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WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 26, 2018 -- Dayson became a harness racing millionaire Wednesday at The Meadows when he stalked the leader from the pocket and found the Lightning Lane just in time to capture the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Career earnings for the 5-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus gelding now stand at $1,001,712. When Classic Banker ranged up first over and was ready to power by the leader, True Blue Stride, it appeared the locked-in Dayson would have to wait another day for his milestone. But Classic Banker jumped it off, making the Lightning Lane a viable route for Dayson, who poured through for Dave Palone and triumphed in 1:55. Parkhill Lancelot rallied for show, 1-3/4 lengths back, with PL Icabod third. Ron Burke trains Dayson for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. At 2, Dayson won seven straight New York Sires Stake splits before breaking stride in the $225,000 final at Yonkers. As a sophomore, he won the Matron, among other stakes. It was one of six wins for Palone, including three for Burke. His victory in race 10 gave Burke 1,000 for the year, the third consecutive season he has reached or surpassed that mark. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday, when the program features a $4,146.60 Pick 4 carryover (races 4-7) and a $1,384.39 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 22, 2018 -- One Bad Night stalked Beginner's Luck from the pocket, then blew by him in the Lightning Lane to score in Saturday's Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 harness racing claiming colt, horse and gelding pacers at The Meadows. Poacher N took the other $16,000 second-leg division. One Bad Night, who was claimed from the opening leg by trainer Bill Rhoades for Rick Senger, had plenty of kick on the "good" surface when Aaron Merriman pointed him to the Lightning Lane. The 8-year-old Badlands Hanover-Onenight At Redhot gelding prevailed in 1:54.1, 3/4 lengths better than Beginner's Luck, with Maytime Terror third. One Bad Night now has banked $328,838. It was one of six wins for Merriman, including three for Rhoades, on the 13-race program. Poacher N had pace but no immediate racing room out of the final turn when Jim Pantaleano found him a seam between horses. The 11-year-old Bettor's Delight-The Holmes Legend burst through to triumph in 1:54.2, 1-1/2 lengths better than Marvalous Artist. Believeinthespirit rallied for show. Brandon Presto trains the winner, who now boasts $298,835 in career earnings, and owns with Larry Parlin. Saturday's card also featured the second leg of a Holiday Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming colt, horse and gelding pacers, with Stonehouse Adam and T's Electric capturing the $8,500 splits. All six current Holiday Claiming Series conclude on a special New Year's Eve card that also features the career finale of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with earnings exceeding $7.6 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Elsewhere on the program, Arthur Pendragon moved relentlessly first over at 6-1 to gain the victory -- his third straight -- in 1:52.3 in the $20,000 Preferred Pace. Hawk's Red Chief missed by a nose in the Lightning Lane while Phoenix Warrior N completed the ticket. Mike Wilder piloted the 7-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble gelding, who boosted his career bankroll to $339,567, for trainer Ron Burke and owner Burke Racing Stable. Dave Palone and Burke each enjoyed a triple. Following a Christmas break, live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday, when the card features a $1,033.19 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2018 -- An all-day rain turned The Meadows harness racing track to slop, and when that rain changed to snow, conditions became even more forbidding. But all was fair downtown -- with "Downtown" Brady Brown, that is. Brown overcame the elements and collected four wins Friday at The Meadows. Brown drove a pair of winners for trainer Mark Goldberg and one each for trainers Tim Twaddle and Miles Wollam. Dan Rawlings, too, enjoyed a big night, fashioning a three-bagger on the 11-race card. Also on Friday, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) celebrated Caretaker Appreciation Night. To recognize and reward their dedicated, often unsung work, the track and the MSOA presented caretakers with hoodies as well as soup and sandwiches from the paddock kitchen. In addition, the MSOA raffled off cash and gift cards for grooms. Given the weather, the hoodies were a timely gift. Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday, when the card features a pair of carryovers -- $997.16 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13), $709.59 in the Super Hi-5 (race 13). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2018 -- Some horses are fast, some consistent. When you combine speed and consistency, you get Phoenix Warrior N, who'll try for his 14th harness racing win this year Saturday at The Meadows. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding leaves from post 4 in the $20,000 Preferred Pace (race 8) with Jim Pantaleano aboard. First post is 1:05 PM. Phoenix Warrior N has rolled up those wins competing against the track's elite. Moreover, he's finished in the money in 26 of his 28 starts despite some hellacious trips. It's not unusual for him to be parked most of the mile and still be gaining in deep stretch. "He just loves to chase horses down and come off cover," says his trainer, Scott Betts. "He's had some big miles on the front, but some of his best miles are from doing things horses shouldn't do." Owners Tim Betts, Nicholas Catalano and Stephen Moss purchased Phoenix Warrior N privately about a year ago for $85,000. It was immediately clear that he had talent, determination and quirks. "He's a little bit squirrely," Betts acknowledges. "Sometimes when you train him, he's real nice. Other times he wants to train himself the wrong way on the track, or he'll put his head down and gallop. He has his little routine, and we've learned to just stick with it." Betts pays special attention to his star's feet. Every three weeks or so, trainer/blacksmith Tyler Raymer ships in from Delaware to adjust the shoeing for Phoenix Warrior N and the rest of Betts' stable. Although he's bumped his lifetime bankroll up to $369,853, Saturday's race won't be a cakewalk for Phoenix Warrior N. He'll be facing such tough cookies as Anythingforlove A, who's hit the ticket in 14 of 17 outings this year, and Arthur Pendragon, winner of two straight. But he won't be up against his archrival, Windsong Leo, who's pinned nine losses on Phoenix Warrior N this year. "That helps," Betts concedes. Win or lose Saturday, Phoenix Warrior N likely will enjoy a break soon. "We'll probably give him a month off; we'll let him tell us when," Betts says. "He went to the Meadowlands for a series last year, and we're talking about doing that again. He's an okay shipper." The pre-Christmas weekend at The Meadows kicks off with a special Friday card when the track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) celebrate Caretaker Appreciation Night. Caretakers will be presented with hoodies as well as soup and sandwiches from the paddock kitchen. In addition, the MSOA will raffle off cash and gift cards for caretakers. First post Friday is 5:30 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 19, 2018 -- Teddy Brosevelt trotted softly for most of the mile but carried a big kick late, winning a division of Wednesday's harness racing Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Pembroke Morgan captured the other $16,000 second-leg split. Teddy Brosevelt was fourth at the top of the lane, but when trainer/driver Tyler Stillings cut him loose, he gobbled up the leader, Campbellini, and held off Invested In Lindy by a head to score in 1:59. Campbellini saved show. Rags To Riches Of PA campaigns the 3-year-old Guccio-Princess Royalty gelding. Pembroke Morgan, who broke stride in the series opener, followed the live cover of Mac Deeno for Mike Wilder and swept by the leader, IC Caviar, in the stretch to defeat him by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:57, matching his career best. Mac Deeno completed the ticket. Randy Bendis trains and owns the 4-year-old CR Power Glide-Pembroke Glitz gelding. Wednesday's card also featured the second leg of a Holiday Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters. Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke swept the splits with Boy Meets Girl K and J-S Jesses Girl. All six current Holiday Claiming Series conclude on a special New Year's Eve card that also features the career finale of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with earnings exceeding $7.6 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Elsewhere on the program, Dirty Secret withstood the late rally of Lass A Rope, downing her by a head in 1:56, with Expose Yourself third after a difficult trip. David McNeight III piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Classic Flight, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $244,380, for trainer David McNeight, Jr. and owners Peter Kibler, Kenneth Owczarczak and Courtney McNeight. It was career win 999 for the younger McNeight. Palone collected five wins and Jim Pantaleano three on the 12-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 18, 2018 -- Claimed from last week's opening leg, Ellasen returned immediate dividends to her new connections with a front-end harness racing victory in Tuesday's Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. Caviart Scarlett captured the other $16,000 split. Ellasen had been racing off the pace, but Dave Palone and new trainer Ron Burke changed tactics with her, sending her to the top from post 6. She responded with a facile 3/4-length win over Race With Grace in 1:54, while Always A Z Tam shot the Lightning Lane for show. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC now own the 4-year-old daughter of Big Bad John-So Very Nice, whose career bankroll stands at $141,248. After weakening late while fronting her opening-leg split, Caviart Scarlett also altered her approach, getting away fourth and moving powerfully first over for Aaron Merriman. She drew off late to score in 1:53.1, 3-1/4 lengths better than the rallying Mimosa Party, with Hurricane Calleigh third. Randy Bendis trains the 6-year-old daughter of Sportswriter-Caviart Sydney who extended her lifetime earnings to $273,039, and owns with Tom Pollock. Tuesday's card also featured three divisions of a Holiday Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming filly and mare pacers. Deprived took her second straight series split, with Bad Medicine and Bianca Midnight also winning. All six current Holiday Claiming Series conclude on a special New Year's Eve card that also features the career finale of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with earnings exceeding $7.6 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Elsewhere on the card, Camera Lady found late racing room and blew past Fox Valley Charm in a career-best 1:52.3 for Palone, Burke, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Easy Three completed the ticket. The 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go now boasts a career bankroll of $266,798. Palone collected four wins and Burke three on the 11-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is seeking 14-year-old pacers for a special New Year's Eve race that will give these gallant harness racing warriors one more opportunity to strut their stuff and extend their earnings before they face mandatory retirement the next day. The Dec. 31 card begins at 5:30 PM. For more information or to enter, please contact the Race Office, 724.225.9897. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 13, 2018 -- In the nearly 40 years they've been breeding and campaigning harness racing standardbreds, Jim Kezios and John Krillies -- racing as Tripoli Stable of Norridge, IL -- have followed a consistent theme in naming their horses. "Both of us are Greek, so we like to honor Greek traditions," Kezios says. "We name most of our horses for Greek islands, mythical characters or war heroes." The latest in the Tripoli line, the 3-year-old Mykonos, is extending that tradition. He'll try for his third straight victory in Saturday's first race, leaving from post 7 with Jeremy Indof piloting. His full brother, Zone Blitz, also will race Saturday (race 4, post 4, Indof). First post is 1:05 PM. Of all the horses who've borne Tripoli's Greek-influenced names, probably the most successful was Kanaris, who was named for Constantine Kanaris, a freedom fighter in the Greek War of Independence who eventually became the country's prime minister. Kanaris the pacer banked $361,649 lifetime and took a mark of 1:48.3. He was second at 25-1 in the 2014 $250,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational at Scioto Downs, defeating the likes of Foiled Again, Sweet Lou and 2012 Adios winner Bolt The Duer. "That definitely was the highlight for us," Kezios says. Tripoli named its son of Corner Blitz-She's So Keen after the Greek island Mykonos, which Kezios, his wife and their daughters visited about 10 years ago. The island has an important place in Greek mythology. It was there that Zeus was said to have battled the Titans, there that Hercules slew giants considered invincible. Not only killed them, the myth goes, but also dismembered them and scattered their body parts that now exist, in petrified form, as large rocks that dot the island. For all the violence of those myths, Mykonos seems idyllic, cooled by gentle sea breezes that allow year-round tourism to flourish. The island is known for its family-oriented activities as well as all-night bars and what Kezios discreetly describes as "adult beaches." He did not experience those beaches. "I was very happy doing things with my family," he says. "What I remember most are the windmills and the breezes coming off the Mediterranean. It's one of the most beautiful islands you'd ever want to go to." Mykonos is not yet in Kanaris' class. Both recent wins have come in conditioned claimers, and he's stepping up Saturday to a much tougher $11,100 event for winners of two races but not more than four. Dirk Simpson, who trains the brothers, believes Mykonos is ready for the challenge. "His potential is good," Simpson says. "I like him a little better than Zone Blitz; he's a little more aggressive. Getting away from that long stretch at Hoosier Park didn't hurt him." Kezios agrees with that assessment. "He raced at Illinois fair tracks at 2, and he was able to zip around those. We thought a five-eighths-mile track would be better for him than mile tracks or Hoosier." To date, Mykonos has banked $48,807. If his earnings swell, would Kezios consider allocating his share of the profit to a return trip to the island? "If I can find the time, I'm planning on going back there whether or not the horse does well," he says. "Time is sometimes harder to find than money." Saturday's card includes a $1,436.13 Pick 5 carryover and a $778.50 carried-over jackpot in the final-race Super Hi-5. In addition, the track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will host their annual holiday party featuring handicapping contests, giveaways, games and a visit from everyone's favorite reinsman, Santa Claus. For more information or to register for any activities, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 12, 2018 -- Last in the field of six at the half, Kiwi Pres rallied through the lane and scored in Wednesday's Holiday Claiming Series for harness racing $20,000 claiming trotters at The Meadows. Campbellini took the other $15,000 opening-leg division. Kiwi Pres trailed by 7-1/2 lengths when Dave Palone sent him on his trek to the front. The 7-year-old The Pres-Kristalvagen N gelding gobbled up the leader, Royal Surprise, at the top of the lane and held off the late-trotting Nothing But Muscle to defeat him by a length in 1:57.3. Invested In Lindy finished third. Thomas Stamper trains and owns Kiwi Pres, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $152,190. Campbellini stalked IC Caviar from the pocket, then roared by outside in deep stretch and downed him by a neck in 1:57.4, with Teddy Brosevelt third. Aaron Merriman piloted the 4-year-old Cantab Hall-Victory Jewel gelding for trainer Brewer Adams and owner Adams Racing LLC. Wednesday's card also featured two $8,000 opening-leg splits of a Holiday Claiming Series for $10,000 claiming trotters, with Mutinyonthebounty and Fantasy Rocket taking the honors. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race program. The Meadows this week is kicking off six Holiday Claiming Series that conclude on a special New Year's Eve card that also features the career finale of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with earnings exceeding $7.5 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Live racing at The Meadows resumes at 1:05 PM Saturday, when the card includes a $1,436.13 Pick 5 carryover and a $778.50 carried-over jackpot in the final-race Super Hi 5. In addition, the track and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will host their annual holiday party featuring handicapping contests, giveaways, games and a visit from everyone's favorite reinsman, Santa Claus. For more information or to register for any activities, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 11, 2018 -- Strawb's Chippie N zipped to the point and held tough in the lane to score in Tuesday's harness racing opening leg of a Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. My Kind Of Dance captured the other $15,000 opening-leg split. The Meadows this week is kicking off six Holiday Claiming Series that conclude on a special New Year's Eve card that also features the career finale of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred all time with earnings exceeding $7.5 million. First post Dec. 31 is 5:30 PM. Strawb's Chippie N had won two of her three previous starts on the front end, and her victory Tuesday for Aaron Merriman, trainer Mark Goldberg and owner Rags To Riches Of PA was much the same. She shrugged off the Lightning Lane challenge of Always A Z Tam and defeated her by 3/4 lengths in a sharp 1:53.2, with the first-over Ellasen third. The 7-year-old daughter of Stonebridge Regal-Strawb's Last Chip now has banked $115,385. It was one of four wins for Merriman on the 13-race program. Tuesday's card also included the opening leg of a series for $10,000 claiming filly and mare pacers. Deprived, Love Love Me Do and Spoxys Girl took the $8,000 divisions. Elsewhere on the program, Fox Valley Charm shook off the rust from a 2-1/2-month layoff and shot the Lightning Lane to win the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, downing Camera Lady by 1/2 length in 1:54. Jewels Forreal completed the ticket. Brett Miller piloted the 6-year-old daughter of Yankee Skyscaper-Fox Valley Cherub, who lifted her lifetime earnings to $366,960, for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner Peter Karras. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 6, 2018 -- Growing up in Dublin, Jack Killeen watched American harness racing on YouTube, passionately followed the careers of such greats as Somebeachsomewhere and Foiled Again and dreamed of coming to the U.S. to make his living as a Standardbred driver. The 18-year-old has taken an important step to realizing that dream through a stint as a driver at The Meadows. Killeen will wrap up his first American sojourn Saturday at The Meadows when he pilots Stirling Escort from post 6 in race 13. First post is 1:05 PM. Killeen was introduced to harness racing by his father, a builder who campaigns horses at Dublin's Portmarnock Raceway as a hobby. The younger Killeen was inspired enough to complete farrier school and begin work as a blacksmith, picking up drives where he could. The problem: For most of the year, Portmarnock races only on Sundays, hardly enough to support a full-time driver -- or a full-time blacksmith. "I shoe Standardbreds, ponies, Clydesdales -- everything," he says. Killeen, however, saw an opportunity when he met Heather and Mike Wilder, who were in Dublin this past summer for the annual Vincent Delaney Memorial festival of races. Impressed by the sincerity of the young Irishman, the Wilders agreed to introduce him to The Meadows horsemen if he came to America. Killeen landed in the States in mid-September, found an apartment and began helping horsemen in the mornings. They remembered it, and Killeen soon earned assignments from trainers such as Paul Corey, Kevin Johnson and Sarah Andrews. He's made the most of those limited drives, compiling a highly respectable .268 UDR in 22 starts. He notched his first domestic win in only his sixth start. Even more impressive than his statistics is Killeen's poise. An 18-year-old intimidated by the situation could respond by driving too aggressively or too passively. But Killeen operates more like a veteran, leaving when he should, ducking when that seems best, keeping his horses alive for checks. "You can't be nervous out there. At least, I'm trying not to be nervous," he says. "Things are different here. In Ireland, we have half-mile tracks. Here, you have tracks of different sizes, which leads to different driving styles. The slanted starting gate is very different." Though Killeen will return to Dublin on Monday, it isn't lack of drives or homesickness that's prompting the move. Rather, his application for an appropriate visa hasn't been approved yet, so he can't stay longer this time. "I'm going to miss him terribly; he's become a part of our family," Heather Wilder says. "I'm hoping he'll back by the end of the year, but the visa process is tricky, and it could take longer than that for approval." If his visa doesn't come through, Killeen says he might pursue one for work in Canada, where the red tape may be less thick. But he's targeting Dec. 31 for his return to The Meadows so he can be here for the career finale of one of his YouTube heroes. "I'd like to see that," Killeen says. "I watched Foiled Again for so long, and I finally got to meet him here." On Friday, The Meadows will celebrate the 27th anniversary of the opening of its Harmar facility with daylong food and beverage specials, giveaways and contests with cash and merchandise prizes. Roger Huston and horsemen Jeremy Indof, Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder will mingle with fans from 12 noon to 3 PM. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Caught widest in a four-ply battle for the early lead, Expose Yourself persevered, eventually crossed over and had just enough late to capture Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself had to work hard on the sloppy track to overcome post 9 and needed nearly all the opening three-eighths to reach the point. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt tired in deep stretch but found enough for Dave Palone to hold off Chapter Too by a neck in 1:56.2. Glidinthruparadise rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who triumphed for the 11th time this year and boosted her lifetime bankroll to $176,961, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer Randy Bendis enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a $1,510.10 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 4, 2018 -- Circle The Page sat patiently in the pocket, then roared through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. As Jewels Forreal moved first over and put away the leader, Cracklin Rosie, she got the jump on Circle The Page, who could only wait for clearance. But when Dan Rawlings pointed her to the Lightning Lane, she surged at the wire to edge Jewels Forreal by a nose in 1:56 over a "good" surface. McDazzle finished third. John Sullivan train Circle The Page, a 4-year-old daughter of Real Artist-Queen Marie who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $193,374, and owns with Michael Marocco. Brady Brown piloted four winners on the 13-race card and did it in characteristic "Downtown Brown" fashion, bringing home three 7-1 shots and an 8-1 outsider. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the program features a $1,738.01 Pick 5 carryover and a $927.60 carried-over jackpot in the Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live harness racing programs in 2019 -- same as the 2018 total -- highlighted by the 53rd edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on July 20 and July 27. Generally, the track will race four days each week. Race days January through March will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with Saturday replacing Friday thereafter. Post time most race days will be 1:05 PM. The Adios, one of harness racing's most prestigious events for 3-year-old pacers which typically carries a purse of approximately $500,000, will be contested over two Saturdays. Eliminations are set for July 20, first post 1:05 PM, with the final to go the following Saturday, when the Grand Circuit stakes-rich card begins at noon. Other highlights of the 2019 schedule include: Four consecutive Sunday afternoon cards beginning Feb. 17 -- a departure for the track, which has not raced Sundays for many years. There will be no Monday programs following those Sunday cards. Special live programs to complement each leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown. First post those days -- May 4, May 18, June 8 -- is 11:25 AM. Four spring/summer Friday twilight cards beginning at 5:30 PM. Three weeklong maintenance breaks -- one each in April, September and December. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 3, 2018 -- Media Buzz proved that he's not fake news when he stalked Classic Banker from the pocket, then shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the 8-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A closing second last week, Media Buzz generated luke-warm support stepping up to the Preferred Handicap. However, when Dan Rawlings gave him the perfect pocket trip, Media Buzz responded by downing the 1-1 Classic Banker by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for show. Steve Bush trains Media Buzz, a 4-year-old Explosive Matter-Lady Bar gelding who extended his career bankroll to $170,160, and owns with Alvira Fassett and Dennis Fassett. Dave Palone collected four wins -- including three for trainer Trent Stohler -- on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 1, 2018 -- Windsong Leo knifed through the slop to collect his 19th win this season -- and third straight -- in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon is the "winningest" horse in harness racing this year with 20 victories while Windsong Leo is part of a four-way tie for second. Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.4 second-quarter breather, which helped him shrug off the first-over challenge of Phoenix Warrior N. The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding downed his stablemate, the pocket-sitting Hawk's Red Chief, by 2 lengths in 1:51.4, with Phoenix Warrior A third. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, who now boasts career earnings of $397,650, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Palone piloted six winners on the 13-race card. Also enjoying big days were Burke, with four victories, and Aaron Merriman, who fashioned a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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