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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 15, 2021 — Showing no ill effects from a layoff of nearly nine weeks. Rainbowinthewest powered to the lead from the rail and won as she pleased in Friday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Although Rainbowinthewest could have released a pair of early challengers, trainer/driver Brian Zendt would have none of it. He kept the pedal to the metal and the 6-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded, scoring in a sharp 1:54.3. Matterlei finished second, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Impulse Buy third. Brocious Racing  Stable and Lone Wolf Stable campaign the winner, who boosted her career bankroll to $168,120. In Friday’s other co-feature, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, Dark Force encountered a surface downgraded to sloppy. But the 6-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Skinny Dip quarter-poled confidently to the lead and held on late to prevail in 1:53.4 for Tony Hall and trainer Randy Bendis, who co-owns with Pollack Racng LLC. Dave Palone collected four wins and Hall three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the program features an $8,068.54 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2020 — Swinging wide off excessive cover through the final turn, Jeffery P roared through the lane and captured Wednesday’s $16,200 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Jeffery P raced third over down the backside, cover that he probably didn’t need because it forced him well wide in the stretch. But he had a ton of trot for Dave Palone and sailed past th pack to triumph in 1:54.4, 3/4 lengths better than his rallying stablemate, Lady’s Dude. Jessiejesorjessica completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Jeffery P, a 6-year-old Full Count-Betty Jean gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $195,523, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone collected three wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for Burke. Live harness racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 13-race program features a $4,679.25 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER, Pa. — Western Joe ($16.40) made every call a winning one in Sunday's (Dec. 20) $14,400 top-level pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding used a :26.1 first quarter to gain uncontested control of the terms from post six and, after harness racing driver Simon Allard rated a :29 second sectional, parried a stern first-over try from Bettor Memories (Yannick Gingras) to win in 1:50.3. Mac's Jackpot rode the pocket to finish second, 1-1/4 lengths behind, but was demoted to sixth after bearing out in the homestretch and causing interference to multiple horses.   Vettel N (Joe Bongiorno) was elevated to second after emerging out of traffic, and Rock The Town (Tim Tetrick) circled down the grandstand side to be elevated to third.   Even-money favorite Ana Afreet N was parked throughout from post eight and failed to fire off a second-over trip. Chris Choate trains 29-time winner for breeder Anthony Ruggeri, who shares ownership with Richard Tosies. Trainer Ron Burke recorded a hat trick on the 14-race card, teaming up with driver Yannick Gingras to win with Rockapelo ($4.80, 1:50.3), Dojea Gizmo ($3.00, 1:51.2) and Pyro ($2.20, 1:51.4). Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Dec.  23), with a $14,111.42 carryover in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, Pa. -- Management at Harrah's Philadelphia has announced that the program of racing scheduled for Thursday afternoon (Dec. 17) has been canceled as a result of continued inclement winter weather in the Philadelphia region. Live racing is scheduled to return to Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday (Dec. 18), with a carryover of $11,291.69 in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5. First post is 12:25 p.m. EST.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2020 — Jessiejesorjessica charged through the sloppy Lightning Lane to grab her 15th win this year in Monday’s harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Trot. Big Pete’s Style is the season’s leader in wins with 17. Jessiejesorjessica zipped to the front from post 5 for Dave Palone but yielded to the pocket when Full Surge challenged at the quarter. The 4-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Ziggy Wiggy found the Lightning Lane just in time and downed the rallying Petey Sarah by a neck. The first-over White Tiger was third. Shawn Johnston trains the winner, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $116,238, for Gina Young. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race program features a $14,339.52 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER, Pa. — Mark Jakubik's Rock The Town ($3.40) lived up to odds-on billing in Sunday's (Dec. 13) $11,600 upper-level conditioned pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, coasting to a 1:51 harness racing score with plenty in reserve at the end of the one-mile race. Andy McCarthy worked the 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding clear of Statement Made A (Dexter Dunn) shortly after a :27.1 first quarter, and the pair were uncontested for the remainder of the journey. Rock The Town edged clear from an all-out Statement Made A off the home turn, and won by a measured 1-3/4 lengths. J M Mandamin (George Napolitano Jr.) rallied up the open stretch to nab second over Statement Made A. The featured win with 20-time winner Rock The Town was one of two on the card for trainer Darren Taneyhill. Steve Brabrook also fashioned a training double. Tim Tetrick and Dexter Dunn shared top honors among drivers with three wins apiece. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Dec. 16), with an $11,291.69 carryover in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5. First post is 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA – Driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and a pair of three-year-old trotting fillies teamed up for off-the-pace harness racing victories in the twin $12,800 features at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. First up was the Conway Hall miss Sweet Heart As, who hadn’t raced in 28 days but nonetheless was ready to capitalize on a second-over trip to win in 1:56.2, three-quarters of a length ahead favored pocketsitter Reciprocal Blue Chip. ACL Stuteri AB owns the filly, who has four wins in twelve seasonal starts. (As the $10.40 third choice, Sweet Heart As was the longest-priced winner on the program.) Tetrick had to rally the Father Patrick filly Context from further back, coming three-wide from a third-over fifth, five lengths back, at the three-quarters, but she went on strongly to win in 1:56. President, a 38-1 shot, followed the favored winner but came up a length shy as Context won for the third straight time for owner Jorgen Jahre Jr. In the $11,600 top fast-class trot on the card, the veteran Credit Winner gelding Fashion Creditor handled a one-step jump in company with aplomb, setting all the fractions for George Napolitano Jr. and prevailing by 1½ lengths over Rock Of Cashel. The career winner of $722,735 is trained by Tom Fanning for owner Joseph Smith. Todd McCarthy, David Miller (celebrating his birthday), George Napolitano Jr., and Tim Tetrick each had three winners on the Thursday card. Tetrick and Napolitano have won every drivers dashwinning title at Chester/Philly since the track’s inaugural year (when Cat Manzi came out on top), and with a commanding lead going into the last days of the meet, Napolitano will win his eighth title in 2020; Tetrick has six local championships.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 9, 2020 — Pace Baby Pace launched a lengthy uncovered bid that carried her to harness racing victory — her second straight — in Wednesday’s $16,200 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Pace Baby Pace was fifth down the backside when Dave Palone sent her after the leader, Summer Charm. The 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass persevered through the lane and scored in 1:51.3, a head better than the pocket-sitting Blue Ivy in the Lightning Lane. Summer Charm was a close-up third. Ron Burke trains Pace Baby Pace, who pushed her lifetime bankroll to $194,793, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins on the 13-race card, giving him nine over the past two days.   Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a $10,126.20 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER PA – The Bettor’s Delight mare She’s Nun Bettor N, ready for a top mile for trainer Kelvin “Red” Harrison despite 21 days off, worked up the inside from the pocket to catch the favored Rose Run Victoria in 1:53.2 while winning the $12,800 featured pace for fillies and mares on a chilly Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The Down Under import, unraced at two and starting her career in the Southern Hemisphere last season, was sent to the front by driver Dexter Dunn, only to see Rose Run Victoria, an Ontario Super Final winner, brush around her in front of the stands. But the Canadian champion couldn’t quite maintain her lead, as She’s Nun Bettor N stepped home in :55.4 to catch her rival by a neck and improve her Stateside seasonal scorecard to 9-5-3-1-$41,230 for Curtin ANZ Stables. The same “pocketsitter catches favored pacesetter” scenario also played out in the $11,200 co-featured fast-class distaff pace, with the American Ideal mare I’m Very Special closing steadily along the inside to get by favored leader Imprincessgemma A in the shadow of the wire in 1:51.2. The Peter Pellegrino trainee motored her own final half in :55.2 for the neck triumph for owner Melvyn Colby. Drivers Simon Allard, Joe Bongiorno, Andrew McCarthy, David Miller and Anthony Napolitano all had doubles on the Wednesday card, as did trainer Jennifer Bongiorno. Trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen had one winner, which put him in a tie with Ron Burke at 82 at the top of the conditioners standings. Burke is an eight-time Philly leader, while Garcia-Owen took his first local win trophy last season. Burke is also looking to complete an unusual “triple” – long the leading trainer at his base at The Meadows, he won the Pocono crown for the first time this season, and is looking for the “sweep” of harness tracks in his home state.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 8, 2020 — Amasa Arion pulled the pocket entering the final turn and powered through the lane to capture Tuesday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Amasa Arion rushed to the early lead for Aaron Merriman and was shuffled slightly to third before the outside challengers backed off. When Merriman showed her racetrack, she overtook the leader, Windsun Juno, and held off the rallying Amelia’s Courage A to down her by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.2. Windsun Juno saved show. Rick Magee trains the winner, who pushed her career bankroll to $106,366, for Kristy Casagranda. In Tuesday’s other co-feature, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot, Meetmeinthemiddle pulled off a mild 6-1 upset for Tony Hall, trainer Kevin Johnson and owner Richard Briskey. The 6-year-old Chapter Seven-Promising Deal gelding now boasts career earnings of $189,628. Dave Palone piloted five winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers — $8,511.90 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $1,034.29 in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 7, 2020 — Kixton Hanover roared through the stretch to capture Monday’s harness racing co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,000 Conditioned Trot. When I Have A Dream pulled the pocket down the backside and opened a daylight lead, it appeared the others were racing for minor awards. But when Wilbur Yoder asked Kixton Hanover for more, the 3-year-old Trixton-Keepsake Hanover gelding responded, overtaking I Have A Dream and downing him by a neck in 1:57.4. Early leader Benezia finished third. Kelly Stackowicz trains and owns Kixton Hanover. Yoder swept Monday’s co-feature when he took a $10,000 Conditioned Pace with Lyons Friends.  The 3-year-old Western Ideal-Artistic Vision gelding triumphed in 1:54.3 for trainer Scott Cox and owners Brady Ash and Robert Wehner. Brady Brown, who’s earned the nickname “Downtown” for his success with long shots, was at it again Monday, winning four overall, including scores at 20-1 and 19-1. Yoder finished with three victories on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 13-race program features a $7,071.63 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER, Pa. -- Vettel N ($5.00) used a :26 third-quarter blitz to seize command en route to a decisive 1:50 score in Sunday afternoon's (Dec. 6) featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $11,600 fifth-level conditioned pace. Vettel N was content to draft in third while Lyons Steel (Dexter Dunn) and Jack's Shadow N (Daniel Dube) disputed a :26.3 first quarter. After Lyons Steel pulled the half back to :56, Joe Bongiorno angled the 7-year-old American Ideal gelding off the pegs, and he surged to the fore with three-eighths to go. After opening up a three-length lead to three-quarters in 1:21.4, Vettel N repelled a late challenge from runner-up Rock The Town (Andy McCarthy) by 2-1/4 lengths. Our Max Phactor N (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third, another 1-3/4 lengths behind. Trainer Jenn Bongiorno and driver Joe Bongiorno share ownership of 25-time winner Vettel N with Brent Hershberger and Robert Devine. Since arriving in the United States to race under Jenn Bongiorno's care, he has won eight of 20 races and has amassed $61,556 in purses. Marc Mosher shone on the undercard with a training hat trick, winning with Cole On The Beach ($5.40, Yannick Gingras, 1:52.4), Enough Sun ($2.40, David Miller, 1:52.1) and Razor's Edge ($3.80, Gingras, 1:53.1). Mosher conditioned all three for new Standardbred owner Joseph Riad, who purchased his first horse in September. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 14-race program on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 9) and a $6,896.90 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5, which is offered in the fifth race daily. First post time is 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA – The “Trottin’ Thursday” card at Harrah’s Philadelphia featured a pair of $12,800 features for younger horses working their way up the class ladder. In the first, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Rock Party got to the lead just past the quarter for driver George Napolitano Jr., then “stole” a :30.4 second quarter breather. From there, there was no catching the frontstepping favorite, as he cruised home 3¼ lengths ahead in 1:56.2. Trainer Mark Silva took over the training of the winner in early November, and he seems to have the trotter coming around now for owners Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Charles Rowe. The second co-feature went to a three-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide, Andela, who was also parked past the quarter before assuming command, but then kept on rolling for a 2¼ length triumph in 1:57, her second win in her last three starts. Rod Allen is the trainer/driver of Andela – fitting in that her second dam is the immortal CR Kay Suzie – and the winner is Rod Allen Inc. In a $10,000 event for fast-class diamondgaiters, the veteran Credit Winner gelding Fashion Creditor was quickly in front and never looked back, winning in 1:54 with a 1¼ length advantage over pocketsitter MVP Luke at the wire. George Napolitano Jr. had the sulky duty behind the winner of $716,935 for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith; in all Napolitano, the track’s winningest driver, had four victories on the day.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 2, 2020 — Pace Baby Pace was Sharp Baby Sharp in Wednesday’s $16,200 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows, moving three wide at the three-quarters to notch the harness racing victory. Summer Charm, seeking her fourth straight win, inherited the point when Diamondtequilashot jumped it off near the three-eighths. But she was no match for the power play of Pace Baby Pace, who defeated her by 1-1/4 lengths for Dave Palone in 1:52.1 over a “good” surface. Sports Flix shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Pace Baby Pace, a 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass who lifted her career bankroll to $186,693, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings, trainer Jason Shaw and Palone each enjoyed a double on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers: $5,715.22 in the Pick 5 (race 8), $3,962.10 in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

CHESTER PA – The Well Said mare Caviart Cherie is at a career peak at the end of her six-year-old form, taking a 1:50.1 lifetime harness racing mark despite temperatures only ten degrees above freezing in the $11,600 distaff handicap pacing feature Wednesday at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Anthony Napolitano got sharp gate speed out of Caviart Cherie and she went right to the lead, forcing favored New Year to tuck behind her, then yielding to Eclipse Me N after a :26.1 quarter. The Kiwi pacesetter hit the half in :54.4, then had the favorite come at her down the backstretch, with the pair battling to a 1:22 three-quarters and around the turn, with “Cherie” perched right behind them. As New Year went to the lead in early stretch, “ANap” tipped the sharp mare wide and stepped by her, with a 2¼-length winning margin over the chalk. Posting her third win in her last four starts for hot trainer Darren Taneyhill and the Wildcard Stable Inc., Caviart Cherie has now run up her lifetime bankroll to $425,979. The Westwardho Hanover mare Royaltywestho went to the lead early in a $10,000 fast-class distaff subfeature pace, backed off the half to :57.1, then was uncatchable as she finished out the mile in 1:53.3, with favored Apple Bottom Jeans 1½ lengths in arrears. Yannick Gingras was at the controls of the Ron Burke trainee for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver-Bruscemi LLC. In the first of two $11,200 events for developing distaff pacers, the Captaintreacherous sophomore Rydia Hanover and driver Todd McCarthy weren’t looking back in fractions of :26.2, :55.2, and 1:23.2, and even though she could come her last quarter in only :31, she had enough to withstand favored Krispy Ginger by a neck, with the 1:54.2 clocking a lifetime  best. The fleet filly won for the twelfth time this year, most of the wins coming over half-milers, for trainer Joe Karrat and owner John Kreiser. In the other section, the Roll With Joe filly Moaning Lisa pulled the pocket nearing the three-quarters and went past pacesetting Joe’s Sign to win by 3 1/2 lengths while taking a new mark of 1:52.3 on the chill day. Dexter Dunn drove the three-year-old for trainer Chris Ryder and the ownership of Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 1, 2020 — Hazardous conditions — including snow, diminished visibility and a sloppy surface — forced The Meadows to cancel Tuesday’s scheduled 13-race card after six races. Live harness racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers — $2,451.49 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $1,867.20 in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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