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WASHINGTON, PA, March 25, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan was indomitable on the front end, thwarting a strong challenge from Hillbilly Hanover to capture Wednesday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Atta Boy Dan covered the front half in a reasonable 56 before confronting the first-over Hillbilly Hanover. The 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding found another gear for Dave Palone, downing his rival by a length in 1:51.3 on a "good" surface. Dew N Doughnuts rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who won for the fourth time in his last six starts and lifted his career bankroll to $260,385, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Tony Hall and Palone each drove three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 23, 2015 -- Forced to the lead when Daylon Miracle shut him out of an early hole, Run And Tell Pap got the last laugh when he thwarted Daylon Miracle's first-over bid and captured Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Run And Tell Pap and Dave Palone appeared to be looking for a seat from the gate, but Daylon Miracle and Aaron Merriman had inside position and got there first. Run And Tell Pap turned the tables when he reeled off a 27.3 third quarter to keep Daylon Miracle at bay. He scored in 1:54.4, a head better than the rallying Classicality, while Daylon Miracle saved show. Ron Burke trains Run And Tell Pap, an 8-year-old High Falls-Adele's Jade gelding who extended his career bankroll to $531,306, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Here Comes Numbers (Here Comes Herbie) prevailed in Sunday’s $17,000 Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Jim Morrill Jr piloted the Ron Burke-trained seven year old to a front running score in the matinee’s featured race. Here Comes Numbers stopped the timer in 1:57.3 while scoring by open lengths over Red Hot Herbie (Billy Dobson) who was the runner up. Waiting On A Woman (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot in his return. Here Comes Numbers paid $8.40 to win and led an exacta that returned $63 and a trifecta that came back $227.50. Morrill and Burke also teamed up to win the Saturday night feature with Statesman N. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a 4:00pm first post time for the twilight racing card.  Mike Sardella

Statesman N (Christian Cullen) had to settle for second best as the betting public's favorite in last Saturday night's $17,500 feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway but this week, the Ron Burke-trained eight year old would not be denied. Statesman N, who came from off the pace in last week's 'Winners Over' pacing feature, moved out to the early lead for driver Jim Morrill Jr on the foggy Saturday night in Saratoga. Once he got to the lead, the 1-5 favorite would not be denied and hit the wire first in 1:54.3. Classic Gent (Stephane Bouchard) sat the pocket to the winner and held strong in the stretch to finish second while longshot JK Panache (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. While Statesman N was the feature winner, it was Mickey Hanover (Billy Dobson) who put up the fastest time of the young season at the Spa with a sensational victory that came in 1:52.4. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:45pm. Mike Sardella  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 13 -- Fashion Rocker had to survive an inquiry to do so, but she captured her second straight in the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Dream Ball scored in a career-best 1:53.2 to take Friday's other $15,000 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke teamed to sweep Friday's series leg, and that's not all the duo accomplished. Palone won five consecutive races, beginning with race 4, and he completed the 12-race card with six victories -- four for Burke. Palone drove seven straight winners at The Meadows on March 2, 1993, while the North American record for consecutive victories on a single raceway program is eight. After a first-over move, Fashion Rocker eased by Skyway Hurricane in the stretch to down her by a head in 1:55.3, with Littlewhitekiddie third. After reviewing the stretch drive for possible interference, the judges left the order undisturbed. In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Do Me Honor wore down Continual Velocity and defeated her by a neck in 1:53.1 for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. Macharoundtheclock earned show. The 7-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei - Do Me Right extended her career bankroll to $548,047. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Freehold, NJ --- The USTA website provides periodic glimpses at some of harness racing’s stars as they prepare for harness racing action this year. Today, we look at ageless record-setting pacer Foiled Again. FOILED AGAIN Dragon Again – In A Safe Place – Artsplace Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables Breeder: Barbara Matthews Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras 2014 Record: 26-6-8-5; $863,563; 1:50.2h Career: 224-83-56-32; $6.90 million; 1:48f Honors: Dan Patch Award for best older male pacer in 2013, 2012, 2011. Dan Patch Award for Pacer of the Year in 2011. O’Brien Award for best older male pacer in 2013, 2011. The road back: The 11-year-old Foiled Again qualified in 1:54.3 at the Meadowlands on March 7 and will return to the Big M on Friday for another qualifier as he prepares for the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Levy begins March 21. Foiled Again won the series in 2010 and 2009. He finished second in the final in 2013 and 2012 and was third in 2014 and 2011. “It was good,” trainer Ron Burke said about Foiled Again’s first qualifier of the year. “He did everything we asked of him, so we were happy with him. “We lost some time with the weather, but he’ll be fine. He couldn’t be any better. He’s training back as good or better than any other year. He’s an incredible horse. He just gets better and better all the time.” Bittersweet: Last year, Foiled Again finished second to now-retired stablemateSweet Lou in earnings among older pacers. Sweet Lou, who set a record with six consecutive wins in faster than 1:48, was named best older male pacer and Pacer of the Year. Sweet Lou won six of the races in which Foiled Again competed, with Foiled Again finishing second on three occasions. Overall for the year, Foiled Again’s second-place finishes included the TVG Free For All Series Championship, Canadian Pacing Derby, Dayton Pacing Derby, American-National, Allerage, and Mohawk Gold Cup. “Foiled’s schedule this year is basically the same as in the past,” Burke said. “I decided to have him be one of my top two horses for the big races. I don’t think anybody has his consistency. I’m going to have to stay the course and hope the races are a little weaker this year. Without (Sweet) Lou being in it should help him a little bit. Lou hurt him because he just couldn’t pace as fast as Lou. No matter what he did, he couldn’t get to him. If Foiled can get to a horse, he’ll usually beat him. But he just could never get to him.” Oh, that’s rich: No horse in harness racing history has banked more money than Foiled Again’s $6.90 million in lifetime North American purses. Foiled Again is the richest 7-year-old in history ($1.40 million in 2011), richest 8-year-old ($1.20 million in 2012), richest 9-year-old ($1.40 million in 2013) and richest 10-year-old ($863,563 in 2014). Combine the earnings of the next three richest 10-year-olds on the all-time list and they fall nearly $66,000 short of Foiled Again’s 2014 campaign. One in a million: Foiled Again is the only horse in North American harness racing history to have three million-dollar seasons. “I don’t know if there will be another one that can do it for so many years at the top level,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “He’s one of a kind. I know at this point that he’s got less ahead of him than he has behind him, so I’m enjoying him a lot more. I know every race is a privilege. He’s a very special horse and I’m thankful I get to drive him.” As easy as 1-2-3: For his career, Foiled Again has hit the board 57 times in races worth at least $100,000. Size doesn’t matter: Foiled Again has won at least one race worth more than $450,000 on every sized racetrack in North America -- half, five-eighths, seven-eighths and mile. “I hate to say it, but it’s almost now where we take him for granted,” Burke said. “It’s just because he’s so consistent. You never have to worry about him. You never have to worry that he’s going to race bad this week. He’s not going to; he races good every week.” Rambling on: The only older male pacers to receive three consecutive Dan Patch Awards are Foiled Again and Rambling Willie (1975-77). Interestingly, until Silent Swing’s $155,270 season in 2013, Rambling Willie was the sport’s richest 11-year-old pacer of all time, with $151,599 earned in 1981. “I think the most remarkable thing about Foiled is that he’s an 11-year-old and we’re still talking about him,” Burke said. “You just don’t see horses that are even ages 8 or 9 that are a major factor in their class. He’s 11 years old and nobody can say they’re definitely going to beat him this year. He’s got as good a chance as anybody at the end of the year to be talked about for aged pacer of the year.” Crowning moment: Foiled Again won the 2013 Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs by a nose over Pet Rock in the slop to become at age 9 the oldest Breeders Crown champion in history. “I really believe that race sums his career up,” said Gingras, who pumped his fist three times in celebration that night when the photo-finish result was posted on the tote board. “Doing it the way he did, roughing it up; he never had a breather at any point during the race. He was able to beat the best there was and no one had any excuse. He just refused to lose.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Foiled Again is back. The record-setting harness racing pacer, now an 11-year-old, qualified for the first time this season, winning in 1:54.3 Saturday morning at the Meadowlands Racetrack with Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke. Gingras and Foiled Again were fifth in the eight-horse field through the first half of the race, moved into fourth at three-quarters, and came home in :26.2 to win by a neck over Aslan. Foiled Again is the richest horse in harness racing history, with $6.90 million in earnings for his career. The gelding is preparing for the upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. “He was very good,” Gingras said. “He went nice and easy. We just sat in the back and let him pace home. He felt really good and he had a lot of pace in the stretch. “He feels no different (than previous years). He’s still enjoying his work. The minute he went behind the gate he grabbed on the bit and knew what it was about. He was happy to be there.” Last year, Foiled Again won six of 26 races and hit the board a total of 19 times on his way to purses of $863,563. His earnings ranked No. 2 among all older pacers in North America, trailing only now-retired former stablemate Sweet Lou. Foiled Again received Dan Patch awards for best older male pacer in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was Pacer of the Year in 2011. Foiled Again by Dragon Again, has won 83 of 224 lifetime starts and posted a total of 171 top-three finishes. He is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. Four-time Dan Patch award-winning older female pacer Anndrovette finished second by a neck to Scott DiDomenico’s Scandalicious in her first qualifying action of the campaign. The time was 1:54.2, with Anndrovette pacing the final quarter in a race-best :28.1. Anndrovette, trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., is preparing for the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers. Modest Prince, a 5-year-old trotter from the stable of trainer Linda Toscano, won his qualifier in 1:54.1 with a final quarter in :26.1. Julie Miller’s Sevruga was second, beaten by three lengths. For complete charts of Saturday’s qualifiers at the Meadowlands, click here.  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 6, 2015 - Tightener, schmightener. Season-debuting Sayitall BB (George Brennan, $13.60) went the distance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The 2014 Breeders Crown champ, who ended her season with in a local distaff derby win, used her customary tactic here. Assigned penultimate post position No. 7, she stepped around Handsoffmycookie (Matt Kakaley), then made the teletimer her best buddy (:29, :58.3). That did nothing for the chasers, including 9-10 choice Carolsideal (Dan Dube). The eight-hole-ordered lass, in search of a sixth consecutive victory, looked to leave but had no choice but to retreat. That plan served her well a week ago, but not with these pokey intervals and a talented lass putting them up. Coffee Addict (Eric Goodell) was first to move, trying it from fourth going toward the 1:26.3 three-quarters. "Carol" and her 5-for-5 seasonal resume had to hustle to catch that tow as Sayitall BB owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. She held sway, whipping "Cookie" by a half-length in a two-speed, 1:55 number. Coffee Addict held well for third, with Carolsideal and Marathon Day rounding out the payees. For third choice "BB," a 4-year-old daughter of Tell All co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, she's now 16-for-22 lifetime. The exacta paid $102.50, with the triple returning $711. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM) and a "French" Sunday (post time 1 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM) and a "French" Ides of March (Sunday, March 15, post time 1:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

Breeders Crown champion Sayitall BB returns to harness racing action at The Meadowlands Friday, looking this year to be the talk of the division for older female pacers. The 4-year-old Sayitall BB will prep for the upcoming Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway by competing in the Open Handicap for fillies and mares Friday at the Hilltop. She starts from post seven with driver George Brennan and is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. Sayitall BB won 10 of 16 starts in 2014 and earned $519,910 for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She captured five of her last six races, including the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers on Nov. 21 at the Meadowlands. She was supplemented to the Breeders Crown for $62,500. Trainer Ron Burke purchased Sayitall BB in October 2013 after the filly won her career debut by 4-1/2 lengths in 2:00.4 at Lebanon Raceway. She went 4-for-4 the remainder of the 2013 season in conditioned races at The Meadows. A daughter of stallion Tell All and mare Challo B B, Sayitall BB is a half-sister to million-dollar-earner Go On BB, who also raced for the Burke Stable. "We bought her off a maiden race at Lebanon and to think that we would supplement her to the Breeders Crown, I would have said never in a million years," co-owner Mark Weaver said. "But we did it and the fact that she won was pretty cool." Her connections hope there are many more wins in her future. Sayitall BB followed her Breeders Crown victory with a triumph in the Open Handicap for fillies and mares on Dec. 5 at Yonkers. She was the only 3-year-old in the field, winning from post six in 1:54.3 as the even-money favorite. The performance helped lead to Sayitall BB getting a chance to compete in the Matchmaker. "Yonkers is a funny track," Weaver said. "Some horses that we think can get around there do, and then some don't. We wanted to give her a shot. If she wouldn't have gotten around there, we probably would have brought her back in May when the bigger races came. But the fact she showed she could handle it, we figured we'd give her a mini-break and come back for the Matchmaker." Sayitall BB enjoyed two mini-breaks last year. She raced in January in the Blizzard Series at Woodbine before receiving a three-month layoff. When she returned, she raced eight times, winning four starts and finishing second in the Lynch Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes finals. With no other stakes events on her schedule, she got another three-month layoff before her season-ending string of races. "We could have raced her in the Opens, but it didn't really make sense," Weaver said. "It made more sense to give her some time and let her develop. She surely seemed to appreciate it. "In theory, I would think it would help her (coming back this year). But at the same time, Ronnie races and trains his horses as hard as anyone and they keep coming back, and he's had great success with the older horses. I don't think it could hurt that she had a break there, but it wouldn't have discouraged me if she did have a full year." Four-year-old mares have won three of the six Matchmaker Series finals, with two - Ginger And Fred and Rocklamation - coming from the Burke Stable. Rocklamation and Anndrovette tied for the 2014 Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer. Weaver thinks this year's race for the honor could be wide open, with 4-year-olds like Sayitall BB and 2014 Dan Patch Award-winning 3-year-old champ Color's A Virgin ready to enter the fray. "I think there's a chance where this year's 4-year-old class could be a factor in the division," Weaver said. "It's hard to pinpoint one thing (that stands out about Sayitall BB); I guess just the fact she knows how to win. She seems to do it any way. She's just tough. She brings it every week. She's a solid filly." by Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications / USTA  

WASHINGTON, PA, March 3, 2015 -- Terror Of The Nite opened an 8-length lead at the three-quarters, then coasted home to capture a division of Tuesday's harness racing Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. The opening leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings was contested over three divisions, with Techtor Hanover and Sopravvissuto taking the other $12,000 splits. The series honors the memory of the late Hall of Famer Walter Russell, a distinguished judge at a number of tracks. Although parked the opening quarter from post 8, Terror Of The Nite disposed of the early challenge by Somekindaparty and was all by himself turning for home. He won geared down for Dave Palone in 1:56 on a "good" surface, 4-3/4 lengths better than Whoopedemaginjosey. Rollinlikeahotshot finished third. Ron Burke trains Terror Of The Nite, a 4-year-old Western Terror - Her Odyssey gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone piloted four winners on the 14-race card while Tony Hall and Wilbur Yoder each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HARRISBURG PA - The Keystone Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced the harness racing humans and equines it will honor for outstanding performance in 2014 - and in one notable case, for many, many years before that.   Aime Choquette, 100 years young this past Halloween, is being honored with the Chapter's highest prize, the Mary Lib Miller Award, for longtime outstanding service to harness racing. The designation is especially appropriate in Choquette's case, as for over 40 years he was "right-hand man" for Mary Lib's husband, the immortal Delvin Miller, serving as second trainer for the likes of Arndon, Tarport Hap, and Horse of the Year Delmonica Hanover, who won the famous Prix d'Amerique while under Choquette's daily supervision in France.   Aime was also a pretty good "trainer" of harness executives, too - those who worked with him in the Miller barn include Hall of Famers Andy Grant and John Cashman Jr., along with Breeders Crown executive Tom Charters and many others in various fields of the sport.   For sheer impact on 2014, few can be mentioned in the same breath with trainer Ron Burke and his principal ownership partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. Burke again smashed the earnings record for harness trainers last year, and even surpassed the previous thoroughbred mark for North America, by harnessing the winners of over $28.3M, most of them owned by Burke Racing (Ron and his mother Sylvia) along with Weaver-Bruscemi. The trainer and the double partnership are being honored, not the least of reasons being that on many of their top horses they add "outside partners," giving people, often newcomers to the game, a taste of stakes success in very short order.   Burke leads the trainers standings at his home track, The Meadows, just as the leading driver there is Keystone honoree Dave Palone. Palone got the nod over Pocono/Philly driving champ George Napolitano Jr. because Dave now leads the entire world in career victories, eclipsing the old mark of the German meister Heinz Wewering late in 2014, and now standing at a count of 16,870 - and growing every week.   It's hard to overlook the breeder who has topped the moneywinning charts of each of the 66 years the stat has been kept in North America, and Hanover Shoe Farms more than deserves another honor for 2014, as their produce won $29.2M at the races, trailing only their own $30.0M total of 2012.   For top Pennsylvania Sire Stakes performer, there was a "dead-heat to win" between freshman pacing filly Southwind Roulette and her sidewheeling counterpart, sophomore colt McWicked. The filly had the richest single-season ever for a pacer in the Sire Stakes, going undefeated in four prelims and the Championship to bankroll $269,293, while McWicked became the fastest-ever Championship winner by streaking to a 1:48.4 triumph.   Top Pennsylvania-sired horse, combining both state and national-caliber starts, was the five-year-old stallion Sweet Lou, the sport's Pacer of the Year in 2014 on the strength of 11 wins, $1.36M in earnings, and a 1:47 victory at Pocono - the fastest mile ever on a five-eighth-mile track, and only a tick above the all-time racing standard.   To be honored as the state's top performers on the weekly Invitational level are the pacer Dancin Yankee and the trotter Cowgirl Hall. Dancin Yankee won six of his seven top-class starts at Pocono, fastest in 1:47.2, while the mare Cowgirl Hall came to The Meadows in June and then won 11 races the rest of the year, including a five-race win streak facing not only females but also "the boys."   The Keystone writers' choices will be honored in trackside presentations on their "home turf" over the next few months - except for Choquette, who understandably at 100 is not much of a traveler now. But if he could take a mare to France and win one of the world's toughest harness races, surely a way will be found to get his trophy to his home in la belle province of Quebec.   From the Keystone Chapter of USHWA

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 25, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan made it three straight at The Meadows when he strolled through a leisurely 58 half, then blazed home in 55.4 to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. Dave Palone was able to work out that comfortable half for Atta Boy Dan, which left the 6-year-old Western Terror - Dropitlikesitshot gelding plenty in reserve to thwart the stern first-over challenge from I'm Feelin Good. Atta Boy Dan scored in 1:53.4, 1-1/4 lengths better than the ground-saving Dew N Doughnuts, while I'm Feelin Good saved show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who extended his career bankroll to $244,560, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano and trainer Paul Corey teamed for three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 20, 2015 -- Returning from a layoff of more than three months, Continual Velocity still was the best at The Meadows as she notched a front-end harness racing victory in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace. Dave Palone hustled Continual Velocity to the front, where she enjoyed a comfortable 58 opening half on a "good" surface. Palone had to chase Continual Velocity in the lane, but the 7-year-old daughter of Real Artist - Extreme Velocity responded and held off Macharoundtheclock by 1/2 length in 1:55. The pocket-sitting R Marie Hanover was third. Ron Burke trains Continual Velocity, who now boasts $542,275 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. It was one of three wins on the 12-race card for Palone. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Coming off his first loss since December 13th, Rockeyed Optimist returned to the Meadowlands with a vengeance, winning his division of The Sonsam harness racing pacing series in 1:50.3. The first $17,500 division went post-ward as race two on the Saturday program with a field of six and Rockeyed Optimist was sent off as the 3/5 betting choice from post position one. The early speed came from Bettorever, fresh off his runner-up effort in round one with Corey Callahan. In fact, Bettorever would proceed to cut the mile, establishing fractions of 26.3, 55.4 and 1:24.4, stealing a 58.1 middle-half under no pressure, that is until Rockeyed Optimist and Brett Miller made their move. The favorite, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, sat back in fourth position early on and was guided to the outside approaching the half-mile pole where he would proceed first over, eventually racing on even terms with the pace-setter. Turning for home, Rockeyed Optimist exploded and powered away from the field winning in a sparkling 1:50.3, pacing the final quarter in an absurdly-fast 25.4. The win was one of four on the card for Brett Miller on the heels of his four-win performance Friday night. Rockeyed Optimist is trained by Steve Elliot for Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, A and B Srable and Joseph Battaglia. With the win, Rockeyed Optimist has surged past $100,000 in lifetime earnings while earning his ninth win of his career from 23 starts. Major Uptrend will be shooting for the series sweep, following his win in the second division of The Sonsam on Saturday night. After briefly allowing JK Patriot to claim the early lead, Yannick Gingras quickly guided Major Uptrend to the lead before the opening quarter and would click off fractions of 28, 55.4 and 1:23.4 before facing just mild pressure from Company Man who moved first over. In the stretch, Gingras called to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and the response was evident as there was never an anxious moment through the stretch. Major Uptrend won while racing well within himself equaling the mark of 1:50.3, identical to the winning time of Rockeyed Optimist in the first division of The Sonsam. Major Uptrend is trained by Ron Burke for Howard Taylor. In other racing action, National Seelster, the three year old colt that opened eyes winning upon debut two weeks ago returned to the races on Saturday night and returned with another win. Allowed to sit the pocket throughout the mile, National Seelster found room late in the stretch up the pylons and accelerated rapidly to win again, in 1:53.1. National Seelster, a son of Bettor's Delight is now two for two to start the career. An intriguing match-up could be on the horizon between a pair of undefeated and lightly raced three olds in the William "Buddy" Gilmour series between National Seelster and Wiggle It Jiggle It. The latter won a division of the first round of the Sonsam series and will square off with Rockeyed Optimist and Major Uptrend in the final of that series before tackling National Seelster in the Gilmour. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, but there were only two winning tickets which were paid a dividend of $4,257. The last race jackpot also carried over to the tune of $123,827 into the last race on the Thursday program, which will begin at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 13, 2015 -- She was racing off a three-month layoff, and her faltering cover didn't take her where she wanted to go. Nevertheless, Blissfull Romance was the best in Friday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Blissfull Romance was away eighth for Dave Palone and still trailing by 4-1/2 lengths at the three-quarters. When Palone tipped her three wide, she brushed powerfully and scored in 1:54.4, a neck better than Prima Dragon. Early leader R Marie Hanover saved show. Ron Burke trains Blissfull Romance, a 6-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall - Draconian Promise who lifted her career bankroll to $251,925, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano and Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. The Meadows is dark Monday in observation of Presidents' Day. Live racing resumes Tuesday, first post 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 11, 2015 -- Atta Boy Dan surrendered the lead at the three-quarters but found another gear late as he captured his second straight in Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A parked-out 27.1 opening panel made Atta Boy Dan vulnerable to the first-over bid of Royal Heart, who was able to cross over and move a length in front. When Dave Palone asked Atta Boy Dan for more, the 6-year-old Western Terror - Dropitlikeitshot gelding surged through the Lightning Lane, scoring in 1:53. Dew N Doughnuts was second, 1/2 length back, while Royal Heart saved show. Ron Burke trains Atta Boy Dan, who extended his career bankroll to $235,560, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Tony Hall and Palone each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

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