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Eight divisions of The Stallion Series for two-year old filly trotters dominated the Thursday program at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The first division went to Bob Key's Gold Cora (Encore Encore). She brushed powerfully to the lead just after the quarter, going on to win in a time of 1:57.3. Stealthestarlight was second, while favorite Joy Gliding finished third. The Rich Gillock trainee picks up her first career victory in her second lifetime start.   The second division was dominated by Wouldn't Itbesweet (Cantab Hall). She was fast off the wings from post three, making every call a winning one in an impressive ten length win in 1:57.2. Christine Sixteen was second, while Jailhouse Heart finished third. Wouldn't Itbesweet is owned by Harbor Racing Stables, and is trained and driven by Jim Raymer.   Division three went to Osteo Blast (Explosive Matter). The Noel Daily trainee brushed to the lead just beyond the quarter, and gamely held off favorite Alpha Alpha to notch her first pari-mutuel win in a time of 1:58.2. Gematria raced gamely to finish third. Osteo Blast is owned by the Mama Bones Racing Stables and Adam Victor & Son Stables, and was driven by Andrew McCarthy.   The fourth division saw Whitney Hanover (Donato Hanover) overcome an early break to win. The Ray Shnittker trainee closed up the inside for her second straight win, stopping the clock in 2:00. Global Ice finished second, while Tuscanellie came in third. Whitney Hanover is owned by Ed Pachuta, Ted Gewertz, and trainer Ray Schnittker, and was driven by Tim Tetrick.   The fifth division went to the grinding Shafina Hanover (Explosive Matter). Leaping Lady was the leader turning for home, but made a break at the top of the stretch. Shafina Hanover held off the upset minded Cocoacabana in the final stages, stopping the clock in 1:58.3. Fudge As raced well to be third. Shafina Hanover is owned by Adam Victor & Son Stables and Barb Matthews, trained by Noel Daley, and was driven by Andrew McCarthy.   Division six went to the fast leaving Peoplesayimnogood (Lear Jetta). The Roger Hammer trainee led every step of the way, winning by 5 lengths in the end, and completing the mile in 2:00.1. Shewontkissandtell rallied for second, while Veggie Hanover finished third. Favorite Spice Girl made a break past the half. Peoplesayimnogood is owned by her trainer, and was driven by Yannick Gingras.   The seventh division went to heavily favored Day Lily (Andover Hall). She seized command after the quarter and never looked back, finishing the mile in 1:58.4. Barbara Brooks finished second, while Miss Flora was third. Day Lily is owned by Hauser Bros Racing and Conrad Zurich, trained by Chris Oakes, and was driven by Ron Pierce.   The eighth and final division went to the upsetting Fog Warning (Andover Hall). She initially made the front, but yielded to eventual second place finisher Sand C-Four. The Nifty Norman trainee vacated the pocket at the top of the stretch to win by a length in a time of 2:00. Explosive Jet finished a distant third. Fog Warning is owned by Melvin Hartman and Enzed Racing Stables, and was driven by David Miller.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that seven students will share more than $11,000 in MSOA scholarships as they continue their educations this fall. Garrett Adams, son of John and Lisa Dunn-Adams, has been named the winner of the $5,000 MSOA Scholarship. He will attend the University of Pittsburgh this fall. The $2,500 MSOA/CSC Insurance Options Scholarship has been awarded to Alyssa Cummings, daughter of Todd and Tammy Cummings. She attends Community College of Allegheny County. A $1,800 MSOA/Hypnotic Blue Chip Scholarship, via a donation of a breeding to the stallion, goes to Hallie Nesselroad, daughter of Joe and Janet Nesselroad. She attends the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The $1,000 MSOA/LCM Nutraceuticals Dr. Barry Betts Memorial Scholarhip has been split between Ryan Bush and Chelsea Fahy. Bush, the son of Steve and Kim Bush, will attend Washington & Jefferson College, while Fahy is a student at the Ohio State University's School of Veterinary Medicine. A $1,000 MSOA/Tom Ridge Scholarship, also created through the donation of breedings to the stallion, will be shared by Shannon Teed and Courtney Wrenn. Teed is a student at West Liberty State University, while Wrenn attends Indiana University. The MSOA would like to congratulate all of this year's recipients, and thank all of our partners, Tom Svrcek of CSC Insurance, Dr. Larry Smith of LCM Nutraceuticals, Fran Azur and Ted Tomson," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Without their help, none of this would be possible, and we believe it is valuable to help these young people work toward their future. We are proud to be part of that." Jeff Zidek

Night Pro won the first race of his career at Northfield Park, but the stakes will be a little higher when the pacer returns to the Cleveland-area oval for the first time since his March 2013 debut. The purse for Night Pro's first victory was $2,000. On Saturday night, the 4-year-old competes in the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park against some of the best older pacers in harness racing. The field also includes Foiled Again, who is a two-time winner of the race and the richest pacer in North American history, plus stakes-winners Apprentice Hanover, Beach Memories, Bolt The Duer, Clear Vision, Fool Me Once, and Twilight Bonfire. Night Pro, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion and winner of six consecutive starts heading into the Battle of Lake Erie, will start from post one with driver Peter Wrenn and is 4-1 on the morning line. Foiled Again, who will leave from post seven with Yannick Gingras at the lines for trainer Ron Burke, is the 3-1 favorite. "I'm excited, to say the least," said Dale Decker, a Michigan resident who owns and trains Night Pro. "It's nice to let the rest of the country see him. I know people will be watching because of Foiled Again and the rest of them. "I think he can go with them. I just have to make sure he's healthy going in. That's the important part." Night Pro has won 21 of 28 lifetime races and $308,929. Decker, who attended the U.S. Trotting Association's Driving School in 2000 and has won 171 races as a driver and 180 as a trainer, purchased the son of Pro Bono Best-Midnight Jewel for $14,000 as a yearling at the Hoosier Sale, although he had no intention of buying the horse when he attended the sale. Decker, who runs a homebuilding company in addition to training horses, raised Night Pro for breeder Linda Marckel and expected the horse to sell for much more. "I was in a state of shock, so I started bidding," Decker said. "I didn't even have a truck or trailer there. But I had high expectations for the colt and thought he would bring more than that, so I ended up buying him." For a while, it appeared Decker's expectations would be unfulfilled. Night Pro was unraced at age 2 because he had a bone chip removed from his left-hind ankle and did little to encourage Decker until the end of February 2013. "He started back at [age] 3 and I didn't think he would make it to the races because he just couldn't seem to get over that ailment," Decker said. "He was just going through the motions. Then it was like the light switch turned on. It was like overnight he turned into a racehorse. Then, I thought I might have something." Night Pro won his first eight starts and 10 of his first 12 without ever finishing worse than second. His last victory during that span came in the July $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old male pacers at Hoosier Park. When the fall championship arrived in September, Night Pro was battling illness and finished sixth. "He was a little sluggish in the last leg [of the sire stakes] and he was just no good in the final," Decker said. "It just took too much out of him. That was his last race of the year and he's come back strong this year." Now Decker will get to see if Night Pro is strong enough to handle the likes of Foiled Again, who has earned $6.31 million in his career, world champion Bolt The Duer, and 2013 Cleveland Classic winner Apprentice Hanover. Night Pro enters the Battle of Lake Erie off four straight wins in the invitational handicap at Hoosier Park, with the last three coming over 2012 American-National Stakes winner Our Lucky Chip. "I've been interested in getting outside of Indiana and seeing if he could compete with the rest of them," Decker said. "This means a lot to me." Following is the field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Night Pro, Peter Wrenn, Dale Decker, 4-1; 2. Beach Memories, Josh Sutton, Brian Brown, 15-1; 3. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 7-2; 4. Clear Vision, Brett Miller, Ron Burke, 9-2; 5. Fool Me Once, Aaron Merriman, Mark Austin, 6-1; 6. Twilight Bonfire, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock, 12-1; 7. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1; 8. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace, 10-1. By Ken Weingartner for, Harness Racing Communications    

Foiled Again has drawn post 7 in Saturday's (July 19) $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie and has been named the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will appear in the Battle an unprecedented six times, and Saturday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win this event three times. The 10 year-old son of Dragon Again (2000 Battle Champion) won in 2009 and 2011, joining Jaguar Spur (winner in 1988-89), Peruvian Hanover (winner in 2002-03) and Maltese Artist (winner in 2005 and 2007) as the only four horses to win the Battle of Lake Erie twice. Age does not seem to be slowing Foiled Again. He has paced his last four races in under 1:50. Foiled Again is trained by Ronald Burke and has garnered 80 career victories and sports earnings of $6,313,068. Those career earnings rank him as the richest pacer in the history of harness racing. The 2014 Battle of Lake Erie field: Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1-Night Pro Peter Wrenn Dale Decker 4-1 2-Beach Memories Josh Sutton Brian Brown 15-1 3-Bolt The Duer Mark MacDonald Peter Foley 7-2 4-Clear Vision Brett Miller Ron Burke 9-2 5-Fool Me Once Aaron Merriman Mark Austin 6-1 6-Twilight Bonfire Tony Hall Rich Gillock 12-1 7-Foiled Again Yannick Gingras Ron Burke 3-1 8-Apprentice Hanover Jody Jamieson Benjamin Wallace 10-1 Since its inception in 1986, the Battle of Lake Erie has drawn the best veteran pacers the sport has to offer. Past Battle Champions include racing greats Falcon Seelster, Quite A Sensation, Jaguar Spur, Dorunrun Bluegrass, Cambest, Riyadh, Gallo Blue Chip and Maltese Artist. Powerful Undercard This year's Battle of Lake Erie program carries total purses of $554,500. The 15-race program boasts an impressive undercard featuring nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for two and three year-old colt pacers and trotters. Superfecta wagering has been added to Saturday's twelfth race, the Battle feature. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Battle night will also offer guests a sumptuous buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The special priced buffet is just $15.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. Guests who want to be down close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron to sample several of northeast Ohio's most popular food trucks. Live music by Unknown Reason will be part of the apron scene from 5-10 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association teamed with Variety Pittsburgh’s “My Bike” program, hosting a special night of racing at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Friday, July 11.    The evening included a special match race to benefit the group, and the MSOA ended the night with the announcement that the group is purchasing an adaptive bike for a local child.   Variety (http://www.varietypittsburgh.org) provides adaptive bikes to eligible children with disabilities so that they may have the freedom of a bike and the joy of riding alongside friends and family.   “This was a special night for everyone involved,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock. “It’s always great to give back to the community, and to work with Variety on their My Bike program was a great experience for all of us at the MSOA.”   Variety’s My Bike program launched in 2012, and their supporters include Pennsylvania State Senator Tim Solobay and PA State Representative Brandon Neuman. Both were on hand to take part in the match race, along with PNC Bank executive Andrea Carelli and former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Schneck, also Variety Pittsburgh supporters.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino also announced that it will match the MSOA’s contribution by donating another bike to the program.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

Bee A Magician will try to return to her winning ways when she faces 13 male rivals - including last year's Hambletonian Stakes winner Royalty For Life - in Saturday's $484,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Last year, Bee A Magician won all 17 of her starts and was named Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada. This season, the mare is winless in three races and coming off a ninth-place finish in the Armbro Flight Stakes on June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack. It was her first off-the-board finish since going off stride in her second lifetime start in July 2012. Trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman said Bee A Magician scoped sick following the Armbro Flight. Bee A Magician, who has won 27 of 33 career starts and $2.33 million, prepped for the Hambletonian Maturity with a 1:53.1 qualifier win on June 27, trotting her final quarter-mile in :26.3. She will start the Hambletonian Maturity, to be contested at 1-1/8 mile, from post No. 13 with regular driver Brian Sears. "She qualified really good and she's acting fine, so it looks good now," said Norman, who trains Bee A Magician for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. "I was really happy with her qualifier and Brian thought she was back to her old self, so hopefully we're good. "It was a bit of a shock," he added about Bee A Magician's finish in the Armbro Flight. "I've never seen her stop before. But these things happen. She's never really had any setbacks before, so we weren't used to it. But she got over it, so we're OK. At least we knew there was something wrong." Joining Bee A Magician in the Hambletonian Maturity field are Your So Vain, Sweet Justice, Bambino Glide, Fico, Wheeling N Dealin, Royalty For Life, Flanagan Memory, Spider Blue Chip, High Bridge, Master Of Law, Major Athens, Possessed Fashion, and Creatine. Conditions for the Hambletonian Maturity allowed for up to 16 starters rather than the traditional 10. Royalty For Life, who is making his 2014 debut, won last year's Hambletonian Stakes while Spider Blue Chip was the Breeders Crown champion and Creatine captured the Kentucky Futurity. Wheeling N Dealin was the 2012 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. "I think it will be OK; I think we'll be alright," Norman said about facing the boys. "We'll see how some of those colts are." Also on Saturday's card at the Meadowlands are two eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace and one elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee. The first elimination for the Meadowlands Pace features North America Cup winner JK Endofanera. The second division includes He's Watching, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, and last year's Breeders Crown champion Luck Be Withyou. The top five finishers from each elim advance to the July 12 final. As for Bee A Magician's future schedule, she is being pointed to the Ima Lula Series at the Meadowlands, which is for trotting mares, following the Hambletonian Maturity. "I think I'll try to keep her at home as much as possible, race her close to home," Norman said. "It's a long year and I don't want to over-race her. We'll see how it goes. If we can do some good on Saturday and get some money there, that's a big purse, it would make the rest of the year a lot nicer." Following is the field in post order for the Hambletonian Maturity with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Your So Vain, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 2. Sweet Justice, Corey Callahan, Bruce Saunders; 3. Bambino Glide, Marcus Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Fico, Tyler Smith, Staffan Lind; 5. Wheeling N Dealin, Jody Jamieson, Luc Blais; 6. Royalty For Life, David Miller, George Ducharme; 7. Flanagan Memory, Ron Pierce, Rene Dion; 8. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 9. High Bridge, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 10. Master Of Law, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci; 11. Major Athens, John Campbell, Rich Gillock; 12. Possessed Fashion, Tim Tetrick, Tom Fanning; 13. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman; 14. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. by Ken Weingarter, for Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, June 17, 2014 -- Major Athens moved smartly first over to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Major Athens was coming off a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Charlie Hill, where he was sent off at 123-1. Back on more familiar territory at a more appropriate 4-1, he crisply attacked the leader, Trustworthy Kid, when Tony Hall asked him for trot and downed him by a head in 1:53.3, matching his career best. Count Me In Finished third. Rich Gillock trains Major Athens, a 4-year-old homebred son of Andover Hall-Miss Athens who now boasts lifetime earnings of $370,782, for Thomas Brice and Charles Receski. Evan Pattak

Market Share has visited six different states and the Canadian province of Ontario during his award-winning harness racing career, but has never been to Ohio. That will change this weekend. Coming off a world-record performance 10 days ago, Market Share heads to Scioto Downs for Saturday's $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters. Market Share drew post four in a field of 10 and will be driven by Jeff Gregory for trainer Linda Toscano. The Charlie Hill Memorial field also features Arch Madness, Archangel, Creatine, Undercover Strike, Modern Family, Fusion Man, Major Athens, Rompaway Beau, and DW's NY Yank. Toscano said she was "on the fence" whether to go to the race, particularly because Market Share's regular driver, Tim Tetrick, would be unavailable due to commitments in Canada, but made the decision after talking with owner Richard Gutnick. "We sat down yesterday and talked about it," Toscano said. "We made a 'pro' and 'con' list and the only thing on the 'con' list was we're not going to have our driver. But we're very fortunate to have Jeff Gregory in the barn and there's a break from Yonkers and the New York Sire Stakes this week, so he can go and drive the horse. "Our next main goal is to have him as good as we can for the Maple Leaf Trot (in mid-July). I think this race fits his schedule nicely and he seems good. I understand the track is great out there, so we're going to take a shot." Gregory drove Market Share to a 5-for-5 season as a 2-year-old in 2011. For his career, the 5-year-old Market Share has won 23 of 42 races and earned $3.26 million. He was named the 2012 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter and the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best older male trotter. He is owned by Gutnick, TLP Stable, and Bill Augustine. Market Share's victories include the 2012 Hambletonian Stakes and Canadian Trotting Classic, the 2013 Breeders Crown and Maple Leaf Trot, and this year's Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational. In winning the Maxie Lee on May 25 at Harrah's Philadelphia, Market Share trotted history's fastest mile on a five-eighths track, sto "He came out of the Maxie Lee really, really well," Toscano said. "He had a nice easy week last week and should be ready to go." Market Share is not the only star in the Charlie Hill Memorial. Ten-year-old Arch Madness is one of just nine trotters to earn more than $4 million in career purses. He has won 34 of 111 lifetime races, including the 2007 Breeders Crown, 2008 Maple Leaf Trot, and 2011 Oslo Grand Prix. He is a two-time runner-up in the international invitational Elitlopp in Sweden. Archangel and Creatine both won Trotting Triple Crown races at age 3; Archangel capturing the 2012 Yonkers Trot and Creatine the 2013 Kentucky Futurity. Modern Family is coming into the Charlie Hill off a second-place finish in the Cutler Memorial on May 17 and has finished no worse than third in 11 starts this year. He has won five times. DW's NY Yank leads the field in earnings this year, with $171,600, and has exceled on smaller tracks. He has won nine of his last 14 starts around five-eighths-mile ovals and failed to hit the board only once. "It's going to be a good race," Toscano said. "It all goes to promoting the horse and promoting the industry. That's the beauty of the older horses. I think we're going to find that the older horses really develop a following. People really like watching quality horses race. "Years ago, the horse was the star. I'm all about making the horse the star. I believe in it. I love that." Racing in Ohio has enjoyed a resurgence since the introduction of video lottery terminals in 2012 and has attracted some of the sport's best horses for Grand Circuit events. "It's nice to see Ohio is getting back on the map again," Toscano said. "They've always been good fans. Probably the single-biggest turnout every year is the Little Brown Jug, so Ohio has been very good to Standardbred racing. It's kind of fun to be able to pay back a little bit and go out there and race." Here is the field in post order for the Charlie Hill Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Arch Madness, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Trond Smedshammer; 2. Archangel, Chris Page, Ron Burke; 3. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart; 4. Market Share, Jeff Gregory, Linda Toscano; 5. Undercover Strike, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Tony O'Sullivan; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier; 7. Fusion Man, Dan Noble, Jeff Smith; 8. Major Athens, Tony Hall, Rich Gillock; 9. Rompaway Beau, Don Harmon, Krista Harmon; 10. DW's NY Yank, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Ron Burke. DW's NY Yank will start from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The Meadows hosted its first qualifying races for two-year-olds on Friday (May 30), with five events, part of a 16-race qualifying card.   Fiesta Lauxmont, trained by Ted Williams and driven by Aaron Johnston, became the first freshman to take a mark at the track this season, winning in 2:03.4. Fiesta Lauxmont is an Art's Card Trick filly out of the Rustler Hanover mare Party N Canada.   The first 2YO trotter to earn a win did it in impressive fashion, as McMullen Stable's Mercer County won by over 21 lengths in 2:04.4 with a final quarter of 29.4. An Explosive Matter filly out of the Lindy Lane mare Aspen Hanover, Mercer County is trained and was driven by Wilbur Yoder.   Light After Terror, a Western Terror colt out of the Dream Away mare Light Dreams, became the fastest freshman of the session with a 2:03 win for trainer Jason Bresnahan and driver Brady Brown.   Other 2YO winners were Alpha Alpha, a trotting filly by Encore Encore out of the Pegasus Spur mare Pegasus On Ice, who trotted in 2:08.2 (30.1) for Yoder and trainer Rich Gillock.   Another Western Terror youngster, Given Up Terror, won the final event in 2:04.2 with a 29 flat final quarter. The colt was driven by Tony Hall for trainer Lisa Beinhauer. Given Up Terror is out of the mare Ain't Given Up, by Jenna's Beach Boy. By Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA  

The Saturday night card was definitely stacked with talent, especially the $17,500 Open Pace. With a full field of ten going to post and their combined earnings were in the excess of $3 million. Twilight Bonfire prevailed in 1:50.2 for trainer Rich Gillock and driver, Tony Hall. Twilight Bonfire got away fourth, but didn't sit there for long. Hall pulled on the right line just passed the quarter, paced in 26.2. After clearing just passed the half mile marker in 55.4, the sprint was on to the wire. Twilight Bonfire paced strong to the wire, holding off a late rally from Beach Memories and Carol's Comet completing the trifecta. The track was fast on Saturday night. The first nine races were all paced under1:53. It was until the last 3 races when the timer hit 1:53.   Drivers, Chris Page and Josh Sutton scored hat tricks on the card. While driver, Tony Hall had a double. From Scioto Downs Racino  

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 14, 2014 -- Axios captured his second straight series win, and fourth consecutive victory overall, in Monday's TSM Photo Bugger Trot at The Meadows. Frost Free Hanover and Jett Star also took $17,500 divisions in the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The series championship is set for Monday, April 21. Axios quarter-poled to the lead for Wilbur Yoder and held off the late challenge of the first-over Son Of A Ridge to defeat him by 1/2 length in 1:59.2 on a "good" surface. Hawaiian Phyr was third. Rich Gillock trains Axios, a Malabar Millennium-P Town Girl gelding, and owns with Barbara Richardson. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Foxy Lady also stretched her winning streak to four with a facile front-end victory in 1:52.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Phillip Collura. Doubelieveinmagic rallied for second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Certified Ideal third. A 6-year-old daughter of Real Desire-Judy Is A Fox, Foxy Lady pushed her career bankroll to $720,122. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                          

WASHINGTON, PA, April 7, 2014 -- Axios enjoyed a cozy pocket trip, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to capture the fastest opening-leg division in Monday's TSM Photo Bugger Trot at The Meadows. Upfront Billy Boy and Andover The Gold also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The event is named for TSM Photo Bugger, Ted Tomson's hard-hitting trotter who competes regularly in Preferred contests at The Meadows. Axios had won two straight entering the series but was facing more experienced company in the TSM Photo Bugger. He rated kindly for Wilbur Yoder before blowing by the leader, Tea Party Politics, to down him by a length in 1:59.2 on a "good" surface. Jett Star was third. Rich Gillock trains the Malabar Millennium-Town Girl gelding and owns with Barbara Richardson. Upfront Billy Boy suffered gaiting problems in his recent outings but was using Lasix for the first time Monday. He followed cover beautifully for Brian Zendt and surged late to edge Son Of A Ridge by a head in 1:59.3, a career best. Glide To Glory earned show. Bill Zendt conditions Upfront Billy Boy, a Donato Hanover-Wherley gelding, and owns with Up Front Racing. Dave Palone drove four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows              

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that three breedings are being offered via auction to benefit the MSOA's Scholarship Fund.   This year, the MSOA welcomes back a familiar face and a new partner to assist with the scholarship funding effort. For the second straight season, horse owner and MSOA member Ted Tomson of Brackenridge, PA has donated two breedings to trotting stallion Tom Ridge, on the roster at Nandi Farms in New Freedom, PA for a fee of $3,500.   Tom Ridge, a World Champion son of Muscles Yankee, has a mark of 1:50.2 and banked over $886,000 in his racing career.   The MSOA is pleased to welcome Hanover Shoe Farms to the team, as the nation's leading farm has donated a breeding to Crazed, valued at $4,000.   Crazed, a million-dollar winning son of Credit Winner, is no stranger to Pennsylvania racing, as a past winner of the Colonial Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia.   "We are pleased to have the Tomson family and Hanover Shoe Farms work with our program this year," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "We have had some great partners donate breedings in recent years, including Green Acquisition Corporation, owner of Trainforthefuture, and Fran Azur, owner of Hypnotic Blue Chip. The MSOA Scholarship Fund is lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these folks and their generosity has helped to benefit a lot of young men and women."   The breedings will be listed on the website  www.ongait.com The 14-day auction opens April 1 and ends at noon on April 15, 2014.   One Crazed breeding is available to the top bidder. Two Tom Ridge breedings are being offered. The underbidder will be contacted by the MSOA and offered the second breeding at the price of their bid as soon as the auction has closed. Terms are 10% down (non-refundable), remainder due upon live foal.   For more information, call 724-228-3644 or email, msoa@themsoa.com.

WASHINGTON, PA, March 4, 2014 -- On the bench since Dec. 23, Dragon Tattooteen followed cover beautifully and pulled off a 15-1 upset in Tuesday's opening leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Partyatbartsplace and Mogul Hanover took the other $15,000 divisions of the Russell. The series for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts, geldings and horses honors the memory of the late Walter Russell, a Hall of Fame racing judge. Dragon Tattooteen was away sixth for Wilbur Yoder when he picked up the live cover of the 3-5 favorite, Fly By Ry. He roared by Fly By Ry in the lane to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.3. Dealin Dan earned show. Rich Gillock trains Dragon Tattooteen, a 3-year-old son of Dragon Again-Tattootina, for Bob Key. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Run And Tell Pap snapped an uncharacteristic three-race losing streak by zipping through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:55 for Dave Palone. Rembrandt Spur finished second, 1/2 length back, while Austin's Jon Jon and TSM Photo Bugger dead-heated for show. Ron Burke trains Run And Tell Pap, a 7-year-old High Falls-Adele's Jade gelding who boosted his career bankroll to $459,301, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Palone. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that it will be featuring a new event, a Night Of Champions, at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Friday, January 31. Post time for the card will be 6:55PM, marking the first evening card of the 2014 season. "Hosting" the event will be a true champion, multi-millionaire Foiled Again. The star pacer will not only be available for a "meet and greet" in the winners circle at 6:30, but several lucky fans will receive the chance of a lifetime - to ride around the track behind Foiled Again. Fans hoping to get a jog cart ride from Foiled Again will need to arrive early, as names will be drawn at 6:45, ten minutes prior to the first race of the night. The owners of Foiled Again will also be giving away free hats, and New Vocations Standardbred Adoption agency will be offering "We Can't All Be Foiled Again" T-shirts to commemorate the evening. Horses that earned MSOA Horse of the Year awards for their age and gait will also be honored throughout the night with presentations in the winners circle between races. Twilight Bonfire, owned by Bob Key, will be honored as the MSOA's 2013 Horse of the Year. Twilight Bonfire was trained throughout much of 2013 by Danny Collins, and is wintering in the local barn of Rich Gillock. Each divisional award winner from last season will have a race named in their honor and owners of those horses are invited to a special gathering in Delvin's banquet room in the Racebook area. Fans will also have an opportunity to share in the success of harness racing's top training outfit, the Ron Burke Stable, which won a record 1,090 races in 2013. Fans can turn their losing tickets into a big payday on Night of Champions, as they enter a Second Chance Drawing which will have a $2,180 prize...$2 for every race that the Burke Stable won. The cash prize is sponsored by Burke Racing LLC, the MSOA, and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. The MSOA's prize wheel will also be back that night, giving fans a chance to "Spin To Win" various items, and free hot dogs will also be given away. January 31's Night of Champions is the lone night card during the month. From January through March, the track will host live racing on the final Friday of the month, post time 6:55. by Jeff Zidek for MSOA  

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