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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 14, 2017 -- Unefoisdansmavie made it two straight at The Meadows when she converted a gritty uncovered move to victory in Tuesday's $13,800 featured trot for harness racing fillies and mares. Unefoisdansmavie was sixth by 7-1/2 lengths when Eric Goodell sent her first over after the leader, Princess Pablano. It took until mid-stretch, but the 10-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World finally put away Princess Pablano and prevailed in 1:56.2. Homepage rallied for second, a neck back, while Whata Donato shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who now boasts $673,107 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 12-race card.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 7, 2017 -- Unefoisdansmavie threw down a 27.3 third quarter in the slop, fast enough to discourage most of the field and carry her to a harness racing victory in Tuesday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. After Eric Goodell gave her a comfortable 1:00.1 first half, Unefoisdansmavie was well positioned for that explosive third panel. Only Princess Pablano could stay with her, but that one's first-over bid fell a length short, with Whata Donato fourth-placed-third. The winning time was 1:56.4. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, a 10-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World who now boasts $666,207 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card, giving him seven over the last two programs. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 3, 2017 - A pocketed Set Me Up with harness racing driver George Brennan in the sulky was indeed set up Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 2, Set Me Up made the first lead before handing the baton to outside leaver Bettor N Better (Jason Bartlett). That one led through intervals of :27.3 and :57.1. The second backside appearance saw Hidden Land (Jeff Gregory) moved first-up from fifth, with Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) behind that one. Bettor N Better maintained her lead in and out of the 1:25.2 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half advantage off the final turn. However, she was about to go off the rails, but not before carrying Set Me Up into the passing lane. The latter ducked inside and prevailed by a half-length in 1:54.1. Second went to a season-debut Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron), who found herself buried alive as the 8-5 choice before finding her best stride-and a placed to place-too late. Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald), Hidden Land and Empress Deo rounded out the payees, while Bettor N Better tired to last among the seven lasses. For second choice Set Me Up, an 8-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her first win in three seasonal starts (33rd in a career now exceeding a half-million dollars). The exacta paid $34.80, with the triple returning $114. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 30, 2017 -- Mykindachip worked out a comfortable first half on the lead, then dug in to hold off the late challenge of Kingofthejungle and capture Monday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone gave Mykindachip a 29.4 second-quarter breather, enabling him to easily thwart the first-over thrust of Dapper Dude. The bigger menace was the pocket-sitting Kingofthejungle, who shot the Lightning Lane and drew even. But Mykindachip was up to the challenge, defeating Kingofthejungle by a head in 1:52.4, with Gokudo Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Mykindachip, an 8-year-old Art's Chip-Figmental gelding who extended his career bankroll to $664,552, for Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. Mike Wilder piloted five winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Norm Parker, while Tony Hall enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 28, 2017 - A repeating Caviart Luca and harness racing driver (George Brennan, bucked the front-end-is-awful trend Saturday night, repeating Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 3, Caviart Luca went right down the road (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24, 1:52.2), holding off a solid, season-debuting, first-over Long Live Rock (Dan Dube) by neck. Lucan Hanover (Brent Holland) was a belated third, with Roland N Rock (Jordan Stratton) and Somewhere in LA (Matt Kakaley) also closing for the minors. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) bottomed out of the pocket as the 19-10 favorite, finishing last among the octet. For second choice Caviart Luca, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, he's won all three of his seasonal starts. The exacta paid $58, with the triple returning $804. Saturday featured a cavalcade of closers, as only four of the 11 horses charted with the lead entering the lane did indeed close the sale. It also featured an 'unhit' Pick 5, so Sunday afternoon's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,436.39 (50-cent base wager, Sunday comprising races 6 through 10). Reminder first post for Sunday's 'French' matinee is 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Caviart Luca and harness racing dtiver George Brennan, $28.60 snapped odds-on Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. 'Twas a night better suited for Carl Sandburg (fog reference for all you academics out there), Caviart Luca found himself away from post position No. 3. He sat as 3-4 choice Blood Brother two-moved to the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Things remained unchanged after a 57-second intermission and 1:25 three-quarters, with Blood Brother taking a 2½-length lead into the lane. Despite a mediocre tow from P H Supercam (Scott Zeron), Caviart Luca was relentless from second-up. He picked off the pace-setter by a nose in 1:52.2, with P H Supercam, Roland N Rock (Jordan Stratton) and City Hall (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. E Z Noah (Dan Dube) was outrun. As an aside, it was the first time Bartlett did not drive P H Supercam here since September, 2013. For fifth choice Caviart Luca, a now-6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, he's won both of his seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65.50, with the triple returning $204. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 3, 2017 -- Skippin By overwhelmed the leader with a first-over blitz in the slop and went on to a comfortable victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By was in third place when Dave Palone sent her after Medusa, who was unchallenged on the lead to that point. The 6-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia cleared into the final turn and drew off to score in 1:52.2 geared down. Tipitina found late racing room to finish second, 3/4 lengths back, with Spreester third. Ron Burke trains Skippin By, who now boasts $688,504 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Wall Bros. Stable and Bruce Soulsby. Palone piloted six winners -- giving him 10 over the last two programs -- including three for Burke while Aaron Merriman fashioned a driving quadruple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadowlands

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2016 -- Trailing by 5-1/2 lengths at the half, Unefoisdansmavie unleashed a sustained bid that carried her to victory in Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie was still 4 lengths behind at the top of the stretch when she found another gear for Dave Palone and overtook Victory Is Coming, who broke stride near the wire, to triumph in 1:58.2 over a sloppy, tiring surface. Bessie and Wendy's Girl were promoted to second and third, respectively. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, a 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World who now boasts $647,907 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected three wins on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) made his Saratoga harness racing debut a winning one on Saturday night in the $18,000 Open Pace. The Ron Burke trainee is enjoying another terrific year and brought his talents to the Spa for the first time to take part in the Saturday feature. Assigned the outside post, Limelight Beach blasted out to the early lead in a 26.3 opening quarter but driver Stephane Bouchard gave the five year old pacer a bit of a second quarter breather before he faced his first legitimate challenge in the stretch. Limelight Beach cruised away in the final strides to prevail in 1:51.3 on a chilly December night in the Spa City. Artful Way (Frank Coppola Jr) came on to finish second while JK Panache (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for third. Limelight Beach was the race's 6-5 favorite in the betting and led an exacta and triple that paid $32.20 and $84.50, respectively. Burke had a training triple on the Saturday card. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Harness racing favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.30) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, 'Terry' left around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), making the lead right at the :27.4 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to a three-deep First Class Horse (Eric Goodell), who found a :56.2 intermission. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) then moved from fifth, offered a minimal challenge in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters. First Class Horse then owned a length-and-three-lead into the lane, where Take it Back Terry was all dressed up. He ducked inside, winning by a neck in 1:52.4. First Class Horse just held second over a hard-charging Blood Brother (Jordan Stratton), with P H Supercam and newly-minted, all-age track-record holder The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the remainder. For Take it Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his seventh win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33.80, the triple returned $171 and the superfecta paid $980. Note Sunday's (Dec. 4th) first post is High Noon. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 26, 2016 -- Atta Boy Dan moved powerfully first over to wear down his stablemate, Mykindachip, and capture Saturday's $20,000 harness racing Preferred Pace at The Meadows. With Mykindachip on a seemingly comfortable lead, Mike Wilder moved Atta Boy Dan from fourth. The 7-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikesithot gelding overtook Mykindachip in mid-stretch and scored in 1:52. Latest Desire rallied for second, a neck back, while Dapper Dude shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who now boasts $651,942 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Wilder, who collected seven wins on Wednesday's card, notched five more on Saturday's 13-race program while Burke enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing trainer Ron Burke harnessed his 416th and 417th winning charges of the year in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, sweeping the features with trotter Lady's Dude and pacer Enoch.   In the $20,000 high-level conditioned trot, the Victory Sam gelding Lady's Dude, who lost a two-race winning streak when he made a break last week, returned to his triumphant ways, overcoming a first-over trip in 0oC (32oF for fans south of the border) conditions to win by a neck over pacesetter B Yoyo in 1:53. Andrew McCarthy handled sulky duty behind the career winner of $394,998 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Johnny Yoder.   It was much warmer - 340 - when earlier in the card the sophomore Panspacificflight gelding Enoch took a new mark of 1:51.4 while making every pole a winning one in an $18,000 "nw 7 races" pace. Jim Marohn Jr. had the winner of over $90,000 in this, his first season at the races, three lengths clear at the wire for the all-conquering Burke / Weaver-Bruscemi team, Phil Collura, and Frank Baldachino.   Ron Burke is the leading trainer at The Meadows (224) and Harrah's Philadelphia (95), and his 98 wins at Pocono put him third behind Chris Oakes and Rene Allard - and then there are those 408 other wins he has scattered through North American raceways in 2016. Burke has one other distinction at Pocono - he is the leading trainer of horses paying $50 or more this season, with four bombers.   Burke and all the other Pocono horsemen get one more shot to add to their seasonal statistics this coming Saturday night at the mountain oval, with the first of 14 races on the last card of the year listed to go at 6:30 p.m.   PHHA / Pocono      

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 21, 2016 -- Skippin By had to work hard for the early lead but never was threatened thereafter as she coasted to a 1:53 harness racing victory in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Skippin By hadn't won since an Aug. 29 triumph at The Meadows, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Since then, she's faced a steady diet of elite mares and grabbed a fifth-place check in the Breeders Crown final. On Monday, she dominated the field for Dave Palone after wresting the early lead from Spreester, downing the first-over Classic Carpet by a length. Spreester finished third. Ron Burke trains Skippin By, a 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Southern Magnolia who boosted her career bankroll to $670,604, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Wall Bros. Stable and Bruce Soulsby. Palone and owner Bob Key enjoyed triples on the 14-race card while Shawn Johnston collected two wins as a driver and another as a trainer. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

TORONTO, November 19— Snowstorm Hanover grabbed control early in the mile and coasted around the Woodbine harness racing oval to a 1:55.1 win as the 7-5 public choice in the $404,000 Valley Victory Final on Saturday evening. The Ron Burke-trained colt by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover was sent to the front by driver Matt Kakaley, trotting splits of :28.1 and :57.3. Into the final turn, Snowstorm Hanover gained three lengths of separation from pocket-rider Moonshiner Hanover, as well as from first-over pursuer Jake and International Moni on his back. Trotting three-quarters in 1:25.3, Snowstorm Hanover still held a sizable lead through the stretch. International Moni fanned off cover and narrowed in on the leader while Jake chased them from third, but Snowstorm Hanover remained in front by a length. “I got to the front, just like in the elimination, and he held them off,” said Kakaley. “There was [a tense moment] in about the last sixteenth or so when I heard them coming, and he was getting a little tired, but he was still good.” Returning $4.90 to win, Snowstorm Hanover won his sixth race in 14 starts, amassing $395,919 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stables LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Phillip Collura. by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

East Rutherford, N.J. -- After patiently tracking an exacting pace, odds-on harness racing favorite Tessa Seelster ($3.00) was able to chase down pocket rival Inittowinafortune to capture Friday's (November 18) featured $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands.   Tessa Seelster was anxious to move forward when the gates folded in, but Yannick Gingras was able to wrangle the 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play into a tracking spot behind pacesetter Nat a Virgin (David Miller) and the pocket-sitting Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) through early splits of :26.3 and :53.4. With five-sixteenths to go, Tessa Seelster angled second-over behind Inittowinafortune, who powered clear of a taxed Nat a Virgin approaching head-stretch. While Inittowinafortune edged away by nearly four lengths in upper stretch, she too began to tire in the final sixteenth, just nosed out in the last yards of a 1:50 mile by Tessa Seelster. Icommandmyspirit (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied belatedly to save third, 2-3/4 lengths in arrears of the top pair.   Ron Burke trains Tessa Seelster for the Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Jonathan Newman.   Always B Miki retired in trackside ceremony   World champion Always B Miki made one final visit to the Big M winner's enclosure for a special retirement ceremony after he capped his career with a resounding win in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace last weekend. The fastest Standardbred to ever set foot on a racetrack concluded his career with 30 wins in 53 career starts, over $2.7 million in earnings, and a career mark of 1:46 taken at the Red Mile in October. Always B Miki will transition from the Jimmy Takter stable to assume stud duty at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania.   Live racing returns to The Meadowlands with an 11-race card slated for Saturday (November 19) evening, and a last-race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover of $38,181.74. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke’s stable surpassed $20 million in purses for the fourth consecutive year on Monday night (Nov. 14) when Encore Deo won the seventh race at Yonkers Raceway. No other trainer in history has ever reached $20 million in purses in a season. In 2014, Burke’s stable set an all-breed record of $28.4 million in purses. Burke has led the sport in wins and purses each of the past seven years and is set to do it again in 2016. Burke leads the win standings with 799, holding an advantage of 397 wins over second-place Rene Allard, and has doubled second-place Jimmy Takter in earnings. For his career Burke has won 7,471 races and $168 million in purses, both records. The majority of the wins and earnings have been accumulated since 2008 when Burke took over his family’s stable fulltime. Burke was the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Trainer of the Year in 2013 and 2011. His father Mickey was Trainer of the Year in 2006. In 2013, Burke Racing and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi received the Owner of the Year Award. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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