WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 16, 2016 -- Moving three wide through the final turn, Doctor RJ zipped through the sloppy stretch and scored an 8-1 harness racing upset victory in Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. As is his custom, Doctor RJ got away near the back of the pack.. But when Eric Goodell showed him racetrack, the 7-year-old Real Artist-Informant gelding nailed the leader, Unlocked, in the final strides and defeated him by a nose in 1:53.4. Achilles Blue Chip rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains Doctor RJ, who extended his career bankroll to $215,710, for Keith Pippi and Robyn Kennedy. Tony Hall, Dave Palone and Jim Pantaleano each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. Evan Pattak
WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 9, 2016 -- Out at the three-eighths, Bestinthebusiness rolled relentlessly first over to capture Saturday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Away fifth for Eric Goodell, Bestinthebusiness set sail after the leader, Capital Account, who enjoyed a relatively comfortable 56.2 opening half over a "good" surface. But he was no match for Bestinthebusiness, who dug deep in the stretch to down Capital Account by 3/4 lengths in 1:52. Beach Boy Brody rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains Bestinthebusiness, an 8-year-old Another Mile-Tendin To Business gelding who now boasts $311,416 in career earnings, for Brett Boyd Racing. Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone and Goodell each piloted three winners on the 15-race card. * * * * * Throughout January, The Meadows will offer Standardbred and Thoroughbred handicapping contests, both on track and at its Harmar location, for Racing Player Rewards members. The Meadows Racing Handicapping contest occurs each Wednesday. Entry is free, with the winner at each location earning 40,000 points and the overall winner collecting an additional 20,000 bonus points. The Road to Louisville Thoroughbred handicapping contests, each featuring a Kentucky Derby prep, are set for Saturdays. Featured race Jan. 16 is the California Derby at Golden Gate. Entry fee is $5. Each location winner receives all entry fees collected plus 20,000 points while the overall winner receives an additional 20,000 bonus points. For more information or to enter, visit the retail counter at either location. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2015 -- Some Kinda Beach made it three straight harness racing victories when he endured a demanding first quarter and triumphed convincingly in Monday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Assigned post 8, Some Kinda Beach dueled with Stonebridge Adam through a 26.3 opening panel before grabbing the lead. Eric Goodell gave Some Kinda Beach a 29.3 second-quarter breather, and the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy was plenty strong in the stretch, downing the first-over Dew N Doughnuts by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Stonebridge Adam saved show. Paul Kennedy trains Some Kinda Beach, who extended his career bankroll to $256,782, for Keith Pippi. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 16-race card while Jim Pantaleano and trainer Randy Bendis each fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2015 -- When stablemates Some Kinda Beach and Bestinthebusiness squared off in the stretch one week ago, Some Kinda Beach prevailed by a nose to earn bragging rights in harness racing trainer Paul Kennedy's barn at The Meadows. On Monday, the racing conditions were different -- the pair battled in the slop -- but the results were the same, as Some Kinda Beach again outdueled Bestinthebusiness in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. After considerable early skirmishing, Bestinthebusiness brushed to the front before the half, giving Some Kinda Beach and Eric Goodell the pocket. Freshened by that breather, Some Kinda Beach powered past in the lane to score in 1:51.2, 2 lengths better than his stablemate. Early leader Stonebridge Adam saved show. Keith Pippi campaigns the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy, who now boasts $246,782 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 7, 2015 -- Let go at a generous 10-1, Some Kinda Beach overpowered the leader with a first-over move, then dug in late to preserve his victory in Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Some Kinda Beach was third when Eric Goodell sent him after the leader, Unlocked. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy easily dispatched Unlocked but was all out to hold off the rallying Bestinthebusiness. Some Kinda Beach edged his stablemate by a nose in a career-best 1:49.4, with Doctor Carter third. Paul Kennedy trains Some Kinda Beach, who now boasts $236,782 in career earnings, for Keith Pippi. It was one of Goodell's five wins --three for Kennedy -- on the 15-race card. Dave Palone also fashioned a five-bagger, including four for trainer Ron Burke. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
WASHINGTON, PA, April 29, 2015 -- Royal Heart gobbled up the leader with a first-over burst and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Royal Heart was third down the backside when Eric Goodell tipped him off the cones. He swept by the leader, Atta Boy Dan, in a heartbeat and scored easily in a career-best 1:51.1. Atta Boy Dan regained his momentum and finished second but was placed back to sixth for both interference and pylon violations. Mattamerican and Dew N Doughnuts were promoted to second and third, respectively. Paul Kennedy trains Royal Heart, a 4-year-old Royal Art-BJ's Sunrise gelding who won for the sixth time in 13 starts this year, for Denise Dennis and Dolne Farm Services. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 13-race card. The Pennsylvania Sires Stakes season kicks off Friday at The Meadows with a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
WASHINGTON, PA, April 17, 2015 -- PC's Vixen followed live cover and used it effectively to capture Friday's $17,500 second leg of the Do Me Honor Pace for harness racing 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. The second leg was contested in a single division, with all eight participants eligible for the championship on Friday, April 24. First post that day is 6:55 PM. PC's Vixen endured a nightmarish trip in the opening leg, when she was parked the entire mile and intermittently rough gaited. But she moved confidently from fifth down the backside for Eric Goodell to pick up the cover of Somewhere Fameous. The daughter of Art Official-R Burning Desire had plenty left in the lane, scoring in a career-best 1:55.2. Opening-leg winner One Over Par was second, a neck back, while Dobre Povedane rallied for show. Paul Kennedy trains the homebred PC's Vixen for Paint Creek Farms. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
WASHINGTON, PA, April 1, 2015 -- Royal Heart moved powerfully first over to wear down the leader, Easy Again, and capture Wednesday's harness racing $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Easy Again enjoyed a comfortable 57.1 first half on the front, but he was no match for Royal Heart, who was sitting fourth when Eric Goodell unleashed him down the backside. The 4-year-old Royal Art - BJ's Sunrise gelding scored in 1:52.1, a nose better than Hillbilly Hanover, who used the Lightning Lane effectively. Easy Again saved show. Paul Kennedy trains Royal Heart, who has won half his 10 starts this year, for Denise Dennis and Dolne Farm Services. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners -- including a pair for trainer Paul Corey -- on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
WASHINGTON, PA, March 31, 2015 -- After more than holding her own against the track's top male trotters, Daylon Miracle relished her return to the harness racing distaff ranks, easily capturing Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Daylon Miracle faced all comers in her four most recent outings, collecting two wins and a pair of show finishes. In Tuesday's event, however, she was dominant, quarter-poling to the front for Aaron Merriman and scoring in 1:54.1. Early leader Whata Donato was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, with Unefoisdansmavie a rallying third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur - Daylon Marvel who boosted her career bankroll to $434,357. Eric Goodell, who recently collected career victory 5,000, drove six winners on the 14-race card, including a pair for trainer Paul Kennedy. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino
WASHINGTON, PA, July 2, 3014 -- Eric Goodell, who owns Magic Will Work, took matters into his own hands Wednesday at The Meadows when he drove his 5-year-old mare to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Magic Will Work stalked the leader, Mistress Valentine, from the pocket, then drew off in the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:54.4, a lifetime mark. Mistress Valentine saved place, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Homepage third. Paul Kennedy trains the daughter of Kadabra-Raquel Victory, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings. Elsewhere on the program, freshman pacer Given Up Terror scored in 1:55.4, fastest this year by a 2-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Chris Shaw piloted the son of Western Terror-Ain't Given Up for trainer Lisa Beinhauer and owner Chad Parker. Dave Palone drove three winners on the 15-race card. On Thursday, July 3, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Wednesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a $1,215.59 carryover. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Even Pattak, for the Meadows
WASHINGTON, PA, March 18, 2014 -- Mogul Hanover and Partyatbartsplace each rolled to his third straight victory in Tuesday's Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows, setting up a showdown in the championship of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. That final, along with the championship legs of three other current Meadows' series, is set for Friday, March 28, first post 6:55 PM. Mogul Hanover spurted to the lead from post 7 for Dave Palone and thwarted the first-over challenge of Fly By Ry to triumph in a career-best 1: 53.4. Energy Shakes shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, with Mattamerican third. Paul Kennedy trains the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Mary Mattgalane gelding for Doug Ackerman. Partyatbartsplace quarter-poled to the lead for Aaron Merriman and was in command thereafter, downing Dragontattooteen by 3/4 lengths in 1:54. Hickory Little Red rallied for show. Chas Norris conditions Partyatbartsplace, a 4-year-old Party At Artsplace-Miss Major Power gelding, for Thumbs Up Stable. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, TSM Photo Bugger charged through the Lightning Lane to head Tamarind in 1:54.1, equaling his lifetime mark. Mike The Trader completed the ticket. Aaron Merriman drove for trainer Jan Fread and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. With the victory, the 7-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings. Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while Palone and Brett Miller each fashioned a triple. $15,000 Pick 5 on Wednesday On Wednesday, March 19, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $15,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. No one has correctly picked the Pick 5 for two consecutive programs, resulting in a carryover of $4,746.31 that prompted The Meadows to offer the “instant” guarantee. Minimum wager for the Pick 5, which spans Races 11 through 15, is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2013 — Dave Palone, North America’s all-time “winningest” driver, padded his career total considerably Tuesday at The Meadows when he drove seven winners on the 15-race card. While three of the victories were for trainer Ron Burke, Palone also notched a win each for conditioners Paul Kennedy, Tye Loy, Tim Twaddle and Clay Faurot, Jr. Most of Palone’s winning horses were heavily supported — the “Palone Factor,” as it’s known locally — but he did score with Twaddle’s 3-year-old gelding trotter Woody at 6-1. Among Palone’s wins was the featured race, a $13,500 conditioned pace taken by Roll On in a sharp 1:51. Burke trains the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Please Me Please gelding for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows
Gallie Bythe Beach continued her impressive career-opening winning streak with a hard-fought victory to highlight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were four Sire Stakes races held for 2-year-old fillies on the pace, with purses ranging from $68,333 to $68,734. Gallie Bythe Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria), who came into Wednesday night's action with wins in each of her first four lifetime starts, took to the front end around the first turn and was still there at the end by a head after a tough stretch battle. John Campbell drove Gallie Bythe Beach, the 1-5 favorite, for Jim Campbell as the filly won in 1:52:4. Southwind Silence made it close late with a furious inside rally, while Beach Body finished third. In other Sire Stakes action, Stucklikeglue (Dragon Again-Ruth Plumsted) picked up a memorable maiden victory with a pylon-skimming ride to zip by the leaders late. Matt Kakaley did the driving for trainer Ron Burke, as Stucklikeglue turned her sixth lifetime start into her first career win by a half-length in 1:53:1 at 7-1. Sister Stroll finished second while 6-5 favorite Rusty's Bliss faded to third after leading most of the way. Extra Desire (Art Official-R Burning Desire) continued the trend of maidens surprising in the Sire Stakes with a late-kicking victory in the second division at 12-1. Tyler Buter was in the bike for trainer Paul Kennedy as Extra Desire scored in her third career start in 1:52:4. Bahama Blue finished second while One Jazzy Lady picked up the show. The 4-5 favorite Put On A Display coughed up the lead late and finished fifth. Tyra (McArdle-Perrilla) used front-pacing speed to capture the final division comfortably by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:52:4. With Tim Tetrick in the bike for trainer Joann Looney-King, Tyra, the 8-5 second choice, went all the way on the front end for her third victory in just four career races. 6-5 favorite Also Encouraging had to settle for best of the rest while Quick Thrill came on for third. Jim Beviglia
Daggett, Jurgen Hanover, and Maximum Credit scored wins in the first leg of the Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The races each carried a purse of $15,000.
With nothing more than a qualifier on his harness racing career card, Doctor RJ performed like a seasoned veteran Tuesday (April 10) at The Meadows, swooping the field three-wide down the backside and capturing a division of the Here We Go Again Pace.
Taking advantage of demanding early fractions, Jojo N Goliath pounced on the leaders down the backside and drew off to a convincing harness racing victory in Tuesday's (February 14) $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.