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WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 26, 2019 -- Three divisional leaders -- Tall Drink Hanover, Warrawee Ubeaut, Stonebridge Soul -- each looked to burnish her credentials in Monday's Romola Hanover, a $167,677 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for harness racing sophomore filly pacers at The Meadows. Tall Drink Hanover and Warrawee Ubeaut did just that, but Stonebridge Soul fell to 15-1 outsider Sweet Lucy Lou. Tall Drink Hanover has an impeccable pedigree -- she's by Captaintreacherous out of the Dragon Again mare Take Into Account -- yet Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Myron Bell's Riverview Racing LLC were able to pick her up at Harrisburg for only $35,000. "Thirty-three fillies by Captaintreacherous sold the first day of the sale, and she was the next-to-last," Bell said. "People who'd already bought fillies weren't looking for her; we were. We were lucky enough to get a $100,000 filly for $35,000." Indeed, she entered the Romola Hanover off three straight victories, all stakes, that included a 1:48 mile in the Shady Daisy at the Meadowlands, fastest this year by a 3-year-old filly. On Monday, she got away third, gobbled up the field when Andrew McCarthy asked her to, and scored in 1:50.1, lifting her career bankroll to $573,556. Rockn Philly was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, with Pretty N Fast third. "I think she'll be good from here on out," said winning trainer Tony Alagna. "She actually was good early but didn't have much go her way. She's very versatile and can do it a lot of different ways." Warrawee Ubeaut, last year's Dan Patch Award winner, was just as impressive, stalking Alagna's Treacherous Reign from the pocket and blowing by late to triumph for Yannick Gingras in 1:49.2, 3 widening lengths better than Treacherous Reign. Trillions Hanover completed the ticket. "All this year we've been working to make her a complete racehorse and not just go down the road and be hot," said Ron Burke, who trains the daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories. "You saw that today. She sits in, does what she's told and then reacts. By the end of the year I still think she's the best filly." Warrawee Ubeaut now has banked $945,053 for Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. When 1-5 favorite Stonebridge Soul led narrowly out of the final turn, it seemed victory was secure as her chief challenger, Sweet Lucy Lou, hadn't won a stake all year. But the daughter of Sweet Lou-Ultimate Bet still had pace aplenty, and when Eric Goodell found a seam for her between horses, she poured through and edged Stonebridge Soul by a neck in a career-best 1:51.4. Odds On St Lucie earned show. "The last three-eighths is her thing," Goodell said. "That's when she starts getting into gear. She paces as hard at the wire as she can. (Going between horses) was important because she runs in. I didn't want to have to work her around horses because she might not have got by." Robert Cleary conditions Sweet Lucy Lou, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $130,034, for Royal Wire Products. The top fillies in the division will reconvene Sept. 7 at The Meadows for the PASS championship. On that date, the track will host all four $250,000 PASS championships and all four $50,000 consolations. Monday's program also featured a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake, with Demi Hill and Sweet Cherry taking the splits. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 14-race card. Tuesday's program at The Meadows features three rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $4,724.08 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $660.96 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug 25, 2019 -- Monday's $167,277 Pennsylvania Sires Stake has drawn many of the division's top 3-year-old filly pacers, none of them hotter than Tall Drink Hanover. The daughter of Captaintreacherous-Take Into Account has won three straight -- all stakes -- defeating most of those rivals in the process, and her 1:48 mile in the Shady Daisy was a thing of beauty. She'll try to extend that streak when she leaves from the rail in the ninth race with regular pilot Andrew McCarthy aboard. First post is 1:05 PM. Although Tall Drink Hanover banked $362,414 at 2 for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing, she started this year more slowly. While she captured a Lynch Memorial elimination, she was last in the final. That followed a seventh-place finish in the Fan Hanover final. But she was most impressive in the Shady Daisy at the Meadowlands, when, despite a parked-out first quarter, she downed such outstanding fillies as Dan Patch Award winner Warrawee Ubeaut, Stonebridge Soul and Alagna's Treacherous Reign. It was then, and still is, the fastest mile this year by a 3-year-old filly pacer. Tall Drink Hanover sold for $35,000 at Harrisburg, something of a bargain considering her blue-blood pedigree. She'll benefit from the luck of the PASS draw, as all the foes she vanquished in the Shady Daisy will go in other divisions: Treacherous Reign (race 7, post 1, Dexter Dunn); Warrawee Ubeaut (race 7, post 3, Yannick Gingras); Stonebridge Soul (race 8, post 6, Tim Tetrick). Monday's card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly pacers and a pair of carryovers -- $4,236.22 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $428.60 in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi, who won the 2019 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids with the second-fastest time in the race's 53-year history, Friday made a triumpht return to The Meadows, easily capturing a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split with another sub-1:50 effort. Crimson And Chrome sprang a 21-1 upset in the other division of the $170,058 event, known as the Tarport Effrat, for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Southwind Ozzi had raced only once since that 1:48 victory in the Adios, enduring a parked-out journey in the Carl Milstein at Northfield. On Friday, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara took matters into his own hands, powering to the front for Brian Sears and never letting the pocket-sitting Captain Victorious get close. He downed that rival by a length in 1:49.1, with Semi Tough third. " He was a little warm after the Adios, so we put earplugs in for Northfield," Sears said of the winner, who is trained by Bill MacKenzie for Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice and now boasts $388,764 in career earnings. "But he was a little green with the earplugs, so we decided to go without them tonight. He was really relaxed tonight. He's a big horse, and he likes a big track." Southwind Ozzi has four wins in as many starts this year at The Meadows -- and he'll get a chance for No. 5 in the Sept. 7 PASS championship. On that date, The Meadows will host all four $250,000 PASS championships, and all four $50,000 consolations, for 3-year-olds. Crimson And Chrome hadn't performed in a stake, much less captured one, in his seven most recent starts. But he pounced on a hot pace, brushed widest of all through the lane and scored in a career-best 1:50.3 for Tim Tetrick. Highlandbeachlover rallied for second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Prince Of Tides completed the ticket. Jim King, Jr. conditions the Sweet Lou-McSauna gelding, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $151,707, for Tim Tetrick LLC. "I knew we could win if the race had any pace, and they definitely put the numbers up," Tetrick said. "My horse has been charging hard; he's been waiting for this race. It feels good. I bred him, I own him and it's been cool to see him grow up." $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers In Friday's subfeature, He's Packin moved without cover and zipped home in a stake-record 1:50 for Corey Callahan, trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere. Captain Mulzac was 1/2 length back in second, while Latissimus Hanover earned show. "He acts like he's one of those horses that doesn't really get tired," Callahan said of the homebred Western Ideal-Power Pack Hanover gelding. "He's been going big back halves, but he's been too far away to catch them. Today, he was close enough." In the other division, Under Paid secured a good early seat from post 7, then poured through the Lightning Lane to pull off the 21-1 upset. The 1-5 favorite Captain Malicious was second, beaten a neck, with Captainfabulous third. "I kind of played it by how he felt," said winning driver Matt Kakaley. "We were four wide into the turn, but he felt good, so I figured I'd race him. He exploded late. He had a lot left." Ron Burke trains the son of A Rocknroll Dance-Upfront Cruzin for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the card features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- a $167,277 PASS and a $40,000 PA Stallions Series event. On the wagering front, the program offers a $4,236.22 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), and a $428.60 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. Alesha Binkley wins Billings Western Final Alesha “The Hoosier Hotshot” Binkley and Body Of Work waited their turn in the pocket, then charged through the Lightning Lane to capture Friday’s $12,000 Western Final of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows. Binkley stalked the leader, Stephen “You’re Never Too” Oldford (Mego Moss) until the lane and had plenty of trot to blow by, scoring in 1:58.1. Dein “The Dream” Spriggs (Security Guard) was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Bob “The Lumberman” Troyer (Ubanji) and Michelle “The Belle” Ruvola (Tartufo Lindy) finished in a dead heat for show. “”He’s really grabby on the front or in the post parade,” Binkley said. “But once you put him on a helmet, he’s two fingers. He loves a two-hole trip.” Trent Stohler trains the 6-year-old ABC Garland-Battle Axe gelding, who extended his career bankroll to $167,593, for Trent Stohler Stable Inc. Binkley called the win a significant milestone for her. “This means a lot,” she said. “I’ve been working for it all year long. One of my goals was to win it, and it feels good to get it done.” She indicated her next goal would be to capture the ladies’ pace to be conducted at Delaware, Ohio as part of Little Brown Jug Week. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 22, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi, whose eye-popping 1:48 victory in this year's Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids was the second fastest in the 53-year history of the race, will return to the scene of his greatest triumph for Friday's $170,058 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tarport Effrat, goes as races 2 and 4, with 'Ozzi' leaving from post 7, race 4, with Brian Sears in the sulky. First post for the special twilight card is 5:30 PM. Trainer Bill MacKenzie has been picking his spots carefully for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Solara, who's owned by Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice. In fact, since the Adios, he's raced only once, a misadventure in the $400,000 Carl Milstein at Northfield Park. 'Ozzi' was parked the mile from post 7 but managed a fifth-place check. "It was an awful trip," MacKenzie says. "They went the half in 57; you see $3,000 claimers doing that. It was crazy. He had no chance." Nevertheless, it was the colt's first test on a half-mile track, and MacKenzie used it to gauge how he might fare in the Little Brown Jug, which is raced on the half-mile oval at Delaware, Ohio. If the Milstein was a Jug audition, 'Ozzi' aced it. "He got around the track good, and he came out of it good," MacKenzie says. "So we are planning for the Jug. Who knows where we're going after that." Friday's PASS will be an Adios reunion of sorts, as 10 of the 14 scheduled combatants raced in the Pace for the Orchids. One alum who's likely to acquit himself better is Captain Victorious, who captured an Adios elimination but blew up inexplicably in the final, retreating to last after leading at the quarter. Trainer Ron Burke said he gave the son of Captaintreacherous-Belclare a complete work-up and found nothing that might explain the dismal performance. But Captain Victorious rebounded in the Milstein with a strong place finish and figures to be a formidable foe for 'Ozzi." He goes from post 3, race 4, for Yannick Gingras. Friday's card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is sponsoring "First Responders Night' to honor the region's first responders and provide them and their families with an entertaining night at the races. All first responders in uniform or with appropriate ID may receive free wagering vouchers and race programs while those whose names are drawn in a lottery will participate in a match race. Family Fun activities include a bounce house, a balloon artist and face painting. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 21, 2019 -- Goes Down Smooth and Klutzy each won a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split Wednesday at The Meadows, nailing down berths in the championship for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. On Sept. 7, The Meadows will host all four PASS $250,000 championships -- and all four $50,000 consolations -- for 3-year-olds. Goes Down Smooth was the dominant performer in the Super Bowl, as the $167,002 stake is known. The 1-5 favorite quarter-poled to the top for Matt Kakaley and drew off to an insurmountable lead. The Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding scored in a career-best 1:53, 7-3/4 lengths better than Macmorris Hanover, with Ginger Tree Skyr third. "He's getting better all the time," Kakaley said. "He's smarter. He lets me do whatever I want with him now. He used to get a little hot leaving, but he's been a gentleman lately." Ron Burke trains the winner, who now has banked $193,804, for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, Joseph Martin and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. At 2, Klutzy showed intermittent flashes of brilliance that suggested he might become one of the tops of his division. But winning driver Andy Miller acknowledged that Klutzy's talent has been intermittent this year as well. "I wouldn't say he's disappointed us, but he hasn't stepped up as much as I thought he might," Miller said. "But he's done okay. He had quite a bit of go today, and I thought they were tired on the front, so I thought I had a good shot." The son of Cantab Hall-Upside Hanover was sharp in the Super Bowl, moving first over to overtake Final Claim and down him by a length in 1:54.3, a life mark. Explosive Form completed the ticket. Julie Miller trains Klutzy, who extended his career bankroll to $179,262, for Stroy, Inc. $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Faithfulandtrue and Kate's Massive each took a division of the subfeature, and each had to work hard for the winner's check. Faithfulandtrue made the point with a quarter-pole move but had to resist late pressure from Consus Victory to score in 1:54.4, a career best, for Mike Cole, trainer Joseph Columbo and owner George & Tina Dennis Racing. Crossfit earned show. "When he races like that, he usually doesn't let anybody get to him, but I had to chase him today," Cole said. "But he fought him off. He's matured a lot lately and turned into a racehorse." He indicated the Donato Hanover-Seducer Hall gelding likely would be turned out. Kate's Massive had to take a seat after an abortive try for the lead from post 8, then was forced to come first over down the backside. He had just enough left in the tank to prevail in 1:55.2 for Dave Palone, trainer Ray Paver and owner Harry Horowitz. Stonebridge Symba was second, beaten a head, with Ragtime Hanover third. "We knew the eight hole would be a tough spot, that they would all be looking to line up behind him," Palone said. "He fought for me when I moved him from third. He's a nice colt. I'd like to try him without hopples one of these times." Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special Friday twilight card that features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $170.058 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event. In addition, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is sponsoring "First Responders Night' to honor the region's first responders and provide them and their families with an entertaining night at the races. All first responders in uniform or with appropriate ID may receive free wagering vouchers and race programs while those whose names are drawn in a lottery will participate in a match race. First post Friday is 5:30 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 20, 2019 -- Suddenly Royal stalked Lakeisha Hall from the pocket, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Suddenly Royal sprang to the early lead and stretched out Lakeisha Hall to a swift 26.2 quarter before yielding. When Jim Pantaleano angled Suddenly Royal to the Lightning Lane, she had plenty in the tank and downed Lakeisha Hall in 1:51.4. Caviart Scarlett completed the ticket. Christen Pantaleano trains the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Resilient for A Piece Of The Action LLC. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, when the program features a pair of events for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters -- a $167,002 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2019 -- "First Responder Night," presented by The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) and The Meadows Racetrack & Casino to honor the region's first responders and provide a fun evening at the races for them and their families, is set for Friday, Aug. 23. All first responders in uniform or with appropriate ID will receive betting vouchers and free programs when they visit the MSOA table in the Racebook. In addition, Friday's live harness racing card, which begins at the special post time of 5:30 PM, will include a first responder match race, with participants drawn by lot. The evening also will feature "Family Fun Night" activities that include a bounce house, a balloon artist and a face painter. The Aug. 23 card is highlighted by a pair of stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers -- a $165,000 (est) Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 (est) PA Stallion Series event. For more information, please contact the MSOA's Dawnelle Mock at 724.470.8303, dawnellemock@gmail.com. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 17, 2019 -- Real Cool Cam had what you might call a fair-to-middlin' day in Saturday's $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Not only did he equal the world record 1:54.4 for freshman gelding trotters on a five-eighths-mile track, but he also extended his career unbeaten streak to six. The time matched that of Amigo Volo, who logged his record just one week ago at Harrah's Philadelphia. Ironically, Amigo Volo competed in Saturday's PASS, finishing second in a different split. Real Cool Sam's mile also is a track record for The Meadows and equaled the mark for the Florida Pro, as the stake is known. In the previous wins in his remarkable streak, Real Cool Sam never led at the quarter. The son of Muscle Hill-Cooler Schooner, whom owner Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms named to honor the late race caller Sam McKee, extended that streak as well, getting away third for David Miller before brushing to the point past the quarter. Real Cool Sam opened a daylight lead and, though King Alphonso was gaining at the wire, scored comfortably by 1-1/4 lengths. Hell Patrol finished third. His six straight wins have earned $248,134 for Real Cool Sam. "He looked very comfortable, and Dave said he raced very easily," said winning trainer Jim Campbell. "I'm very blessed to be able to train a horse like Sam. If I were sure he'd make the PASS final without going to the fourth leg, I'm not sure I'd go there. There have been a lot of winners, though, so I have to look into that. I'm trying not to get too many starts into him this year." Rome Pays Off and Gangster Hanover took the other Florida Pro splits, each in 1:55. Rome Pays Off quarter-poled to the top for Mattias Melander and held off Big Oil by 1/2 length, with Chestnut Hill third. " I felt in control all the time, but he's still a little immature," Melander said. "He really didn't know what he was doing up front, so I had to keep him on the bit all the time. He feels like he has it all." Marcus Melander conditions the son of Muscle Hill-Order By Wish, who vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings, for SRF Stable. $80,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Miller extended his big day In Saturday's subfeature, winning three of the four divisions with Town Victor, Beyond Kronos and Saxon -- the latter two for Campbell. Spring Roll captured the other split. Town Victor prevailed in 1:56.1, fastest of the stake, by saving his brush until the three-quarters and outdueling Loyal Fox Hanover to down him by 1/2 length, with Don Grigio third. It was the second PA Stallions victory for the Winning Mister-P Town Girl gelding. "He was lucky today when a couple of the favorites made breaks," said Rich Gillock, who trains and owns the homebred with Barbara Richardson. "But I'd rather have some good luck for a change." Spring Roll rebounded from a near-disastrous outing when he had something other than racing on his mind. "He had the 9 hole last time and tried to duck out the draw gate," explained winning driver Aaron Merriman. "He made a break, but when he came back trotting, he was phenomenal. So I actually was very confident today. He was loaded, and he was well in hand." On Saturday, he found late racing room between horses and scored in 1:57.4, 1-1/2 lengths better than Matter Of Focus. Libero Hanover earned show. Chris Beaver trains the son of Cantab Hall-Won Ton Hanover and owns with Robert McNerney, Bill Manes and Leo Fleming. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters -- a $164,002 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event -- as well as a $1,501.28 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2019 -- The last time we heard anything of Paulie Walnuts Gualtieri, he was clinging to life after being whacked in the bloody turf war between his Sopranos gang of New Jersey and their New York rivals. That was in 2007. Yet Paulie Walnuts will race at The Meadows in Saturday's Florida Pro, a $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Of course, it won't be Tony Sirico, the actor who portrayed Paulie Walnuts in the long-running HBO series The Sopranos. Rather, it's his harness racing equine namesake, a promising youngster who's seeking his first stakes win for owner Howard Taylor and trainer Bill Mullin. The Florida Pro goes as races 1, 2 and 10, with Paulie Walnuts and Mike Wilder leaving from post 3 in race 2. First post is 1:05 PM. Paulie Walnuts (Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover) was bred by Steve Jones of Cameo Hills Farm. Jones, who likes to have fun with foal names, is a Sopranos devotee. "I watched that show religiously from start to finish, and Paulie Walnuts is my favorite character," Jones says. "He has so many quirks -- his mannerisms, his rings, the way he holds his hands, the way he tilts his head. He's certainly a favorite of mine. I wanted to use his name somewhere along the way." It wasn't the first time Jones dipped into Sopranos lore for a foal name. In 2001, he named a baby Mr Bada Bing after the topless joint that Tony Soprano's gang operated. "He was a full brother to Deweycheatumnhowe, but he wasn't as successful," Jones recalls. Mullin, meanwhile, is a fan of the Paulie Walnuts character as well. "I didn't miss too many episodes," he says. "What I remember about Paulie Walnuts is that skunk hair-do." Mullin picked up Paulie Walnuts when Taylor shifted him from the Gareth Dowse stable and made only a few rigging changes, including a switch to aluminum shoes behind. Has Mullin seen anything of the casual violence of Paulie Walnuts in his equine namesake? "Not at all," Mullin says. "He's a gentleman, a pro. He picks up on everything you want him to. In his first couple starts, he showed that he has speed, and I think he wants to be a racehorse. "He's not staked to much this year, but if he performs well in the four or five shots he has remaining, he'll have more next year." Can he win Saturday? You bet, or as Paulie Walnuts might say, "Fuhgeddaboutit." Saturday's program also features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and a $1,319.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. Paulie "fuhgeddaboutit" Walnuts in Meadows PASS

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 14, 2019 -- Shuffled to seventh at the half, Future Spin threaded her way through horses in the lane to pull off the 25-1 shocker in Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Future Spin had plenty of late pace, but Jason Merriman had to find a seam for the 4-year-old daughter of Artiscape-Buy In Hanover. When he did, Future Spin burst through to score in 1:55, a head better than Sewonandsewforth, who was parked the mile. An Original Dragon finished third. Dan Walski trains Future Spin, who won for the first time in 15 starts this year, for Walski Stables LLC. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features a pair of events for freshman colt and gelding trotters: a $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event. On the wagering front, the program will offer a $1,319.68 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2019 -- Lyons Sentinel blasted through the soggy Lightning Lane to score for Tim Tetrick in 1:51, matching the stake record for the Meadow Cheer, a $183,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman harness racing filly pacers, Tuesday at The Meadows. Rocknificent worked hard to capture the other division, giving Tetrick a stake sweep. Trainer Jim King, Jr. received Lyons Sentinel in mid-July when owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound moved her from the stable of Gareth Dowse. King said he made only minor rigging changes for the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tutu Hanover. "She came to me a pretty good filly," King said. "She's kind of limber necked, so we added a pair of line poles, and we ended up putting a set of knee boots on her. I like her determination. On the front end, she'll be loose-lining. When a horse comes to her, she bucks right up. She's a fighter." In the Meadow Cheer, she yielded to the pocket once Baby Your The Best quarter-poled to the top. Though the track had been rendered "good" by intermittent rain, Lyons Sentinel had little trouble overpowering Baby Your The Best and downing her by 2 lengths. More Than Kute finished third. It was the second PASS win for Lyons Sentinel, who matched the stake record of Bettor's Up and vaulted over $100,000 in earnings. When she won a July 20 PASS split, Rocknificent was forced to close outside after a slowish 58.1 first half. On Tuesday, it was deja vu all over again; the half went in 58.1, with Rocknificent chasing outside. This time she was able to follow the live first-over cover of Beyond Ecstasy. "When I saw that half, I thought, 'here we go again,'" said Linda Toscano, who trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocklamation for Enviro Stables, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC. "I saw her pace the last half in 54 the last time she was here. I think she can do it; I just don't want her to do it too often. "She looks the part, she has the pedigree and she acts like she likes doing what she's doing.' Rocknificent kicked by Beyond Ecstasy in the lane to defeat her by 1/2 length in 1:52.2, with Marloe Hanover third. Aaron Merriman collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the card features a $994.84 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2019 -- Adriano Hanover stretched his career unbeaten streak to four with a hard-earned victory in Saturday's $180,082 Tyler B, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, at The Meadows. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed to win the other divisions with Cattlewash and Caliber. Adriano Hanover and Tim Tetrick made a delayed bid for the lead, reaching the point at the quarter in 27.2. When Tetrick gave him a 29.1 second-panel breather, the son of Western Ideal-A And G'sconfusion was able to thwart the first-over charge of Tell Them Lou and score in a career-fastest 1:52.2. Catch The Fire was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Hey Run Me Over third. "I was just seeing how things were playing out," Tetrick said. "I didn't want to get away sixth or seventh and have to move forward. That colt came pretty hard at him, but we weren't going really fast. I kind of had my colt asleep, but he woke right up. It was the first time I've pulled the plugs on him, and he paced all the way to the wire." Jim King, Jr. trains Adriano Hanover, a $60,000 yearling acquisition who was named for prominent horseman Adriano Sorella. The colt now has won three stakes -- all at The Meadows -- for Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III. When Cattlewash was caught late in an Adios Day Arden Downs split at The Meadows, Gingras speculated that he had waited for horses while on top. The youngster wasn't lonely up front in the Tyler B, as he grabbed the lead early and widened late to prevail in 1:52.1, matching his career best. All Hands On Deck was second at 61-1, beaten 2-1/2 lengths lengths, while Father Nuno completed the ticket. "I screamed at him a little just to get his attention after last week," Gingras said. "I made sure he was occupied today, and he really paced home good." William Donovan campaigns the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. $60,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Speaking of career unbeaten streaks, Captain Groovy boasts one of his own, capturing his third straight in Saturday's subfeature. Cheerio Hill and Lake Charles won the other splits. Matt Kakaley and trainer Ray Schnittker combined for a stake double with Captain Groovy and Lake Charles. Hammered down to 1-9, Captain Groovy made it look easy, quarter-poling to the lead and drawing off to defeat Somebodyitreasure by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:53.4. Dracarys Z earned show. Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor and Mary Kinsey Arnold own Captain Groovy, a son of Captaintreacherous-Lets Groove Tonite. Cheerio Hill also was much the best, overcoming post 8 with an effortless front-end score in 1:53 for Dave Palone, trainer Chris Oakes and owners Tom Hill, Northfork Racing Stable and Billy Joe Timmins. Paddy All Day was second, 3-1/2 lengths in arrears, with Deal The Cards third. "He was a little bit green with the gate," Palone said of the son of Captaintreacherous-Western Silk. "Once he got out of there and made the lead, he was more than willing. When a horse challenged him, he picked me back up like you want them to at this age. He's got it figured out; he's got some fight to him." It was one of five wins for Palone on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 8, 2019 -- When Hanover Shoe Farms bred Western Ideal to A And G'sconfusion, it named the ensuing foal Adriano Hanover to honor Adriano Sorella. And why not? Sorella is one of harness racing's most prominent owners with such stars as millionaire pacer Jimmy Freight in his portfolio. Yet when Adriano Hanover walked through the sales ring at Harrisburg, Sorella passed up the opportunity to purchase him. Instead, that honor went to trainer Jim King, Jr. representing owners Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo, who gave $60,000 for the youngster. Now, Sorella must watch from the sidelines as his namesake tries to extend his career unbeaten streak to four in Saturday's Tyler B, a $182,052 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, at The Meadows. Adriano Hanover competes in race 8, first of three Tyler B divisions, leaving from post 6 for regular pilot Tim Tetrick. First post is 1:05 PM. Here's how Adriano (the horse) slipped by Adriano (the horseman). By the time the Harrisburg sale rolled around, Sorella already had purchased just about all the yearlings he wanted to buy. "They told me they named him for me," recalls Sorella, who is based in Guelph, Ontario. "I looked him over and even took a picture with him. But I was planning to buy only two Ontario-breds at Harrisburg. I wanted to get something ready for Andrew Harris to prepare and Richard Moreau to train, so I bought two for $100,000 each. Right now, Adriano is better than the ones I bought." Indeed, he's marched through PASS and Arden Downs splits, both at The Meadows, and Jim King indicates his colt has improved with experience. "He has kind of a bouncy gait, so we've been working on that," King says. "I think he's one of the better ones. He's eligible mostly in Pennsylvania this year, but he has a lot next year." The saga took an ironic twist when, in that PASS event, Adriano Hanover faced a colt named Aethon, who's co-owned by none other than Sorella. Did that set up something of a conflict for Sorella? Root for the horse you own? Root for your namesake? "I gotta cheer for the horse that I pay the bills on," Sorella says. "But if I could ever get a piece of the horse that's named for me . . ." King responded in a similar light-hearted vein: "If he says he'd trade me straight up for Jimmy Freight, I'm not up for it." At least we think they were joking. Saturday's card also features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. On the wagering front, the program offers a carryover of $4,545.21 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a $190.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                                            

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 7, 2019 -- There was no floating like a butterfly for Stinglike A B K; he powered right to the top and widened his lead late to capture Wednesday's co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot. Hydration took Wednesday's companion feature, an $11,800 Conditioned Pace, in similar front-end fashion, scoring in 1:52.1 for Dave Palone, trainer Brian Brown and owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Strollin Stable. Tony Hall pointed Stinglike A B K to the front, and the 3-year-old son of Andover Hall-Winning Missbrenda brooked no challenges, prevailing in a career-best 1:56.2. Just Fly Beyond was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Bellesvictorysong third. Rich Gillock trains the winner for owner/breeder Bob Key. Jim Pantaleano piloted three winners on the 13-race program while Aaron Johnston enjoyed a training/driving double. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $182,052 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. On the wagering front, the program offers a carryover of $4,545.21 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a $190.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                                              

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 6, 2019 -- You're Majestic quarter-poled to the front for trainer/driver Doug Snyder, then held off a pair of challengers late to capture Tuesday's co-feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. In the companion feature, a $12,700 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, McDazzle prevailed in 1:52.1 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Once You're Majestic reached the point, her work wasn't done; in the stretch, she was pressured outside by Firedbylindie and in the Lightning Lane by EZ Passer. But the 7-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-You're Adorable was up to the task, downing Firedbylindie by a length in 1:55.1, with EZ Passer third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns You're Majestic, who now boasts $556,782 in career earnings. Palone and trainer Cory Kreiser each fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association                                        

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 5, 2019 -- The longest shot in the field at 22-1, Tequila Talkin sustained a first-over bid that carried him to the upset in Monday's $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tony Hall collected six wins on the 13-race card. When Tequila Talkin moved from fourth after the leader Barn Girl, it seemed only a matter of time before the venerable mare put him away. But the 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Margarita Nights gelding not only edged past Barn Girl late for Jim Pantaleano, but he also held off the rallying Try Try Again by a nose in 1:54.3. Barn Girl saved show. Richard Perfido trains Tequila Talkin, who raised his lifetime bankroll to $112,852, for Thomas Mattingly. Hall delivered a pair of victories for trainer Cory Kreiser and one each for Sarah Andrews, Rich Gillock, Bruce Riegle and Tim Twaddle. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $1,920.88 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

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