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WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 31, 2020 -- Bettor Than Spring fended off multiple challenges to capture Friday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $15,000 Conditioned Pace, and help his driver, Mike Wilder, to a five-bagger. Tony Hall also enjoyed a stellar afternoon, with four wins on the 13-race card. Once Bettor Than Spring was forced to a 26.2 opening panel on a "good" surface, he faced multiple threats, including a Lightning Lane brush from the pocket-sitting Do Work Son. But the 5-year-old Bettor's Delight-Spring Break gelding toughed it out and downed Do Work Son by 1/2 length in 1:53, with Mister Spot A third.   Randy Bendis trains Bettor Than Spring, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $185,746, and owns with Jack Piatt II and R. Lewis Hauber. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $3,552.82 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, Jan. 28, 2020 -- McDazzle brushed wide through the lane, overtook her stablemate, Camera Lady, in the shadow of the wire and captured Tuesday's $20,000 harness racing Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After getting away fifth for Mike Wilder, McDazzle picked up the live cover of Magic Forces, who carried her into striking position. Although the track was listed "good," the 6-year-old daughter of Art Official-Dream McQueen had plenty of pop and downed Camera Lady by a head in 1:53.2. Touchamatic completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains McDazzle, who boosted her lifetime bankroll to $336,896, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Wilder piloted four winners on the 13-race card while Tony Hall and Burke each fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a trio of carryovers: a $3,110.11 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $1,007.09 carryover in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); an $873.91 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, Jan. 27, 2020 -- A narrow loser of his last two, Perlucky turned the tables in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows, scoring an in-command, front-end harness racing victory in a career best 1:54.2 over a "good" surface. Those two recent defeats were by a combined margin of less than a length after tough trips. There were no such issues Monday, however, as Perlucky easily captured the point for Dave Palone and defeated the pocket-sitting Final Breath by 3/4 lengths. A hard-used Icanflylikeanangel, who was out at the three-eighths and never picked up cover, persevered for show. Ron Burke trains Perlucky, a 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding who now sports a career bankroll of $378,159, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Mike Wilder piloted four winners and Palone three on the 13-race card. After multiple carryovers, the Super Hi-5 was hit, returning $16,129.04 for the single winning ticket. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 23, 2020 -- Heavenly Knox has known more adversity than most harness racing horses. Confusion surrounding his registration kept him from racing until 4. Last summer, he was so sore that his connections retired him . . . not for the first time. But the old warhorse loves competing so much that he refused to stay retired. Now, at 9, he's back at it, adding to his $124,750 bankroll and defying Father Time. Heavenly Knox will go from post 2 with Dan Charlino aboard in Friday's seventh race at The Meadows. First post Friday is 1:05 PM. His career began in uncertainty. The son of The Panderosa-Mystical Shark trained down well in Illinois for John Zawistowski -- known as Johnny Z on the backside -- who has conditioned Heavenly Knox for most of the gelding's career. But the horse's owner, awash in financial difficulties, somehow never managed to get Heavenly Knox properly registered. Thus, he missed his entire 2- and 3-year-old seasons, and it was only when he was acquired thereafter by George Bonomo's Wolf Creek Farm that Heavenly Knox was made eligible to compete. Because he was unregistered, he remained unnamed. An opportunity for a name arose in the worst way imaginable when the son of Zawistowski's daughter, Ashley Mitchell, and her husband, Marty Mitchell, died at birth. The baby was named Knox, and to honor his memory, the unraced horse was called Heavenly Knox. Despite his star-crossed beginnings, Heavenly Knox began to show promise, winning his first four starts and taking his mark of 1:51.3 as a 4-year-old. While on his streak, he provided reinsman Dave Magee with the final winning drive of his Hall of Fame career. Zawistowski shifted his late bloomer to The Meadows, where he won the championship of the 2015 Walter Russell Memorial Pace and headed east for further conquests. But the rigors of racing left him with breathing issues and frequent soreness. Zawistowski and Wolf Creek decided to retire him. And again. And again. "He came back like a cat from three or four different shutdowns," the trainer says. "He has some kind of heart. I always thought that had something to do with my grandson." By the summer of 2019, though, Zawistowski had seen enough. "I said 'that's it, he's done. He'll never have a harness on again.' We decided to retire him for good and keep him as a family pet. But out in the field, he was racing dogs and everything that came by. All he wanted to do was race." So Zawistowski brought him back again, and the old boy responded well, collecting a win and a pair of place finishes since his most recent "unretirement." He hasn't earned as much as he might have because his connections -- understandably, given his meaning to them -- won't put him in a claimer; he's usually in with tough conditioned types a little beyond his reach. But Zawistowski has learned not to mention the "r" word around Heavenly Knox. "If he had been able to stay sound, he'd probably have a record of 1:48 or 1:49," Johnny Z. says. "Even now, you can't really jog him; he wants to go by everything. That's what makes him a great race horse." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 22, 2020 -- Challenged inside and outside in deep stretch, You're Majestic dug deep and captured Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. You're Majestic threw down a quick 1:25.1 three-quarters, which made her appear vulnerable to the menacing first-over move of Tamar and the Lightning Lane charge of Bessie. But the 8-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-You're Adorable held firm for trainer/driver Doug Snyder and prevailed in 1:55.2. Tamar was x back in second with Bessie third. Frank Poerio, Jr. campaigns You're Majestic, who vaulted over $600,000 in career earnings. Chris Shaw and Mike Wilder each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features an $11,463.27 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, Jan. 21, 2020 -- Icanflylikeanangel set sail after the leader, Perlucky, at the three-quarters, collared him in mid-stretch and went on to capture Tuesday's harness racing $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Icanflylikeanangel was third when Mike Wilder tipped him off the cones. The 6-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding advanced determinedly on Perlucky, downing him by 1/2 length in 1:53.3. Final Breath earned show. Randy Bendis trains the winner, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $318,176, and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. In Tuesday's co-feature, the $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, 10-1 outsider Dark Force followed the live cover of McDazzle and edged her at the wire to pull off the upset for Tony Hall. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Skinny Dip scored in 1:52.2 in extending her career earnings to $194,638 -- and giving Bendis and Pollack a sweep of the day's co-features. It was one of three wins for Hall on the 13-race card. Dark Force Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $7,102.98 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,931.69 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $1,677.48 carryover in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 20, 2020 -- Tricky Nick roared from the pocket at the top of the lane, surged past the leader, IC Caviar, and went on to capture Monday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Conditioned Trot. Although IC Caviar enjoyed a fairly comfortable 57.4 on the point, he was no match for the late power of Tricky Nick, who defeated him by 3/4 lengths in 1:56 for Dan Rawlings. Favorite Mac Deeno experienced road problems en route to his third-place finish. Richard Perfido trains Tricky Nick, an 8-year-old Band's Gold Chip-Broader Ambition gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $316,756, for Thomas Mattingly. Bob Key enjoyed a big Monday, collecting three wins -- and two places finishes -- with horses he owns and bred. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $5,453.61 carryover in the final-race Super Hi 5 and a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is 1:05 PM. Tricky Nick By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2020 -- Carolina Beach worked hard for the early lead, then held off the Lightning Lane charge of K Ryan Bluechip to capture his second straight harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. K Ryan Bluechip stretched out Carolina Beach to a 27 opening panel before settling into the pocket. In the stretch, however, Carolina Beach had just enough of his diminishing lead to down K Ryan Bluechip by a neck in 1:51.2 for driver Aaron Merriman. Do Work Son, who was out without cover before the half, was a well-meant third.   Bill Bercury trains Carolina Beach, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbehappy gelding who lifted his career bankroll to $331,093, for Renee Bercury. Dave Palone piloted six winners on the 13-race card while trainer Ron Burke fashioned a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program features a $3,626.95 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, Jan. 14, 2020 -- Off nearly 11 months, millionaire Wind Of The North showed his harness racing class and huge heart when he moved strongly first over to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North was fourth when Aaron Merriman sent him uncovered after the leader, Icanflylikeanangel. The 10-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding drew even in mid-stretch before surging to down Icanflylikeanangel by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. Cherry Peep finished third.   Bill Bercury trains and owns Wind Of The North, who now boasts career earnings of $1,085,908. Speaking of winning off the bench, Touchamatic was inspired by "Windy," her stablemate, to take Tuesday's co-feature, a $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace, off a five-week layoff. She prevailed in 1:53.3 on the front end. Long shot Magic Forces rallied for second, 3/4 lengths back, while Dark Force completed the ticket. Touchamatic, an 18-time winner last year, triumphed for Merriman, trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury, giving the trio a sweep of Tuesday's features. The 6-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch lifted her career bankroll to $436,122. Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card.   Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $900.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 13, 2020 -- Explosive Leggs moved determinedly first over, collared the leader, Just Maybe The One, in the shadow of the wire and captured Monday's co-feature harness racing trot at The Meadows, an $11,500 Conditioned evemt. Just Maybe The One threw down a 27.4 third quarter but couldn't shake Explosive Leggs, who defeated him by 1/2 length in 1:55 for Tony Hall. Lars Perry finished third.   Carl Cocciolone trains the winner, who now boasts career earnings of $257,095, and owns with Mark Sosovicka. In the other co-feature, also an $11,500 Conditioned Trot, IC Caviar overpowered the field with a 1:55.1 front-end victory for Mike Wilder and trainer John Sullivan, who owns the 9-year-old Malabar Millennium-Lady Caviar gelding with Michael Marocco. IC Caviar pushed his lifetime bankroll to $286,985.   Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card while Greg Wright, Jr. fashioned a training/driving double. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the program features a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6). First post is1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 10, 2020 -- Windsong Leo endured a demanding 26.3 opening quarter in the slop and still had plenty in the tank to notch his third straight harness racing victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.1 second-panel breather, the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding threw down a 27.3 third quarter that put the field away. He sprinted off late to score in 1:51, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Bettor Than Spring, with Do Work Son third.   Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo, a 15-time winner in 2019 who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $596,460, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Dave Palone collected six wins, including three for Burke, on the 13-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, Jan. 8, 2020 -- Mass Fortune K wore down the determined Maewegonow and edged her by a neck to capture Wednesday's harness racing feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Mass Fortune K was third down the backside when Mike Wilder sent him after Maewegonow, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Meadows. Mass Fortune K surged at the wire to score in 1:56 for trainer Norm Parker and breeder/owner Bob Key. Matterlei rallied from last for show.   A 4-year-old son of Muscle Massive-Ice Fortune K, the winner lifted his career bankroll to $242,654. Tony Hall and Jim Pantaleano each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday when the program features a $4,151.70 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5 and a $701.91 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6). First post is1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 7, 2020 — Harness racing driver Aaron Merriman isn’t really on a Milestone-A-Day Tour — it just seems that way. On Dec. 30 at Northfield Park, he became the first driver in harness racing history to record three consecutive 1,000-win seasons. That same day, he wrapped up his fifth straight North American driving title. On Tuesday at The Meadows, he notched career win 12,000 when he piloted Shady Grey to victory for trainer Shane Heasley in the ninth race. What was he thinking as he crossed the wire for this latest milestone? “Years ago when I was a kid, Shane introduced me to Tone Loc, an old-school rapper I really like,” Merriman said. “I know it’s strange, but that’s the first thing I thought, that I was happy I could win for Shane. “Every win is special to me, but when you get these milestones and hit the zeroes, it’s kind of cool.” His 12,000th win was particularly meaningful because his dad, longtime trainer/driver Lanny Merriman, joined him in the winners’ circle. “Dad came to my house to wake me this morning to make sure I was up, but I didn’t know he came to the races. I saw him from afar. Let me tell you something — he enjoys it more than I do. He’s proud of his kids and grandkids, and it’s great to have that support.”   For a number of years, Merriman has maintained a grueling schedule, driving regularly at The Meadows and several tracks in his native Ohio. That regimen keeps him on the road constantly. He made a pledge to cut back in 2019 and honored it . . . sort of. “I took a lot of Thursdays off last year and ended up with a few hundred starts less,” he said. “Being in a car is wearing on me; it’s really tedious. “My ultimate goal is to try not to extend myself so much. I may not take big chunks of time off, but I will take off days here and there. Sometimes people tell me to step back and enjoy the moment, but I truly enjoy driving racehorses. It feels good when I can help people.” McDazzle set sail after her stablemate, Camera Lady, down the backside, passed her into the final turn and rolled to a sharp 1:52.3 victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. McDazzle was third when Mike Wilder tipped her of the cones. The 6-year-old daughter of Art Official-Dream McQueen simply overpowered Camera Lady, defeating her by 2-1/2 lengths. Dark Force was third.   Ron Burke trains McDazzle, who boosted her career bankroll to $320,296, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $2,879.03 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Courtney Polan, who works in the Norm Parker Stable based at The Meadows, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Polan, 27, has worked for Parker since October 2014, joining the stable after a two-year stint working for Tim Pinske. "This is amazing," said Polan, a Pennsylvania native who turned to harness racing after graduating with a degree in biology from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. Polan, who owns a retired Standardbred and Quarter Horse, currently takes care of eight horses in the Parker Stable, including the 2019 Meadows Horse of the Year Wild Wild Western. Wild Wild Western is owned in part by Jacobs Creek Racing's Jeff Weaver, who nominated Polan for the Fair Island Caretaker of the Year Award. "I have observed just how special Courtney is at developing a unique relationship with all of her charges," wrote Weaver. "Each horse garners her attention as though she was all theirs. Each receives full care, unique and individual attention and even when called for, discipline." Polan said one word in the dictionary describes her strength as a caretaker: Caring. "I care. I care a lot," said Polan. "My biggest thing is that sometimes I care too much. I just love all of them. I don't have human kids yet, so they are my kids." All caretakers in North America were eligible for the award, with nomination letters submitted detailing the skills and special qualities of the nominee. A seven-member panel -- all of whom were former caretakers themselves -- selected Polan as the winner. As winner of the Fair Island Farm Caretaker of the Year Award, Polan will receive a cash prize of $500, transportation, hotel accommodations and two tickets to USHWA's annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., where she will be presented a trophy. Polan, along with all the USHWA 2019 award winners, will be recognized during the Dan Patch Awards banquet. Information on accommodations at Rosen Shingle Creek and dinner tickets can be found at www.ushwa.net. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 6, 2020 -- A new harness racing season began Monday at The Meadows, but it looked like the same old Perlucky, as he rolled to his fifth straight victory in the $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot. Dave Palone sent Perlucky to the point from post 6, and the 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding had nary an anxious moment, defeating the pocket-sitting Cherry Peep by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:55.1. Rising MVP rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Perlucky, who now boasts $359,909 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura.   Mike Wilder and Palone each collected three wins on the 13-race card. During the program, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) honored Aaron Merriman for achieving his third consecutive 1,000-win season, a harness racing first. Merriman notched win 1,000 at Northfield Park on the final card of 2019. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the card features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee in the Pick 4 (races 3-6); a $1,370.51 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6); a $1,129.69 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, Dec. 30, 2019 -- What a way to go! The Meadows brought down the harness racing curtain Monday on its 2019 live racing season with an action-packed card that featured the championships of five Holiday Claiming Series and wagering fireworks in the Super Hi-5. The Super Hi-5 jackpot stood at $105,000.96 following Saturday's carryover. Fueled by frenzied Monday wagering, however, the jackpot swelled to $323,614, by far a record for the Super Hi-5 at The Meadows. Ordinarily, the jackpot is paid only if there is a single correct ticket. But because the pool could not be carried over to next year and had to be paid out, the jackpot was shared by all holders of correct tickets, who each received $366.78 On the racing front Big Dutch and Cherry Peep each pulled off a mild upset in a series final. In a $24,000 championship for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers, Big Dutch was forced to a 26.4 opening panel to reach the lead but picked up cover thereafter. He had enough left to edge Enoch by a head in 1:53 for Tony Hall, trainer Mike Palone and owners Charles Haley and Mitchell Fini. BB's Harley completed the ticket.   A 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Big Duchess gelding, Big Dutch now boasts lifetime earnings of $144,773. Cherry Peep prevailed in the $24,500 championship for $20,000 claiming trotters, holding off the determined challenge of her stablemate, Mac Deeno, and downing him by 1/2 length in 1:56. Aaron Merriman piloted the 4-year-old daughter of Conway Hall-Jenny On The Block, who extended her career earnings to $153,848. Andy Rickert trains and owns Cherry Peep with Corey Hendricks and Nichole Stahl.   In the other championships: $18,600 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Trotters Mr Quaker completed a series sweep when he quarter-poled to the point for Dave Palone and held off the late rally of Just Jewel to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.2 Parnell completed the ticket. Mike Palone conditions Mr Quaker, a 4-year-old Pilgirms Chuckie-Julia Jet gelding who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $139,874, for J.R. Ryan and Collin Ryan. $18,400 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Horse & Gelding Pacers Here Comes Stubbie took advantage of a hot pace to register his first win of the year in 15 tries. He moved three wide with cover down the backside for Aaron Merriman and triumphed in 1:55, a length better than Nobetterplacetobe. Innocent Victim shot the Lightning Lane for show. Jack Smith trains the 5-year-old Pine Valley-Maggie Hanover gelding, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, and owns with Bob Adamo. $17,400 Championship -- $10,000 Claiming Filly & Mare Pacers The Spinster N made a power move down the backside and romped to victory for Merriman, trainer Justin Pirillo and owners Vince Aiello and Scott Aiello. The 7-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Millwood Bella scored in 1:55.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than 60-1 long shot Unbeamlievable, with Strong Coffee third. The Spinster N pushed her career bankroll to $148,925. Mike Wilder, Palone and Merriman each enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. The 2020 season at The Meadows kicks off Monday, Jan. 6, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

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