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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11, 2018 -- Pennsylvania champion Windy Corner showed no signs of resting on her laurels in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows, rolling to her third straight victory. The $97,699 stake for freshman filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Sonnet Grace and Magical Beliefs taking the other divisions. Windy Corner sprang a 12-1 upset in the Sept. 1 PA Sires Stakes final, but Mike Wilder steered the 3-5 favorite more aggressively Tuesday, sending her to the front at the quarter. She downed Navarone Hanover -- the PA Stallion Series champ -- by a length in 1:57.4, with Wizard Hawk third. "She heard them coming and picked up the bit," Wilder said. "I drove her a couple times this year and had her in bad spots. I didn't want that to happen today. She really raced well." Erv Miller trains the daughter of Yankee Glide-Wind Stroll, who now boasts $192,805 in career earnings, for Tony Holmes and Walter Zent. Sonnet Grace had a disastrous PASS championship when she tried to run through the draw gate from post 9 and ultimately broke stride. She rebounded nicely for trainer/driver Rod Allen and Rod Allen Inc. in the Keystone Classic, reaching the point at her leisure and scoring in a stake-fastest and career-best 1:56.1. Fast Reaction was second, 3-1/4 lengths back while early leader Keystone Abbey earned show. "She didn't give me any warning -- just two steps and she tried to duck right out, and when I tried to steer her back, she ran," Allen said of the PASS misadventure of the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe, who soared over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. "But she's pretty fresh. She was a little grabby today, wanted to go, wanted to do it. She'll go to the Liberty Bell, and then we'll decide about the Breeders Crown." After her tough beat in the PASS final -- she lost to Windy Corner by a nose -- Magical Beliefs looked the best on paper. Indeed, the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic was unhurried until Tim Tetrick moved her from third down the backside. She blew past the leader, Rush Lane, and prevailed in 1:57.2, 1-1/4 lengths better than Fate Smiled. Explosive Mel completed the ticket. "She's a sweetheart; she makes my job really easy," Tetrick said. "A lot of times I've had to put her on the front, but today, they were going enough, and she'll always pass horses. So I was pretty confident. I never pulled her plugs." Linda Toscano conditions Magical Beliefs, a career winner of $151,686 who has finished first or second in all seven career starts, for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-And-I Farms. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2018 -- PA Stallion Series champ Kate's Massive rolled through the slop to his fifth straight victory in Monday's $92,499 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Prospect Hill and Ginger Tree Skyr taking the other splits. Kate's Massive hasn't lost since a fourth-place finish in a July 16 stallion series leg, and he showed that his form remains strong despite Monday's trying conditions. He vaulted to the front for trainer/driver Ray Paver and held off the pocket-sitting Ravel by a length in 1:58.2, with the first-over Innisfallen third. "He's pretty lazy on the front," said Paver of Harry and Iris Horowitz' homebred son of Muscle Massive-Sister Kate. "I kept yelling at him, but he didn't really seem to care. Paver indicated Kate's Massive will carry his winning streak over to next year as he has no more races scheduled this season. "If he's good enough, there's plenty of money next year," Paver said. Prospect Hill swept all four preliminary PA Sires Stakes legs and, as part of an entry, was the even-money favorite in the $253,000 final. But he made a rare break and had to settle for fifth. He made amends Monday when he notched a facile front-end victory for Andy Miller in a stake-fastest 1:57. Andovers Asset was 5-1/2 lengths back in second while Crossfit completed the ticket. "He just kind of lost his focus a little bit in the final, but he was fine afterwards," Miller said. "It was an uncharacteristic thing last week. He picked a bad time to do it. The track's pretty tiring today, and he was a little tired. I just kept him to his task." He indicated Prospect Hill would be pointed to the Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair or the Grand Circuit meeting at the Red Mile. Julie Miller conditions the son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, who lifted his career bankroll to $158,233, for Stroy Inc. Ginger Tree Skyr left alertly to stalk Klutzy from the pocket, then blew by in the lane for Tim Tetrick to defeat Klutzy by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:58. Nextroundsonme earned show. "He trotted well on the off track, and he got by a decent horse in the lane," Tetrick said. "He trots, he's willing -- those are always good things. Hopefully he gets a little stronger and a little more speed." Sam Beegle, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-Up Front Annika for Ginger Tree Ventures and Donald Marean, said the colt is eligible for the Simpson, the Liberty Bell and the Breeders Crown. $92,700 Keystone Classic -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and trainer Ron Burke teamed for three wins on the 13-race card, including a sweep of this stake with She's Allright and Sweet Chrome, the latter scoring at a juicy 22-1. She's Allright raced well in sires states but was bothered by intermittent breaks. She put it all together in the Keystone Classic, overpowering Rockn Philly with a first-over move and defeating her by 2-3/4 lengths in a sharp 1:52.4, with Pretty N Fast third. "Last week she was so full of pace she ran over top of them (and broke)," Burke said. "I knew she'd be good today. She'll be a real good filly by next year, a top filly. She's eligible to everything this year except the She's A Great Lady." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Michelle Yanek and Phil Collura campaign the daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings. Sweet Chrome trailed by 3 lengths at the top of the stretch but found another gear, roaring by Darn Tootn Hanover to down her by a head in 1:55.1. Pace Baby Pace, also trained by Burke, finished third. "She got home really well," Wrenn said. "Ron said to just trip her out, and she paced home a thousand." Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III own the daughter of Sweet Lou-Camille. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, PL Jerico found late racing room and surged at the wire to prevail in 1:55.2 for Wrenn, Burke, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. The 5-year-old Manofmanymissions-Corinas Mission gelding now sports a lifetime bankroll of $217.080. Stake racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows, when the program features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $97,699 stake for freshman filly trotters and an $88,100 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2018 -- Looped from the gate, Phoenix Warrior N nevertheless overpowered a distinguished field en route to his second straight victory -- and 11th this year -- in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A 27.1 opening panel in the slop tested him, but Phoenix Warrior N opened a daylight lead for Jim Pantaleano and prevailed in 1:51.1, 1-1/4 lengths better than Windsong Leo, who rallied from an early break to earn place. The pocket-sitting Vague Traces was third. Scott Betts trains Phoenix Warrior N, an 8-year-old Jereme's Jet Never Walk Alone gelding who now boasts $324,823 in career earnings, for Timothy Betts, Nick Catalano and Stephen Moss. Aaron Merriman had eight drives on Saturday's program and made the most of them, collecting five wins, a second and a pair of fourths. Two of those victories were for trainer Bill Rhoades and owner Leah Rhoades. Dave Palone, Pantaleano and trainer Marcus Marashian each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a pair of Keystone Classics -- a $92,499 stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters and an $82,700 event for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 6, 2018 -- Shuffled to third after grabbing the early lead, 12-1 long shot EZ Passer responded with a decisive first-over move that carried her to an easy score in Thursday's co-feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. EZ Passer zipped to the front for Jim Pantaleano and stretched out two challengers, Delcrest Magicstar and Bella's Punkett, before yielding. The 4-year-old daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad opened an insurmountable lead with her uncovered burst before prevailing by 6-1/2 lengths in 1:54.3. Rose Run Reanna rallied for second while favorite You're Majestic recovered from an early break to earn show. Bill Zendt trains EZ Passer, who lifted her career bankroll to $187,821, for Shanamphilaniklou Inc. In Thursday's companion feature, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, Bontz N extended her U.S. unbeaten streak to three with a powerful front-end win in 1:53.1 from post 9 for Tony Hall, trainer Sarah Andrews and owner Michael Jurczykowski. The 7-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Blue Delight compiled career earnings of $26,689 in her native New Zealand but has banked $19,100 in her first three U.S. starts. Hall collected four wins and Jim Pantaleano three on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 6, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has announced that it will redraw post positions for all three divisions of the Keystone Classic for 2-year-old filly trotters scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11. The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission ordered the redraw when it was determined that common ownership interests for one of the entrants inadvertently had not been separated. The stake still will go Tuesday as races 1, 3 and 4. New post positions will be published shortly. Please ignore any post positions for the stake that were published prior to this announcement. Please contact the Race Office, 724.225.9897, with any questions. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 4, 2018 -- Trustworthy Kid took his time reaching the lead but was unassailable once he got there, cruising to victory in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Trustworthy Kid was looped from the gate and had to work hard to make the point in a 27.4 opening panel. But when Brian Zendt gave him a 29.1 second-quarter breather, he shrugged off the first-over challenge of Keystone Chester and prevailed in 1:54. Classic Banker was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Chef Lee finished a ground-saving third. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Trustworthy Kid, a 9-year-old SJ's Caviar-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $567,426 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman piloted four winners on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 31, 2018 -- De Los Cielos Deo has been a freight train rolling through the Pennsylvania Sires Stake 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing division, sweeping all four preliminary legs en route to a perfect 5-5 record. So all he has to do is show up to claim Saturday's championship at The Meadows, right? Not so fast, my friend, says trainer Jim King, Jr., whose Crimson And Chrome will try to pull off the major upset. "I'm not asking them to write me a check before we get there, but he has a legitimate chance," King says. The Meadows will host all four PASS freshman championships, each carrying a purse of $253,000, as well as $50,000 consolations for each division. In all, nearly $1.3 million in purses will be up for grabs. First post is 1:05 PM Crimson And Chrome leaves from post 5 in race 10 and will have the services of Tim Tetrick, whose Tim Tetrick LLC owns the son of Sweet Lou-McSauna. De Los Cielos Deo goes from post 3 with Yannick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The name De Los Cielos Deo is a Spanish-Latin mash-up that can be translated as "from the heavens of God." While that's not exactly his pedigree -- he's a son of Captain Treacherous-Lisjune -- he's looked divine indeed, winning his PASS splits by a combined 9 lengths and banking $113,257. The statistics for Crimson And Chrome aren't nearly as gaudy, though he has won three straight, including a pair of PASS splits. "He got off to a slow start, but he looks the part," King says. "Things have to go correctly for him; he has to be in position to do it. He won't overpower De Los Cielos Deo, but they don't want to be waiting for him because he's a late charger and he'll be a'comin'." Although Crimson And Chrome is eligible to the Simpson, the Liberty Bell and the Keystone Classic, he's not paid in to the rich late-season stakes, so the PASS championship represents his best remaining earnings opportunity. "We don't get carried away with our 2-year-old staking," King says. "We're looking for good 3-year-olds. He's showed enough that we'll plan a good schedule for him next year." The De Los Cielos Deo-Crimson And Chrome match-up is one of a number in the championships that pit offspring from the first crops of Captain Treacherous and Sweet Lou. In fact, those two, along with the late Somebeachsomewhere and A Rocknroll Dance, produced all 18 finalists in Saturday's two championship paces. Ultimately, King says, that concentration could benefit other stallions that may attract buyers looking for bargains. ""We don't generally pay a lot for colts," he says. "We can't go in just looking for 'Captains' and 'Lous.' They'll be the sale-toppers, so we have to go looking for others." King won't have to look very far for at least two youngsters. Tetrick already has two full brothers to Crimson And Chrome on the ground. In addition to the championships, Saturday's card features a power-packed $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (race 11) in which Windsong Leo shoots for his eighth straight win. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding must overcome post 8 for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. The "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts concludes with a performance by Bastard Bearded Irishmen on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present a "goody bag" to the groom of each PASS winner and will stage Plinko for patrons. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 30, 2018 -- Nearly $1.3 million in purses will be up for grabs Saturday at The Meadows when the track hosts all four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes freshman championships as well as a consolation in each division. The championships go for $253,000 apiece, with each consolation worth $50,000. The championships go as races 6, 8, 9 and 10. First post is 1:05 PM. Each championship offers storylines aplenty. Here are some of the most compelling. $253,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (Race 6) Rod Allen's Sonnet Grace looked unbeatable early in the series, winning the first two legs. Despite racing well in the next two legs, she finished second and third. Moreover, the daughter of Muscle Massive-I Believe has drawn post 9, suggesting that the door might be open. Among those who might waltz right through is All Laid Out Stable's Ma Was Right, who is both Pennsylvania and Kentucky eligible. The daughter of Muscle Hill-It's Alright Ma enters the championship off a Kentucky Sires Stake victory, but she's not assured of a spot in the KYSS final. Trainer Noel Daley has been walking a fine line, trying to reach both championships while not over-racing the youngster. "She's a pretty hardy filly, but we weren't quite sure how we should work it," Daley says. "We were able to skip the last leg in Pennsylvania because she had enough points for the final. We'll do the same in Kentucky. She has a first and a fourth, so we're taking a shot that she'll get in the final. "The only thing I tell her drivers is not to put her on the front end. She's better chasing them down." $253,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (Race 8) Treacherous Reign and Warrawee Ubeaut have dominated, but Treacherous Reign appeared to gain the edge when she snapped her rival's career unbeaten streak on Aug. 18. In the championship, the daughter of Captain Treacherous-Scandalous Hanover will enjoy a decided post position advantage; she goes from post 5 (Andrew McCarthy) while Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras), a daughter of Sweet Lou-Great Memories, must overcome post 8 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Says Tony Alagna, who trains Treacherous Reign for Alagna Racing, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stable and Dana Parham: "The 5 hole gives you a lot of options. You can leave or take off the gate and not be too far out of it. I never tell drivers what to do. Too many things can change behind the gate. Decisions have to be split second." Some will see this potential duel as another skirmish in the battle between Captain Treacherous and Sweet Lou, a pair of promising stallions duking it out with their first crops. Alagna says that's not his view, at least not entirely. "Since I trained 'Captain,' I'd like to see him do well, just like Ronnie wants Sweet Lou to do well. But the main focus is trying to win the race." For the record, the two championship paces Saturday feature seven Sweet Lous, four Captains and five by the late Somebeachsomewhere. The other two are by A Rocknroll Dance, meaning that four stallions account for all 18 finalists. By contrast, finalists in the trotting championships represent eight stallions. $253,000 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot (Race 9) The Hills are alive -- Prospect Hill and Demon Onthe Hill, that is. Prospect Hill (Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp, post 4, David Miller) is looking to complete a PASS sweep for Trainer Julie Miller and Stroy Inc. She's part of an entry with Klutzy. Demon Onthe Hill (Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall, post 3, Brian Sears) would be positioned to do the same but for a nose loss in the final preliminary leg. He's conditioned by Marcus Melander for Vicky Trotting Inc. Other contenders include White Tiger (Muscle Massive-Just Not Into You, post 8, Anthony MacDonald), who races for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Thestable White Tiger Group, and Osterc (Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes, post 9, Gingras), who won his last three PASS legs for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. This appears to be the most competitive championship. $253,000 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace (Race 10) De Los Cielos Deo (Captain Treacherous-Lisjune, post 3, Gingras) has done it all. He's undefeated after five starts, swept the PASS preliminary legs by a combined margin of 9 lengths and banked $113,257. This could be more coronation than victory. Burke trains him for Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Also on Saturday, the "Rockin' on the Rail" series of live concerts concludes with a performance by Bastard Bearded Irishmen on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present a "goody bag" to the groom of each PASS winner and will stage Plinko for patrons. For more information or to register, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 29, 2018 -- Dreamsteeler, who hadn't been on the lead at any call in her last six starts, zipped to the front for Tony Hall from post 7 and thwarted a pair of challengers en route to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dreamsteeler was confronted outside by her stablemate, Glidinthruparadise, and in the Lightning Lane by the ground-saving You're Majestic. The 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Dream Street held off You're Majestic by 3/4 lengths in 1:54.2, with Glidinthruparadise third. Ed Zubkoff, Jr. trains Dreamsteeler, who lifted her career bankroll to $369,648, for Brookside Stables. Dave Palone piloted five winners, including a pair each for trainers Randy Bendis and Ron Burke, on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the card features all four $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes freshman championships as well as a $50,000 consolation in each division. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 28, 2018 -- Delcrest Magicstar, who had been competitive but winless in recent starts against The Meadows distaff elite, took advantage of a drop into a $12,700 condition trot Tuesday with a 5-length romp. Delcrest Magicstar got away second for Brian Zendt but quarter-poled to the point. The 4-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Star's Balance thwarted the first-over bid of Fireball's Prayers and downed Rose Run Reanna in 1:55.3 while the pocket-sitting Saint Beth finished third. Bill Bercury trains Delcrest Magicstar, who lifted her career bankroll to $172,459, for Renee Bercury. Mike Wilder collected four wins, including a pair for trainer Spencer Kahrig, while Dave Palone enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2018 -- Jim Pantaleano collected six wins for as many trainers Monday at The Meadows. He scored for conditioners Scott Betts, Paul Kennedy, Christen Pantaleano, Richard Perfido, Justin Pirillo and Todd Rooney. Also enjoying a big day was Dan Rawlings, who piloted three winners on the 13-race card. In Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Call For Justice was refreshed by a 29.1 second-quarter breather and rolled to his third straight victory -- and fifth in the last seven. Call For Justice reached the point from post 6 in 28.1, well within his comfort zone. But when Dave Palone slowed things down the second panel, the 6-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka was well nigh uncatchable. He downed the pocket-sitting PL Jericho by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:53.3, with Classic Banker a ground-saving third. Ron Burke trains Call For Justice, who now boasts $535,067 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 25, 2018 — Michelle “The Belle” Ruvola (Better Call Saul) and Stephen “You’re Never Too” Oldford (Kaffir Kemp) dueled for more than 1/2 mile Friday at The Meadows before Ruvola drew away in the stretch to capture a $10,000 leg of the C.K. G. Billings Amateur Trot. With Ruvola parked out and Oldford refusing to release any challengers, the stage for the battle was set. Despite the demanding trip, Ruvola surged late to defeat Oldford by 4 lengths in 1:57.4 for trainer Christ Hershberger and owner Wolf Creek Farm. The 6-year-old Muscle Massive-Kelsies Song gelding pushed his career bankroll to $131,338. Tom “Mayhem” Svrcek (Fair Glider) and “Chicago” George Bonomo (Time Outa Jail) completed the ticket. With his tough journey, it wasn’t clear that Better Call Saul would have anything left for the drive. “I wasn’t too sure, but he felt strong all the way,” Ruvola said. “So I was hoping, and he just wouldn’t give it up. I asked him a bit, but when I asked, he gave.” It was the third straight Billings leg in which Ruvola has out-finished Bonomo, her father. Despite retaining family bragging rights, she indicated she wouldn’t lord it over her dad. “I feel bad about that, kind of,” she said. “It’s a horse race — we’re not father and daughter out there; we’re fellow racers. But I won’t (needle him). I’m nice.” SHAWN JOHNSTON WINS PONY HOP CHARITY CHALLENGE   With a late lunge, Shawn Johnston surged across the finish line and captured Friday's Pony Hop Charity Challenge at The Meadows, earning $500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. The event, staged by The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, matched eight of the track's regular drivers bouncing for their favorite charities. Dan Rawlings finished second, winning $250 for Asperger and Autism Network, while Jeremy Indof's show finish netted $150 for American Cancer Society. Also participating were Dave Palone (Standardbred Retirement Foundation), Mike Wilder (Pacing for the Cure), Jim Pantaleano (Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center), Brady Brown (St. Jude Hospital) and Wilbur Yoder (New Vocations). by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 24, 2018 -- Heavy favorites Kissin In The Sand and Alexa's Power were easy victors in Friday's Romola Hanover, a $160,238 Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at The Meadows. The pair advanced to the $252,000 PASS championship for 3-year-old harness racing filly pacers, which is set for Sept. 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Kissin In The Sand, arguably the national leader in her division, had to work hard from post 6 for the early lead. But when Dave Palone gave her a 29.1 second-quarter breather, she was refreshed and ready to blaze the back half in 54.3. She scored in 1:51, 3-1/2 lengths better than the first-over Parisian Blue Chip, with Double A Mint third. "This year, she's pretty laid back. Last year, she could be a pain," said Nancy Johansson, who trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate for Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. "She wanted to do everything her way. This year, we've come to an agreement: I let her get her way sometimes, she lets me get my way sometimes. I think she was pretty much well in hand today. She looks like she's coming into the final nice and strong." Kissin In The Sand, who extended her career bankroll to $675,056, now has finished first or second in all nine starts this year. The journey of Alexa's Power to the front from post 7 was even more arduous, as she couldn't cross over until the three-eighths. But she was untouchable thereafter, defeating Apple Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths for Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim Campbell and owners Jeffrey Snyder and Michael Snyder. Sansovina Hanover earned show. "That was a pretty tough first quarter, but she's been pretty good lately," said Campbell of the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle's Power, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $359,835. "We've been thrilled with her this year. She puts in a great effort every time." $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Friday's card also featured a pair of $20,000 PA Stallion Series splits, which were taken by Cult Icon and Real Fine. Cult Icon proved once again that she loves passing horses, as she moved for Palone from fifth at the three-eighths and had little trouble overtaking the leader, Danikova, en route to a 1:52.4 victory, her fourth straight. Danikova persevered for second, 4-1/2 lengths back, while Belle's Delight completed the ticket. "I don't think it would have mattered how I drove her," Palone said. "She is so sharp. She let me know she was wanting to race at the quarter pole. I just moved her back to the front, and she was on her own from there." Trent Stohler conditions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Yankee Icon, who now boasts $123,516 in career earnings, for Trent Stohler Stable, Tim Graber, Single G Stables and Stately Gaits Stable. Mike Wilder worked out a cozy pocket trip for Real Fine, whose chances were further abetted by the early break of the 1-2 favorite, Attention Hanover. She roared past the leader, Miss Hill, in the stretch to down her by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.1, with Ana Hanover third. "She's pretty much push button," Wilder said. "She gives you 100 percent. The favorite ran -- that helped. But you know what? She was right on her toes, and she raced super." Ron Burke trains Real Fine, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-Real Touch, for Burke Racing Stable, Knox Services, Slaughter Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2018 -- With her victories in the Lynch final and the Mistletoe Shalee, Kissin In The Sand soared to the top of the 3-year-old filly pacing division. On Friday at The Meadows, she'll try to lock up a berth in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. In Friday's PASS, a $160,238 stake known as the Romola Hanover, she'll go from post 6 in race 8, with Dave Palone driving for trainer Nancy Johansson and owners Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Special post time for the twilight card is 5:30 PM. Kissin In The sand has finished first or second in all eight starts this year, lifting her career bankroll to $634,997. She's tied for fourth in PASS standings; with nine of the Top 10 in PASS points competing in the Romola Hanover, it might not be a day at the beach for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate. Speaking of days at the beach, that's pretty much how she's been prepping for the stake. Johansson is a proponent of interval training, which involves brief, intense bursts of speed followed by long, slow jogs. The workouts take place on the straight, in deep sand, and can last an hour. Trainers who use interval training say it builds foundation while increasing the capacity for quicker, faster brushes. "About 95 percent of European trainers use it," Johansson says. "Speed is tough on the joints, and this allows you to work the heart without having to go very quickly. We're very diligent about checking heart rates after training, and she always has a very low heart rate." Johansson believes Kissin In The Sand is well positioned to finish the season strongly and win the divisional Dan Patch award. "I think that's everybody's goal, although now that she's at the top, everybody's coming after her," she says. "I see no reason why she couldn't do it. She's been super all year, and she's gad good breaks between her tough races." Johansson indicated she's had preliminary discussions with Katz about the direction for Kissin In The Sand once this season ends. "Marvin is a successful breeder, and she would do great in the breeding shed. But if she can make money on the track, that option is still there. She'd be competitive with aged mares. A lot of them will be bred, so there may be fewer of them next year." The card also features a $40,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly pacers and many fan-centric activities. As part of the "Corks and Kegs Weekend," fans may enjoy a variety of specialties from food trucks on the apron. Nearby, fans 12 and older can participate in a virtual reality exhibit that will give them the experience of driving a Standardbred. Radio station 93.7 FM The Fan will broadcast live from the track and kick off the program with a match race between on-air personalities Joe Starkey and Chris Mueller. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer "Family Fun Night" festivities that include a bounce house, a stilt walker, a face painter and a balloon artist. In addition, the MSOA will invite fans to play Plinko, and eight of the track's regular drivers will compete in a "Pony Hop Charity Challenge," with all prize money donated to the drivers' designated charities. For more information or to participate, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. Drivers and their charities include: Mike Wilder -- Pacing for the Cure Dave Palone -- Standardbred Retirement Foundation Jeremy Indof -- American Cancer Society Dan Rawlings-- Asperger and Autism Network Jim Pantaleano -- Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center Brady Brown -- St Jude Hospital Shawn Johnston -- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western Pennsylvania Wilbur Yoder -- New Vocations by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 23, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind trainers and owners that the entry deadline for the Sept. 1 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championships and consolations for 2-year-olds is Tuesday, Aug. 28, 9 AM. Each of the four championships offers a purse of $252,000 while the consolations go for $50,000 apiece. The top nine point-earners among those who enter while comprise the championship fields, with the next nine in the consolations. Six-hour detention applies to horses in the championships only. For more information, please contact the race office, 724.225.9897. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 22, 2018 -- Crystal Fashion rebounded nicely from his tough beat as the Hambletonian favorite, putting away the field with a powerful first over bid and sprinting off to a 5-length victory in 1:53 -- a track record for 3-year-old gelding trotters -- in Wednesday's $167,288 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Lawmaker took the other split in the event known as the Hickory Smoke. Crystal Fashion won his Hambletonian elimination but was parked throughout the final, losing by only 1-1/4 lengths. Following that maximum effort, trainer Jim Campbell and owner Jules Siegel of Fashion Farms decided to skip the Zweig to give Crystal Fashion more time to recover and earn PASS points in the Hickory Smoke. That strategy paid off Wednesday as the son of Cantab Hall-Window Willow, the 1-9 favorite, exploded from third down the backside for Tim Tetrick, put away Scirocco Rob and erased the previous record of 1:53.2 set by Lady's Dude. Scirocco Rob was a clear second, with early leader Hill Street third. "Anytime you come out of a two-heat race, you're always concerned with how they'll bounce back," Campbell said. "But he looked as good as he's ever been. He seems to like (first-over trips). He's a pretty laid-back horse, and he likes just riding up there." The win lifted Crystal Fashion's lifetime bankroll to $686,974 and propelled him into the $252,000 PASS championship set for Sept. 2 at Pocono. Lawmaker lacked the points to reach the championship, but his win was impressive nonetheless. He zipped to the point from post 7 for Anthony MacDonald and rolled home in 1:53.4, 8-3/4 lengths ahead of the rallying Exarch, with Can't Afford It third. A key point in the race came at the quarter, where MacDonald and Lawmaker wouldn't release Can't Afford It in his bid for the lead. "I wouldn't have let my mother go at that point," MacDonald said. "We'd had everything our own way. Obviously, it was a tremendous heartbreak when he broke stride in the Hambletonian, but he bounced back. When he was younger and green, he'd wait for them on the front end. He was all business today. I never even pulled the ear plugs." Andrew Harris trains the son of Muscle Massive-Pretty Amigo, who now boasts $286,247 in career earnings, for Thestable Lawmaker group. $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters The stallion series stake belonged to trainer Julie Miller, who swept the two divisions with Max's Beast and Toast Of Lindy. Max's Beast outkicked his entry-mate, Im Your Captain, in the stretch and downed him by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:55.1. The first-over Rich And Miserable completed the ticket. "We followed the right horse, and he responded," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "He's been on the front many times, and I was okay with cutting it. But the best horse came at us, so we sat behind him and beat him." With the win, the son of Cantab Hall-Contender Hanover has banked $113,552 for Andy Miller Stable and Harvey Eisman. Andy Miller had the honors aboard Toast Of Lindy, but those honors nearly turned disastrous when Stonebridge Gamble made a dangerous break on the lead entering the final turn. Toast Of Lindy was trapped in the pocket with nowhere to go. But Tyler Buter was able to guide Stonebridge Gamble safely off the course, leaving the Lightning Lane to Toast Of Lindy. The son of Cantab Hall Bellini Lindy poured through to score in 1:56.4, a neck better than the hard-used Spartan. Hillation earned show. "That was the trip I was looking for until that horse on the front stopped," Andy Miller said "Luckily, he got out of the way, and I was able to go forward." Toast Of Lindy extended his career bankroll to $135,613 for Andy Miller Stable, Lindy Racing Stable and GTY Stable. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a pair of stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- the Romola Hanover, a $160,238 PASS, and a $40,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post for the special twilight card is 5:30 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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