a 10-race maiden entering the Visible Gold, but he, too, showed improvement in his initial start on Lasix. He moved first over for Greg Grismore to collar the leader, Heart Felt, and held off the late thrust off Dealin Dan to triumph by a nose in 1:54.2. Heart Felt saved show. Norm Parker conditions the son of Allamerican-Native-Mattadorable for owner/breeder Bob Key. In the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot, Tamarind powered to the front past the quarter and thwarted the Lightning Lane charge of Trustworthy Kid to defeat him by a neck in 1:54.2 for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. The first-over Kirty Dream was third. A 6-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos, Tamarind soared over $500,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

WASHINGTON, PA, March 21, 2014 -- A nine-race harness racing maiden entering Friday's Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows, Spiritina blew up the tote board with a shocking victory at 94-1 in the slop. There was no Show wagering in the race, but a $2 Win/Place ticket returned $422.20. Stirling Bella took the other $15,000, third-leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers. The Donna Dunn championship, along with the final legs of three other current series at The Meadows, is set for Friday, March 28. First post that day is 6:55 PM. Using Lasix for the first time, Spiritina got away fifth for Brett Miller and saved ground until the Lightning Lane beckoned. She outkicked Fashion Katie to down her by a head and score in 1:57.4. Sandy Hook Hanover was third. The 1-5 favorite, Small Town Charmer, ducked, followed dead cover and never was a factor. Norm Parker trains Spiritina, a 3-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Art Tina, for owner/breeder Bob Key. Stirling Bella had to duel for the early lead but was much the best once she got there, capturing her second Donna Dunn division in 1:58.1. The pocket-sitting Sure You Are was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Marissa third. Aaron Merriman drove the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fast Princess for trainer Dave Zito and owner Mervin Wengerd. Friday's card also featured a pair of fast-class events won by Unefoisdansmavie and Brooklyn Flight. A 10-time winner last year, Unefoisdansmavie collected her initial 2013 victory in an $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace by brushing through the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. The 7-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World, who extended her career bankroll to $386,757, scored in 1:57.1, 1-3/4 lengths better than Victory Is Coming. Vixy completed the ticket. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Brooklyn Flight moved powerfully first over to triumph for Miller in 1:55. The pocket-sitting Pop Cop was second, 1-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Southern Allie rallied for show. Frank Consiglio conditions Brooklyn Flight, a 6-year-old Panspacificflight-Brooklyn Belle gelding who now boasts $174,424 in lifetime earnings, for Team 19 Stables. Burke enjoyed a five-bagger, including four victories with Palone at the helm, while Miller drove three winners on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Dew N Doughnuts is a longshot to advance to the final of the Delvin Miller Adios Stakes at The Meadows, but facing tough odds is nothing new for the 3-year-old pacer. Bred and owned by Tom Klosky Jr., the colt needed two surgeries to his left hock because of joint and cartilage issues that threatened to end his racing career before it began. Dew N Doughnuts recovered successfully though and is ready for action in Saturday's Adios eliminations. Dew N Doughnuts, a son of Klosky's stakes-winning mare Artbitration, starts from post No. 1 in the first of two nine-horse elims at The Meadows. Mike Wilder will drive the colt for trainer Norm Parker. Dew N Doughnuts, who has won four of 14 races this year and earned $47,694, is 20-1 on the morning line. The top four finishers from each elimination advance to the $500,000 (est.) final on July 27. "He's been a nice horse for us considering we weren't sure he was going to get to race," said Parker, who has been based at The Meadows since following his father Dwane into the business in the early 1990s. "We're reaching into the pot a little bit putting up the money for this, but it's here and he's not staked to any other big races down the road except the Little Brown Jug. "I'm hopeful. The rail shouldn't be a bad spot for him because he's pretty handy off the gate. He should be able to protect enough to stay in the race without hurting himself too bad. I think we're in a spot where we have a fair chance. He's got a chance." Dew N Doughnuts, by the stallion Real Desire, is Artbitration's first foal. Parker's second trainer, Terry Brewer, looked after Artbitration on the road when she was racing and Dew N Doughnuts' name is a reference to his love of cinnamon donuts, which he often shared with Artbitration, and Mountain Dew. Artbitration won the 2004 Lynch Memorial Stakes and was second to Kikikatie in the 2004 American-National and 2003 She's A Great Lady (losing by a nose). Parker trained Artbitration and co-owned the horse with Klosky during the early part of her six-year career, which concluded in 2008 with 32 wins and $727,129 in earnings. "She was just a pleasure," Parker said. "She was very laid back, but she gave us her all every race. He's a lot like her. He trained down exactly like her, kind of laid back, and never really showed you he was going to be a speed horse. I was prepared for that because of training her. I worked with him to make sure he knew what he was supposed to be doing. "He's laid back in the stall, just a nice horse to be around. A little boy could jog him. He's an easy horse to drive, not real aggressive, but he puts himself in a good spot." Dew N Doughnuts raced twice last September, finishing no better than fifth, and Parker stopped with the colt to give him a chance to mature for his 3-year-old season. "I liked him all along, but didn't push him too hard," Parker said. "We decided we'd take a break and come back this year with the idea of racing him early to see if we had anything. We had a little success early, then a little bump in the road here in the summer. I still believe he's got the ability to go with these horses. We'll have to see how the trip plays out." Dew N Doughnuts was no worse than second in his first nine starts this year, with four wins. He then headed to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes series, where he drew outside posts in his first two races and finished seventh both times. He bled in the second one, so he was put on Lasix for a June 14 PASS start at Harrah's Philadelphia, and finished fourth. "David Miller drove him and said he thought he was the winner but he kind of came up empty," Parker said. "He had an issue with the Lasix; he didn't handle it well. I had to work a little bit on that." He followed that race with a fourth-place finish, beaten a length, in a condition race at The Meadows. After a two-week layoff, Dew N Doughnuts won a qualifier in 1:53 at The Meadows on July 12. "I had made some changes in his shoeing (for Philly) and I don't think it agreed with him, so I switched back," Parker said. "We gave him a little bit of field time, did a little bit of regrouping, and I thought he trained well. He's a lazy type horse and to go a mile like he did on the front in the qualifier was good. I believe he is coming back to where I expected." The 52-year-old Parker, who is starting a horse in the Adios for the second time in his career, hopes it is good enough to get a spot in the final. The Parker family holds a reunion and cookout at The Meadows on Adios Day - dubbed Parker Palooza - and having Dew N Doughnuts as part of it would be "the icing on the cake," Parker said. "We're giving it our best shot," Parker said. "You never know what might happen in a horserace. Hopefully we'll have some luck." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications U.S. Trotting Association 732-780-3700  

Native Dream made up 2 lengths in the Lightning Lane to capture her second straight harness racing victory in Friday's second leg of the My Drag Queen Pace at The Meadows.

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