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WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 8, 2018 -- At 13, Mainland Key N probably has reached an age where he'd rather kick back, nosh carrots and binge-watch Season 3 of Mr. Ed. But trainers keep claiming him -- he's performed for eight of them this season alone -- so the old boy keeps working . . . and keeps producing. In fact, when he goes forward in Saturday's third race at The Meadows, he'll be looking to edge closer to $900,000 in career earnings, an impressive bank account for a hard knocker. He'll leave from post 8 for Dan Rawlings and owner/trainer John Sullivan. First post is 1:05 PM. Mainland Key N had 26 starts and a little more than $20,000 on his card when he was imported from New Zealand. He sparkled stateside, competing against some of the best. The son of Shiney Key-Eastwood Bluejeans enjoyed his finest season in 2011 when he banked more than $200,000 and sprang a 32-1 upset in a leg of the prestigious George Morton Levy Series. He's taken season's marks at five different venues -- Dover Downs, Harrington, Harrah's Philadelphia, The Meadows, Yonkers -- indicating that he never had to take his racetrack with him to succeed. While he's stayed largely sound, diminishing speed has forced trainers to race him where he can win -- in claimers. That's how he ended up in eight stables this year -- 10, if you count the two stints each for trainers Kevin Johnson and Marcus Marashian. Sullivan grabbed him Oct. 6 for $10,000. "I wasn't concerned that he's 13," Sullivan says. "He still has a whole year to race, and he's pretty sound. I had a couple other horses in for $10,000, and this guy was always beating me. He'd already earned about $50,000 this year, so I figured he had to be worth $10,000. He still starts 30 to 40 times a year, and he's definitely a classy old horse. He has to be, to have made that kind of money." Mainland Key N has seven wins this year and has hit the board in 21 of 33 outings, but he's had little recent luck with post positions. Counting Saturday's race, he's drawn post 6 or deeper for nine of his last 10 races, prompting Sullivan to make a change. "He loses interest when he gets away towards the back, so I dropped him to the $7,000-$8,000 Claiming Handicap. Sure enough, he drew post 8 again." Sullivan, by the way, has become something of the go-to guy for geriatrics. He also trains 9-year-old Thiswayorthehighwy, who's banked $212,651, and Sam Hill, a fan favorite who at age 12 has earned $634,827 and continues to compete in fast classes. "I try to get them back together and do what I can for them," Sullivan says. "I think I've helped a couple of them. They have bumps and bruises, so you have to pick your spots when you train them. But they're warhorses. They know what to do." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino today announced changes involving guarantees for its daily Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 10, The Meadows no longer will offer pool guarantees for each Pick 4 and Pick 5 wager. Instead, the track, in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative, will offer a $5,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee on Mondays and Tuesdays only. While there will be no scheduled Pick 5 guarantees, The Meadows indicated it may add "instant" Pick 4 and Pick 5 guarantees when pools are carried over. Each live card at The Meadows features a Pick 4 (races 4-7), a Pick 5 (final five races) and a Super Hi-5 (final race). by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2018 -- Dramatically changing tactics, Expose Yourself rallied from far back to capture her third straight victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself got away first or second in each of her last five starts. On Wednesday, however, she ducked for Mike Wilder and was 6 lengths back when she launched her second-over move. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt roared wide through the lane to score in 1:55.3, a length better than Glidinthruparadise. The first-over Rose Run Sydney finished third. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who extended her career bankroll to $154,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 6, 2018 -- Camera Lady enjoyed a 29.2 second-quarter breather, then sprinted off to her third straight victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap harness racing pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady dueled three-wide through a demanding 27.2 opening quarter, but after Dave Palone stepped on the brakes, the 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go repelled the first-over challenge of Caviart Scarlett and scored in 1:54.2. Yankee Moonshine rallied for second, 5-3/4 lengths back, with Keystone Riptide third. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $233,298, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver-Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins, including three for Burke, on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 5, 2018 -- Rising MVP pulled the pocket near the three-quarters, powered past the leader and coasted to a comfortable victory in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Rising MVP was stalking Banker Volo when Aaron Merriman cut him loose. The 3-year-old My MVP-Nutmegs Winner gelding had little trouble negotiating the "good" surface, scoring in 1:55.1. Media Buzz was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, with Explosive Leggs third. Bill Daugherty, Jr. trains Rising MVP, who now boasts $181,762 in career earnings, for Susan Daugherty. Tony Hall, Dan Rawlings, Wilbur Yoder, trainer Rich Gillock, owner Bob Key and Merriman each enjoyed a double on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 3, 2018 -- Forced to a demanding 26.4 opening quarter, Phoenix Warrior N found enough late to survive two deep-stretch challenges and capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After dueling for the early lead with Anythingforlove A and Windsong Leo, Phoenix Warrior N had to deal with both those rivals in the lane. Windsong Leo attacked outside while Anythingforlove shot the Lightning Lane, but Phoenix Warrior N kept his nose in front of Anythingforlove A and scored in 1:50.4 for Jim Pantaleano over a "good" surface. Windsong Leo was a close-up third. Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, an 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding who won for the 13th time this year and lifted his career bankroll to $358,373, for Tim Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. Dave Palone collected five wins on the 13-race card, including three for trainer Ron Burke. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows      

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 31, 2018 — Expose Yourself turned back the determined challenge of You’re Majestic and went on to a comfortable victory — her second straight — in Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself seemed secure on the lead after a soft 29.4 second panel, but when You’re Majestic — who was jumping up two classes after a pair of victories — came at her, the 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt was forced to dig in. Expose Yourself edged clear through the final turn and drew off late for Dave Palone to down Expose Yourself by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.2. The pocket-sitting Glidinthruparadise completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who triumphed for the fourth time in her last six starts and extended her career bankroll to $145,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 30, 2018 -- Fighting back when it looked as though she might be passed down the backside, McDazzle reasserted in the lane and captured her third straight harness racing victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Touchamatic challenged McDazzle first over and got her head in front. But when Dave Palone asked McDazzle for more, the 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Dream McQueen delivered it and downed the game Touchamatic by a length in 1:52.2. With her show finish in the Lightning Lane, Barley Nation vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings. Ron Burke trains McDazzle, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $156,806, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Not intimidated by his millionaire rival, Classic Banker challenged Wind Of The North first over and went on to spring the 6-1 upset in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North reached the $1 million milestone in his last race and seemed poised to pad that bankroll after a comfortable 29.4 second quarter. But Classic Banker and Brady Brown had other ideas, drawing even with Wind Of The North into the final turn and putting him away in deep stretch. The 8-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding scored in 1:55.4 while the pocket-sitting Chef Lee shot the Lightning Lane for place, a length bank. Wind Of The North saved show. Joe Urban trains and owns Classic Banker, who won his second straight and vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Marcus Marashian. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 27, 2018 -- Windsong Leo seized the early lead and steadily drew away from the field, cruising to a 6-1/2-length romp in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. With Windsong Leo's archrival, Phoenix Warrior N, stuck outside and unable to clear, Dave Palone gunned the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding to a 55 back half in the slop, discouraging all challenges. He triumphed in 1:50.3, with Anythingforlove A and the game Phoenix Warrior N completing the ticket. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who won for the 16th time this year and pushed his career bankroll to $367,250, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phil Collura. Palone and Burke teamed for three wins on the 13-race card while Jim Pantaleano and Dan Rawlings also fashioned triples. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows -

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 24, 2018 -- Expose Yourself angled off the cones out of the final turn and blew by Rose Run Sydney in the lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot in 1:54.3, matching her career best. Rose Run Sydney got the jump on Expose Yourself with a first-over bid that carried her to the lead. But when Dave Palone showed Expose Yourself racetrack, she found another gear and downed Rose Run Sydney by a length. Early leader Glidinthruparadise finished third. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, a 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt who lifted her career bankroll to $136,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone had four assignments on the 13-race card and won three of them -- all for Burke, who added four victories to Tuesday's six-bagger. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 23, 2018 -- McDazzle repelled the challenge of newcomer Touchamatic and went on to a facile victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dave Palone gave McDazzle a comfortable 57.1 first half, which aggravated the difficulty for the first-over Touchamatic, who had turned in some big recent miles at Yonkers. A fresh McDazzle put her away in the final turn and drew off to down the pocket-sitting Shesasmokinlady by 2 lengths in 1:52.4. Real Fine finished a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains McDazzle, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official-Dream McQueen who extended her career bankroll to $146,806, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Three horseman rolled up big numbers on the 13-race card, including Burke with six wins, Palone with five and Mike Wilder with four. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2018 -- Classic Banker found racing room into the final turn and brushed through the lane to capture Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Although hammered down to 4-5, Classic Banker was shuffled to fourth down the backside. But when Brady Brown angled him wide off the cones and showed him racetrack, the 8-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding roared past Rising MVP and held off the rallying Banker Volo by 1/2 length in 1:55.1. Rising MVP saved show. Joe Urban trains and owns Classic Banker, who now boasts $191,685 in career earnings. It was one of four wins for Brown on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 20, 2018 -- Phoenix Warrior N dueled with Windsong Leo through a 26.4 third quarter before edging away late to capture Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Phoenix Warrior N and Jim Pantaleano were stalking Windsong Leo and Dave Palone from the pocket when, after a sluggish 29.3 second panel, they decided to duke it out right there. The rivals raced as a team until the stretch, where the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding was the stronger, downing Windsong Leo by a neck in 1:51.4 over a "good" surface. Dapper Dude finished third. Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, who won for the 12th time this year and lifted his career bankroll to $345,973, for Timothy Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss. Palone collected four wins -- including a pair for trainer Trent Stohler -- while Tony Hall and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 18, 2018 -- You really ought to give Iowa a try, a song from The Music Man famously implores us. Six years ago, trainer Wayne Hite took that advice literally. Now, purchasing and campaigning Iowa horses has become a major part of his business at The Meadows. Two more of Hite's Iowa purchases will be on display Saturday. Cash Vaughan (race 3, post 7) and Some More Prince (race 12, post 5), both with Jim Pantaleano aboard. First post is 1:05 PM. Hite's involvement with Iowa horses and owners began quite by accident. "We were at the Harrisburg sale in 2012, eating at a restaurant," Hite recalls. "We saw a fellow sitting there wearing a harness racing hat and struck up a conversation. He turned out to be Gary Liles, an Iowa horseman, who said at the end of the season there he usually had some horses to go because he didn't have anywhere else to race them, and would we be interested in them. "He called me later with a list of horses. We didn't have the resources that year to buy more than one or two, but they worked out. Now, I buy all his horses at the end of the Iowa season, and I also purchase from Paul Liles, Gary's father. They're both outstanding horsemen, and they've become like family to us." While other trainers have enjoyed success with purchases from the Hawkeye State, Hite is the "King of Iowa" at The Meadows. He and his wife Trudy have purchased and campaigned about 50 Iowa horses over the past six years -- the Hites often are joined on the ownership team by their friends, the Kalchthaler family, and Wayne's sister, Janis Hite-Niemiec -- including 13 that are racing now or soon will. Hite notes that Iowa imports can offer several advantages. They are, for example, race sharp. "They're seasoned horses that have learned how to race," he says. "They have a couple years under their belts, and they've been racing all summer, sometimes under bad conditions." They also have what might be called an "eligibility edge" in events written for non-winners of a race, or two or three races, life. In such events at The Meadows, victories in non-betting races, as Iowa fairs races are, don't count against a horse's win total. So horses may have a number of wins on their cards and still be eligible for NW1 or NW2 events, which they often dominate. Consider Saturday's pair. Cash Vaughan is a four-time winner In Iowa but will compete in a NW1. Some More Prince won five Iowa races before cruising to a 5-1/4-length romp in his Oct. 13 debut at The Meadows in a NW1. But Hite cautions others who might want to follow the trail that he's blazed that "you can't catch them with a butterfly net." For one thing, his success is built on the relationships he's developed over six years, an asset others may not have initially. For another, Iowa horsemen aren't greenhorns; they know full well what their horses may be worth at other venues, and they're not giving anything away. Hite has paid as much as $55,000 for his Iowa imports, a responsible price anywhere. Perhaps the key to Hite's record is the value he and his family add to the equation. For example, they focus on certain kinds of horses and typically spend a lot of time re-rigging them. "We target big trotters," Hite says. "We drop about six seconds off them, so if they're able to trot in 2:01 or 2:02 in Iowa and stay flat, I know they'll do here. We also hang them up to suit our track. There are a lot of head poles and boots that we can eliminate. That frees them up." Hite is a third generation horseman. Sons Kris, a trainer at The Meadows, and Justin, a trainer/driver/ blacksmith at the Aiken Training Track, comprise the fourth generation while Kris' son Bryce, who works with the family when he's home from college, is the prospective fifth generation. "I give a lot of the credit to Trudy," Hite says. "She has a good business head and calls most of the shots when it comes to classification and value. Justin flies up once a month to shoe all our horses." Saturday's card offers a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $10,000 for the Pick 5, $7,500 for the Pick 4 -- and a $1,589.30 jackpot in the final-race Super Hi 5. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 17, 2018 -- Glidinthruparadise followed the live cover of Expose Yourself, then outkicked her in the lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Ohio invader Rose Run Sydney kept the field in single file until the three-quarters, when the challengers made their moves. While Expose Yourself knifed inside to the Lightning Lane, Glidinthruparadise maintained her momentum outside for Brian Zendt and downed Expose Yourself by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Rose Run Sydney saved show. Ed Zubkoff, Jr. trains Glidinthruparadise, a 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda who extended her career bankroll to $234,633, for Brookside Stables. Dave Palone collected four wins and Tony Hall three on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $10,000 for the Pick 5, $7,500 for the Pick 4 -- as well as a $1,589.30 jackpot in the Super Hi 5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 16, 2018 -- Wind Of The North, a speedy, rugged and durable trotter throughout his career, vaulted over $1 million in lifetime earnings with an in-hand victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding has won 47 of his 160 lifetime starts and banked $1,005,098. Wind Of The North retook the lead with a quarter-pole move for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury and had little trouble turning aside the first-over bid of Call For Justice. He scored in 1:55.4, 2-1/2 lengths better than early leader PL Jerico, with Cantab Lindy third. Wind Of The North took his 1:51 mark at Pocono at 4 and enjoyed his most productive years in 2015-2016, when he collected $489,352. In 2015, he won the Chip Noble at Scioto Downs and was second in the Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

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