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WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 12, 2019 -- In 2017 when Mark Weaver of Weaver Bruscemi LLC was scouting harness racing prospects for Team Burke for the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, he came across a handsome Somebeachsomewhere-Vysoke Tatry gelding named RJP. Weaver's group purchased him privately for $200,000 and did start him in the Adios, where he finished a respectable third to Fear The Dragon. He followed that up with a neck loss to Huntsville in the Cane Pace. But soon after a poor performance in the Little Brown Jug, RJP all but disappeared from the harness racing map. Now, thanks to an extraordinarily patient and painstaking rehabilitation, he's won four straight starts and will look to extend that streak in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, an $18,000 Open Handicap Pace. It goes as race 1, with RJP and Mike Wilder leaving from post 2. The card kicks off at 1:05 PM. Weaver indicates that RJP's owners spent more than a year trying to determine what was wrong with him before they sent him to Dr. Keith Brown, a Somerset, PA veterinarian, who diagnosed throat issues and performed surgery. RJP returned for an abbreviated 2018 season in which he was winless in 11 starts. Brown performed a second surgery and, as Weaver recalls, "took on RJP as a personal project." "Dr. Brown thought his breathing problems had become almost a mental thing and that he needed to relearn how to breathe while racing," Weaver says. "He jogged RJP out in the wilderness for eight or nine months, putting a lot of miles on him. To be honest, the owners, including me, wondered if enough was enough and if we shouldn't find a new vocation for him." Even in his July 18 qualifier, RJP -- who campaigns for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Jack Piatt II and Purnel&Libby -- was up to his old tricks. "He wasn't sharp and didn't come home well," Weaver says. "Ron made a couple rigging changes, and he's been racing great." He won a low-end conditioned event on July 26 and hasn't lost since. Is he ready for the track's elite pacers, including his stablemate, Windsong Leo, who leaves from post 5? "At this point, nothing would surprise me," Weaver says. "If he wins the Breeders Crown in 2020, it wouldn't surprise me. If he's a riding horse next month, it wouldn't surprise me. He's not your typical horse. You're not able to tell which way he's going." By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 11 -- Star Caviar had to duel three wide for the early lead, but once on top he was much the best in capturing his third straight harness racing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot. The first two wins in his streak came on the PA Fairs circuit, but Star Caviar showed plenty of raceway mettle, thwarting the extended first-over challenge of Just Fly Beyond to prevail for Mike Wilder in a career-best 1:56. The pocket-sitting Town Hall Justice was second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Just Fly Beyond saved show. Spencer Kahrig trains Star Caviar, a 3-year-old Caviar Crown-Missy Star K gelding, for Melvin Straley. Tony Hall piloted five winners on the 14-race card while Brady Brown and Wilder each enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 10, 2019 -- Continuing his harness racing comeback following a lengthy layoff, millionaire Il Sogno Dream overcame a demanding opening quarter and captured Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Conditioned Trot. Although sidelined most of the first six months this year, Il Sogno Dream now has two wins and as many seconds in his last five outings. On Tuesday, he was three wide for much of the 27.2 opening panel before clearing to the lead for Aaron Merriman near the three-eighths. The 8-year-old son of Cantab Hall-La Reve held off the late charge of Gee Wizz George to down him by a length in 1:54, with Mac Deeno third. Chris Beaver trains Il Sogno Dream, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $1,128,533, for Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. Tony Hall and Merriman each collected three wins on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday when the program features a $2,412.72 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 19, 2019 -- Undeterred by her upset loss in the Hambletonian Oaks final, Millies Possession completed her harness racing sweep of Pennsylvania Sires Stake preliminary legs Monday at The Meadows -- blazing to a stakes record 1:52.4 to boot. Grimmie Hanover took the other division of the $164,002 stake for 3-year-old filly trotters known as the Stenographer. Millies Possession ripped off wins in her first eight starts this year -- indeed, the first eight races of her career, as she was unraced at 2 -- and was sent off the even-money favorite in the Oaks final, where she fell to When Dovescry. But the Stenographer field was no match for Fashion Farms' homebred daughter of Possess The Will-Fashion Athena. She got away a leisurely fourth for Dexter Dunn but picked off horses at her will, drawing off to win by 5-3/4 lengths. Nomo Volo and early leader Personal Paradise completed the ticket. The time knocked a tick from the previous stake mark established by Livinthefastlane in 2015, and it also is the fastest this year by a sophomore filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. "She had gone hard up to the front her last two starts," said winning trainer Jim Campbell. "But Dexter knows her, and he felt confident they were rolling along enough that he could just take his time. I credit Dexter for sensing how the race was going. He knew how to race her." Millies Possession, who now has banked $347,018, will next race in the Sept. 7 PASS championship at The Meadows. On that date, the track will host all four $250,000 finals and all four $50,000 consolations for 3-year-olds. Grimmie Hanover was raging with trot through the final turn but needed a path to victory. Corey Callahan found it for her in the Lightning Lane, and she poured through to triumph in 1:54.4. Fade Into You rallied wide for second, 2-1/4 lengths back, with Magical Beliefs third. "She's a nice filly who's kind of been in some bad spots," Callahan said. "She probably wasn't really ready for the Oaks, but I think those miles did her good. She put forth a good effort today." Grimmie Hanover Jeff Cullipher trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Girlie Tough and owns with Pollack Racing LLC. $40,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters In Monday's subfeature, Jezzys Legacy was parked the first quarter before crossing over but still prevailed easily for Tim Tetrick in 1:55, 4 lengths better than Southwind Storm. Keystone Abbey completed the ticket. Ray Schnittker, who trains the daughter of Donato Hanover-Jezzy and owns with Little E, Ted Gewertz and Mary Ramsey Arnold, said his filly has bigger things in mind this week. "I figured she was 1-5, and they were all kind of waiting for her," Schnittker said. "She was supposed to win, and she did, so it was nice. She'll come back Saturday in an elimination of the Hudson Trot at Yonkers. She's good on a half, so if we get a good draw, we'll be all right." Spring In Paris grabbed the early lead, survived a mild shuffle and rallied late to score in 1:56.2 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Steve LeBlanc and owners LeBlanc Racing Inc., Glenn Dyke and Douglas Johnson. The first-over Hanovers Best was second, beaten a length, while Joplin earned show. It was the first win in several months for the daughter of Explosive Matter-French Doll, who rolled up six victories early in the season. "She tailed off a little bit. She lost her sharpness in mid-season," LeBlanc said. "The competition was a little stiffer, too. But now she's starting to regain her sharpness." Elsewhere on the card, Barn Girl soared over $800,000 in career earnings with her front-end victory in the $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot. Merriman piloted the 7-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Merriman collected four wins on the 14-race card while Dave Palone bagged three, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke. Live racing continues Tuesday at The Meadows, first post 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2019 -- The Party's Rockin powered to the lead at the quarter and scored geared down in a career-best 1:52.4, fastest in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for harness racing freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. Real Long Hanover, Sweet Camille and Arden Hanover captured the other divisions. Tyler Buter and trainer Mark Harder teamed for a stake double with The Party's Rockin and Arden Hanover. Once The Party's Rockin reached the point, she drew away steadily to down the pocket-sitting Keystone Eureka by 4-3/4 lengths, with Don't Speak third. It was the second stallion series victory for Matthew Dugan's daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo. "This filly has a lot of high speed. I liked her the first time I sat behind her," Buter said. "She's right on the verge of being a sires stake filly. She'd be very competitive in that group." Off the board in all three previous starts, Real Long Hanover zipped to the front from post 7, took advantage of some early confusion towards the back of the pack and sprinted to victory in 1:53.2, 3/4 lengths better than Dream Dancing. Coral Reef Hanover earned show. "Last time she was here, she wasn't on her game. She didn't feel that good," said winning driver Dexter Dunn. "She didn't have to be on the front today, but she really felt like she wanted to tear into it." Tony Alagna trains Real Long Hanover, a daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rockin Everyway, for Alagna Racing, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing. Real Long Hanover Facing a long, arduous first-over trek, Sweet Camille found a path back to the cones for a breather that helped her rally again and break her maiden in 1:54.3 for Mike Wilder. Early leader Windfall Profits finished second, 1/2 length back, while Anthem completed the ticket. "It's always nice to get back to the rail -- especially after you've had to do the work first up with a horse that's a little bit green," said Wilder of the daughter of Sweet Lou-Camille. "I'm not sure she needed that, but it sure helped out. It got her right back on the bit nice." Ron Burke conditions Camille for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III. In the $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, Meme Hanover sprang a 14-1 upset for Jason Merriman and owner/trainer Kris Rickert. The 5-year-old Explosive Matter-Migisi gelding prevailed in a career-fastest 1:54.1 and lifted his lifetime bankroll to $144,986. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 14-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday, when the program features a $183,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers as well as a $722.96 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2019 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows, which featured the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $120,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, was rich with Grand Circuit stakes -- six in all. Here are highlights from the other four Arden Downs stakes. $40,000 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Goes Down Smooth prevailed from post 8 with a two-move victory . . . and may have punched his ticket to the Hambletonian. Said winning driver Matt Kakaley: "I think they want to give him a shot there, although I don't know for sure, but he'll be okay there," Kakaley said. "He'll hold his own. He'll definitely step up on a bigger track." The Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding got away third, quarter-poled to the front and downed Mass Fortune K by 2 lengths in 1:54. The pocket-sitting Kate's Massive earned show. Ron Burke conditions Goes Down Smooth, who lifted his career earnings to $146,053, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin. $53,468 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Nomo Volo eschewed a potential early seat and needed the opening three-eighths to reach the point. Nevertheless, she prevailed in 1:55.2 for trainer/driver Jeff Gregory, defeating Windy Corner by 2-3/4 lengths. Ladylilli was third. " I think the opening was big enough (to duck)," Gregory said. "But I wanted to ease her around the first turn and try and get to the front eventually. Last time I raced her here I left maybe a little too hard with her, and she made a break in the first turn. So I didn't want to take a chance and do that again. She's eligible to both Pennsylvania and Kentucky sires stakes, so we might try to race her in each." Jeff Gregory Inc. and Jesmeral Stable campaign Nomo Volo, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $154,834. The other division went to Magical Beliefs, who quarter-poled to the front for David Miller and triumphed in 1:55.2. Early leader Keystone Abbey was second, a length back, with Southwind Storm third. Linda Toscano trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Frisky Magic, who extended her career earnings to $236,296, for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables and R-and-I Farms. $47,970 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-year-old Filly Pacers The Sweet Lou-One Ace Too Many filly Sweet Ace made her debut on the national scene an explosive one, taking her division in 1:50.4 - the fastest mile of the year by any 2-year-old, anywhere, on any size track, and a track record for her class at The Meadows. Dexter Dunn tucked the filly in fourth early, as Shouldabeenatd and Dance Club took the top two spots in a 27 opener. Silver Tail got restless in the three-hole and came out off the first turn to go to the lead, stringing the field out in hot middle fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.3, with the rest of the field well behind the top quartet. Shouldabeenatd wheeled outside and went right past the pacesetter on the far turn, with the two directly behind her following that move, Sweet Ace swinging three-wide at headstretch. To the wire it was a battle between Shouldabeenatd and Sweet Ace, with the winner drawing clear late to win by 1¾ lengths, with Dance Club third. ""The trip worked out good," Dunn said. "We had a live helmet to follow right into the straight. She has push-button speed, and she showed the speed she's got." Sweet Ace came into the race off a PA Sire Stakes win seven days earlier, and now her future seems even brighter for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Karr, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. Trainer Ron Burke, conditions the 1-2-3 finishers in this race. Sweet Ace The other section of the Mary Lib Miller saw the Artspeak-Apippin Hanover miss Aplomp Hanover lower her mark to 1:53.4, making a quarter-move for driver David Miller and going on to a 1½ length victory over Keystone Eureka, with Sizzling third. Trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick, who are having a terrific year with their freshman pacing fillies, are the connections behind the winner of three straight races. $63,000 Gov. David Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Tim Tetrick, red-hot on the other side of Pennsylvania recently, had four wins on the Adios card, including two in the Gov. Lawrence, with the faster of his winners being the Somebeachsomewhere-Persistent colt Seeyou At Thebeach, who broke his maiden in 1:52.2. The pattern of this race was much like that of the Sweet Ace event, with the front pack of four well separated from the rest, and Seeyou At Thebeach moving out behind cover at the three-quarters to go up after undefeated favorite Cattlewash, who got the top after a :27.4 quarter and recorded mid-splits of :56.4 and 1:24.3. Cattlewash carried his advantage almost to the wire, but Tetrick rallied the victorious Brian Brown trainee to get a head decision on the money for Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Chris Page. Tetrick's other victory in the day's baby colt action was with the undefeated Adriano Hanover, who at 1-9 made a quarter-move to command and was never in doubt, winning by 2¾ lengths in 1:53.1, missing his mark by a tick. The son of Western Ideal-A And G'sconfusion added a Grand Circuit triumph to his prior PASS win for trainer Jim King Jr. and owners Jo Ann Looney-King and Joseph Palermo III. "At times, his potential seems unlimited," Jim King said. "So far, he's done everything asked of him -- and with a lot of determination. When he gets in with his own kind and they put up a fight, we'll see how he does than." The third division of the Gov. Lawrence went to the Captaintreacherous-Charisma Hanover colt Hey Run Me Over, who brushed to the backstretch lead and went on to be 3 lengths clear at the finish in 1:52.4 to take a new speed badge. Andrew McCarthy had the sulky assignment for trainer Rollie Mallar, who is also co-owner with Linwood Higgins and Patrick Leavitt.  By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2019 -- Tall Drink Hanover exploited her post position advantage to nip harness racing world champion Warrawee Ubeaut in Saturday's $120,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows. Stonebridge Soul captured her third straight stake in the other division of the event for 3-year-old filly pacers Warrawee Ubeaut won her divisional Dan Patch Award last year, but in the Adioo Volo, she was stuck with post 9. She rocketed to the top, but Tall Drink Hanover leaving from post 6 for Andrew McCarthy slid into the pocket behind her. McCarthy guided Tall Drink Hanover outside in the lane, and the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Take Into Accounted edged Warrawee Ubeaut by a nose in 1:50.2. Rockn Philly was a ground-saving third. "She's been terrific for what we paid for her -- $35,000," said winning trainer Tony Alagna. "She's been a real sweetheart. She goes next to the Shady Daisy on Hambletonian Day, and she's eligible to everything late." Tall Drink Hanover now has banked $469,422 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing. Stonebridge Soul entered the Adioo Volo off wins in a pair of prestigious stakes -- the Lynch and the Mistletoe Shalee -- and she kept the ball rolling with a front-end score in 1:51.1 for Tim Tetrick, trainer Chris Ryder and owners Henderson Farms and Robert Mondillo. Sweet Heaven finished second, 1/2 length back, with Odds On St Lucie third.. "She's definitely on her game right now, and she's feeling her oats," Tetrick said. "She can leave hard and still go the half in a minute. As soon as you talk to her, she picks it back up and races whoever comes at her." The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Rock N Soul now boasts $473,846 in career earnings. $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace Also featured on the Adios Day card was this event named for Foiled Again, who retired as the richest pacer all-time with more than $7.6 million in earnings. The gallant old gent took a star turn by leading the post parade. Tetrick and trainer Ron Burke collaborated on a win by the Shadow Play-Backstreet Sweetie four-year-old gelding Backstreet Shadow, who altered a line in The Meadows' record books by lowering that division standard to 1:48.4. The pocket-sitting Scott Rocks was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Alluneedisfaith N completed the ticket. Backstreet Shadow A simple quarter-move from third was the path to success for Backstreet Shadow, who came home in :53.4 after winning in 1:47.4 last week at the Meadowlands. He raised his lifetime earnings to $334,646 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. That group acquired Backstreet Shadow privately shortly after he was clocked in 1:46.2 while finishing third in the $250,000 Graduate final. "When he became available, we were very surprised because young horses like that with that kind of upside don't usually become available," Burke said. "He's a big horse, and he probably has another bump coming. He's a big, long-striding horse, and he may find another gear." By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27, 2019 -- Five weeks after undergoing emergency surgery for hernia repair, Southwind Ozzi blazed to victory for harness racing driver Brian Sears in 1:48 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. It was the second-fastest mile in the 53-year history of the Adios, missing Bolt The Duer's 1:47.4 record (2012) by a tick.   It was the third Adios title for Sears, who triumphed previously with Pine Valley (2001) and Delmarvalous (2010). Bill MacKenzie, who trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara for Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice, became an Adios victor in his first appearance in the stake.   Southwind Ozzi came through his surgery well, though surgeons had to remove a testicle during the procedure. Thus, Southwind Ozzi goes into history as the first ridgling to win the Pace for the Orchids.   'Ozzi' and Sears got away fourth, watching as Prince Of Tides and Dave Palone threw down sizzling fractions of 25.3/53.3. When he saw that, Sears said, he was comfortable sending 'Ozzi" first over.   "I liked the way things were setting up," he said. "They were going so fast that they couldn't really shut it down that much.I had sent him first up before, and he didn't seem to mind it. He's a pleasure to drive. He makes my job easy."   'Ozzi' overwhelmed Prince Of Tides and drew off to score by 7 lengths while Prince Of Tides gamely held off Stag Party for place. Informed that he had narrowly missed the Adios record, Sears replied:   "I'm not one who goes after records. I like to win."   Southwind Ozzi and all the happy connections  - Chris Gooden Photo   MacKenzie indicated he was not surprised that 'Ozzi' rebounded so well from surgery or that he tossed off a near-record performance.   "That's what great horses to, and after the way he raced today, I'm beginning to think he's a great horse," he said. "He's never raced badly for us. I told Brian that if he had to come first over, I didn't think it would matter."   He said 'Ozzi' won't race next week, although he'll still work on MacKenzie's Cranbury, NJ training track.   "After that," he said, "we'll consider the options."   ADIOS NOTES. Ron Burke, who Friday became the first trainer with 10,000 victories, padded that total with four wins on the 16-race card, a number matched by Tim Tetrick . . . In a $30,000 3-Year-Old Open that pitted seven Adios contestants who didn't make the final, Highlandbeachlover sprang a 16-1 upset for Aaron Merriman and trainer Kelly O'Donnell.   To see the full results of today's meeting click here.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2019 -- Sister Sledge and Caviart Guilia each extended her career unbeaten streak to four with harness racing driver Dave Palone piloting -- and Sister Sledge matched the stake record to boot -- in Friday's $60,000 Arden Downs Grand Circuit event for freshman filly trotters at The Meadows. Sorella took the third division of the stake known as the Judge Joe McGraw. Sister Sledge, who went in 1:53.4 in a PA All-Stars split at Pocono, didn't have to go quite that fast Friday, as she took the lead at her leisure and drew off thereafter. But her performance impressed Palone. When do I ever come to you and just have 'wow' to say?" Palone said. "I actually started shutting her down in the middle of the last turn, 28 flat, ear plugs in. They'll have a lot of fun with her; she's a special filly." The daughter of Father Patrick-Behindcloseddoors scored in 1:55.1, equaling the stake record Dangle Then Deke established in 2016. Perth Angel De Vie was 5-3/4 lengths back in second, with The Next One third. Ron Burke trains Sister Sledge for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Sister Sledge Caviart Guilia took a different path, getting away sixth for trainer Brian Brown before launching an effortless first-over move that carried her to victory in 1:57.1, 2 lengths better than Miss Wilia. Aqua Lillies completed the ticket. " I touched base with Brian today," Palone said. "He told me from the rail, she has plenty of go. Don't get in a hurry with her and she'll give you a good try." Caviart Farms campaigns the daughter of Explosive Matter Gossip Hanover. $60,000 Arden Downs Stake - 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Friday's card also featured the $60,000 Edward M. Ryan, a Grand Circuit event, with the splits going to Stickler Hanover, Town Victor and Penance. Brady Brown gave Stickler Hanover a ground-saving trip before the duo poured through the Lightning Lane to prevail in a career-best 1:57.2. I Have A Dream finished second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, while Bold Moves earned show. "I didn't give him a very good trip in the stallion series and wanted to do better with him today," Brown said. "Up the backside I knew I had plenty of horse. When the horse on the front broke, I decided to stay in. This horse has some potential." Brown has won many PA Fairs stakes, but this was his initial stakes victory at The Meadows. The 4-5 favorite, Town Victor was away third but cleared to the front for Wilbur Yoder and triumphed handily in 1:58, matching his life mark. Werner Hanover was second, 4-1/4 lengths in arrears, with Hennessy AM S third. It was the third consecutive victory for the homebred Winning Mister-P Town Girl gelding. "I'm kicking around the idea of putting in the next sires stake (at Harrah's Philadelphia) because a lot of the good ones will be at the Peter Haughton," said winning trainer Rich Gillock, who owns Town Victor with Barbara Richardson. "But he's a big colt, and I'd rather not overdo it with him this year so he can come back a good colt at 3." Saturday's card at The Meadows features the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids as well as five other Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. In addition, the program will offer three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500 and a $5,841.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi.5. Special post time is 11;25 AM, with the Adios (race 15) projected for 4:30 PM.  By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association    

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi is the 2-1 morning line favorite to win Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Saturday at The Meadows, but both he and his harness racing trainer, Bill MacKenzie, have endured stormy weather -- literally and figuratively -- to get there. For McKenzie, the storms were real and dangerous. As they ripped through MacKenzie's Cranbury, NJ farm early this week and threatened his 20 horses, they tore up several hundred feet of fencing, assorted trees and the solar panels on the domicile's roof. "People and horses are fine," MacKenzie said on the phone as he waited for the new most important man in his life -- the insurance adjustor. "It is what it is. The weather the rest of the week is supposed to be beautiful." For Soouthwind Ozzi, the peril was even more severe. "We had supplemented him to the Hempt, and he exercised absolutely perfectly for it," MacKenzie explained. "Then he started sweating, just not acting right. One hour later, they were operating on him." The diagnosis was a hernia. 'Ozzi' came through the ordeal well but surgeons were forced to remove a testicle in the process; that's why you'll see him listed in the program as a ridgling. His activity was limited in the wake of surgery. "He had 10 days of stall rest and hand walking, then he went back to work," MacKenzie reports. "That's why I think he'll be a little better this week. He's a little sharper." It would be hard to imagine a better performance than 'Ozzi" delivered in his Adios elimination when the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara found a seat fifth from post 9 for Brian Sears, moved with cover down the backside and went wider still into the final turn when his cover faltered. He scored in 1:49.3, fastest of the three elims. Sears will be aboard again, but they'll leave from post 4 -- the slot MacKenzie selected as an elimination winner -- in the final. Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice purchased 'Ozzi' for $85,000 as a yearling, attracted by his pedigree. ""We thought the 'Somebeachsomewheres' might be undervalued with all the 'Captains' and 'Sweet Lous' coming out, and we might get one at a halfway decent number," MacKenzie said. "Everything about him looked good, and the price was right. "He got sick before the Kindergarten final last year and finished last as the favorite, and he wasn't healthy enough to send to the Governor's Cup. But in the Liberty Bell, he paced the back half in :54 despite being interfered with. He showed us he could be a big colt." The Adios anchors an action-packed card that includes six Grand Circuit stakes and the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. In addition, the card features three total-pool guarantees worth a combined $37,500. The Adios goes as race 15 with an approximate post time of 4:30 PM. The 16-race card kicks off at 11:25 AM. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) have planned a number of appealing Adios Day fan activities. North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD) will perform on the apron from 6 PM - 8 PM while the Miller Lite Brewhouse and the BBQ Tent will be open throughout the races. The MSOA will sponsor a T-shirt toss, and an Apple IPad will be raffled courtesy the Standardbred Breeders Association of PA. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 24, 2019 — Dismissed at 10-1, EZ Passer used the Lightning Lane to perfection to pull off the upset in Wednesday’s harness racing feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Northern Lightning led the field through a 1:25.1 three-quarters, But Chris Shaw and EZ Passer lurked in the pocket, waiting to flash some lightning off their own. The 5-year-old daughter of Crazed-Musclegrad easily overtook Northern Lightning and scored in 1:54.4, a length better than Joplin. Golden Muscle completed the ticket. Bill Zendt trains EZ Passer, who won her second straight and lifted her lifetime bankroll to $228,772, for Shanamphilankilou, Inc. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a special Adios Week program that features a pair of $30,000 Grand Circuit stakes for freshman trotters as well as a $5,370.08 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 5:30 PM.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2019 -- Elimination winner Southwind Ozzi has been installed as the 2-1 morning line harness racing favorite and will leave from post 4 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   The other elimination winners, Captain Victorious (3-1) and Prince Of Tides (4-1), will start from posts 3 and 1, respectively.   Elimination winners chose their post positions, with their order of selection determined by lot. The connections of Southwind Ozzi chose first, followed by the teams of Captain Victorious and Prince Of Tides. The remaining post positions were determined by random draw.   The 53rd edition of the Adios anchors a blockbuster card that features six Grand Circuit stakes as well as the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.6 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational. The program also includes three total-pool guarantees with a combined value of $37,500.   The Adios Day card begins at 11:25 AM, with the Adios slated as race 15 on the 16-race program.   The field for the Adios, with sires, drivers, trainers and morning line odds:   1. Prince Of Tides - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone - Ross Croghan 4-1 2. Stag Party - Bettor's Delight - Dexter Dunn - Casie Coleman 6-1 3. Captain Victorious - Captaintreacherous - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 3-1 4. Southwind Ozzi - Somebeachsomewhere - Brian Sears - Bill MacKenzie 2-1 5. Wild Wild Western - Western Ideal - Mike Wilder - Norm Parker 20-1 6. Escapetothebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 10-1 7. Reigning Deo - Rock N Roll Heaven - Andrew McCarthy - Brett Pelling 12-1 8. Branquinho - Somebeachsomewhere - Tyler Buter - Ray Schnittker 12-1 9.Quatrain Blue Chip - Somebeachsomewhere - Dave Palone -Chris Oakes 20-1   By Evan Pattak for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2019 -- Classic Banker stalked Classicality from the pocket, then knifed through the slop in the lane to pull off the 24-1 harness racing upset in Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Although Classic Banker won last week's featured trot at 22-1, he was given even less respect at the windows Monday. But Brady Brown gave the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding the perfect trip, as the pair downed the rallying Barn Girl by a length in 1:54.1. Classicality saved show. Joe Urban owns and trains Classic Banker, who extended his career bankroll to $273,615. Tony Hall collected three wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Rich Gillock and owner/breeder Bob Key. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday, when the program features a $4,755.48 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. In addition, the draw for post positions for Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids will take place Tuesday. The draw begins at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live!   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 -- Southwind Ozzi, Prince Of Tides and Captain Victorious each won an elimination of the harness racing Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Saturday at The Meadows and will advance to the July 27 $400,000 Adios final. They'll be joined by six others who qualified for the final: Branquinho, Wild Wild Western,Reigning Deo, Quatrain Blue Chip, Escapetothebeach and Stag Party.   The elimination winners will choose their post positions, with their order of selection determined by lot. The other post positions will be determined by random draw set for 12:30 PM Tuesday. The Adios Day card begins at 11:25 AM, with the Adios set for race 15 on the 16-race program, a blockbuster card that includes five other Grand Circuit stakes as well as the $50,000 Foiled Again Invitational Pace.   Southwind Ozzi had the fastest and toughest mile, as he found a seat fifth from post 9 and had to move first over for Brian Sears. He wore down he leader, Stag Party, and triumphed in 1:49.3. Early leader Escapetothebeach was second while Stag Party saved show.   "I was tickled to death when he dropped in because I knew he would get a good trip from there," said Bruce Baker, second trainer for winning conditioner William MacKenzie. "First over doesn't bother him; he likes it. He's an amazing horse. He's got speed, he can leave, he can come home."   The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara pushed his career earnings to $126,249 for owners Vincent Ali, Jr. and Alma Iafelice.   Prince Of Tides had a less stressful journey, as he retook near the quarter for Dave Palone and opened a daylight lead that triggered a mad scramble for the remaining two qualifying positions. Those went to Reigning Deo in second and Quatrain Blue Chip in third. The winning time was 1:49.4.   ""He's a versatile horse, but I'd rather be against the cones in the last turn," Palone said. "He's a big horse. I had to go to a bigger bike on him to make sure he didn't hit it. But he's beautiful to drive."   Ross Croghan trains Prince of Tides, a Somebeachsomewhere-Tug River Princee gelding who won his fifth straight race and lifted his career bankroll to $115,170, for owners Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Howard Taylor.     Prince Of Tides   Captain Victorious was in firm control after his quarter-pole move to the point, although winning driver Yannick Gingras indicated he kept after the son of Captaintreacherous-Belclare.   "I had to keep him to his task in the stretch," Gingras said. "He definitely is a lazy horse, and he goes what you ask him to go. If you really get after him, he'll take off in another gear, but we didn't need to do that."   Ron Burke trans Captain Victorious, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $252,771, for The Captain V Stable. This elimination's morning line favorite, Workin Ona Mystery, was scratched sick.     Captain Victorious   By Evan Pattak for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2019 -- Lyons Sentinel battled the 1-5 harness racing favorite, Rocknificent, through a protracted duel and edged her by a nose in Saturday's $187,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over three divisions, with Shouldabeenatd and Sweet Ace taking the other splits. Rocknificent is a Captaintreacherous daughter out of Rocklamation, a Dan Patch Award winner as an older mare. On the strength of that impeccable pedigree and a win in her career debut, Rocknificent was bet down to 1-5. When she set sail after Lyons Sentinel from fourth, it looked as if she had the leader dead to rights. But Lyons Sentinel dug in for Brian Sears and downed Rocknificent by a nose, breaking her maiden in 1:53., with Lainie Hanover third. "She was real green on the front, didn't want to go much, got real relaxed," Sears said. "But when I asked her, she responded." Jim King, Jr. trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Tulu Hanover for Geoffrey Lyons Mound. Parked the opening quarter in 27.2 before yielding to the pocket, Shouldabeenatd had plenty in the tank late, defeating Speak To Siri by a head for Yannick Gingras in a stake-fastest 1:52.2. Dance Club earned show. "I was just taking my time getting there that first quarter," Gingras said. "I wanted to cut it, but I took the two hole, and it worked out." Ron Burke conditions the homebred daughter of Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. $80,000 PA Stallion Series -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Also part of the Adios eliminations card was an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers, with the splits going to The Party's Rockin, Shotgun Persuasion, Aplomp Hanover and Lyons Sweetjen. Tim Tetrick piloted a pair of those winners -- Shotgun Persuasion and Lyons Sweetjen -- for King, giving the trainer three stakes victories on the day. The Party's Rockin trailed by 6-1/2 lengths at the half and was well wide in the stretch. But she roared home for Tyler Buter in 1:53.1, matching he stake record of Cult Icon. Mark Harder trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo for Matthew Dugan. The Party’s Rockin "I had a lot of horse coming off the last turn, and I was pretty confident," Buter said. "I knew as soon as she hit the straightaway she'd switch gears and give me a little more." Shotgun Persuasion saved ground for most of the mile and found late racing room to prevail in 1:55.2. Speaking Of Coffee finished second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while MBT completed the ticket. "She's not very big, but she likes her work," Tetrick said. "She's really smart, and she doesn't need that kind of trip. That's just the way it worked out." Jo Ann Looney-King campaigns the daughter of Western Ideal-Merculese. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features a $4,390.24 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-Five. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Meadowlands, Pa -- The participating amateurs will be able to display their driving talents to perhaps one of the biggest harness racing crowds when the drivers in the Midwest Region of the Billings Series gather for a $10,000 trot on the same day as the Adios Pace Eliminations at the Meadows on Saturday, July 20. But the big crowds brought out the best in Brent "the Zanesville Clipper" Davis as he sat a pocket all the way to the top of stretch and then rallied Beatrice to a 1-1/4 length triumph in a 1:58 in a race where just 2/5ths of-a-second separated the winner from the horse that finished sixth. Davis was content to allow Ned "the Insurance Agent" Hodkinson take early command with Vector and cut the race fractions of :29.1; 59.1 and 1:27.3 while he sat back fourth position surveying his best route to the finish line. But when the tight field straightened for paydirt Vector could not stop the late rally by Beatrice and had to settle for second money. Meanwhile eyeing a chance for all the marbles while sitting a two hole the entire way with United Bi when Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford asked his trotter for more in the lane United Bi flattened out and finished third. The winner, Beatrice was sent off as the betting favorite and returned a $4.60 mutuel; Owned by EdTeefey the 5-year-old daughter of Photo Color is trained by Davis. For the "Zqnesville Clipper" who has had just 13 starts since 2011 it was his second seasonal victory and the 138th of his distinguished career. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

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